I think I arrived at the refuge a little before noon.
then drove the route birdwatching. Leslie has a new SCOPE so we were able to use that. It is pretty neat!
Here are the birds we saw during this adventure:
2.trumpeter swan 3.wood duck 4. gadwall ( a tan duck that has a black butt) 5.American black duck 6.mallard 7.northern shoveler (duck with red sides, seen through scope in area where we saw the sandhill crane) 8.green-winged teal ( a duck with reddish head, seen through scope with the black ducks in area where we saw the white egret) 9.greater scaup (black and white diving duck, seen with the bufflehead) 10.bufflehead (black and white diving duck) 11.double crested cormorant (seen swimming near aquaduct) 12.great blue heron 13.great (white) egret 14.bald eagle 15.turkey vulture 16.harrier (raptor) 17.osprey 18.sora 19.American coot (swimmer- black with white beak) 20.common gallinule or moorhen (swimmer –blackish had bright orange on top of beak) 21.sandhill crane 22.killdeer 23.spotted sandpiper 24.greater yellowlegs (a small wading bird) 25.least sandpiper (smallest wading bird) 26.Hudsonian godwit
27. ring-billed gull 28.caspian tern 29.pigeon 30.red-bellied woodpecker 31.kestrel 32.great crested flycatcher (heard near old paper plant) 33.crow 34.northern rough-winged swallow 35.purple martin 36.tree swallow(seen flying about- white underside) 37.barn swallow(has red on underside) 38.white-breasted nuthatch 39.robin 40.catbird 41.yellow warbler 42.yellow-rumped warbler 43.chipping sparrow 44.white crowned sparrow 45.song sparrow 46.cardinal 47.red-winged blackbird 48.grackle 49.brown-headed cowbird (on lawn near visitor center) 50.goldfinchWe also found four geocaches today, one of them we had looked for last year without success. My favorite geocache of today was AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER, which is hidden on the very overgrown grounds of an old building which may have been a one room schoolhouse first and then a church.
We then went to the DAYS INN and settled in a bit. We had supper at SWABY's which is a neat place with interesting artifacts including an electric chair and this: