Padre Island National Seashore

We did an easy trip to Padre Island National Seashore today to see whether any seabirds were hanging about the beaches. I had hoped to drive most of the way along the island, but we were stopped short at about eight miles as the sand became thick. Didn’t see anything unusual, just the regular terns, with many Common and Black. Shorebirds included two Piping and two Snowy Plovers. The only migrant we found was a single Yellow Warbler flushing from the grass along the nature trail, seemingly exhausted. I wonder whether it had been struggling into the wind, trying to cross the Gulf during the “storm”. I found a washed up Louisiana Waterthrush, which had not been able to reach land before succumbing to the weather. It’s just a small piece of evidence attesting to the perils birds face during migration.

Brown Pelicans over Padre Island, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Yellow Warbler out of its element Padre Island, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Louisiana Waterthrush washed up on Padre Island, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

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