Banded Plovers on Mustang Island 2015-11-29

On the morning of 11/29/2015 I spent about 3 hours birding-by-car about 7 miles of beach on Mustang Island starting at Access Road 1 and ending at Access Road 2. Here's my eBird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26043409

Highlights included a Lesser Black-backed Gull that has been wintering on this beach for several years now, and two adult-plumaged Aplomado Falcons, probably from the release program at Mustang Island State Park.

I'm using this journal post to document banded wintering plovers that I photographed on that morning. I recorded 67 Piping Plovers and 28 Snowy Plovers. Of those, 21 Piping Plovers and 1 Snowy Plover were banded. Tony Amos has been surveying this stretch of beach for decades and has extensive records of these banded birds. One is this Piping Plover:

Banded Piping Plover
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2475034

Tony first observed this bird in 2003 and has documented it returning every winter to the same 100m of beach since then! I was with him a couple of those times, once in 2012:

Banded Piping Plover - 1
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/131241

and once again in 2014:
Piping Plover 19 - 1
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1103694

Attached are observations for this bird and all the other banded plovers I photographed that morning. It's especially interesting when you switch to Map View. What an important place the Texas beach is to these birds! Soon I'll figure out how to report them to the banders.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, December 13, 2015 19:28

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 08:55 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Blue-Yellow, Yellow-White
Yellow tag obsercured -- U34?

Lat 27.783638, Lon -97.092262

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:00 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Red-Orange, Black-Yellow
Yellow tag obscured.

Lat 27.781911, Lon -97.093689

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:12 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
White-black, Orange-Black
Yellow tag obscured.

Lat 27.777933, Lon -97.096928

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:31 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Yellow tag: 8N2

Lat 27.770836, Lon -97.102559

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:39 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Light blue, Light blue-yellow

Lat 27.768497, Lon -97.104303

Seen in almost exactly the same spot last year:

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1103694

And in 2012:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/131241

See notes on above observation. Tony Amos has been seeing this bird for 13 years now in the same 200m of beach.

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:41 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Yellow-Green, Red-gray
Blue flag on right foot.

Lat 27.767944, Lon -97.104778

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:45 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Green-Yellow, Black-orange

Lat 27.76608, Lon -97.106195

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 09:50 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Yellow-Blue, Light blue-green
Blue tag obscured.

Lat 27.763155, Lon -97.108417

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:03 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Blue tag: A84

Lat 27.757472, Lon -97.112542

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:05 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
no bands, Red-black

Lat 27.756355, Lon -97.113428

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:06 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
White-light blue, Black-white
Yellow tag obscured.

Lat 27.755947, Lon -97.113739

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:20 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
White-white, Red-blue

Lat 27.747502, Lon -97.119828

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:27 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Red-orange, Yellow-green
Yellow tag: T42

Lat 27.743036, Lon -97.123012

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:37 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
none, Black-green
Possible flag on left leg.

Lat 27.734513, Lon -97.128928

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:45 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Yellow-light blue, white-black-green
Light blue flag on left leg.

Lat 27.729111, Lon -97.132648

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:50 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Light blue-orange, White-black

Lat 27.723563, Lon -97.136564

Photos / Sounds

What

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:54 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Snowy Plover
Yellow, Red-black
Green flag on right leg.

Lat 27.722097, Lon -97.137506

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 11:06 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Yellow-blue, Blue-orange
Yellow tag obscured.

Lat 27.719908, Lon -97.139081

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 11:16 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Green-white, white-black
Yellow tag: V00

Lat 27.709555, Lon -97.146189

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 11:22 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Black-blue, Black-white

Lat 27.704552, Lon -97.14952

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 29, 2015 10:16 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Banded Piping Plover
Blue-blue, Orange-blue
Green flag on right leg.

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They really are charming little birds. Really enjoy these observations, Mikael.

Posted by sambiology almost 4 years ago (Flag)

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