Orchard Oriole at Blackwater NWR.

It appears we’re going to have a few good days now, so I took off for Blackwater this morning and did well. I was surprised at the lack of wading birds, especially egrets and herons, but there were enough others to keep life interesting.

I spent more time at the visitor center than usual, and it paid off. No matter how many times you visit a place, there’s always more to learn.

Blackwater Dawn 49

Blackwater Dawn.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-5

Eastern Kingbird 2018-6

This Eastern Kingbird was gathering nesting material.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-6 Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-5 Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-4

Red Headed Woodpecker 2018-7

The Red Headed Woodpeckers were very active.

Eastern Towhee 2018-3

This Eastern Towhee was at Greenbury Point.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2018-1

This Ruby Throated Hummingbird was also at Greenbury Point.

Orchard Oriole 2018-6

Orchard Oriole 2018-7

Orchard Orioles are nesting near the visitor center.

Turtle 79

Snapping Turtle 29

Turtles will be easy to find for a couple of months, as they look for paces to lay theri eggs.


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