Date: 8/25/17 12:15 pm From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar pictures from Wednesday, baby least terns etc
Did the coast on Wednesday dodging rain. It was nice on bolivar flats after waiting a bit. Nothing seemed to come out in the rain and no black rails called. The birds of the day were 8 young of the year least terns. 4 of them had nested way down the flats and behind the barrier. They never look like they can fly but do but are also happy to be fed. Tuesday had been the first day that they were missing from the nest area.
4 other terns were older and already well molting into winter plumage. They flew and could also scold like the parents but were not tied to one area of the flats. These could have been birds that Audubon showed on their facebook page to celebrate the first chicks for the year after lots of high tide events. Another week or so and most of the juvenile feathers will be gone on these birds.
Even more interesting than the birds were the piles and windrows of sauerkraut all over the beach. Thanks to Winnie, I was able to look up sauerkraut bryozoans. They are a colonial animal and may or not be introduced. Where the sun had cooked some they had a good odor. Birds did not seem to use it like sargassum.