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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.

Palm Warbler 2020-2

This Palm Warbler was a nice surprise.

Northern Parula 2020-18

Northern Parula 2020-19

Northern Parulas look good in Spring and Fall.

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This is an American Redstart, probably a juvenile.

Black and White Warbler 2020-10 Black and White Warbler 2020-9

Black and White Warbler 2020-11

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.

Cardinal 2020-10

Cardinal 2020-11

Who doesn’t like a Cardinal?

House Wren 2020-3

This House Wren may stay around for a while.

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Catbird 2020-9

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

Common Yellowthroat 2020-11

Common Yellowthroat 2020-12

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.

Northern Flicker 2020-6

Northern Flickers are on the move.

Carolina Wren 2020-7

This Carolina Wren posed very nicely.

Magnolia warbler 2020-4

Magnolia warbler 2020-5

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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Red Eyed Vireo 2020-9

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

Common Yellowthroat 2020-8

Common Yellowthroat 2020-10

This Common Yellowthroat Warbler is headed for the tropics.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2020-1

Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2020-2

Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are attractive even in poor light.

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Many Mockingbirds reside at Greenbury Point.

Cardinal 2020-9

Cardinals are also well represented.

Goldfinch 2020-12

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

Flycatcher 2020-7

Many Flycatchers passed through in the last week.

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Black and White Warbler 2020-7

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

Chesnut Sided Warbler 2020-4

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

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2020-4

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2020-5

Blue Gray Gnatcatchers winter in Florida or Central America.

Flycatcher 2020-6

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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Red Breasted Nuthatch 2020-3

This Red Breasted Nuthatch was a real treat.

Song Sparrow 2020-2

Song Sparrows may spend the Winter.

Lincoln's Sparrow 2020-1

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.

Flycatcher 2020-4

There were many Flycatchers in the area.

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Yellow Throated Vireo 2020-1

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

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Black and White Warbler 2020-4

The Black and White Warbler is a favorite of all.

Cape May Warbler 2020-3

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.

Black Throated Green Warbler 2020-3

Black Throated Green Warbler 2020-4

Several Black Throated Green Warblers showed themselves.

House Wren 2020-2

We saw several House Wrens.

Magnolia warbler 2020-1

This is a Magnolia Warbler.

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Northern Parula 2020-12

Northern Parulas are colorful even in the Fall.

Osprey 2020-226

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.

Cape May Warbler 2020-2

Cardinal 2020-7

Cardinal 2020-8

I liked the colors on this female Cardinal.

America Redstart at Greenbury Point.

It was unusually busy at Greenbury /Possum Points this morning. More people than I’ve seen in 7-8 years.  A pandemic/holiday effect, I suppose. Not exactly a huge crowd, but it was noticeable.

I’ve been sticking with Possum and Greenbury Points for a while now. It’s really just like anywhere else-some days are better than others.  With migration really at a high point, I’ve got good chances for another few weeks.

Today’s Redstart was a treat (I confess to preferring the males) and there was enough activity to keep me interested for a while. That’s been the pattern several times. Yesterday a flock of migrants included Orchard Orioles and Red Eyed Vireos.

I did OK today. Other birders saw more species than I did, so it’s looking promising.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

Goldfinch 2020-8

Many American Goldfinches live at Greenbury Point.

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This Garden Spider was hanging out at the Garden Center.

 

American Redstart 2020-1

Female or juvenile American Redstart.

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Snowy Egret on the rocks at Possum Point.

Flycatcher 2020-2Flycatcher 2020-1Cardinal 2020-6Orchard Oriole 2020-2Prairie Warbler 2020-5House Finch 2020-2Prairie Warbler 2020-4House Wren 2020-1Osprey 2020-223Osprey 2020-224Osprey 2020-221Osprey 2020-222Osprey 2020-220 Great Crested Flycatcher 2020-109 Great Crested Flycatcher 2020-110Green Heron 2020-146Green Heron 2020-145Goldfinch 2020-8Snowy Egret 2020-195American Redstart 2020-2

Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Greenbury Point.

It’s been nearly three weeks since I posted anything, a record, I think. I’ve been getting out most days, quitting early in the heat, but not finding much inspirational.  I’m also trying to save money on expenses, and the car eats a lot of gas.

Today was much better, and I think we’ll have good luck for a while, as migration seems to be well under way.

I’ve never seen a YC Night Heron in MD before, and there were several other Herons as well as a Baltimore Oriole.

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Morning at Possum Point.

Eastern Kingbird 2020-138

Eastern Kingbird 2020-139

Most years I see many Eastern Kingbirds at this time of year.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2020-108

I didn’t see Great Crested Flycatchers as often as in previous years.

Baltimore Orriole 2020-5

This Baltimore Oriole is migrating South.

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Baltimore Orriole 2020-4

Osprey 2020-218

There are still many Ospreys in the area.

Green Heron 2020-143

I’ve been seeing 3-4 Green Herons every morning.

Goldfinch 2020-7

Goldfinches will probably be around all year.

