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September 6, 2014 - World Shorebird Day

 

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We started at the resaca just to the west of the SR 100 exit off US 77

 

 

Harris' Hawk

 

Young Purple Martin (note the fine streaks on the breast)

 

   

Adult and juvenile Ruddy Turnstones at the Highway 48 Boat Ramp

 

   

This is the time of year that Great "Tailless" Grackles start showing up (and none too happy about it... ☺)

 

Scruffy-looking young Great Blue Heron

 

We risked getting rear-ended stopping for this Upland Sandpiper at the foot of the causeway to South Padre!

 

   

White morph Reddish Egret; now that breeding season is over, the base of the bill is blue-gray rather than neon pink!

 

Two of 60+ Short-billed Dowitchers snoozing on the beach.

 

   

Most of the Least Terns on the beach were immatures, looking a bit like miniature Common Terns!

 

A special delight was finding several Piping Plovers

 

    

We had one banded bird that we're hoping the right people can identify as to origin!  [Update:  I got the following response from Meryl Friedrich of the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program:  "Thank you for reporting this banded piping plover! This bird was banded as a chick by researchers from Virginia Tech on the Missouri River near Yankton, SD in June 2012."]

 

   

Most of the Black-bellied Plovers were still in breeding plumage; the bird on the left is probably a male, while the bird on the far right might either be a female or either sex further along into non-breeding plumage.  The one lying down might be a juvie, but I'm not sure... 

  

 

   

We had a handful of migrants at the Convention Centre, including this female Wilson's Warbler (fuzzy on the right, but it shows the diagnostic dark undertail that helps separate it from a female Yellow Warbler).

 

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