Sunday, April 24, 2016

Looking for Migrants (2)

I got back to High Island a few minutes early for the 4:00 pm guided walk through Smith Oaks and I saw several birds before the walk began.

A Baltimore Oriole was in the trees near the assembly point.

A Blackburnian Warbler and a Magnolia Warbler popped up in the same area but were too fidgety for me to get photos. A Black-and-White Warbler was less difficult to photograph.

I joined the guided walk for an hour and a busy hour it was. There were several Scarlet Tanagers and Summer Tanagers (below).

Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoo appeared, as did Eastren Wood-Pewee, Wood Thrush and a range of Warblers: Cerulean, Bluie-winged, Kentucky, Blackburnian, Tennessee and Hooded. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get photos of any of these birds. 

When I left the group and started walking back to the car, I was luckier. A Prothonotary Warbler decided to explore a branch just a couple of feet above my head.

So while the day's birding had not been spectacular, it had certainly been good enough to justify our trip and we had seen a very nice selection of migrating warblers, shorebirds and other species.

Our plan for the next day was to do a quick walk around Boy Scout Woods, pay a short visit to the Smith Oaks Rookery and then to take the ferry to Galveston, where we hoped to see more migrants at Lafitte's Cove.

1 comment:

Frank Boxell said...

I recall a visit in the Autumn and saw very little. Delighted to see you had a good mixture including the stunningly colourful Prothonatary Warbler.