Tuesday, April 3, 2012
On Watch With the Wilsons
A few weeks ago I visited Jekyll Island on a whim. When I stopped at the visitor center I overheard a very knowledgeable lady at the desk detailing all the places on the island to see different birds. She was quickly marking spots on the island map as she detailed the different varieties. I kind of leaned in and watched and after the gentleman she was talking with left, I moved up and asked for one of the same. Then I allowed that it was too late in the day to hit all those spots but since I was nearby I could come back another day. Where? Oh, in Folkston at Okefenokee Pastimes. Really, she said, I know those folks. Well, one thing led to another and the next thing I know I was agreeing to volunteer for Miss Lydia Thompson on her Wilson's Plover watch to gather information for her grant project. Yesterday was my first watch and I loved it.
As you can see in the picture, Mr. Wilson is very good at blending in with his surroundings. I think the military guys studied him when they came up with the idea for camoflague.
Except for this runner
It was just me and the birds on the beach for 2 hours. The flies are beginning to be out and vicious. I sprayed with Off! which didn't deter them, but the Skin So Soft did the job. Glad I brought both.