The Celery Fields is a park near Sarasota FL which has the active participation of the Audubon Society. There is a path to walk around the marshland and two boardwalks with a covered pavilion at the end for rainy days.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very cooperative and I arrived on a damp and cloudy day. It wasn’t great for photography but was an opportunity to watch the many marsh birds there. It was the first time I had actually seen a Pie-billed Grebe catch a fish and swallow it whole.
There were a pair of them in the reeds near the southern boardwalk hanging out with some American Coots. On the other side of the boardwalk was a sleeping duck who had one eye open to see what I was up to.
Walking on the north side on the path along Palmer Road I saw a cluster of many types of waders including several Roseate Spoonbills.
Further along, I found this Limpkin off on it’s own and a Red-winged Blackbird in the growth near the path.
He wasn’t as showy as the one I found later at Venice Rookery but still a chirpy little fellow.