Little Blue Heron at Bombay Hook NWR.

With good weather promised, I made the trek to Bombay Hook to see if I could get a better variety of birds. I got lucky-many Sandpipers and wading birds have moved in, and there’s still plenty of ducks and raptors.

The Avocets are always a treat, and the Little Blue Heron is the first I’ve seen in breeding plumage.

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Sunrise at Bombay Hook.

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This Red Winged Blackbird greeted me at dawn.

Mute Swan 2017-1

Two Mute Swans were in Bear Swamp Pool.

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I’m not certain which Sandpipers these are.

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Several Bald Eagles were hanging out in the area.

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There always seems to be a few Buffleheads.

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Snowy Egrets were well represented.

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I saw 8-10 Great Egrets.

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These appear to be Greater Yellowlegs.

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I’m not certain which Sandpipers these are.

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A large flock of American Avocets was foraging in the marsh.

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Green Winged Teals were more numerous.

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Many Herons and Egrets were feeding in the marsh ponds.

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This Northern Shoveler is really getting down to business.

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I was lucky to spot this Little Blue heron.

Pied Billed Grebe at Lake Artemesia.

It was the first nice day in a long time. Lake Artemesia seemed as good a guess as any, so I got there early.

Wood Ducks and Grebes were active, as well as Canada Geese and a few Cormorants. I stayed abut three hours and got a few nice pics.

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This Cardinal was singing to all who could hear.

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Only a few Canada Geese were on the lake.

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Two Cormorants were fishing in the lake.

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Several Song Sparrows were all along the lake’s edge.

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Many Wood Ducks seem to be pairing off.

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A flock of 6-8 Pied Billed Grebes hung together all morning.

 

Snowy Egret at Terrapin Nature Park.

The weather hasn’t been much good, but I got out anyway. I sill have a lot to learn about lousy light photography.

I’m hearing about some good birds elsewhere, but I’m not seeing much on the Eastern Shore.

Perhaps I’ll try some new places next week.

Ring Necked Duck 2017-12

I was surprised to see this solo Ring Necked Duck at CBEC.

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There’s still a few Shovelers and Ruddys at CBEC.

Pine Warbler 2017-2

First Pine Warbler of the season.

Gadwall 2017-8

This Gadwall was at CBEC.

Song Sparrow 2017-6

Song Sparrows are easy to find.

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Many Ring Billed Gulls hang out at Terrapin.

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Wood Ducks are just now arriving at Terrapin.

Canada Goose 2017-10

Only a few Geese were on the marsh ponds.

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I spent too much time with the Tree Swallows.

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Osprey mating and nest building is in full swing.

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First Chipping Sparrows of the season.

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First Snowy Egrets of the season.

Great Egret at Blackwater NWR.

We had a fairly sunny day with moderate wind, so I took the season’s last trip to Blackwater. It gets too buggy in the warm weather.

It wasn’t a bad day, but many of the water birds have moved on, and a few have moved in, including Egrets and Sandpipers.

At least four ospreys were active, and the Pelicans are still hanging out.

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There are still many Northern Shovelers.

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A lone Gadwall was in the tidal pool.

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This Osprey is working on his nest.

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Bald Eagles were very active and nest building as well.

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I saw at least 4 Greater Yellowlegs.

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I found this turtle crossing the road as I was leaving.

Wood Duck at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we did reasonably well.  My first Wood Ducks of the season, and some departing Ring Necks  were a nice combination.

Other ducks, geese and a few Tree Swallows made for a good morning, with temps near 70 and not much breeze.

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Graeme Simpson, looking professionally dapper.

White Throated Sparrow 2017-4

This White Throated Sparrow landed quite near me.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-1

This Double Crested Cormorant didn’t move for over an hour.

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Many Tree Swallows were chasing bugs.

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I suspect Ring Necked Ducks will be gone soon.

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This Ruddy Duck is molting into breeding plumage.

Pied Billed Grebe 2017-3

You can only see the “Pied” bill during breeding season.

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This Wood Duck greeted me this morning.

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This Muskrat may be working on his den.

 

Tree Swallow at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

The weather man promised sunny, and we got sunny.  It was a little windy and cool, but  good enough.

I started at Terrapin, which was a little slow, but I got a couple of decent shots.

