I had to work this morning, so I had only an abbreviated trip to Quiet Waters, where there were virtually no birds to be seen. A Fox appeared on the way over, though.
I only found a few bugs, and they weren’t worth the time to photograph, so, better luck next time.
I saw this Fox by the side of the road as I was leaving my appointment.
I think this Blue Jay took pity on me, as he was the only bird I saw worth the effort.
Halcyon days continue. Another dawn foray to Governor Bridge produced a life bird for me, and more than a few warblers were around. I didn’t get many shots, but it was a good day to be a birder.
I found only a few interesting bugs.
This Beaver was swimming by dawn’s early light.
I haven’t seen a Solitary Sandpiper in this spot before.
The Philadelphia Vireo was first discovered near Philadelphia, hence the name. This is a life bird for me.
Another day of perfect weather, but the migrants passed me by. I spent quite a bit of time searching the bushes, but the few possibilities I saw were well hidden. I was lucky to get the Yellowthroat.
Very few bugs around also.
Carolina Chickadees will stay through the Winter.
There are still a few Eastern Phoebes around.
This Common Yellowthroat was the only warbler I spotted today.
The only bug worthy of a photo today.
We’re having an amazing run of excellent weather. I got to Governor Bridge early, as usual, and didn’t have to wait long. Birds started appearing right away, and I stayed busy for about two hours.
Insect hunting was slow, and the cooler weather is probably at fault.
This White Eyed Vireo was the first bird I saw this morning.
I’m seeing more Tennessee Warblers than usual.
This Northern Cardinal was enjoying the sunshine.
There’s a large flock of House Finches at Governor Bridge.
Common Yellowthroats are still hanging around.
The Rose Breasted Grosbeak migration is in full swing.
The Blackburnian Warbler is even more colorful in the Spring.
This House Wren was a surprise.
I saw more Northern Parulas today than at any other time.
It was cool and cloudy this morning, but I decided to return to Terrapin to see if could do as well as last time. It didn’t turn out that way. In fact, It was downright barren of birds, and I was lucky to get the Grosbeak.
Insect were slow as well, but a few spiders were around.
I had nearly given up when this Rose Breasted Grosbeak landed near me.
What a day! Near perfect weather and birds in abundance. I haven’t seen a Sawinson’s Thrush for a long time, and several warblers posed well. Other birds were cooperative as well.
A weird bug topped the day.
This Brown Thrasher stayed in place for several minutes.
I don’t recall seeing this many Magnolia Warblers in past years.
Scarlet Tanagers continue to migrate.
Lots of Red Eyed Vireos today.
Cape May Warblers are heading to the Caribbean and South America.
This female Northern Cardinal will winter near here.
Swainson’s Thrush is not particularly striking, but I haven’t seen many.
This Rose Breasted Grosbeak is a female.
Blackburnian Warblers are very striking in the Spring.
This bizarre looking dude is a Monkey Slug Moth Caterpillar.
I went back to Terrapin this morning, as it’s always been a good place for Fall migrants. I saw my very first Warbling Vireo, and witnessed an encounter between a Black Rat Snake and a Northern Flicker. Several good birds were around.
Bug hunting wasn’t as good, but I found a few.
I was standing under a tree full of birds at Terrapin when a Flicker flew in and started making one Hell of a racket. It was actually quite startling, but I couldn’t see enough to tell what was happening. Imagine my surprise when I uploaded and examined the picture and saw a large snake having a disagreement with the Flicker. I left this full size so you can see more.
Magnolia Warblers seem to be migrating on the eastern shore also.
It’s been a while since I photographed an Osprey.
The light was wrong for this Red Eyed Vireo .
This Goldfinch is wearing his Winter plumage.
Downy Woodpeckers are easier to find in the Fall.
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher s were very active.
Not great images, but we don’t see Blackpoll Warblers often.
It was cloudy and cool this morning, with the promise of clearing and warming. The weatherman got it right, but the birds are still scarce. A late Chat made up for it, though.
A few interesting bugs made for a decent day.
This Black and White Warbler was a little distant, but still a nice find.
Brown Thrashers seem to be more common.
I’m seeing Common Yellowthroats nearly every day.
This Yellow Breasted Chat may be migrating a little late.
After yesterday’s disappointing foray, I went back to Governor Bridge in hopes of finding some migrants. I didn’t get any great images, but at least there were a few good birds around.
Bugs were more cooperative as well.
This Chestnut Sided Warbler stayed in the shade.
Northern Parulas breed at Governor Bridge.
There was a pair of Brown Thrashers foraging near the pond.
I saw a lot of Flycatchers.
Common Yellowthroats are fueling up for the trip South.
Cape May Warblers are being seen everywhere.
Magnolia Warblers are still abundant.
This Cardinal was enjoying the sunshine.
I don’t see House Wrens very often.
This Grasshopper landed on my camera and was very cooperative.
It was just one of those days. Beautiful weather and no birds to speak of at all. I searched Wooton, along with a fellow birder, for 2-3 hours and found hardly anything at all.
I didn’t find much in the way of bugs, either.
This Common Yellowthroat was foraging in the marsh.
This Red Eyed Vireo posed nicely.
This Viceroy butterfly looks similar to a Monarch, However, a viceroy has a black line crossing the postmedian hindwing.