A short outing to Galveston’s east end yielded a few nice birds. I don’t recall seeing Brown-headed Cowbirds at Corp Woods before. A group of about a dozen were mostly in the same tree. Caught a nice close-up of Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Yellow-rumped Warblers aplenty. I walked around at Big Reef for a bit, pretty much devoid of bird life. Also seen: an Eastern Phoebe, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Willet, Sanderling, White-tailed Kite.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

“Look ma! No hands!” This one was skittering about in the brush, deftly avoiding my frame.

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Brown-headed Cowbird

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lots of these still, all over the island. This one showing off the tell-tail marking. You’ll often see them fly straight up in the air, pause to snatch a bug, then return to their perch in the bush. Size, shape, behavior, locale, and time-of-year lets you tag an ID sometimes without seeing a single field mark.

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Black Skimmers

At rest on some sandbars out by the ship channel, Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, and Herring Gulls.

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Lesser Yellowlegs

Two Lesser Yellowlegs were working a tide pool at East Beach. Rule of thumb separating Lesser from Greater: Lesser is A=B, Greater has B measure at half again longer.

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