From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Justin Bosler
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 3:18 PM
To: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Cc: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
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.
On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 3:11 PM Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...><mailto:<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.
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
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.
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.