Date: April 16, 2015
Temperature: start 69º
Wildlife count: Gators, snake
Year List: 252
Birds: Black-bellied & Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, American & Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great & Snowy Egret, Little Blue & Tri-colored & Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White & White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black & Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, King & Virginia Rail, Sora, Purple & Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Laughing Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tree & Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed & Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed and Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole
Almost 100 people visited us at the VIS today in between the soaking tropical storms. There was good discussion all around, especially around cups of steaming coffee, as most all of the visitors were wet. Even in the midst of the rain, good birds were seen by all.
We birded early before work, and used the scope from the deck between showers, and even saw birds from inside the VIS. After work, we drove Shoveler Pond, and heard a Virginia Rail, which we have not heard for some time.
Dinner was homemade pizza, and we relaxed indoors in the midst of dark clouds scudding overhead. There were severe storm warnings north of us, but all we got was a few showers.