Cackling Goose at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

It was a little windy and cool this morning, but I started at Sandy Point anyway. It was a total bust-a boring sky and no hint of m ore colors, so I got to Terrapin earlier than usual.

It’s starting to pick up there, but it’s still slow, even though I saw 5 Ospreys fishing, and a friend saw 10, later. A few Palm Warblers and Snowy Egrets helped

CBEC  was a bit better, with the Cackling Goose, more Ospreys, ducks and Nuthatches.

Snowy Egret 2017-9

Snowy Egret 2017-7

Snowy Egret 2017-8

Several Snowy Egrets landed in the pond shortly after I arrived.


Great Horned Owl 2017-2



Great Horned Owl 2017-1

There’s an Owl cam at CBEC, and this is the first time I’ve spotted the Great Horned Owl, who may be sitting on eggs.

Northern Shoveler 2017-33

Northern Shovelers are still hanging out in Lake Knapp.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-12

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-11 Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-10

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-9

Brown Headed Nuthatches were very active.

Tree Swallow 2017-28

Tree Swallow 2017-27

Another try for a Tree Swallow in flight.

Palm Warbler 2017-3

Palm Warbler 2017-2

Palm Warbler 2017-1

I saw at least two Palm Warblers.

Eastern Bluebird 2017-6

Eastern Bluebird 2017-5

This Eastern Bluebird was checking out a nest box.

Blue Jay 2017-2

Blue Jays are migrating in small numbers.

Goldfinch 2017-1

This is the first Goldfinch I’ve seen in a while.

Canada Goose 2017-16

This Canada Goose may be nesting.

Cackling Goose 2017-4


Cackling Goose 2017-3

The little goose to the left is the Cackling Goose. Cornell: “The newly recognized Cackling Goose is a smaller version of the Canada Goose. Formerly considered the smallest subspecies of one variable species, recent work on genetic differences found the four smallest forms to be very different. These four races are now recognized as a full species: the Cackling Goose. It breeds farther northward and westward than does the Canada Goose.”