There wasn't too much nesting activity yet at the venice rookery. I think I heard some baby great blue herons, but couldn't find them. Still glad I stopped because I got some interesting photos of two crows digging up a yellow-bellied slider nest.
It was a very fascinating (and sad) saga where the crows watched the turtle bury the eggs, and then went to dig them out one by one. However, the two crows could not eat that many eggs all at once, nor could they trust each other if they left them in the turtle nest. So, the crows took turns taking the eggs out, and then re-burring them around the field under patches of grass. They ate a few along the way too.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
This morning I was able to find a few bird species at the deck at the northern celery fields. Pictured below: a group of least sandpipers, savannah sparrow (there were three there), wood stork, and northern harrier.
I went here twice today to look for a canvasback duck reported yesterday. Looking back at my photos from today, I realized I photographed it the first time I visited in the morning without even knowing it. The same thing happened a few months back at merritt island where I photographed a canvasback duck, a life bird, without even knowing it at the time. Oh well, good to know she was here.
Came back to Sarasota again today to see the rare blue morph snow goose, as well as get to the celery fields i didn't have time for yesterday. The snow goose was still here waiting for the bird paparazzi, which was also here.
Wasn't sure where to look for birds in the last few minutes I was able to stay in Sarasota today. This northern harrier was spotted near the parking lot of the celery fields off Fruitville Road. I will stop here again tomorrow to check out the other side of the street.
Another birder at the snow goose area today let us know that a goldeneye had been hanging around in a retention pond next to the Founder's Club down the road. Sure enough, here she is, with her beautiful golden eye, a life bird for me!
Across from where the snow goose was spotted is a small lake at Akerman Park. There were several ring-necked ducks, blue-winged teal, and lesser scaup as well as a few more common species of birds.
blue winged teal
It is rare enough to have seen a (juvenile) snow goose in Florida these past few weeks in New Port Richey. Today I went to find the "blue morph" variety of snow goose down in Sarasota, an even rarer bird for Florida. It was right off of Fruitville road, near the celery fields. There were many other species in the same little pond included spoonbill (one was banded), killdeer, northern harrier, glossy ibis, pie-billed grebe, and more.
What a great start to a day of birding. Just before the entrance to Suncoast Parkway at US52, I had to pull over to photograph these hundreds of tree swallows. I only saw this one other time, almost exactly two years ago in Sarasota in 2013, which ironically is where I am heading today.