Devereux, Sep 3-7, 2007

After a Labor Day weekend spent doing laborious tasks at home, I returned to bird photography on Monday evening through Friday evening at Devereux Slough. On Monday evening (September 3) the approximately 3,000 Red-necked Phalarope were still at Devereux Slough and were very vocal and active. Groups would fly over the walkway near the south pull-out and then fly back again; other groups would fly to different areas of the Slough. It seemed that the birds had stirred up sediment because the water was reddish-brown-blue in places. The large number of Red-necked Phalarope was a very impressive sight. On Tuesday morning, there were still very many birds, but on Wednesday all but a few remained. The large Red-necked Phalarope flock must have continued on their migration journey on Tuesday evening.

Red-necked Phalarope(Red-necked Phalarope, Egrets – Devereux Slough – September 03, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope(Red-necked Phalarope – Devereux Slough – September 3, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope(Red-necked Phalarope – Devereux Slough – September 3, 2007)

However, there are still many interesting birds at the Slough. A small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope fed in both the Slough and the vegetation along the east edge, frequently stabbing at flies. Recent new inhabitants of the Slough, Great-tailed Grackle were among other birds in the vegetation on the east edge of the Slough.

Red-necked Phalarope(Wilson’s Phalarope – Devereux Slough – September 6, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope(Great-tailed Grackle – Devereux Slough – September 6, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope(Dowitcher landing – Devereux Slough – September 3, 2007)

On Friday, four White-faced Ibis were the most noteworthy of the birds at the Slough (first seen on Thursday). These birds appear to be mostly dark brown, but when their feathers are illuminated at certain angles of sunlight, olive-green and red iridescent feathers become visible.

Red-necked Phalarope(White-faced Ibis – Devereux Slough – September 7, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope(White-faced Ibis – Devereux Slough – September 7, 2007)