Mandarin Duck at a Friend’s House.

A friend posted some photos of a Mandarin Duck she found in her yard, and I was so intrigued I drove over in the rain and commuter traffic to try to get a look.

It paid off. One of these beautiful birds was in Edgewater a few years ago, and I didn’t get a look at the time, so this was a good day.

A couple of other birds made the trip very worthwhile.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-6

I was lucky to find this Spotted Sandpiper in the rocks near shore.

Mallard 2018-20

I don’t recall seeing a duckling eat a worm before.

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Mandarin Duck 2018-3

A Mandarin Duck, often called the most beautiful of the ducks. Probably an escapee from a zoo, or a pet, as they are natives of Asia.

Dunlin at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s been slow birding for nearly  a week. We had some rain as well, so I’m getting behind. I managed to get out a little bit, so I’m including a compilation of my trip to Bombay Hook and a few lecent local images.

I’m still not finding warblers like I want to, but at least I’m seeing a few migrants.

Indigo Bunting 2018-3

Indigo Bunting 2018-4

Indigo Buntings are reliable at Greenbury Point.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-2 Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-3

I’ve always liked Great Crested Flycatchers.

Tree Swallow 2018-21

Osprey 2018-19

This Osprey was at CBEC.

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Great Egret 2018-11

Great Egrets are also here in numbers.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-1

Semipalmated Plover 2018-2

I found these Semi-Palmated Plovers at Terrapin.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-9 Eastern Bluebird 2018-8

Eastern Bluebird 2018-10

I used to see many more Eastern Bluebirds than I’m finding recently.

Yellow Warbler 2018-3

I would have liked better lighting for this Yellow Warbler.

Snowy Egret 2018-2

Snowy Egrets are plentiful now.

Tree Swallow 2018-22

Treer Swallows are thriving everywhere I go.

Sandpiper 2018-1

I don’t often see Least Sandpipers on the road.

Black Necked Stilt 2018-3

A few Black Necked Stilts were feeding on the flats.

Bald Eagle 2018-35

You can usually find a few Bald Eagles at Bombay Hook.

Mute Swan 2018-4 Mute Swan 2018-3

Mute Swan 2018-5

Mute Swans are considered pests, and I don’t see many near the bay any more.

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-11

It wouldn’t be a marsh without Red Winged Blackbirds.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-3

Common Yellowthroat 2018-2

You’ll often find Common Yellowthroats near the water’s edge.

Marsh Wren 2018-2

This Marsh Wren is a first for me.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-9

Eastern Bluebird 2018-8

Eastern Bluebird 2018-10

I used to see many more Eastern Bluebirds than I’m finding recently.

Dunlin 2018-1

Dunlin 2018-2

I’ve seen Dunlins before, but not this close.

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Eastern Box Turtle 5

I saw this Eastern Box Turtle crossing the road, and gave him a hand.

Blackpoll Warbler at Wooton’s Landing.

After yesterday’s good luck, it made sense to try Wooton again. It wasn’t as good, but I found a few good birds that made it worthwhile.

As is often true during migration, I found a couple of other birders at Wooton, and both Dave and Brad were very helpful. They can hear warblers much better than I can.

I made a short stop at Sands Road, as I often do when visiting Wooton.

I’m already wondering where to go tomorrow.

Indigo Bunting 2018-2

I found this Indigo Bunting at Sands Road Park.

Yellow Warbler 2018-2

This Yellow Warbler led me a merry chase before I got a decent image.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-4

There seem to be fewer Blue Gray Gnatcatchers than in previous years.

Orchard Oriole 2018-4

This Orc hard Oriole was also at Sands Road.

Yellow Billled Cuckoo 2018-1

This Yellow Billed Cuckoo was the first bird I found this morning.

Blackpoll Warbler 2018-1

Blackpoll Warbler 2018-2

I seldom see Blackpoll Warblers, even during migration.

 

Little Blue Heron at Wooton’s landing.

I heard a good report about Wooton, so I made the trek and got there around sunrise. I saw a Fox run into the bushes, and a quick look around suggested there were some birds to be found.

I spent about 2 hours on the lower trail and searching the pond near the river, and got some good results. I suspect there were many more interesting birds than I found, but the foliage gets thick in places, and the birds are quick. I’ll probably go back very soon.

Prothonotary Warbler 2018-3

Prothonotary Warbler 2018-2

Several Prothonotary Warblers were feeding near the marsh ponds.

Indigo Bunting 2018-1

I found this Indigo Bunting at Sands Road.

