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More birds from Galveston Island

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On September 19th we spent time at Galveston Island State Park, where we glimpsed various shore birds. You’ve already seen a willet and three roseate spoonbills. Today’s top picture offers up twice as many spoonbills (Platalea ajaja) but they play second fiddle to an even larger group of black-bellied whistling ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis). Below is a white ibis (Eudocimus albus).





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For a change of pace, you can click your way through a slide show of some three dozen funny and perplexing signs. And Austin’s El Arroyo restaurant has a pedigree of clever signs.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 6, 2022 at 4:32 AM

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  1. this is incredibly beautiful


    October 6, 2022 at 4:57 AM

    • In the top view, the birds of a feather that flocked together weren’t even birds of a feather, but two species that seemed to get along just fine. For as long as I was there, the ibis was a loner.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 6, 2022 at 5:38 AM

  2. I take it this was on the bay side of the park. I can be a little dense at times, but I think this post helps to answer my question about where all the birds from the Brazoria refuge have gone. There are few birds to be seen there now, but it’s not much of a flight over Christmas and West bays to the state park.

    All last week, there was a lone ibis roaming the lawns of the yacht club where I’m working. I presume the lawn-watering’s the reason; it’s easy pickings in that relatively soft soil.


    October 6, 2022 at 7:50 AM

    • The bay side it was. In fact it was the same pond the spoonbills were in four posts back. I’m happy to have solved—at least potentially—your mystery of the missing Brazoria birds. I looked up Christmas Bay and West Bay on the map to see the presumed flight line. I noticed there’s also a Bastrop Bay, which surprised me because my association with that name is so much closer to Austin.

      It never occurred to me that a yacht club would have a lawn.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 6, 2022 at 8:03 AM

      • Not only lawns, but gazebos, tennis courts, high-end dining, and such. It’s sort of a country club on the water. Marinas are one thing; yacht clubs another. Behold…


        October 6, 2022 at 8:07 AM

        • I see what you mean; now I understand the difference between a marina and a yacht club. A cynic might say yachts are an excuse to have all the other stuff at a yacht club.

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 6, 2022 at 8:10 AM

      • And Bastrop Bay is fed by Bastrop Bayou.


        October 6, 2022 at 8:10 AM

      • And speaking of the inland Bastrop, next week I have a few pictures scheduled for one year after our rendezvous there.

        Steve Schwartzman

        October 6, 2022 at 8:18 AM

  3. Cool sighting of these birds! I’ve seen the BBWD while in Mexico one year, but have yet to see the other two. I definitely need to add So. TX to my birding places to visit.


    October 6, 2022 at 9:07 AM

  4. Whistling ducks & second fiddles, maybe someone can play the spoons for rhythm.

    Robert Parker

    October 6, 2022 at 2:10 PM

  5. That’s a nice passel of birds in that ducky photograph. I’ve not seen either species although the Black-bellied Whistlers are occasionally spotted nearby.

    Steve Gingold

    October 7, 2022 at 4:40 AM

    • Ducky is a ducky way to describe the top picture. And I can’t duck saying that passel developed as a slightly simplified form of parcel, though hardly anyone is now aware of the connection.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 7, 2022 at 5:56 AM

  6. Wonderful birds. I’m sooo envious!


    October 7, 2022 at 5:29 PM

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