Spring Is Coming to the Viera Wetlands

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

I took a quick spin around the Viera Wetlands (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands) area today and found dwindling numbers of ducks, and well, everything.  About the only thing in any abundance were the coots.

I visited the Dan Click Ponds first, then made it to the wetlands proper.  Between the two I didn’t see much unusual.  There were Sandhill Cranes everywhere, Blue Winged Teal, and Bluebills (RIng Necked Ducks) everywhere.  At the click ponds I looked for warblers, and only managed to hear some interesting sounds while viewing the palm warblers, blue-grey gnatcatchers, loggerhead shrikes, and mockingbirds.  There were Tri-Colored Herons, Great Egrets, White and Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Common Moorhens, American Coots, Osprey, Black Vulture, Mottled Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Anhingas, Ring- BIlled Gulls, Common Tern, Double Crested Cormorants, Red Shouldered Hawks, Pheobes, Northern Cardinals, and Flycatchers. I did not go on the back loop where the limpkins, otters, and many raptors are often seen. Also seen were Yellow Bellied Cooters, and American Alligators. One White Ibis was eating a swamp snake, I think it may have been a Ring-Necked snake.

I did not see any Caracara, Bald Eagle, Northern Harriers, Buffleheads, Bitterns  of any kind or Owls during my short trip.

Here are a few photos from the trip

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