The weatherman got it right today, and I managed to get to Wooton at just about sunrise. I found some decent activity, but it was mostly common birds until I found the warbler. There were at least 5 great Egrets and a pair of Sandpipers. I walked the upper trail, but it was nearly dead. I spent the last hour looking for bugs, and found a few.
I was surprised to find a pair of Solitary Sandpipers. as I’ve never seen one before.
Cornell:” The Solitary Sandpiper is commonly seen in migration along the banks of ponds and creeks. While not truly solitary, it does not migrate in large flocks the way other shorebirds do.”
I’m still new at this, and I’ve been looking for migrating warblers for a while, so this was an exciting find.
Cornell:”Brightly colored but easily overlooked. A bird of shrubland and old fields, the Blue-winged Warbler expanded its breeding grounds northward throughout the 20th century.”
I don’t recall seeing a Brown Thrasher at Wooton before.
I haven’t seen many Great Egrets, but they are suddenly commonplace at Wooton.
When the birds stop, I’ve been looking for nice bugs.
I went back to Terrapin under much better conditions today. I found a couple of warblers, but I still want more variety. I’ll find them eventually.
After a break, I went out to see if I could find a few bugs.
I found this Wasp on the sidewalk, and he seemed to be injured. Edit: This is a Bald Faced Hornet.
I don’t know what this, but the big guy seems to be eating the little guy. I love the way he’s hanging on to the leaf with one limb.Edit: MD Biodiversity tells this is a “Hanging Thief Robber” eating a wasp. Hanging Thief Robber
I’m not having any trouble finding American Redstarts (Female) lately.
Great Crested Flycatchers were abundant today.
This may be a first year Bluebird acquiring his adult colors.
This Mockingbird posed nicely.
Ospreys are still plentiful.
This Titmouse was quite close to me.
This may be an Acadian Flycatcher.
This is the first Prairie Warbler I’ve seen at Terrapin.
The weatherman promised sunny skies a couple of days ago, but I awoke to gray and gloomy skies. I really wanted to get to Terrapin, so I vacillated until 8:00 or so and then went, despite the lousy skies.
I didn’t break any records, but I found a few decent birds and will go back soon.
I haven’t seen a Cedar Waxwing in a while, and this one appeared as I was leaving.
These Flycatchers are tough to ID.
This Osprey was fishing in the marsh pond.
Several Snowy Egrets were fishing in the marsh pond also.
This Scarlet Tanager was a nice find.
I’m not seeing as many Downy Woodpeckers as last year.
This Mockingbird landed right in front of me.
I’m still looking for a good male American Redstart. The tail fanning is typical behavior of these birds as they forage.
The weatherman promised cloudy with PM rain, and he was half right. I got to Wooton for sunrise, but only had a couple of hours before a light rain started.
I did OK anyway, even uncovering the camera for a couple of quick shots in the drizzle.
Sunrise over the marsh pond.
Not a great shot, but this Blue Grosbeak is here for the record.
Several flocks of ducks, including these Mallards, flew over. We’ll be seeing many more soon.
This female Common Yellowthroat may be hanging around a bit late.
I don’t have a name for this Sparrow yet.
I had my back to this Great Egret when we first met, and he was only a few feet away. I as as startled as he was.
I used my Ibird app to get this White Eyed Vireo to show himself.
Another singleton Goldfinch .
I found this Red Eyed Vireo on the path to the river.
This Green Heron appeared as I was leaving.
Cloudy days are difficult to work with, but I went to take a look anyway. I wanted to get to the Eastern Shore, but I’m going to wait for perfect skies.
Birds were very scarce, and the few shots I got were ordinary stuff in sub par light.
I spent the last few minutes trying some close ups with my small lens, and got a couple of interesting shots.
This Carolina Wren is looking a bit unkempt.
I saw this Orchard Oriole shortly after sunrise.
I saw this Brown Thrasher on the way out.
I don’t often see Goldfinches at Governor Bridge.
Probably a male Eastern Pondhawk.
Eastern Pondhawk Female.
The object with these small insects is to get a sharp image.
I don’t know what insect laid these eggs. Edit: The experts tell me this is a spittlebug egg sac. Spittlebugs
This Bumblebee is from a few weeks ago.
Although a little cloudy, the temps were fine and I left home in time to get to Governor Bridge around sunrise.
There wasn’t as much migrant activity as previously, even though an early Magnolia Warbler had me anticipating a good day.
Still a few nice birds cooperated, and I took too many Hummingbird pictures, as usual.
Green Herons don’t usually sit still this long.
I haven’t seen many adult male Baltimore Orioles.
There are so many Blue Gray Gnatcatchers that I’m only capturing a few images.
This is my first Magnolia Warbler of the Fall.
I haven’t seen many Bluebirds at Governor Bridge, so this juvenile bird was a mild surprise.
I’m still expermenting with my 70-300 Nikkor, and I can see a definite improvement in sharpness in some images.
Perfect weather doesn’t make for perfect birding, but I can’t really complain after yesterday’s bonanza.
I didn’t see yesterday’s variety, even though I’m sure they are there. The Prairie was the last bird I saw, and a few other shots came out well, so I’ll settle for what I got.
This Prairie Warbler was in deep shadow, and I was able to rescue the image because my friend Emily gave me some wonderful software. Thanks again, Emily!
The female Indigo Bunting isn’t as striking as her mate, but the dull colors serve her well.
Another try at the Hummingbird Clearwing. I’m going to take Graeme’s advice and shoot these with my Nikkor in the future.
This Flycatcher is probably an Eastern Phoebe.
This appears to be a flock of Laughing Gulls.
This Caterpillar Nest caught my eye.
The background colors make this image of a Carolina Wren more interesting.
This may be a Black Capped Chickadee, but I’m not sure yet.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are still feeding in very large numbers.
Orchard Orioles are suddenly easy to find.
Red Eyed Vireos are foraging everywhere.
Wow! It was another of those rare days when I didn’t know which way to look or which bird to watch. A few migrants were visible, and lots of dispersing birds were feeding in the brush. The Cuckoo was a nice find, as they are somewhat secretive and seldom pose so well. I also played with a couple of other lenses, trying to get some hummingbirds and insects.
After the action slowed, I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the great light to try for some more Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.
I didn’t try to count the Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, but there were a Hell of a lot of them.
This Chestnut Sided Warbler (A first Winter female) is a migrant.
Red Eyed Vireos dominated the scene once again.
This Red Tailed Hawk was being pursued by some smaller birds.
I had close looks at two different White Eyed Vireos.
I was very surprised that this Yellow Billed Cuckoo settled down right in front of me.
I had the shutter speed just high enough to capture this moment.
These are first year Blue Grosbeaks.
I haven’t seen an Orchard Oriole in a while.
I used my small zoom lens to try to capture this Grasshopper.
I’ve put together a slide show of the birds and terrain at Wooton’s Landing, along with some general tips about birding the park.
You can see it here: Birds of Wooton’s Landing
I was determined to get to Jug Bay again, as they only open early on Fridays. The gate keeper was 10 minutes late, but it all worked out.
The light was lousy once again, but my trusty flash and the magic of Photoshop saved some otherwise poor shots (Making them merely lousy).
Not a great image, but it’s my first one.
With just a little more light these Forster’s Terns would have looked pretty good.
Red Eyed Vireos once again dominated the treetops.
I got quite close to this Great Blue Heron because he was preening.
These are probably young Wood Ducks.
This Indigo Bunting was the only bird who posed in full sunlight.