I spend a few hours exploring the Viera Wetlands and adjacent ponds this past weekend. It was fun to see such a great variety of species!
This Red-bellied Woodpecker was hanging around the entrance of the ponds. It made its way up a Sabal Palmetto palm to snack on the small black berries produced by the tree.
If you look carefully you can see the (usually difficult to see) red patch on this male's lower belly.
Across the way from the way from the WP, this Mockingbird was enjoying some berries from the invasive Brazilian Pepper trees.
Palm Warbler were everywhere.
This Swamp Sparrow was hanging in the reeds near the water.
I saw at least 10 Eastern Phoebes, such cute little fellas!
This shrike was resting on a post near the road and didn't seem to mind the passing traffic.
There were a TON of ducks hanging out in the low waters of the ponds. Green-winged Teals were by far the largest group, but there were also Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaups, Blue-winged Teals, a Canvasback, and I'm sure a few other species I missed.
The quiet, calm scene quickly changed to this...
...when this Northern Harrier made a pass over head.
A group of 10 American Avocets came in for a landing.
This American Bittern was on the move. It was nice to have a different view of one as I usually just see them hiding in the reeds.