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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!

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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

Songbirds: House Finches, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow

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!

House Sparrow

House Finch

House Sparrow

 

 

House Finches

House Finches

Northern Cardinal and House Finch

A Few Songbirds

Sparrow

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!

Palm Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Blue Jay

Woodpecker Wednesday

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!

Happiness is a Bluebird in the Yard

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!

 

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