Eastern Towhee at Wooton’s Landing.

I went back to Blackwater again this morning, and didn’t do as well. The flies are getting thick, but not as thick as they were at CBEC  a few days ago.  I’ve been told they’re even worse at Bombay Hook, so I’m going to pass on there for a while. They get so thick you’re constantly swatting at them, even though the insect repellent keeps them from biting.

The interesting thing today was the eagles eating carrion in the wheat fields. I saw three, accompanied by vultures,  feasting on what appeared to be dead deer, on the way home.

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This Bald Eagle just seemed to be hanging out.

Great Blue Heron 2017-44

Great Blue Herons now outnumber Great Egrets at Blackwater.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-28

The Red Headed Woodpecker is still showing off for me.

Blue Grosbeak 2017-3

I haven’t seen many Blue Grosbeaks recently.

Eastern Bluebird 2017-10

This Eastern Bluebird was feeding a chick.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-13

Eastern Kingbirds are numerous at Blackwater.

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The Osprey chicks seem to be thriving.

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I found this Eastern Towhee at Wooton a few days ago.

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This Turtle has had a close call.

Tree Swallows at Blackwater NWR.

In the last days I’ve tried Wooton, Sands Road and Greenbury Point with virtually no luck. Back to Blackwater.

I had a decent morning, with a few eagles and some interesting Tree Swallow fledglings. The Red Headed Woodpecker is still cooperating and wading birds are plentiful.

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I found this flower at Tawes Gardens.

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This Bald Eagle was eating a fish in the marsh.

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This Bald Eagle watched me very closely as I approached.

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I saw more Bald Eagles than usual this morning.

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These Barn Swallows have been gathering mud for their nests.

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This Green Heron was concentrating very hard on catching breakfast.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching in the marsh.

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This Red Headed Woodpecker has been unusually easy to find.

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I liked the way this Great Egret posed.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was watching the Tree Swallows.

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The parents were feeding these fledglings on the wing.

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I found several Tree Swallow fledglings near the road.

Osprey with Chicks at Blackwater NWR.

There’s still not much action around Annapolis or College Park, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. There’s still not much variety, but there’s many more birds than around here.

I did find a few birds locally in the last few days, and I’m including them here.

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This is a newly fledged Red Winged Blackbird.

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I’ve been having very good luck finding the Red Headed Woodpeckers at Blackwater.

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Huge numbers of Great Egrets are feeding at Blackwater.

Green Heron 2017-7

This Green Heron let me get very close.

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The Double Crested Cormorants are fishing at Maple Dam Road.

Goldfinch 2017-4

Greenbury Point has always been a good place for Goldfinches.

Glossy Ibis 2017-10

These Glossy Ibises were at Blackwater.

Crow 2017-5

This Crow posed at Greenbury Point.

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This Wood Duck flew off as soon as she saw me.

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I found this Mallard at Patuxent South.

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This Tree Swallow was at South Tract.

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The North Tract office has several Hummingbird feeders.

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This Osprey, nesting along Wildlife Drive, has two chicks.


Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

I went to Artemesia with Graeme yesterday, and got virtually nothing. I hate wasting time like that, so I headed back to old reliable Blackwater this morning. I considered Bombay Hook, and may do that soon.

There’s not as many wading birds, but there’s still plenty of variety, and the Fox Squirrels are still cooperating.

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Dawn at Blackwater.

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I saw these Wild Turkeys as I was driving home.

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There are still plenty of Great Egrets.


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The Glossy Ibises are still foraging in the marsh.


Killdeer 2017-9

A single Killdeer was in the road near Pool #1.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-15

This Double Crested Cormorant was fishing at Maple Dam Road.

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This Osprey seemed to be taking a break.


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I’m not sure what this Bald Eagle was doing on the ground.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are very common, but sometimes they pose well.

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I spent some time looking for this Red Headed Woodpecker, and he landed right in front of me as I was giving up.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel 13

The Delmarva Fox Squirrels are still cooperating.


Glossy Ibis at Blackwater NWR.

I woke up early, undecided as to where to go, and just headed back to Blackwater, hoping for another good day.

I didn’t get the variety, but the weather was perfect, and there were plenty of birds to choose from. I’m starting to suspect that Fox Squirrels are easier to find in the Summer.

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Dawn at Blackwater.


