Another overcast, but warmish day. I decided to try Jonas Green and Thomas point again, and it worked out alright.
A few small birds posed at Jonas Green, and I worked on flight shots at Thomas Point.
These are my first flight shots of Red Breasted Mergansers.
This Mallard flew below me as I stood on the old bridge.
Lesser Scaup congregate at Jonas Green in small flocks.
This little evergreen often attracts birds like this House Finch.
This Northern Cardinal is in the same evergreen.
This is the first Cedar Waxwing I’ve seen at Jonas Green.
Double Crested Cormorants were feeding in the Severn River.
Tundra Swans are easy to find at Thomas Point in the Winter.
A Song Sparrow in the same little tree.
The weatherman promised ideal weather, and delivered. Bright sunshine and temps in the high 40s, so I set out for Jonas Green and Thomas Point. I saw some nice birds in both places.
Thomas Point is a good place to try for flight shots like these Surf Scoters
This Red Winged Blackbird might be a first year bird.
Red Breasted Mergansers will peer underwater for prey, then dive rapidly.
Lesser Scaup are the most plentiful bird at the point.
I’m not sure what Gull this is.
A lot of small birds were foraging along with these Goldfinches.
I was lucky to catch this Northern Flicker before he bolted.
Several small flocks of Bufflehead are usually at the point.
These Bluebirds were at Jonas Green.
This Black Backed Seagull flew right in front of me when I was standing on the old bridge.
This Bald Eagle is a re-edit.
Another try at the Chinese Mantis Egg Case.
There was a Snowy Owl at Sandy Point yesterday, so I met Graeme there, along with Wendy C. We hunted high and low for two hours and found nada.
Graeme and I then went to Thomas Point, where the light was great, the birds not so much.
Just a rock on the beach.
Lesser Scaup continue to be common at the point.
A pair of Downy Woodpeckers entertained me briefly.
Bluebirds arer thriving at Sandy pint.
This Surf Scoter is flying with a Lesser Scaup.
Red Breasted Mergansers will become more numerous soon.
Gloomy, overcast and cold. Far from ideal, but I did well yesterday, so I took a chance. Jonas Green was only slightly good, and Greenbury Point was dead, so I went to Thomas Point and found a few decent shots.
Common Goldeneyes are getting easier to find.
These Canada Geese were flying over Jonas Green.
I was talking with some dog walkers at the point, and mentioned how cool it would be for a Bald Eagle go after the ducks. Ask and receive.
The Muscovy Duck is still hanging out at Jonas Green.
In some of these shots, the Lesser Scaup are fleeing the Eagle.
This Double Crested Cormorant was dining under the bridge at Jonas Green.
I made two trips to Jonas Green Park and Greenbury Point today, interrupted by Christmas stuff.
I found some nice birds on both trips, and experimented with my new macro setup.
This is the first Killdeer I’ve seen at Jonas Green.
Large flocks of Cedar Waxwings are easily found at Greenbury.
I fumbled and missed a good shot of this Bald Eagle fishing.
Song Sparrows like the wetland grass at Jonas Green.
I had no idea what this was until I saw the momma deer.
“A piebald is an animal, usually a mammal such as a white-tailed deer or horse, that has a spotting pattern of large white and black patches. The color of a piebald’s skin underneath its coat may vary between black (under the black patches of hair) and pink (under the white patches). The coloring is generally asymmetrical, resulting in deer with abnormally wild brown and white coloration . Many animals also exhibit coloration of the irises of the eye that match the surrounding skin. This condition also occurs in white-tailed deer.
I’m told this is a Chinese Mantis egg case.These guys are really huge.
I took another stab at the Bay Bridge Snowy Owl this morning, with no joy to be found. The pickings were actually quite slim, so I went to CBEC afterward and checked out the rehab birds.
This Red Tailed Hawk has lost his left eye.
This Great Blue Heron flew right at me.
This Belted Kingfisher was fishing in the same marsh pond as previously.
This Barred Owl is also in rehab.
I saw several Bald Eagles today.
This is a 5/8″ mouse bone from an owl pellet. I reversed my 18-55mm lens and added a 20mm extension tube to get this image.
I had to work this morning, and I had planned to so some chores as the weatherman was calling for rain. When I finished, the Sun was shining brightly, so I headed to Thomas Point and Quiet Waters. It was largely a waste, except for a nice Owl pellet. It’s strange how the birds are so scarce some days.
This is a “Pellet” regurgitated by an owl. It contains the indigestible remains of its prey, which appears to be a small mammal of some kind.
Lesser Scaup will be here in large numbers for several months.
Ring Billed Gulls are one of our most common gulls.
I met Graeme at Patuxent NWR this morning, and we wandered around a bit without seeing very much. He showed me some ideas for macro shots, and that’s mostly what we did. Very few birds were in evidence.
Several Swamp Sparrows were foraging in the marsh.
My first Ring Necked Ducks of the year.
With just a little more light these Bald Eagles would have been better.
Downy Woodpeckers often get quite close.
There wasn’t much Sun today.
A cloudy morning gave way to sunshine early, so I went to Thomas Point to see if the duck population had increased (Looking for Snowy Owls all the while).
There was very little at the point so I stopped in a cove on the way out and found a few birds. I also stopped at Quiet Waters, but there wasn’t much to see.
A large flock of Lesser Scaup was at the point.
Mallards are the duck we see most often.
This Mourning Dove seems darker than most.
I almost missed these Tundra Swans
This Great Blue Heron was napping
I don’t often see Hermit Thrushes in bright sunshine.
I’m not sure what this House Finch is eating.
I was impressed by the size of this Wasp Nest.
A Snowy Owl has been seen several times on the East end of the bay bridge, so I headed to Terrapin, which ends at the bay bridge. I wasn’t able to locate the owl, but I got to explore a new area of the park, and I found a few nice birds.
Sunrise at Terrapin.
This Merlin is from yesterday at Greenbury Point.
I found this Song Sparrow as I was leaving the park.
I don’t often bother with Ring Billed Gulls because they’re so common.
This Northern Harrier was hunting near the marsh pond.
This is the best time of year for Bald Eagles.
Two Tundra Swans were feeding near the bay bridge.
It was a Belted Kingfisher kind of day.