Date: March 21, 2015
Weather: rain, rain, rain.
Temperature: start 70º
Wildlife count: Red-eared Slider
Year List: 200
Birds: Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, American Bittern, Boat-tailed Grackle, Laughing Gull, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Seaside Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Forster’s Tern, Lesser Scaup, Laughing Gull, Northern Harrier, Herring Gull, Willet, American Golden Plover, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, American Kestrel, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow,
It rained all day – our unofficial rain gauge showed over 5”. The rain stopped for a short time in late morning, so we headed to Winnie to grocery shop, as we were running low. When we got to town, we found that the main highway in the middle of Winnie was flooded – several cars were stalled on the road. Many fields were completely flooded – it is so flat here, and fields are laser leveled for rice, so with this much rain, everything floods. Later, we drove to the refuge and while there, the NWS issued a severe flood alert, and we sure know why. We are fortunate to not be in an area that is in danger, though all of the fields around us have lots of standing water.
Dinner was Shepherd’s Pie – a favorite for a relaxing day.