Date: 3/31/21 11:48 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Down on the coast last Friday, new and old birds and a meeting with Monty
Took the sunrise ferry across to Bolivar from Galveston. There were laughing gulls around but not really following the boat. A few flights of pelicans heading west.
Over on Bolivar, there were eastern willets everywhere I went. Lots of noise. Most were paired or in threes. A few scissor-tailed flycatchers were along Frenchtown Road and 1 eastern kingbird. The water had been over Frenchtown Road from the Wednesday high water event and the rim of the road still had water.
Fort Travis had a few golden plovers with a single black-bellied plover. Yellow-headed blackbirds were in the usual spot near 24th street with the grackles. One martin house was abandoned and another had birds.
Retillon Road had also had water and the flats had lots of water. Many white and brown pelicans were off to the west feeding and scooping up goodies. There was a flock of about 200 lesser yellowlegs feeding next Retillon.
A long walk down toward the jetty had relatively few birds other than sanderlings. Lots of white pelicans and avocets were feeding and then going to bed for a nap at low tide. 2 large flocks of avocets were swimming and group feeding and over time joined the thousands of sleeping birds.
Driving up the peninsula I did not find many other migrants (or birds). Walking around High Island had a calling hooded warbler and neat birds at the rookery. Heard my only house wren since the freeze. Added hermit thrush and brown thrasher to my list of birds missing since the freeze
Lots of northern harriers were heading east along Retillon and Pear Orchard Road. Often there were 2 or 3 in sight at one time. One resident red-tailed hawk and 2 lingering american kestrels.
Rice farming is starting with one area already flooding with double cropping in mind. First time in many years that I know of. No birds yet and only one section had water. A couple of other fields had signs of dike making. If there is double cropping, there could be really good birds this summer during and after the first cutting.
-- Joseph C. Kennedy on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston <Josephkennedy36...>