Spent an hour and a half late this morning at Viera. Had a pair of
Caracaras on the powerlines along Wickham Road about 1/2 mile before the facility.
They were not the nesting pair residing near the entrance to the wetlands
area as they were comfortably perched in a pine tree near the nest. Theses
guys headed south towards a big island of trees out past the sod fields.
It was pretty busy near the construction site where Dave Freeland was
reporting all the shorebirds.
The sod fields west of the click ponds were empty.
Did locate both families of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. The group that
had 3 ducklings now only has two and are growing rapidly. The group that
had 8 or 9, now has 7. Still have dark brown/black bills and not as colorful
as Mom and Pop, but getting there.
2 American Kestrels
1 Northern harrier
2 Bald Eagles (near the nest)
1 Cooper's Hawk
4 American Coots
Blue-wingers have not appeared to increase in numbers. Seems to be more
pied-billed Grebes and Little Blue Herons.
Were 2 white-tailed Deer foraging in the south corner, a mother and her
fawn ( no spots).
It was starting to rain as I left and the nesting Caracaras must've
headed for the shelter of their nesting tree as they were still in the pine tree
as I went for my 2nd trip around.
See you out there!
Thomas J. Dunkerton
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