We had 47 birders join us for the birding Cruise out of Blakeley Historic State Park on January 18, 2017. Amazingly everyone was there and on the boat EARLY. Our Captain, Steve and his mate, Richard were so helpful and fun too! Mike Bunn, our contact with the park and the one who made plans for our lunch at the Blue Gill was likewise most cooperative.
In spite of fog we were able to spot birds on the ride south. The birds were in the area between the Causeway and Bayway. Shortly after entering that area we spotted the ducks through the fog which definitely made spotting difficult. Later we pulled up on a flat and found numerous species of shorebirds.
In spite of the fog we had a total of 46 species including those seen on the Boardwalk at the park. We had a nice lunch at the Blue Gill served by a most efficient staff. As we were pulling away from the dock, after lunch, we were hailed down by a waitress. Captain Steve talked our way out of having “walked the check” and we proceeded on our way to bird another 30 minutes before returning to Blakeley.
GREAT BLUE HERON
LITTLE BLUE HERON
RED-TAILED HAWK (KRIDERS)