Date: April 12, 2015
Weather: cloudy, a few showers
Temperature: start 73º
Wildlife count: Swamp Rabbit
Year List: 247
Birds: Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Cooper’s Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers, Laughing Gull, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird, Black & White, Tennessee & Hooded Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grossbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, White-winged Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Cattle Egret, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper
We began the morning by hauling the extra inventory from the Feather Fest over to the VIS. Since we were there early, it gave us a good chance to do some morning birding before church, and we saw some very good birds. Worship was delightful, as was lunch at Chelsea’s.
As it was not raining, we stopped at the VC to bird, and again saw and heard some beautiful birds. Lynn joined me in a walk to identify some of the fragrant and stunning visual wildflowers along the path. We also explored the blossoms on the Spanish Moss, which I had not been able to find earlier – it was because I was looking too early!
We made a quick stop at the grocery to pick up a few items and then came home. We are both a little tired from the long days, so we worked to consolidate our bird lists – to make our life list on e-bird accurate.
We just snacked for dinner, after the big lunch. We had hoped to walk at Skillern this evening, but the clouds are skidding by accompanied by thunder, so we will just stay indoors and relax.