Bolivar Flats Feathered Darlings

This Thanksgiving week was spent as a family along the Texas Gulf Coast, on the Bolivar Peninsula to be more specific. It’s become a favorite spot (as you can see here, here, and here!) for not only the wide open semi-clean beaches but also for the variety of shorebirds.

These are a just a few faces representing the splendor of Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and the 17th Street Jetty (which runs along it). We did no counting for eBird not only because of the numbers (counts in the thousands are intimidating!) but because it’s difficult to juggle a list AND a camera AND a field lens AND a husband who is more intent upon soaking it all in.

So that’s what we did.

All photos are straight from the Canon/Tamron combo as I saw them through the viewfinder — untouched, uncropped — with the lens fully extended at 600mm zoom. Who has time for post-processing? (I don’t.)

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

American Golden-plover

American Golden-plover

Nelson's Sparrow

Nelson’s Sparrow (Lifer!)

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover

Recent Gets For the Annual Count:

  • #246 Wilson’s Snipe, 11/20
  • #247 Greater White-fronted Goose, Flyover 11/22
  • #248 Snowy Plover, 11/24
  • #249 Baird’s Sandpiper (Lifer!), 11/24
  • #250 Nelson’s Sparrow (Lifer!), 11/25
  • #251 Seaside Sparrow, 11/25
  • #252 Western Sandpiper (Lifer!), 11/25
  • #253 Ferruginous Hawk (Bird of the Year!), 11/26

10 thoughts on “Bolivar Flats Feathered Darlings

  1. I saw a flock of maybe 20 birds that looked all together out of place for what I usually see. They were roughly grackle size but between grass green and lime green. Any ideas?

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    1. It’s possible there is a feral flock of Monk Parakeet. They seem very out of place! They have established populations around Texas. Here’s one I shot a few weeks back.
      Monk Parakeet (Feral)

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