Orchard Oriole 2018-3

This Orchard Oriole was also at Sands Road.

Orchard Oriole 2018-2

Common Yellowthroat 2018-1

Wooton is a good place to find Common Yellowthroats.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2018-4

A few Yellow Rumped Warblers are still lingering.

Solitary Sandpiper 2018-1

Two Solitary Sandpipers were feeding in the pond near the river.

Tree Swallow 2018-20

These Tree Swallows are preparing to mate.

Yellow Warbler 2018-1

This is a female Yellow Warbler.

Little Blue Heron 2018-2 Little Blue Heron 2018-1

Little Blue Heron 2018-3

Today’s prize: I have seen only a few Little Blue Herons, and most of them were juveniles. This is my second adult.

 

Black Billed Cuckoo at Governor Bridge Natural Area.

Migration is well under way, but the warblers continue to evade me. I’ve been lucky enough to find a few interesting migrants, but others are finding pockets of warblers that I’m not.

I got out to some old spots in the last few days, and birds were relatively scarce in general. It’s still relatively early, though, so I may get lucky soon. In the meantime I’ll settle for the few good birds that came my way.

Tri-colored Heron 2018-1

I found this Tricolored Heron at CBEC this morning. It’s rare for this time of year.

Green Heron 2018-3

Green Herons are noisy birds who will announce their presence if alarmed.

Least Sandpiper 2018-1

A small flock of Least Sandpipers was foraging at Terrapin.

Veery 2018-1

I found this Veery at Truxtun Park. A rare bird for me.

Red Eyed Vireo 2018-1

I didn’t see many Red Eyed Vireos last year.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-1

This Swamp Sparrow was at Governor Bridge.

Magnolia Warbler 2018-1

My only good warbler so far this year, a male Magnolia Warbler.

Black Billed Cuckoo 2018-2

Black Billed Cuckoo 2018-1

The Black Billed Cuckoo is somewhat threatened. They nest north of here. I’ve only seen two of these birds, and the other was at Governor Bridge, a hundred yards from this one.

Baltimore Oriole at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

The dearth of migrants has continued for several days, now, along with so-so weather. Today was a big improvement, but warblers are still among the missing, so far.

I’ve managed a few outings, recently, but haven’t had enough good material for a post. I’m including several days of photos today.

The Chat, the Oriole and the Gadwall were all good finds and may bode well for the future.

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Lake Artemesia.

Mallard 2018-19

There’s always a few Mallards around.

Wood Duck 2018-31

This Wood Duck has 8-9 chicks.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-1

This is only the second Eastern Kingbird I’ve seen this year.

Gadwall 2018-3

It’s quite unusual to see a Gadwall around here at this time of year.

Pied Billed Grebe 2018-5

 

Pied Billed Grebe 2018-6

This Pied Billed Grebe seems to be a little late to migrate.

Canada Goose 2018-20 Canada Goose 2018-19

Canada Goose 2018-22

I’ve seen several Canada Geese with goslings.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2018-1

I found this Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury point.

Tree Swallow 2018-19

This Tree Swallow was gathering nesting material at CBEC.

Brown Thrasher 2018-1

A Brown Thrasher at CBEC.

Catbird 2018-1

My FOS Gray Catbird.

Osprey 2018-17 Osprey 2018-16

Osprey 2018-18

The CBEC Ospreys are still nest-building.

Purple Martin 2018-5

This Purple Martin is at Blackwater.

Orchard Oriole 2018-1

An Orchard Oriole singing for a mate.

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-10

Red Winged Blackbirds are singing in every marsh.

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Bald Eagle 2018-33

These Bald Eagles were enjoying the morning Sun.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2018-3

Yellow Rumped Warblers have mostly left the area.

Palm Warbler 2018-7

Palm Warblers were everywhere for a few days.

House Sparrow 2018-1

I don’t often post House Sparrows.

Cardinal 2018-8

Cardinals seem to be singing from every tree.

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Fox 98

This Fox has found a Muskrat for breakfast.

 

Canada Geese at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a cold, wet Spring, and we’re not getting  the numbers of migrants we expect.  I’m getting out most days, but searching, mostly in vain, for warblers and other species who should be here by now. This has happened before, and it’s disappointing, but the show will go on.

I went to Artemesia this morning, after trying some disappointing local spots in recent days, and did OK. No great birds, but a couple of good enough shots.

The weather is getting warmer, and I expect things to pick up soon.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Wood Duck 2018-30

This Wood Duck has been guarding his nest box.

