There hasn’t been much action lately, and the weather hasn’t cooperated, but I had a decent day today to make up for it.
I started at Kent Narrows, where birds were scarce, but there was a decent variety.
Sandy Point was almost completely iced in, and a complete bust.
Thomas Point was teeming with birds, and had even more variety. I’m still not finding great ducks, but it’s getting better.
Another unusual Mallard.
This Mallard hen has unusual colors.
This Bufflehead hen was quite close to shore.
You can almost always find a Great Blue Heron at Kent Narrows.
A few Hooded Mergansers were foraging near shore.
I seldom see more than a few Red Breasted Mergansers at Thomas Point.
Scaup are usually the dominant birds at Thomas Point.
I only found a few Canvasbacks.
The Redhead is a striking bird.
I found this young deer at Sandy Point.
I went to Blackwater yesterday, and it was a disappointment because the marsh was mostly ice, and very few ducks were around. I found some Snow Geese in a nearby field, and a couple of Eagles, but it was otherwise barren.
Thomas Point was much better, this morning. There were plenty of birds, and a good variety of species. calm winds, bright sun and temps in the forties made for a nice morning.
Looking East from Thomas Point.
I only found two Bald Eagles.
These Hooded Mergansers took off as soon as I found them.
These Scaup were spooked by a Black-backed Seagull.
This Bufflehead hen was foraging quite near shore.
A few Red Breasted Mergansers were around all morning.
Occasionally, Tundra Swans wander out near the middle of the bay.
This huge flock of Red Winged Blackbirds was feeding in the same field as the Snow Geese.
Two Mallards and a Scaup.
There were several hundred Snow Geese on the ground, and many flying in and out.
It was very cold again this morning, so I grabbed my ski pants and boots to take a look at Thomas Point. The hope was that more interesting species of ducks would have moved in, but it wasn’t to be.
There was an abundance of birds to make up for the lack of variety, including a first ever at Thomas Point Peregrine. The ice cover is increasing, but there’s a warming trend in play. so I expect big changes in a few days.
All the Common Goldeneyes were females.
There were only a few Red Breasted Mergansers.
A large flock of Canvasbacks flew past the point.
Many Buffleheads were mixed in with the Scaup.
I haven’t seen many male Hooded Mergansers recently.
A few Tundra Swans flew by when I arrived.
Many Buffleheads were mixed in with the Scaup.
This Peregrine Falcon is carrying a Bufflehead.
I spent an hour or so at Sandy Point yesterday, and about the same at Thomas Point this morning.
It’s really cold-in the twenties, and there’s enough wind to feel the effects. It’s amazing to watch these delicate-looking birds blithely dabble and dive in the near freezing water.
There were lots and lots of birds, but mostly too far out for good images. Try as I might, I could only find the usual suspects, but I’ll keep looking.
And a picture of Cupcake, because it’s my blog and I can put up whatever I want.
I found this Ruddy Duck at Sandy Point.
Several Common Goldeneye hens were at Thomas Point.
There were more Scaup than any other species.
This Song Sparrow was on the beach at Sandy Point.
Many Scaup were feeding at the point.
There were many more Bufflehead hens than drakes.
I found only a few Hooded mergansers.
Trying out some video software.
It’s been cold for several days, so when I saw temps above freezing today, I decided to give Thomas Point a try. Luckily, I ran into the charming Dotty Doherty, and we spent a couple of hours checking out the bird bonanza.
The creeks have frozen, so many ducks have moved further out into the bay, and we saw well over a thousand ducks of various breeds.
We also stopped at my friend’s house on Thomas Point Road, and found many swans, along with a few Mallards.
I saw more Hooded Mergansers than usual today.
Two Bald Eagles flew over as we were observing the swans.
There were fewer Tundra Swans than usual.
Many Lesser Scaup were foraging at the point.
Some of the thousand or more ducks at the point.
Several Red Breasted Mergansers flew by as we watched.
It’s been very cold here-low 2 digits, and freezing near shore, which cuts down on the numbers of water birds.
I’ve been to Thomas Point a few times, as it’s some distance out in the bay, and won’t freeze until it’s been very cold for a while.
In truth, there hasn’t been much to see, but it’s improving as it gets colder up North and those birds head South.
Today’s selection is the best it’s been in a while, and it may improve as the weather gets worse.
This Crow was near the entrance gate.
Tundra Swans can be seen near the shore.
There are many Scaup at the point, now.
My friend has a nice feeding station in her back yard, and this Blue Jay was taking advantage.
This is a Common Goldeneye hen.
There’s almost always a few Buffleheads.
There were many more Ring Billed Gulls than usual.
It was a blah day, weatherwise, and I didn’t get out until 9:00. The Sun was just coming out, and the wind was just a little too much, but I went to Thomas point to see what I could see.
There were plenty of birds-Scaup, Buffleheads, Mergansers, but mostly too far out for good pics. I did get an acceptable look at the Mergansers.
I them stopped at my friend’s house on Thomas Point Road, and there was plenty of action. Many Swans, many ducks and a couple of Eagles who may have been hunting.
I hung around for an hour and got several decent shots before heading home.
There were many Tundra Swans hanging out near shore.
This Tundra Swan has a banding collar, and I have sent off for the banding info. The locals have named this bird “Julia” and say she’s been seen for seven consecutive years.
A medium sized flock of Canvasbacks was also near shore.
I found this Red Breasted Merganser out at the point.
Only a few Scaup were present.
Redheads look good in the right light.
I got out late yesterday, and spent a little time at Sandy Point. It was cool to find a Snow Goose mixed in with a flock of Canada Geese, a most unusual find for this area. There were lots of distant ducks and a few passerines also.
I went to Blackwater this morning, and found all the usual suspects, as well as a few nice ducks at Oakley Street.
This Scaup was feeding at Sandy Point.
There were fewer Bald Eagles than usual.
Great Blue Herons were abundant this morning.
a huge flock of Snow Geese left the refuge early.
This Snow Goose was by himself, in a flock of Canada Geese.
I found this Red Bellied Woodpecker at Sandy Point.
There were only a few Northern Pintails.
This Scaup is another Oakley Street denizen.
This American Wigeon was at Oakley Street.
I only found two Canvasbacks.
There weren’t many Northern Shovelers.
I went to Lake Artemesia yesterday, and it was pretty slow. I also stopped at Buddy Attick, and didn’t do any better. I got a few good enough images, but nothing great.
Today I made the trek to Bombay Hook, which wasn’t nearly as productive as in the past. There was a fair amount of ice, which meant the dabbling ducks had to go elsewhere. There were thousands of Snow Geese, though, which was a spectacular sight. Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Black Ducks and Mallards were plentiful.
Dawn at Bombay Hook.
These Hooded Mergansers were at Lake Artemesia.
Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in an ice-free pond.
Turn up the volume to hear the geese.
There may have been 20,000 Snow Geese in residence.
This American Wigeon was at Buddy Attick.
This pair of Pied Billed Grebes was at Lake Artemesia.
This Canada Goose was leaving Lake Artemesia.
I saw this Belted Kingfisher from a distance, and was lucky to get so close.