Date: 8/24/20 1:19 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Coastal Birding last Thursday August 29th shorebirds and cinnamon teal
Your "Cinnamon" Teal is a straightforward Blue-winged Teal. Cinnamons never
show that much whitish/ contrast on the face and the bills are larger.

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 3:11 PM Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> Did the loop from galveston's east beach around bolivar and 1985 on
> Thursday. Driving down IH45, there was a spectacular lightning shore a ways
> offshore that really entertained. It was several miles off the beaches.
> Sprinkled a little while out on east beach from a clear sky and there was a
> full arc rainbow in the clear blue sky. Then it was nice for the rest of
> the trip.
>
> Beaches are getting dry with sand starting to drift and blow. No islands
> off the jetty with higher water this week.Terns were roosting in the
> protected area. Almost no least terns for the day but another new chick
> with parent on bolivar.
>
> First birds while getting out of the car were a couple of upland
> sandpipers that stayed up there. A good roost of small plovers included 15
> wilson's, 4 snowy and 10 piping. The sleeping bear dunes piping was on its
> usual patch and several locally banded wilson's were there too.
>
> Biggest influx of the day was the least sandpipers I have missed all
> summer.
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980488
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980489
>
> A few patches of sargassum had birds like this western sandpiper
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980487
>
> Lots of new black-bellied plovers were in including this chick-of-the-year
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980504
>
> And many adults
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980505
>
> Black-necked stilts used a puddle
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980506
>
> An odd looking duck in a puddle was confusing but I put it down as a
> cinnamon teal which was the bird of the day
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980508
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980509
>
> I get confused every fall by returning least sandpipers as you do not see
> the best breeding plumage in the spring and then the young show up too. At
> a distance, this bird seemed bigger with a strong breast band
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980511
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980512
>
> Most of the arriving short-billed dowitchers were napping along with the
> other birds
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980513
>
> But some fed
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980515
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980514
>
> Good numbers each (20) of snowy and piping plovers
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980514
>
> But there were 67 wilson's plovers napping
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980537
>
> Had a total of 9 banded birds including these old timers
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980538
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980535
>
> Numbers of young western willets arrived and are paler than the adults
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980532
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980533
>
> They westerns are starting to move into habitats formerly used by the
> eastern willets which left for the south back in the last weeks of July. We
> have to wait until after mid march to see them flying around again.
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980534
>
> A tricolored heron was acting like a reddish egret
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980527
>
> It was very tame as it is used to fishermen
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980530
>
> Tricolored herons are semipalmated just like willets and white ibis
>
> https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/170980529
>
> The rest of bolivar did not have many birds but still lots of people. 1985
> had little. They are harvesting rice and there was a good bit spilled on
> the edge of the road with no blackbirds interested. There had been some
> good flocks a week earlier but they were elsewhere. Again no hawks.
>
> A few ring-billed gulls had arrived on east beach but not on bolivar. No
> other unlaughing gulls either.
>
> It will be interesting to see what the storms bring in. Have to rely on
> beach cameras or others as my car refuses to go to the beach with storms in
> the gulf.
>
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>
>

 
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