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
A Tufted Titmouse in the shady Magnolia Tree
Here are some of the cute little Tufted Titmice that have decided to make their homes in trees along me street. Each Titmouse seems so charming that I really love to hear them as well as see them. They are bright, frisky, wonderful little birds! I spotted these cuties last month here near my home.
The topknot on that grey head and body seems so formal for such a lively bird. I often spot Carolina (or their cousins, the Black-Capped) Chickadees nearby when the Titmice arrive. By the way, I will be offline next week. I do hope to be back here with more pictures in a week or two as soon as we get our new Internet connection accomplished. Enjoy! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Hanging Out in a Big Oak
Hunting for a Tasty Bite
Looking at My Own Reflection!
Up in the Big Front Yard Oak
That one little Carolina Chickadee!
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
Male Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and Tufted Titmice have been here in the last couple of days. My neighbor has a bird feeder up and that is a big draw now for these songbirds. There also has been newly seen squirrel interest in that feeder but that is another story.
These little birds are enjoying Millet and Sunflower Seeds from the bird feeders as well as a variety of naturally growing Fall berries and seeds here. The Northern Cardinals, Chickadees,and Carolina Wrens also eat small insects and are having a great time finding caterpillars and other goodies around in this neighborhood. I took these pictures on Oct. 4, 2014 and again on Oct. 5, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Titmice, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees were all spotted in the trees and around the yards along my street in the last few days It appears that some of these birds may be molting (seasonally shedding and regrowing feathers).
It has been a while since I have seen so many songbirds here. The acorns are now dropping from the Oaks, so maybe the food supply of acorns and related insects is more plentiful than was earlier in the Summer here. Perhaps, too, the resident hawk has not been around as often. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jays and Tufted Titmice have been here in the neighborhood for the past week. These are likely migrant visitor birds here for the Winter from up North. The Eastern Blue Jays are loud, brash beautiful White and Turquoise Blue-colored birds with black accents. They are flashy and are bold birds.
The Tufted Titmice are charming little grey birds with their cute top knot. Both birds are excellent at getting insects for their dinner. They also will eat fruit, and nuts and seeds. The Titmice are here in a flock of about fifteen birds. I am not sure that there are as many Blue Jays around. I have only seen a pair of the Jays. I took the pictures here in my yard on Oct. 1, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The Tufted Titmouse is one of the cutest of the songbirds. Titmice have arrived here with Carolina Wrens. The Tufted Titmice are grey birds with large, appealing black eyes, a small crest on top of their head, and apricot coloring on their sides under the wings. The Titmice eat insects but they love seeds fruits and nuts.
My neighbor has put up a bird feeder which has Sunflower Seeds and other bird seed. I plan to add a bird feeder to my back yard. In addition to having bird feeders up, the smaller birds may come around more often now that the neighborhood Hawk has recently been run-off by the Crows. I took these pictures on September 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Black & White Warbler
Black and White Warblers, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees and Carolina Wrens were all flitting around the shady leaves of the Live Oaks here on my street. I took these pictures on a hot Florida afternoon. These songbirds were likely attracted by the numerous caterpillars up among the shady canopy of leaves in these massive Oaks. I also have noticed that it may be molting season for many of these small birds.
I took a picture of a beautiful but rather ragged-looking Eastern Bluebird the day before I took the pictures of the Warbler, Titmice, Chickadee and Wren. All of these birds enjoy eating caterpillars, small insects, and spiders. The Black and White Wrens and the Carolina Chickadee are occasional visitors to my neighborhood, while the Tufted Titmice and Carolina Wrens are pretty regularly seen resident birds. I took these pictures on July 26-27. 2013 in my yard and from my neighbor’s yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird in Molt
Black and White Warbler
This little Tufted Titmouse was feasting on some type of small insect that was contained in the leaves of this small tree. Tufted Titmice are grey birds with a top-knot crest and appealing big black eyes. The call they make is like a person whistling for a dog to come. Kind of like a”Wee-whee-whee” that is repeated a few times.
These birds are primarily interested in eating insects but also like seeds, nuts and bites of fruit. The male and female Titmice look-alike. I have seen just a few of these fun birds here in my new neighborhood in Florida. I took these pictures from the area across the street from my home on the banks of the rainfall collection basin, on July 1, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!