Seaside Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR.

I was ready for another trip, so I headed to Bombay Hook this morning in hopes of more shorebirds. I did find a few, but they’re not here in numbers yet.

I found a few birds yesterday I’m including here.

I managed to get a much better image of the Seaside Sparrow, and I found few reflections and some flowers.

All in all, a decent expedition.

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This young Fox acted very tame.

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I was lucky to have such a nice background for this Common Yellowthroat.

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This Double Crested Cormorant was just chillin’.

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It was a nice morning for reflections such as this Great Egret shot.

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You can almost always get a Red Winged Blackbird to pose.

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My first Greater Yellowlegs in a while.

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I saw more Great Blue Herons than usual.

Marsh Wren 2019-4

You can readily hear Marsh Wrens, but they don’t always pose so well.

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These Mute Swans were just close enough.

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I found only a single Killdeer.

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I found this Wild Turkey at CBEC yesterday.

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At least two Seaside Sparrows were in the area.

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Butterflies are numerous now.


Eastern Towhee at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Back to the routine. I started at CBEC this morning, and was rewarded with some playful foxes.

I saw many Tree Swallow young in large groups. I found a few other birds, but the bugs were ferocious and drove me out quickly.

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Many young Tree Swallows gathered in the gravel. I’m not sure what that’s bout.

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This appears to be a young Mallard.

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I saw a single Snowy Egret. There should be more by now.

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The Osprey pair seem to be doing well.


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A single Great Blue Heron flew by.

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This Mockingbird was posing for me.

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This male Eastern Towhee was a nice surprise. I haven’t seen many at CBEC.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

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Monarch Butterfly.

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A small Eastern Box Turtle.

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One of three Foxes I saw this morning.

Atlantic Puffins at Machias Seal Island.

Graeme Simpson, his wife Pamela, and I went to Machias Seal Island last week to see Puffins and other sea birds, not  to mention the seals. In 6 days, starting on June 29, we drove to Cutler Maine, where we got a boat to the island, then returned. We stopped at Acadia National Park, Plum Island and Acadia National Forest along the way. There were varying degrees of success along the way, but Machias Island was better than we could have hoped. I’ve got too many photos and too many stories for one post, so I’ll have to finish this as I can.

Landing at Machias

Warning sign at the landing.

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The lighthouse at Cutler Harbor.

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The lighthouse on Machias Seal Island.

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Pamela points out a bird at Acadia.

Graeme and Pamela at an Acadia vista.

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Common Murres were, indeed, common.

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Two Common Murres and a Razorbill.

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This Eagle pair was perched in a tree at the Harbor entrance.

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Arctic Tern with chick.

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A lone Northern Gannet was visible on the island.

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Female Common Eiders with chicks were feeding near shore.

Savannah Sparrow 2019-1

I was surprised to see many Savannah Sparrows. I was told they had Baltimore Orioles as well.

Black Throated Green Warbler 2019-1

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We found a Black Throated Green Warbler in Acadia,

Dark Eyed Junco 2019-2

Apparently, Dark Eyed Juncos spend the Summer in Acadia.

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We saw at least 5 Northern Parulas.


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This Raven seems to have found an egg.

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Many Razorbills were hanging out on the island.


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Razorbills often engage in “Bill Crossing.”

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Common Eiders are breeding on the island.

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A lone Northern Gannet was visible on the island.


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Atlantic Puffins were in the air and the water everywhere you looked.

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Puffins nest in natural burrows, or excavate their own.

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Atlantic Puffins were in the air and the water everywhere you looked.

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Gray Seals and Harbor seals were numerous in the area.

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Graeme Simpson waiting for the trip to begin.

Arctic Tern 2019-4

Arctic Tern 2019-2

A visit to the head requires a “Tern Stick”. Terns are very protective of their nests, and will harass anything that comes near. The stick distracts them.