Northern Harrier at Bombay Hook.

My internet has been screwed up for a few days, so I haven’t been able post anything. Stay away from Comcast, folks.

I made a trip to Bombay Hook a few days ago, which was OK, but not as fruitful as I’d hoped. We need some cool weather and some rain to speed up migration.

Today I stopped early at Sandy Point, but the sunrise wasn’t worth photographing, and the birds on the beach were the same-old, same-old.

Greenbury Point was much better, and I suspect I found enough variety to proclaim that migration has begun!

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Mockingbird 2018-2

This Mockingbird gave a nice wing flutter just as I clicked the shutter.



Eastern Wood Peewee 2018-1

This Peewee is a migrant, heading South.

Baltimore Oriole 2018-14

Several juvenile Baltimore Orioles showed their colors.

Blue Grosbeak 2018-14

I found several Blue Grosbeaks this morning.

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Indigo Bunting 2018-7

I found several Blue Grosbeaks this morning.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2018-1

I usually wouldn’t keep such a poor photo, but this is one of my favorite birds, a Rose Breasted Grosbeak (Juvenile).

Carolina Wren 2018-3

You can hear Carolina Wrens just about anywhere you go around here.

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Great Blue Heron 2018-69

This Great Blue Heron was at Sandy point.

Goldfinch 2018-22

Goldfinches are at Greenbury Point all year.

Indigo Bunting 2018-6

This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting.

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I was in the right place when this Northern Harrier flew by.

Snowy Egret 2018-29

This Snowy Egret flew right in front of me.

Great Egret 2018-80

I’ve seen a lot of Great Egrets this year.

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This Caspian Tern was at Bombay Hook.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2018-11

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This is a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.

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This Red Spotted Purple was feeding at Greenbury Point.


Great Egret at Schoolhouse Pond.

I’m still not hearing any interesting news from the local spots, so, back to Schoolhouse Pond.

It wasn’t nearly as productive, but the weather and the lighting were much better.

Double Crested Cormorant 2018-10

A singly Double Crested Cormorant flew over the pond.

Little Blue Heron 2018-15

The Little Blue Heron was much harder to find today.

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I had better lighting for this Solitary Sandpiper today.

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A single Great Blue Heron was present all morning.

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There were only 4 Great Egrets present today.

Great Egret at Schoolhouse Pond.

With the Labor Day weekend snarling traffic and filling the parks, I decided to go back to Schoolhouse Pond, which has been so productive recently.

There were plenty of the same birds, and the light got quite decent after an hour or so, so I managed a few decent images.

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This Osprey has the whole pond to himself.

Solitary Sandpiper 2018-13

Several Solitary Sandpipers were feeding in the marsh.

Little Blue Heron 2018-14

The Little Blue Heron seems to be hanging out for a while.

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This small stump attracts many birds, including this Great Egret.

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A great Egret is about 1.5 feet taller than a little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond

The weather is “unsettled” this weekend, which can sometimes bring in good birds, so I decided to try Schoolhouse Pond for vagrants. Sandy Point would have been my first choice, but it’s Labor Day weekend and bound to be very crowded.

I made the right choice. I chatted with some fishermen for a while, and birds were continually flying in, which is always a good sign.

I noticed a distant bird I couldn’t ID, so I walked to the other end of the pond and saw it was a juvenile little Blue Heron, a bird I don’t see often. Eventually it moved much closer and gave me some good looks.

A good morning, indeed, and I may go back tomorrow.

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A single Killdeer was foraging at the South end of the pond.

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Several Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mudflats.

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This Solitary Sandpiper was well camouflaged.

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This Great Blue Heron stayed in one place all morning.

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6 Great Egrets were foraging in the pond.

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There’s always a small flock of Mallards in the pond.

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Two large flocks of Canada Geese stopped by for a while.

Osprey 2018-53

A single Osprey was looking for fish.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-8

I found this Common Yellowthroat at Wooton’s Landing.

Chickadee 2018-4

This Chickadee was also at Wooton.

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The shape of the head and the color of the beak distinguish the Little Blue Heron from the Snowy Egret.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s that time of year when birds are hard to find, and I’m not having much luck. I’ve been to several different places recently, and don’t have much to show for the effort.

I made the Bombay Hook trek again this morning, as a friend had good luck there a few days ago, but it was only a mediocre show. Still, it was better than any other place I’ve been recently.

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This Green Heron was foraging at Schoolhouse Pond.

Killdeer 2018-2

This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse pond.

White Eyed Vireo 2018-3

This White Eyed Vireo was the only good image I got at Wooton’s Landing.

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Greater Yellowlegs 2018-15

There were many Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh.

