Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters.

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. We had crap weather, lots of snow and ice and not much in the way of birds.

We’re on our second consecutive 60 degree day now, and things are picking up. Wood Ducks are mating and Pileateds are drumming.  The Swans and ducks are still with us, but not for much longer.

White Throated Sparrow 2021-18

White Throated Sparrows will be with us for a while.

Carolina Wren 2021-5

This Carolina Wren was singing loudly.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

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There’s regularly 40-50 Tundra Swans near Thomas Point.

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Dark Eyed Juncos are in every nook and crannie.

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These Black Ducks are hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Learn the Bluebird’s song and you’ll hear it everywhere in the park.

Red Shouldered Hawk 2021-15

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A pair of Red Shouldered Hawks is nesting in the park.

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This Bald Eagle was perched overlooking Thomas Point.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

Mourning Dove 2021-1

I hear Mourning Doves more often than I see them.

Mallard 2021-22

Spring Mallards can be quite feisty.

 

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There’s usually a few Redheads in the flock.

Carolina Chickadee 2021-2

Carolina Wren 2021-7

It’s a little unusual to see a Carolina Wren cling to the bark instead of perching.

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At least two pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting in the park.

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This Pileated Woodpecker can do some serious damage to a tree.

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Downy Woodpeckers seem to be doing well.

American Redstart at Terrapin Nature Park

There was a good report on MD Birding, so I headed to Terrapin this morning.

It was quite windy, but the warblers have definitely arrived. Although there were plenty of them, they remained well hidden in the foliage, for the most part, but I did manage a few decent shots.

A few marsh birds helped make it a good day.

Azalea 1

This Azalea is growing in front of my house.

Lesser Yellowlegs 101

Cornell: “The Lesser Yellowlegs is a slender, long-legged shorebird that readily shows off the brightly colored legs that give it its name. It is an active feeder, often running through the shallow water to chase its prey.”

Great Crested Flycatcher 202

Great Crested Flycatcher 203

This is the second Great Crested Flycatcher I’ve seen at Terrapin.

Carolina Wren 112

This Carolina Wren was singing along the trail.

Least Sandpiper 108

Least Sandpipers are still feeding in the marsh pond.

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This Downy Woodpecker was foraging alongside the warblers.

Osprey 328

 

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This Osprey missed the fish he was hunting.

Acadian Flycatcher 100

This may be an Acadian Flycatcher.

Magnolia Warbler 202

Magnolia Warbler 201

 

Magnolia Warbler 200

It was tough to get a good look at the Magnolia Warblers.

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The American Redstart was the dominant warbler today.

Hermit Thrush at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Quiet Waters was closed today, so I tried Governor Bridge for a change. In truth, it wasn’t very exciting. Not many birds and very gray skies, but a few birds appeared to make it a decent morning.

White Throated Sparrow

Several White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the low bushes.

Red Shouldered Hawk

I saw two Red Shouldered Hawks this morning.

Dark Eyed Junco

A flock of Dark Eyed Juncos was hanging out with the sparrows.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

This Hermit Thrush was very cooperative.

Birding Greenbury/Possum Points

Greenbury Point

A favorite local spot.
Take rte 648 n after crossing the USNA bridge, keep right at the intersection with Greenbury Point road and 648 N. Go past the golf course and the brigade sports complex and you’ll see the Nature Center on the right. Park there, or take the 45 degree left to get to Possum Point.
Access seems to be unrestricted except for fishing, and licenses are occasionally checked. You may run into a USNA security officer, and they are usually quite polite.
I usually start at Possum Point, where ospreys, cormorants and gulls are abundant in the Spring and Summer. Since this was written Possum Point has been closed, and I don’t know why. Edit: It’s now open again. 11/15/17.  You can still access the boat ramp area.There are several Osprey nesting platforms close to shore. Warblers, orioles, waxwings, hawks can be found as well. Check the boat ramp area for herons, kingfishers and ducks.
There is a tree farm at the beginning of the right hand (East) path that is very productive of passerines, especially bluebirds, warblers, kinglets and vireos in season. Tower cable road and Helix road are productive as well.
There are two paths behind the Nature Center as well, and they are worth exploring.
Look for deer and foxes any place you go. Summer months call for insect repellent.

Possum Point

Looking North from Possum Point.

Sunrise

Sunrise at Possum Point.

Possum Point

Bay Bridge viewed from Possum Point.

Osprey

This nest is at Possum Point.

Deer

When you see the staked trees, you know you’re in the tree farm. Deer often graze here, especially in the morning.

Nature Center Sign

You’ll find several similar signs posted near the trails.