I got back to Florida yesterday. I drove from Maryland to Florida on Christmas Day and the traffic was very light most of the way. It was most astonishing to me to drive in the Washington, D.C. area and see almost no traffic on the beltway and 95 south from D.C. to Richmond. I spent much of my life sitting in rush hour traffic in the D.C. area and I felt like I was in an alternate reality having very few cars on the road.
There were several friends I wanted very much to see while I was in Maryland, but I couldn’t stay long enough to make it happen. I sandwiched the trip between two local Christmas Bird Counts.
I received several eBird alerts over the last couple of days about a Snail Kite in the area. That is very unusual for here. After I finished unpacking and catching up on a few things, like brushing Dart and cleaning his ears, Regis and I headed out to where the Snail Kite was last seen. It was there!! It flew right by us as soon as we arrived.
We saw lots and lots of Ibis. It is the most Ibis I have seen. There were also a lot of Glossy Ibis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than one Glossy Ibis at a time. There were at least two dozen of them.
When we got back from birding, Dart was as frisky as I have seen him in awhile. I think he took a power nap while we were gone.