Anyways, this past weekend made me like birding again. Why? You should probably know the answer to this, right? Shorebirds. Shorebird migration happens earlier than passerine migration. And, birders love migration. New shit. Different shit. Sign me up.
|A juvenile Semipalmated Plover shows fine fringes on the upper parts, giving it a scaly effect.|
|Most of the adult shorebirds passed through a month or so ago, so the majority of migrants now are juveniles, as with this Stilt Sandpiper. It's been awesome to see the plumage differences between ages.|
For real though, shorebirds were great this weekend. I had 16 species on Saturday, which is the most I've ever had in this county in one day. Good ones, too, highlighted by a Piping Plover and a Short-billed Dowitcher.
|So here's a juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher, mainly evidenced by the patterned tertials.|
|Short-billed Dowitcher is a good bird in central Texas. So good in fact, that this individual has already been strung.|
I also took this video, which is cool not so much for the feeding birds, but more so for watching the bugs they're feeding on move away in waves as soon as the birds got near them.