Between the rainy, cloudy weather and work, I haven’t gottten much done in the last few days. The little time I’ve spent birding has been quite unproductive in terms of migrating birds, which is my focus at the moment.
Here’s a few images form the various places I’ve been recently.
I’ve photographed the Red Shouldered Hawk before. Look closely, and you’ll see he’s eating a frog.
It’s good to see the colorful Goldfinch is back for the Summer.
Cardinals are plentiful everywhere.
This Indigo Bunting is probably looking for a mate.
Several Snowy Egrets were fishing in this pond.
Eastern Kingbirds are becoming more numerous.
This Cedar Waxwing was gathering nesting material.
It’s unusual for me to see this much of a Beaver out of the water.
I had a small job to do this morning, so I got off to a latish start, but still arrived at Governor’s Bridge by 7:30.
Despite the perfect weather, warblers were a bit scarce. I met a few of the regulars who know much more than I do, and no one was doing really well. Where are the warblers?
I still managed a few decent shots, but it was hard work.
Thanks to Gail M. for all the good spotting.
This Prothonotary Warbler was in the same area of the park as last time. I heard he has a nest there.
If you know the song of the Red Eyed Vireo, you’ll hear it every woods around here in the Spring and Summer.
The Yellow Breasted Chat has a truly bizarre song, that always makes me laugh.
The Yellow Breasted Chat has a truly bizarre song, that always makes me laugh.
This Indigo Bunting was quite serene, even when surrounded by three photographers.
This Northern Parula was somewhat elusive, but patience paid off.
This American Redstart female was also quite elusive.
Usually I know how to make the page title, but today I did so well I wasn’t at all sure. The Pileated feeding his young was so spectacular, I went with that, but I think there are several more good images.
I was very lucky to find this Pileated with the help of my friend. I’ve seen a lot of Pileated Woodpeckers, but have never witnessed this feeding routine.
Even in bad light, the adult male Baltimore Oriole is a spectacular sight.
The immature Orchard Oriole is a nice sight also.
This Bullfrog was quite content to pose.
This Turtle was enjoying the sunshine.
This Canada Goose family was having a pleasant outing.
I was a little surprised to see a Common Loon fishing in the lake.
A large flock of Cedar Waxwings was flying from tree to tree.
I watched this Yellow Warbler build his nest for quite a while.
These Double Crested Cormorants were resting on an unused Osprey platform.
This Common Yellowthroat Warbler was the first bird I saw his morning.
The weather looked very good this morning, so I headed to Terrapin to see if I could find some warblers, which have been in short supply here. I had no luck with warblers, but I found a few birds who posed nicely in the excellent light.
The Hermit Thrush has been a reliable find on my afternoon trip to Truxtun.
I couldn’t pass up this Cardinal in the green foliage.
I haven’t seen many Great Egrets, so this was a nice find. Note the green lores, which only occur during breeding season.
Red Winged Blackbirds are numerous in every marsh.
Snowy Egrets were also fishing in the marsh pond.
The female showed up while the male Blue Grosbeak was singing his courtship song.
Eastern Kingbirds are becoming regular sights.
I heard this Eastern Towhee long before I saw him.
I got a good report on Merkle from the AA Bird Club Facebook page, so I decided to give it a try. I didn’t do as well as others, but it’s a wonderful facility and I’ll definitely try it again.
A short trip to Truxtun this afternoon was productive also.
This Ground Hog greeted me as I entered the sanctuary. I haven’t seen many of these.
Purple Martin houses have also been effective.
This American Redstart Warbler landed on a branch right in front of me at Truxtun. I’ve had trouble getting a good photo of this bird.
This Eastern Kingbird was also at Truxtun. I believe this is the first one I’ve seen there.
This Hermit Thrush is also from Truxtun.
This Brown Thrasher was waiting for me as I approached my truck.
Like many sanctuaries, Merkle has put out Bluebird boxes.
Tree Swallows are plentiful.
I saw several Indigo Buntings.
I was very pleased to find these beautiful Summer Tanagers.
I think this is an Acadian Flycatcher, but they are hard to ID.
I had planned to meet a couple of ladies at Wooton at 7:00, but didn’t arrive until 7:30. Fortunately, they were a little late as well, so I caught up with them quickly, and we had a very good day. It was quite cool, and I nearly regretted not having worn a jacket.
