Hairy Woodpecker at Bombay Hook NWR.

The doldrums have struck again, at least locally, so I made the trip to Bombay Hook again this morning.  It’s about an hour and a half, which is about my limit for road trips these days.

The water us still high in the pools, which limits the variety of birds, especially Sandpipers, who prefer foraging on mud flats and shallow water. Even the ducks were limited, but that will change as the season progresses.

A thousand or more Snow Geese flew over, and a small flock of American Avocets, but there weren’t any decent photo ops.

The Hairy Woodpecker was a nice find, as I don’t see many.

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Only a few Tundra Swans were in evidence.

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This Red Tailed Hawk flew over as i was leaving.

Northern Pintail 2018-22

Only a few sleeping Northern Pintails were around.

Dark Eyed Junco 2018-6

This Dark Eyed Junco is for my sister.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2018-8

A few Yellow Rumped Warblers were foraging on the boardwalk trail.

Savannah Sparrow 2018-5

This appears to be a Savannah Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-8

This Swamp Sparrow was in the field across from the visitor center.

Great Blue Heron 2018-91

I found only one Great Blue Heron this morning.

Northern Shoveler 2018-25

This is a Northern Shoveler, probably a juvenile.

Black Duck 2018-10

I see more Black Ducks at Bombay Hook that anywhere else.

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I seem to be seeing a lot of Mallards this year.

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The long beak and lack of red on the head identifies this as a female Hairy Woodpecker.

Ring Necked Ducks at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been slow birding and crummy weather for nearly a week, so it was nice to have a decent morning for a change.

I got to Artemesia early, and there wasn’t much to see for over an hour. Canada Geese started arriving, and a few Wood Ducks and Grebes got active.

Early on, I found a few Buffleheads and Ring Necked Ducks, as well as a couple of Great Blue Herons. A decent morning, all things considered.

I’m throwing in a few images from other brief recent trips.

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Quiet Waters Cove.

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Lake Artemesia.

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A pair of Wood Ducks was cruising the lake.

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A few Bufflehead were feeding near shore.

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I just barely got a look at this Great Blue Heron.

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I found this Mallard at Thomas Point.

Tundra Swan 2018-24

The Tundra Swans have returned!

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This Bald Eagle flew over just as I arrived at Thomas Point.

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There were 20 or more Ring Necked Ducks cruising the lake.

Buffleheads at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we circled the lake several times in hopes of finding a few good birds.

We can’t really complain, as I got a couple of first of season birds, and the weather was quite good for November.

There could have been more variety, but the light was perfect, the weather was excellent and we nearly had the place to ourselves.

Lake Artemesia.

Graeme Simpson contemplates the next shot.

I found this Cardinal yesterday at Quiet Waters.

Several White Throated Sparrows were forging near Indian Creek.

A single Pied Billed Grebe was swimming in the lake.

Starling 2018-1

Starlings can be very attractive in the right light.


This juvenile Bald Eagle circled the lake for several minutes.

We saw only a few Mallards.

A large flock of Canada Geese spent the night at the lake.

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Two flocks of Buffleheads were hanging out near shore.

A few Ring Necked Ducks were foraging near the Buffleheads.


A single Great Blue Heron was fishing.


This Belted Kingfisher was fishing yesterday at Quiet Waters.

Northern Shoveler at Bombay Hook NWR.

We had a couple of days of rain, so It was good to be able to get out again.

I’ve hard of some nice bird at Bombay Hook, so I left Annapolis around 5:00 AM and got to Bombay Hook at 6:30. There’s very little traffic at that hour.

The morning was quite sunny, but the resident birds were staying well out in the marsh and it was tough to get good images.

Most of the ducks (Shovelers, Pintails, Teal, Mallards) were young or females. I suppose that’s standard for Fall migration. There were very few Sandpipers, which is probably because the water was quite high.

Hopefully, there’ll be more variety soon.

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A lake at Bombay Hook.

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Northern Pintails were in every pool.

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This Turkey Vulture seemed to be drying his wings.

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I found only one Greater Yellowlegs.

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This Bald Eagle is probably in his first year.

White Crowned Sparrow 2018-5

Many juvenile White Crowned Sparrows were in the field across from the visitor center.

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Only a few Great Egrets are still hanging around.

Black Duck 2018-8

Black Ducks seem to favor Bombay Hook.

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Most of the American Avocets were too far away for photos.

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Many Mallards were feeding in the marsh.

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Most of the Northern Shovelers were females or juveniles. 


Bald Eagle at Blackwater NWR.

It’s still a bit slow around here, so I journeyed to Blackwater this morning. It was quite nice for early November, and a few birds are trickling in. It’s not exciting yet. A few Pintails were around, but too distant, and only a few Sandpipers. Plenty of Mallards and Canada Geese, but not much else.

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Dawn at Sandy Point.


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Several Northern Pintails were feeding in the marsh.

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This Great Blue Heron flew right across my path.

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Many Canada Geese were moving around the refuge.

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I saw 100 or more Mallards.

Cardinal 2018-17

This might be the first Cardinal I’ve ever photographed at Blackwater.

Double Crested Cormorant 2018-18

The usual Double Crested Cormorants were at the Key Wallace bridge.

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Two Greater Yellowlegs were foraging along Wildlife Drive.

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I found only a few Bald Eagles.

White Crowned Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR.

We seem to be in between seasons again. Most of migration is over, but many more ducks will be arriving soon, and a few small birds are still passing through. A little luck is needed to find anything good.

