It’s been another slow week. I don’t have enough data to prove a trend, but it certainly seems as though it’s harder to find birds than in previous years. Some very regular birds like Flycatchers, Buntings and Grosbeaks just aren’t as common in previous years, and others seems to be present in smaller numbers.
I got to most of my regular places this week, and I managed a few pictures. The Ruddy Duck was a nice find, and who doesn’t like Swallows? A hard drive crash slowed me down, but I had a good backup and didn’t lose anything.
Great Blue Herons are very common, but not as numerous as in previous years.
This Ruddy Duck should be far West of here. He may be injured, but I haven’t seen any signs of it.
Barn Swallows are nesting at this time of year.
I found 5 adult Canada Geese and 21 goslings at Schooler’s Pond.
There seem to be fewer Wood Duck families at Lake Artemesia.
I post regularly on MD Birding Facebook, and I think I may be the only person who posts Yellow Breasted Chats. They are regulars at Greenbury Point.
A very attractive Mourning Dove.
Black Crowned Night Heron. I don’t see this bird often, but they fly over Greenbury Point frequently.
Northern Rough Winged Swallows are easy to find this year. These are from Schooler’s Pond and Lake Artemesia.
This young buck was feeding at Schooler’s Pond.