Barn Swallows at Maple Dam Bridge.

I went to Blackwater again, and it was a good trip. I’m still not hearing about much around here, and Blackwater is holding up well.

I got there just before dawn and got a few sunrise shots, then went around Wildlife drive several times. My skunk friend was briefly in view, but Herons and Egrets have greatly decreased. I spotted the first Snowy Egrets of the year, but couldn’t get a shot.

Other birds were more cooperative, including an Osprey family and an Orchard Oriole.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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It’s easy to find a Rabbit at Blackwater.

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Egret numbers are down greatly.

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This Osprey family is doing very well.

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The Red Headed Woodpecker landed right in front of me.

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Eastern Kingbirds are often waiting right by the side of the road.

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Two Orchard Orioles were foraging in the bushes. Probably a family.

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A single Greater Yellowlegs was feeding on the flats.

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The Great Crested Flycatcher stayed in view for a while.

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I usually look for Eagles at Maple Dam Bridge, but these Barn Swallows are nesting under the bridge.

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Andy, and his father, Andy, were crabbing at the bridge, and doing well.

 

 

Great Egret at Blackwater NWR.

The weather looked promising, and there’s still not much to see around here, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I’m not fond of the hour and a half drive, but it’s where the birds are at the moment.

I did well enough. Herons and Egrets are still foraging in t he marsh, and Ospreys and Eagles are active. A few smaller birds are around, and I found a Groundhog who didn’t pose, and a Delmarva Fox Squirrel who did.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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This Great Blue Heron may have spent the night in this tree.

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I caught this Great Egret just as he launched.

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The Red Headed Woodpecker was a little more elusive today.

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Eastern Kingbirds are still hanging out near Wildlife Drive.

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This Eagle spooked when I got too close.

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This Delmarva Fox Squirrel was sitting by the side of the road.

Mephitis mephitis at Blackwater NWR.

OK, it’s a Skunk. Mephitis mephitis looks better in a title.

There’s still not much going on around here, so I headed back to Blackwater again. I can’t complain about the results, although I wasn’t really looking for mammals.

I actually did OK with the birds, and I suppose I’ll have to go back soon.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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This Great Blue Heron flew in early and landed very near to me.

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This young Osprey is trying out his new wings.

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The Osprey chicks are doing well.

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I spotted this Brown headed Nuthatch while I was looking for hummingbirds.

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This Mallard was taking a morning nap.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are singing all along Wildlife Drive.

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I found only a single Killdeer.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching along Wildlife Drive.

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Far fewer Great Egrets are feeding than did last week.

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The Delmarva Fox Squirrel appeared as I was leaving.

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This daytime Fox seemed right at home posing for me.

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I’ve only seen two Skunks in my photography career (They’re nocturnal).,

 

Barn Swallows at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we had an OK morning. We definitely had more birds and more variety last year, but it’s hard to say if that means anything.

Tree Swallows were still fledging, and we found a single Barn Swallow still on its nest.

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Lake Artemesia.

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These first year Canada Geese seem to be nearly full grown.

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This female Red Winged Blackbird posed very nicely.

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This is a very you Starling, and I didn’t recognize it.

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A few Mallards were foraging in the lake.

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Purple Martins were fairly active today.

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This was the only Barn Swallow nest we found.

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Graeme Simpson, focusing, on the bridge.

Eastern Towhee at Wooton’s Landing.

I went back to Blackwater again this morning, and didn’t do as well. The flies are getting thick, but not as thick as they were at CBEC  a few days ago.  I’ve been told they’re even worse at Bombay Hook, so I’m going to pass on there for a while. They get so thick you’re constantly swatting at them, even though the insect repellent keeps them from biting.

The interesting thing today was the eagles eating carrion in the wheat fields. I saw three, accompanied by vultures,  feasting on what appeared to be dead deer, on the way home.

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This Bald Eagle just seemed to be hanging out.

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Great Blue Herons now outnumber Great Egrets at Blackwater.

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The Red Headed Woodpecker is still showing off for me.

