When we go looking for shorebirds in our area, we usually head down to Galveston and Bolivar. However, last weekend we headed over to the Lynchburg Ferry landing because I wanted to add some shorebird species to my Harris County year list.
The morning started badly when we arrived at the landing in the middle of a thunderstorm. We pulled into the Monument Inn parking lot and peered down to the beach through pouring rain. The water's edge was busy with scores of Laughing Gulls but the only shorebirds we could see well enough to identify were Sanderlings. An Osprey flew in and proceeded to bathe in the shallows, an odd sight in the torrential rain!
Another odd sight was that of a Belted Kingfisher repeatedly hovering over and then and diving into the waves. It later settled down on a rock well out into the water.
A Great Blue Heron strode purposefully through the rain, unconcerned by our presence.
A Snowy Egret ran about, hoping to stir up prey with its bright yellow feet.
Several juvenile Double-crested Cormorants were perched on posts.
After that, we headed over to the San Jacinto Monument, where my target birds were Clapper Rail and Marsh Wren. I had seen a single Marsh Wren on my trip to Denver but I hadn't yet seen one in Texas - and I hadn't seen a Clapper Rail anywhere all year so far.