Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s that time of year when birds are hard to find, and I’m not having much luck. I’ve been to several different places recently, and don’t have much to show for the effort.

I made the Bombay Hook trek again this morning, as a friend had good luck there a few days ago, but it was only a mediocre show. Still, it was better than any other place I’ve been recently.

Green Heron 2018-12

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This Green Heron was foraging at Schoolhouse Pond.

Killdeer 2018-2

This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse pond.

White Eyed Vireo 2018-3

This White Eyed Vireo was the only good image I got at Wooton’s Landing.

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There were many Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh.

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I only saw two Forster’s Terns.

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Many Snowy Egrets were present.

Goldfinch 2018-19

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This Goldfinch will be getting his Winter plumage soon.

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Many Great Egrets were present as well.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-5

I saw only a few Semi Palmated Sandpipers.

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A least Sandpiper at Schoolhouse Pond.

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These Least Sandpipers had a dispute of some kind.

Blue Grosbeak 2018-13

Blue Grosbeaks can be found all Summer.

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I found this Great Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond.

Belted Kingfisher 2018-2

I was lucky to catch this Belted Kingfisher as he flew by.

Killdeer 2018-3

This Killdeer was at Schoolhouse Pond.

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Three Yellow Crowned Night Herons were resting in Bear Swamp Pool.

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Yellow Warbler at Blackwater NWR.

I made the trek to Blackwater in hopes of getting more action, and was only partly successful.  I managed to find a few warblers, but there wasn’t much else to see.

I spoke with fellow birder who had the same kind of luck , but we decided it was just our misfortune and we’d have to try again another day.

Eastern Phoebe 2018-2

This Eastern Phoebe is probably a migrant.

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My friendly Red Headed Woodpeckers were very cooperative today.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-26

Eastern Kingbirds will be heading South soon.

Common Yellowthroat 2018-6

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This Common Yellowthroat may have nested at Blackwater.

Osprey 2018-52

This first year Osprey was fishing near his old nest.

Pine Warbler 2018-2

This Pine Warbler is an early migrant.

Yellow Warbler 2018-7

 

Yellow Warbler 2018-6

I was looking for Nuthatches when this Yellow Warbler popped up.

Spotted Sandpiper at Schoolhouse Pond.

My original thought was to try Wooton this morning, but the car made the turn for Schoolhouse Pond instead. I prefer going there on weekends to avoid the traffic.

It was quite dark and cloudy at first, but I could see there were a few good birds, so I waited a while. I got a few images in the poor light, but it wasn’t long before the sun came out and I got a good look at some decent birds.  I suspect I’ll be going back again soon.

I stopped at Governor Bridge on the way home, but didn’t find much.

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This juvenile Chipping Sparrow was begging his parent for a treat.

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Two Green Herons greeted me when I arrived.

Acadian Flycatcher 2018-1

This Acadian Flycatcher was at Governor Bridge.

Mallard 2018-38

These Mallards seemed to be just waking up.

Great Egret 2018-58

A single Great Egret arrived as I was leaving.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-8

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-9

I haven’t seen a Spotted Sandpiper since the Spring.

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I found this Saddleback Caterpillar at Quiet Waters yesterday.

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I don’t see Viceroy butterflies often.

Yellow Warbler at Greenbury Point.

Things are starting to pick up. I’ve been hanging out at  Sandy Point and Greenbury Point waiting for more birds to show, and today might have been the breakthrough.

I started at Sandy point, where I found a couple of decent shore birds, then went on to Greenbury Point.

I found plenty of activity right off the bat, including some birds I hadn’t seen there in a while. I think migration is under way!

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-6

I haven’t seen a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Greenbury since the Spring.

Eastern Kingbird 2018-25

Eastern Kingbirds may be gathering to migrate.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-6

This Downy Woodpecker was eating noisily.

Red Eyed Vireo 2018-2

It’s been weeks since I’ve found a Red Eyed Vireo.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2018-5

A Great Crested Flycatcher was busily gforaging .

Caspian Tern 2018-25

This Caspian Tern was at Sandy point.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-4

I usually see Semi Palmated Plovers on the Eastern shore.

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Least Sandpipers were foraging high on the beach.

Snowy Egret 2018-24

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This Snowy was feeding in the surf at Sandy Point.

Willet 2018-6

This Willet didn’t belong at Sandy point at all, and was a rare treat.

Goldfinch 2018-18

You can find Goldfinches at Greenbury Point all year.

Yellow Warbler 2018-5

I seldom see Yellow Warblers at Greenbury Point.

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Today’s bugs.

American Goldfinch at Greenbury Point.

I stayed close to home today, and started at Sandy Point. I did see a nice Fox, but not a single bird worthy of  a photo.

Greenbury Point is only 10 minutes away, so I headed there next in hopes of finding some butterflies or early migrants.

I did see a few of the usual butterflies, and bird activity was better than usual, but I didn’t find anything really interesting.

Indigo Bunting 2018-5

Indigo Buntings seem to nest here every year,

Eastern Kingbird 2018-23

Eastern Kingbird 2018-24

Like last year, Eastern Kingbirds seem to gathering in numbers.

