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.

Ruddy Duck 2019-15

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

Ring Necked Duck 2019-11

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

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-107

I found four Pied Billed Grebes this morning.

Long Tailed Duck 2019-39

Long Tailed Duck 2019-40

This Long Tailed Duck was at Thomas Point.

Hooded Merganser 2019-42

Hooded Merganser 2019-43

Hooded Mergansers have just begun arriving.

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Bufflehead 2019-74

Buffleheads are in most places I visit.

Wood Duck 2019-58

Wood Duck 2019-59

This Wood Duck is still hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Tundra Swan 2019-100

Many Tundra Swans are here for the Winter.

Surf Scoter 2019-10

There are hundreds of Surf Scoters at Thomas Point.

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Redhead 2019-33

I often see Redheads at my friend’s house.

Mallard 2019-44

A Fall Mallard.

Lesser Scaup 2019-35

Lesser Scaup are here in good numbers.

Canvasback 2019-37

Only a few Canvasbacks are here at the moment.

Black Duck 2019-15

I got close to this Black Duck.

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Peregrine Falcon 2019-5

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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Tundra Swan 2019-84

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

Ring Necked Duck 2019-9

Ring Necked Duck 2019-10

Ring Necked Ducks are numerous now.

Great Blue Heron 2019-60

You can find a Great Blue Heron most days.

Downy Woodpecker 2019-2

Downy Woodpeckers are usually easy to find.

Carolina Wren 2019-7

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

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Bufflehead 2019-67

Many Buffleheads are in our area now.


Belted Kingfisher 2019-6

Belted Kingfisher 2019-7

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

Wood Duck 2019-57

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

Royal Tern 2019-5

A Royal Tern from several years ago.


Redhead 2019-28

The simple design of the Redhead is quite attractive,

Redhead 2019-27

Canvasback 2019-34

Canvasbacks are just beginning to arrive in numbers.

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Hooded Merganser 2019-41

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 Swan 2019-78

Tundra Swans often make vigorous displays.

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Tundra Swan 2019-70

There seems to be more Buffleheads than any other species.

Redhead 2019-26

Several Redheads feed near shore.

Northern Shoveler 2019-3

A Northern Shoveler I re-edited.

Mallard 2019-40

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

Canvasback 2019-33

Canvasbacks are not here in big numbers yet.

Bald Eagle 2019-22

Bald Eagle 2019-23

A Bald Eagle pair.

Wood Duck 2019-55

Wood Duck 2019-56

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.

Ring Necked Duck 2019-7

Ring Necked Duck 2019-8

I found many Ringnecked Ducks at Schoolhouse Pond.

Ring Necked Duck 2019-6

Mallard 2019-36

Mallards in good light are attractive.

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Canvasback 2019-29

I got close to this Canvasback hen.

Canada Goose 2019-37

Canada Goose 2019-38

I liked the colors surrounding this Canada Goose.

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Bufflehead 2019-55

Many Buffleheads are in the area.

Black Duck 2019-12

Thomas Point is a reliable spot for Black Ducks.

Song Sparrow 2019-15

There’s always Song Sparrows at Thomas Point.

Redhead 2019-14

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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Bufflehead 2019-50

I saw well over 200 Buffleheads.

Redhead 2019-13

First Redhead of the season.

Canvasback 2019-26

First Canvasback of the season.

Tundra Swan 2019-38

Tundra Swans are here in good numbers.

Tundra Swan 2019-39

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 140

Lake Artemesia.

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Quiet Waters.

American Wigeon 2019-7

This American Wigeon was a mild surprise at Thomas Point.

Black Duck 2019-11

Thomas Point is one place where Black Ducks appear regularly.

Double Crested Cormorant 2019-25

50 or more Double Crested Cormorants flew overhead.

Yellow Rumped Warber 2019-8

This Yellow Rumped Warbler was at Greenbury Point.

Bald Eagle 2019-20

Bald Eagle 2019-21

Bald Eagles have become more active recently,

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Bufflehead 2019-44

Many Buffleheads have been feeding at Thomas Point.

Great Blue Heron 2019-57

Great Blue Heron 2019-59

This Great Blue Heron was at Quiet Waters.

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-105

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-106

I usually find Pied Billed Grebes at Lake Artemesia.

Field Sparrow 2019-1

A Field Sparrow at Artemesia.

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Tundra Swans began appearing in larger numbers yesterday.




Cedar Waxwing at Lake Artemesia.

Another long period with minimal action.  There was a report a few weeks ago that we’ve lost a billion birds, and I think they were all from the East. We’ve just come the to end  of a long drought, but the water in the marsh ponds has been high all year. Many birds prefer to forage on the flats that appear at low water, so the number of birds in the area has been greatly reduced.

I’ve been out almost every day, and there’s a decent shot or two, but most days were quite slow.

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Morning at Lake Artemesia.

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A CBEC morning.





CBEC Dawn.

Palm Warbler 2019-2

I saw this Palm Warbler at CBEC. Not much warbler variety this year.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2019-2

A nut always improves a Red Bellied Woodpecker image.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2019-1 Domestic Goose 2019-6

Mallard 2019-31

Sometimes the morning light can be dramatic.

Great Blue Heron 2019-50

Just a little snack for this Great Blue Heron.

White Throated Sparrow 2019-2

White throated Sparrows have just begun arriving.

Turkey Vulture 2019-2

I’ve often seen this pose from the back, but only seldom from the front.

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This is a Marbled Godwit, a bird we seldom get to see.

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American Avocet 2019-113

American Avocet at Bombay Hook.

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Marsh Wren 2019-5

Marsh Wren in the classic “Straddle” pose.

