Date: March 13, 2015
Weather: a few moments of sunshine in the clouds and drizzle
Temperature: start 58º
Wildlife count: River Otter, Lizard
Year List: 187
Birds: Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Neo-tropic & Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black & Turkey Vulture, Osprey, White-tailed and Swallow-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Merlin, Eastern Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat-tailed Grackle, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird
This was our first opportunity for an Interpretative program, and with rain, clouds and no advertising, we only talked to 15 people and no one stopped for the scope or Walk on the Swamp. Perhaps when the weather gets better…
WE, on the other hand, had a GREAT time! We birded with our scope on Shoveler Pond all morning, first selecting the best spot, and then setting up under the rear tailgate of the FWS Ford Explorer. We were warm and dry, and even had a seat on the rear bumper – what could be better. In our entire day of birding we saw over 60 species.
Since we were so close to the RV, we came back for a bowl of soup for lunch and then headed over to Anahuac to the VC for the Swamp Walk. In the mist and drizzle, John got some beautiful photos. With no walk to take, we drove back to the refuge and birded down to Frozen Point, enjoying some good looks at birds close to the water. The sun even came out for a few moments!
Dinner was veggie/chicken/pasta/Alfredo.