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Fenney Springs

 

The Villages, Florida, has some spectacular and unexpected wildlife!  River Otters, small Alligators, Great Blue Herons, freshwater turtles, Anhingas a Grey Squirrel, and a King Bird were all spotted at the scenic boardwalk area of Fenney Springs in the newer Southern section of The Villages, FL yesterday, 11/24/19.

So wonderful seeing all this while walking along a quarter-mile stretch of boardwalk above the actual springs.  This park with nature preserve, is adjacent to the Fenney Recreation Center in the area near Wildwood, Florida in The Villages.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

A Fantastic Fenney Friday!

 

Fenney Springs and the Fenney Neighborhood of The Villages, FL has a variety of wildlife!  Sandhill Cranes, a Glossy Ibis, a Snowy Egret, a Great Egret, a tiny Palm Warbler, an Anhinga bird, several freshwater turtles, a Great Blue Heron, and several shorebirds were all recently spotted in the Fenney Springs area and Hammock Golf Course (Red Fox and Grey Fox courses) area ponds and springs.  I have read the area also is occasionally home to River Otters and an Alligator or two.

The Nature Walk is a short walk along a boardwalk over the Fenney Springs itself.  The walk has scenic views of the little creek and the bubbling springs ponds.  I usually see several turtles and occasionally a wading bird and even a few songbirds.

The golf course is close to the Fenney Springs and the main highway entrance into the various new neighborhoods here in The Villages, FL.  The shallow pond where I saw the Glossy Ibis, the egrets, and shorebirds is to the right side of the entrance road for the Hammock Red Fox and Grey Fox golf courses close to the parking lot for the courses.  I think it is amazing that I saw all of these animals and birds in such a small area of a neighborhood all on the same afternoon!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Wildlife at Fenney Springs in The Villages, Florida

Anole Lizard

Anhingas, Monarch Butterflies, Turtles, and Anole Lizards were all spotted at the very lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail along the springs on the boardwalk.  Such a lovely spot!  I have also spotted egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and songbirds on previous visits.  One lady mentioned she had seen a small alligator previously there at the springs (there is a pond nearby).

The area is next to a new regional community recreation center and park in the newer area of The Villages.  The developer has taken care to leave a lot of natural area within the subdivision.  I enjoy visiting this beautiful and oh-so-serene spot under large Live Oaks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Anhinga fishing

Fenney Springs

Turtle

Manatee Springs State Park, Part 2

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

 

This lovely Florida State Park has a 72 degree F fresh water spring, is on the banks of the Suwanee River, has a wonderful campground, and walking trails with a children’s playground area.  I saw many deer, nine, I think.  I also saw four armadillos.  There were a few wading birds, and songbirds, but there were perhaps a hundred Turkey Vultures (with a few Black Vultures in the bunch).

Almost every large tree on the Suwanee River at the mouth of the Manatee Springs stream, had many vultures perched on it!  It is an amazing sight to see a seventy foot tall Cypress tree festooned with buzzards (another name for vultures).

This park is not a zoo and all the animals are wild.  I was surprised to see the animals so boldly walking around were people were.

I recommend visiting Manatee Springs State Park.  A lovely place with a lot to see in a small park.  It is about six miles from the small town of Chiefland where there are several stores and restaurants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

 

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

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