Date: April 18, 2015
Weather: cloudy a little drizzle
Temperature: start 70º
Wildlife count: Texas Diamond-backed Water Snake, Gators (roaring) Raccoon
Year List: 256
Birds: (at Gene’s lodge) Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Peregrine, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Eastern Bluebird,/// Fulvous Whistling Duck, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned & Black-crowned Night Heron, Common Gallinule, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Scissortail Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Gray Catbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black & White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer & Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tailed & Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard & Baltimore Oriole, ///Killdeer, White-eyed Vireo, Veery, Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Bronzed Cowbird
Breakfast was John’s favorite – out at Denny’s – just about the only place around that serves breakfast in Winnie. Following breakfast, we stopped at the grocery and delivered groceries home. Our plan was to stop at the Skillern Tract for a few moments on the way to High Island, BUT we stayed for well over 2 hours – LOTS of birds! We also found tons of birds at our own campground – there is a mulberry tree just across from us, and it was filled with birds as the mulberries are ripe and HUGE.
It was after noon when we returned and we completed laundry (long overdue) and showered for the party. Gene, one of the gentlemen who is a great supporter of the refuge, had an appreciation party for everyone connected with the refuge at his hunting lodge. What a great place, a great evening, super food and good conversation. We just got back home at 8 pm. It has been a great day.