St. Lucie Audubon Society

Great Blue Heron holding a large Amphiuma


West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Vero Beach

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It was a calm, sunny day at the Vero Beach Wetland. We had a group of about 20 birders.  Dan Walma did a fantastic job leading the trip and we saw a total of about 60 species. Tim Towles  helped lead some of the birders  and  it turned out to be a fun day.  

The ponds were filled with a large variety of ducks, such as Ring-necked Ducks, Blue & Green winged Teals, Northern Shovelers and Hooded Mergansers.  There were unusual and interesting finds at every turn.  There were quite a large number of American Coots and it was fun to watch them all feeding together.   We also had the privilege of seeing Redhead ducks.

It was a first for many of us to see a Great Blue Heron holding a large Amphiuma, a snake like amphibian about 2 feet long.  Amazingly it swallowed the whole thing. It was quite an exciting day for all of us.

Report submitted by Adella Blacka. photos submitted by  Anjula Smith

Here is the complete list of species:

Redhead, Hooded Mergansers, Ringed Neck Ducks