More Gulf Coast photos

2007 July 24
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — While we’re on the topic of the Texas Gulf Coast, I thought I’d post a few more pictures from the trip Fjord and I did back in April.

clapper-rail

One of the trip highlights for me was this encounter with a Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) at James H. Robbins Memorial Park, Smith Point. The park is quite small and isn’t much to look at, but with a Seaside Sparrow singing on a fence and a Clapper Rail running around in front of us, I was happy.

skinny-as-a-rail

Skinny as a rail? Rails actually do have laterally compressed bodies.

sora

We also had a very cooperative Sora (Porzana carolina) in Galveston County.

fjord-bolivar-flats

Bolivar Flats was good, though not completely spectacular. We saw had a chance to study and compare all four small plovers: Wilson’s, Piping, Snowy, and Semipalmated. I think Fjord was a bit overwhelmed. I was also paying close attention to the calls of terns, trying to learn them all.

laughing-gull

I imagine this Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) looks rather haughty.

spiranthes-ladies-tresses

A beautiful Spiranthes orchid (lady’s tresses or ladies’-tresses) grew in the marsh at Bolivar Flats. I have little hope of identifying it to species.

willet-on-post

Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus/Tringa semipalmata) like posts.

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