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A Small Flock of Ibis

Both adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile White Ibis were spotted with a few small Plover shore birds at a small rainfall retention pond in the Souliere Villas in The Villages, FL in Marion County.  There are two of these ponds adjacent to each other and both have been nearly empty now for a few weeks.  The marshy low water is attracting Little Blue Herons, Plovers, Glossy and White Ibis, Great Egrets, and a few Kildeer and Yellowlegs.  Great fun to get out in the golf cart and see these wonderful birds from the street!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Shorebirds on the Lake

 

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These are Lesser Yellowlegs and probably Killdeer. There also were a bunch of very tiny shorebirds I don’t know the name of, but are possibly a kind of plover, strolling along the shoreline area.   I took these pictures two weeks ago on the  local neighborhood lake (this location on the lake  is nearly dry now by the way).  The shorebirds were hunting for tiny fish, tadpoles, aquatic insects and snails.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Shorebirds at the Rainfall Basin

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Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer were spotted at the then rapidly drying rainfall retention pond here in the development where I live on February 27, 2015.  This pond is now dry.  The pond fills with heavy rain and sometimes is around two feet deep.

I have spotted Yellowlegs there several times in past months.  The Lesser Yellowlegs and the Killdeer were likely eating insects as there are no fish in this temporary pond, and it is unlikely that there were any tadpoles or turtles there, either.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Lesser Yellowlegs Hunts

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This single Lesser Yellowlegs was here at the larger of the rainfall retention basin in our development on Christmas day.  This particular pond goes from full to dry and back again fairly often.  The Lesser Yellowlegs was trying to find some insects or smaller aquatic animals for its meal and I imagine that insects were all that it found.

The pond only has a few frogs, tadpoles and insects once in awhile, so the hunting is not great for these wading birds.  I am surprised at how often I do see birds there on that basin, given how little food there is in the water.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Adventure at Cedar Key, FL

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Egret

Great Egret

Marbled Godwitch

Marbled Godwit

My husband, son, and I went on a day trip to Cedar Key, FL on the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.  We saw a lot of wildlife!   Here are just a few of the birds I saw.  I will post more pictures in coming days.  Cedar Key is a tiny island very close to the mainland (you get to it via a short bridge).

The Cedar Key area is teaming with wildlife.  I saw a Bald Eagle, a pair of Osprey, two Wood Storks, several herons, egrets, and many other birds!  I took these pictures at or very close to Cedar Key (West of  Ocala) on November 16, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Herring Gull?

Herring Gull?

Shorebirds in flight

Shorebirds in flight

Osprey

Osprey

 

Cormorants

Cormorants

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Female Boat-tailed Grackle

Female Boat-tailed Grackle

Ducks, a Shorebird, and Songbirds Here

A Lesser Yellowlegs

A Lesser Yellowlegs

I took these pictures in and near my neighborhood in the last several days.  I have enjoyed seeing a Lesser Yellowlegs shorebird, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, NorthernMockingbirds, and a few Eastern Bluebirds.  It has been cooler and rainy here in Marion County, Florida this week so opportunities for bird watching have been limited.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds

A Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird

Bird Photographs

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These bird pictures I had taken earlier this Fall are making their debut.  I spotted this handsome male Eastern Bluebird in the backyard on a neighbor’s roof; a  cinnamon-brown Carolina Wren was hunting in my front yard shrubbery;  a Red-bellied Woodpecker was busy drilling in the bark up in the Oak in my back yard; and the striking-looking Lesser Yellow Legs, was seen hunting for aquatic insects at the nearly dry rainfall retention pond near the golf course.

I so enjoy seeing all of these birds here!  Many are here for a few hours and then on to other places.  The season is again changing and I am now seeing more Winter migratory songbirds.  It has been rainy here the last few days so bird watching has been limited.  I am hopeful that I’ll be seeing great new birds soon!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Lesser Yellowlegs

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Lesser Yellowlegs were visiting the pond here on Sunday, October 20, 2013 when I took these pictures.   This is the first time I have seen these birds.  The Yellowlegs have migrated here from way up North in Canada and in the Northern U.S.A.

The Yellowlegs (there also are Greater Yellowlegs) spend the Winter in Central America and sometimes in Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.  They eat small fish, amphibians, aquatic insects and shoreline insects and worms.  These waders like to explore the shallows of ponds, rivers, lakes, marshes, and ocean shorelines.  I was thrilled to see the Yellowlegs here!  By the way, this pond was the same one where I had earlier seen the Juvenile Ibis.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Kildeer

A few Kildeer have been around here lately.  They especially browse for insects in the grass near the gulch area and also across the pond in the large cattle pasture that belongs to the next-door neighbor’s farm.  Kildeer are shorebirds.  They have long legs and a medium-sized pointed slender bill.  They are brown on the back and white underneath.  They have bands of very dark brown, that is nearly black.

Kildeer nest on the ground  in undisturbed quiet areas when possible.  The bird tricks predators by playing as injured to draw the predator away from the nest area.  I got pretty close to one bird who seemed to just freeze in place when I walked near and stopped.  I was about fifteen feet away from the bird and was in plain sight.  I took most of the pictures yesterday, April 27, 2012 and also on April 19, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Flock of Kildeer Birds in the Future Garden Space

I returned home from an errand in town to find a small flock of Kildeer and some European Starlings in what will become the vegetable garden spot next Spring.  I purchased the property with the space already roto-tilled,  so the birds must think that this bare ground is very interesting.  I’ll bet that there are many tasty worms there for the taking.  When the flock spotted me, well, off they flew!

Kildeer are shore birds that also happily live in pastures.  I have plenty of pasture as do my neighbors here. The Kildeer are known for distracting intruding animals and people away from their nesting area by pretending to be injured.  The intruder follows what they think is a wounded bird, far enough away from the nesting site, and then, surprisingly, the Kildeer flies off!  A handy pretense.

I snapped these few shots late in the afternoon yesterday.  It has been cooler, cloudy, and very windy here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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