Baltimore Oriole at Lake Artemesia.

The weatherman originally called for rain this morning, but we got a cloudy and cool sky instead, so I gave Lake Artemesia a try.

It started out OK, with a couple of Wood Ducks and a few other migrants, but fizzled out after an hour or so. Still, I think migration is in full swing now, and we’re going to have a few good weeks.

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My first birds this morning were a pair of Wood Ducks.

Downy Woodpecker 2017-3

I haven’t seen many Downy Wood peckers lately.

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I’m seeing Blue Gray Gnatcatchers in most areas now.

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These Bufflehead hens seem to be staying in the area very late.

Palm Warbler 2017-5

Several Palm Warblers were foraging in the trees.

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Many Yellow Rumped Warblers were around as well.

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Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2017-1

I don’t see many Northern Rough Winged Swallows at Artemesia.

Field Sparrow 2017-1

This Field Sparrow was a mild surprise.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-3

Eastern Kingbirds seem to have arrived in most areas.

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This is a female Baltimore Oriole.

Snowy Egret at Terrapin Nature Park.

The weather has been sucky and migrating birds scarce. I’ve been getting out most days, but finding interesting birds has been a challenge.

Today was a little better, but it was very cloudy, which makes for lousy light. I ran into a couple of interesting people and spent as much time yakking as taking photos.

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A butt shot of the Great Horned Owl returning to the nest.


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Another visit to the Great Horned Owlet.

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A few Ruddy Ducks are still hanging out at CBEC.

Cackling Goose 2017-7

One more look at the Cackling Goose. The Asst. Director tells me this bird was a rescue last year, and is doing well.

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This Wood Duck was swimming at Terrapin.

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Canada Goose 2017-18

These Canada Geese seem to be nesting at CBEC.

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A female Red Winged Blackbird in good light.

Eastern Towhee 2017-2

I found this Eastern Towhee at Governor Bridge.

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Blue Gray Gnatcatchers have returned.

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It’s nice to see a Tree Swallow on a natural perch.

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Several Ospreys are fishing in the marsh ponds.

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A lone Snowy Egret was fishing at Terrapin.

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This Muskrat was swimming in the marsh at Terrapin.


Black-necked Stilt at Bombay Hook NWR.

I wanted to get to Bombay Hook once more before the weather got too warm, and today looked to be a good chance.

There were plenty of birds to choose from, including many eagles and my first Black-necked Stilt.  There were hundreds of Sandpipers as well.

Many photographers were there as well, and they seemed to be very interested in the eagles.

I wanted to get to Bombay Hook once more before the weather got too warm, and today looked to be a good chance.

There were plenty of birds to choose from, including many eagles and my first Black-necked Stilt.  There were hundreds of Sandpipers as well.

Many photographers were there as well, and they seemed to be very interested in the eagles.

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Sunrise at Bombay Hook.

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Many Turkey Vultures were feeding alongside the road.

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Hundreds of small Sandpipers were foraging in the marsh.

Snowy Egret 2017-11

I only found one Snowy Egret.

Belted Kingfisher 2017-3

This Belted Kingfisher was very cooperative.

Green Winged Teal 2017-17

Green Winged Teal seem to like foraging in the mud.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-2

This Eastern Kingbird was a nice surprise.


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Many Great Blue herons were feeding in the marsh.

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I saw only a few Black Ducks.

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I often find Killdeer in the road.

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10 or more Bald Eagles were fishing in the marsh.

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Great Egrets were well represented.

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There is a Black Crowned Night Heron rookery in Bear Swamp Pool.

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I’ve been looking for a Black-necked Stilt for quite a while.

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Castor Canadensis at Lake Artemesia.

I usually make a bird the star in the title, but I found a nice Beaver this morning, who posed almost completely out of the water. Unusual, in my experience.

A few migrants are starting to show up, but I can’t say much good about the poses.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Barn Swallows are gathering mud for their nests.

Orchard Oriole 2017-1

This Orchard Oriole was in the same grove of trees as last year.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-1

This Eastern Kingbird was a nice surprise.

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Red Winged Blackbirds can look good in the right light.

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I liked the pose of this Mallard.

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This beaver let me get quite close.

Eastern Towhee at Wooton’s Landing.

It’s been slow for a few days. The migrants are here, but they seem to bypass me most of the time.

This was my second trip to Wooton’s recently, and there’s just not much there yet.

I went to Possum Point this morning and found a few Ospreys, but it was too cloudy to expect much.

I made a brief trip to Truxtun Park this afternoon, and it was slow also.

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The Possum Point Ospreys are very active.

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Swamp Sparrows seem to be well established now.

Mourning Dove 2017-1

This Mourning Dove seemed to be gathering nesting material.

Cardinal 2017-2

Cardinals can be heard everywhere, from dawn to dusk.

House Sparrow 2017-1

I don’t often post House Sparrows.

