Date: February 26, 2015
Weather: cloudy am; sunny pm
Temperature: start 40º
Year List: 157
Birds: Savannah Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Common Grackle, European Starling, American Kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Northern Mockingbird, Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Loggerhead Shrike, Lesser Yellowlegs, White Pelican, American Coot, Gadwall, White-tailed Kite, Brown Pelican, Great-tailed Grackle, Tri-colored Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Rock Pigeons, Laughing Gull, Royal Tern, Willet, Black-bellied Plover, Ring-billed Gull, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Sanderling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Pipit, Whimbrel, American Crow
With the cool windy weather, we decided to make the trip to the Liberty Walmart, about 45 miles away. We took the most direct route, which was on FM roads, (farm to market roads). The store is relatively new and we found everything we needed on our list.
After lunch here, and with the sun beginning to appear, we drove down to High Island, which is a major migrant stopping place later in the spring. We hope to learn when, so we can be there to see the birds come in. The road crossed the Intercoastal waterway, and onto the Bolivar Peninsula, which is 27 miles long, ending at the free ferry to Galveston. We went as far as the ferry and turned around. At several stops, we saw flocks of shorebirds, particularly on the Intercoastal side – it was fun seeing the shorebirds that we so enjoy.
Dinner was seared chicken in garlic, coleslaw and sweet bread. The sunset was lovely, so as soon as the dishes were done, we enjoyed a walk around the volunteer campground.