Date: 7/26/20 10:35 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Coastal birding last Thursday illustrated
Did my weekly loop around east galveston bay on Thursday with many different birds than on the previous week. Tides ahead of Hanna were already high and you could only see where the galveston jetty was by some wave action. Over on Bolivar, much of the area where birds fed in recent weeks was well under water. People were arriving to camp for the weekend and some set up on the water side of a recent higher tide debris line. Looking at the beach cameras over the last couple of days, there was no beach on bolivar and most of the galveston side was also flooded. No good birds seen on camera unlike the brown booby a couple of weeks ago off the east beach camera with pelicans.
Migrant birds are returning with my first red red knot on east beach.
During the past few summers good numbers of the egrets were on bolivar and most were 2nd year non-breeders. Up to a third were white phase birds. This year numbers are maybe a third of past years and the proportion of white birds is much smaller.
A roseate spoonbill was feeding like a woodstork, waiting to snap the bill shut when it felt a goody
They mainly get one fish per trip and lots of begging goes nowhere. Other royal terns now are starting to pirate fish from parents bring fish to chicks with up to a dozen after the fish carrier. chicks learn to move out of the flock in order to eat
Only 1 common and 1 caspian tern for the day and 0 black terns. Very small numbers of sandwich terns as in recent years. They seem to be more shrimp eaters rather than fish eaters and do better like at the Quintana jetty.