Northern Pintail at Blackwater NWR.

I went to Blackwater this morning in hopes of finding some ducks, and got lucky.  Pintails and Shovelers were there in modest numbers, along with a few Sparrows, Geese and Flickers.

The weather couldn’t have been better. Several Eagles and Cormorants cooperated as well.

There will be many more ducks later, but today was a good harbinger.

Dock 8

The Key Wallace dock at 7:00 AM.

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This Bald Eagle allowed me to get very close.

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Northern Flickers are migrating.

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I saw 3-4 Great Egrets.

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All the Northern Pintails and Shovelers appeared to be first year birds.

 

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This Forster’s Tern was hovering right in front of me.

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