A Surfbird in Texas

by Dave Dolan on April 4, 2012

Last week a Surfbird was found in Texas near Corpus Christi. There was also a Purple Sandpiper seen at the same location, so I decided to drive down to Corpus and find the birds and bird my way back to High Island so that I could visit with my friends from Tropical Birding, Sam and Iain. I drove down to Corpus after work on Thursday night and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, where I paid entirely too much for my room. I woke up and started at Blucher Park which was great birding. I will post on the passerines that I saw on a later post.

I got to the Levy at Packery Channel at about 10:00 and started walking up the Jetty and came across a couple of birders, who told me that the Surfbird was not at it’s favorite spot and that it was not there. They were going to go across to the other jetty and I decided to walk to the end of the jetty. When I got to the end I found the bird right out in the open all by it’s lonesome self! I tried to find the couple, but they had already left. The Surfbird didn’t mind me being there taking all of those pictures, and as a matter of fact, I left it where I found it because I was shooting the same shots over and over.





I went looking for the Purple Sandpiper, but only found a Pectoral Sandpiper. It turns out that there was a Red Phalarope in the area also, but I never saw it.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pied-billed Grebe

Other birds seen on the beach included the regular suspects:

Ruddy Turnstone

Royal Tern


Sandwich Tern


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