This trip offers a combination of shorebirding in a long, shallow lagoon and canvassing for songbird migrants in woodlots, all on nearby Pelican Island. On both halves of the trip, Jim will be pointing out the calls of water and land birds, plus offering ecological insights into their avian lives. Many species of sandpipers are present, but the biggest emphasis will be on peeps such as the Baird’s Sandpiper we usually record there. Even the voices of both yellowlegs and both dowitchers may be heard, increasing the identification skills of participants.
In the scattered forests of Pelican Island there is the chance to see songbird migrants like orioles, warblers, tanagers, flycatchers and buntings. There are many fields with Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, sparrows and other grassland species, with a good chance for falcons like Merlin and Peregrine. If excessive rain forces a rare road closure to the lagoons, we will drive to nearby Loop 197 to several lagoons and the Texas City Dike and Skyline Drive. In April, birds are everywhere!
Bus & Walk
Bring water, snacks, bug spray