Date: March 19, 2015
Weather: foggy am; sunny pm
Temperature: start 66º
Wildlife count: Gator, Red-eared Slider
Year List: 198
Birds: Gadwall, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, White-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Snipe, Royal Tern, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird
As we had an outdoor education meeting at 9 am, we had breakfast at Chelsea’s to start. Stephanie walked us through each module for environmental education for grades K-5th. She will be sending us a schedule with dates and the modules we will each teach.
We were starved when the meeting finally adjourned at 1pm so we grabbed lunch at DQ – drove home, picked up the propane tank and got it filled in Winnie, came home and unloaded, then headed for the refuge to bird. It was a wonderful few hours. When we got to Jackson’s Woods, we spotted a hawk way up in the heavens. First it glided on the winds, then spread its tail wide, banked its wings, and literally stopped moving. It kited, looking down from that great height for movement. The hawk moved those huge wings with a slight movement to just hang in the air, and then moved on – evidently, no mouse dared breathe underneath it. It is amazing how keen is their eyesight.
With the sun out, we read outdoors when we got home, watched the news, and then joined the group at the campfire.