Cool and calm with light winds. A good day for birding, but mighty cool for late April.
I was determined to get back to Governor Bridge for some of the birds I’ve missed, and I found one. I see more trips in the future.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are very busy, everywhere in the park.
This Mallard and her ducklings were foraging in the big lake.
This is the first Spotted Sandpiper I’ve seen at Governor Bridge.
You can hear an Eastern Towhee singing long before you see him.
I’m having good luck with Swamp Sparrows this year.
This Green Heron was very elusive.
Baltimore Orioles often forage in the treetops, making close-ups difficult.
We’re getting some consistent Spring weather, so I decided to try Governor Bridge, which has been a good warbler place in the past. I found a few, but others found many more, so I’ll be heading back soon.
This Red Tailed Hawk was hunting in the big field near the parking lot.
This Mallard and her ducklings were foraging in the mud.
This Canada Goose is nesting in the big lake.
I thought this Mourning Dove was a Hawk when I first saw it.
Not a great shot, but I haven’t seen many Broad Winged Hawks.
This Red Winged Blackbird is a female.
I don’t often see Brown Thrashers on the ground.
White Eyed Vireos are almost too easy to find lately.
This Northern Parula was very cooperative.
Well, I can’t complain about the weather or the birds today. I missed a couple of nice warblers, but the good light and some cooperative birds made up for it. I’l catch the other ones on another day.
White Eyed Vireos seem to be more abundant this year. I’m hearing them everywhere.
Swamp Sparrows are more cooperative than usual.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are everywhere along the lower trail.
Why are these White Throated Sparrows still here?
I only see Field Sparrows rarely.
I’m looking for warblers, but a Red Bellied Woodpecker will do.
Tree Swallows are numerous, but it’s hard to get them in good light.
Prothonotary Warblers were almost commonplace today.
Common Yellowthroats were also around in numbers today.
If you’d told me I could spend the morning at Greenbury Point without seeing anything of interest, I would have disagreed.
While it wasn’t a complete waste, it was unusually barren.
I saw this House Finch right away, which got my hopes up.
Ospreys are doing very well on the Chesapeake Bay. These beautiful birds are almost commonplace in the Spring and Summer.
This package has been in front of my door for four days. It was delivered to the wrong address (We are 1021, the address says 1121).
We have: Called the recipient and left a message. This is the second time her packages have been left at our door, and she didn’t do anything about it last time.
We have also called Fed Ex 3 times, and they have yet to act.
When I said I’d post it on the web, they said, “Go ahead”. I have gone ahead.
The good weather had me dithering about where to go, and I settled on returning to Wooton. I know there’s a some good birds there. I didn’t find the Warblers I wanted, but I did well enough.
In the afternoon I went to Truxtun Park and found a few bugs.
Eastern Cardinals are now nesting in the park.
This Red Shouldered Hawk put on a good show for me.
Eastern Bluebirds are thriving everywhere I go.
White Eyed Vireos are still treating me well.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are busily building nests.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Chipping Sparrow.
This Tufted Titmouse posed very boldly.
This White Throated Sparrow is staying late into the season.
I’m not seeing as many Yellow Rumped Warblers as I’d expect.
This Swamp Sparrow is in breeding plumage.
I found this little guy under a log.
A few local flowers.
The morning was windy and cool, which is not a favorite of mine, but I set out anyway.
The wind appeared to be keeping the birds out of sight, and it wasn’t much of a morning except for the Eagle.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were the only really active migrants.
I usually skip Red Winged Blackbirds because they’re so common.
This Bald Eagle saved an otherwise uninspiring day.
These Tent Caterpillars have just emerged.
Rain was in the forecast, so I decided to stay close to home this morning. I haven’t been to Greenbury in a while, and the nice weather brought in a few good birds. A very cooperative hawk was a good end to a short trip this morning.
This Palm Warbler was the first bird I saw this morning.
Eastern Bluebirds are doing well at Greenbury.
This Savannah Sparrow was a nice find.
When I first saw this young Red Shouldered Hawk, he was on the ground, which is unusual. He seemed to be eating something, but I never saw what it was. I was able to follow him to three different perches.
Another chilly morning that warmed quickly and brought out the birds. It was hard to choose a place this morning, but I settled on Wooton because of the good reports.
It was the right choice, for a change. There was a lot of activity for a while, and some good birds. I missed a couple more, but I won’t be complaining today.
I took several shots of this Green Heron from a distance, and he let me get quite a bit closer.
This is my week for White Eyed Vireos.
This Brown Thrasher is another singer who ignores the photog when he’s serenading.
There were many Bluebirds out today.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will be plentiful until Fall.
I saw several Red Bellied Woodpeckers today also.
The Prothonotary Warbler is unmistakable, an almost shocking yellow flash in the trees overhead.
The days are getting more Spring-like, and warblers are starting to trickle in. There were sightings at Governor Bridge yesterday, so I went to check them out.
Alas, the warblers are showing for everyone but me.
I did get a few acceptable shots, and I’ll keep trying.
These young Tundra Swans seem to be migrating late.
Cornell:”A small diving bird with a chicken-like bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is common on lakes and ponds across North America. It is rarely seen flying and prefers to sink out of sight when danger threatens.”
12 Mallard ducklings. What’s not to like?
This White Eyed Vireo, like many singing birds, let me get quite close.
This Canada Goose nest is covered in down.