Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 6
During the fun, muddy hike to the Indian shell midden, I did my best to avoid cobwebs and cow patties while admiring wild orchids. Then someone spied this incredibly red mushroom. The miniscule plant's color reminded me of a Vermilion Flycatcher in the sunlight.
We encountered three Florida box turtles during the hammock hike, two females and a male. The females have flat undersides, while the males have indented undersides to aid breeding efforts. This is one of the females, maybe 5 inches long and 3 inches tall.
On the walk from the hammock toward the bus, we spied Great Blue Heron, Anhinga, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Then we drove to Blue Heron Water Reclamation Plant for a leisurely drive around the cells and ponds. I enjoyed seeing Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, American Coot, Common Moorhen, Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, Red-winged Blackbird, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Ruddy Duck, Wood Stork and Tricolored Heron.