Another nice Winter day, so I went back to Quiet Waters in hopes the migrating ducks would show. There were a few Ruddys, but no others.
I spent an hour at Thomas Point as well, without seeing much, except a few Buffleheads and swans.
Several Tundra Swans were feeding in the cove.
This Great Blue Heron was at his usual spot in the cove.
I got quite close to these Ruddy Ducks, who don't spook easily.
After my recent run of poor luck, I decided to try the Eastern Shore today. It was a bit cloudy and cold, but warm enough to do without gloves, which are inconvenient when using a camera.
I walked the entire beach at Terrapin without seeing a whole lot, but a few small birds posed for me.
Several Dark Eyed Juncos were foraging in the grass.
White Throated Sparrows will be with us until Spring.
Buffleheads are in most of the usual places now.
Fox Sparrows are unmistakeable.
South end of the beach at Terrapin.
The weather was nice enough this morning, but there weren’t many photogenic birds. I stayed at Quiet Waters for a couple of hours,then made a quick trip to Thomas Point, which didn’t have much to offer.
I did mange to get a distant Eagle catching a fish, which will have to do for today.
This Song Sparrow was the only bird I photographed at Thomas Point.
This distant Bald Eagle has caught a very small fish.
Quiet Waters was closed today, so I tried Governor Bridge for a change. In truth, it wasn’t very exciting. Not many birds and very gray skies, but a few birds appeared to make it a decent morning.
Several White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the low bushes.
I saw two Red Shouldered Hawks this morning.
A flock of Dark Eyed Juncos was hanging out with the sparrows.
This Hermit Thrush was very cooperative.
Yesterday there was a report of a Kittiwake at Sandy Point, so I decided to take a look. These things don’t usually work out for me, but the bird was right where he was supposed to be, close and in decent light. This bird is pelagic, and really shouldn’t be here. There were few other birds at Sandy point, so I made a brief stop at Jonas Green n the way back and found a few ducks and other birds.
This Dark Eyed Junco is for my sister.
Jonas Green is a popular place for Gadwalls.
Hooded Mergansers are also regulars.
It wasn't hard to guess where the Kittiwake was being observed.
“Cornell:”A small, cliff-nesting gull, the Black-legged Kittiwake breeds along northern coasts and winters out at sea.”
It was cloudy and foggy this morning, but it cleared up quickly and we had 60 degree plus weather. Quiet Waters still doesn’t have many ducks, so I went to Thomas Point, which was also near barren except for some distant Ruddys and Buffleheads.
A fallen tree blocked my way out to the point.
I got very close to this Tufted Titmouse.
I heard this Carolina Wren from some distance away.
These small, fast moving birds are difficult to photograph.
The unusually nice weather was welcome, and a few good birds were around, but we’re still waiting for ducks to show in numbers.
I started at Jonas Green Park, which had a few ducks, then went on to Quiet Waters and Thomas Point, which are still quite slow, but improving.
I found Great Blue Herons at all the parks.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I saw a Hooded Merganser.
This Gadwall was in the pond at Jonas Green.
I got to Quiet Waters around 7:00 and spent an hour without finding much. Ducks are still scarce in the park.
Thomas Point was a little better, but the only ducks were Buffleheads and Mallards.
This Fox was in the shadows, and I thought it was a dog at first.
I often see a Great Blue Heron in the cove at Quiet Waters, and I wonder if it's the same one.
There are almost always Mallards around.
I arrived at the point just in time to see this Bald Eagle flying over.
I had to work in Annapolis this morning, so I didn’t have much to choose from. A few gulls and sparrows showed up as I killed a little time at the harbor on a cold but sunny morning.
Some Ring Billed Gulls in the harbor seem very tame.
Some House Sparrows lead a pampered life.
Birds have been scarce lately. I was at Quiet Waters and Thomas Point yesterday without seeing much, and Sands Road, Thomas Point today. Most ducks haven’t arrived yet, and the force hasn’t been with me. I did a find a few birds, and here they are.
A few Ring Billed Gulls were feeding at the point.
This Carolina Wren seemed to be enjoying the weather.
A few Mallards were dabbling in the cove.
Buffleheads are the dominant duck at the moment.
This Dark Eyed Junco was the only bird I photographed at Sands Road.
This is only my second Hermit Thrush of the season.