Snow Geese at Blackwater NWR.

I went to Blackwater yesterday, and it was a disappointment because the marsh was mostly ice, and very few ducks were around. I found some Snow Geese in a nearby field, and a couple of Eagles, but it was otherwise barren.

Thomas Point was much better, this morning. There were plenty of birds, and a good variety of species. calm winds, bright sun and temps in the forties made for a nice morning.

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Looking East from Thomas Point.

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I only found two Bald Eagles.

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These Hooded Mergansers took off as soon as I found them.

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These Scaup were spooked by a Black-backed Seagull.

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This Bufflehead hen was foraging quite near shore.

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A few Red Breasted Mergansers were around all morning.

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Occasionally, Tundra Swans wander out near the middle of the bay.


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This huge flock of Red Winged Blackbirds was feeding in the same field as the Snow Geese.

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Two Mallards and a Scaup.

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There were several hundred Snow Geese on the ground, and many flying in and out.

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