The weather gods continue to favor the birder. I set out early for Terrapin and arrived just about sunrise. After a quick tour of the interior, I set out for the beach path, and walked the entire without seeing a single worthy bird. Most unusual.
After returning, I did another circuit and found a Brown Creeper, a bird I’ve been seeking for quite some time. It’s not a great shot, as he only gave me a quick glimpse before disappearing, but I’ll take it.
This juvenile Cedar Waxwing will get his adult coloration early next year.
There are very large flocks of Robins in the park.
Some young deer seem uncertain what to do when they see a human.
Flocks of Canada Geese are a common sight at this time of year.
I hate when a picture isn’t perfectly focused, but I’ve been looking for this guy for a while, so it will do.
The naturalist W.M. Tyler, writing in 1948, captured this species’ energy and fragility in a memorable description, “The Brown Creeper, as he hitches along the bole of a tree, looks like a fragment of detached bark that is defying the law of gravitation by moving upward over the trunk, and as he flies off to another tree he resembles a little dry leaf blown about by the wind.””
Migrating Ruby Crowned Kinglets seem to be everywhere in Maryland.
This Yellow Rumped Warbler will be more colorful in the Spring.
When you watch a Downy Woodpecker, you’re impressed with their thoroughness.
I was watching some Phoebes when this Hermit Thrush came into view.
When a Great Blue Heron has spotted his prey, he strikes very rapidly.
The Great Blue Heron usually catches a fish sideways to his beak, then immediately starts turning it to make swallowing easier.