Eastern Kingbird at Blackwater NWR.

It was much cooler the last couple of days, but too windy yesterday.  I set out early for Blackwater, and it was OK, if not spectacular. Egrets, Herons and Sandpipers just aren’t out in numbers yet.

I did find a few parents with chicks, some Eagles and Herons, but the star today was the Red headed Woodpecker.  They were very active. including mating and fetching food for their chicks. I was hoping for more variety, but it didn’t happen.

I don’t usually talk about such things, but I ran over a Raccoon this morning. There were three, right in the middle of the road. It was still quite dark, and there wasn’t anything I could do. I haven’t hit many animals in a car, and it wasn’t a good way to start the day.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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I seemed to see a Red Headed Woodpecker every time I turned around.

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There were many vocal Red Winged Blackbirds.

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Bald Eagles are still easy to find on Wildlife Drive.

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This Red Winged Blackbird is feeding her chick.

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This Osprey has two healthy chicks.

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Eastern Kingbirds were plentiful.

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Three Rabbits were feeding in the grass right in front of me.

1 thought on “Eastern Kingbird at Blackwater NWR.

  1. nice trip! i love the redheaded woodpecker – looks like they had yummy things to eat! i’m sorry about the racoons – so hard when there is nothing to be done. ☹️

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