I went to Bombay Hook in hopes of getting lucky, and I did just OK. The water is still high, so Sandpipers and other wading birds were in short supply.

I did find some nice ducks and a field full of Sparrows, so it turned out OK.

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On the road to Allee House.

Song Sparrow 2018-18

This Song Sparrow was near the Visitor Center.

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I found this Northern Flicker on the Marsh Trail.

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I saw several Yellow Rumped Warblers this morning.

Green Winged Teal 2018-5

Green Winged Teals aren’t present in big numbers yet.


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A few Great Egrets are still around.

White Breasted Nuthatch 2018-1

I haven’t seen a White Breasted Nuthatch in quite a while.

Eastern Phoebe 2018-10

This appears to be an Eastern Phoebe.

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Many Black Ducks were feeding in the marsh.

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Northern Shovelers were present in good numbers.

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A few Great Egrets are still around.



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I saw very few Snowy Egrets.

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A few Canada Geese swimming sedately

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This Bald Eagle pair seemed like sentinels.

Pied Billed Grebe 2018-7

A single Pied Billed Grebe was hanging out with the Black Ducks.

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Mute Swan 2018-11

This is the first time I’ve seen a Mute Swan in flight.

White Crowned Sparrow 2018-5

This is a Swamp Sparrow.

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This is a juvenile White Crowned Sparrow.

Golden Crowned Kinglet at Terrapin Nature Park.

Sandy Point finally provided a colorful dawn! I think this year has been much less interesting than last year, but I haven’t made a proper study of it.

Terrapin was slower than yesterday, but I did find a decent Kinglet that I hadn’t seen yet.  A few ducks were a nice addition, but it was a so-so day.

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Dawn at Sandy Point.

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This Great Blue Heron flew across the marsh as I arrived.

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A single White Throated Sparrow was feeding in the big field.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-3

This Swamp Sparrow was busy feeding on the ground.

Blue Jay 2018-2

I caught this Blue Jay just as he took off.

Eastern Phoebe 2018-9

This Eastern Phoebe has caught a juicy caterpillar.

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Several Black Ducks were on the pond with many Mallards.

Golden Crowned Kinglet 2018-1

I saw only one Golden Crowned Kinglet.

Purple Finch at Terrapin Nature Park.

I got to Sandy Point about an hour before sunrise, to watch yet another colorless sky. I left without taking any shots at all, and got to Terrapin a few minutes before dawn.

This was a much more fruitful visit. There were as many birds as a couple of days ago, and I got good looks at many nice birds, including two Purple Finches, a bird I seldom see.

I don’t know how long the bird bonanza will last, but it should be fun for a few days.

Eastern Phoebe 2018-7

Eastern Phoebe 2018-8

Several Eastern Phoebes were very actively feeding.

Palm Warbler 2018-12

This Palm Warbler was feeding on the ground.

Tennessee Warbler 2018-4

I think this is a warbler, but it’s hard to tell from this angle.

Carolina Wren 2018-4

This Carolina Wren was singing very loudly.

Tennessee Warbler 2018-3

This Tennessee Warbler was a nice surprise.


Song Sparrow 2018-17

There were dozens of Song Sparrows.

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Two Northern Flickers were foraging in the grass.

White Throated Sparrow 2018-5

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White Throated Sparrows are being reported everywhere.

Hermit Thrush 2018-2

I’ve only seen a few Hermit Thrushes at Terrapin.

Chipping Sparrow 2018-10

Blue Jay 2018-1

I’ve seen many migrating Blue Jays in the week or so.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-2

This Swamp Sparrow posed well.

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Ruby Crowned Kinglets were foraging in every bush.

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This is only the second Purple Finch I’ve seen This one is a female.

Savannah Sparrow at Bombay Hook.

I made the trek to Bombay Hook this morning in hopes of finding some good water birds, but it was not happening. Some ducks have arrived, and a few Snow Geese flew over, but numbers and variety were low.

It was very windy, and the birds seemed to spook easily this morning. I made the circuit 4 times, and got a few decent images, but I’m hoping for better birds next time.

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Dawn at Bombay Hook.

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On the road to Alan House.

Northern Shoveler 2018-18

This is a Northern Shoveler.

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Many Northern Pintails have arrived.

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This Great Blue Heron flew over as I was leaving.

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A Bald Eagle seemed to be soaking up the morning Sun.

Snow Goose 2018-25

About 50 Snow Geese flew over the refuge.

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I saw many Greater Yellowlegs in the distance.

Black Duck 2018-3

Black Ducks were plentiful also.

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You can often find Savannah Sparrows by the side of the road.

Chipping Sparrow at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I got to Sandy Point about an hour before sunrise, which is the best time to see the colors when the elements line up, but they didn’t cooperate today. I’ve spent several mornings in the parking lot this year waiting for a colorful dawn that never arrived.

Terrapin was the next stop, and it was OK, but not nearly as active as yesterday.

I haven’t been to CBEC for  while, so I gave it a try, but it was really slow. There’s plenty of distant ducks, but none close enough to photograph. A nice butterfly made up for the lack of birds.

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Ruby Crowned Kinglet 2018-7

Many Ruby Crowned Kinglets are still hanging around.

Palm Warbler 2018-11

A single Palm Warbler was feeding near the boardwalk.

Red Tailed Hawk 2018-12

This is probably the same Red Tailed Hawk I saw yesterday.

White Crowned Sparrow 2018-2

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I was lucky enough to see another White Crowned Sparrow today.

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This Chipping Sparrow was foraging near the lake.

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This Question Mark butterfly landed right in front of me.