Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

Graeme and I looked for the Hooper’s Island Snowy Owl this morning without luck. Most of the waterfowl in the area seem to have moved on.

We then took a  tour of Blackwater and had somewhat better luck.  There were many Shovelers, Tundras, Geese and Eagles and a few passerines.

Very windy and cold weather probably affected the numbers of birds. It certainly affected our enthusiasm.

Bald Eagle 2018-25

We found this Bald Eagle on Hooper’s Island.

Great Blue Heron 2018-14

This Great Blue heron didn’t move for at least two hours.

Tundra Swan 2018-23

Many Tundra Swans are still at Blackwater.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-3

A few Bluebirds were feeding along Wildlife Drive.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-2

A Downy Woodpecker was near the observation tower.

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-4

Many Red Winged Blackbirds were singing.

Northern Shoveler 2018-13

Northern Shovelers were more common than usual.

Horned Grebe 2018-14

We found this Horned Grebe at Hooper’s Island.

Redhead 2018-8

This Redhead was also at Hooper’s Island.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-1

Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-2

The Red Headed Woodpecker barely moved at all.

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