Orchard Orioles at Blackwater NWR.

Graeme and I left early for Blackwater and got there around dawn. We had the whole place to ourselves for an hour or so, and there were enough birds to keep us occupied all morning.

Orchard Orioles were very cooperative, and we saw eagles, herons, woodpeckers and a mammal or two.

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Graeme, taking a break at the visitor center.

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This Osprey nest seems to produce young every year.

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Two very young Mockingbirds.

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I liked the look of this feather.

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We found several Orchard Oriole nests.

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This Northern Watersnake was in the middle of the road.

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We saw only one Delmarva Fox Squirrel.

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We were lucky to catch this family of Raccoons before they disappeared in the grass.

Black Skimmers at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I went to Bombay Hook this morning to see if my luck continues. We didn’t get much new, but there were plenty of birds to keep us entertained.

We saw a few Glossy Ibis, some eagles and fewer sandpipers than usual.

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I seem to be seeing fewer Double Crested Cormorants than usual.

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This Gray Catbird is displaying his rufous undertail coverts.

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Marsh Wrens are easy to find at Bombay Hook.

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This Orchard Oriole posed well.

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I’m not sure what this Mute Swan is doing.

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This is a common Great Egret pose.

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Black Skimmers are a delight to watch.

Tree Swallows at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I made the usual rounds this week, including a trip to Bombay Hook. It’s still slow, but a few of the regulars posed well enough, and I spent some time with the Tree Swallows at CBEC to try for flight shots.

Bombay Hook was good enough, even though there were no really exciting finds. I managed to turn 75 this week, which is an accomplishment all in itself.

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I’ve heard Great Crested Flycatchers at CBEC frequently, but they are hard to find.

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Ospreys do well at CBEC.

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This Brown Thrasher was foraging at CBEC.

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A colorful Carolina Wren.

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These Barn Swallows were doing nest repair at Schoolhouse Pond.

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There are many Canada Goose goslings in the marsh.

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A single Great Egret was feeding at Schoolhouse Pond.

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A few Mallards are nesting at CBEC.

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Tree Swallow. I’ve learned a little about catching these tiny acrobats in flight.

 

Wild Turkey at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I chased a Red Headed Woodpecker in Crofton yesterday. These birds don’t usually nest in AA county, so it was a nice find.

I was going to Sandy Point this morning, but I elected to sleep in and try CBEC instead. The next 4-6 weeks will be slow, so I may spend more time looking for bugs.

I skipped the back path at CBEC  because the insects are so ferocious. I did well enough, finding more birds than usual. I also made a short stop at Greenbury Point where I found a couple of birds.

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I found this Chipping Sparrow at CBEC.

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Not a great shot, but I don’t get Yellow Breasted Chats in flight often.

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I saw this single Cedar Waxwing at CBEC. I don’t recall seeing one there before.

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This pair of Mallards seemed to be chilling out.

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There’s always a pair of Ospreys nesting at CBEC .

Blue Grosbeak 2019-1

It’s possible this is the first Blue Grosbeak I’ve found at CBEC.

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This is the Red Headed Woodpecker from Crofton.

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My very first Wild Turkey poult.

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This White Tail Deer easily evaded two dogs chasing her in the tall grass.

 

Northern Rough Winged Swallows.

It’s been another slow week. I don’t have enough data to prove a trend, but it certainly seems as though it’s harder to find birds than in previous years. Some very regular birds like Flycatchers, Buntings and Grosbeaks just aren’t as common in previous years, and others seems to be present in smaller numbers.

I got to most of my regular places this week, and I managed a few pictures. The Ruddy Duck was a nice find, and who doesn’t like Swallows? A hard drive crash slowed me down, but I had a good backup and didn’t lose anything.

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Great Blue Herons are very common, but not as numerous as in previous years.

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This Ruddy Duck should be far West of here. He may be injured, but I haven’t seen any signs of it.

Barn Swallow 2019-1

Barn Swallows are nesting at this time of year.

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I found 5 adult Canada Geese and 21 goslings at Schooler’s Pond.

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There seem to be fewer Wood Duck families at Lake Artemesia.

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I post regularly on MD Birding Facebook, and I think I may be the only person who posts Yellow Breasted Chats. They are regulars at Greenbury Point.

Mourning Dove 2019-1

A very attractive Mourning Dove.

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Black Crowned Night Heron. I don’t see this bird often, but they fly over Greenbury Point frequently.

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Northern Rough Winged Swallows are easy to find this year. These are from Schooler’s Pond and Lake Artemesia.

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This young buck was feeding at Schooler’s Pond.

 

 

Seaside Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR.

I had planned to go to Sandy Point this morning, but then I heard there were Black Skimmers at Bombay Hook, so I changed plans.

The weather was perfect, clear skies, in the 70s. I was surprised there were so few people. Many, many herons and egrets were feeding in Raymond pool. I found very little in Shearness pool.

I found two life birds and got a couple of decent images, so I’ll call it a good day.

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The Diamondback Terrapin is Maryland’s state reptile.

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A small flock of Glossy Ibis flew overhead.

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This Great Egret seemed to be gathering sticks. I don;t know what the reddish tail feathers mean.

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There are so many Red Winged Blackbirds you almost don’t see them. Their loud, frequent calls can be very noticeable.

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Many Barn Swallows nest at Bombay Hook.

Willet 2019-1

This Willet flew right overhead.

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Some Canada Geese may stay here year around.

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Black Skimmers always put on a good show.

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A close look at a Turkey Vulture.

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I saw two Common Yellowthroat Warblers.

 

 

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My first Seaside Sparrow.

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These Fox kits were out exploring.

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American White Pelican at Blackwater NWR.

I’ve heard some good reports from Blackwater, so I made the trip this morning. I didn’t see any rarities, but the mammals came to my rescue and made a decent showing.

I made three or four loops of Wildlife Drive, including stops at the Visitor Center and The Tubman Center for Hummingbirds and Sparrows. I also checked out the Key Wallace bridge, but there wasn’t much there as yet.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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This Rabbit ignored my presence.

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The feeder at the Visitor attracted many Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.

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THis Osprey has found a nice fish.

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Red Headed Woodpeckers will be audible all Summer.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was looking for bugs at the Visitor Center.

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I saw about 15 Bald Eagles this morning.

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A single American White Pelican paddled slowly by on Wildlife Drive.

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I see Delmarva Fox Squirrels often, but they don’t usually pose so well.

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This Sika Deer was foraging near the blind.