Double Crested Cormorant at Blackwater NWR.

It looked like good weather, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I’ve been told the Cormorants like to fish at dawn, so I spent some time trying to catch them, and had a little luck. They tend to surface with their catch in their mouths, then swallow it quickly, so it took good timing to catch them at the right moment.

I did the usual rounds on Wildlife Drive, and spent a little time at the visitor center looking for butterflies, without much luck.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-31

The gang hanging around at the dock.

Dock 3

Another look at the dock.

Purple Martin 2017-23

Purple Martin 2017-24

Purple Martin 2017-22

There’s a few Purple Martins hanging around the visitor center.

Song Sparrow 2017-8

I’m not sure yet, but this may be a Grasshopper Sparrow.

Osprey 2017-103

This Osprey was looking for breakfast.

Great Blue Heron 2017-81

Great Blue Herons are far more patient than I am.

Chickadee 2017-9

Chickadees can often be found near the nuthatches.

Catbird 2017-6

I haven’t seen a Catbird in quite a while.

 

Orchard Oriole 2017-20

Orchard Oriole 2017-19

The Orchard Oriole had a nest at the visitor center.

 

Forster's Tern 2017-53

A few Forster’s Terns seem to feed regularly at Blackwater.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-61

The Red Headed Woodpeckers are still very active.

Great Egret 2017-96

I like the way Great Egrets look in a tree.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-25

Brown Headed Nuthatches are easy to find, with a little patience.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-30Double Crested Cormorant 2017-29

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-28

The Cormorants were very active in the early light.

Butterfly 63

Yesterday’s lone butterfly.

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