Date: March 4, 2015
Weather: a fair amount of sunshine
Temperature: start 67º
Wildlife count: Bobcat, Alligator
Year List: 168
Birds: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe, Caspian Tern, Mourning Dove, Crested Caracara, Vermillion Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tail & Great-tailed Grackles
Our day was spent at the VIS (Visitor Information Station) out on the refuge. We got there early and drove Shoveler Pond while the fog was lifting, viewing a gator and the Bobcat was running down the road in from of us.
With the warm weather, we spent most all of the day on the deck with our scope, watching almost 50 species of birds from the deck – it was both educational and entertaining to study their foraging/loafing habits. In all, six people visited the VIS today with no purchases – sure made check-out easy when we closed. The interesting thing is that one couple was from Okawville, IL, which is where my grandparents owned a clubhouse. We enjoyed many happy childhood memories in that place and it is still in the family, although the clubhouse has long since been destroyed.
Large flocks of Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, White & White-faced Ibis flew over most all day and settled on the refuge for foraging and rest. It is about time for the geese to head north, but we figured they flew up a ways, looked at that miserable weather, and turned back to wait awhile!
Dinner was beef stir-fry. We decided that since we are now close to a grocery store, we are going to have to add to our menus – get some new ideas for dinner menus. I can’t imagine how tired the early pioneer families must have become of eating the same foods!