I’m having a little car trouble, so I’m staying close to home until I can get in to see my car guy., It’s working out OK, as it gives me a chance to explore nearby spots, and I’m finding a few birds and bugs.
I walked most of Greenbury Point yesterday and today, and got a few decent images and a bit of exercise.
Goldfinches are prolific at Greenbury Point.
This is a young Chipping Sparrow-I had to ask an expert.
The Cardinal always looks good in bright Sun with colorful foliage.
Carolina Wrens are much louder than their size would suggest.
I was surprised to see this Black Crowned Night Heron flying overhead.
Indigo Buntings seem to be around every year.
This Osprey has a nest right along the path.
You can hear Yellow Breasted Chats all over Greenbury Point, but they can be hard to photograph.
This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is one of the few I’ve seen this year.
I haven’t looked up the name of this butterfly yet.
This one is a Spicebush Swallowtail.
This may be a Sleepy Orange.
This one is a Fritillary.
Another unknown butterfly.
It was good to see a lot of Monarchs.
Skippers are very common at this time of year.
I found this small Eastern Box Turtle yesterday.
I’m getting into a Blackwater rut these days, but there’s not much to find around here and I need my bird fix.
I’m getting the usual suspects, but was quite surprised to find the Grosbeak when I processed the images. He was only around briefly, and I just didn’t see him in the viewfinder.
There’s still plenty of Great Egrets around.
The Red Headed Woodpeckers are very busy feeding their young.
Two Ospreys were circling the nest, and the parent may have been warning them off.
I’ve heard several Green Herons recently, but I don’t see them often.
Great Blue Herons often roost on stumps in the marsh.
Sandpipers, like these Greater Yellowlegs, are appearing in greater numbers.
Bald Eagles regularly rest in the trees along Wildlife Drive.
This Blue Grosbeak was a surprise.
Another early trip to Blackwater on a very hot and humid day. I went around Wildlife drive quickly, then hit the bridge on Key Wallace Drive looking for Swallows and Cormorants.
The Osprey chicks were more cooperative, and I found a lone Glossy Ibis after they’ve been absent for a month. I spent some more time with the Red Headed Woodpecker as well.
I found this Orchard Oriole yesterday at Governor Bridge (And nothing else).
I tried way too many times for a Barn Swallow flight shot.
Red Winged Blackbirds are very busy feeding their young.
This Great Blue Heron seemed to be chilling.
The Red Headed Woodpeckers seem to be good parents.
Great Egrets are the most common wader at the moment.
Bald Eagles often perch in the trees along Wildlife Drive.
I tried way too many times for a Barn Swallow flight shot.
The Barn Swallows tend to stay very busy.
I saw at least three Greater Yellowlegs.
This Glossy Ibis almost got by me.
There’s still not much to see around here, so I headed for Blackwater early. It was actually a pretty good day, with great light and plenty of active birds.
I’m still not seeing many Sandpipers, but wading birds are plentiful, and a few passerines made a good show.
I’m still checking out the Maple Dam Barn Swallows.
I was close enough to the Great Blue Heron to get a god look at his feet.
Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets rule the roost right now.
Great Egrets are roughly equal in numbers to the Herons.
It’s not hard to find Brown Headed Nuthatches at Blackwater.
Red Winged Blackbirds are plentiful in every marsh I frequent.
I found this Red Winged Blackbird feeding his chick yesterday at Lake Artemesia.
This Wood Duck chick was also at Lake Artemesia.
The Red Headed Woodpecker is very striking. I’ve located his nesting tree.
A swimming Raccoon! I’ve seen a few Raccoons, but never in the water.
I seldom get close enough to a Groundhog for a picture.
This Skunk was foraging by the side of the road, and I was able to get quite close to him.
The weatherman was calling for rain last night, but it looked pretty good to me, so I took a chance and went to Greenbury Point.
It was much better than it’s been recently, with Orioles, Herons, Goldfinches and an Indigo Bunting. I believe the Baltimore Oriole is the first I’ve seen at Greenbury.
Butterflies seem to be getting more plentiful as well.
I stopped at the library yesterday, and got some images of the flowers growing out front.
Butterflies are getting more plentiful.
I’m not much on flower names, but they’re nice looking.
There’s always a few Cardinals foraging at the point.
Yellow Breasted Chars are plentiful at Greenbury, but it’s hard to get close.
This Baltimore Oriole was a surprise.
Back to Blackwater on the 4th of July. I was afraid it might be crowded, but it wasn’t bad at all.
The Great Egrets seem to have come back for a while. I saw at least 20.
There wasn’t a lot of variety today, so I stopped by Maple Dam Road and caught the Swallows and Cormorants.
I saw this Great Blue Heron as I was leaving.
One of my better Red Winged Blackbirds.
Double Crested Cormorants hang out at the Maple Dam Dock.
The Osprey chicks continue to thrive.
20 Great Egrets were foraging in the marsh.
This Bald Eagle seemed to be keeping watch.
The Barn Swallows at Maple Dam Road are still very active.
This young Deer was indifferent to my presence.
This abandoned dock is at Maple Dam Road.
I still have the problem of where to go each day, so I chose Artemesia this morning. The traffic is tolerable on weekends, and it doesn’t get busy until 9:00 or so.
More Wood Ducks are out, but no Egrets and only one Heron. Hummingbirds are are scarce, and passerines in general are hard to find.
This Eastern Kingbird seemed to be watching me.
I saw this Brown Thrasher shortly after I arrived.
Most Barn Swallow chicks have fledged.
This Wood Duck hen was keeping close watch over her ducklings.
Many Mourning Dives feed in the grass at Artemesia.
A few Mallards were foraging in the lake.
I went to Blackwater again, and it was a good trip. I’m still not hearing about much around here, and Blackwater is holding up well.
I got there just before dawn and got a few sunrise shots, then went around Wildlife drive several times. My skunk friend was briefly in view, but Herons and Egrets have greatly decreased. I spotted the first Snowy Egrets of the year, but couldn’t get a shot.
Other birds were more cooperative, including an Osprey family and an Orchard Oriole.
It’s easy to find a Rabbit at Blackwater.
Egret numbers are down greatly.
This Osprey family is doing very well.
The Red Headed Woodpecker landed right in front of me.
Eastern Kingbirds are often waiting right by the side of the road.
Two Orchard Orioles were foraging in the bushes. Probably a family.
A single Greater Yellowlegs was feeding on the flats.
The Great Crested Flycatcher stayed in view for a while.
I usually look for Eagles at Maple Dam Bridge, but these Barn Swallows are nesting under the bridge.
Andy, and his father, Andy, were crabbing at the bridge, and doing well.