Date: 10/17/20 10:41 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from the coast, gulls, shorebirds and delta damage
Got down to the beach at dawn on Tuesday and had to slosh through pools on the road. They were still removing sand from Delta. Looking out over the formerly fenced off area where snowy and wilson's plovers sparred for ownership, the area is flat and most of the rainwater wet area is filled with sand
I miss birds out there concentrating on the plovers and did not notice the banded red knot in the background. A knot had walked up to a person sitting on the sand a week earlier until noticing that the lump was alive.
I did find a large flock of caspian terns out there alone and estimated that another 10 or so were in the gull/tern flocks. That number was low as this shot of the 2 lesser black-backed gulls has 8 caspians.
The lesser black-backed gull numbers on the dike are increasing. I can remember coming to the dike back in the 1960's to see old pegleg on his piling on the dike for my first look. Now they are the commonest large gull there at least at this time of the year.