The tide was low and I got the idea I could cross along the edge of the mudflat and checkout the mangroves for Seaside Sparrow. I gave it a few pishes and got a Myrtle Warbler. A couple of more pishes and in flies this little yellow bird with a chestnut head. My goodness. It was a Mangrove Warbler, the first I've seen on the Island. Wonder if they will ever split these guys from Yellow Warbler.
The beach was in great shape for driving after being scoured by the recent high winds. Unfortunately the birds must have been blown away also. The only gulls were the expected Ring-billed, Herring and Laughing. I liked this strongly marked Ring-billed Gull.
And the only terns were Royal and Forster's. It seem a little early to me for this oil smudged Royal Tern to be in breeding plumage.
But it's winter and Northern Gannets are always a possibility so I kept scanning the sea periodically. At mile four I saw some distant long-winged birds flying over the water and then dropping head first like a rock. The scope gave me better looks but the Northern Gannets were a little distant for photos. I saw twelve at this stop, had another at mile ten and two more were way out from the jetty at the Port Mansfield cut in Willacy County.
Nothing exciting at the jetty. They was a flock of Ruddy Turnstones foraging among the rocks.
And a few Red-breasted Mergansers bounced in the surf.
There were lots of Brown Pelicans around and this one was particularly sharp in its new breeding dress.