Friday, April 29, 2011

LaFitte's Cove Bird Report 4-29-11

David McDonald Photography
Friendswood Texas

I arrived at LaFitte's Cove about 2pm and spent 5 hours there. The weather was windy from the south, so I knew it would be just an average day.

As it was slow in the woods initially, I checked out the ponds for sandpipers. As well as the usual yellowlegs, dowitchers and a few peeps, there were Solitary, Stilt, Pectoral Sandpipers as well as a single Wilson's Phalarope. The Stilt Sandpipers were mostly still molting but 2 were in full breeding plumage - see photos below.

Warblers I saw or reported by others were Tennessee, Golden-winged, No. Parula, Yellow, Magnolia, BT Green, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, No. Waterthrush, Kentucky, and Common Yellowthroat for a total of 14 species.

Other migrants were both Tanagers, RB Grosbeak, both buntings, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, YB Cuckoo, 2 thrush species - Swainson's, Veery

Photos from today....

Bay-breasted Warbler        Kentucky Warbler female        Ovenbird

Pectoral Sandpiper    Stilt Sandpiper - molting    Stilt Sandpiper - breeding     Wilson's Phalarope - male

Swainson's Thrush    Indigo Bunting needing to preen after bathing

 Good Birding.

David McDonald
(c) 2011 David McDonald

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