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.