The Big Gull Loop: With A Shortage of Big Gulls

Piping Plover Surfside, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Janet Rathjen and I decided to tackle the coast today and do a huge loop from Quintana all the way to East Bach on Galveston. The plan was pretty simple, check all gull roosts and look at every single gull. Our main goal was to finally find a Thayer’s Gull, I have looked for this psecies many times along the Texas coast without any success, not sure what I am doing wrong. Well to keep the story short we didn’t succeed. While we saw a nice assortment of gulls and shorebirds today we couldn’t turn up anything unusual and ended the day with the expected five species of gulls. Even the Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in lower numbers. Other birds included all four small plovers, a nice group of Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes and the usual. Common Terns have already arrived. On East Beach we fund large numbers of gulls, but all turned out to be Herring. A quick stop at the TAMU campus on Pelican Island netted the pair of Tropical Kingbirds, sallying from the wires and calling occasionally, a bird a hadn’t seen in Texas in a long time.

regular Texas coast gulls, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Royal Tern and Ring-billed Gull, Photo Stephan Lorenz

pair of Tropical Kingbirds on Pelican Island, Photo Stephan Lorenz

 

pair of Tropical Kingbirds on Pelican Island, Photo Stephan Lorenz

 

 

 

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