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I haven’t seen many Blue Grosbeaks recently.

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This Eastern Bluebird was feeding a chick.

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Eastern Kingbirds are numerous at Blackwater.

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The Osprey chicks seem to be thriving.

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I found this Eastern Towhee at Wooton a few days ago.

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This Turtle has had a close call.

Tree Swallows at Blackwater NWR.

In the last days I’ve tried Wooton, Sands Road and Greenbury Point with virtually no luck. Back to Blackwater.

I had a decent morning, with a few eagles and some interesting Tree Swallow fledglings. The Red Headed Woodpecker is still cooperating and wading birds are plentiful.

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I found this flower at Tawes Gardens.

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This Bald Eagle was eating a fish in the marsh.

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This Bald Eagle watched me very closely as I approached.

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I saw more Bald Eagles than usual this morning.

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These Barn Swallows have been gathering mud for their nests.

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This Green Heron was concentrating very hard on catching breakfast.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching in the marsh.

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This Red Headed Woodpecker has been unusually easy to find.

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I liked the way this Great Egret posed.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was watching the Tree Swallows.

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The parents were feeding these fledglings on the wing.

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I found several Tree Swallow fledglings near the road.

Osprey with Chicks at Blackwater NWR.

There’s still not much action around Annapolis or College Park, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. There’s still not much variety, but there’s many more birds than around here.

I did find a few birds locally in the last few days, and I’m including them here.

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This is a newly fledged Red Winged Blackbird.

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I’ve been having very good luck finding the Red Headed Woodpeckers at Blackwater.

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Huge numbers of Great Egrets are feeding at Blackwater.

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This Green Heron let me get very close.

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The Double Crested Cormorants are fishing at Maple Dam Road.

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Greenbury Point has always been a good place for Goldfinches.

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These Glossy Ibises were at Blackwater.

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This Crow posed at Greenbury Point.

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This Wood Duck flew off as soon as she saw me.

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I found this Mallard at Patuxent South.

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This Tree Swallow was at South Tract.

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The North Tract office has several Hummingbird feeders.

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This Osprey, nesting along Wildlife Drive, has two chicks.

 

Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

I went to Artemesia with Graeme yesterday, and got virtually nothing. I hate wasting time like that, so I headed back to old reliable Blackwater this morning. I considered Bombay Hook, and may do that soon.

There’s not as many wading birds, but there’s still plenty of variety, and the Fox Squirrels are still cooperating.

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Dawn at Blackwater.

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I saw these Wild Turkeys as I was driving home.

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There are still plenty of Great Egrets.

 

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The Glossy Ibises are still foraging in the marsh.

 

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A single Killdeer was in the road near Pool #1.

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This Double Crested Cormorant was fishing at Maple Dam Road.

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This Osprey seemed to be taking a break.

 

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I’m not sure what this Bald Eagle was doing on the ground.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are very common, but sometimes they pose well.

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I spent some time looking for this Red Headed Woodpecker, and he landed right in front of me as I was giving up.

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The Delmarva Fox Squirrels are still cooperating.

 

Glossy Ibis at Blackwater NWR.

I woke up early, undecided as to where to go, and just headed back to Blackwater, hoping for another good day.

I didn’t get the variety, but the weather was perfect, and there were plenty of birds to choose from. I’m starting to suspect that Fox Squirrels are easier to find in the Summer.

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Dawn at Blackwater.

 

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This Orchard Oriole has a nest along Wildlife Drive.

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This may be an Acadian Flycatcher.

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This Red Headed Woodpecker is from yesterday.

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Great Egrets seem to be the most common wading bird.

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This is a Great Crested Flycatcher.

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This Blue Grosbeak female was a surprise.

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This Canada Goose pair is escorting their brood.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were foraging in the marsh.

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This female Red Winged Blackbird has found a tasty snack.

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This Bald Eagle pair has a nest nearby.

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This appears to be a Greater Yellowlegs.

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I got a better look at the Glossy Ibis today.