Eastern Bluebird at Quiet Waters Park

It looks as though the good weather has ended for a spell. Rain and snow tomorrow, but not as bad as last time.

I tried Sandy Point again this morning, and got an average sunrise but no ducks at all. Where are they?

Possum Point didn’t have much to offer, and Quiet Waters was pretty barren as well. Looking over the last few years, I was getting good ducks well into March, so there’s hope yet.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Dark Eyed Junco 2016-3

I saw more Dark Eyed Juncos than usual today.

White Throated Sparrow 2016-5

White Throated Sparrows are getting to be my go-to bird.

 

Northern Flicker 2016-1

I saw several Northern Flickers, but only got the one image.

Bluebird 2016-1

A small flock of Bluebirds was feeding behind Holly Pavilion.

Northern Pintail at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Sunrise at Sandy Point was a little better than average this morning, and I found a couple of ducks as well. Not a bad start.

Terrapin Nature Center continues to be below average, with nowhere near the diversity of previous years. Kent Narrows was no better. This once reliable spot has been nearly deserted this year.

CBEC was a bit better, but I’m not seeing the diversity of previous visits.

It’s a weird year, and I don’t know why.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

 

Great Blue Heron 2016-2

This Great Blue Heron was fishing near the blind at Terrapin.

Greater Scaup 2016-2

Greater Scaup 2016-1

This Scaup drake and a hen were at Sandy Point.

Tundra Swan 2016-9

In previous years I didn’t see Tundra Swans in the lake.

Mallard 2016-7

The only ducks at Terrapin were Mallards.

Northern Pintail 2016-3

Northern Pintail 2016-2

This is the third time I’ve seen Northern Pintails at CBEC.

Downy Woodpecker at Possum Point.

The snow is gone and the unseasonably warm weather is back. There’s been an ongoing, minor dispute about early morning access to Sandy Point, which has been resolved. The park isn’t really open until 7:00 AM, except for fishing, so I’ve been slipping under the radar for a while. Park management has finally agreed that photography is as legit as fishing, so I’m good to go.

I was a bit late for the best part of sunrise this morning, but it turned out OK.

There wasn’t much at Possum Point, but I found a few small birds. Jonas Green and Thomas Point are still practically devoid of interesting waterfowl.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Mockingbird 2016-2

This Mockingbird greeted me at the point.

White Throated Sparrow 2016-4

A few White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass.

Downy Woodpecker 2016-4

Downy Woodpecker 2016-3

I saw several Downy Woodpeckers.

Snow Goose at Blackwater NWR.

Since there’s not much to see locally, I made the trek to Blackwater this morning. It’s in Cambridge, which is about a 90 minute trip.

I’ve been there many times, and this may have been the least productive trip of all. There were no more ducks there than here, and that’s unusual at this time of year. I assume the warm weather has something to do with it.

I saw a number of eagles, but none were willing to pose. Lots of Mallards, Snow Geese, Canada Geese and a few distant American White Pelicans. A single Kestrel stayed around long enough for an image.

A somewhat disappointing trip, but better than I’ve been doing¬†around here.

Blackwater NWR 1

Entrance to the visitor Center at Blackwater. My first visit here was over 40 years ago.

Blackwater NWR 2

The observation platform.

 

 

 

Canada Goose 2016-1

You’ll see Canada Geese anywhere you go on the Eastern Shore.

American White Pelican 2016-1

American White Pelicans rest in this exact spot every year.

American Wigeon 2016-2

American Wigeon 2016-1

A few American Wigeons were also at Oakley Street.

Canvasback 2016-2

A small flock of Canvasbacks was hanging out at Oakley Street.

American Kestrel 2016-1

American Kestrels are often found on roadside wires.

Great Blue Heron 2016-1

Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

Snow Goose 2016-5

Snow Goose 2016-3 Snow Goose 2016-2

Snow Goose 2016-4

Snow Goose 2016-1

Thousands of Snow Geese were resting in the marsh.

 

 

Bald Eagle at Terrapin Nature Park

The snow has melted enough to get around better, so I expect to have a better week. I did the old routine today, Sandy Point, then the Eastern Shore.

The waterfowl numbers are still very low, but perhaps that will change soon. Today was a disappointment in that I didn’t find much, but it was good to get out again.

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Sandy Point 174

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

White Throated Sparrow 2016-3

White Throated Sparrows were abundant.

Bald Eagle 2016-11

Bald Eagle 2016-10

I saw this Bald Eagle from a distance, and was lucky to find him as I approached his last location.

 

 

Sunrise at Sandy Point

Good bird photos have been hard to get for a couple of days. We still don’t have many ducks, and the weather isn’t helping much-cold and windy.

Here’s a couple of sunrises and some miscellany.

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Sandy Point 172

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

The Mansion

The Mansion, a private residence at Sandy Point.

Tundra Swan 2016-8

Tundra Swan at Thomas Point.

Ring Billed Gull 2016-3

Ring Billed Gull 2016-2

Ring Billed Gull at route 450.

 

Bald Eagle 2016-9

Bald Eagle, in poor light.

 

Red Fox at Possum Point

I usually check out the beach and the waterfront at Sandy Point after the sunrise, and I’m not seeing the ducks that are usually there. Same with Possum Point, Jonas Green Park and Thomas Point. Now that the warm weather seems to have passed, maybe we’ll see some soon.

Three foxes, playing in the reeds, rescued me today.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Fox 36

Three foxes were foraging in the reeds.

 

 

Bald Eagle at Possum Point.

It was a dark and cloudy morning…

Again at Sandy Point for sunrise, then on to Possum Point and Thomas Point.

The sunrise was a bit bland, and there weren’t any significant numbers of ducks. Possum Point was better, with waxwings and a nice eagle, and a few other birds.

I didn’t see anything at Jonas Green as I drove past, and Thomas Point continues to be nearly devoid of waterfowl.

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Sandy Point 166

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Sometimes the sky looks briefly like lava.

Mockingbird 2016-1

This Mockingbird was the first bird I saw this morning.

Blue Jay 2016-1

This Blue Jay seemed to be observing the proceedings.

Cardinal 2016-1

This Cardinal was eating berries alongside the Waxwings.

Cedar Waxwing 2016-4

Cedar Waxwing 2016-2

Cedar Waxwing 2016-3

There were 40 or more Cedar Waxwings zooming from tree to tree and eating berries.

Bald Eagle 2016-8

I’ve seen Bald Eagles in this tree before, but they usually fly away quickly. Today I was able to sneak a bit closer.

 

Ring Billed Gull at Terrapin Nature Park

I stuck to the usual routine today: Sandy Point, Terrapin, Kent Narrows and CBEC. Only CBEC had much to offer, but the best birds ere too far off for decent images.

I’ve now looked for the Snowy Owl three separate times to no avail.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-1

Red Winged Blackbirds are still active at Terrapin.

Tundra Swan 2016-7

These Tundra Swans flew overhead at CBEC.

Bufflehead 2016-5

I found this Bufflehead at Kent Narrows.

Ring Billed Gull 2016-1

There were dozens of Ring Billed Gulls at Terrapin.