Date: 7/13/20 10:47 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from the coast last week
Walking out to the beach from the east beach parking lot on Galveston, a
caracara flew over my head going to the same place. He landed down past the
jetty and was eating on a well eaten and plucked laughing gull

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867083

On the way back to the car he was eating on a well eaten hardhead

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867084

The beaches near the jetty and over on Bolivar had the first decent amount
of sargassum present in years but nothing like the windrows of some past
years. It was greatly appreciated by the birds who did a lot of poking and
prodding including a single snowy plover

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867087

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867086

Just down the beach a bit from the bollards on bolivar flats, an osprey was
making use of the sanctuary markers

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867155

A piping plover was also using the sargassum

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867164

As did the semipalmated plover but not here

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867170

Wilson's plovers were starting to gather prior to migrating

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867190

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867191

Only a couple of young sandwich terns were present among the many royal
tern chicks

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867169

And a single pair of least terns were still interested in making baby terns

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867154

My first black terns of the fall was off with shorebirds rahter than other
terns

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867148

Found the 4 summering dunlin

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867150

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867153

A summering black-bellied plover showed how small peeps can be and the
western sandpiper is the largest of the 3 usual beach peeps

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867149

Returning ruddy turnstones keep their breeding colors for a few days

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867166

Or out on the flats could be called turnweeds as they flip sargassum
clumps. The clumps had been stranded for a bit but still had lots of
goodies iinside. You only find sea horses and pipfishes as the weed first
hits the surf and they are found just as fast by the gulls and terns.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867165

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867168

Newly arrived short-billed dowitchers keep probing and are one of the fast
molters

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867171

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867172

Western sandpipers are also weed pickers but also use the clumps as shelter
from the wind

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867182

though most of the several hundred were sleeping

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867183

Newly arrived western willets were also sleeping

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867184

But kept an eye on things

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867186

The ones feeding seemed to mainly find small clams

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867188

But most were sleeping come late morning

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170867189

I did not see a single band on any of the birds on the trip despite lots of
looking. Even some of the regular locals were missing. But they will show
up another day.



--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 
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