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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.

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Limpkin

Freshwater Cooter Turtles

Snowy Egret

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Wordless Wednesday

Osprey

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Kildeer in Flight

Mallards in Flight, White Pelicans, and Double-crested Cormorants

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Great Egret, Mallards, Cormorant

Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

A Snowy Egret, A Crane, An Alligator and More!

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These birds, turtles, and the alligator were all spotted here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane

Kildeer

Alligator

 

Cooter Turtles

Wood Stork, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Canada Geese

Mallard Ducks

Great Egret

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Freshwater Cooter Turtle

Hen Hooded Merganser Duck

Great Egret

Wordless Wednesday

Great Blue Heron

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Freshwater “Cooter” Turtle

Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret – Preening

Cormorants, Egrets, Goose, Turtles and Herons!

Double-crested Cormorants and a Seagull

Water birds, wading birds and turtles were all spotted at Freedom Pointe and Paradise Lakes in The Villages, Florida this past weekend.  I am happy that the weather was nice enough to permit a bird watching jaunt both on Friday at dusk and on Saturday afternoon.

The Double-crested Cormorant flock will be flying North in coming days.  I was surprised that this flock did not follow the White Pelicans that left for their migration on Friday morning.  The Great Egret, Snowy Egret, the Cooter Turtles, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, and what is probably a Try-colored Heron, are all resident birds here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds are mostly meat eaters while the geese love seeds and grasses.  I love getting out and about at the many small ponds and lakes and preserves here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Double-crested Cormorant in the Live Oak Tree Roost

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

 

Double-crested Cormorant, Cooter Turtle and a Canada Goose

Great and Snowy Egrets

Cooter Turtle

Another Early Evening at the Walmart Pond

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A Great Blue Heron, a few Double Crested Cormorants, a s-l-o-w (is there any other kind?) turtle, a pair of Mallard Ducks, and a male Boat-tailed Grackle were all spotted at what I refer to as “The Walmart Pond”, at Buffalo Ridge near the Villages, Florida on CR 466, last night at about five thirty.  I go to the pond every week or so to check out the wildlife.  My husband and I happened to be in that area last night around dinnertime and decided to visit the pond for a few minutes.

By the way, I did not see any ‘gators!  The Alligators may well be gone but possibly they were just submerged and out of sight.  I enjoy going to this pond to see what wildlife is there.  I am usually rewarded by a sighting of large birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Freshwater Turtle Slowly on the Move

A Freshwater Turtle Slowly on the Move

Double Crested Cormorants & a Great Blue Heron

Double Crested Cormorants & a Great Blue Heron, and another small freshwater Turtle

A Male Boattail Grackle

A Male Boattail Grackle

Owlets at the Park

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Two Great Horned Owlets were spotted yesterday afternoon at a fabulous park that is close to the housing development where I live in Marion County, Florida.  These were the first baby owls I have seen in the wild.  The two babies were up in a stick nest high in a Pine Tree next to the little ornamental Koi Pond.

I also noted a hungry Common Cormorant and several basking small turtles.  I did not see any Great Blue Herons and I am thinking that these owls are in an abandoned heron nest (I recall seeing herons in that same tree last Spring).  I took these pictures on March 19, 2015 late on an overcast afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Haynes Creek Canal & Burrell Lock

 

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Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, a Limpkin, Turtles, a Little Blue Heron,  and Moorhens were all active and easily spotted at the Haynes Creek Canal in Lake County, Florida near Eustis, Mt. Dora and Tavares.  This creek has a canal portion with a lock.  It was a lot of fun to go through the lock. This is called the Burrell Lock and Dam.  It is between Lake Garnett and Lake Eustis.  It may be best to inquire ahead about open hours and boat sizes if desiring to transit this lock.

This canal is just teaming with wildlife!  I have also been told that the fishing is good here as well.   Haynes Creek has a lot of Water Lilies and aquatic plants.  The area is mostly wilderness but once in a while there are homes or a small marina, along the creek.  I took these pictures on Friday, April 25, 2014.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Pond Turtles at the Park

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Turtles are really interesting creatures.  I spotted these smaller turtles basking on the bank of the small Koi pond at our local park.  As a few people came close to the group, the turtles decided to head to the water.  This was the first time I had seen a group of turtles at this pond.

I am not sure which kind of turtle these are.  They may be Box Turtles or maybe Sliding Turtles.  I think these reptiles are doing a great job of steering clear of the family of Great Blue Herons that share this scenic horticultural park.  I took these pictures on April 10, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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