The Bird Nursery

The pull to visit the beach is always present in my life. If money were no object, I would probably have a small cottage on a beach where I could while away my retirement years in total contentment walking the beach, watching the birds, listening to the surf, and enjoying the breeze. But since money is an object, I must content myself with regular visits to Galveston, Corpus, Port A, Matagorda and any other beach on our planet to satisfy my need of ocean solace.

Rookery breeding plumage…Spectacular

This past weekend, BFF Kathleen and I traveled to Bolivar to stay at the Saltwater Inn so we could explore Bolivar beaches. It just so happens that our visit this Spring coincided with Galveston’s Featherfest Birding Festival which I have attended in the past with BFF Linda. The benefit of attending birding festivals is you have a guide who takes you to hot spots and helps you cue in on unusual bird visitors that might otherwise be missed. But having grown up visiting Galveston my entire life, I have more knowledge than a casual visitor of those hot spots. So, in addition to actual beach combing time, we visited The Rookery on High Island and also many of my favorite birding haunts on Galveston Island….East Jetty, Lafitte’s Cove, Sportsman’s Road to name a few.

Here are a few photos of some of our bird encounters this past weekend.

Prothonotary Warbler

 

Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Thrush
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Great Egret and young
Whimbrel

 

Egret Babies
Indigo Bunting and Catbird chit chatting
Tricolored Heron
Indigo Bunting
American Bittern
Juvenile Little Blue Heron (I think!!)
Long-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
American Bittern
Royal and Caspian Terns
Hooded Warbler

Springtime in Texas is synonymous with great birding, so get out there and do some bird searching!!!

2 thoughts on “The Bird Nursery

  1. I get so excited when I see that you have posted a new article with photos of your adventures. I love the Mr. Yellowlegs and the warblers. Birds are so beautiful. My bluebirds did not take up occupancy in my house this spring – I guess I will have to replace it with a new one – the opening has widened and you know how particular they are. I am helping guard Mrs. Cardinal’s nest which is a new one this year. I don’t like that she makes it so low in the bushes especially with new kittens under my house! Hopefully I can monitor the situation. Thanks again Ginny-Bird for the blog! Linda

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