Cardinal 2018-14

This Cardinal is molting.

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Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.

Goldfinch 2018-16

Goldfinch 2018-17

I saw more Goldfinches than usual.

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Several Skippers were feeding near the nursery center.

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Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook.

Back to Bombay Hook this morning because there’s still not much going on locally.

I arrived at dawn, but the sunrise wasn’t interesting, so I made a quick circuit as the sun rose. It was clear that many birds were visiting, so I went more slowly the second time around.

I didn’t find much in the way of migrating birds, but it was good to see that numbers are increasing. I also found a couple of friends who were visiting as well.

 

Many Caspian Terns were feeding in the marsh.

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I saw at least three Eastern Kingbirds.

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There were only two Black Necked Stilts.

Bald Eagle 2018-64

I don’t see Bald Eagles in flight very often at Bombay Hook.

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Many Great Egrets were feeding in the marsh.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2018-8

Short Billed Dowitchers aren’t getting close to the camera.

Greater Yellowlegs 2018-9

I saw many Greater Yellowlegs, mostly in the distance.

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Great Blue Herons were in every pool.

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I found three juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Herons at Bear Swamp Pool. I’ve only seen this bird once before.

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Black Crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook

I went to Blackwater yesterday, with Chris, an old friend, then to Bombay Hook this morning. Blackwater was almost a total bust, with cloudy, rainy weather, but Bombay Hook was much better.

We had good light all morning, and saw thousands of interesting, but mostly distant birds. Small Sandpipers were the major species, but there were also Avocets, Geese, Terns and Egrets.  A couple of Night Herons and an Eagle provided a nice show as well.

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Great Blue Herons were scattered here and there.

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Great

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We saw several Great Blue Herons.

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3-4 CAspian Terns were fishing in Shearness Pool.

Short Billed Dowitcher 2018-7

Several small flocks of Short Billed Dowitchers were feeding in the marsh.

Semipalmated Plover 2018-3

We found a few Semi Palmated Plovers.

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This Blue Grosbeak was singing loudly.

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Two Bald Eagles were sunning themselves near the road.

Laughing Gull 2018-10

These Gulls were taking a break.

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Two juvenile Black Crowned Night Herons were preening in Bear Swamp Pool.

Tri-colored Heron at Sandy Point.

The weather has been unsettled for the last several days. You never know if it’s going to pour rain or blaze sunshine, and it can change in just a few minutes.

I’ve been hanging out at Sandy Point, because it’s nearby and I don’t have to go far from the car if I need shelter. There’s always a chance of finding stray birds there, as well, and I’ve found a few.

Today’s Tri-colored Heron was a treat, tagged as “Rare” by Ebird, along with a few nice Terns and plenty of the usual gulls.

Crow 2018-5

There’s always plenty of Crows at Sandy Point.

Royal Tern 2018-7

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4-5 Royal Terns were hanging out on the beach today.

Laughing Gull 2018-7

Laughing Gull 2018-8

Laughing Gulls and others seem to like bathing in the puddles on the beach.

Forster's Tern 2018-99

I don’t often see Common Terns.

Black Vulture 2018-1

I couldn’t pass up this Black Vulture.

Osprey 2018-50

Osprey 2018-51

Several Ospreys are fishing at the park.

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Tri-colored Heron 2018-2

I’ve seen two Tri-colored Herons this year, and I don’t see any at all most years.

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I spotted this Fox as I was waiting for the sunrise.

Blue Grosbeak at Bombay Hook NWR.

Another day, another decision. Bombay Hook wins out because there’s still not much to see locally. This is a minor deal to me because I’m no fond of the hour and a half drive, largely in the dark, which is getting to be a small problem on some days.

Anyway, it turned out to be a good day weather-wise, if not as good as I’d hoped, bird-wise.

I don’t often hit these places on weekends, but it wasn’t too bad. More people than usual, but not crowded by any means.

Wading birds are still relatively scarce, but I got a good look at some passerines, so that made up for it.

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Dawn at Bombay Hook.

Least Sandpiper 2018-10

Many Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mud flats.

Black Necked Stilt 2018-19

Black Necked Stilt 2018-20

A single Black-necked Stilt was in Bear Swamp Pool.

Lesser Yellowlegs 2018-1

This might be a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Great Blue Heron 2018-49

Great Blue Heron 2018-50

Great Blue Herons are usually very quiet as they fly.

Goldfinch 2018-13

Goldfinch 2018-15

Many Goldfinches were feeding along the road side.

Marsh Wren 2018-3

Marsh Wren 2018-4

I hear Marsh Wrens frequently, but they can be hard to find.

Snowy Egret 2018-21

This Great Egret was one of only a few I saw.

Snowy Egret 2018-20

These Egrets seemed to be snoozing.

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Red Winged Blackbird 2018-36

Red Winged Blackbirds make good images in the right setting.

Forster's Tern 2018-98

I saw only a few Forster’s Terns.

Mockingbird 2018-1

I found this Mockingbird Saturday at Lake Artemesia.

Northern Flicker 2018-4

This Northern Flicker was also at Artemesia.

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Blue grosbeaks seem to be more visible than usual.