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.

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Reddish Egret

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.

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Field Sparrow

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.

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Eastern Meadowlark

Side of the road out on the east end.

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Little Blue and a Snowy

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.

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Red-eared Slider

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.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk

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.

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