Saturday, March 11, 2006

Trip to Tickfaw

BRAS and LSU Bird Club sponsored a trip to the Tickfaw State Park today. 19 people showed up, so the Boslers and Richard Gibbons each took a small group on the different trails. We totaled 55 species for the day, starting out with a Wild Turkey while we were not even out of the starting gate (picture to follow)! We saw all the usual suspects for this time of year, including several Northern Parulas. Our guide, Richard, was big on birding by ear and even had bird sounds loaded on his palm pilot for us to listen to and to help call the birds in. Probably our best bird of the day, and the most elusive was the Yellow-Throated Warbler, but we finally got a great look at it at the very top of a tall pine. No pictures of it though as it was much too far away.

I picked up about a dozen different types of Salvia at Naylor's yesterday and got them planted today. Should be quite a smorgasbord at the end of the driveway for my summer hummers! People all over the South are spotting Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds already, but I haven't seen one yet. I saw a female Rufous yesterday and today at two different feeders. Not sure how many birds though...

Tomorrow Lake Martin again!

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Jane--didn't see any wild turkeys!! what happened? din't see any posted pics from this trip.