Greater Yellowlegs 2019-4

We should be seeing many Greater Yellowlegs and other Sandpipers.

Great Egret 2019-258

Great Egrets were around in good numbers.

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Wood Duck 2019-35

I experimented with a frame for this Wood Duck.

Domestic Goose 2019-5

This Domestic Goose has been at Lake Artemesia for a couple of months.

House Wren 2019-2

I couldn’t have asked for better conditions for this House Wren image.

House Wren 2019-1

Cowbird 2019-1

This is a juvenile Cowbird.

Wood Duck 2019-38

Cedar Waxwing 2019-5

Many Cedar Waxwings were at Artemesia this morning.

Cedar Waxwing 2019-4

Downy Woodpecker 2019-1

A single Downy Woodpecker entertained me for a while.

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I found this Fox as I was leaving CBEC.

Wood Ducks at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a long dry spell around here. I suspect migration is a little slow, but one big kink in my favorite spots is the high water. Many wading birds look for shallow water and mudflats, and that’s hard to find around here right now. I can’t put any real blame on climate change, but you gotta’ wonder.

I’ve mostly been to CBEC and Terrapin, with a few trips to Wooton, Governor Bridge and Sandy Point. None are living up to historical norms, but there’s probably some bad luck  also.

Anyway, here’s a few images from the last two weeks. Maybe we’ll have better luck soon.

This is a link to my Ebird checklist:



CBEC in the morning.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo 2019-3

A pair of late season Yellow Billed Cuckoos were foraging at Lake Artemesia.

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-101

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-102

My first Pied Billed Grebe of the season.

Catbird 2019-100

Catbird 2019-101

Catbirds have been numerous lately.

Domestic Goose 2019-4

This Domestic Goose is still hanging around Lake Artemesia.

Caspian Tern 2019-07

Caspian Terns have returned to Sandy Point.

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An early morning Egret at CBEC.

Common Yellowthroat 2019-6

This Common Yellowthroat was migrating through Terrapin.

Solitary Sandpiper 2019-1

Solitary Sandpiper 2019-2

A Solitary Sandpiper was looking for a meal at Wooton’s Landing.

Brown Thrasher 2019-35

This has been a good year for Brown Thrashers.

Black and White Warbler 2019-1

A Black and White Warbler from Artemesia.

Chimney Swift 2019-1

Chimney Swift 2019-2

This is a Chimney Swift. I rarely try to photograph these erratic, fast avian missiles.

Arctic Tern 2019-15

Arctic Tern from my trip to Seal Island.

American Redstart 2019-2

American Redstart from Terrapin.

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Several Wood Ducks were cruising the shoreline at Artemesia.

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Eastern Box Turtle 14

I’ve seen a lot of Eastern Box Turtles lately.

Tricolored Heron at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

We’ve had another slow week. I can’t fault the weather, but I’d like to see more migrants.  How many times have I written that?

I’m sticking with my routine for now. Check out Sandy Point for morning colors, Look in on Kent Narrows. then head for CBEC, which is open 24/7, so I can show up when it’s convenient for me.

I’ve been told that CBEC is a good warbler spot, but I haven’t seen the proof yet. Still, there’s enough action to keep me  interested, and migration is advancing every day. I stopped at Greenbury Point this morning for a change of pace, but I found nada there.


CBEC Dawn.

Chipping Sparrow 2019-7

I found this Chipping Sparrow at Greenbury Point.

Great Blue Heron 2019-33

Great Blue Heron 2019-35

I’m seeing a few more Great Blue Herons recently.

Forster's Tern 2019-44

I’ve seen as many as 15 Forster’s Terns at CBEC.

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Black Crowned Night Heron 2019-21

Several juvenile Black Crowned Night Herons are finding good pickings at Kent Narrows.

Snowy Egret 2019-114

A few Snowy Egrets are still hanging out.

Great Egret 2019-150

A few Great Egrets are foraging in Lake Knapp.

Great Egret 2019-149


Wild Turkey 2019-70

Wild Turkey 2019-71

Most of the Wild Turkey poults have gotten quite large.

Canada Goose 2019-26

There are usually 75 or more Canada Geese on the lake in the morning.

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Tricolored Heron 2019-36

3 juvenile Tricolored Herons have been hanging out at CBEC for month or more.


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This Orbweaver set his trap in the blind, and I was able to get a fairly sharp closeup of the action.

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American Avocet at Bombay Hook NWR.`

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and that’s a reflection of the slow birding climate around here. Even trips to Blackwater and Bombay Hook weren’t sufficiently productive for a post.

So:this will be a compilation of the last week’s occasional decent photo. I entered a contest where you need to submit 20 Ebird reports from the same place during August, so I spent a lot of time at CBEC.



CBEC Dawn.

Caspian Tern 2019-03

Caspian Tern 2019-06

Several Caspian Terns are hanging out at Sandy Point.


Red Headed Woodpecker 2019-29

Red Headed Woodpecker 2019-31

The Red Headed Woodpeckers were very active today.

Tricolored Heron 2019-28

I’m seeing more Great Blue Herons now.

Great Egret 2019-146

Great Egret 2019-147

Great Egrets are present in good numbers.

Eastern Kingbird 2019-13

Small flocks of Eastern Kingbirds are gathering to migrate.


Brown Thrasher 2019-32

Brown Thrashers seem to be very territorial.

Least Sandpiper 2019-7

Least Sandpipers appear as soon as the mudflats are exposed.

Tricolored Heron 2019-30 Tricolored Heron 2019-24

Tricolored Heron 2019-31

Several juvenile Tricolored Herons are hanging out at CBEC.

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American Avocet 2019-108

There were about 1000 American Avocets at Bombay Hook.