We arose early enough to go and view the sunrise on the bay from the dock. There were not many birds on the islands in the bay but many were flying over. Photos of the rising sun:
We have not seen many roseate spoonbills at DDNWR this year but we did see one lone roseate feeding at sunrise this morning:
We all then walked over to the beach to see if anything was happening. As we approached the eagle's tree, we all spotted the eagle sitting on a low branch on the tree.....we had not seen it as close to the ground before. I was glad everyone got a good look because as I walked further down the path I must have scared it off because he suddenly flew away. Not much seen on the beach...looks like another cloudy day.
We had breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, grapefruit, and orange juice when we returned to the house. Mike left for Marco Island around 10:00 am. Since it is too cloudy to sit at the beach, we headed with Cecilia to Periwinkle Place to do some shopping. Cecilia bought the cutest binoculars at Friday's Child for her grandchildren who both have birthdays in March. We bought some items at The Original Chico's for ourselves.
|Ibis feeding at Periwinkle Place|
For tonight's dinner, we stopped on the way home at Timbers Fish Market and purchased fresh mussels (one of Ce's favorites) that had just arrived from Maine. It began to sprinkle as we got back to the house.
Dinner was a joint venture tonight. Al scrubbed the mussels, Cecilia made the salad, and I cooked the sauce, boiled the pasta, and baked the rolls. The mussels were some of the largest, "plumpest" ones that we have ever had. Our mussels with light Italian sauce served over pasta was delicious as well as the tossed green salad. Luckily, it was nice enough to eat dinner on the porch.