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This Orchard Oriole has a nest along Wildlife Drive.

Acadian Flycatcher 2017-3

This may be an Acadian Flycatcher.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-16

This Red Headed Woodpecker is from yesterday.

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Great Egrets seem to be the most common wading bird.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2017-4

This is a Great Crested Flycatcher.

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This Blue Grosbeak female was a surprise.

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This Canada Goose pair is escorting their brood.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were foraging in the marsh.

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This female Red Winged Blackbird has found a tasty snack.

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This Bald Eagle pair has a nest nearby.

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This appears to be a Greater Yellowlegs.

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I got a better look at the Glossy Ibis today.

Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

I went back to Blackwater with Graeme today, and we had a very good day. Many uncommon birds, excellent weather with perfect light, and very cooperative subjects.

The RH Woodpecker would have been a great day by itself, but we added Pelicans, Ibises and Delmarva Fox Squirrels. It’s been a while since I had such a bonanza of a day.

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I didn’t see as many Bald Eagles as in past days.

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This female Orchard Oriole was feeding her young chicks.

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I haven’t seen American White Pelicans in the Summer before.

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This Red Winged Blackbird successfully drove this Osprey and his mate away.


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We got very close to this brown Headed Nuthatch, who just ignored us.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching in the area.

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This Red Headed Woodpecker was a nice find.

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Many Great Egrets were feeding in the marsh.

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Great Blue Herons were almost as numerous as Egrets.

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I wasn’t able to get a better look at this Glossy Ibis.

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Red Winged Blackbirds were very active everywhere.

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We saw three Delmarva Fox Squirrels today.




Double Crested Cormorant at Blackwater NWR.

I don’t usually go to Blackwater at this time of year, but it’s been so slow around here I thought I’d try it. I did OK, and missed several good birds, so it was worth the trip.

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Many Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

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I don’t recall seeing so many (30-40) Great Egrets anywhere else.

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This Red Winged Blackbird attacked me several times as I walked by his nest.

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This Green Heron was the first bird I saw this morning.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-14

It’s a little rare to see a Double Crested Cormorant with both “Crests” showing.



This young deer seemed more attractive than most.

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This large Snapping Turtle was crossing the road on Wildlife Drive.

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Julia caught the large (6 lb.) snakehead that Pat is holding above.

Cedar Waxwing at Governor Bridge Natural Area.

A long interval between posts again. It seems to me that birds weren’t so hard to find in previous years.

I’ve been to College Park, Bowie, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore, and no single day stands out as especially good. Maybe I’ll have better luck as June progresses.


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Dawn at Sandy Point.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are calling in every marsh.

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I found this Wood Duck hen at CBEC.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2017-2

I hear many more Great Crested Flycatchers than I see.

Mockingbird 2017-2

This Mockingbird has found a nice blackberry.

Northern Flicker 2017-6

This Northern Flicker was also at CBEC .

Blue Jay 2017-5

There are plenty of Blue Jays around.

Brown Thrasher 2017-3

I was lucky to get any look at this Brown Thrasher.

Catbird 2017-5

This Catbird was in the parking lot at Terrapin.

Barn Swallow 2017-4

This Barn Swallow was at Lake Artemesia.

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Indigo Bunting 2017-1

This Indigo Bunting is hanging out at Greenbury Point.

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These Tree Swallows are at CBEC.

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This Osprey flew overhead at Greenbury Point.

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These Cedar Waxwings seemed to be courting.

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And a couple of flowers.

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This is the smallest Eastern Box Turtle I’ve seen.


5 Lined Skink at Quiet Waters.

It’s been 10 days since I posted anything; a record for this blog. It started with the flu, then a death in the family and the aftermath thereof. On top of all that, the few times I managed to get out there just wasn’t much to see.

Then, a few days ago, my big Sigma lens had a problem and I had to send it out for repairs.

I’m just going to post what I have without too much comment.

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Canada Goose and goslings at Lake Artemesia.

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Orchard Oriole 2017-8

Orchard Orioles will breed in our area.

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Purple Martin 2017-3

Purple Martins have returned to Lake Artemesia.

Baltimore Oriole 2017-11

Red Eyed Vireo 2017-1

First Red Eyed Vireo of the year.

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This butterfly has been identified as a “Sleepy Orange.”

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Assassin Bug Nymph 9

Today’s bugs.