Wild Turkeys at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I started at Sandy Point again, and quickly decided it was going to be a dull sky. It’s the hour before dawn that makes the best photos, so I headed to Kent Narrows in hopes of better conditions. I found a more attractive sky and a nice Heron.

I got to CBEC around dawn, and looked around for the Turkeys, who weren’t in sight. When I got to the end of the path near the grandstand, I saw a Turkey tail disappear around the corner, and walked rapidly toward the area. I got another glimpse, but began to think I had been unlucky, when I saw the Turkeys and a distant figure, who turned out to be Diana, fellow birder and photographer. We spent several minutes photographing the birds, who were unusually cooperative. These are the minutes that make the heat, the early hours and the frequent frustration worthwhile. I suspect if we were all privileged to see nature in action, it would be a better world.

We circled the lake and found the Red Headed Woodpecker and several other birds, including Brown Headed Nuthatches, who have been scarce recently.

I’m including images from other outings in the past week or so.

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Dawn at Kent Narrows.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2019-5

It’s quite dark at Kent Narrows when I arrive, and this Black Crowned Night Heron is living up to his name.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2019-111

Yellow Breasted Chats will be heading South soon.

Indigo Bunting 2019-10

The Greenbury Indigo Bunting isn’t usually this cooperative.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2019-13

Ebird flagged this Red Headed Woodpecker as “infrequent”.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2019-103

Great Crested Flycatchers are often hard to find at CBEC.

Cardinal 2019-4

This Cardinal photo illustrates how bright the Sun was.

Wild Turkey 2019-22 Wild Turkey 2019-24 Wild Turkey 2019-21

Wild Turkey 2019-23

Wild Turkeys! It’s always a treat to find these birds.

Eastern Kingbird 2019-3

A poor look at an Eastern Kingbird.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2019-1

Brown Headed Nuthatch, a little too far away.

Snowy Egret 2019-103

Two Snowy Egrets were fishing in the lake.

Canada Goose 2019-17

A dozen Canada Geese were hanging out with the Egrets.

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Diana Linnekin, MD Nature photographer.

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