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I only saw two Forster’s Terns.

Snowy Egret 2018-27

Many Snowy Egrets were present.

Goldfinch 2018-19

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This Goldfinch will be getting his Winter plumage soon.

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Many Great Egrets were present as well.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-5

I saw only a few Semi Palmated Sandpipers.

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A least Sandpiper at Schoolhouse Pond.

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These Least Sandpipers had a dispute of some kind.

Blue Grosbeak 2018-13

Blue Grosbeaks can be found all Summer.

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I found this Great Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond.

Belted Kingfisher 2018-2

I was lucky to catch this Belted Kingfisher as he flew by.

Killdeer 2018-3

This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse Pond.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron 2018-8

Three Yellow Crowned Night Herons were resting in Bear Swamp Pool.

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Yellow Warbler at Blackwater NWR.

I made the trek to Blackwater in hopes of getting more action, and was only partly successful.  I managed to find a few warblers, but there wasn’t much else to see.

I spoke with fellow birder who had the same kind of luck , but we decided it was just our misfortune and we’d have to try again another day.

Eastern Phoebe 2018-2

This Eastern Phoebe is probably a migrant.

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My friendly Red Headed Woodpeckers were very cooperative today.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-26

Eastern Kingbirds will be heading South soon.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-6

Common Yellowthroat 2018-7

This Common Yellowthroat may have nested at Blackwater.

Osprey 2018-52

This first year Osprey was fishing near his old nest.

Pine Warbler 2018-2

This Pine Warbler is an early migrant.

Yellow Warbler 2018-7


Yellow Warbler 2018-6

I was looking for Nuthatches when this Yellow Warbler popped up.

Spotted Sandpiper at Schoolhouse Pond.

My original thought was to try Wooton this morning, but the car made the turn for Schoolhouse Pond instead. I prefer going there on weekends to avoid the traffic.

It was quite dark and cloudy at first, but I could see there were a few good birds, so I waited a while. I got a few images in the poor light, but it wasn’t long before the sun came out and I got a good look at some decent birds.  I suspect I’ll be going back again soon.

I stopped at Governor Bridge on the way home, but didn’t find much.

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This juvenile Chipping Sparrow was begging his parent for a treat.

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Two Green Herons greeted me when I arrived.

Acadian Flycatcher 2018-1

This Acadian Flycatcher was at Governor Bridge.

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These Mallards seemed to be just waking up.

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A single Great Egret arrived as I was leaving.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-8

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I haven’t seen a Spotted Sandpiper since the Spring.

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I found this Saddleback Caterpillar at Quiet Waters yesterday.

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I don’t see Viceroy butterflies often.

Yellow Warbler at Greenbury Point.

Things are starting to pick up. I’ve been hanging out at  Sandy Point and Greenbury Point waiting for more birds to show, and today might have been the breakthrough.

I started at Sandy point, where I found a couple of decent shore birds, then went on to Greenbury Point.

I found plenty of activity right off the bat, including some birds I hadn’t seen there in a while. I think migration is under way!

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-6

I haven’t seen a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Greenbury since the Spring.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-25

Eastern Kingbirds may be gathering to migrate.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-6

This Downy Woodpecker was eating noisily.

Red Eyed Vireo 2018-2

It’s been weeks since I’ve found a Red Eyed Vireo.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-5

A Great Crested Flycatcher was busily gforaging .

Caspian Tern 2018-25

This Caspian Tern was at Sandy point.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-4

I usually see Semi Palmated Plovers on the Eastern shore.

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Least Sandpiper 2018-16

Least Sandpipers were foraging high on the beach.

Snowy Egret 2018-24

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This Snowy was feeding in the surf at Sandy Point.

Willet 2018-6

This Willet didn’t belong at Sandy point at all, and was a rare treat.

Goldfinch 2018-18

You can find Goldfinches at Greenbury Point all year.

Yellow Warbler 2018-5

I seldom see Yellow Warblers at Greenbury Point.

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Today’s bugs.

American Goldfinch at Greenbury Point.

I stayed close to home today, and started at Sandy Point. I did see a nice Fox, but not a single bird worthy of  a photo.

Greenbury Point is only 10 minutes away, so I headed there next in hopes of finding some butterflies or early migrants.

I did see a few of the usual butterflies, and bird activity was better than usual, but I didn’t find anything really interesting.

Indigo Bunting 2018-5

Indigo Buntings seem to nest here every year,

Eastern Kingbird 2018-23

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Like last year, Eastern Kingbirds seem to gathering in numbers.

Cardinal 2018-14

This Cardinal is molting.

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Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.

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I saw more Goldfinches than usual.

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Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.

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