More Great Galveston Birding
One tough thing about being in a spot like Galveston with only a little time to spare, is struggling with where to spend that limited time birding. By day two I was back to my old self and raring to cover some ground, and one of my favorite Galveston birding areas is in and around the lagoons and flats near East Beach. There are always oodles of gulls and terns here and in the area shown above there were 8 species of terns at view at once! (Least, Common, Forster's, Gull-billed, Sandwich, Royal, & Caspian Tern, and Black Skimmer)
At other locales this would be a monumental feat, but here at East Beach in late March it's about right. As a matter of fact, others had seen all of those PLUS a Black Tern that I missed!
It's a wonderful spot to bird. The lagoons offer Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets seemingly dancing to the songs of the "Eastern" Willets and Clapper Rails in the salt marshes here.
A particularly" rosy" breasted Sandwich Tern stops to give me a curious glance.
Laughing Gulls are the most common Larid, although a Glaucous Gull was a highlight on one trip!
On Saturday it rained, and rained, and rained some more. "A good day to be a duck!" one visitor quipped but I was thinking differently... "a good day for shorebirds!" So when it came time to close the venue after a day of rains many headed toward the West side of the Island in hopes of finding grounded migrant songbirds. I was tempted but thought I'd check for shorebirds instead in the flooded road edges and fields. I wasn't disappointed.
I really enjoyed viewing the two "white-backed" plovers side by side.
In contrast, a nearby Snowy Plover (that likely breeds locally) was in immaculate plumage.