Date: April 3, 2015
Weather: partly sunny
Temperature: start 72º
Wildlife count: Gators (7)
Year List: 224
Birds: Crested Caracara, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, European Starling, Northern Mockingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Roseate Spoonbill, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Common Gallinule, Swamp Sparrow, Sora, King Rail, Clapper Rail, Snowy Egret, Mottled Duck, Willet, American Bittern, Boat-tailed Grackle, Royal Tern, Brown-headed Cowbird, Eastern Kingbird, White-faced, Glossy & White Ibis, Tree Swallow, Virginia Rail, Bronzed Cowbird, Black-necked Stilt, Black and Turkey Vulture, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Laughing Gull, Whimbrel, Pied-billed Grebe, Cliff, Cave Swallow, Common Gallinule, Northern Bobwhite, Great Blue Heron, Marsh Wren, Northern Shoveler, Green Heron, Swamp Sparrow, Long-billed Dowitchers, Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs, Tri-colored Heron, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Double-crested & Neotropic Cormorant,
We worked the VIS this morning till noon, and then enjoyed lunch sitting at the boat launch. We are baby-sitting the forbs project, so watered there and enjoyed birding the refuge most of the afternoon. Roller-chopping is happening on the refuge, a management tool to help keep the marsh open and there were LOTS of birds in the area opened by the chopping.
When we got home, dinner was BBQ ribs and sautéed veggies. Afterward, we quickly showered and then went to the Tenebrae service with Jim and Karen. It was very sobering.