CBEC was better, as it has been lately, but still a little slow. There were many more Swallows than last week, and plenty of ducks, along with a pair of Osprey. It won’t be long.

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Most of the Tree Swallow nest boxes seem to be occupied now.

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I don’t often see Northern Shovelers at CBEC.

Brown Thrasher 2017-1

My first Brown Thrasher of the season.

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-10

Red Winged Blackbirds are easy to find at this time of year.

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This pair of Green Winged Teal was at Terrapin.

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This is a Northern Pintail hen.

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Most of the Tree Swallow nest boxes seem to be occupied now.

Horned Grebe at Quiet Waters Park.

I stopped at Truxtun Park yesterday, without much lick. A couple of Geeses seem to setting up house, but there wasn’t much else.

I spent the morning at Quiet Waters, which was much better. I actually found several nice birds, though they didn’t all pose for me. Spring is coming!

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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These Canada Geese were at Quiet Waters,.

 

Osprey 2017-1

These Osprey are mating.

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Many Horned Grebes were around this morning.

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I found this Fox as I entered the park this morning.

 

Tundra Swan at Terrapin Nature Park.

It’s been a slow few days. Slow birding and bad weather have slowed me a little, but I was back on the road today.

It was my first trip to Terrapin in a while, and it was decent. It was the first time I’ve seen a Tundra Swan there, and the Green Winged Teal actually stayed close enough for a decent image.

CBEC was good enough also, and I’ve got a few pics from Blackwater as well.

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A Chickadee close up is always good.

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I caught these Tundra Swans as they landed at CBEC.

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I’ve been going to Terrapin for 5 years, and this is the first Tundra Swan I’ve seen there.

Tree Swallow 2017-4

The CBEC nest boxes are getting busy.

Green Winged Teal 2017-9

 

Green Winged Teal 2017-10

The Terrapin Green Winged Teals are seldom so cooperative.

American White Pelican 2017-10

These American White Pelicans were at DeCoursey Bridge.

Pine Warbler 2017-1

Graeme found this Pine Warbler at Blackwater.

Downy Woodpecker 2017-2

This Downy Woodpecker was at the marsh edge.

Mockingbird 2017-1

I often pass up Mockingbirds, but I liked this pose.

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A flock of Brown Headed Nuthatches was feeding in the pines.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2017-2

Yellow Rumped Warblers will be migrating soon.

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Northern Shovelers are still abundant.

 

Hooded Mergansers at Blackwater NWR.

It’s been slow for a few days, and the weatherman says the next few days will suck, so I decided to give Blackwater one last try.

It’s definitely Eagle time of year, and I saw many, as well as plenty of ducks. I also took a trip to DeCoursey Bridge again, in hopes of finding fishing Eagles.  There were actually many Eagles there, mostly juveniles, but they weren’t doing much fishing. The Pelicans were still there, though, and I got a couple of pics.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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At least 6-8 juvenile Bald Eagles were hanging out at DeCoursey bridge.

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Red Winged Blackbirds were very active.

Snow Goose 2017-22

Many Snow Geese are still in residence.

 

Green Winged Teal 2017-8

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These Green Winged Teal were at CBEC yesterday.

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I saw many Great Blue Herons on this visit.

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Northern Shovelers are still the most common duck.

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Tundra Swans will be gone very soon.

Killdeer 2017-7

Why do Killdeer hang out on the road surface so often?

American White Pelican 2017-8

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American White pelicans are fond of Blackwater.

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You can be nearly certain the Hooded Mergansers will spook when you get close.

American Avocet at Bombay Hook NWR.

I made the long trek to Bombay Hook this morning so I’d be sure of finding some worthwhile birds.  It’s a difficult time of year-not quite migration and not Winter.

Bombay Hook always pays off to some degree. The Avocets are always welcome, as are the Teal. I did see some nice raptors, but too distant for good images.

A worthwhile trip.

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Several Killdeer were in the road when I arrived.

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Northern Pintails are also very numerous.

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Many Gadwall were in the shallowest part of the marsh.

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Only a few Buffleheads were in residence.

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Mallards were well represented.

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A large flock of Snow Geese flew overhead.

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This Bald Eagle was trimming his nest.

 

 

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Northern Shovelers are probably the most numerous duck.

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I saw more Green Winged Teals than I did last time.

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A large flock of American Avocets was feeding in the marsh.

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I found this Fox as I was leaving.