Date: April 4, 2015
Weather: mostly sunny
Temperature: start 62º
Wildlife count: Gators, Swamp (Easter) Rabbit, Mullet
Year List: 229; Life List: 498
Birds: Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic and Double Crested Cormorant, Least Bittern, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, King Rail, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Eastern Kingbird, Scissortail Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat & Great-tailed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-billed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Great-crested Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal,
Our day began at the refuge, checking on the plants. Evidently, there had been quite a shower just at the VIS, as there was a large puddle of water and the plants were wet, so we did not need to water. We checked out the boat launch area, where the roller chopping had occurred, and there were loads of birds!
After breakfast at Chelsea’s, we attended the Friends of Anahuac Refuge program on Neotropic Migrants, led by David Sarkozi. It was very well done and we learned a lot – now the trick is to remember what we have learned. Following the indoor program, we walked down to the swamp, and saw several birds that have just arrived, which we have not seen yet this year. For lunch, we took I-10 over to Winnie for lunch at the What-a-burger, and stopped at the grocery on the way home.
Laundry and quick house-cleaning were completed before 3:30 and we headed back to the refuge to make our survey counts. We ran into Colin and Denise several times, sharing sightings and photos. On our way back around Shoveler’s Pond, a couple with whom we had spoken, motioned us to come alongside of them, and they pointed out the elusive Least Bittern – a life bird! How neat.
Dinner was home-made pizza and we are crashed for the evening.