We left home on Sunday afternoon, May 3rd and drove to Tallahassee, Florida. As I normally do, I kept a list of birds as were riding and I turned these into eBird. While traveling 70 mph, I usually don’t see anything except the larger birds, so the numbers are not spectacular.
Here is a summary of that day:
White Ibis 6, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 4, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Sandhill Crane 1, American Crow 4, Common Grackle 1, Boat-tailed Grackle 2. When we stopped for the night, we spotted a Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, a Brown Thrasher and Great Crested Flycatcher which I was able to get a photo of. (12 species)
It took the second photo to finally put the ID together. Flycatchers can be a challenge (to me), but the underside helped me ID this bird.
Not bad for a first day. The second day, we drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was one of our longest driving days. Our first goal of the vacation was to be in Houston, Texas by Tuesday, May 5th, which is 1,000 miles from home.
I listed these birds with eBird for the 2nd day, May 4th. A total of 14 species – Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 1, Cattle Egret 2,Turkey Vulture 6, Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 1, American Crow 2, Fish Crow 1, Tree Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 1, Brown Thrasher 1, Common Grackle 2 and 2 Boat-tailed Grackles. Not much for 500 miles of riding. Most of the interesting birds that day were the ones at the Welcome Center which I wrote about.
On Tuesday, we had an easier day and decided to stop by the Battleship Texas. It is located in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Dan was in the Navy and if there is a Ship Museum we usually visit it. While we were looking around it, as normal for me, if there is a bird nearby, my attention gets diverted. “Birdwatching Adventure” kicks in and I’m off to capture the birds with the camera. The ship will still be there, but birds have a way of moving on.
Here is a list of the birds seen while visiting the Battleship Texas on May 5th. (eBird report): Neotropic Cormorant 2, Brown Pelican 1, Great Egret 1, Black Vulture, Bonaparte’s Gull 1, Laughing Gull 2, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3, Cliff Swallow 10, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 4, House Sparrow 2.
Here are some of those photos of the ship and the birds I tried to photograph.
We were close to Houston and arrived safely at my niece’s house later that day. Vacation Goal #1 – Met.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 NKJV)
Some of the other articles that mention our vacation:
- Birds at the Mississippi Welcome Center
- My Western Greater Roadrunners
- Antelope Ground Squirrels at Houston Zoo
- White-breasted Cormorants at San Diego Zoo
- Need Help With Some Identifications
- Last Photos of Our Vacation
- Home at Last – 6,161 Miles Later
- Sharing The Gospel