We looked out our window last night and saw hundreds of American Avocets landing on the beach. We drove miles to visit the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and were happy to see THREE of them, we could have stayed home and watched from our back yard if we had known. :-) After seeing them I did a bit of research and learned there are thousands of them on Bolivar Peninsula.
The shallow waters and wide mudflats of the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary are alive with thousands of gulls, terns, and shorebirds. American Avocets are often among the most abundant birds on the flats, with 5,000 or more here most winters. The avocets have sensitive bills that curve upward. As they wade, they sweep their heads back and forth and snap up the tiny crustaceans that touch their bills. This tactile feeding method is unique among the birds here.
The Bolivar Peninsula is famous for its big flocks of water birds and for concentrations of migrating songbirds. I am still watching and waiting to see all the songbirds. Both National Audubon and American Bird Conservancy have designated this area as a Important Bird Area, after seeing this amazing flock today, I can see why. We are amazed at the wildlife in the area.
I am doing so many updates for all my birding friends, I have not been sending out update notices. They all have the site bookmarked and check daily. I will start sending notices our again when we are back on the road heading to Florida. Check back later for more from Texas.