Monday 11 May 2015

Port Aransas State Park, Texas

Today has been all about waders, lots of them and all very close.  Wader migration here has been brilliant and is not something I was expecting.  The main species today have been hundreds of Stilt Sandpipers, all in full summer plumage, scores of Wilsons Phalaropes, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, American Avocet, Snowy and Wilsons Plovers and Willet.  Ticks have included Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker.  We also saw this morning at Goose Island SP Black-chinned Hummingbird and Buff-bellied Hummingbird.

Ad female Wilsons Phalarope

American Avocet

Ad Stilt Sandpiper, one of several hundred seen today, all in summer plumage.