Date: March 5, 2015
Weather: cloudy am, sunny pm; very windy
Temperature: start 40º
Year List: 169
Birds: Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, American Coot, Mottled Duck, Snowy Egret, Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mourning Dove, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Kite, Purple Martin,
With very strong winds that rocked our RV and pelting rain, we decided it would be a good day to just stay indoors – good plan. We enjoyed a late breakfast, and once the rain stopped, we laundered our sheets. We spent a bit of time researching bald cypress for our bird walk near the VC, and planning a few birding adventures for the future.
When the sun arrived, we visited the Skillern Tract, just a mile down the road, and were thrilled to see a Pine Warbler, first time this year. The wind was still vicious, so we sat in the car and watched areas where the birds could find shelter from the wind and found quite a few species. Afterward, we drove into Winnie for fuel and bread to make garlic bread to complement our spaghetti. It was a good relaxing day.