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.

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Osprey, December 15th, Boddeker Road, Galveston

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Sandhill Crane, December 12th, Stewart Road, Galveston

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Great Blue Heron, December 7th, San Luis Pass, Galveston

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Eastern Meadowlark, December 5th, 8 Mile Road, Galveston

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​★ Lark Sparrow, October 7th, East Beach Drive, Galveston

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Crested Caracara, September 12th, Corp Woods, Galveston

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Red-tailed Hawk, July 19th, Waco, Texas

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Clapper Rail, May 25th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar Peninsula
Got a good look at the clapper babies this year!

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Long-billed Curlew, May 21st, Seawall Blvd., Galveston

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Great Egret, May 19th, Smith Oaks, High Island
The rookery at High Island is amazing! Go in April/May.

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Purple Gallinule, May 19th, Smith Oaks, High Island
More cute chicks.

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White-eyed Vireo, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
I love this shot.

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Black-throated Green Warbler, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Armchair birding out on the deck.

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Blue Jay, April 29th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
They are scarce on the island.

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Carson, April 29th, Front Porch
Carson likes birds even more than I do.

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Pectoral Sandpiper, April 28th, Bolivar Flats, Bolivar Peninsula

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​★ Wilson’s Phalarope, April 28th, Bolivar Flats, Bolivar Peninsula
My fave lifer from 2015.

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Snowy Egret, April 27th, Bolivar Peninsula
Soft focus but a cool comp.

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Ovenbird, April 27th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston

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Whimbrel, April 20th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar Peninsula

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Roseate Spoonbill, April 20th, Smith Oaks, High Island
You can get shots like this all day long here in nesting season.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak, April 17th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
A male, not done popping out his courting colors.

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Inca Dove, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
At my platform feeder. Somewhat scarce this far east.

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Tennessee Warbler, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston

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Summer Tanager, April 13th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
I think this guy wanted his picture taken.

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Summer Tanager, April 12th, Corp Woods, Galveston

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American Avocet, April 6th, San Luis Pass, Galveston

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Sora, April 6th, Lafitte’s Cove, Galveston
My one and only sighting of this rail.

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Snowy Egret, March 27th, Shrimp Docks, Pier 19, Galveston

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Lesser Yellowlegs, March 26th, Galveston

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, March 23rd, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
There were a bunch of these migrants in the yard that day.

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Clapper Rail, March 14th, Old Frenchtown Road, Bolivar
This location is clapper central. Take very first left out of the ferry complex.

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Coyote, March 7th, Pelican Island, Galveston
What a moment that was!

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House Sparrow, March 5th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Oodles of these guys, always.

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Orange-crowned Warbler, February 22nd, Back Yard, East End, Galveston

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Carolina Wren, February 18th, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Heard it before I saw it.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet, February 1st, Back Yard, East End, Galveston
Really happy with this capture. These guys never quit hopping around.

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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.

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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!

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