Oops! I just realized I posted out of order again. I still have a couple of August posts to make. The weekend of August 31 I made a trip to Corpus Christi in search of another rarity, the Bar-tailed Godwit that had been seen around Oso Bay. Whether or not my trip was a success depends on your definition. I visited two more sites of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which is the original purpose of this blog. I did not get the added bonus of a rare bird sighting. Not this time, anyway...
This photo of Oso Bay was taken from the railing on Ennis Joslin Road. I not only visited Hans Suter, I accessed the flats via a small footpath worn into the weeded area on the roadside. That's Texas A&M on the other side. I found egrets, herons, terns, gulls, and skimmers on the sand and in the shallows.
At first glance, I thought it was a Great Egret, but the bill was wrong. It didn't have yellow feet, so it couldn't be a Snowy. I studied my field guides and decided it must be a juvenile Little Blue Heron, but the leg color still wasn't quite right. Then, I saw a similar bird on Hootin' Anni's blog. Due to it's size and dark legs, I'm calling it a white-morph Reddish Egret.
The Great Egret is below, for comparison. I found him near the overpass on Ocean Drive.
I walked all the way from Hans Suter, up onto Ocean Drive and the bridge that crosses Oso Bay, to Texas A&M in search of the Godwit. I didn't find him or the Marbled Godwits with which he'd been seen.
One last visit to the boardwalk and viewing area at Hans Suter before I left rewarded me with views of the Great Blue Heron, pelicans, stilts, and sandpipers.
This week, I'm linking up with I'd Rather B' Birdin'.
Late afternoon 8/31 - midday 9/1/2014
90 deg F
Partly cloudy, windy
Species identified (17): American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Willet, Western Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Black-necked Stilt, Caspian Tern, Great Egret, Reddish Egret, Black Skimmer, Sanderling, White Ibis, Crested Caracara, Mottled Duck, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret