Brown Pelican at Thomas Point.

I had to work this morning, so it was short day.  Quiet Waters was first, and it was barren. There should be some ducks around by now.

Thomas Point really wasn’t any better, but 4 Pelicans showed up as I was leaving, and I managed one half decent shot. These are scarce around here, but a lot seem to be visiting this year.

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This Song Sparrow was fascinated by his reflection in this shiny car.

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The last Brown Pelican I saw before this year, was 4 years ago, also at Thomas Point.

Red Tailed Hawk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

I left early to get to Blackwater around dawn and beat the traffic.  It takes about an hour and a half, and it’s not a bad drive when the traffic is light.

I usually go around Wildlife Loop several times-a nice drive with places to stop. I was surprised to see no Eagles on the first go round, but I ended up seeing 8 or more, including 5 at one time.

There weren’t many ducks yet, and no swans, but there was enough to make the trip worthwhile.

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This Cattle Egret was totally unafraid of me.

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Northern Shovelers were well represented.

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I saw quite a few Northern Pintails.

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Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

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Bald Eagles were in all parts of the park.

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I found a few Hooded Mergansers, just a bit too far for good images.

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Many Mallards call Blackwater home.

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This young Red Tailed Hawk was perched at the side of the road.

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This very large Snapping Turtle was crossing the road.

 

Fox Sparrow at Terrapin Nature Park.

The sunrise was a little better than average this morning. but it could be better. Perhaps the cold weather will help.

Terrapin continues to be sketchy. In past years it was easy to find small birds in every bush, but, so far, they’ve been sparse.  It’s  still early for ducks, but I’ve seen more in past years. I went to Thomas Point yesterday and found only a few distant birds.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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This juvenile Bald Eagle was watching over the marsh pond.

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This Great Blue Heron was fishing among the Mallards.

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Red Bellied Woodpeckers have been scarce this year.

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This Fox Sparrow was the first bird I saw at Terrapin.

 

 

Bald Eagle at Lake Artemesia.

 

Back to Artemesia this morning.  It seems to me there were more birds in the local spots in previous years, but not so far.

Artemesia is still busy, but there should be more variety. Where are the mergansers?

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Sandy Point in the morning.

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The bridge at lake Artemesia.

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I think there are more Ring Necked Ducks than usual this year.

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The Wood Ducks were in Indian Creek this morning.

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The Ruddy Ducks were very sleepy this morning.

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This Great Blue heron was very intent on his fishing.

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I just barely caught this Bald Eagle as he flew over.

Wood Duck at Lake Artemesia.

I started out early yesterday morning, only to turn around after a few minutes when it started raining. Today was drier, but very cloudy, and it was hard to get really good images.

There were plenty of interesting birds around, but I’m going to try again tomorrow to see if others will show up.

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A small flock of Ruddy Docks has been around for a week or more.

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2-3 flocks of Ring Necked Ducks seem to be spending the winter.

 

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I’m seeing Pied Billed Grebes most places I go.

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I found this Bald Eagle a couple of days ago at Jug Bay.

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It’s easier to find Wood Ducks at Artemesia in the morning.

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It’s easier to find Wood Ducks at Artemesia in the morning.

 

Black Ducks at Terrapin Nature Park.

Why are Winter sunrises better than other seasons? I don;’t know, but it seems to be true. Not great today, but not bad.

I went back to the Eastern Shore in hopes of seeing some improvement, but it was not to be. Terrapin had little variety, and CBEC had many ducks too distant for good photos.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Swamp Sparrows do well at CBEC.

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This is the season for White Throated Sparrows.

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I saw several Ruby Crowned Kinglets.

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This Eastern Bluebird was at CBEC.

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15 or more Black Ducks were swimming with the geese at Terrapin.

 

Gadwall at Jonas Greene Park.

It was seriously windy this morning, but not really cold yet.  Sunrise was better than average, but I was surprised how few birds there were on the beach. Three foxes were having some fun, though.

I stopped at Jonas Greene Park to kill a little time before running errands, and found a few nice ducks in the little pond adjacent to the park. It’s been a reliable spot in the past, as well.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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These Canada Geese look like they’re waiting for a bus.

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I don’t see Gadwalls very often.

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Wood Ducks are regulars in the pond.

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Three Foxes were playing near the water tower.

Carolina Wren at Lake Artemesia.

Back to lake Artemesia for another try, and it worked out OK.  There’s still plenty of ducks and other birds around, if not as much variety as I’d like. Graeme joined me, and may have brought me some good luck.

Buddy Attick was a near bust again.

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A view of Lake Artemesia.

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It was a good day for Cardinals.

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I saw this Great Blue Heron just in time for a quick picture.

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A small flock of Ruddy Ducks is staying at the lake.

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this Downy Woodpecker was very cooperative.,

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Many Herring Gulls were feeding.

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There always seems to be 6-8 Pied Billed Grebes nearby.

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I got a little closer to the Ring Necked Ducks today.

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It was a good day for Northern Flickers also.

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We saw Wood Ducks as soon as we arrived.

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I haven’t gotten a good Carolina Wren image in a while.

 

 

Ring Necked Duck at Lake Artemesia.

Given the disappointing results around here, I went back to Artemesia again, despite the traffic.

While it wasn’t great, I did get a few good images. I also stopped At Buddy Attick again, with no results. Graeme told me it got lively about a half hour after I left.

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I found this Downy Woodpecker near Indian Creek.

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A small flock of Ruddy Ducks is still in residence.

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This Eastern Towhee was a nice find.

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Several Mallards flew over the lake.

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I found these Wood Ducks as I arrived.

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Two flocks of Ring Necked Ducks were feeding in the lake.

 

Brown Pelican at Beverly Triton Beach.

I heard there were some Pelicans in Edgewater, and I hadn’t been there in several years, so I went early this morning. It’s one of those places where you have to wait for someone to open the gate, and they were late, so I climbed the fence.

I walked the 200 yard beach without seeing much except gulls and herons, then I noticed a fishing weir some ways out, and there was a Brown Pelican perched on it. Not a great shot, but I’ll take it as we don’t usually get a lot of Pelicans. I found a few small birds in the beach grass, and several Flickers as well.

A later stop at Quiet Waters drew a blank.

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Sunrise at the beach.

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My favorite cove at Quiet Waters.

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Many Dark Eyed Juncos were feeding in the grass.

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Another Heron silhouette.

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The beach faces East, so morning shots tend to be into the Sun. like this Great Blue Heron.

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Several Northern Flickers were feeding in the grass.

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A distant Brown Pelican.

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Not quite a Super Moon.