Marsh Wren at Bombay Hook NWR.

Some days it seems as though the Spring Migration is passing me by again. I’ve spent¬† lot of time seeking, and not enough time finding. My guess is everything is two weeks behind normal.

I spent the morning at Bombay Hook and got a few decent images. I also stopped at Truxtun Park to get a look at the Blue Angels annual show. I haven’t finished processing everything yet, so I’ll probably add some pics later.

Snowy Egret 2019-9

These Egrets remained quite close together for a while.

Yellow Warbler 2019-4

Yellow Warbler 2019-5

This Yellow Warbler was very active.

Blue Grosbeak 2019-4

I heard several Blue Grosbeaks today, but found only one.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2019-7

Hundreds of Short Billed Dowitchers were feeding in the shallows.

Dunlin 2019-4

Dunlin 2019-5

Dunlin 2019-6

Dunlins and Dowitchers were foraging in mixed flocks.

Tree Swallow 2019-12

Tree Swallows were constantly on the move.

Least Sandpiper 2019-3

Hundreds of Least Sandpipers were visible from the road.

Bald Eagle 2019-34

This is a juvenile Bald Eagle.

Marsh Wren 2019-3

Marsh Wren 2019-1

It’s easy to hear Marsh Wrens, but harder to get a decent pic.

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Fox 115

These Fox kits are living in a den adjacent to the main road, and are probably used to people getting quite close.

Marsh Wren 2019-2

Nest of a Marsh Wren.

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The Blue Angels as seen from Truxtun Park.

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Yellow Warbler at Bombay Hook.

It’s unusual for me to go this long without a post, but it’s been slow birding for a while. It’s been a wet, cold Spring so far, and that may be affecting migration. I’m finding very few interesting migrants.

I’ve been to Sandy Point, Greenbury Point and Quiet Waters, and they’ve all been quiet. I decided to change my luck with a trip to Bombay Hook, and it paid off. I’ve had better days there, but it was an above average day.

 

Black Necked Stilt 2019-2

I found only two Black Necked Stilts.

 

Red Winged Blackbird 2019-5

This is a young Red Winged Blackbird.

Blue Grosbeak 2019-3

Blue Grosbeaks are often found along the edge of the marsh.

Least Sandpiper 2019-1

There were many hundreds of Least Sandpipers.

Bald Eagle 2019-32

I saw more Bald Eagles than usual.

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Bald Eagle 2019-33

This very dark Bald Eagle is likely this year’s young.

Mute Swan 2019-1

Four Mute Swans were calmly feeding in Raymond Pool.

Great Egret 2019-16

This Great Egret may be in Breeding plumage.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2019-5

Short Billed Dowitcher 2019-6

Hundreds of Short Billed Dowitchers were feeding in the marsh.

Crow 2019-6

I don’t get close to Crows very often.

Cardinal 2019-5

I saw this Cardinal at Greenbury Point.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2019-4

Yellow Breasted Chat 2019-3

It’s Easy to find Yellow Breasted Chats at Greenbury Point.

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Spotted Sandpiper 2019-2

This Spotted Sandpiper was at Lake Artemesia.

Canada Goose 2019-29

Canada Geese have hatched their young already.

Ring Billed Gull 2019-7

This Ring Billed Gull was at Sandy Point.

Yellow Warbler 2019-2 Yellow Warbler 2019-1

Yellow Warbler 2019-3

Some fellow birders pointed out this Yellow Warbler.

 

Blue Grosbeak at Bombay Hook NWR.

I wasn’t sure where to go when I went to bed, but Bombay beckoned this morning, and off I went.

The weather was seriously foggy when I left the house but largely cleared by the time I arrived.  Some fog and clouds returned later, which was disappointing.

The early morning low tide attracted many shorebirds, but the population quickly diminished as the water rose. Eagles were well represented. There were a lot of photographers for a weekday morning.

I also found some Terns and the Grosbeaks. A good day.

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I found a single Gray Catbird.

Forster's Tern 2019-2

Several Forster’s Terns were fishing in Raymond Pool.

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Bald Eagle 2019-26 - Copy

Bald Eagle 2019-29

Many Bald Eagles were fishing this morning.

Great Egret 2019-14 - Copy

Great Egret 2019-15 - Copy

This Great Egret Landed right in front of me.

Greater Yellowlegs 2019-5 - Copy

Greater Yellowlegs are becoming more common.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2019-4

You have to look closely to ID the Short Billed Dowitcher.

Dunlin 2019-1

Dunlin 2019-2

A Dunlin on the left, a least Sandpiper(?) on the right.

Forster's Tern 2019-3

Forster's Tern 2019-2

Several Forster’s Terns were fishing in Raymond Pool.

Laughing Gull 2019-1

A single Laughing Gull flew over the area.

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Snowy Egret 2019-8

Many Snowy Egrets were present, but there will be many more as the season progresses.

Blue Grosbeak 2019-2 - Copy

Blue Grosbeak 2019-1 - Copy

This is a female Blue Grosbeak.