Black Crowned Night Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

I went back to the Eastern Shore this morning, in hopes of finding some wading birds, and had a little luck. Previous year’s photos suggest they start appearing about this time, and it appears to be so.

The BC Night Heron is the first record for this bird at Terrapin!

CBEC was a little slow, but I’m  going back soon, and I’ll bet things improve rapidly.

Great Egret 2016-8

This Great Egret was the only wading bird at CBEC.

Orchard Oriole 2016-21

This Orchard Oriole was also at CBEC.

Snowy Egret 2016-15

A flock of 8 Snowy Egrets flew over at Terrapin.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-43

This Red Winged Blackbird is a female.

Green Heron 2016-31

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Green Heron 2016-30

I found three Green Herons at CBEC.

Great Blue Heron 2016-36

Great Blue Heron 2016-37

I didn’t realize this Great Blue Heron had caught a snake until I uploaded the image.

Belted Kingfisher 2016-2

Belted Kingfisher 2016-1

Belted Kingfishers have been very scarce this year.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2016-1

Black Crowned Night Heron 2016-2

It was still a little dark when I found this Black Crowned Night Heron.

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This Turtle was crossing the path at Terrapin.


Great Egret at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a very slow few days. I’ve managed to get out each day, but lousy weather and a lack of birds  didn’t give me much to post.  I tried Artemesia today, and ran into Graeme. We circled the area for a few hours and didn’t really do all that well, but I’m posting what I’ve found lately.

I expect things to pick up very soon.

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Views of Lake Artemesia.


Eastern Kingbird 2016-33

It wasn’t easy to catch up to this Eastern Kingbird.

Cardinal 2016-17

This Cardinal was singing loudly.

Catbird 2016-10

This Catbird was at Schoolhouse Pond yesterday.

Red Eyed Vireo 2016-4

I’ve seen fewer Red Eyed Vireos than in previous years.

Great Blue Heron 2016-35

This Great Blue Heron was at Governor Bridge.

Blue Jay 2016-6

A not very good Blue Jay.

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Chickadee 2016-21

This Chickadee was foraging right in front of us.

Mockingbird 2016-10

Mockingbird 2016-9

I don’t recall getting a Mockingbird in flight before.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-13

Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-11

Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-12

These Great Crested Flycatchers were having a dispute of some kind.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2016-3 Indigo Bunting 2016-11 Feather 2016-1

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-42

I found this Red Winged Blackbird at Terrapin.

Great Egret 2016-7

The first Great Egret of the year at Artemesia.

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Snapping Turtle 12

This Snapping Turtle was at Schoolhouse Pond yesterday.

Indigo Bunting at Greenbury Point.

Heat and humidity are making for short days lately. It’s hard to find birds at all, and I’m too old to cope with 90% humidity like I did in Vietnam, nearly 50 years ago.

I was out for about two hours  yesterday and again today, but nothing exciting turned up. Even the bugs seem to be hiding from the heat.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-42

Red Winged Blackbirds were all I could photograph yesterday.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2016-3

Yellow Breasted Chats are numerous at Greenbury.

Indigo Bunting 2016-11

You can always count on an Indigo Bunting at Greenbury.

Blue Jay 2016-6

This Blue Jay flew by at Terrapin yesterday.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-12 Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-11

Great Crested Flycatcher 2016-13

Great Crested Flycatchers nest at Greenbury.

Feather 2016-1

I find individual feathers intriguing.

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Today’s bugs.

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One of the larger Snails I’ve seen.

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Frog 11

This may be a young Green Tree Frog.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme early at Lake Artemesia and we walked the area for about three hours. It was a better day than some, and we found a few good birds.

A few Wood Ducks are still around, a hummingbird posed briefly, and a few others cooperated.Lake Artemesia 43

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Views of Lake Artemesia.

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We saw Goldfinches in several places.

Great Blue Heron 2016-34

A Great Blue Heron often perches on this unused Osprey platform.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-41

Red Winged Blackbirds are very common, but attractive in the right setting.

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Eastern Kingbird 2016-30

This Eastern Kingbird was flycatching in the lily pads.

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Wood Duck 2016-121

There are fewer young Wood Ducks.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2016-13

Mimosa attracts Ruby Throated Hummingbirds when it’s blooming.

Hugh 2016-1

In the Gazebo.

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Tom and his dog Sam were taking a stroll around the lake.