Hermit Thrush at Thomas Point

Birds have been scarce lately. I was at Quiet Waters and Thomas Point yesterday without seeing much, and Sands Road, Thomas Point today. Most ducks haven’t arrived yet, and the force hasn’t been with me. I did a find a few birds, and here they are.

Ring Billed Gull

A few Ring Billed Gulls were feeding at the point.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

This Carolina Wren seemed to be enjoying the weather.

Mallard

A few Mallards were dabbling in the cove.

Bufflehead

Buffleheads are the dominant duck at the moment.

Dark Eyed Junco

This Dark Eyed Junco was the only bird I photographed at Sands Road.

Hermit Thrush

This is only my second Hermit Thrush of the season.

Hooded Merganser at Jonas Green Park

Dark, gloomy and cold. It was a marginal kind of day, but I decided to Try Jonas Green to see if any waterfowl were there. There wasn’t anything in the river side, but the adjacent pond had a few ducks and geese. They were somewhat distant, and the light sucked, so the images aren’t much.

Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal was the only close up I got today.

Wood Duck

The pond usually has a few Wood Ducks.

Hooded Merganser

This is only my second Hooded Merganser this season.

Belted Kingfisher at Quiet Waters

Cold and Windy. My least favorite combination of conditions. I had thought to go further, but decided to stay close to home, given the weather.
I stayed in my favorite cove for an hour or so, and saw a couple of good birds and a flyover eagle.By the time I had a few decent images I was getting cold. I had errands to run anyway, so I cut the day short.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron missed the fish he was hunting.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

This Belted Kingfisher is a regular visitor, but I seldom get this close.

Common Loon at Thomas Point

It was cold this morning, but fairly clear and warming.
I got to Quiet Waters early, but there was’t much to see, which is unusual.
Thomas Point was only slightly better, as yesterday’s large concentration of ducks was much diminished. It was quite windy, and I only stayed a short while.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swans will have much greater numbers soon.

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebes regularly forage close to the shore.

Common Loon

Common Loon

I’ve always liked the Common Loon .

Tundra Swans at Thomas Point

The ducks are here. I stooped at Quiet Waters for a while this morning, where I found a nice heron, then went to Thomas Point to see if anything was happening.
There were hundreds of ducks and a few swans, so I’ll be spending more time there as the weeks go by.

Cove

Quiet cove at Quiet Waters

Thomas Point

Bay view at Thomas Point

Cove

A foggy day at Quiet Waters.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I watched this Great Blue Heron fishing for quite a while.

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

There were easily a hundred Buffleheads at the point.

Tundra Swan

I only saw these three Tundra Swans

Northern Flicker at Sands Road Park

It was in the thirties this morning, but rapidly warming, and I got to Wooton about dawn. There was surprisingly little activity, so I went to Sands Road after a hour or two and did much better. Most of the activity still takes place in the marsh near the parking lot.

Sands Road

A view of the big field from the marsh.

Song Sparrow
Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Juncos are a little harder to find than sparrows.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Ruby Crowned Kinglets are still plentiful.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers were very active this morning.

Bald Eagle at Terrapin Nature Park

Our run of good weather has continued and I gave Terrapin another chance this morning. Still no waterfowl to speak of, and not much in the way of other birds. I did see a couple of eagles, but nothing else special.

Dark Eyed Junco

An exceptionally nice Dark Eyed Junco.

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrows were scarce today.

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are always willing to pose.

Cardinal

This is one of the few backgrounds that might hide a Cardinal

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers were foraging near the beach.

Bald Eagle

This immature Bald Eagle may be building a nest.

Deer

I've seen several bucks this week.

Terrapin

Cedar Waxwing at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I met Graeme at Governor Bridge at dawn, and we set out looking for birds. There were some sparrows around, and we found some waxwings, but not much else. A trip to the lake turned up a few more, but it wasn’t a really birdy day.

GB Lake

GB Lake

Small pond near the parking lot.

Carolina Chickadee

This Carolina Chickadee was foraging near the lake.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

This Ruby Crowned Kinglet has found a nice meal.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

A small flock of Cedar Waxwings found these berries.

Northern Harrier at Sands Road Park

The warblers are gone, and the sparrows are fast disappearing. The ducks aren’t here yet, so it’s hard to know where to go.
I got to Sands Road around dawn and spent a hour or two looking around the edge of the big field without much luck. The marshy area near the parking lot had a lot of birds, but it was tough to get a good shot through all the brush. I did find a few birds in the open, but it was a slow morning over all.

Sands Road

Sands Road-looking from the marsh toward the big field.

Deer

This Whitetail Buck was standing in the field when I arrived.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrows are easily seen near the marshes.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows are in every part of the park.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch flocks are frequent.

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrows usually feed in flocks near the ground.

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrows aren't as common as the others.

Hooded Merganser at Quiet Waters

The weather was a bit better than anticipated, so I took a quick trip to Truxtun Park, which was mostly dead.
Quiet Waters was better, with my FOS merganser and a heron.
It’s early for ducks, but I tried Thomas Point anyway. No waterfowl, but I saw a few birds in the woods.
Not a bad day.

Quiet Waters Cove

South River from Quiet Waters

Fall in Quiet Waters.

Northern Flicker

This Northern Flicker was feasting on berries.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

This Downy Woodpecker was also taking advantage of the berry crop.

White Breasted Nuthatch

I heard several White Breasted Nuthatches.

Brown Creeper

I was surprised at how fast this Brown Creeper moved.

Mallard

You'll almost always find Mallards in the cove.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This cove is also a favorite of the Great Blue Heron,

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I found this Ruby Crowned Kinglet at Thomas Point.

Hooded Merganser

I was lucky get this Hooded Merganser, who flew off almost immediately.