Featherfest is an annual celebration of bird migration, and is held every April in Galveston, TX. This year is the 23rd such event. Friends and I spent three full days there, and engaged ourselves in three sponsored activities. The first was an afternoon workshop on shore birds. The second was an all day trip to High Island, a well-known birding site on the upper end of the Bolivar Peninsula; we actually skipped the bus ride because of early torrential rains. The last was a morning catamaran ride to the edges of North Deer Island, a beehive of rookery activity. Here are a few highlights.

Shore Birds

Brown Pelican
Ruddy Turnstone
Snowy Egret
Ruddy Turnstones

High Island and Lower Boliver Peninsula

Tennessee Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egrets
Roseate Spoonbills
Great Egrets
Neotropic Cormorants
Great-tailed Grackel
Great Egret with Chick
Roseate Spoonbills
Little Egret
Tricolored Heron
Neotropic Cormorant
Yellow crowned Night Heron and White Ibis
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
White Ibis
Black-necked Stilt

North Deer Island

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills
Great Blue Heron