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Blackpoll Warbler at Quiet Waters.

I started at Sandy point this morning, looking for a colorful sunrise. I got nada. Gray, cloudy sky with no decent colors. I found no interesting birds on the beach, so I set out for Greenbury Point, which was also a bust. A lone Great Blue Heron at Possum Point provided one photo opp.

On to Quiet Waters. I tried a couple of favorite spots, and was getting ready to quit when I saw a couple of interesting looking small birds, and lucked into a mini-bonanza. A couple of warblers and other small birds made a dull  morning into something far more satisfying.

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This Great Blue Heron was the only bird I found at Greenbury Point.

White Throated Sparrow 2018-3

My first White Throated Sparrow of the season.

Chickadee 2018-5

It will be easier to find Chickadees as the leaves fall off the trees.

Palm Warbler 2018-9

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This Palm Warbler was very cooperative.

Song Sparrow 2017-15

I haven’t seen many Song Sparrows lately.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-7

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Two Downy Woodpeckers were examining this nesting box.

Blackpoll Warbler 2018-3

I had to get help identifying this Blackpoll Warbler.

American Avocet at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s been another long dry spell around here. I’ve gotten out most days, but there just wasn’t much to see. That’s odd for this time of year when migration should be in full swing.

I went to Bombay Hook again this morning, just to get a look at some decent birds rather than take another chance on getting skunked around here.

It was actually slower than I’d hoped, but a big improvement on the local spots.

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Dawn at Bombay Hook.

Mute Swan 2018-9

This juvenile Mute Swan was probably born at Bombay Hook, as I saw several much smaller ones earlier in the year.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2018-11

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I don’t often see Short-billed Dowitchers.

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This Great Egret was one of only a handful I found this morning.

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This is a Northern Pintail hen.

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American Avocets aren’t as colorful at this time of year.

American Avocet at Bombay Hook NWR.

Yet another  three day stretch without decent activity. I’ve been to several places without any luck at all, and even the old reliable places are slow.

I made it to Bombay Hook this morning and got a few decent images, but not what I expected from previous years,

Sunrise at Bombay Hook.

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Many Snowy Egrets were foraging in the marsh.

Greater Yellowlegs were in every marsh.


Great Egrets were numerous.


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This American Avocet posed nicely.

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A few Northern Pintails were moving around.


You can often find Bald Eagles along the marsh drive.


One Double Crested Cormorant was relaxing in a tree.

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I found this Wood Duck at Lake Artemesia on Saturday.


Tennessee Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park.

It’s been a slow and wet September this year. I probably found fewer warblers than every other year.

I managed to get out most days when it wasn’t raining, which it did a lot. In most cases I found very few birds, and not as many migrants as in the usual September.

I made the trek to Bombay Hook this morning to change my luck, and did a great deal better. It still wasn’t as good as I’d like, but I’m sure it will get better soon.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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There were easily 200 American Avocets present this morning.

Northern Harrier 2018-7

I could have had a better image of this Harrier, but I was a little too slow.

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There were only a few Greater Yellowlegs this morning.

Mute Swan 2018-8

I saw this Mute Swan a few weeks ago when the Cygnets were much smaller.

Northern Pintail 2018-8

This appears to be a Northern Pintail hen.

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There were many Egrets fishing in the marsh.

Savannah Sparrow 2018-2

I found this Savannah Sparrow near Bear Swamp Pool.

Chestnut Sided Warbler 2018-2

This Northern Parula was at Terrapin Nature Park.

Palm Warbler 2018-8

This Palm Warbler was at Greenbury Point.

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Caspian Terns are regulars at Sandy Point.

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These Sanderlings were foraging in the puddles at Sandy Point.

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This Great Egret was at Schoolhouse Pond.

Tennessee Warbler 2018-1

I haven’t seen many Tennessee warblers.

Brown Headed Nuthatch at Blackwater NWR.

It’s been a while since I posted anything. The recent hurricane and many days of rain and and severe clouds have kept me from getting out very much, and when I did get out there wasn’t much to see. It’s been  a warm Summer, and migration seems later than usual.

I’m posting images from several place I’ve been to recently, including Terrapin, Wooton’s landing,  Sandy Point, Greenbury Point, Quiet Waters and Schoolhouse Pond.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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Red Headed Woodpeckers seem to favor dead trees.

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Many Double Crested Cormorants were fishing today.

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Only a few Great Egrets were around today.

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Several Eagles were soaking up the sum today.

Chestnut Sided Warbler 2018-1

The Chestnut Sided Warbler was at Wooton yesterday.

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There are Caspian Terns at Sandy Point at this time of year.

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Many Forster’s Terns were fishing at Blackwater.

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This Snowy Egrets was at Bombay Hook.

American Avocet 2018-14

This American Avocet is another Bombay Hook bird.

Goldfinch 2018-23

Goldfinches are regulars at Greenbury Point.

Seagulls 2018-1

Many gulls hung out at Sandy Point while the storm passed.

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You can always find a few Great Blue Herons.

Canada Goose 2018-35

This Canada Goose was at Schoolhouse Pond.

Mockingbird 2018-3

Just a low light experiment with a Mockingbird.

Song Sparrow 2017-14

I think this Song Sparrow was at Jonas Green Park.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-6

This Great Crested Flycatcher is preparing for the flight South.

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Brown Headed Nuthatches were very active today.

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This Dragonfly seemed to be drying his wings.

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It’s the right time of year for butterflies.

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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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.

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This Snowy Egret flew right in front of me.

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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.

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A singly Double Crested Cormorant flew over the pond.

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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.

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Several Solitary Sandpipers were feeding in the marsh.

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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.

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A single Osprey was looking for fish.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-8

I found this Common Yellowthroat at Wooton’s Landing.

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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.

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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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There were many Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh.

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I only saw two Forster’s Terns.

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Many Snowy Egrets were present.

Goldfinch 2018-19

Goldfinch 2018-20

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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