Rock Dove at Kent Narrows.

I found a decent sunrise at Possum Point this morning. I had left home a little late (6:06) and may have missed the very best colors, but it was good enough.

I went right to Kent Narrows, which was only so-so, but some Pigeons performed well enough.

I ended at Thomas Point, which was slow. I found a few birds in the cove, but there wasn’t much to see at the point.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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Several Tundra Swans seemed to be goofing off.

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This Canvasback hen was mixing with the Tundra Swans.

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Many Scaup were in the area.

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A flock of Rock Doves seemed to be practicing for an aerial routine.

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I’m seeing a lot of Long Tailed Ducks this year.

Northern Shoveler at Lake Artemesia.

I went to Artemesia yesterday, and it was almost a total waste of time. It was windy and cold, and the birds just weren’t there.

Today was different, with calm winds, sunny skies and beaucoup birds. I made several loops of the lake, finding new birds on each trek. I’ve only seen Shovelers there once before.

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Dawn at Lake Artemesia.

 

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I got my first good Redhead image here several years ago.

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I found only a single Common Goldeneye today.

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The Northern Shoveler’s beak is twice as wide at the tip as at the base.

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Two small flocks of Hooded Mergansers were feeding.

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A single Scaup was cruising the shoreline.

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White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass along the path.

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I saw only a single Bufflehead.

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Double Crested Cormorants were resting near the Osprey platform.

 

 

American Wigeon at Thomas Point.

The weatherman was calling for rain today, so I slept in late. Imagine my surprise to see a slightly cloudy day, rapidly becoming sunny.

I went to Possum Point first, in hopes of finding some interesting birds, but I had little luck. There were a few birds, but nothing exciting.

I went to Thomas Point next, which was better, but it’s still the same old birds. Good light gave me a few good pics.

I finished up at Quiet Waters, which was nearly barren. There’s still a lot of ice in the river, so it may be few days before the ducks show up.

I don’t often see Foxes in mid-morning.

I heard this Carolina Chickadee long before I saw him.

 

This Redhead is hanging out with the Canvasbacks.

Many Tundra Swans were hanging out, apparently loafing.

I was surprised to find a single American Wigeon flying right at me.

Canvasback hen, close up.

A few Scaup were mixed in with the Canvasbacks.

A few Buffleheads were swimming nearby.

This Wood Duck is hanging out in the cove.

A few Black Ducks were in the area.

Quiet Waters cove.

 

Ruddy Duck at Kent Narrows.

Yesterday I made the trip to Blackwater, and it was disappointing.  All the water along Wildlife Drive was frozen, so there weren’t any ducks or other wading birds, which is a big deal at Blackwater. I decided to try Hooper’s Island after that, which was also a waste of time. I made a brief stop at Thomas Point as well.

Today I started at Possum Point, which didn’t look promising, so I went to Sandy Point, where I got some good dawn shots.

Kent Narrows was next, and I did very well there. Lots of good birds in good light.

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Dawen at Sandy Point.

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Several Great Blue Herons were foraging in the area.

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I don’t often see so many Long Tailed Ducks.

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This Common Goldeneye seemed to be by itself.

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I found these Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

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A Mallard hen takes flight.

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I was fairly close to this Bald Eagle when he took off.

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The water around this Ruddy Dick was illuminated by the morning sun.