Date: April 21, 2015
Weather: sunny, a light wind, perfect day
Temperature: start 65º
Wildlife count: Swamp rabbit, Fox squirrel
Year List: 276
Birds: Great Blue Heron, Great & Snowy & Cattle Egret, Semi-palmated and Piping Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Crested Caracara, Boat-tailed and Great-tailed Grackles, Blue-winged Teal, American Bittern, Tri-colored Heron, Reddish Egret, Green Heron, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Gull-billed & Black & Forster’s Terns, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Eastern Meadowlark, House Sparrow, Neo-tropic & Double-crested Cormorant, American White & Brown Pelican, American Avocet, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied & American Golden Plovers, Stilt Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, Ring-billed & Herring Gulls, Least & Common & Sandwich Terns, Purple Martin, Common Grackle, Black & Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Philadelphia Vireo, Tree Swallow, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged & Tennessee Warbler, Summer & Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Indigo & Painted Bunting, Orchard & Baltimore Oriole, Roseate Spoonbill, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Eurasian-collared Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, American Redstart, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
What a beautiful day! Barry and Lynn joined us for a day of birding and photography. Driving the backroads and scouring the rice fields around us, we were able to see the Upland Sandpiper, and with our new car mount, Barry was able to get some wonderful photos. From guests, we learned of a few different roads on Bolivar Peninsula, and driving Bob’s road and Barbados, we observed different birds, especially the American Bittern and egrets in different habitats.
Lunch was Subway sandwiches eaten at Rollover, where there were lots of birds again, and great ways to challenge our identification skills. Off to High Island, we birded first Boy Scout Woods, then the rookery and Smith Oaks. The birds were plentiful, if elusive.
Once back home, we all enjoyed happy hour around the campfire and didn’t retire to fix dinner until 7. We enjoyed chicken/veggie/alfredo. I think we are on birding overload!