Sunday, August 2, 2015


Wood Stork Brazoria NWR
A photojournalist friend of mine invited me along on an assignment on west Galveston Island. I thought this would be a great chance to look for a Wood Stork since we could pass through a fair amount of good Wood Stork habitat.

We set out at 6:30 am and made it to Galveston Island State Park by 7:30. It was reasonably birdy, Mostly the usual suspects though. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo showed off, seemed to be using the bacarrus along the canal on the north side of the park. The beach was pretty birdy too considering the number of people there.

No Wood Storks though. We decided to head home via San Luis Pass and the Blue Water Highway. This is one of the prettiest beach roads in Texas I think. No Wood Storks though, but lots of birds.

We hit Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge next. Wood Stork had been reported from the day before according to Birdseye.

We pulled onto the Olney Pond loop. First pond full of birds, Lots of early migrant shorebirds, Long-billed Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers, lots of Yellowlegs. Out from a clump of reeds walks a tall white birds. Bingo! Wood Stork for Year Bird 448! We finished the loop, tallying up maybe another 10 Wood Storks. Finally a bird that's been bugging me is off the list.

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