DSC_6994This trip was originally scheduled for Viera Wetlands however recent heavy rains caused the dike driving roads to be closed. So, we regrouped and went to the Blue Heron Wetlands. Although not as large a wetlands as Viera, we spent about 3 hours and were pleased with the change. There were only two other vehicles on the drive so our group was able to take our time and stop to scan open water and marsh areas.   As soon as we were all on the dike road we had a Crested Caracara fly by in both directions allowing everyone a great look. A few Palm Warblers and a lone Prairie Warbler was spotted among the many Yellow-rumped Warblers. An American Bittern was spotted hiding in the tall cattails but another was soon found in a more open area allowing better views and photos. As we were stopped looking at the Bittern a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was spotted on the other side of the road. The bird was drilling new holes and feeding at the older holes. The Sapsucker came to the holes 3 times as we watched and when he wasn’t there a Yellow-rumped came to the holes-interesting to watch. There were a lot of Common Gallinule and American Coots but we missed seeing a Purple Gallinule. There were a few Blue-winged Teal and Lesser Scaup but only one lone female Northern Shoveler. One good find was a small flock of Blacked-bellied Whistling Ducks that watched us with interest but did not fly away. Although there was not a large number of species we ended up with 43 for this small area.

Dick & Gail

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Comorant
Anhinga
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Littile Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Common Gallinue
American Coot
Morning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Crested Caracara
Eastern Phoebe
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle