Common Loon at Lake Artemesia.

The unsettled weather seems to be ending. We’ve had rain,clouds and serious winds for several days, which kept me almost completely out of action.

I decided on Artemesia as it was a weekend and traffic is considerably lighter as a rule. As I get older, I dislike traffic even more.

Artemesia was good to me, if not a bonanza. The Loon was a nice surprise, and a friend pointed out a couple of snakes, which I seem to miss most of the time. A few other cooperative birds made for a decent morning.

I stopped at Truxtun Park in the afternoon and found a couple of birds as well.

House Sparrow 2018-2

House Sparrow 2018-3

I don’t often pay much time attention to House Sparrows, but this brightly colored Spring male caught my eye.

Canada Goose 2018-29 Canada Goose 2018-28

Canada Goose 2018-26

Canada Goslings are numerous at this time of year.

Canada Goose 2018-25 Canada Goose 2018-24 Canada Goose 2018-23

Canada Goose 2018-27

Several Canada Geese were bathing at Truxtun Park.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-4

This Eastern Kingbird was flycatching at Lake Artemesia.

Wood Duck 2018-33

Wood Ducks with chicks will soon be numerous at Artemesia.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-3

Eastern Kingbird 2018-4

This Eastern Kingbird was flycatching at Lake Artemesia.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-5

A Blue Gray Gnatcatcher was singing loudly.

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-12

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-13

When you picture a MD marsh, you have to include numerous Red Winged Blackbirds.

Mallard 2018-22

A Mallard has temporarily left her nest.

Canada Goose 2018-26

Canada Goslings are numerous at this time of year.

Mallard 2018-21

There’s a few Mallards at every lake.

Common Loon 2018-5 Common Loon 2018-4

Common Loon 2018-6

When I find a Common Loon I always spent too much time trying to get the best look.

Eastern Box Turtle 6

Eastern Box Turtle 5

I found this Eastern Box Turtle crossing the road and gave him a hand.

Turtle 78

This Painted Turtle was sunning at Lake Artemesia.

Black Rat Snake 5

This Black Rat Snake stayed in the same spot for an hour or more.

Rough Green Snake 3

I don’t see Rough Green Snakes often.

2 thoughts on “Common Loon at Lake Artemesia.

  1. Hi Hugh,

    Tried to send you a “Happy Birthday” note, but the e-mail address I have for you is no longer valid. Went to this web page of your photos (which are very impressive) to wish you a happy birthday and hope you receive this message.

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Rosella

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