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~Long-billed Dowitcher

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher

When feeding the Dowitcher uses their long bill in the motion of a sewing machine needle, up and down. They usually stay for longer periods of time in one spot, as opposed to other shorebirds that wade and probe.

I believe this bird is the Long-billed, which has a bulkier body with a more rounded back and a longer bill.

Can be difficult to tell between the Long and Short billed Dowitcher.

Happy Birding!

 

~Pink Legs, Big Eyes & a White Face

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

Not many Black-necked Stilts on the marsh when we were there. We were lucky to see a few of these cute birds. They don’t stand still, continually using their long bill to forage for food in the muddy waters.

Black-necked Stilt

I saw my first Black-necked Stilt on April 7, 1995 in Kauai, Hawaii. Howard and I were there celebrating our 20th anniversary.

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Too far away for a good photo, but you can still make out this White-faced Ibis in breeding plumage.

White-faced Ibis

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The photo below shows  a typical marshy area in the southern states. Beaumont has done an excellent job in preserving this area. We observed several species of birds; however, it would have been fun to be there a little later to see more of them migrating through.

Cattail Marsh
Cattail Marsh

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Forty degrees this morning in Loveland, Colorado. We have cloudy skies and occasional snow flakes. Spring is coming!

 

~Birding in Texas, American Avocet

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

Evening glow
American Avocet
American Avocets

Groups of Avocets gather in shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side to feed. They rest in compact flocks, as seen in my photos.

Identification tip: You can tell a male from a female by their bill. Males bill is longer and straighter.

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Header photo: Beautiful evening light highlights these gorgeous birds.

~Birding in Texas, Green-winged Teal

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

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Green-winged Teal (male)
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Green-winged Teal (female)
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Bright green on the wings.

There are several towns we like to stop when traveling east and west along I-10. Beaumont, TX is one of them. We discovered, less than four miles from the RV Park,  Cattail Marsh, a scenic wetland and broadwalk. There are hiking trails around the marches with lovely views of sleeping alligators (ha), and the lovely broadwalk that extends over the water that provides excellent views of the birds. Beaumont is where we stay when visiting High Island.

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The Green-winged Teal is our smallest duck. They are common and usually found on shallow ponds, marshes and flooded fields. It was fun watching them resting, sleeping, feeding and foraging.

Happy Birding!

Cattail Marsh
Cattail Marsh