Migration Workshop May 4th Trip Report

Bobolinks migrating on the Texas coast Photo Stephan Lorenz

Bobolinks migrating on the Texas coast Photo Stephan Lorenz

Another great day in the field. The highlight were 60 male Bobolinks back in the fields near High Island, many perched on fences and in trees and several in full display flight. The shorebird numbers were even better than the previous day, with lost of Hudsonian Godwits, huge numbers of White-rumped Sandpipers, great studies of Stilt Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers. One grassy field contained American Golden Plovers, Upland Sandpipers, Whimbrels, plus a dozen Buff-breasted Sandpipers all in the same scope view.

After patient waiting and entertained by great numbers of shorebirds the Ruff made an appearance at the last minute. We especially enjoyed watching dozens of Wilson’s Phalaropes follow the dabbling Blue-winged Teal. A King Rail that strolled out into the open threatened to run over our feet. A brief stop at the beach added Lesser Black-backed Gull and Common Tern. Overall an enjoyable day with a fantastic group.

King Rail great views Photo Stephan Lorenz

King Rail great views Photo Stephan Lorenz

Trip List:

  1. Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) X
  2. Gadwall (Anas strepera) X
  3. Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) X
  4. Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) X
  5. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
  6. Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) X
  7. Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) X
  8. Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) X
  9. Great Egret (Ardea alba) X
  10. Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) X
  11. Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) X
  12. Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) X
  13. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) X
  14. Green Heron (Butorides virescens) X
  15. White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) X
  16. White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) X
  17. Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) X
  18. Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) X
  19. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
  20. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) X
  21. King Rail (Rallus elegans) X
  22. Sora (Porzana carolina) X
  23. Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) X
  24. Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) X
  25. American Coot (Fulica americana) X
  26. Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) X
  27. Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) X
  28. American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) X
  29. Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) X
  30. Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) X
  31. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) X
  32. Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) X
  33. Willet (Tringa semipalmata) X
  34. Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) X
  35. Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) X
  36. Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) X
  37. Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) X
  38. Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) X
  39. Ruff (Calidris pugnax) X
  40. Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) X
  41. Sanderling (Calidris alba) X
  42. Dunlin (Calidris alpina) X
  43. Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) X
  44. White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) X
  45. Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) X
  46. Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) X
  47. Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) X
  48. Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) X
  49. Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) X
  50. Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) X
  51. Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) X
  52. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
  53. Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
  54. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) X
  55. Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) X
  56. Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) X
  57. Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) X
  58. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) X
  59. Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) X
  60. Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) X
  61. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
  62. Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) X
  63. Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) X
  64. Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) X
  65. Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) X
  66. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) X
  67. Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) X
  68. Purple Martin (Progne subis) X
  69. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) X
  70. Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) X
  71. Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) X
  72. Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) X
  73. Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) X
  74. Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) X
  75. Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) X
  76. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
  77. Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) X
  78. Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) X
  79. Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X
  80. White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) X
  81. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X
  82. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) X
  83. Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) X
  84. Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) X
  85. Dickcissel (Spiza americana) X
  86. Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) X
  87. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
  88. Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) X
  89. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X
  90. Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) X
  91. Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) X
  92. Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) X
  93. Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) X
  94. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X
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