 

White Throated Sparrow 2018-2

White Throated Sparrows often linger well into Spring.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-5

Downy Woodpeckers have been very conspicuous lately.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-3

Many Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were feeding near the water.

Prothonotary Warbler 2018-1

I found this Prothonotary Warbler at Wooton’s Landing.

White Eyed Vireo 2018-1

This White Eyed Vireo was singing loudly at Wooton.

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Canada Goose 2018-16

These Canada Goslings followed their parents very closely.

Eastern Towhee at Lake Artemesia.

Yesterday I checked out Terrapin and CBEC, which was a total waste of time. I know it’s still a bit early in migration, but I thought I’d at least see a few birds.

I did see a couple of Fox kits, but no interesting birds.

Today was better. Artemesia almost always pays off, and I went to the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. I’m not at all fond of navigating city traffic, even for such a nice show, and I won’t do it again anytime soon.

Brookside 1

A view of Brookside Gardens.

Tree Swallow 2018-14

Tree Swallows are easy to find at Artemesia.

Eastern Towhee 2018-1

Eastern Towhee 2018-2

This Eastern Towhee was quite near, but hidden by the grass for a while.

Cardinal 2018-7

Another nice looking Cardinal.

Wood Duck 2018-25

Wood Duck 2018-26

This Wood Duck was hanging out near the nest box.

Caspian Tern 2018-8

 

Caspian Tern 2018-7

Four Caspian Terns were cruising the lake.

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Brookside 1

A view of Brookside Gardens.

Malachite

I don’t have the names for all these butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Swallow at Lake Artemesia.

After yesterday’s bonanza it made sense to try Artemesia again. It  was about as good as yesterday, with better weather.

The birds are about the same as yesterday, which is OK as they’re good birds.

Migration is definitely picking up. I’m hearing reports of good birds everywhere, and I hope to stay busy for a few weeks.

Lake Artemesia 101

Lake Artemesia 100

Artemesia Dawn.

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Caspian Tern 2018-6

Two Caspian Terns are still fishing in the lake.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-1

I found this Swamp Sparrow as I was leaving the park.

Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2018-4

This Northern Rough Winged Sparrow let me get quite close.

Palm Warbler 2018-5

Palm Warbler 2018-6

Palm Warblers are still abundant.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-7

This may be the same Eastern Bluebird I saw yesterday.

Green Heron 2018-2

This Green Heron probably just arrived.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-4

I found the Spotted Sandpiper in better light than yesterday.

Mourning Dove 2018-2

This Mourning Dove may be gathering nesting material.

Cardinal 2018-6

This colorful Cardinal may be freshly molted.

Wood Duck 2018-23

Wood Duck 2018-24

Wood Ducks are nesting everywhere.

Barn Swallow 2018-4

Barn Swalllows are arriving in numbers now.

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This Cliff Swallow isn’t always easy to pick out from the Barn Swallows.

Canada Goose 2018-11

Canada Goose 2018-12

Only a few Canada Geese remain in the area.

 

Bonaparte's Gull 2018-1

This Bonaparte’s Gull was a surprise.

Cliff Swallow 21018-2

This Cliff Swallow isn’t always easy to pick out from the Barn Swallows.

 

Spotted Sandpiper at Lake Artemesia.

I wasn’t sure what to do this morning, but Graeme said there were some good birds at Artemesia, so I gave it a try.

I got it right for a change. There were plenty of birds, including two unusual ones, and a good variety, including some migrants.

The weather could have been better, being windy and cold, but good birds make up for bad weather.

Caspian Tern 2018-3

Caspian Tern 2018-6

Two Caspian Terns were fishing all morning.

Tree Swallow 2018-12

Tree Swallow 2018-13

Many Tree Swallows have taken up residence and zoom steadily across the water seeking insects.

Cliff Swallow 21018-1

This is a Cliff Swallow, which is quite unusual for this area.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-6

This female Eastern Bluebird is probably nesting nearby.

Palm Warbler 2018-4

I’m seeing Palm Warblers everywhere I go.

Cardinal 2018-5

This Cardinal posed in a nice setting.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-4

I saw two Downy Woodpeckers up close this morning.

Wood Duck 2018-20 Wood Duck 2018-19

Wood Duck 2018-22

This Wood Duck will probably have ducklings soon.

Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2018-3

Northern Rough Winged Swallows seem more numerous this year.

 

White Throated Sparrow 2018-1

I found this White Throated Sparrow as I was leaving.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-1

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-2

I don’t see many Spotted Sandpipers.