Date: 3/31/21 12:54 pm From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Down on the coast Monday Bryan Beach to Texas City
Headed down to Quintana for the sunrise and my first fallout of the spring following the cold front and rain on the coast and got there a bit before the sunrise.
Little blue herons and cattle egrets were moving east in good sized flocks. One egret and several little blue flocks. A few fulvous whistling ducks too. Very little on the beach driving down to the end of the driveable beach. A local made it not advisable to bird the area so I missed the oldsquaw.
I had not seen lesser black-backed gulls up on galveston county or the dike since the freeze but bryan beach continues to be their stronghold with only breeding plumaged birds present.
There were redder birds but they were in bad light.
Driving up Elmers Island there were lots of sanderlings and western willets moving. A flock of 24 piping plovers dropped in. One had a very interesting band arrangement but they moved on right away going inland. Lots of birds, plovers, avocets, skimmers sandpipers etc and I could get there without trouble for the first time in a long time. The skimmer/avocet flock was flushed by something up in the air a couple of times but I could not find what they saw.
Stopped at migrant traps on Galveston and had 1 each catbird, hermit thrush, hooded and black and white warbler and great crested flycatcher plus 5 yellow-rumped warblers. No loons on 61st street and very little on the texas city dike. Almost no pelicans but lots of cormorants.
But it still is March and the migrants can't be very far away both for time and distance. Broad-wings starting to show in the valley and they will be here soon.
-- Joseph C. Kennedy on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston <Josephkennedy36...>