Barn Swallows at Maple Dam Bridge.

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.

Blackwater Dawn 11

Blackwater Dawn 10

Blackwater Dawn.

Rabbit 28

It’s easy to find a Rabbit at Blackwater.

Great Egret 2017-53

Great Egret 2017-52

Egret numbers are down greatly.

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Osprey 2017-78

This Osprey family is doing very well.

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Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-34

The Red Headed Woodpecker landed right in front of me.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-16

Eastern Kingbirds are often waiting right by the side of the road.

Orchard Oriole 2017-13

Orchard Oriole 2017-14

Two Orchard Orioles were foraging in the bushes. Probably a family.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-15

A single Greater Yellowlegs was feeding on the flats.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2017-5

The Great Crested Flycatcher stayed in view for a while.

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Barn Swallow 2017-16

I usually look for Eagles at Maple Dam Bridge, but these Barn Swallows are nesting under the bridge.

Andy 1

Blue Crab 2

Blue Crab 1

Andy, and his father, Andy, were crabbing at the bridge, and doing well.

 

 

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