[texbirds] Pictures from Tuesday, Scoters, shorebirds, terns and summer birds

  • From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:14:49 -0500

I found least bitterns scattered all around Anahuac refuge with all sort of
down in the vegetation
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295732

They show up much better when in all green vegetation but still are
conspicuous when mixed with some browner stems

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295733

Seaside sparrows were up singing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295735

As were the dickcissels

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295742

A damp meadowlark was working at drying

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295738

And a common nighthawk did open its eye now and then

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160295739

Two male whistling ducks were discussing who got to associate with a female
bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296225

The dominant male repeatedly bit the other bird on the tail-bone while the
female ignored both

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296226

Spoonbills were feeding out away from High Island

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296231

But still have their breeding colors

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296233

A white phase reddish egret

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296230

And a single Wilson's plover were the only birds around the resting areas
at Rollover Pass

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296293

A sandbar off to the southwest had 18 American oystercatchers idling. 3
banded birds were all young from last summer and non-breeders. Sue Heath
mentioned that later nesting oystercatchers did not do well during the May
storms but earlier broods did produce. All 3 are pictured on the site but
here is KR.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160296295

A single spotted sandpiper was down on Bolivar flats

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305240

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305241

The female surf scoter was on the beach but seemed alert

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305247

It spent a lot of time preening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305242

And does have new feathers including secondaries but would not be well on
the shore all the time.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305244

The male surf scoter around the corner at the jetty is more lethargic and
has worn feathers. It was rescued and is now in care along with a black
scoter female rescued at the same time.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160305249

A reddish egret up at the Texas City dike is a dark phase bird but has a
whitish back. Glare in the early pm sun made the white less conspicuous

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306248

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306246

A common tern made a good mystery bird pose

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306274

As it ran around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306275

And even had to hop to a new spot when harassed by amorous royal terns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306276

A sanderling on the dike had very red plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306249

As did a western sandpiper

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306250

Royal terns came in all colors

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306277

Very orange bills

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306278

Reddish bills

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306279

Speckling in the forehead

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306280

And all white foreheads

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306281

Sandwich terns were in fewer numbers but also varied in plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306283

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306282

A single unbanded American oystercatcher was out at the end

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306287

Black skimmers were not trying to nest this summer

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306290

But have started lying down in the heat of the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306289

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306291

Two flocks of American avocets were sitting by one of the pools

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306292

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306293

Others were lying down

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306294

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306295

And even when asleep, verified

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160306297

When ship wakes came in to the area the avocets would immediately get up
and feed heavily in the deeper water stirred up by the incoming stream.
Then back to sleep.

At home, the Carolina chickadees

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160292535

And tufted titmice are feeding young

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160292538

Note the young titmouse has no color on the side, no dark on the forehead
and a smaller crest which does not really show here.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/160292537

All of the pictures and more scoters, avocets etc can be browsed at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
Josephkennedy36@xxxxxxxxx


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