Brown Headed Nuthatch at Blackwater NWR.

It’s been a while since I posted anything. The recent hurricane and many days of rain and and severe clouds have kept me from getting out very much, and when I did get out there wasn’t much to see. It’s been¬† a warm Summer, and migration seems later than usual.

I’m posting images from several place I’ve been to recently, including Terrapin, Wooton’s landing,¬† Sandy Point, Greenbury Point, Quiet Waters and Schoolhouse Pond.

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Blackwater Dawn.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-53

Red Headed Woodpeckers seem to favor dead trees.

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Double Crested Cormorant 2018-14

Many Double Crested Cormorants were fishing today.

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Great Egret 2018-89

Only a few Great Egrets were around today.

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Bald Eagle 2018-66

Several Eagles were soaking up the sum today.

Chestnut Sided Warbler 2018-1

The Chestnut Sided Warbler was at Wooton yesterday.

Caspian Tern 2018-28

Caspian Tern 2018-32

There are Caspian Terns at Sandy Point at this time of year.

Forster's Tern 2018-107

Many Forster’s Terns were fishing at Blackwater.

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Snowy Egret 2018-32

This Snowy Egrets was at Bombay Hook.

American Avocet 2018-14

This American Avocet is another Bombay Hook bird.

Goldfinch 2018-23

Goldfinches are regulars at Greenbury Point.

Seagulls 2018-1

Many gulls hung out at Sandy Point while the storm passed.

Great Blue Heron 2018-72

Great Blue Heron 2018-71

You can always find a few Great Blue Herons.

Canada Goose 2018-35

This Canada Goose was at Schoolhouse Pond.

Mockingbird 2018-3

Just a low light experiment with a Mockingbird.

Song Sparrow 2017-14

I think this Song Sparrow was at Jonas Green Park.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-6

This Great Crested Flycatcher is preparing for the flight South.

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Brown Headed Nuthatch 2018-3

Brown Headed Nuthatches were very active today.

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This Dragonfly seemed to be drying his wings.

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Common Buckeye 17

It’s the right time of year for butterflies.

Northern Harrier at Bombay Hook.

My internet has been screwed up for a few days, so I haven’t been able post anything. Stay away from Comcast, folks.

I made a trip to Bombay Hook a few days ago, which was OK, but not as fruitful as I’d hoped. We need some cool weather and some rain to speed up migration.

Today I stopped early at Sandy Point, but the sunrise wasn’t worth photographing, and the birds on the beach were the same-old, same-old.

Greenbury Point was much better, and I suspect I found enough variety to proclaim that migration has begun!

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Mockingbird 2018-2

This Mockingbird gave a nice wing flutter just as I clicked the shutter.

 

 

Eastern Wood Peewee 2018-1

This Peewee is a migrant, heading South.

Baltimore Oriole 2018-14

Several juvenile Baltimore Orioles showed their colors.

Blue Grosbeak 2018-14

I found several Blue Grosbeaks this morning.

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Indigo Bunting 2018-7

I found several Blue Grosbeaks this morning.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2018-1

I usually wouldn’t keep such a poor photo, but this is one of my favorite birds, a Rose Breasted Grosbeak (Juvenile).

Carolina Wren 2018-3

You can hear Carolina Wrens just about anywhere you go around here.

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Great Blue Heron 2018-69

This Great Blue Heron was at Sandy point.

Goldfinch 2018-22

Goldfinches are at Greenbury Point all year.

Indigo Bunting 2018-6

This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting.

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Northern Harrier 2018-6

I was in the right place when this Northern Harrier flew by.

Snowy Egret 2018-29

This Snowy Egret flew right in front of me.

Great Egret 2018-80

I’ve seen a lot of Great Egrets this year.

Caspian Tern 2018-26

Caspian Tern 2018-27

This Caspian Tern was at Bombay Hook.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2018-11

Black Crowned Night Heron 2018-10

This is a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.

Red Spotted Purple 17

This Red Spotted Purple was feeding at Greenbury Point.

 

Great Egret at Schoolhouse Pond.

I’m still not hearing any interesting news from the local spots, so, back to Schoolhouse Pond.

It wasn’t nearly as productive, but the weather and the lighting were much better.

Double Crested Cormorant 2018-10

A singly Double Crested Cormorant flew over the pond.

Little Blue Heron 2018-15

The Little Blue Heron was much harder to find today.

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Solitary Sandpiper 2018-17

I had better lighting for this Solitary Sandpiper today.

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Great Blue Heron 2018-66

A single Great Blue Heron was present all morning.

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Great Egret 2018-76

There were only 4 Great Egrets present today.

Great Egret at Schoolhouse Pond.

With the Labor Day weekend snarling traffic and filling the parks, I decided to go back to Schoolhouse Pond, which has been so productive recently.

There were plenty of the same birds, and the light got quite decent after an hour or so, so I managed a few decent images.

Osprey 2018-55

Osprey 2018-56

This Osprey has the whole pond to himself.

Solitary Sandpiper 2018-13

Several Solitary Sandpipers were feeding in the marsh.

Little Blue Heron 2018-14

The Little Blue Heron seems to be hanging out for a while.

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Great Egret 2018-72

This small stump attracts many birds, including this Great Egret.

Great Egret 2018-71

A great Egret is about 1.5 feet taller than a little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond

The weather is “unsettled” this weekend, which can sometimes bring in good birds, so I decided to try Schoolhouse Pond for vagrants. Sandy Point would have been my first choice, but it’s Labor Day weekend and bound to be very crowded.

I made the right choice. I chatted with some fishermen for a while, and birds were continually flying in, which is always a good sign.

I noticed a distant bird I couldn’t ID, so I walked to the other end of the pond and saw it was a juvenile little Blue Heron, a bird I don’t see often. Eventually it moved much closer and gave me some good looks.

A good morning, indeed, and I may go back tomorrow.

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Killdeer 2018-6

A single Killdeer was foraging at the South end of the pond.

Least Sandpiper 2018-25

Several Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mudflats.

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Spotted Sandpiper 2018-12

This Solitary Sandpiper was well camouflaged.

Great Blue Heron 2018-65

This Great Blue Heron stayed in one place all morning.

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Great Egret 2018-65

6 Great Egrets were foraging in the pond.

Mallard 2018-39

There’s always a small flock of Mallards in the pond.

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Canada Goose 2018-34

Two large flocks of Canada Geese stopped by for a while.

Osprey 2018-53

A single Osprey was looking for fish.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-8

I found this Common Yellowthroat at Wooton’s Landing.

Chickadee 2018-4

This Chickadee was also at Wooton.

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Little Blue Heron 2018-12

The shape of the head and the color of the beak distinguish the Little Blue Heron from the Snowy Egret.