Monday, February 16, 2015
Blue Sky Bird Walk!
Today our weather is rainy and quite cold but this weekend was beautiful! The high on Saturday was in the mid 50's. There was a bird walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park on that day and since it is close to my Dad's, I decided to go by myself since Richard had to work. Our walk was from 1:30 to 4PM and it was wonderful to be outside in the fresh air. It was quite windy and we might not have seen as many birds as usual because of this but the birds at the lake made up for it.
Our guide told us that the collective name for a group of water birds is a raft...so we saw a raft of double crested cormorants, he estimated about 130 of them! Since Phil brought a powerful scope for our bird watching, we could see them in great detail. Amazing sight! The cormorants were mixed in with a group of ring billed gulls. The sun shining upon the white gulls was dazzling! Hey! You want to know the other birds we saw on our walk? You can see the list just here!
This weekend was The Great Backyard Bird Count and you find more info about it here.
Before this walk, I went to my Dad's for a wonderful lunch. Let's see, we had turnip greens, collard greens, cabbage from his garden, roast beef with potatoes, carrots & onions, macaroni & cheese, biscuits and onion cornbread, and a big pot of pinto beans and great Northern beans. I needed a long bird walk after that meal!
Best thing of all, after I finished the walk, I came back to my Dad's and was pleased to find him on his lawnmower and he was wearing the cap that I crocheted for him! If only Richard could have been with me, he would have been thrilled to have seen all those cormorants! And you know that I took Richard some left overs!