The majority of the fall migrants have passed through. However, a number of warbler species do winter over in limited numbers, according to the Checklist of Birds of the Upper Texas Coast.
The common winter resident warblers are Myrtle, Orange-crowned and Pine. So it is always fun to find some other species that are either very late migrants, or birds that have decided to go no further south.
Here is an Ovenbird that I found by the drip at LaFitte's Cove in Galveston on Oct 26th.
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
|Summer Tanager - female|
Here is one of the adults. It is all white with a gray back and black shoulder patches.
|White-tailed Kite - adult|
|White-tailed Kite - juvenile|
|White-tailed Kite - juvenile eating rodent|
Here is a photo of another vireo.
Notice in the photo that the upper mandible of the quiz bird doesn't reach to the end of the lower mandible and the hook is not visible.
Why? I think the bird has a beak deformity. Here is a photo of the same bird head on and you can see the upper mandible is bent to the right. The hook is visible here and it almost looks like a crossbill.
Happy birding and photography,
David McDonald email@example.com
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