Date: March 25, 2015
Weather: bright sunshine
Temperature: start 59º
Wildlife count: Alligator, Swamp Rat, Bullfrog
Year List: 212
Birds: Black-bellied & Fulvous Whistling Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Neo & Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, White & White-faced Ibis, Black & Turkey Vulture, Osprey, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Laughing Gull, Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Purple Martin, Tree & Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird.
Leaving early this morning, we drove down to the boat launch, viewing our first Clapper Rail. A boat was launching when we got to the bay, so there were not a lot of birds around. After we opened the VIS, I took a short walk and found the Virginia Rail in the small VIS pond. Though the skies were sunny, we had few visitors in the am. However, when it was time for me to leave to help with the shade structure covering, several guests appeared with questions. With the beautiful sunny day, we set our scope up outside and took out a few chairs, which is where we spent the majority of the day. John walked Willow’s Trail when I returned from the sewing of the shade structure, and found the Palm Warbler, a lovely bird.
Dinner was grilled pork steaks, potato/onion/garlic in foil on the grill and steamed broccoli. It is just good to relax.