Thursday, April 22, 2010
The refuge was dyamite. The colonial bird nesting area had hundreds of Wood Storks, Great and Snowy Egrets, and smaller numbers of Tri-colored Herons, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, and some immature White Ibis. The woods areas of the wildlife drive had several warblers including Hooded, Yellow-throated, Pine, but no Ovenbirds. In the open areas we had Eastern Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler, and Painted Bunting, while back in the woods we observed a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos and an Eastern Wood-Pewee.
Back on the road we spotted a hawk flying along with the car that turned out to be a Mississippi Kite (web photo). About then we crossed the state line into Florida and we concentrated on getting to Gainesville where we will be overnighting with John's friend Tom. When we arrived, we got a tour of the garden that Tom has carefully nurtured over the years. Tom also keeps a bug light on and collects specimens which he mounts and stores in a special bug house he built in the backyard.
With the new birds we saw today the cumulatve year list total is now 470.