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White Crowned Sparrow at Quiet Waters.

I’m still doing feeder watch at Quiet Waters.  We’ve got a virus surge going on, and it’s not usually crowded, especially during the week.

I’m seeing the same birds as a few days ago. I did see a large (25) flock of Goldfinches once, and a flyover Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron, and a few Buffleheads, but the winter ducks just aren’t here yet. I’ll be getting to Thomas Point soon, but the potholes are too numerous  right now. Repairs are scheduled.

We’re getting really warm weather, which is probably messing with the birds’ instincts, so it might get interesting.

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This year’s irruption of Pine Siskins has been good to me. I last saw one 6-7 years ago.

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There’s probably 6-8 Tufted Titmice hanging out near the feeder.

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Several White Throated Sparrows are living in a nearby bush.

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A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow is also sharing the bush. It’s possible there’s only one of these guys.

Song Sparrow 2020-9

A Song Sparrow is also sharing the nearby bush. One advantage of birding the same spot for a time is that you can get to see who’s who and who’s where.

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I’ve spent some effort trying to get good shots of the White Breasted Nuthatches.

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Feeder birds allow for closeups, sometimes.

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Downy Woodpeckers often appear to be fearless.

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A Red Bellied Woodpecker has been visiting.

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I’ve heard Bluebirds in the area often but they don’t usually get this close.

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I’ve seen only a few House Finches.

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A pair of Cowbirds visited briefly.

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Several Crows were present when I arrived, and I was able to get fairly close.

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This Carolina Wren has been consistently silent.

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Several Chickadees are regular visitors.

White Breasted Nuthatch at Quiet Waters Park.

I last posted about a week ago. The weather has been good enough, and I found a few decent birds, so it was a good week. One interesting thing about the pandemic is that many of my favorite spots are seeing a lot more traffic. Not a big problem so far.

Siskins and Nuthatches are still around. Otherwise, it’s just the regulars, although a few Tundra Swans have arrived. No decent images yet. It was way windy today, and the swans were somewhat distant.

I’m still staking out the feeder after checking for ducks, who should be in the area soon.

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A few Cardinals came and went.

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A very striking Cardinal. If you can find a good place to stand, you can get some awesome close ups at a feeder.

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Another closeup. Tufted Titmouse.

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Downy Woodpeckers are attracted to feeders.

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This Red Bellied Woodpecker stayed in the area, but I didn’t see him at the feeder.

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White Throated Sparrows seem to feed only on the ground.

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Carolina Wrens are not particularly timid.

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Bluebirds will come to a feeder if you have mealworms.

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A few House Finches are in the area.

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This Red Breasted Nuthatch was by himself.

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Pine Siskin 2020-14

How long will the Pine Siskins stay around?

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A Goldfinch and a Siskin share a moment.

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This Yellow Rumped Warbler was at Sandy Point.

Dark Eyed Junco 2020-8

I expect to start seeing more Dark Eyed Juncos soon.

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A Starling in good light can be attractive.

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This late Great Egret was at CBEC.

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It’s always a treat to see these handsome birds forage upside down.

Pine Siskins at Quiet Waters Park.

It’s that slow time of year again, when the ducks haven’t arrived and Fall migration is about over. People are finding a few good birds, but mostly it’s just the regulars. I’ve been hanging out at Sandy Point, Quiet Waters and Greenbury Point. I made a single stop at Thomas Point, where the road is badly in need of repair.

Thankfully, we’re in the midst of an irruption of Siskins RB Nuthatches and Evening Grosbeaks. I got the QW ranger to fill up their feeder (They lost their regular feeder filler) and it seemed like only minutes until the first Siskins showed up. Lots of Goldfinches, Titmice, Chickadees and a Red Breasted Nuthatch were eating as well.

So, I’ve of lots of feeder images, and images of birds approaching the feeder so the feeders don’t always show in the picture. It alway feels a little like cheating to stake out a feeder, but I did get a few good pictures.

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White Breasted Nuthatches also like feeders.

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White Breasted Nuthatches will readily come to a feeder.

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Small flocks of Pine Siskins can empty a feeder very quickly..

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These Buffleheads were near Thomas Point.

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Two Tundra Swans have arrived for the Winter.

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This Carolina Wren seems to have a fresh coat of feathers.

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This Carolina Wren landed quite close to me.

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Carolina Chickadees can always be found by their song.

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Many Tufted Titmice were using the feeder.

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This Carolina Wren seems to have a fresh coat of feathers.

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Downy Woodpeckers will readily come to feeders.

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A single Red Breasted Nuthatch showed up this morning.


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Dark Eyed Juncos were foraging on the ground.

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Only a few Cardinals seem to visit this feeder.

House Finch at Greenbury Point.