Blue Jay 2017-4

This Blue Jay posed for me at Truxtun Park.

Eastern Towhee 2017-1

I found this female Eastern Towhee at Wooton, and followed her for a while to get a shot.


Red Fox at Sandy Point.

I know migration is starting, but it doesn’t seem to be starting for me. Not much to see anywhere this morning, even at Sandy Point. I was lucky to find the Fox.

Terrapin was particularly barren, and CBEC had fewer birds than usual.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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The CBEC Ospreys were very active.

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A decent Tree Swallow in flight.

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Another look at the Cackling Goose.

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These Mallards were having a disagreement.

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I found this Fox as I was leaving Sandy Point.

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I found this flower at Quiet Waters.

Palm Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park.

I got back to the regular routine today-Sandy Point (Another bust), Terrapin (Very slow), and then CBEC, which was also slow. I know others are finding good birds, so my luck just isn’t very good.

I did get another look at the Cackling Goose and the Great Horned Owl, but there wasn’t much else going on.

Canada Goose 2017-17

This Canada Goose may have been napping.

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Another look at the Cackling Goose.

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There are still many Northern Shovelers in the lake.

Mallard 2017-18

This is a hybrid Mallard.

Gadwall 2017-9

Gadwall are still hanging out at CBEC.

Pine Warbler 2017-3

Yet another Pine Warbler in bad light.

Palm Warbler 2017-4

Palm Warblers are showing up in many places.

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This 6″ Diamondback Terrapin was crossing the road as I left. Correction: I’ve been told this is a full grown Eastern Mud Turtle.

Forster’s Tern at Blackwater NWR.

With excellent weather promised, I decided to give Blackwater one last try for the season, and it worked out OK.

Most of the ducks are gone, the Eagles are very active, and a few Sandpipers are showing up.

Now it’s time to start looking for warblers.

Northern Harrier 2017-10

This Northern Harrier was just a little too far away.

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Greater Yellowlegs often forage in the marsh.


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Several Double Crested Cormorants were fishing alongside the Terns.

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Ospreys are very busy at this time of year.

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This juvenile Bald Eagle ia about three years old.

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Many Bald Eagles live at Blackwater.

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The sight and sounds of Red Winged Blackbirds ring throughout the marsh.


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Two weeks ago there were thousands of Snow Geese. Today there was only one.

Least Tern 2017-1

These Forster’s Terns were at Maple Dam Road.

Caspian Tern at Lake Artemesia.

I met Darlene and Graeme at Lake Artemesia this morning.   Darlene is thinking of getting a larger lens, and wanted to try mine. It’s a bit heavy for her, but I think she’s going to get one.

There were plenty of birds to choose from today, and there were plenty of photographers, also. The weather was perfect. Migration is well under way, and we did well. No warblers yet, but Egrets and Terns made up for that.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Darlene, arriving at the lake.

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Graeme, taking a break.

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This Great Blue Heron greeted me this morning.

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Two Red Breasted Mergansers were feeding near the center of the lake.

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A couple of Double Crested Cormorants were fishing all morning.

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A single Great Egret flew in and stayed for a while.


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This Pied Billed Grebe was cooperative.

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I didn’t have much light for the Wood Ducks.

Tree Swallow 2017-29

Tree Swallows are very active setting up house.

Mallard 2017-17

I liked the color of the water around this Mallard.

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I’ve always enjoyed trying to capture Caspian Terns fishing.

Cackling Goose at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

It was a little windy and cool this morning, but I started at Sandy Point anyway. It was a total bust-a boring sky and no hint of m ore colors, so I got to Terrapin earlier than usual.

It’s starting to pick up there, but it’s still slow, even though I saw 5 Ospreys fishing, and a friend saw 10, later. A few Palm Warblers and Snowy Egrets helped

CBEC  was a bit better, with the Cackling Goose, more Ospreys, ducks and Nuthatches.

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Several Snowy Egrets landed in the pond shortly after I arrived.


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There’s an Owl cam at CBEC, and this is the first time I’ve spotted the Great Horned Owl, who may be sitting on eggs.

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Northern Shovelers are still hanging out in Lake Knapp.

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Brown Headed Nuthatches were very active.

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Another try for a Tree Swallow in flight.

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I saw at least two Palm Warblers.

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This Eastern Bluebird was checking out a nest box.

Blue Jay 2017-2

Blue Jays are migrating in small numbers.

Goldfinch 2017-1

This is the first Goldfinch I’ve seen in a while.

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This Canada Goose may be nesting.

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The little goose to the left is the Cackling Goose. Cornell: “The newly recognized Cackling Goose is a smaller version of the Canada Goose. Formerly considered the smallest subspecies of one variable species, recent work on genetic differences found the four smallest forms to be very different. These four races are now recognized as a full species: the Cackling Goose. It breeds farther northward and westward than does the Canada Goose.”