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West Isle Marsh and Shorebirds Meet at Site Trip #1

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Participants will travel in their own vehicles to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes, and bay waters.

We begin the field trip with herons and egrets, migrating shorebirds and waterfowl in the wetland areas so numerous in this section of the island. We may encounter Clapper Rail, Black-necked Stilt, Common Loon, diving ducks and “peeps.” There is also excellent viewing of American Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers on Sportsman Road.

We now travel further west where there will be a restroom break at Stevenson Woods where Jim lives. His yard list is now at 322 species. Some neat species of land migrants should be recorded, and likely many cool waterbirds seen as well. We then proceed to the far end of the Island, the San Luis Pass mudflats and marshes. This area provides close-up viewing of American Avocet, American White Pelican, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, plovers, and several species of migrating sandpipers. This area may only be partially accessible due to rain levels, so we have selected spots in the area to capture views of gulls, terns, and additional shorebirds.

Driving directions to the meeting site will be emailed prior to the festival.

Photo: Susan Ellison
Photo: Susan Ellison


Date: April 21
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $60
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Leader Name: Jim Stevenson


Skill Level All
Activity Level Moderate
Transportation Meet at Site