Photo by Lynne Pedlar
An easily-accessible roosting and resting area for a variety of wading birds, this site is great for families and for those who like to sit still and watch closely. Offering a covered pavilion for shade and plenty of pond-side grassy areas for lawn chairs, this small site has become a mecca for bird photography. During nesting months (usually beginning in December and lasting through May), daytime activity includes Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Anhingas, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Glossy Ibises, Green Herons, Tricolored Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons busily building or enhancing nests, courting, incubating eggs, and raising chicks. Be sure to check out the four bat houses just left of the Rookery Pond, where Brazilian or Mexican Free-tailed Bat and the Evening Bat have been identified. Visit the Audubon Center on Annex Rd just before the Rookery – there you can explore our Butterfly Garden and Purple Martin Houses. January through April, Venice Area Audubon Society occasionally staffs the Rookery with volunteers who bring extra binoculars, a spotting scope, and bird field guides for anyone to use. A few hours here can be a very sociable and rewarding experience.