Date: 4/2/17 7:46 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Thursday shorebird and duck pictures from Bolivar and Anahuac
Crossed the ferry for sunrise but had to stay in the car as there was a lot of spray or more accurately sheets of water over the boat. First good bird seen was my friend the whimbrels who was on his little patch of mud that he has used for several years. The books all tout the stripe through the top of the head a good field mark but it can be hard to see http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165218319
But a friendly bird will show off the stripe if asked
Out on the beach at bolivar flats the drive down to the bollards and walking until around the bend had the roosting birds really buffeted by the wind. Most were hunkered down behind clumps like this snowy plover
There were more than 200 piping plovers out there with lots of bands. However the birds all faced into the wind which left the left leg hidden and the left leg is where the numbered flag is attached. And the birds were puffed up so the upper leg with the flag was not even visible.