Birding at Featherfest

David La Puma at Galveston Featherfest

David La Puma at Galveston Featherfest

The Galveston Featherfest is a great early spring festival strategically held to correspond  right with the beginning of spring migration.

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Least Terns were freshly returned from their South American wintering grounds and busily getting on with courtship activities on the barrier beaches. Chimney Swifts and swallow species were pouring over throughout our trip and stunning Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were teed up on snags, and wires all over.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

The new arrivals shared the landscape with resident specialty species like Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with unbelievably bright, pinkish-orange bills.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at sunset!

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at sunset!