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Male Red-winged Blackbirds

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds!   They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing.  The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.

Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water.  They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects.  The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable.  I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Cedar Waxwings Swarm a Holly Oak

 

Cedar Waxwings are a lovely songbird that love to eat berries.  Our neighbors have three Holly Oak trees that are full of bright red and tasty for birds, berries.  A few days ago, I noticed a large flock of birds circling around the neighborhood alighting on tall trees and then moving on to another area of trees.

Since I believed that these birds were Cedar Waxwings from their appearance and behavior, I watched from a distance while the birds swarmed the Holly Oaks taking berries with abandon!  Quite the sight.  I had to stay pretty far away because whenever the birds spotted me, off they would fly.

I think my neighborhood is on the normal migration route for these birds on their trip back up North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

A Suburban Pond

Palm Warbler

Little Blue Heron

Anhinga

 

These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.  That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way.  I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.

In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas.  Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy

Pied-billed Grebe

Little Blue Heron

Great Egret

 

Tri-colored Heron

Anhinga

Alligator

Eufala National Wildlife Refuge Part 2 of 2

Great Egret

I was in Eufala, Alabama last week and visited the Lakepointe Resort State Park Campground and Eufala National Wildlife Refuge.  Here are some more photographs I took during this visit.  I loved spotting Kildeer, a lone male Northern Cardinal, a pair of Gadwall ducks, a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Northern Mockingbird, and several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.  It was a fun visit!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Northern Mockingbird

Gadwall Ducks

Male Northern Cardinal

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret with State Park Resort Hotel in the Background

Flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Male Red-Winged Black Birds

Red Winged Black Birds are commonly seen here in freshwater marshes such as the one at the lovely Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  These smaller birds flit from reed to reed and flower to flower in search of tasty insects for their meal.  The males are black with the gold and red bars on their wings.  The females are a streaky brown color.  The males have a buzzy call which is pretty distinctive.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

To and From the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

A Glossy Ibis was spotted on the multi-modal trail heading South from CR 466 near Morse Blvd. here in The Villages, FL.  We eventually piloted our golf cart to the lovely Sharon Rose Wiechens nature preserve were we saw a Great Blue Heron, a Common Moorhen, a lovely male Red-winged Blackbird, and a Snowy Egret.

It was quite windy and we also had several sprinkles of rain during our quick visit to the preserve.  On the way home, we were happy to have spotted a Limpkin, which is a rarely seen bird here in The Villages, as well as a trio of freshwater turtles basking in the Sun to keep warm.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Limpkin

Freshwater Cooter Turtles

Snowy Egret

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Songbirds at Lake Apopka

Female Boat-tailed Grackle

A pair of Boat-tailed Grackles, a couple of male Red-winged Blackbirds, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted at the North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on the shores of Lake Apopka, in Apopka, Florida on Sunday, March 3, 2019.  I did not see many songbirds but saw a lot of wading birds and Osprey on the trip to this large lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

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