Top 40, 2015
My favorite bird photos of the year 2015 in one convenient listing. I narrowed it all down to fewer than 40 photos. There’s a couple of non-bird shots in here too. ★ = life bird, first-time recording. As poor as my memory is these days I can still remember vividly where each of these shots was taken, except the Lesser Yellowlegs. Somehow that one got away.
Osprey, December 15th, Boddeker Road, Galveston
Sandhill Crane, December 12th, Stewart Road, Galveston
Great Blue Heron, December 7th, San Luis Pass, Galveston
Eastern Meadowlark, December 5th, 8 Mile Road, Galveston
★ Lark Sparrow, October 7th, East Beach Drive, Galveston
Crested Caracara, September 12th, Corp Woods, Galveston
★ Red-tailed Hawk, July 19th, Waco, Texas
Clapper Rail, May 25th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar Peninsula
Got a good look at the clapper babies this year!
Long-billed Curlew, May 21st, Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Great Egret, May 19th, Smith Oaks, High Island
The rookery at High Island is amazing! Go in April/May.
★ Purple Gallinule, May 19th, Smith Oaks, High Island
More cute chicks.
White-eyed Vireo, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
I love this shot.
Black-throated Green Warbler, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Armchair birding out on the deck.
Blue Jay, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
They are scarce on the island.
Carson, April 29th, Front Porch
Carson likes birds even more than I do.
★ Pectoral Sandpiper, April 28th, Bolivar Flats, Bolivar Peninsula
★ Wilson’s Phalarope, April 28th, Bolivar Flats, Bolivar Peninsula
My fave lifer from 2015.
Snowy Egret, April 27th, Bolivar Peninsula
Soft focus but a cool comp.
★ Ovenbird, April 27th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Whimbrel, April 20th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar Peninsula
Roseate Spoonbill, April 20th, Smith Oaks, High Island
You can get shots like this all day long here in nesting season.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, April 17th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
A male, not done popping out his courting colors.
Inca Dove, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
At my platform feeder. Somewhat scarce this far east.
Tennessee Warbler, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Summer Tanager, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
I think this guy wanted his picture taken.
Summer Tanager, April 12th, Corp Woods, Galveston
American Avocet, April 6th, San Luis Pass, Galveston
★ Sora, April 6th, Lafitte’s Cove, Galveston
My one and only sighting of this rail.
Snowy Egret, March 27th, Shrimp Docks, Pier 19, Galveston
Lesser Yellowlegs, March 26th, Galveston
★ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, March 23rd, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
There were a bunch of these migrants in the yard that day.
Clapper Rail, March 14th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar
This location is clapper central. Take very first left out of the ferry complex.
Coyote, March 7th, Pelican Island, Galveston
What a moment that was!
House Sparrow, March 5th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Oodles of these guys, always.
Orange-crowned Warbler, February 22nd, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Carolina Wren, February 18th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Heard it before I saw it.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, February 1st, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Really happy with this capture. These guys never quit hopping around.
Me & dear friend Carol, January 24th (my 60th birthday dinner), Number 13, Galveston
I had a steak, though I’m back on the veggie diet rather strictly again now.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, January 18th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
The only shot here with my old Olympus rig, now all sold off.
Thank you for looking!
Happy New Year!