Chipping Sparrow 2020-11

Thi Chipping Sparrow was at Quiet Waters.

Belted Kingfisher 2020-3

I’ve heard Belted Kingfishers at CBEC many times, but they’re tough to photograph.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron 2020-1

Yellow Crowned Night Heron 2020-2

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron, called “rare” by Ebird.

Green Herons at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

It was raining when I awoke at 3:30 AM, so I went back to bed and left the house around 7:00 . I was headed for Possum Point, but the car wanted to go back to CBEC, so that’s where we ended up.

The skies were clear and blue, and there were plenty of birds about. Egrets, Herons, Terns, Ospreys and Sandpipers were all foraging in the lake. I’m guilty of ignoring the passerines at this time of year.

I had a pleasant couple of hours before heading home, where I edited some of the photos and had a nice nap.

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Morning in The Marsh.

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A single Tri Colored Heron was feeding with the Snowys.

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Forster’s Terns feed in small flocks.

Osprey 2020-211

This young Osprey will be fledging soon.

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Snowy Egrets are also numerous.

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Belted Kingfisher 2020-2

Not much of a picture, but I don’t see Belted Kingfishers at CBEC very often.

Great Egret 2020-255

Many Great Egrets feed at Lake Knapp.

Green Heron 2020-137

Green Heron 2020-134

This Green Heron took off in the early morning light.

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This rabbit was very small.

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Deer often graze along the lake edge.

 

Tri Colored Heron at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

Graeme and I went to CBEC early this morning to catch the sunrise and give some photos to the Center for use in their upcoming fundraising auction. We were able to catch Dr. Wink at home and left the framed photos with her.

We got the best look yet at the Tri Colored Heron who’s been hanging around, as well as some good egrets and Ospreys.

I’ve got plenty of CBEC shots to include, as the weather has been OK all week.

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Morning in The Marsh.

Snowy Egret 2020-180

Snowy Egret 2020-179

The Snowy Egrets at CBEC seem to find plenty of food.

Forster;s Tern 2020-148

Forster;s Tern 2020-149

Forster’s Terns are still feeding daily.

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Tri Colored Heron 2020-6

This is a relatively rare Tri Colored Heron. They’ve been regular visitors for two or three years.

Great Egret 2020-246

Green Heron 2020-135

A Great Egret flies over the lake.

Osprey 2020-204

Osprey 2020-203

The Osprey chicks are growing fast.

 

Yellow warbler 2020-1

I found this Yellow Warbler at Greenbury Point.

Caspian Tern 2020-1 Caspian Tern 2020-3

Caspian Tern 2020-2

This Caspian Tern was imitating a Skimmer at Lake Knapp.

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Eastern Box Turtle 16

I’ve seen a lot of turtles recently.

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Graeme, observing from the blind.

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Dr. Wink at CBEC.

Greater Yellowlegs at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I’ve been sticking with the CBEC routine for several weeks now, and it’s interesting to watch the cast of characters change as the water level drops and it gets warmer. Some birds have raised this year’s family, and are out searching for new areas to feed in.

Many Sandpipers have appeared, I’ve seen Avocets, Ibises and a single Little Blue Heron. Will a TriColored Heron be next?

A few sunrise photos also turned out well this week.

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Morning in The Marsh.

Starling 2020-2

I think this is a Starling with a nice bug.

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This nest contains two Osprey chicks.

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Snowy Egrets near dawn.

Killdeer 2020-8

Killdeer have just begun appearing.

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Lesser Yellowlegs are feeding in the flats.

Least Sandpiper 2020-6

Least Sandpipers are regulars.

 

Canvasback 2020-34

20 or more Canada Geese seem to be spending the Summer.

 

Returning Terns at CBEC.

The first time I saw Terns feeding in a flock, diving headlong into a school of small fish, I was hooked.  Master flyers, master fisherbirds, what’s not to like?

I’ve spent a lot of time since then trying to get good images, and it ain’t easy. Terns don’t understand straight lines, and they are quick! Anyway, here’s my latest efforts.

A few other birds were around as well, and CBEC might be getting much better soon if the water level keeps dropping and there’s some mud for the Sandpipers.

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Sunrise in the Marsh.

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Wood Duck 2020-13

I’ve heard a lot of Wood Ducks at CBEC, but I don’t see them often.

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Great Egret 2020-200

Many Egrets dine all summer at CBEC.

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Chipping Sparrow 2020-9

There are many Chipping Sparrows at CBEC.

Bald Eagle 2020-6

I saw this bird out of the corner of my eye, and snapped a shot while I was watching the Terns. It was a surprise to see later that it’s a Bald Eagle!

 

Forster;s Tern 2020-56

I spent way too much time with these Forster’s and Least Terns who were just a little too far away.

Diamondback Terrapin 13

Diamondback Terrapin 12

Diamondback Terrapins are laying eggs now.

Eastern Box Turtle 20

CBEC is a good place to find Eastern Box Turtles.