It’s that slow time of year again, when the ducks haven’t arrived and migration is winding down. There’s an irruption of Siskins and Grosbeaks in the area, but I haven’t seen anything yet.

I’ve been doing the same rounds-Sandy Point, Possum Point, Jonas Green, Quiet Waters, with a single trip to Truxtun Park . I’m planning to give Artemesia a try tomorrow. I’ve been avoiding it as it was getting too crowded, so we’ll see what happens.

No really cool birds this week, just a trickle of the regulars.  I’d say the Royal Terns were my favorites.

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Walk outside anywhere in MD and you may hear a Carolina Wren.

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Carolina Wren on the feeder at Quiet Waters.

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Gadwall at Jonas Green Park.

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Song Sparrow, also at Jonas Green.

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Downy Woodpecker, Jonas Green Park.

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House Sparrow. There are many at Jonas Green.

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This House Finch lives at Greenbury Point.

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A single Yellow Rumped Warbler at Greenbury Point.

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Fall Goldfinch.

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One of the many Turkey Vultures that patrol our skies.

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Colorful Fall Cardinal.

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Many Chipping Sparrows live in the foliage along the trail.

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Eastern Bluebirds are becoming more numerous.

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I’ve seen a couple of Horned Grebes this week.

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Song Sparrows are the most common Sparrow I see.

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Several Tuftef Titmice posed for me.

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A Ring Billed Gull from Sandy point.

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A Double Crested Cormorant takes off.

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A few Ruby Crowned Kinglets are still around.

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A few Royal Terns are hanging out at Sandy Point.

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This Red Breasted Nuthatch was at Greenbury Point.

White Winged Scoter at Sandy Point State Park.

It’s been another relatively slow two weeks. I’ve continued visiting Greenbury Point and other local places, which have been getting noticeably crowded.  The weather has held, but migrants have been hard to find. Palm Warblers and Kinglets were the most numerous.

I’ve managed to get out almost every day, and I added Amberly and Sandy Point to the rota. Sandy Point has been largeley disappointing, but the Scoter is cool.

I may go to CBEC tomorrow, as I’ve heard there are some good finds available there.


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This Downy Woodpecker was feeding at Quiet Waters.


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A Savanna Sparrow was foraging at Greenbury Point.

White Throated Sparrow 2020-11

White Throated Sparrows will be with us until Spring.

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I saw many more Palm Warblers than usual.

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A bright Cardinal is a treat for the eye.

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Eastern Phoebes are still passing through.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2020-2

Yellow Rumps will be our only common warbler until Spring.

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I saw a flock of Eastern Towhees at Greenbury Point.

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These birds spend a lot of time upside-down.

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Large flocks of Ruby Crowned Kinglets have been present in most places I visit.

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Carolina Chickadee at the Quiet Waters feeder.

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Mourning Dove at Quiet WAters.

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Blue Jays may dominate a feeder.

Carolina Wren 2020-11

Carolina Wrens are very numerous.

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Chipping Sparrows are arriving, and may stay for a while.

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Eastern Bluebirds seem to be more numerous.

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Several Brown Thrashers were passing through.

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I see Ruby Crowned Kinglets everywhere I go.

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This White Winged Scoter is here a little early.


Hermit Thrush at Greenbury Point.

The last two weeks have been spotty as far as finding interesting birds is concerned. “Interesting” means migrating, for the most part.

Sparrows  are coming through in big numbers, as well as Kinglets and catbirds.  Warblers have gotten harder to find , but there’s still a few to be found.

The weather has been unusually mild, and rain has been moderate.  A good Nor’easter might bring us some good birds.

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Dawn on Whitehall Bay.

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I saw 40 or more White Throated Sparrows.

Hermit Thrush 2020-2

I haven’t seen a Hermit Thrush in a while.

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Many Common Yellowthroats are on the move.

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This Chipping Sparrow was hanging in the Butterfly Garden at Quiet Waters.

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Chipping Sparrows are numerous,.

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This Downy Woodpecker was at Quiet Waters.

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Catbirds have been hanging out for a month or more.

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Large flocks of Ruby Crowned Kinglets are in many places.

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A few Golden Crowned Kinglets are often mixed with the Ruby Crowns.

Cardinal 2020-13

There are always a few Cardinals about.


Common Yellowthroat at Greenbury Point.

I started early(6:30 ish) at Possum Point, but the sunrise was kinda’ bland. No birds to speak of.

The Nature Center is about a quarter mile away, and I was there and birding just a few minutes after sunrise.

It was still a bit dark, as there  were clouds and the sun was quite low. I saw a few birds, but it was about half an hour before I saw any action.

There were quite a few birds around, and one Willow tree had me occupied for half an hour as it had so many visitors. Too many birds is a good problem, but you can’t help but wonder about the ones you missed. I did three circuits of the area, and the numbers dropped off quickly.

