Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Eastern Bluebirds, a Boat-tailed Grackle, a Tufted Titmouse, a lovely pair of Sandhill Cranes and a lot of White Ibis, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Anhingas were all spotted here in The Villages, FL in the last couple of days.
I took the photo of the roosting birds on Morse Blvd. just below Rio Grande, on Monday 2/19/18, at twilight. That roosting area was active for years, and then was abandoned for the last year. This marshland is once again wet, so hundreds of wading birds such as ibis, egrets, herons, and anhingas, are back every night to rest!
I took the photos of the songbirds, here in my neighborhood. The weather has been fine so the birds have been out and about much more! The photograph of the Sandhill Cranes was taken just off of Morse Blvd. along CR 466 along the multi-modal path. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.
White Ibis Heading to the Roost
Female Eastern Bluebird
Tufted titmouse on a Palm
This past week I spotted a Brown Thrasher, several Tufted Titmice and a bird that I believe may be a Northern Parula. That Brown Thrasher is the first one I have seen here in Florida! The Titmice have been here in bunches lately. That Chickadee is here with the Titmice as is often the case. The bonus picture is of the Cotton-tail bunny.
I sometimes see the rabbits in the lawn areas at dusk, but mostly see the bunnies in the areas on the periphery of the development. Too many hawks patrolling my little neighborhood now for rabbits to be out and about here. I took these pictures here on June 11, 2015 and also on June 12, 2015.
A flock of Tufted Titmice and a bunch of other songbirds were here on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 to wish me and my neighbors a happy Mother’s Day! Such a nice welcomed sight! Here are a few of the many pictures I took of several Tufted Titmice flitting and perching in trees, on bird feeder poles and on roof rain gutters.
I spotted one Titmouse hunting for bugs on the ground – a rare sight as these birds mostly stay up in the leafy branches of trees and shrubbery. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy! P.S. So sorry this is late. I don’t use any auto posting software and just got busy and forgot to post earlier today. Wildlifewatcher
Kildeer on the Golf Course
Bluebirds, Cardinals, Killdeer, Blue Jays, and other critters were seen and photographed here in recent days. I hope you have a great Independence Day tomorrow! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird Seeing its Reflection in the Window
Eastern Blue Jay
This pair of Tufted Titmice were very loudly singing while perched in the shady branches of the Magnolia Tree in my front yard. I spotted these birds doing something that I had never seen before. They flew over a short distance from the tree to the roof of my home and lay face-down with their wings spread out. The birds looked absolutely dead. After a few moments, first one got up and flew back to the Magnolia and then the other did the same thing. Perhaps they had been preening or had used the bird bath that is in my neighbor’s yard. I took the pictures in my front yard yesterday, April 7, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
- Tufted Titmouse
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Today’s Titmouse photo group make up the third installment of the “Birdbath Stories”. I recently caught this Tufted Titmouse taking its bath in the birdbath in my neighbor’s front yard. I have also taken photographs of other birds in this same birdbath. The Titmouse really spent quite a long time bathing. It clearly enjoyed the cool water as it was a warm afternoon. It is very important for owners of birdbaths to keep them full of clean fresh water. Birds love bathing and also just cool off in the baths. Birds sometimes do take a quick drink from the water in the birdbaths. I’ll be posting another “Birdbath Story” soon. Please click on the thumbnail photo to see the larger image. Enjoy!