Tony Amos Beach 2018-09-29

On 9/29/2018 starting at 12:19 PM I drove 7.4 miles in about 2.5 hours on the Port Aransas beach, starting at Access Road 1 and stopping at Access Road 2. This is Tony Amos' old survey route. I only counted birds, photographing a few. Here's my complete eBird list.

Highlights

11 Common Terns, in a mixed group of terns and gulls about 1 mile south of Access Road 1. Here's one of them:

Least Tern

UPDATE: I did see a group of Common Terns, but several birding colleagues have pointed out that this bird is actually a first-year Least Tern.

A little further south in a group of about 20 Red Knots, 4 were banded. I photographed the banded birds, with all but one having codes on the flag bands mostly legible. See attached observations. I counted 67 Red Knots in total.

Red Knot - 4

I found 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, far apart from each other. See attached observations. Here's one of them:

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2 - 1

About 2 miles south of Access Road 1, a Peregrine Falcon flew by heading south over the beach carrying a bird that it caught that looked like it might've been an American Coot. Much further down, maybe 6 miles from Access Road 1, I saw a Peregrine flying out over the surf chasing terns or gulls. I got a few distant photos.

Peregrine Falcon - 1 - 1

I counted 27 Piping Plovers and photographed 7 banded ones. See attached observations.

Piping Plover - 8

I counted 351 Sanderlings, including this small group of resting birds. There was also a group of about 100 birds resting, which I narrowly avoided scaring into flight. Before I noticed them I got too close and caused about half of them to walk away from the group closer to the water. Here's the smaller group of sleeping birds:

Sleeping Sanderlings

Snowy Plovers were few and far between. I counted only 5, including these two using seaweed as a wind-break:

Snowy Plover - 3

And here are the same photos on Flickr.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, September 30, 2018 16:43

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 02:52 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 02:25 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Two Snowy Plovers resting behind seaweed, using it as a wind break.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 03:00 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

What

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 02:33 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

These are poor, heavily cropped photos of a Peregrine Falcon chasing birds out over the water.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 02:08 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Resting behind seaweed.

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What

Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 02:20 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:52 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 2S0

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:46 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:44 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:43 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 2R3

Photos / Sounds

What

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:37 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:40 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

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What

Sanderling Calidris alba

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:26 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

On Texas beaches, Sanderlings are usually seen in constant motion. It was so fun to find this group sleeping.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:19 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:06 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: S72

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 01:00 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 8N2

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lesser Knot Calidris canutus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:51 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: OM1

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:58 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 9G2

Photos / Sounds

What

Lesser Knot Calidris canutus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:50 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lesser Knot Calidris canutus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:49 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 249

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:35 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lesser Knot Calidris canutus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:47 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Band: 270

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:35 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Least Tern Sternula antillarum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 29, 2018 12:35 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Port Aransas beach, between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

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