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Northern Shoveler at Lake Artemesia.

I went to Artemesia yesterday, and it was almost a total waste of time. It was windy and cold, and the birds just weren’t there.

Today was different, with calm winds, sunny skies and beaucoup birds. I made several loops of the lake, finding new birds on each trek. I’ve only seen Shovelers there once before.

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Dawn at Lake Artemesia.


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I got my first good Redhead image here several years ago.

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I found only a single Common Goldeneye today.

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The Northern Shoveler’s beak is twice as wide at the tip as at the base.

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Two small flocks of Hooded Mergansers were feeding.

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A single Scaup was cruising the shoreline.

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White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass along the path.

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I saw only a single Bufflehead.

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Double Crested Cormorants were resting near the Osprey platform.



American Wigeon at Thomas Point.

The weatherman was calling for rain today, so I slept in late. Imagine my surprise to see a slightly cloudy day, rapidly becoming sunny.

I went to Possum Point first, in hopes of finding some interesting birds, but I had little luck. There were a few birds, but nothing exciting.

I went to Thomas Point next, which was better, but it’s still the same old birds. Good light gave me a few good pics.

I finished up at Quiet Waters, which was nearly barren. There’s still a lot of ice in the river, so it may be few days before the ducks show up.

I don’t often see Foxes in mid-morning.

I heard this Carolina Chickadee long before I saw him.


This Redhead is hanging out with the Canvasbacks.

Many Tundra Swans were hanging out, apparently loafing.

I was surprised to find a single American Wigeon flying right at me.

Canvasback hen, close up.

A few Scaup were mixed in with the Canvasbacks.

A few Buffleheads were swimming nearby.

This Wood Duck is hanging out in the cove.

A few Black Ducks were in the area.

Quiet Waters cove.


Ruddy Duck at Kent Narrows.

Yesterday I made the trip to Blackwater, and it was disappointing.  All the water along Wildlife Drive was frozen, so there weren’t any ducks or other wading birds, which is a big deal at Blackwater. I decided to try Hooper’s Island after that, which was also a waste of time. I made a brief stop at Thomas Point as well.

Today I started at Possum Point, which didn’t look promising, so I went to Sandy Point, where I got some good dawn shots.

Kent Narrows was next, and I did very well there. Lots of good birds in good light.

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Dawen at Sandy Point.

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Several Great Blue Herons were foraging in the area.

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I don’t often see so many Long Tailed Ducks.

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This Common Goldeneye seemed to be by itself.

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I found these Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

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A Mallard hen takes flight.

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I was fairly close to this Bald Eagle when he took off.

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The water around this Ruddy Dick was illuminated by the morning sun.

Hooded Merganser at Lake Artemesia.

I tried Lake Artemesia yesterday with mixed results. There was very little open water, so most of the birds were out in the center of the lake, and it was hard to get good looks. A few Hooded Mergansers took pity on me and put on a show quite close.

I stopped at  Thomas Point on the way home and got some decent shots in the cove. The birds at the point were too far out.

Today I checked Possum Point early. and it didn’t look like much, so I went straight to Kent Narrows, for a change of pace. I started at the West side, which was kind of slow. I could see there were closer birds on the East side, so I went over the bridge. There were some Long Tailed ducks in range, and I got a few decent shots.

I stopped again at Thomas Point, and had about the same luck there.

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Lake Artemesia.

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This Wood Duck has been hanging out at Thomas Point for a month or more.

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This juvenile Bald Eagle flew over the cove.

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The Mallards seemed to be getting frisky.

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This is a great place to get close looks at Black Ducks.

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A small flock of Buffleheads was in the cove.

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10-12 Tundra Swans were loafing in the cove.

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Several Long Tailed Ducks were feeding under the bridge.

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This Bald Eagle flew overhead at Kent Narrows.

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I usually see Black Backed Seagulls at Sandy Point.

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You can hardly avoid Ring Billed Seagulls if you’re near the bay.

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I was lucky to catch this Great Blue Heron in the morning light.

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Lesser Scaup at Thomas Point.

I started at Possum Point, and waited awhile to see if any colors would materialize. After about ten minutes, it started to look promising, so I stayed long enough to get a few decent images.

Thomas Point was deserted, the weather was mild and the bay nearly flat. Unfortunately, the birds stayed  some distant out, and I didn’t really get much. I did find a few birds in the coves on the way out.

I stopped at my friend’s house, and there was a lot of birds in good light, so I stayed awhile.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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I got closer than usual to this Bufflehead.

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This Lesser Scaup may be a young bird.

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This Tundra Swan is about to land.

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Canvasbacks seem to hang around all winter.

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This Mallard couple seemed quite serene.

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Two American Wigeons were foraging near the ranger cabin.

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I’ve seen only a few Gadwalls at Thomas Point.

Long Tailed Ducks at Kent Narrows.

Yesterday, I tried Possum Point and Sandy Point for sunrise colors, but it wasn’t good enough. I haven’t been to Kent Narrows in a while, so I headed over the bridge to give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a small flock of Long Tailed Ducks right off the bat. There were plenty of other ducks around, but most were too far off for good images.


