Shorebird Workshop Saturday April 5th


Shorebird Workshop Saturday April 5th

Date: Saturday April 5th 2014

Cost: $75 includes transportation

Limited to 5 participants!

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While warblers, vireos, and thrushes are on their way north to reach the Texas coast, shorebird migration is already in full swing by the beginning of April. Plus large numbers of overwintering shorebirds start to congregate en masse preparing for the journey to Arctic breeding grounds. The workshop is designed for participants wanting to gain familiarity with the regularly occurring shorebirds on the Texas coast, including gulls and terns, in order to prepare for the busy migration season. We will spend extensive time teasing apart wintering shorebirds, learning about finer poi nts of identification, and studying how overall appearance, behavior, and shape can help nail down a tricky shorebird. Come learn about sandpipers, plovers, yellowlegs, dowitchers, gulls and terns, some of the most challenging, but also rewarding birds.

The workshop is mainly field based, but participants will receive a list and basic field guide to the birds we will encounter. We will cover the shorebird hotspots of Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula, the order will depend on local conditions and tide, but we will spend time at North Jetty, Bolivar Flats, Frenchtown Rd., Ft. Travis, Rollover Pass all on the Bolivar Peninsula. On Galveston Island we will visit East Beach. If time permits we head back towards Houston through the rice fields and freshwater shorebird habitats around Anahuac NWR. We can expect to see nearly thirty species of shorebirds and possibilities include: Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope. We will also be able to study a variety of gulls and terns and possibilities include: Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern.

I hope you can join me for this full day adventure, improve your shorebird identification, learn about some shorebird hotspots, and enjoy a great day in the field.


Stephan Lorenz


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