Date: 8/25/20 7:11 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Coastal Birding last Thursday August 29th shorebirds and cinnamon teal
I’m not sure about the duck. Its coloration seems correct for Blue-winged Teal but the bill does seem overly large for a Blue-wing. I would like to hear others opinions.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

Commissioner Steve Radack
Precinct 3, Harris County
www.pct3.com<http://www.pct3.com>



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.

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

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.

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A few patches of sargassum had birds like this western sandpiper

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Lots of new black-bellied plovers were in including this chick-of-the-year

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And many adults

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Black-necked stilts used a puddle

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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

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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

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Most of the arriving short-billed dowitchers were napping along with the other birds

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But some fed

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Good numbers each (20) of snowy and piping plovers

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But there were 67 wilson's plovers napping

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Had a total of 9 banded birds including these old timers

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Numbers of young western willets arrived and are paler than the adults

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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.

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A tricolored heron was acting like a reddish egret

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It was very tame as it is used to fishermen

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Tricolored herons are semipalmated just like willets and white ibis

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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...><mailto:<Josephkennedy36...>
 
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