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
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant, Cooter Turtle and a Canada Goose
Great and Snowy Egrets
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
Double Crested Cormorants & a Great Blue Heron, and another small freshwater Turtle
A Male Boattail Grackle
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!
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!
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!
Northern Cardinal Male
Grey Squirrel and Common Crow
I took these pictures in my community in the last two weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-Eared Sliding Turtle
Cattle Egrets with Brahman Steer
While out near the pond I saw a small turtle basking on a rock at the opposite shore of the pond from where I was at. It is the first turtle I have seen in the year I have lived here. It is illegal for Tennesseans to own turtles as pets but OK for turtles to live in the wild in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, several Canada Geese, a Mourning Dove, an American Robin, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Finch. I also saw to my absolute happiness, a pair of Mallard Ducks on the pond. I have missed seeing ducks here in recent weeks and am very happy to have seen this pair. Hopefully these ducks are scouts and more ducks will be on the way here soon. I took these pictures on Sept. 21, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.