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Birding & Blogging in Galveston, Texas

Early Fall

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Common Yellowthroat

I did not expect to see much during a brief visit to the little Corps Woods Nature Sanctuary this early in September. But I was pleasantly surprised with sightings of Yellow Warbler (female) Baltimore Oriole and probable Orchard Oriole (female) and this Common Yellowthroat which is my favorite warbler. At Apffel flats I spied a Little Blue Heron and not much else. I wonder when the Yellow Rumps will arrive? Continue reading “Early Fall”

Avocet

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American Avocet

East Beach in Galveston, Texas. Found a pair of avocets feeding in a puddle in the sandy parking area. They look plain without their makeup on. UTC is the north-most range for wintering avocets and we always have a few here. In Spring they’ll molt into that beautiful cinnamon tan, head, neck and shoulder, before heading back to the Northwest and Canada for whoopie season.

Outdoors

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dragonfly-four-spot-2-20160821The Prisma app renders some cool painterly effects on your snapshots. I got this dragonfly at Lafitte’s Cove the other day. Photo taken with the Canon rig, but processed on my phone. Continue reading “Outdoors”

Lizard & Cicada

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Lizard scampered across the side walk in front of me as I was leaving for work and I was like, “what on earth has he got in his mouth?” So I followed him into the bushes and snapped some photos with my phone. I don’t know what he ended up doing with that poor cicada, but he sure seemed excited to have snagged it. He let me stick the phone right up in his face.

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Great Crested Flycatcher

I was very pleased to correctly guess the ID on this bird when I saw it, even though it’s a lifer for me. (I did flash for a moment on Western Kingbird when I saw that yellow belly) The back yard pecan tree delivers once again. Continue reading “Great Crested Flycatcher”

Magnolia Warbler

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Magnolia Warbler

This last wave of migrants really liked the pecan tree. It’s freshly covered with those tassel clumps which I assume are the blossom (?) At any rate, very convenient for sighting migrant birdies being right near the deck like it is. Saw a Green Heron, a Swainson’s Thrush, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in it this week as well.

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Scarlet Tanager

One more shot of the tanager who was so friendly last week. One of my best close-ups!

Northern Waterthrush

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Northern Waterthrush

The waterthrush that had been eluding me from the get-go fell into my sites today. Life bird! Alas, not the sharpest photo I ever took. This is at the mud hole at Corp Woods this morning. I dashed out there in the drizzle when I realized there was significant fallout from last night’s thunderstorms. I knew this from a glance out the kitchen window at first light. The pecan tree out back was hopping with catbirds and bright little warblers. Continue reading “Northern Waterthrush”

Scarlet Tanager

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I was worried that migration season was going to pass without catching a Scarlet Tanager. Well, I met this guy at Corp Woods today and my goodness, what a gracious little fellow. He kept posing on different nearby perches as if concerned I wasn’t getting the framing I wanted. (He was right too. I wasn’t.) Finally he chose this spot, so close to me I had to back up because I couldn’t get focus with my 400. Continue reading “Scarlet Tanager”

Indigo Bunting

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Indigo Bunting

Indigos aplenty still at Corp Woods on Friday morning. Saw some Baltimore Orioles out there too. Continue reading “Indigo Bunting”

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