Date: 7/4/18 6:47 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] PIctures from last week, more babies, molting adults and returning shorebirds
Started the day walking east beach. The annual coconut migration has begun. Like the last 2 years, the nuts are short distance migrants from further down the western gulf. Long distance migrants from the indies went up the Atlantic again like the sargassum. Thus only a few barnacles.
Saw the local snowy plovers out on the beach with one banded bird and one of this years fully feathered chicks.
The adult Wilson's plovers are getting very worn and in need of a molt. One banded bird is still hiding chicks that have to be mostly grown but never seen.
Across the way, bolivar flats had lots of interest.
Young of the year great egrets are out feeding with the reddish egrets on the abundant minnows. Depending on the tides and wind, the heron lunch is trapped in pools leading to lots of ownership disputes