I’m posting Saturday’s images on Monday because a sudden cold had me in bed nearly all day yesterday. I’m still not 100%, but much better.
I went to Governor Bridge b cause I’ve done well there in past migrations, but this just hasn’t been my year. Plenty of Orioles, but no other migrants that I saw.
I photographed this Cardinal at an unusual angle.
I see a lot of Blue Jays, but they don’t often pose well.
Lots of Catbirds, everywhere I looked.
Cornell: “It can be tricky to glimpse a Brown Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, and once you do you may wonder how such a boldly patterned, gangly bird could stay so hidden. Brown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly downcurved bill and staring yellow eyes, and they are the only thrasher species east of Texas. Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird.”
Red Eyed Vireos are still hanging around.
I saw 15-20 Baltimore Orioles today.
I tried to change my luck today with a visit to Wooton and Sands Road, but it wasn’t much better. I know some migrants are passing through, but I haven’t been in the right place yet.
The weather was perfect, cool with clear skies, but two hours at Wooton turned up very little, and Sands Road only had the usual suspects.
Catbirds are fueling up for the trip South.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Song Sparrow .
I’m seeing Blue Gray Gnatcatchers everywhere I go.
I wish this Red Shouldered Hawk had posed in a better place.
If you spend any tine at Sands Road, you’ll find a field Sparrow.
Today was an improvement over the last few, but still no great shakes. I did find a few warblers, but not in great numbers, and not in a mood to pose.
A lengthy insect hunt was almost fruitless, and, oddly, turned up no caterpillars at all.
Goldfinches are very fond of these flowers.
This Tufted Titmouse was up by the big lake.
I wonder if this is the same Brown Thrasher I’ve been seeing in this area.
This Orchard Oriole posed nicely.
I went to the Eastern Shore yesterday, and struck out completely. A very unusual occurrence. In truth, today wasn’t a lot better. I found a few good birds, but they wouldn’t pose. I had to settle for the usual suspects.
I spent a little time looking for bugs, and found a nice spider.
This Catbird is molting.
This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting, about as plain as a bird gets.
There’s almost always a common Yellowthroat to be found at Governor Bridge.
This Eastern Phoebe may be migrating.
Blue Grosbeaks will be migrating soon.
This (Wolf Spider, I think) is carrying her egg sac.
A migrant at last! GB was actually very active this morning, but it took a couple of hours to find the Magnolia Warbler, the only migrant. Catbirds were very numerous, and other birds were actively feeding as well.
I spent some time looking for bugs, but it’s still slow.
It’s fun to watch the antics of Chickadees as they feed.
I’ve only seen a few Great Crested Flycatchers this year.
I saw several Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will be heading South soon.
Several Red Eyed Vireos were foraging in the big field.
This Brown Thrasher sat very still for several minutes.
This Goldfinch has a mouthful.
This Magnolia Warbler is my first Fall migrant.
I found this Tortoise shell yesterday at CBEC.
Graeme and I went to Sandy Point early to catch the sunrise, then headed to Terrapin.
Terrapin remains slow, but we should be seeing migrants there soon.
We then headed to CBEC, which was better, but didn’t offer a lot of variety.
Sunrise at Sandy Point.
Snowy Egrets continue in large numbers at CBEC.
This Osprey was fishing at Terrapin.
This Bald Eagle may be a regular at CBEC.
I repeated my Eastern Shore routine again this morning;Sandy Point for sunrise, Terrapin and then CBEC. The weather was perfect again, with low temps and low humidity.
Terrapin was a bit more productive, but the water is still high, so wading birds just aren’t around. CBEC has improved, with a host of Egrets continuing Tricolors, Eagles, Pine Warblers and Brown Headed Nuthatches.
Sunrise at Sandy Point.
Ospreys seem to do well at CBEC.
CBEC is the best place I know for Brown Headed Nuthatches.
Purple Martins were present in large numbers.
This Great Egret seemed to be taking a break.
At least two Tri Colored Herons are still at CBEC.
This Semipalmated Plover was feeding at CBEC.
This may be a Least Sandpiper.
I’m seeing Belted Kingfishers more often lately.
This Green Heron flew overhead at Terrapin.
I saw an adult Bald Eagle as well as this juvenile.
I haven’t seen a Cattle Egret in many years.
I started at Sandy Point with some sunrise shots, then moved on to Terrapin and CBEC.
Terrapin was very slow again, for no reason I can figure out.
CBEC is much slower than a week ago, but still has a respectable number of birds.
Sunrise at Sandy Point.
Tri Colored Herons are still hanging out, but in smaller numbers.
This Osprey wasn’t having much luck.
More perfect weather. I started at Terrapin, which was once gain very slow. I understand the high water, but I wonder where the song birds are.
I moved on to CBEC after an hour or two, and it was slower than last week, but still productive. The Cooper’s Hawk was the first I’ve seen in a while, and an Indigo Bunting made a surprise appearance. I was lucky to find the Tricolored Heron, who was well hidden for a while.
This is the first Indigo Bunting I’ve seen at CBEC.
This Snowy Egret has found a nice breakfast.
There were at least 8 Great Blue Herons fishing in the lake.
I believe this is a Lesser Yellowlegs.
This Tri Colored Heron flew away when I first found him, but I was able to re-locate him.
I saw this Cooper’s Hawk just before he attacked a small bird.
I got an early start this morning and arrived at Governor Bridge about 20 minutes before sunrise. I wandered around a bit, and settled into a good looking spot to wait.
Unfortunately it was one of those slow days, and I only got a few shots before my lens fogged up so badly I had to quit.
I may have to leave the lens in the car until the weather cools a bit, to prevent this issue, which is probably caused by the air conditioning.
I haven’t seen a Red Eyed Vireo in a while.
Common Yellowthroats breed at Governor Bridge.
This Mockingbird is still feeding this young bird.