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Water Birds at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Hooded Merganser Ducks

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017,  I spotted a small flock of Hooded Merganser ducks, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe and a Wood Stork with White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL.  The ducks, egret and grebe were in the arm of the lake bordering the highway and the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  The Wood Stork was in the parking lot area on the main body of the little pond-like lake.  All were such fun to watch!  I will be taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks and will be posting at my normal schedule when I begin blogging again.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Wood Stork with Ibis

Squirrels, Ducks, and Views of Paradise Lake

Grey Squirrels, Mallard Ducks, and hybrid Mallard/Florida Mottled Ducks were spotted on the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida on Monday night at twilight.  I am including views of the lake on the Swartz Park end which is almost totally dry to the North and rapidly shrinking again to the South.  By the way, that shot that looks like a huge grassy prairie, is really the dry lake bed.  Yikes!

We are still in a drought situation here.  I enjoy this regional park which is reserved for residents and guests here in The Villages, Florida.  There is always wildlife around us here.  I have a great time bird and critter-watching.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American White Ibises Here and There

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I saw a flock of American White Ibises in a small park along the shoreline of a very small lake a few days ago.  Now, seeing Ibises near a lake or in a park here in Florida is really, no big deal.  I was absolutely thrilled, to spot another small group of Ibises hunting for bugs in the grass at the side of our now dry, rainfall retention pond here on my own street!  By the way, the Ibises that have brown streaks are older juveniles which are in the process of turning from cocoa brown to mostly all white!

There was also a unique back story to the Ibises being on my block here.  I had heard a commotion among the throng of Crows and went outside to see what was going on.  I spotted not only the Ibis flock, but there was a Turkey Vulture trying to get a drink of water from the little pool of rainwater left in the basin at that time!  It has been very hot here so I can imagine that the vulture just put up with the white birds, the black birds, and yes, that crazy lady with her camera!  A few moments later, the vulture flew off to parts unknown.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Birds and Waterfowl in Fairfield Glade, TN

Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake

I took these pictures of various waterfowl and birds in beautiful Fairfield Glade, TN when I was there last week on personal business.  I thought I’d share a few snapshots taken at two of the smallest of the lakes there at the resort community.  I took these pictures on April 7, 2015 and April 8, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Spring Lake and Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes on Spring Lake

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake

A Pair of Wood Ducks

A Pair of Wood Ducks on Lake Oxford

Muscovy Ducks in Juliette, GA

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These Muscovy Ducks were friendly residents of the shoreline of a body of water quite close to Juliette, GA on Highway 18.  I think that this body of water is a large dammed section of the river but it also could be a small segment of Lake Juliette.  I am not sure.  These ducks have had a lot of visitors feeding them over the years, I think.

My husband and I were the only people visiting the small park’s dirt parking lot,  just off the highway early one evening at about 6:00pm, and boy, the ducks were sure interested in us!  The ducks begged but we did not have anything to offer so they got the message and waddled off.  These are often farm ducks and I think the pair may have been offspring of escapees from a nearby farm.

This area of Georgia is lush and oh-so-beautiful!  Juliette, GA is where the 1991 movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” was filmed.  We were only there for about a half-hour as we were RV camping for the night in Forsythe, GA, about 20 miles away.  We were on-route from FL to TN on that particular trip earlier this Summer.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have a great and safe Labor Day holiday today.

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