Celery Fields is a 400 acre site located in Sarasota, Florida. This county-owned birding hotspot hosts a large number of diverse bird species. The area consists of a variety of habitats; deep and shallow ponds, open marshlands and wetlands, mudflats, canals and grassy fields. The eastern and southern boundaries are edged by pine, willow and oak trees. Two boardwalks can be found on the site and there are plans to build a nature center in the near future.
To date, 217 bird species have been recorded at Celery Fields. Depending on what time of year one visits, Swallow-tailed Kites and Bald Eagles can be spotted soaring aloft. If you look closely along the reed edges, Least Bitterns, King Rails and Soras might be found skulking about. Foraging beauties like Roseate Spoonbills, Limpkins, Tricolored Herons and Glossy Ibis are a common presence observed from the boardwalks. The brushy areas attract a variety of sparrows such as vesper, savannah and grasshopper. Northern Harriers and Red-shouldered Hawks scan the open fields for prey. Be sure to take a look at the ponds and canals for Purple Gallinules, Short-billed Dowitchers and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. Celery Fields is indeed a glorious spot for birding!
A stunning Little Blue Heron shows off its midnight blue feathers
Two Red-shouldered Hawks look out over the open fields
Exploring the grassy berm ~ Limpkins
Pretty in pink ~ Roseate Spoonbill
Flipping its prey ~ Anhinga
A prehistoric looking Wood Stork glides in for a landing
An elusive American Bittern forages in the marsh
Soaring aloft ~ Northern Harrier
A group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks edge closer to the pond
A very common sight at Celery Fields ~ Osprey
Posted by Julie Gidwitz
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