A good day. Good weather, good birds and a few good images.

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Morning at Possum Point.

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This Palm Warbler was a nice surprise.

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Northern Parulas look good in Spring and Fall.

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This is an American Redstart, probably a juvenile.

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Black and White Warblers maintain the same plumage year ’round , and both sexes look the same.

Red Eyed Vireo 2020-10

I’ve been seeing a lot of Red Eyed Vireos lately.

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Who doesn’t like a Cardinal?

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This House Wren may stay around for a while.

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If you look at my Ebird list you’ll see that many Catbirds are in the area.

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This is probably a female Common Yellowthroat. A young male would have the beginnings of a mask.

Black and White Warbler at Greenbury Point.

One thing I’m learning is that I  didn’t have enough faith in my local spots. I’m finding decent birds in good enough numbers without getting more than 5 miles from home. I don’t have a good marsh bird spot around here, but it’s not that far to CBEC or Terrapin.

I suspect the CA fires are still having an effect on our skies, as the morning light is often gray and dreary. I did catch a decent sunrise or two, though.

I’ve spotted several warblers, a couple of Tanagers and vireos and the usual suspects.

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We had decent morning colors on a couple of days.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2020-1

The Red Bellied Woodpecker has a distinctive call, and it’s one of the first I learned.

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Northern Flickers are on the move.

Carolina Wren 2020-7

This Carolina Wren posed very nicely.

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Magnolia Warblers are even more striking i Spring.

Scarlet Tanager 2020-2

I’m posting this lousy image because the Scarlet Tanager is a cool bird.

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I used to see more Red Eyed Vireos than I do nowadays.

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This Common Yellowthroat Warbler is headed for the tropics.

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Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are attractive even in poor light.

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Many Mockingbirds reside at Greenbury Point.

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Cardinals are also well represented.

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There are always at least a few Goldfinches in the area.

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Many Flycatchers passed through in the last week.

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It’s not unusual to see a Black and White Warbler upside down.

Red Breasted Nuthatch at Greenbury Point.

I’m sticking with Greenbury Point for a while, as it’s been a quite decent birding spot and it’s close to home. Everything I’m reading suggests the next month or two are going to be very dangerous, with many more cases of COVID.

Yesterday was decent,  with warblers and sparrows, and today’s RB Nuthatch was a nice surprise, as I haven’t seen one in a few years. I also went to Wooton to find the Anhinga, but he wasn’t in.

There’s not much at Possum Point yet, but the sunrises have been decent.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

Indigo Bunting 2020-1

This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting. He’s heading to the Caribbean for the Winter.

Palm Warbler 2020-1

This Palm Warbler is also headed for the tropics.

Chesnut Sided Warbler 2020-3

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You can find Chestnut Sided Warblers in Central America in the Winter.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2020-4

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Blue Gray Gnatcatchers winter in Florida or Central America.

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Stupid Flycatcher. There are several Empidonax Flycatchers, and they are hard to tell apart. Some say Flycatchers prove there is no God.

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This Red Breasted Nuthatch was a real treat.

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Song Sparrows may spend the Winter.

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This is a Lincoln’s Sparrow, and we only see them during migration. He’s heading for the southern US or Central America.

Migrant Bonanza at Greenbury Point.

I had a couple of decent hours in when I ran into Dan Haas, premiere birder, and we hooked up for a further tour of the area.  He was successful in attracting many additional birds, and we were both got lucky in that so many birds were in the area.

I started with a very early Cape May Warbler. This is a bird I only see during migration, and it’s very attractive. Other warblers  were in abundance, and we found a Yellow Throated Vireo, a bird I’ve seen only once before. A Least Flycatcher was a lifer for me.

I ended up with about 40 species on this very rewarding day.

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Self Portrait.

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Possum Point Dawn.

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There were many Flycatchers in the area.

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I would have liked better light for this Yellow Throated Vireo.

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The Black and White Warbler is a favorite of all.

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There were several Cape May Warblers foraging in the bushes.

Marsh Wren 2020-1

This is a Marsh Wren Dan was able to tease out with a recording.

Common Yellowthroat 2020-5

Common Yellowthroats seem to breed in the area.

Red Eyed Vireo 2020-3

I don’t see Red Eyed Vireos as often as I used to.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2020-1

A late juvenile Ruby Throated hummingbird.

Chickadee 2020-4

Several Carolina Chickadees were playing in the foliage.

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Several Black Throated Green Warblers showed themselves.

House Wren 2020-2

We saw several House Wrens.

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This is a Magnolia Warbler.

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Northern Parulas are colorful even in the Fall.

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A late Osprey had a successful fishing trip.

Indigo Bunting

This is a female Indigo Bunting.

Cape May Warbler 2020-1

A very nice Cape May Warbler.

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I liked the colors on this female Cardinal.