I was sorry to miss a Scarlet Tanager, but I caught most of the other birds.
This Indigo Bunting was intent on feeding, and didn’t seem to care about my presence.
Northern Parulas are almost common at Wooton.
I watched this Downy Woodpecker feed on a short evening trip to Truxtun Park. He’s quite the acrobat.
We saw this Bluebird just as we exited the park.
The Blue Gray Gnatcatcher builds a nest so small she hangs over both ends.
I mistook this Chipping Sparrow for a Vireo in the dark foliage.
This immature Orchard Oriole was singing loudly.
Tree Swallows continue to thrive at Wooton.
This Red Shouldered Hawk flew overhead, screaming loudly.
We only got a brief look at this Bald Eagle.
Yellow Breasted Chats are only found on the upper trail.
This Eastern Towhee was rapidly eating caterpillars.
I awoke to a dark and gloomy sky, which cleared up around 8:00, so I got off to a late start.
Once again I dithered about where to go, but ended back at Wooton’s. It wasn’t as prolific as yesterday, but I got a few good images. High winds may have kept some birds out of the treetops.
My usual afternoon trip to Truxtun wasn’t particularly good either.
This immature Orchard Oriole looks nothing like his adult counterpart.
This immature Bald Eagle was soaring with a flock of Turkey Vultures.
This Red Tailed Hawk was being harassed by some Crows.
The Yellow Breasted Chat also responds quickly to a recorded call.
Tree Swallows are abundant.
Cedar Waxwings started showing up a couple of days ago.
I looked out this morning at gray and threatening skies and nearly gave up. The weatherman promised the rain would end early, so I took a chance and headed for Wooton. I met my friend Dan there, and we walked the entire loop, finding some nice birds in bad light.
After a few chores and a nap, I drove the short distance to Truxtun, and got a quick look at a Summer Tanager, only my second sighting.
These House Sparrows were eating frantically.
This Hermit Thrush paused long enough for a good look.
This is my second Summer Tanager, and the first I’ve seen at Truxtun.
This Orchard Oriole was just close enough for a decent picture.
This is the first Yellow Breasted Chat I’ve seen this year.
Prairie Warbler are still very active at Wooton.
This Blue Grosbeak is another First of Year.
This Northern Parula was too busy singing to worry about the camera.
Good reports got me out to Sandy Point yesterday, but it was a disappointing day. Technical problems kept me from posting, so I’ll include a few images here.
Today I went to Terrapin and did much better. A quick trip to Truxtun in the afternoon was also productive.
Not a great photo in the dim light, but this the year’s first Acadian Flycatcher.
The first two images are from Truxtun, where this Red Eyed Vireo came down from the treetops to investigate the call I played on my Android.
This Grackle was vigorously scratching in the leaves on the forest floor.
This White Throated Sparrow is staying in the area somewhat late.
Carolina Wrens just love to sing.
There’s no shortage of Rabbits.
Yellow Rumped Warblers continue to be the dominant warbler at Terrapin.
Tree Swallows are doing well in most of the places I visit.
Eastern Kingbirds are starting to show up in numbers.
The Terrapin Wood Ducks remain reliable.
The song of the Cardinal can be heard everywhere.
This is my first good look at an adult male Rose Breasted Grosbeak.
This Black Throated Blue Warbler is from Sandy Point.
Yellow Billed Cuckoo from yesterday.
A Sandy Point Catbird.
This female Indigo Bunting preened for several minutes.
We heard this White Eyed Vireo from a long distance.
Despite the dire predictions, I went early to Wooton in hopes of getting my birding fix before the rain started. It never did rain, and I had a mostly sunny day.
The Towhee was my first female and I had a Red Eyed Vireo along with a nice variety of other birds. A quick afternoon trip to Truxtun produced a few good birds as well.
This is the first female Eastern Towhee I’ve seen.
Catbirds have returned in large numbers.
This Bald Eagle was pursued relentlessly by the much smaller Crow.
I think this is the first time I’ve seen a Grackle bathing.
Prairie Warblers are still easy to find at Wooton.
I don’t see a lot of Bluebirds at Truxtun.
Look in the sky anywhere at Wooton and you’ll see a Tree Swallow.
There are several Blue Gray Gnatcatcher nests at Wooton.
This Red Tailed Hawk and his mate hang out in the same tree nearly every morning.
Many of the small birds at Wooton are singing, like this Common Yellowthroat.