Male House Finch
House Finches, House Sparrows, and a male Northern Cardinal were spotted in the front yards in my neighborhood on a misty morning yesterday (Sunday). It was one of the rare days when there were many small birds browsing for seeds and insects in the yards. Often it is quite hard to spot the smaller birds here due to the shade of the huge Live Oak Trees. I so enjoy seeing all the large and tiny birds here in The Villages, FL! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinal and House Finch
A feisty Eastern Blue Jay, A Palm Warbler, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Sparrow were all spotted here in my neighborhood and community last week. I took these pictures early in the morning when it is probably the best time to see many birds out feeding.
There was a large flock of the warblers mixed-in with the sparrows visiting my street. Both types of birds eat on the ground browsing for seeds in the lawns. The Blue Jay was spotted at the Freedom Pointe lakeshore parking lot up in a big Live Oak. The bluebird is seen from time to time on a neighbors roof. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
This Red-bellied Woodpecker was quite noisily chatty when flying between a Washington Palm and a bountiful acorn-filled Live Oak at the shoreline of the pretty Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017. I just love these boisterous birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Happily, this female Eastern Bluebird decided my front yard Magnolia Tree was a great place to perch and rest the other day. We have been having very rainy weather recently after having experienced a long period of drought.
The Eastern Bluebird is a great insect hunter! I am glad to have these beautiful small songbirds around. They like just about any insect or worm they can find. By the way, this lovely bird really blended-in with the green and rust coloration of the Magnolia. Nature’s camouflage. The male Eastern Bluebird has a much brighter tone to its color. I did not see the male on this occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This sassy Eastern Blue Jay visited my neighborhood on Monday afternoon. I was quite happy to have seen this newcomer. We don’t get a lot of Blue Jays here. This bird was scouting out the sassy lawns (pretty dried out now and tan showing through the green) for tasty bugs to eat.
The jay squawked at me a couple of times and then flew to a neighboring roof to continue its search for a bite to eat. After a moment it was on to other places. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. By the way, please bear with me while I change over to a different photo edit picture loading software. Aperture is giving me a very hard time now days. Thanks!
I hear this Northern Mockingbird pretty often but only see the lively bird once in a while. This time the song I heard was an imitation of the Northern Cardinal.
It makes me laugh when the Mockingbird suddenly changes its singing and out of the open beak, comes the song of a totally different species of bird. Just like that, two or even three bird songs in a row. Talented!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker. It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States. You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.
The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it. It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects. Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit. The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.
I always love seeing these birds! This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time. I wish the light was better when I took the pictures. The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady. I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!