Purple Martin at Lake Artemesia.

After a few slow days I decided to try a sure thing, and went back to Artemesia.

In truth, it wasn’t very exciting. The nesting period is about over, and birds are harder to find. I did see a few, but spent most of my time with the Purple Martins, who are still feeding young.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Maylin and her mother were feeding the ducks.

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Robins are still plentiful.

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Wood Ducks without chicks.

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A small flock of Goldfinches was feeding on the island.

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I haven’t seen a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher in a while.

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I saw five Green Herons this morning.

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Purple Martins are tough on the dragonfly population.

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Two Beavers were out for a morning swim.

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This Daisy was all by itself.

Red Fox at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I did the same routine again today;Sandy Point for a decent sunrise, then Terrapin and CBEC.

There weren’t a lot of birds at Sandy Point, nor Terrapin. Unusually slow.

CBCE was a little better, but the biting bugs were very thick. I found a few ordinary birds, then encountered a very tame Fox in the parking lot. He was quite calm, even though there were quite a few people around.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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This Northern Flicker was singing for 10 minutes.

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This Osprey was perched along the entrance road.

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This Ruby Throated Hummingbird appears to be a female.

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I often see Least Terns fishing at CBEC.

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It’s unusual to have a Fox cooperate so well.

Tree Swallows at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I took a chance on Sandy Point again this morning, and got some decent images. There were a few more birds than usual, but still not a lot.

Terrapin was still slow, but I did find a few birds and a snake skin.

CBEC was an improvement. I spent some time with the Tree Swallows, then circled the lake. Wading birds are still in short supply, but things are improving.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

 

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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The Marsh Pond at Terrapin.

Mourning Dove 2016-7

I often skip Mourning Doves, but I liked the look of this pair.

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Common Terns often fish at CBEC.

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Wood Ducks have been scarce at Terrapin this year.

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I spent 45 minutes with the CBEC Tree Swallows.

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CBEC is overrun with Rabbits.

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Discarded snake skin.

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Today’s Bug.

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I don’t see a lot of Muskrats.

 

Cow Nosed Ray at Jonas Green Park.

Sandy Point offered only an unbroken gray wall of clouds, so I went right to Greenbury Point. I had an appointment this morning, and only had a short while to look around. There wasn’t much to see, and I didn’t get any images worth posting.

A quick stop at Jonas Green was equally frustrating, but I got an unusual look at a ray.

My appointment in downtown Annapolis was at a friend’s house who has a beautiful flower garden, so I took advantage of a break to get a few    photos.

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This Cow Nosed Ray was fishing near shore.

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A view from Jonas Green.

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I found this Song Sparrow at Jonas Green.

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Today’s flowers.

Eastern Kingbird at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

Sandy Point wasn’t great, but I got a couple of sunrise photos before heading to Terrapin. Terrapin as disappointing, with very few interesting birds.

CBEC was better, but the bugs were numerous and fierce. If there hadn’t been a decent breeze, I would have left much sooner.

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Sandy Point 227

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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I found this Indigo Bunting at Greenbury Point yesterday.

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I couldn’t get a clear look at this Snowy Egret.

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This Green Heron was just close enough for a picture.

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You’ll always find Barn Swallows at CBEC in the Summer.

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This Redhead should be far west and north of here.

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A nice pose for this Red Winged Blackbird .

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These Ospreys are nesting at Greenbury Point.

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This Osprey flew by at CBEC.

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I love the hairdo on this Cardinal.

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This Eastern Kingbird was fiercely protecting his nest.

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I saw three Diamondback Terrapins today.

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I couldn’t pass up this full Moon.

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Views of the marsh pond at Terrapin.

 

Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury Point.

I tried the Sandy Point sunrise again, and it was a bust. I hadn’t been to Greenbury in a while, so I gave it a try.

It wasn’t completely dead, but there wasn’t much to see, including bugs. Many birds have finished nesting now, so the activity level has dropped dramatically.

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Views of Greenbury Point.

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Cardinals look good with a green background.

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This Great Blue Heron flew overhead as I was walking the trail.

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Many Ospreys nest at or near the point.

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These Mallards were heading to the bay.

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Yellow Breasted Chats nest at Greenbury Point, but are heard more often than they’re seen.

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Today’s only worthwhile bug.

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And a flower.

Orchard Oriole at Lake Artemesia.

I ran into Graeme at the lake this morning, and we made the rounds looking for bugs and birds. Bugs were scarce, but the birds were a bit better.

There wasn’t anything new, though, and I fear we’re entering the birding doldrums that often occur in early summer.

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Views of Lake Artemesia.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are numerous at the lake.

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This female Goldfinch was in the shade.

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I got one try at this Mockingbird before he flew off.

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I just barely caught this flight of 6-8 Snowy Egrets flying over the lake.

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This Eastern Kingbird can be found at the same spot every day.

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It’s odd to see a Wood Duck on the asphalt trail.

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This Mallard hen was hanging out with the Wood Ducks.

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Several Wood Ducks with young are easy to find.

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I was ready for this Green Heron when he took off.

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I’m still surprised at how close you can get to a Barn Swallow.

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This is as close as I’ve gotten to the Orchard Orioles at the lake.

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Graeme and I interrupted this turtle while she was trying to lay eggs.

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Today’s flowers.

 

 

A Buggy Day at Governor Bridge.

I met Graeme early at Governor Bridge and we spent a few hours looking for bugs. We did see a few birds, but they were either uninteresting or too far away.

A couple of turtles broke up the day, and we found a few nice flowers. The milkweed plants provided some of the best bugs.

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This barn is in the big field at the end of the entrance road.

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The lake at Governor Bridge.

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Today’s flowers.

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Moth 213 Fritillary 5 Damsel Fly 39 Bee 220 Bee 219 Grasshopper 207 Dragonfly 69 Beetle 23 Fritillary 4 Fritillary 3 Beetle 22 Jewelwing 2 Damsel Fly 38 Praying Mantis 49 Crane Fly 7 Insect 768 Insect 767 Insect 766 Insect 765 Ladybug 48

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Today’s Bugs.

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We interrupted this turtle as she was laying eggs.

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We found this Skink near the lake.

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Graeme Simpson, hard at work.

 

 

Red Breasted Merganser at Lake Artemesia.

Well, it’s my birthday and I treated myself to an easy trip to Lake Artemesia. The mergansers were a surprise-they look young and it makes me wonder if they were born around here.

I tracked down the Yellow Warbler’s nest, but the orioles remain elusive;easy to hear, hard to spot.

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Lake Artemesia.

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I’ve seen the Green Heron in this tree several times.

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This Yellow Warbler was making many trips to feed his babies.

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This Robin posed nicely.

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It was a Wood Duck kind of day.

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These Red Breasted Merganser appear to be juveniles.