Date: 4/9/17 5:01 pm From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> Subject: [texbirds] Galveston today - slow but interesting
Hi Texbirders, I finally had a chance to hit the coast today for spring migration.
On 8 mile and Sportmans road, there was an Osprey sitting on the ground just after the turn onto Sportman's Road. He sat there at least 1/2 hour, so I don' know whether he is sick or injured as I have never soon an Osprey sitting in the grass before.
The tide was out and there was lots mud beside the reeds and finally I saw a Clapper Rail. I missed them there the last few years.
On Settegast, a beautiful pair of Scissor-tails were flying around and I captured the male beside the car on a fence post. Best pic ever of this bird at 15 feet away.
Finally still a few remaining winter ducks with a nice male Redhead and this male Northern Shoveler. He was weird in that his head looked purple the whole time. I guess iridescense, but I have never seen a purple headed N. Shoveler before, even briefly.