I flipped a coin this morning, and Governor Bridge won. This time of year feels like a crapshoot, as the birds can be hard to find.
There were a few birds around, but nothing really interesting, except a few calling from the trees who weren’t visible. I did find a juvenile Osprey at the lake, which is unusual.
The bugs are showing better, but still not in good numbers like last year.
This Frog was perched on a leaf, waiting for a bug to eat.
The mimosas are fading, and Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are harder to find.
Indigo Buntings almost always sing in the open.
You can usually count on a Common Yellowthroat in the big field.
I don’t often see Ospreys at the lake.
Graeme and I met early and got to Terrapin around dawn. The marsh pond was fairly active for a while, and when it slowed we drove to CBEC, about 5 miles away.
We saw about 30 Egrets roosting in trees, as well as the Tri Colored Heron and many sandpipers.
I couldn’t pass up this morning’s Blue Moon.
This Common Tern was fishing at Terrapin.
I saw more Snowy Egrets today than ever before.
The light was a little too harsh to get a good image of this Tri Colored Heron.
This Barn Swallow assumed the same pose as one I saw a few days ago.
This is only the second Semipalmated Plover I’ve seen.
We saw two Green Herons this morning.
This Bald Eagle flew over quickly, and I didn’t ID it until I looked at the image.
This is the first time I’ve seen a muskrat out of the water.
I had to work yesterday, but the customer lives in Deale, near the water, so we strolled around looking for birds before the work started. It was slow, but it will be a good place to visit again in the Fall.
I tried another new place today, Lake Kittamaqundi, in Columbia. There wasn’t much to see today, but it’s got potential.
This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is one of the few butterflies I’ve seen recently.
I haven’t seen a Laughing Gull since early Spring.
The dark blue background makes this ordinary Tufted Titmouse look pretty good.
This Song Sparrow was at the lake.
Mallards were the only waterfowl we saw today.
I took at least 20 shots to get one acceptable Purple Martin.
I started at Terrapin Nature Park this morning, and it was unusually slow, so I moved on to CBEC after an hour or so, which has had some good birds recently. The rumors were true, with many wading birds, sandpipers and my very first Tri Colored Heron.
I was lucky to catch this Barn Swallow in such a nice pose.
Two Forster’s Terns were fishing in the marsh pond at Terrapin.
I have no idea what’s stuck on the beak of this Common Tern.
These Common Terns were also at Terrapin.
I think this is a Greater Yellowlegs.
I don’t often see a Brown Thrasher on the ground.
This Green Heron posed just right to show off his coloration.
A flock of 14 Snowy Egrets flew overhead.
Look closely to see the Tri Colored Heron mixed in with the Snowy Egrets.
I don’t recall seeing this many Snowy Egrets in one place.
This Tri Colored Heron is a first for me.
This very young deer watched me through the fence and never moved.
It was another promising morning, and I managed to get some decent sunrise shots, but birds were very scarce. Graeme and I stopped at Possum Point, Greenbury Point and Jonas Green Park and saw very little worth photographing.
Bugs are still relatively scarce.
Not a great sunrise, but it will do.
This Double Crested Cormorant looks OK against the orange sky.
Goldfinches abound behind the Nature Center.
This Cardinal has caught a June Bug.
This Osprey was fishing at Possum Point.
I’m still a little surprised when I see a Great Blue Heron in a tree.
I met Graeme at Wooton this morning. I arrived early and found a few nice birds, then we wandered around a bit and located a few more, but it was a bit slow. A couple of butterflies helped us out.
We also stopped at Sands Road for a while, but it was slow as well. Very few insects were about.
This deer greeted me this morning.
We only got a quick look at this Yellow Billed Cuckoo.
This Prothonotary Warbler was deep in the woods and hard to photograph.
Several Snowy Egrets flew overhead.
This Blue Gray Gnatcatcher has found a nice spider for breakfast.
Green Herons seem to be doing well everywhere.
Three days of perfect weather! I went back to Governor Bridge in hopes of more Hummingbird images, and a few of the regulars I haven”t seen yet. The Hummingbirds were very active, and the Tanager was a complete surprise as I’ve only seen a few, and never at Governor Bridge.
Although there was plenty of activity, I didn’t see any Grosbeaks or Scarlet Tanagers, though I know they are around.
This Cardinal was singing his heart out.
Robins are usually plentiful at Governor Bridge.
Too many Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, as usual.
This Summer Tanager landed so close that this image is completely uncropped.
More good weather today was very welcome. I’m getting too old for the prolonged heat and humidity of recent days. Reminds me of Vietnam.
I’m getting convinced the birds don’t care for it either. There was much more activity today, and I spent too much time with the Hummingbirds, as usual.
This Common Yellowthroat was the first bird I saw this morning.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird s are starting to gain weight for migration.
I haven’t gotten a decent image of a Blue Jay in a while.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers often hover underneath leaves as they glean the insects from their surfaces.
Several Indigo Buntings were foraging in the big field.
The heat and humidity have ended for a few days. Temps in the 70s and a slight breeze convinced me to try Terrapin this morning, and it worked out well. Lots of marine birds were around and I got a few good images.
I did well enough to skip the bugs today.
Many Ospreys were fishing in the area.
Common Terns were very active this morning.
I found these Double Crested Cormorants flying over the bay.
Several Wood Ducks flew over the pond.
This Great Blue Heron was fishing in the marsh pond.
I saw 15 or more Snowy Egrets this morning.
The Redwinged Blackbird strayed too close to the Eastern Kingbird’s nest.
I tried for some sunrise shots again, then went to Jonas Green Park, which was almost devoid of interesting birds.
I made a short video of Whitehall Bay and the Osprey nest.