It’s an all-bird day today. First we have a series of shorebird photos by reader Damon Williford, who gives this information:
Attached are photos of some of the many shorebirds that migrate through southern Texas in April and May on their way northern breeding grounds. The exception of the Tricolored Heron and Laughing Gull which breed here, as does the Blue-winged Teal during wet years. This was the first time I’ve ever observed Wilson’s Phalaropes following a duck. I’m guessing they were gobbling up whatever invertebrates the teal stirred up. One of the great things about living in South Texas is that its on the verge of the Neotropics.
Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla):
Lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes):
Long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus):
Stilt sandpiper (Calidris himantopus):
Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor):
Wilson’s phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) and stilt sandpiper:
Reader Karin from Uppsala sent a photo showing a thieving magpie:
The magpies (Pica pica) have discovered the birdfeeder outside my kitchen window, and I captured one with my Iphone camera.