It’s that time of year when birds are hard to find, and I’m not having much luck. I’ve been to several different places recently, and don’t have much to show for the effort.
I made the Bombay Hook trek again this morning, as a friend had good luck there a few days ago, but it was only a mediocre show. Still, it was better than any other place I’ve been recently.
This Green Heron was foraging at Schoolhouse Pond.
This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse pond.
This White Eyed Vireo was the only good image I got at Wooton’s Landing.
There were many Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh.
I only saw two Forster’s Terns.
Many Snowy Egrets were present.
This Goldfinch will be getting his Winter plumage soon.
Many Great Egrets were present as well.
I saw only a few Semi Palmated Sandpipers.
A least Sandpiper at Schoolhouse Pond.
These Least Sandpipers had a dispute of some kind.
Blue Grosbeaks can be found all Summer.
I found this Great Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond.
I was lucky to catch this Belted Kingfisher as he flew by.
This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse Pond.
Three Yellow Crowned Night Herons were resting in Bear Swamp Pool.
I made the trek to Blackwater in hopes of getting more action, and was only partly successful. I managed to find a few warblers, but there wasn’t much else to see.
I spoke with fellow birder who had the same kind of luck , but we decided it was just our misfortune and we’d have to try again another day.
This Eastern Phoebe is probably a migrant.
My friendly Red Headed Woodpeckers were very cooperative today.
Eastern Kingbirds will be heading South soon.
This Common Yellowthroat may have nested at Blackwater.
This first year Osprey was fishing near his old nest.
This Pine Warbler is an early migrant.
I was looking for Nuthatches when this Yellow Warbler popped up.
My original thought was to try Wooton this morning, but the car made the turn for Schoolhouse Pond instead. I prefer going there on weekends to avoid the traffic.
It was quite dark and cloudy at first, but I could see there were a few good birds, so I waited a while. I got a few images in the poor light, but it wasn’t long before the sun came out and I got a good look at some decent birds. I suspect I’ll be going back again soon.
I stopped at Governor Bridge on the way home, but didn’t find much.
This juvenile Chipping Sparrow was begging his parent for a treat.
Two Green Herons greeted me when I arrived.
This Acadian Flycatcher was at Governor Bridge.
These Mallards seemed to be just waking up.
A single Great Egret arrived as I was leaving.
I haven’t seen a Spotted Sandpiper since the Spring.
I found this Saddleback Caterpillar at Quiet Waters yesterday.
I don’t see Viceroy butterflies often.
Things are starting to pick up. I’ve been hanging out at Sandy Point and Greenbury Point waiting for more birds to show, and today might have been the breakthrough.
I started at Sandy point, where I found a couple of decent shore birds, then went on to Greenbury Point.
I found plenty of activity right off the bat, including some birds I hadn’t seen there in a while. I think migration is under way!
I haven’t seen a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Greenbury since the Spring.
Eastern Kingbirds may be gathering to migrate.
This Downy Woodpecker was eating noisily.
It’s been weeks since I’ve found a Red Eyed Vireo.
A Great Crested Flycatcher was busily gforaging .
This Caspian Tern was at Sandy point.
I usually see Semi Palmated Plovers on the Eastern shore.
Least Sandpipers were foraging high on the beach.
This Snowy was feeding in the surf at Sandy Point.
This Willet didn’t belong at Sandy point at all, and was a rare treat.
You can find Goldfinches at Greenbury Point all year.
I seldom see Yellow Warblers at Greenbury Point.
I stayed close to home today, and started at Sandy Point. I did see a nice Fox, but not a single bird worthy of a photo.
Greenbury Point is only 10 minutes away, so I headed there next in hopes of finding some butterflies or early migrants.
I did see a few of the usual butterflies, and bird activity was better than usual, but I didn’t find anything really interesting.
Indigo Buntings seem to nest here every year,
Like last year, Eastern Kingbirds seem to gathering in numbers.
This Cardinal is molting.
Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.
I saw more Goldfinches than usual.
Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.
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Back to Bombay Hook this morning because there’s still not much going on locally.
I arrived at dawn, but the sunrise wasn’t interesting, so I made a quick circuit as the sun rose. It was clear that many birds were visiting, so I went more slowly the second time around.
I didn’t find much in the way of migrating birds, but it was good to see that numbers are increasing. I also found a couple of friends who were visiting as well.
Many Caspian Terns were feeding in the marsh.
I saw at least three Eastern Kingbirds.
There were only two Black Necked Stilts.
I don’t see Bald Eagles in flight very often at Bombay Hook.
Many Great Egrets were feeding in the marsh.
Short Billed Dowitchers aren’t getting close to the camera.
I saw many Greater Yellowlegs, mostly in the distance.
Great Blue Herons were in every pool.
I found three juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Herons at Bear Swamp Pool. I’ve only seen this bird once before.
I went to Blackwater yesterday, with Chris, an old friend, then to Bombay Hook this morning. Blackwater was almost a total bust, with cloudy, rainy weather, but Bombay Hook was much better.
We had good light all morning, and saw thousands of interesting, but mostly distant birds. Small Sandpipers were the major species, but there were also Avocets, Geese, Terns and Egrets. A couple of Night Herons and an Eagle provided a nice show as well.
Great Blue Herons were scattered here and there.
We saw several Great Blue Herons.
3-4 CAspian Terns were fishing in Shearness Pool.
Several small flocks of Short Billed Dowitchers were feeding in the marsh.
We found a few Semi Palmated Plovers.
This Blue Grosbeak was singing loudly.
Two Bald Eagles were sunning themselves near the road.
These Gulls were taking a break.
We found Forster’s Terns at Blackwater.
Two juvenile Black Crowned Night Herons were preening in Bear Swamp Pool.
The weather has been unsettled for the last several days. You never know if it’s going to pour rain or blaze sunshine, and it can change in just a few minutes.
I’ve been hanging out at Sandy Point, because it’s nearby and I don’t have to go far from the car if I need shelter. There’s always a chance of finding stray birds there, as well, and I’ve found a few.
Today’s Tri-colored Heron was a treat, tagged as “Rare” by Ebird, along with a few nice Terns and plenty of the usual gulls.
There’s always plenty of Crows at Sandy Point.
4-5 Royal Terns were hanging out on the beach today.
Laughing Gulls and others seem to like bathing in the puddles on the beach.
I don’t often see Common Terns.
I couldn’t pass up this Black Vulture.
Several Ospreys are fishing at the park.
I’ve seen two Tri-colored Herons this year, and I don’t see any at all most years.
I spotted this Fox as I was waiting for the sunrise.