Jack, living in Florida, I happily know the ducks will be here all year. I am particularly thrilled with the black-bellied whistlers. I would see them down in Mount Dora (near Orlando) but didn’t realize they live this far north. They are boisterous and entertaining!

Two great blue herons frequent the pond across the road but I haven’t seen one in our lake although I am sure they do fish here. I am not home during daylight hours enough to know the wildlife personally!

I have spotted a red-tailed hawk and a Cooper hawk flying over the lake in the early evening, and blue jays are prevalent.

We also have a local fox that I’ve see running at dawn behind the townhomes across from ours. Supposedly, she has a den of kits nearby. I’ve heard that coyotes have been spotted in the area, although they are common here. We saw them often in our old neighborhood. There we also had a large population of owls that hooted and howled at all hours of night. I haven’t seen or heard any here though. Instead, the nighttime serenade comes from frogs — lots and lots of frogs.

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