We had a fairly sunny day with moderate wind, so I took the season’s last trip to Blackwater. It gets too buggy in the warm weather.
It wasn’t a bad day, but many of the water birds have moved on, and a few have moved in, including Egrets and Sandpipers.
At least four ospreys were active, and the Pelicans are still hanging out.
There are still many Northern Shovelers.
A lone Gadwall was in the tidal pool.
This Osprey is working on his nest.
Bald Eagles were very active and nest building as well.
I saw at least 4 Greater Yellowlegs.
I found this turtle crossing the road as I was leaving.
I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we did reasonably well. My first Wood Ducks of the season, and some departing Ring Necks were a nice combination.
Other ducks, geese and a few Tree Swallows made for a good morning, with temps near 70 and not much breeze.
Graeme Simpson, looking professionally dapper.
This White Throated Sparrow landed quite near me.
This Double Crested Cormorant didn’t move for over an hour.
Many Tree Swallows were chasing bugs.
I suspect Ring Necked Ducks will be gone soon.
This Ruddy Duck is molting into breeding plumage.
You can only see the “Pied” bill during breeding season.
This Wood Duck greeted me this morning.
This Muskrat may be working on his den.
The weather man promised sunny, and we got sunny. It was a little windy and cool, but good enough.
I started at Terrapin, which was a little slow, but I got a couple of decent shots.
CBEC was better, as it has been lately, but still a little slow. There were many more Swallows than last week, and plenty of ducks, along with a pair of Osprey. It won’t be long.
Most of the Tree Swallow nest boxes seem to be occupied now.
I don’t often see Northern Shovelers at CBEC.
My first Brown Thrasher of the season.
Red Winged Blackbirds are easy to find at this time of year.
This pair of Green Winged Teal was at Terrapin.
This is a Northern Pintail hen.
Most of the Tree Swallow nest boxes seem to be occupied now.
I stopped at Truxtun Park yesterday, without much lick. A couple of Geeses seem to setting up house, but there wasn’t much else.
I spent the morning at Quiet Waters, which was much better. I actually found several nice birds, though they didn’t all pose for me. Spring is coming!
South River from Quiet Waters.
These Canada Geese were at Quiet Waters,.
These Osprey are mating.
Many Horned Grebes were around this morning.
I found this Fox as I entered the park this morning.
It’s been a slow few days. Slow birding and bad weather have slowed me a little, but I was back on the road today.
It was my first trip to Terrapin in a while, and it was decent. It was the first time I’ve seen a Tundra Swan there, and the Green Winged Teal actually stayed close enough for a decent image.
CBEC was good enough also, and I’ve got a few pics from Blackwater as well.
A Chickadee close up is always good.
I caught these Tundra Swans as they landed at CBEC.
I’ve been going to Terrapin for 5 years, and this is the first Tundra Swan I’ve seen there.
The CBEC nest boxes are getting busy.
The Terrapin Green Winged Teals are seldom so cooperative.
These American White Pelicans were at DeCoursey Bridge.
Graeme found this Pine Warbler at Blackwater.
This Downy Woodpecker was at the marsh edge.
I often pass up Mockingbirds, but I liked this pose.
A flock of Brown Headed Nuthatches was feeding in the pines.
Yellow Rumped Warblers will be migrating soon.
Northern Shovelers are still abundant.
It’s been slow for a few days, and the weatherman says the next few days will suck, so I decided to give Blackwater one last try.
It’s definitely Eagle time of year, and I saw many, as well as plenty of ducks. I also took a trip to DeCoursey Bridge again, in hopes of finding fishing Eagles. There were actually many Eagles there, mostly juveniles, but they weren’t doing much fishing. The Pelicans were still there, though, and I got a couple of pics.
At least 6-8 juvenile Bald Eagles were hanging out at DeCoursey bridge.
Red Winged Blackbirds were very active.
Many Snow Geese are still in residence.
These Green Winged Teal were at CBEC yesterday.
I saw many Great Blue Herons on this visit.
Northern Shovelers are still the most common duck.
Tundra Swans will be gone very soon.
Why do Killdeer hang out on the road surface so often?
American White pelicans are fond of Blackwater.
You can be nearly certain the Hooded Mergansers will spook when you get close.
I made the long trek to Bombay Hook this morning so I’d be sure of finding some worthwhile birds. It’s a difficult time of year-not quite migration and not Winter.
Bombay Hook always pays off to some degree. The Avocets are always welcome, as are the Teal. I did see some nice raptors, but too distant for good images.
A worthwhile trip.
Several Killdeer were in the road when I arrived.
Northern Pintails are also very numerous.
Many Gadwall were in the shallowest part of the marsh.
Only a few Buffleheads were in residence.
Mallards were well represented.
A large flock of Snow Geese flew overhead.
This Bald Eagle was trimming his nest.
Northern Shovelers are probably the most numerous duck.
I saw more Green Winged Teals than I did last time.
A large flock of American Avocets was feeding in the marsh.
I found this Fox as I was leaving.
I tried Patuxent South yesterday, and it was almost a complete bust. Very few birds and not much variety, but a Common Merganser saved the day.
Today I went back to Blackwater where I knew I’d find some good birds and it turned out OK. DeCoursey Bridge is just a few miles from Blackwater, and people have seen Eagles fishing there, so I took a look. No Eagles, but the Pelicans were a very nice surprise.
It was funny to see this Turkey Vulture on a Tree Swallow nest box.
This pair of Killdeer are mating at Blackwater.
A good 25 or so Great Blue Herons flew over Blackwater.
Red Winged Blackbirds are displaying everywhere.
Hundreds of Snow Geese are still in the area.
Northern Shovelers are still very common.
Hooded Mergansers spook very easily.
This seemed to be the only Northern Pintail at Blackwater.
American Coots always seem a little boring to me.
I found these domestic Geese on the way to Blackwater.
I saw many Bald Eagles today.
This Cooper’s Hawk flew off when he saw me.
These Canada Geese were at Patuxent,.
This is the first Common Merganser I’ve seen at Patuxent.
There were about 100 American White Pelicans at the bridge.
It’s been very slow for a few days, so I decided to try Blackwater despite the very windy forecast. It was as windy as any day I’ve been out, and I actually had trouble holding the lens in the strongest gusts. The soaring birds seemed to like it, though, and there were plenty of birds in flight.
I also found Ring Necks and Gadwalls, which I don’t often see at Blackwater.
This Chickadee was at CBEC yesterday.
I found this Great Blue Heron at CBEC yesterday.
This Bald Eagle is carrying a fish.
There’s always a few Buffleheads.
I seldom see Ring Necked Ducks at Blackwater.
An adult and a juvenile Tundra Swan.
This appears to be a flock of Dunlin.
A thousand or more Snow Geese are still wintering at Blackwater.
This Gadwall was at Jonas Green Park.
A flock of 6-8 Greater Yellowlegs were foraging in the marsh.