Today I tried Possum Point first, but it was still disappointing again, so I went to Quiet Waters. Both the river and the coves were iced up, so I went to Thomas Point. There were plenty of birds at the point, but they were distant and it was damn cold.

I stopped at the cove at the beginning of the park and found some good opportunities. I’ve been having good luck there recently.

I ended with a brief visit to my friend’s house where I got a few decent images.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Redheads are usually not shy.

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This Canvas back hen was just chillin’ out.

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A Ring Billed Gull flew by quite low.

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Several different kinds of ducks were in the flock, including this Scaup.

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This Wood Duck has been hanging out with the Mallards for a month or more.

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Many Buffleheads were in the area.

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This Common Goldeneye flew in as I was waiting.

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A Bald Eagle flew right over the cove.

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There’s always a few Sparrows in the rocks.

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I found only a few Ruddy Ducks.

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There were 4-6 Black Ducks.

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A small group of Tundra Swans was foraging further from shore.

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There were about 6 Long Tailed Ducks, the most I’ve seen in one flock.

Surf Scoters at Thomas Point.

It was a foggy morning, so I waited ’til it started to lift before I went to Thomas Point.

I checked the small cove, looking for the Wood Duck, who wasn’t present. I did see 3 American Wigeons, a bird I haven’t see much at Thomas Point. I didn’t find the Wood Duck.

The weather was better than yesterday, warmer and less windy, and many of the ducks were closer to shore than usual. I didn’t see anything cool, like a Loon or an Eider, but it’s always fun to watch the ducks feed on a nice day.

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This Scaup is eating a mussel.

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It’s hard to pass up a Redhead.

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Many Buffleheads were moving around the area.

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This Mallard flew in from the bay.

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Many of the birds took to the air when this Bald Eagle flew over the cove.

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There were several Black Ducks near shore.

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3 American Wigeons were in the cove.

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Two Common Goldeneyes were feeding together.

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Surf Scoters were numerous.

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A small flock of Tundra Swans flew by, heading South.

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I saw only one Long Tailed Duck.

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If you wait long enough, you’ll see a Song Sparrow hiding in the rip-rap.

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This Lesser Scaup was paddling slowly by.


Gadwalls and Wigeons at Thomas Point.

I tried Kent Point yesterday in hopes of finding a reported Snowy Owl, but had no luck. I found a few sparrows at Sandy Point, but not much else.

Today, I started at Sandy Point again, but it was quite uninspiring, so I went to Quiet Waters around 7:15.

All the water I could see was frozen, including South River, which was ice free yesterday.

Thomas Point was the savior, once again. There were plenty of distant birds, but a few were close enough for good images. There’s a small cove near the park entrance that’s been productive lately, holding many Mallards, a few Black Ducks and the resident Wood Duck drake who’s a little North of his Winter range.

I also made a brief stop at my friend’s house.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Kent Point Marina.

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This Common Goldeneye was at my friend’s house. I don’t usually see them there.

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Many Mallards were in the cove.

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This Tundra Swan flew over the cove.

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Thomas Point has always been a good spot for Black Ducks.

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I’ve photographed this Wood Duck several times now.

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This Bufflehead flew by as I was waiting.

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These Surf Scoters flew into the point to feed.

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Many Scaup forage regularly at the point.

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Ruddy Ducks seem to be numerous all Winter.

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I found this Song Sparrow at Sandy Point.

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Many Dark Eyed Juncos were feeding near the beach.

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Canada Geese can be found at Sandy Point most of the year.

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This American Wigeon was just a little too far away.

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I don’t see Gadwalls at Thomas Point very often.

Bald Eagle at Quiet Waters Park.

We had 4-5″ of snow yesterday, so I didn’t get out at all. I was at Sandy Point at dawn today, but it didn’t look promising, so I went straight to Quiet Waters as I suspected Thomas Point would be closed for the snow, and  it was, as I found out later.

I looked in my favorite cove first, but didn’t find much, except a Common Goldeneye, the first I’ve seen there.

I did much better at the boat dock, where a Bald Eagle provided nice looks, and a few ducks were close enough for ID shots.

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A view of South River.

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A flock of Mallards flew out toward the river.

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A small flock of Canada Geese flew upriver.

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This is the first Common Goldeneye I’ve seen at Quiet Waters.

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This Bald Eagle seemed to want to pose.

Red Throated Loon at Lake Artemesia.

I went straight to Artemesia this morning in hopes of finding good birds, and I got lucky. There was an unusually good variety and quantity , and mostly in good light.

The Loons were totally unexpected, as they are really bay/ocean birds and you wouldn’t expect to see them on a lake.

I took so many photos that I haven’t finished processing them yet, so I’ll be adding a few more later.

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Canada Geese heading out to forage.

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There were more Great Blue Herons than usual.

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25 or more Double Crested Cormorants were fishing in the lake.

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Ring Necked Ducks have returned to the lake after a short absence.

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This Great Egret should have migrated south several weeks ago.

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Two flocks of Hooded Mergansers are hanging out at the lake.

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This female Canvasback is an unusual visitor also.

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A Mallard pair was cruising the lake.

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The errant Common Goldeneyes are still in residence.

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Two Red Throated Loons were a real surprise.