April 24 – From Texas to Alaska

To end my Texas trip, I birded in the Rockport (Texas) area April 21-22. Unfortunately, warblers were mostly missing as apparently they were in much of coastal Texas. The forecast was to bring more in after our scheduled departure the morning of April 23rd.

One of the most productive birdy places was the rapidly diminishing pond in the Shell Ridge Rd. area. Shorebirds there at the various times I went there included dowitchers (mostly Long-billed), a couple of Wilson’s Phalaropes (photo), Stilt Sandpiper (photo), Killdeer, Black-bellied, Wilson’s, Semipalmated and Piping Plovers, Baird’s and White-rumped Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts, Dunlins, Marbled Godwits, plus there were Least Terns (photo; nest there), Tricolored Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, and White Ibises.

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At the Rockport Demo Garden I finally saw one of the Fulvous Whistling-Ducks that have been around.

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We arrived back in Alaska near midnight last night. Almost all of the snow has melted around our house in Anchorage, and the exposed brown grass is beginning to change to green. There are even a few lilac buds. Possibly spring will happen.

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