Follow The Trumpeter Swans!

Where should I go to maximize my opportunities?  I certainly have access to plenty of information. Facebook, Google and Ebird have pretty much got it covered, but it’s still a crapshoot. I say this because I stopped at Beach Road, which is just a short distance from Jonas Green as the Swan flies, and found two Trumpeter Swans foraging near shore. I was able to get quite close by doing some serious hiking to get to the far side of the pond. It was cool to watch these giant birds calmly tipping, paddling and feeding. Are they the same birds as at Jonas Green?

No doubt I should vary my efforts more, but I also want to keep track of the Trumpeters. The Trumpeter Swan Society says these birds are juveniles and are probably not going to breed for several more years, so there’s no urgency on that front.

OTOH, I went to CBEC yesterday  and it was largely a waste of time. Yet another Spring when the warblers elude me.

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The song of the Red Winged Blackbird fills the air in every MD marsh.

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Ospreys are busy fishing and building nests.

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Another year looking for the perfect Tree Swallow image.

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This Canada Goose has an early brood of goslings.

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Another pair of swans, or the same birds as at Jonas Green? Can’t say yet.

Wood Ducks Everywhere!

Well, not quite, but I am seeing more Wood Ducks than usual. I used to get them at Artemesia, but it was getting quite crowded during the pandemic, so I haven’t been there in a while. Jonas Green has been a good new source. I’m seeing Gadwalls and Trumpeter Swans there as well.

Greenbury and Possum Points have been very slow except for Ospreys. A couple of trips to Truxtun Park have been a waste. Warblers soon come.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Dawn at Possum Point.

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Look closely to see the Heron in her nest.

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This Great Blue Heron is nesting about 50 feet off the ground near the pond.

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This Osprey nest at Truxtun Park has been occupied for many years.

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I’m not sure how many Gadwalls are in the pond. They tend to be quiet.

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I’m not sure how many Gadwalls are in the pond. They tend to be quiet.

 

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Several Canada Geese are nesting in the pond.

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Two Trumpeter Swans have been hanging out for two weeks. Will they make a nest?

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Trumpeter Swans seem to be nearly indifferent to human presence.

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4 or more pairs of Geese are nesting at Jonas Green.

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The Trumpeter Swans came too close to the Canada Goose’s nest, the Goose attacked, the Swan counter-attacked. Lots of splashing, no damage.

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White Throated Sparrows are always among the last to migrate.

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I heard some nearby Crows mobbing something, and looked up to see this Red Tailed Hawk, who soon fled.

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Every Green dumpster seems to have a flock of Black Vultures.

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I was hoping this Bluebird would land in a colorful tree, and I got my wish.

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I’m seeing more Wood Ducks than usual.

 

Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

I was surprised to see the pair of Trumpeter Swans had returned to the pond at Jonas Green Park. I assumed they were heading North to breed, but I was wrong. Will they stay?

Lots of stuff in that pond, including swallows, ducks and herons. I even saw a beaver.

I also spent some time at Quiet Waters, which is looking good these days, and some birds are starting to appear.  Nothing great yet, but it’s early days.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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A Trumpeter’s wingspan may reach 8 feet.

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Wood Ducks seem to be active everywhere.

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I found this Mallard at Quiet Waters.

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8-10 Canada Geese seem to be residents of the pond.

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I’ve seen 10 Ospreys at Possum Point.

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My Eastern Screech Owl may have moved to a new tree.

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This Cardinal is at Quiet Waters.

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My first Great Egret of the season.

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This Cardinal, and all his mates, sing constantly at this time of year.

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he Great Blue Herons are still on their nest. She may be incubating.

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2 Great Blue Herons are nesting near the pond.

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Ospreys have been nesting on the ballfield lights at Truxtun Park for many years.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters.

The weather has been decent, and it’s warming, so we should be seeing some interesting migrants soon. I’ve had some crap warblers seasons in the past, but not this year!

I’m not seeing much different yet. More Ospreys have arrived, and all the Sea Ducks and Swans are gone. I did see some Mergansers, but only a few.

Wood Ducks have become regulars at Quiet Waters, and I’ve found them at Jonas Green and CBEC as well. Others have seen a few warblers in the area, so we’re in for a treat soon.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

 

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This Song Sparrow posed at Jonas Green Park.

 

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Another look at the Heronry.

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I don’t recall seeing an American Coot at Jonas Green before.

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The sound of Cardinals is everywhere.

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Canada Goose in the morning light.

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Ospreys seem to mate often early in the season.

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Tree Swallows are still arriving at CBEC.

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The Eastern Bluebird seems omnipresent also.

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My Eastern Screech Owl is still posing occasionally.

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This Osprey was fishing at Quiet Waters.

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A young Bald Eagle.

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I spooked this Wood Duck, but got the shot anyway.

Heronry at Jonas Green Park.

I got my first vaccine shot, and the second is scheduled for a couple of weeks from now. It will be a relief to have that over with.

I’ve gotten to Possum Point, Greenbury Point, Quiet Waters, Truxtun Park and CBEC in the last week. There weren’t any spectacular finds, but the Ospreys have arrived and the weather is (Mostly) warmer. A couple of Trumpeter Swans broke the monotony.

The Heronry is the one I found last year as the pandemic started and didn’t get to observe. I may get a better chance this year.

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Dawn on Whitehall Bay,

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The Possum Point Ospreys are back and building nests.

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This mallard and her mate were bathing at Quiet Waters.

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White Throated Sparrows are often the last to migrate.

