Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ft. Lauderdale 4/1--White Ibis

Because we couldn't make good, same day connections to Port of Spain, we stayed overnight in Ft. Lauderdale (technically, Davies), arriving late afternoon. The Holiday Inn Express we stayed at was pretty isolated in terms of places to eat (the not-too-distant Ruby Tuesday's Shari found on the Internet had turned into a McDonald's), so we had to settle for the Waffle House next door where we had a decent, diner-type meal. Walking back through the adjacent parking lots, we doves or pigeons sitting atop the 5-story hotel, but couldn't make them out naked eye, so I went upstairs to get our binoculars. Never did a get a decent look at those birds, but we did see a flock of 10 White Ibises fly overhead. Look for one bird, find another.

One of the challenges doing the Bird A Day contest comes with travel days. Hard to find a bird to list in an airport or from an airplane. I had planned to take one of my backyard birds out of the "bank" but the White Ibises were a happy surprise and I used that species. Certainly better than wasting a Chipping Sparrow.

Boat-tailed Grackles were also flying around, which I found slightly odd, since in NJ they're never out of sight of salt water and we were a fair distance from the ocean.

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