Went looking for the drake Cinnamon Teal that has been reported hanging out in a small pond along El Conquistador Parkway up by Bradenton. He was easily found resting along the cattails in the company of several dozen Blue-winged Teal and a pair of Least Scaups.
But I first stopped at the Celery Fields in Sarasota and was well rewarded with several good birds including Limpkins, Rosetta Spoonbills, a vocalizing King Rail, a couple of Sora, Purple Gallinule, a Wood Duck and both Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal. The nearby Acremans Park added dozens of Least Scaup, Mottled Duck, more Blue-winged Teal and a pair of Ruddy Ducks. To find Black-bellied Whistling Ducks I visited a landscaping business at the corner of Tatum Road and Fruitville Road were as many as a hundred of the ducks will congregate. Another good day
Rosette Spoonbill at the Celery Fields
King Rail spotted in the rushes