Thanks to recent mowing, I was able to access the west-side of the pond at Sam Houston Trail Park in Irving, TX this morning. The pond is drying up — creating a wonderful concentration of aquatic creatures for the the shorebirds to eat. These photos are as good as I can do. Positively identified:
- American Avocet
- Snowy Egret
- Least Sandpiper
- Stilt Sandpiper (pretty sure, not absolutely sure)
- Greater Yellowlegs
- Northern Shoveler
I encountered a few more common birds, and just as I was leaving ran into a group of three Lark Sparrows to cap off the muddy morning.