Date: 4/6/21 9:31 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar Flats yesterday.
Headed down to the dawn ferry yesterday as it looked like there would be
lots of open sand out on the flats and it did not disappoint.

The beach was wet with lots of standing water which spread out the birds.
They seemed very nervous like the harriers or peregrine had been around but
I never saw what caused dreads. About 9am, the tide started coming in
fairly rapidly and instead of feeding on the rising tide many of the birds
went to sleep.

The ruddy turnstones had been working flipping hyacinth piles but went to
bed

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538605

Sanderlings, dunlin and western sandpipers did the same

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538606

Had my first gray red knot of the spring

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538603

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538602

I did not see a snowy plover and the number of semipalmated plovers was way
down as the piping plover count. Since they have an alternate feeding area,
that may not mean they are gone.

However, most of the piping plovers are rapidly molting. 2 weeks ago they
looked quite ratty with tattered feathers. Now most of the bad feathers are
replaced

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538593

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538601

Some birds migrate after molting but others may fly directly to the nesting
grounds without an intermediate stop. Not sure what the piping plovers do.

A coupld of birds found a great worm patch with worms much bigger than the
normal small prey.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538597

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538598

They chew the worm up into a wad and then swallow

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538599

And a look at the tail pattern

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171538600

The american avocets continue to molt into breeding plumage and were moving
around a lot. There was a good flock of red-breasted mefgansers over near
the jetty but white pelican numbers were way down.

Went back across the ferry and tried Coast Guard Woods and a couple of
other stops. Had grackles a parula and a couple of calling
louisiana waterthrush.

We need a front. nd rain as all the area is in drought with some parts
switching to extreme drought. And the forecasts sort of say that the
coastal hiatus will rule for some time to come.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 
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