Redheads at Thomas Point

This is the warmest Winter I can recall around here. We’ve been in the 60s several times, and it must be many degrees above normal.

I don’t know if climate change is involved, but the winter ducks know about it, and they’re staying well to the North. Why fly this far if the weather lets you find food easily?

So, a few images from the last two weeks. These don’t let you see how many trips were just a blank, which is unknown at this time of year.

Ebird lists:

Tundra Swans in an odd combination of reflection and shadows.

Canvasback hen, wit h the subtle beauty many female birds have.

Mallard hen, coming in for a landing.

Looks like an old fashioned print.

Canada Goose landing at Thomas Point.

Redhead at Thomas Point.

Many Buffleheads winter at Thomas Point.

Dawn at Possum Point.

Canvasback at Thomas Point.

It’s been an exciting and exasperating two weeks. My car died, and my sister was kind enough to donate her old car to the cause. which necessitated a trip to NY via train, and the long drive back. The deed is done and I should have the paperwork finished in a few days.

I did manage to get out several times, but there’s not a whole lot going on.  The unusually warm weather has to be a factor.

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“Freddie” is a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis.

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About 70-80 Tundra Swans are spending the Winter near Thomas Point.

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There are plenty of Mallards in the area.

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There’s always a few Lesser Scaup in the mix.

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This Mute Swan was at a park near my sister’s house in Huntington, NY.

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A few pairs of Redheads are usually nearby.

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You’ll always find a few Buffleheads at Thomas Point.

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There may have been a thousand or more Canvasbacks visible today.


Lesser Scaup at Thomas Point.

I’ve been going to Thomas Point and Quiet Waters most days, with looks at Possum Point, Lake Artemesia and Schoolhouse Pond.  No place has been exciting, but I’m seeing a decent variety overall.

Tundra Swans and Canvasbacks are here in good numbers now, and Scoters and Scaup are here as well. Loons and Grebes are lagging. A few Common Goldeneyes are at Thomas Point.

I didn’t make the Eastern Shore yet, but it won’t be long.

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Dawn at Possum Point.

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Working Whitehall Bay.

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“Woodie”, the Thomas Point Wood Duck.

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“Woofie” is still loitering with the Mallards at Thomas Point.

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75-80 Tundra Swans are wintering near my friend’s house. They get quite feisty at times.

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This is a pair of Canvasbacks.

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Many Buffleheads are feeding at the point.

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A small flock of Ruddy Ducks is staying near the point.

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Close up of a Redhead.

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The pond at Schoolhouse Pond.

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Most Lesser Scaup are staying well out from shore.


Ring Necked Ducks at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been almost a week since I posted anything. Weather accounts for a day or two, and a shortage of birds is to blame for the rest.  I know there have been more birds in previous years, but some variation must be normal

I’ve been staying on this side of the bridge to avoid possible traffic problems with  the current construction. I will get there soon because there’s a lot of good spots to check.

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There’s a lot of feisty Swans, so I look for the action shots.

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I was lucky to get this close to this Red Shouldered Hawk.

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The Redhead is a very handsome duck.

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This red headed Woodpecker has found a breakfast bush.

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This is a female Lesser Scaup.

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Everyone gets excited at feeding time.

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Male Buffleheads have pink feet.

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Ring Necked Ducks don’t often pose for flight shots.


Peregrine Falcon at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been another slow week. Ducks are trickling in, but not in numbers yet. The birds I’m finding at Thomas Point are numerous, but staying too far out for good images.

We lost a day or two to weather, but I got out most days. Quiet Waters has been particularly lousy this year, and Thomas Point is only just starting to pick up.

Anyway, the Falcon was a nice surprise. Maybe I’ll get to the Eastern Shore next week.

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I’m not seeing as many Ruddy Ducks as usual.

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Ring Necked Ducks are easy to find at this time of year.

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I found four Pied Billed Grebes this morning.

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This Long Tailed Duck was at Thomas Point.

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Hooded Mergansers have just begun arriving.

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Buffleheads are in most places I visit.

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This Wood Duck is still hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Many Tundra Swans are here for the Winter.

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There are hundreds of Surf Scoters at Thomas Point.

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I often see Redheads at my friend’s house.

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A Fall Mallard.

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Lesser Scaup are here in good numbers.

