Date: April 6, 2015
Weather: mostly cloudy
Temperature: start 70º
Wildlife count: Squirrel, Swamp Rabbit, Red-eared Slider
Year List: 240; Life list: 501 Whoopee!
Birds: Cattle Egret, Northern Harrier, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Mockingbird, Black and Turkey Vultures, Red-winged Blackbird, Tree & Barn & Cave Swallows, Savannah Sparrow, Crested Caracara, Fulvous Whistling Duck, American Kestrel, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Willet, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Boat & Great-tailed Grackles, Orchard Oriole, Louisiana Waterthrush
We slept in this morning! Whoohoo! After a good breakfast, we checked the plants in the refuge and then drove through Port Arthur almost to the Louisiana border and to the Sabine Woods – Texas Ornithological Society sanctuary. It is a large stand of old live oak trees. They are beautiful, and offer a great place for migrating songbirds who are just coming off of their non-stop flight across the Gulf from the Yucatan Peninsula. We did get a little bit of ‘warbler neck’ from all of the looking up, but we were pleased to see a lot of good birds. Finding warblers is new for us, as we have not usually been in a place where they migrate or nest. This year we might be in both – migrating here and Minnesota/Canada where many nest.
When we finally realized we were hungry, it was past 12:30, so we took a recommendation for a little sandwich hut – a trailer with a metal building out back to sit at picnic tables and enjoy. The burgers were excellent! We went back to bird again in the afternoon, and then realized that we have to drive back through the refinery and might get into shift-change traffic. No traffic – the guys work 10-12 hour shifts! By the time we got back, grocery shopped and watered the plants, it was 5:15. Dinner was grilled chicken with sautéed/Alfredo veggies – all fresh. What a treat to have a grocery nearby. The volunteers sat outdoors for a good fire this evening.