Friday afternoon I enjoyed a quiet 2 hour drive around the Click Ponds & Viera Wetlands as my nap-rebelling toddler slept soundly in his car seat (a very rare occurrence). I didn't even care that it starting raining when I arrived.
Lots of birds enjoy hanging out deep in the reeds, but I don't usually see Cardinals in there. He didn't quite blend in as most of the other species do.
The trees surrounds the ponds were packed with birds. Masses of American Robins were flying every direction. There were numerous Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers.
Most of us don't equate Forster's Terns with terror, however, that apparently is not the case for this Coot.
Great Blue Heron mating season is in full swing at the wetlands. I stopped to watch this pair for a few minutes. As I sat there, this male flew down and landed a few feet from my car.
The female looked a little impatient as she waited for the male to return with a stick. Maybe their construction has fallen behind schedule.
The male was relieved that the female approved of his choosen stick.
This refreshing drive resulted in smiles for all!