In my production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, I will have Hamlet with a copy of Kaufman’s field guide and when Polonius asks, “What do you read, m’lord?” he will answer, “Birds, birds, birds.”
Yesterday’s outing yielded an Eastern Meadowlark, a Field Sparrow (lifer), a young adult Reddish Egret, a Little Blue Heron posing with a Snowy Egret, a couple of turtles (red-eared sliders) and a Sharpie. I also saw my first American Goldfinch but did not capture an acceptable photo. It was good enough for an ID. The Meadowlark sang for me for quite a while.
This is an immature in transition to adult plumage. Youngsters are a uniform warm gray. REEGs usually dance around and flap their wings to scare up fish and this youngster did not seem to know about that.
I’ve never seen this bird before that I know of. With sparrows I need a good photo and a round of research with the books and Google image searches. There were about 6 or 8 coming through at Corp Woods in Galveston.
Side of the road out on the east end.
This is in that tidal inlet by the bridge on Boddeker Road. One good thing about fishermen is they get the area bird life accustomed to humans. There was a group of Black-necked Stilts there along with a Willet and a Black-bellied Plover, some White Pelicans and American Avocets.
It was a beautiful sunny cool day and these guys were not missing out. They usually dive when I step out on the little wooden bridge at Corp Woods, but not today.
I learned from poking about on the net that the long tail, and the head not protruding beyond the lead edge of the wings, is a good tell for sorting these from Cooper’s in flight, when viewed from below. The larger Cooper’s Hawk is much more common around here.