Cooper’s Hawk at Blackwater NWR.

The weather guessers called for sunny, today, and it was:for about an hour, after which it was quite cloudy.

There were plenty of decent birds at Blackwater, but the poor light meant marginal images in some cases.

I made another stop at Oakley Street in hopes of some better images, and did OK.

Blackwater Dawn 45

Blackwater Dawn.

Tundra Swan 2018-16

There were 50 or so Tundra Swans.

Bald Eagle 2018-9

Bald Eagle 2018-8

Bald Eagles seem to getting more active as nesting season approaches.

Northern Flicker 2018-2

Northern Flicker 2018-1

Another nice surprise. Northern Flickers don’t often cooperate as well as this one did.

Great Blue Heron 2018-8

Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

Northern Shoveler 2018-5

Northern Shoveler 2018-4

Only a few Northern Shovelers were feeding in the marsh.

Common Merganser 2018-2

Common Merganser 2018-1

A dozen or so Common Mergansers were feeding in the marsh.

Snow Goose 2018-14

A couple of thousand Snow Geese are still hanging around.

American Wigeon 2018-4

I found this American Wigeon at Oakley Street.

Great Blue Heron 2018-7

Canada Goose 2018-4

There were hundreds of Canada Geese in the fields and on the water.

Cooper's Hawk 2018-1

This juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was a nice surprise, as I haven’t seen many hawks recently.