Date: May 1, 2015
Weather: mostly sunny
Temperature: start 62º
Wildlife count: Gator, turtle
Year List: 286; Life List: 503
Birds: Least Bittern, Marsh Wren, Tri-colored Heron, American Bittern, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, White-faced Ibis, Boat-tailed & Great-tailed Grackles, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Mottled Duck, Green Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Eastern Kingbird, King Rail with chicks, Willet, Pied-billed Grebe, Fulvous & Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Barn & Tree Swallows, Snowy & Great Egret, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher,
As this was our last day in Anahuac, we were out on the refuge early again, as we fueled the NWR vehicle. As we drove some of the roads, we were able to see a King Rail mama dart up into the grasses, but caught sight of a little black ball of fuzz. Rail chicks are all black, and rely on hiding for protection. However, we could just see the black eye and beak of this beauty and were able, with the wonderful focus of the camera, to get a shot of it.
The morning at the VC was rather quiet, and we all gathered at Chelsea’s for lunch – volunteers and staff – for a going away party. We were each awarded pins for 1500 hours of service in National Wildlife Refuges, certificates, and were each given a beautiful denim shirt with the NWR volunteer patch sown on – what a delight. The Friends of the Refuge paid for our lunch and gave us gift certificates for $15 in their store.
When we got back to the store, we each bought a t-shirt and a Crosley Raptor book, which will teach us a lot about hawks – a weak point in our birding.
People were in most of the afternoon, so it was 4 before we knew it. When we got home, we flushed our tanks and prepared for leaving. Dinner was in Winnie at the DQ, as we had to fuel our own truck. When we got back, everyone was out by the fire and Cindy had come and brought an orange/lemon cake that LindaAnn had made. It has been a delightful day.