It might as well have been yesterday. More calm seas and bright light, with much more tolerable temps. I made the same circuit;Jonas Green and Thomas Point.
Some people have seen less common ducks at Jonas Green, but my only coup was a Hooded Merganser, which I haven’t seen there before.
Thomas Point was similar, but I did find a couple of ducks I don’t always see there.
Hooded Merganser at rest.
I’m getting to like Buffleheads.
Ruddy Ducks are growing on me as well.
Mallards look good in flight.
Lesser Scaup are still in smaller numbers than last week.
It was cold this morning, but the skies were clear and wind was calm. I set out for Jonas Green around 7:00, then headed to Thomas Point. I really want to go to Blackwater, but there’s so much ice now the pickings would be slim.
I got lots of cooperation from many ducks.
This unfortunate Canvasback has a fishhook embedded under his eye.
I spent a little more time on Buffleheads than usual.
This Song Sparrow is not a duck.
Ruddy Ducks are still out of the coves because of the ice.
I’m not sure what this Ring Billed Gull has found.
Red Breasted Mergansers fly quickly and it’s tough to get a good flight shot.
These Mallards found temporary refuge on the ice.
Lesser Scaup were outnumbered by Canvasbacks today.
A small flock of Hooded Mergansers was paddling around the point.
These Gulls were very noisy.
I had planned a trip to Thomas Point, but the gate was locked for some reason. Very annoying.
I decided to give Sandy Point a try, but there’s so much ice inshore that most birds are too far out for photos.
I did get a couple of shots, but it was a disappointing day.
Dark Eyed Junco
Ring Billed Gull
The weather was quite different today; windy and cold with gray skies. It was nice to see the Scoters come back, and the Canvasbacks have moved out of the coves, probably because of ice.
Not a great day, but a worthwhile trip.
Surf Scoters were present in good numbers.
Ring Billed Gulls often cruise quite close to shore looking for food.
The largest flocks of Canvasbacks are often hidden in the coves.
Buffleheads are alway around, but not in large numbers.
Tundra Swans are also coming out of the coves.
Another day in paradise. The weatherman was calling for cold and windy, but we got calm and only moderately cold. I started out at Jonas Green, which was very slow, then went to Thomas Point, where conditions were nearly perfect.
There was a great variety of birds and perfect light, which made for a very good morning.
Red Breasted Merganser
Ring Billed Gull
I could not have asked for better weather. By the time I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia, the Sun was trying to peek through the clouds and temps were rising rapidly.
We circled the lake a couple of times and found some nice birds, including a Redhead, which was a life bird for me.
There were only a few Buffleheads on the lake.
I was surprised to find these beautiful Redheads at the lake. A first for me.
These Tundra Swans are the subject of much discussion, as they closely resemble Trumpeter Swans.
American Coots are often very easy to photograph.
Lake Artemesia is a good place to find Ring Necked Ducks.
It’s hard to pass up a Canada Goose when they pose so well.
This White Throated Sparrow was one of the few small birds we saw.
Graeme Simpson, hard at work.
This Ring Billed Gull may have been sick or injured.
I decerded to go across the bridge today, and entered Terrapin Park about sunrise. There were lots of cold looking Canada Geese on the marsh pond, and I walked on to the end of the beach in search of the elusive Snowy Owl.
He wasn’t there, but I found a couple of Bald Eagles.
I then went to Thomas Point, where the pickings were quite slim.
It’s a good time of year for Bald Eagles.
These Tundra Swans flew overhead at Terrapin.
A Ring Billed Gull seemed to be sunbathing.
This is the first Bonaparte’s Gull I’ve seen at Thomas Point.
A pair of Mallards in tandem.
This Gull was foraging successfully.
A Bufflehead, landing gracefully.
Lesser Scaup are still easy to find.
The AA Bird Club met at Thomas Point this morning. There was a decent variety of birds, but very few that were close enough for photos. It was quite cold and windy.
I’m not sure what this Horned Grebe is eating.
I found this Great Blue Heron at Quiet Waters Park.
I had to work this morning, and got to Thomas Point after 10:00.
There weren’t many resident birds, but I got a distant shot of a White Winged Scoter, a first for me.
White Winged Scoter
I’d say I’m fully recovered from my fall, and ready for longer forays soon.
Given the clouds and threat of snow this morning, I went back to Thomas Point to see if I could get some better images. It was really too cloudy for great shots, but I got a few decent pictures.
Some predator had a good breakfast.
My faithful Ranger
Red Breasted Merganser