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~A Ride Along the Bolivar Peninsula

Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher

March, 2015  in Texas…

On the second day, of our two day stay near Hight Island, Texas we decided to take a ride to the Gulf of Mexico. We drove along the Bolivar Peninsula until we reached the Galveston ferry and retraced our drive back toward High Island. We were not interested in going into Galveston.

As we crossed over Rollover Pass we noticed what looked like birds near the shoreline of the south end of Rollover Bay. I am glad we turned into this parking lot, where people were fishing, some were  birding, but mostly they were enjoying this bay that leads into the Gulf of Mexico.

A couple tidbits of interesting history about Rollover Pass – it is a man-made strait that cuts through private property on the Bolivar Peninsula and links the Gulf of Mexico with Rollover Bay and East Bay in Galveston. Rollover Pass earned its name from the practice of smugglers who, from the days of Spanish rule through prohibition, avoided the Galveston customs station by rolling barrels of import or export merchandise over the narrowest park of the  peninsula.

Today people visit this area, from all over the world, to camp, fish and bird. We must have hit this area just when a few hundred birds decided they needed a rest. We saw Gulls, Terns, Pelicans, Egrets, Dowitchers, Godwits, Avocets, Willets and I am sure some that I missed. Migrating birds as they rested at Rollover Bay on this day, March 24, 2015.

Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Resting. I think that is a Willet resting with them.
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer
Black-Skimmers in the background.
This is my first time seeing so many Black Skimmers at once. Avocets and other Terns in the background.
"Get your foot off of mt face."
“Get your foot off of mt face.”
Laughing Gull - Adult Breeding
Laughing Gull – Adult Breeding

More photos to follow of our time spent at Rollover Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, Texas.

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~Charlotte at Prairie Birder for “Feathers on Friday”

at https://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/feathers-on-friday-144/#comment-7176