 

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I was very surprised to find two Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

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Gadwalls are regulars at Jonas Green Park.

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Tufted Titmice don’t always pose this well.

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I saw over 400 Cormorants at Possum Point

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Song Sparrows are plentiful at Jonas Green Park.

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I’m going to try for Tree Swallow flight shots again this year.

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This injured Great Horned Owl is in rehab at CBEC.

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I don’t often try photographing Crows.

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This Osprey is nesting at Truxtun Park.

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This Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead at Truxtun Park.

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First Eastern Phoebe of the season.

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This Carolina Wren was quite close in the morning light, and was singing with impressive volume and at length.

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A female Downy Woodpecker.

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These Great Blue Herons are building a nest above the pond at Jonas Green Park.

 

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American Avocets at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I left early to drive to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. It’s about an hour and a half, mostly interstate and Delaware country roads.

We immediately saw 100 Great Egrets, mostly a white wall in the distance, with a few scattered nearer shore. We had high hopes for a great day, and we weren’t disappointed. Regrettably, the Egrets took off before we got any images.

Avocets, Shovelers, Eagles and other Sandpipers made up for it.  We were fairly busy for a couple of hours, then it slowed and we took off. A good day.

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Graeme Simpson sets up the shot.

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We saw more Northern Shovelers than usual.

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Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

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Red Winged Blackbirds can found in every MD marsh.

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This juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was perched near the road.

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A few Mute Swans are always in the area.

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Common Mergansers are among my favorite birds.

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A small flock of Dunlins was feeding.

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This Great Blue Heron was very relaxed.

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We found only a few Tree Swallows.

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I liked the pose of this Ring Billed Gull.

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Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

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Green Winged Teal are a treat to the eye.

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Several flocks of American Avocets were feeding in the area.

Pine Warblers at Quiet Waters.

I’ve been to CBEC, Possum/Greenbury Points, Jonas Green and Quiet Waters in the last two weeks without a lot of luck. My Screech Owl has been making regular appearances, but there hasn’t been much interesting until today, when a small fallout of Pine Warblers and Chipping Sparrows hung around for half an hour or so. A nice find. Another Sapsucker showed as well.

Some are seeing Ospreys, but I haven’t found one yet. I’ll probably check Possum Point tomorrow.

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Many Chipping Sparrows were feeding alongside the Warblers.

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You can hear Cardinals singing throughout the park.

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This Eastern Screech Owl has been visible in midafternoon.

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Several Bald Eagles flew over the park.

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I seldom see Black Ducks at Quiet Waters.

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Several pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting at Quiet Waters.

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A Mallard near Thomas Point.

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Tundra Swans will be heading North soon.

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I’ve found several Northern Flickers in the park.

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This House Sparrow posed at Jonas Green Park.

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These Surf Scoters were an unusual sight at Possum Point.

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This Downy Woodpecker pair seemed to be playing tag.

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There are many Tufted Titmice around.

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White Throated Sparrows seem to be among the last to head North.

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This Yellow Sapsucker was a nice surprise. I haven’t seen many.

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Eastern Blue Birds are doing well.

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10 or so Pine Warblers were in the grass, eating quickly and almost ignored me.

Screech Owl at Annapolis, MD.

Screech Owl! Any Owl is a treat, but I’ve looked for this guy several times, so persistence finally paid off. He’s been around for at least a year or two in the same area, but his daytime appearances are rare,

Wood Ducks are setting up shop, Sparrows are gathering, Hawks are nesting and even a warbler or two have been seen. No birder can resist the call of Spring. A single Sapsucker was passing through, leaving his telltale sap holes.

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South River as viewed from the park.

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Several pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting in the park.

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A few Canada Geese are hanging around. Will they nest here?

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Carolina Wrens are numerous and vocal.

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Many Eastern Bluebirds live in the park.

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A friend told me where to look for this Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, and I found him right away.

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Dark Eyed Juncos are still numerous.

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You can hear Northern Cardinals singing throughout the parl.

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I see Song Sparrows 9ften, but they’re not numerous.

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The sound of Woodpeckers, like this Downy, reverberates throughout the park.

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A shiny, freshly molted Dark Eyed Junco.,

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There are ofteh flocks of 50 or more Robins in the park.

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The Blue Jay harassed this Red Shouldered Hawk until he flew off.

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A solitary Great Blue Heron stalks his breakfast.

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This Red Shouldered Hawk flew in as I was watching, and didn’t see me.

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A real treat. This Red Morph Screech Owl is usually hard to find in the daytime.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters.

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. We had crap weather, lots of snow and ice and not much in the way of birds.

We’re on our second consecutive 60 degree day now, and things are picking up. Wood Ducks are mating and Pileateds are drumming.  The Swans and ducks are still with us, but not for much longer.

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White Throated Sparrows will be with us for a while.

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This Carolina Wren was singing loudly.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

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There’s regularly 40-50 Tundra Swans near Thomas Point.

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Dark Eyed Juncos are in every nook and crannie.

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These Black Ducks are hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Learn the Bluebird’s song and you’ll hear it everywhere in the park.

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A pair of Red Shouldered Hawks is nesting in the park.

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This Bald Eagle was perched overlooking Thomas Point.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

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I hear Mourning Doves more often than I see them.

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Spring Mallards can be quite feisty.

 

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There’s usually a few Redheads in the flock.

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It’s a little unusual to see a Carolina Wren cling to the bark instead of perching.

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At least two pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting in the park.

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This Pileated Woodpecker can do some serious damage to a tree.

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Downy Woodpeckers seem to be doing well.