Follow The Trumpeter Swans!

Where should I go to maximize my opportunities?¬† I certainly have access to plenty of information. Facebook, Google and Ebird have pretty much got it covered, but it’s still a crapshoot. I say this because I stopped at Beach Road, which is just a short distance from Jonas Green as the Swan flies, and found two Trumpeter Swans foraging near shore. I was able to get quite close by doing some serious hiking to get to the far side of the pond. It was cool to watch these giant birds calmly tipping, paddling and feeding. Are they the same birds as at Jonas Green?

No doubt I should vary my efforts more, but I also want to keep track of the Trumpeters. The Trumpeter Swan Society says these birds are juveniles and are probably not going to breed for several more years, so there’s no urgency on that front.

OTOH, I went to CBEC yesterday  and it was largely a waste of time. Yet another Spring when the warblers elude me.

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The song of the Red Winged Blackbird fills the air in every MD marsh.

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Ospreys are busy fishing and building nests.

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Another year looking for the perfect Tree Swallow image.

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This Canada Goose has an early brood of goslings.

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Another pair of swans, or the same birds as at Jonas Green? Can’t say yet.

Wood Ducks Everywhere!

Well, not quite, but I am seeing more Wood Ducks than usual. I used to get them at Artemesia, but it was getting quite crowded during the pandemic, so I haven’t been there in a while. Jonas Green has been a good new source. I’m seeing Gadwalls and Trumpeter Swans there as well.

Greenbury and Possum Points have been very slow except for Ospreys. A couple of trips to Truxtun Park have been a waste. Warblers soon come.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Dawn at Possum Point.

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Look closely to see the Heron in her nest.

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This Great Blue Heron is nesting about 50 feet off the ground near the pond.

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This Osprey nest at Truxtun Park has been occupied for many years.

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I’m not sure how many Gadwalls are in the pond. They tend to be quiet.

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I’m not sure how many Gadwalls are in the pond. They tend to be quiet.

 

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Several Canada Geese are nesting in the pond.

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Two Trumpeter Swans have been hanging out for two weeks. Will they make a nest?

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Trumpeter Swans seem to be nearly indifferent to human presence.

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4 or more pairs of Geese are nesting at Jonas Green.

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The Trumpeter Swans came too close to the Canada Goose’s nest, the Goose attacked, the Swan counter-attacked. Lots of splashing, no damage.

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White Throated Sparrows are always among the last to migrate.

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I heard some nearby Crows mobbing something, and looked up to see this Red Tailed Hawk, who soon fled.

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Every Green dumpster seems to have a flock of Black Vultures.

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I was hoping this Bluebird would land in a colorful tree, and I got my wish.

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I’m seeing more Wood Ducks than usual.

 

Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

I was surprised to see the pair of Trumpeter Swans had returned to the pond at Jonas Green Park. I assumed they were heading North to breed, but I was wrong. Will they stay?

Lots of stuff in that pond, including swallows, ducks and herons. I even saw a beaver.

I also spent some time at Quiet Waters, which is looking good these days, and some birds are starting to appear.¬† Nothing great yet, but it’s early days.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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A Trumpeter’s wingspan may reach 8 feet.

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Wood Ducks seem to be active everywhere.

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I found this Mallard at Quiet Waters.

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8-10 Canada Geese seem to be residents of the pond.

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I’ve seen 10 Ospreys at Possum Point.

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My Eastern Screech Owl may have moved to a new tree.

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This Cardinal is at Quiet Waters.

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My first Great Egret of the season.

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This Cardinal, and all his mates, sing constantly at this time of year.

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he Great Blue Herons are still on their nest. She may be incubating.

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2 Great Blue Herons are nesting near the pond.

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Ospreys have been nesting on the ballfield lights at Truxtun Park for many years.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters.

The weather has been decent, and it’s warming, so we should be seeing some interesting migrants soon. I’ve had some crap warblers seasons in the past, but not this year!

I’m not seeing much different yet. More Ospreys have arrived, and all the Sea Ducks and Swans are gone. I did see some Mergansers, but only a few.

Wood Ducks have become regulars at Quiet Waters, and I’ve found them at Jonas Green and CBEC as well. Others have seen a few warblers in the area, so we’re in for a treat soon.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

 

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This Song Sparrow posed at Jonas Green Park.

 

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Another look at the Heronry.

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I don’t recall seeing an American Coot at Jonas Green before.

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The sound of Cardinals is everywhere.

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Canada Goose in the morning light.

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Ospreys seem to mate often early in the season.

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Tree Swallows are still arriving at CBEC.

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The Eastern Bluebird seems omnipresent also.

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My Eastern Screech Owl is still posing occasionally.

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This Osprey was fishing at Quiet Waters.

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A young Bald Eagle.

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I spooked this Wood Duck, but got the shot anyway.

Heronry at Jonas Green Park.

I got my first vaccine shot, and the second is scheduled for a couple of weeks from now. It will be a relief to have that over with.

I’ve gotten to Possum Point, Greenbury Point, Quiet Waters, Truxtun Park and CBEC in the last week. There weren’t any spectacular finds, but the Ospreys have arrived and the weather is (Mostly) warmer. A couple of Trumpeter Swans broke the monotony.

The Heronry is the one I found last year as the pandemic started and didn’t get to observe. I may get a better chance this year.

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Dawn on Whitehall Bay,

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The Possum Point Ospreys are back and building nests.

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This mallard and her mate were bathing at Quiet Waters.

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White Throated Sparrows are often the last to migrate.

 

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I was very surprised to find two Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

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Gadwalls are regulars at Jonas Green Park.

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Tufted Titmice don’t always pose this well.

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I saw over 400 Cormorants at Possum Point

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Song Sparrows are plentiful at Jonas Green Park.

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I’m going to try for Tree Swallow flight shots again this year.

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This injured Great Horned Owl is in rehab at CBEC.

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I don’t often try photographing Crows.

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This Osprey is nesting at Truxtun Park.

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This Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead at Truxtun Park.

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First Eastern Phoebe of the season.

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This Carolina Wren was quite close in the morning light, and was singing with impressive volume and at length.

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A female Downy Woodpecker.

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These Great Blue Herons are building a nest above the pond at Jonas Green Park.

 

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