Birds, they see everything
this is why the angels have their wings
where the heavens cleave
to subtract us, and why
pillows are filled with feathers
so to break the fall
Like a church's vaulted ceilings
they fly, tracing arches
wedding the heights to the motions
of our base arguments
in grounded, plodding tethers
as we look everywhere but up
and wonder, 'is this all?'
(May 11, 2021: taking a 2 week pause from social media. Peace and happiness!)
Photo (CC BY-SA) 2021, Blue Grosbeak with Prisma filter.
Significant fallout on Saturday as heavy rains fell the night before. Drove to Galveston early and spent the day gathering migrant bird sightings and photographs. The east end of the island was blanketed with Baltimore Orioles and scores of other species. April had been comparatively weak until now. Bird postings to decrease in frequency henceforth.
Indigos and catbirds are a safe bet each spring, the catbirds were especially numerous. Happy to get a decent shot of the male Painted Bunting, much less seen than its brilliant blue cousin.
Underexposed photo of subject in the shadows, not taken in moonlight! I love all the thrushes.
I took a break mid afternoon and then checked out the East End Lagoon and Apffel Park, both packed with migrants. Parked by a mud hole along Apffel Road and it was like attending the theater. Yellow Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole.
The chat did NOT want his picture took, no sir.
Imagine stopping to rest after a great journey, exhausted and sopping wet, and then people line up to take your picture. I was happy that the weather did not give strong headwinds this time as this causes extreme fatigue and fatalities. Rain is enough to bring them down at landfall. Given clear skies and a tailwind, they generally head further inland to more isolated fields and forests. Pretty much the story of this April with so many inactive birding days.
Happy to log a female, which I had never seen before.
My take is warbling, but I could be wrong. Opinions welcome, please comment below.
I drove down before sunrise to avoid the traffic and to enjoy the feast of color and light that greets us most every day on the gulf. Thanks, as always, for looking!
All photos (CC BY SA) 2021, Galveston, Texas. Corp Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, & East End locales.
Pardon me as I unburden myself of a bunch more bird photos.
Did a double-take seeing a Cattle Egret out on a sandbar with a large assembly of terns. April at Bolivar Flats is never disappointing. Royal Terns and the two on the left are Caspian. Probably Forster’s Tern in the foreground.
The local population of this Central and South American species has increased steadily over the span of my short birding career, based on the frequency of sightings. Texas Monthly has a feature article for those interested.
All photos (CC BY SA) 2021, taken in Texas, Spring 2021.