#VeniceRocks

While staring at The Sleepy Sandpiper, keep your eyes peeled in the local parks and beaches for artfully painted rocks.  This rock painting/hiding/finding hobby spreads smiles and creativity.

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Nesting Ospreys?

As you walk from the Sleepy Sandpiper to the Nokomis public beach, you will cross a bridge spanning the Intercoastal Waterway.

Look up at the lights which control  the traffic when the bridge needs to be raised. Do you see a large nest? This week I’ve seen two birds in it. I’m not positive, but I think they are ospreys.

I love watching the birds around Nokomis.  Just during the past week I’ve seen brown pelicans, great blue herons, anhingas, woodpeckers, cardinals, white ibises, cranes, snowy egrets laughing gulls, and of course, sandpipers.

I keep a copy of the Birds of Florida field guide at the beach house and you are invited to make note of which birds you see, too!

If you really enjoy birdwatching, Oscar Scherer State Park is less than a 10 minute drive away.  They frequently offer guided scrub walks, tram tours, and canoe trips.  Here is their checklist of birds commonly seen in the area.