Saturday, November 26, 2011

LaFitte's Cove Bird Report 11-26-11

It was a beautiful morning on Galveston Island toady. The mosquitos weren't a problem.

The woods were pretty quiet. Birds seen in the woods included Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, Gray Catbird, Hermit Thrush, House Wren, Swamp Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a couple of hummers. Locals were Mockingbird, Cardinal, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker.

The ponds were full of birds. Ducks included Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Mottled, Northern Shoveler. A few Am. Coots were present. Shorebirds were both Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers, peeps, Willets and the first ever seen by me in this location was an American Avocet.

There were several raptors hunting over the woods and ponds..No. harrier, Cooper's, Merlin, and Red-shouldered. If you add the Red-tailed, White-tailed Kite and Am. Kestrel seen on Stewart Road on the way to LaFitte's it was a 7 raptor day.

Here are some photos.

Merlin on house
American Avocet - male non-breeding
House Wren

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