It was very cloudy this morning, so I didn’t leave the house ’til 8:30. That worked out, as Thomas Point was pretty dead through 9:00. A few swans passed over, an eagle was perched in the trees, and several small flocks of Buffleheads were in the area. The Merganser was a singleton, and first of the season.
Only a few Ring Billed Gulls were in the area.
Tundra Swans tend to stay near the shore, where many locals feed them.
This Red Breasted Merganser flew by very quickly, and I didn't recognize it until I checked it on the LCD screen.
The weatherman seems to be getting worse. I had planned a day off due to rain and clouds but we got partly cloudy and sunny.
I went right to Thomas Point, but the migrating ducks just aren’t here in numbers yet. I looked in the woods for a while without finding much, and called it a day.
You're almost guaranteed to find Song Sparrows at the point.
You'll almost always hear the White Breasted Nuthatch before you see him.
A small flock of Dark Eyed Juncos seems to winter at the point.
Only a few Ring Billed Gulls were around.
Buffleheads are the only ducks currently in residence.
The weatherman got it wrong again. “Sunny” was “Dark and Cloudy”, making for poor lighting.
I started at Quiet Waters, which is getting more active, then went on to Thomas Point, which was nearly dead. I expect we’ll be seeing more ducks soon, however.
Two Horned Grebes were feeding near the cove.
A pair of Hooded Mergansers were swimming slowly in the cove.
This Dark Eyed Junco posed for me at Thomas Point.
This White Breasted Nuthatch was very active, and it was difficult to get any shot at all.
I had planned to go elsewhere this morning, but I decided on a quick trip to the bridge to see if my luck would improve. There were easily 5-6 eagles perched near the road, and they stayed in the area for a while.
Graeme and I then went to Quiet Waters, where we found a few more birds, but no ducks.
This Belted Kingfisher put on a show for us at Quiet Waters.
We flushed this Great Blue Heron, who stayed in the tree quite a while.
A lone Goldfinch was feeding in the cove.
There were about 10 Ring Billed Gulls feeding in the shallows at the bridge.
Walk west from the bridge and you may find Bald Eagles in the trees.
I went back to the 450 bridge again this morning, but didn’t do as well as the first time. I did notice that the eagles were very active at low tide, and it would probably be worth going back n a few days when low tide is a little later in the day.
Graeme and I then went to Thomas Point, which was pretty much a bust except for a few Cedar Waxwings.
There's plenty of Bald Eagles, but they were most active in the low light of morning.
Great Blue Herons are very active near the bridge.
We found a small flock of Cedar Waxwings at Thomas Point.
It was supposed to rain today, but it held off ’til the afternoon,so I took another look at Rte. 450 this morning. While there were plenty of eagles around, they didn’t pose as well as yesterday.
This Bald Eagle is a juvenile.
Several Great Blue Herons fish regularly in the area.
Ring Billed Gulls seem to forage anywhere there's water.
I heard there were several Bald Eagles at the 450 bridge, so I went there early this morning, and the rumor was correct. It appears that 6-10 have set up housekeeping there, along with a few gulls and herons.
I got some good looks and a few decent images. I’ll go back soon.
There were more Eastern Bluebirds than usual at Thomas Point.
Several Song Sparrows were foraging in the rocks.
I shot this Great Blue Heron in low light at ISO 3200, so I'm pleased it came out as well.
I've seen lots of Bald Eagles by now, but it's still a thrill, especially when they're so close.
“Sunny” was promised, and we got overcast. Still. it was warm enough and there was some light, so it could have been worse.
I started at Quiet Waters, and found a few birds, but I did much better at Thomas Point, where I saw some migrating ducks for a change.
This Great Blue Heron was surveying the cove.
There were two Bald Eagles at the point.
There was a small flock of Ruddy Ducks at Quiet Waters.
Decent weather and decent birds for a change. I started at Quiet Waters and found a few birds, then went to Thomas Point, which was more lively than it’s been for a while.
I saw more Tundra Swans than usual.
I heard a flock of Crows harassing this Red Tailed Hawk, and waited long enough to see him.
This Sharp Shin Hawk was hunting at Quiet Waters.
This Northern Flicker was just close enough for a picture.
Buffleheads often get quite aggressive with one another.
After several days of scarce birds, I tried to change my luck and went to Sandy Point. There’s still no large rafts of ducks, and not even many gulls. I’m guessing the warm weather is slowing migration.
Looking South from Sandy Point beach.
Buffleheads were the only ducks I saw.
This Herring Gull was one of the few gulls around
This juvenile Bald Eagle was hunting off shore.
This appears to be a juvenile Ring Billed Gull.