Date: April 2, 2015
Weather: mostly sunny
Temperature: start 70º
Wildlife count: gators (6), Coyotes, Mullet,
Year List: 223; Life List: 497
Birds: American White & Brown Pelican, Neotropic & Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron, Cattle Egret, White-faced & White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black & Turkey Vultures, Black-bellied & Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Sora; Wilson’s, Semi-palmated, Piping, Black-bellied & American Golden Plovers; Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Dunlins, Short & Long-billed Dowitchers, Laughing, Ring-billed & Herring Gulls, Royal, Sandwich, Common, Forster’s and Least Terns, Black Skimmers, Mourning & Inca Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tailed Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Northern Bobwhite,
It was a great day of birding – adding three to our life list – Orchard Oriole, Chimney Swift and Least Tern. We attended the 8:30 bird walk at Boy Scout Woods in High Island – there were not a lot of birds, but we really learned some good information that will help us to identify several species. A stop at the beach showed us several gulls and shorebirds, but the really BIG and overwhelming stop was at Rollover Pass. We stayed on the northeast side and with a little higher water, the birds were on the flats closer to shore – there must have been 30 different species in flocks that together numbered at least a thousand! It was absolutely birding overload! We used the scope and several other folks shared the scope to enjoy the birds – everyone was thrilled.
We grabbed lunch at Subway and headed to the Houston Audubon Society beach area, where we ate and enjoyed the show in the water! In Winnie, John shopped and I got my hair cut. After putting groceries away, we headed to the refuge to water the newly germinated forbs, a huge project undertaken by a volunteer couple next door – they are gone for the holiday weekend. We talked to Colin first about what we had all seen, and when Denise got back, she had seen an Orchard Oriole. At first we decided we were too tired, but we turned around and joined them for the hunt. Sure enough, with a little looking, it showed up again – beautifully singing with its orange and black body shining in the tree.
Dinner was BBQ ribs, creamed corn and grilled bread. It has been an awesome day!