We took a road walk in the Kingsland Bay area. We went looking for over-wintering birds, but mild temperatures and three days of south winds must have convinced them to depart for their northern breeding grounds. Instead, our day was filled with spring firsts. The first great blue heron of the spring was standing in a tiny patch of open water surrounded by ice.

The first killdeer were checking out a field where this species has nested for several years now. Four cormorants flew by. And we saw three early tree swallows and immediately worried that there can’t possibly be enough insects to keep them alive.

In all, we saw twenty-two species.