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Only a few Canvasbacks are here at the moment.

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I got close to this Black Duck.

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I seldom see Peregrine Falcons, and this is only the second at Lake Artemesia.

Hooded Mergansers at Lake Artemesia.

More birds have been arriving , and the variety is improving, The duck population isn’t quite up to snuff, but all is well for the moment.

The weather has been decent, and I’ve managed to get out most days. The Tundra Swans have been cooperative, and some ducks have posed very well.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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We’re lucky to have a large Tundra Swan Population.

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Ring Necked Ducks are numerous now.

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You can find a Great Blue Heron most days.

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Downy Woodpeckers are usually easy to find.

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The song of the Carolina Wren can be heard in most Maryland parks.

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Many Buffleheads are in our area now.


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The Lake Artemesia Belted Kingfisher has eluded me for several yeares.

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It’s hard to beat a Wood Duck in good light.,

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A Royal Tern from several years ago.


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The simple design of the Redhead is quite attractive,

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Canvasbacks are just beginning to arrive in numbers.

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Hooded Mergansers are always a welcome sight.

Wood Duck at Thomas Point.

Things are picking up, but the weather has been iffy  and other activities claimed my time for a while.

I still managed to get out, and I even got to the Eastern Shore, but it was a waste. It’s still too early for some of the ducks.

Quiet Waters is still too quiet, but I suspect that will change soon.

Thomas Point has been the best deal so far. with the most birds and the greatest variety.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Tundra Swans often make vigorous displays.

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There seems to be more Buffleheads than any other species.

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Several Redheads feed near shore.

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A Northern Shoveler I re-edited.

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Many Mallards are living at Thomas point. There’s a guy in the ‘hood who feeds them every day.

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Canvasbacks are not here in big numbers yet.

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A Bald Eagle pair.

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This may be the same Wood Duck who hung out at Thomas Point last year.

Tundra Swans at Thomas Point

The weather has been good enough, with a few days of cold, followed by milder stuff right now. I’m still hanging out on this side of the bridge, but I may cross the bridge soon, as the winter ducks come in. Have I mentioned that the Bay Bridge is being repaired? This limits the times you can cross without traffic delays.

Lots of Swans and ducks are here now, but the Thomas Point ducks aren’t coming in close enough for photos. Quiet Waters has been a major disappointment. I’ve been several times without seeing much of note.

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I found many Ringnecked Ducks at Schoolhouse Pond.

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Mallards in good light are attractive.

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I got close to this Canvasback hen.

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I liked the colors surrounding this Canada Goose.

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Many Buffleheads are in the area.

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Thomas Point is a reliable spot for Black Ducks.

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There’s always Song Sparrows at Thomas Point.

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The Redhead has a simple, attractive design.

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I like the shapes in this Tundra Swan photo.


Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

We’re getting some interesting winter visitors now. Swans and Geese are flying high overhead, and looking through flocks of distant ducks is more rewarding.  A single Ruddy was hanging out with 50 Buffleheads at the point.

Redheads, Wigeons and Canvasbacks are appearing now, so it won’t be long before we see other species.

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I saw well over 200 Buffleheads.

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First Redhead of the season.

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First Canvasback of the season.

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Tundra Swans are here in good numbers.

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This is “Julia” (T186) who we reported to the USGS two years ago.


Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

We’re going through another  birding drought, it seems. I’ve been a little reluctant to travel much as there’s not been much to see. Some of it’s luck, some is weather, and it’s all part of the game.

Swans and Buffleheads have arrived, and most of our migrant visitors have gone South. I’ve been recording most of my trips on Ebird, and the lack of variety is noticeable. More ducks will be here soon, and all will be well.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Quiet Waters.

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This American Wigeon was a mild surprise at Thomas Point.

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Thomas Point is one place where Black Ducks appear regularly.

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50 or more Double Crested Cormorants flew overhead.

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This Yellow Rumped Warbler was at Greenbury Point.

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Bald Eagles have become more active recently,

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Many Buffleheads have been feeding at Thomas Point.

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This Great Blue Heron was at Quiet Waters.

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I usually find Pied Billed Grebes at Lake Artemesia.

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A Field Sparrow at Artemesia.

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Tundra Swans began appearing in larger numbers yesterday.