Looked at shorebirds today for migrants. East beach Galveston had none as the snowy plovers wore local breeding bird bands and no piping plover anywhere. But soon.
Over on Bolivar flats, had a dozen returning marbled godwits with orange bills. One already dropping feathers. Several western willets joining the summering non-breeding plumaged birds. Found no other migrants.
The cool godwit was a 2014 locally banded bird (November 2014) that used to have a radio but has apparently shed it. I had it on June 30, 2016 and subsequent weeks but missed it since then. The Audubon people had it last winter. So it arrived right on time. With my trips about a week apart it is effectively the same arrival time. It did not have an orange bill in 2016 so may not have bred that year.
Did have 26 semipalmated plovers on east beach but that number has been summering and roosting. Had about 65 on bolivar flats but half that number have been summering and if beach people got out on Galveston, the birds there fly across to Bolivar.
2 gray knots, 2 short-billed dowitchers and other non-breeding shorebirds made a good list. Lots of baby terns of many local species
On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 5:59 PM, Willie Sekula <williebird22...> wrote:
> Justin et al, > I had a breeding plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher at the Calallen Sod Farm > this past Sunday [June 29th]. > > Willie Sekula > Falls City > > > Sent from my iPhone > > > On Jun 23, 2018, at 5:33 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> > wrote: > > > > Texbirds, > > > > By early June, we had Long-billed Curlews returning to the coast, then > earlier this week, the first adult Western Willets were noted at various > locations across Central Texas, and now we have Greater Yellowlegs in the > South Plains. Yesterday, I noted 3 at a playa near Southland in Garza > County. I am now more convinced that the 3 I had in Pecos County last week > were, indeed, S-bound migrants as opposed to summering. Before long, Least > Sandpipers will be back. > > > > Good birding! > > Justin Bosler > > currently in the air between Dallas and Austin > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds > > Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking > permission > from the List Owner > > >
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