Buffleheads at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning, and we circled the lake several times in hopes of finding a few good birds.

We can’t really complain, as I got a couple of first of season birds, and the weather was quite good for November.

There could have been more variety, but the light was perfect, the weather was excellent and we nearly had the place to ourselves.

Lake Artemesia.

Graeme Simpson contemplates the next shot.

I found this Cardinal yesterday at Quiet Waters.

Several White Throated Sparrows were forging near Indian Creek.

A single Pied Billed Grebe was swimming in the lake.

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Starlings can be very attractive in the right light.

 

This juvenile Bald Eagle circled the lake for several minutes.

We saw only a few Mallards.

A large flock of Canada Geese spent the night at the lake.

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Two flocks of Buffleheads were hanging out near shore.

A few Ring Necked Ducks were foraging near the Buffleheads.

 

A single Great Blue Heron was fishing.

 

This Belted Kingfisher was fishing yesterday at Quiet Waters.

Northern Shoveler at Bombay Hook NWR.

We had a couple of days of rain, so It was good to be able to get out again.

I’ve hard of some nice bird at Bombay Hook, so I left Annapolis around 5:00 AM and got to Bombay Hook at 6:30. There’s very little traffic at that hour.

The morning was quite sunny, but the resident birds were staying well out in the marsh and it was tough to get good images.

Most of the ducks (Shovelers, Pintails, Teal, Mallards) were young or females. I suppose that’s standard for Fall migration. There were very few Sandpipers, which is probably because the water was quite high.

Hopefully, there’ll be more variety soon.

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A lake at Bombay Hook.

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Northern Pintails were in every pool.

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This Turkey Vulture seemed to be drying his wings.

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I found only one Greater Yellowlegs.

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This Bald Eagle is probably in his first year.

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Many juvenile White Crowned Sparrows were in the field across from the visitor center.

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Only a few Great Egrets are still hanging around.

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Black Ducks seem to favor Bombay Hook.

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Most of the American Avocets were too far away for photos.

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Many Mallards were feeding in the marsh.

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Most of the Northern Shovelers were females or juveniles. 

 

Bald Eagle at Blackwater NWR.

It’s still a bit slow around here, so I journeyed to Blackwater this morning. It was quite nice for early November, and a few birds are trickling in. It’s not exciting yet. A few Pintails were around, but too distant, and only a few Sandpipers. Plenty of Mallards and Canada Geese, but not much else.

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Dawn at Sandy Point.

 

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Several Northern Pintails were feeding in the marsh.

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This Great Blue Heron flew right across my path.

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Many Canada Geese were moving around the refuge.

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I saw 100 or more Mallards.

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This might be the first Cardinal I’ve ever photographed at Blackwater.

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The usual Double Crested Cormorants were at the Key Wallace bridge.

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Two Greater Yellowlegs were foraging along Wildlife Drive.

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I found only a few Bald Eagles.