I got a late start this morning, and arrived at Terrapin about dawn. I found a White Eyed Vireo right away, but it was slow until I got to the marsh.
The Little Blue Heron was a very nice surprise, as I’ve only seen one other at Terrapin, and that one was a juvenile. There were a few other birds, but the light was poor and they were far away.
CBEC was slow as well I spent some time with the Tree Swallows, but the Wild Turkeys were the star. I don’t see them often, and they’re always fun.
Another good day after a short string of near dismal outings.
A single Snowy Egret flew over the park.
I’m not sure what Tern this is.
I don’t recall photographing a White Eyed Vireo at Terrapin before.
The Osprey are still building their nest.
This Brown Thrasher was close, but badly backlit.
This Canada Goose was relaxing at CBEC.
5 Wild Turkeys were sauntering down the entrance road.
Two Bald Eagles flew over the marsh.
When I first saw this Little Blue Heron, I thought it was a Green Heron.
I was hoping that things would pick up at Bombay Hook by now, but I didn’t get lucky. Each pool was sparsely populated, and there wasn’t much exciting or new to see.
I made several round trips of the marsh drive, and birds were moving in and out, but I didn’t see any migrating birds to speak of.
Not a wasted morning, but disappointing for this time of year.
This may be the last Blue Winged Teal of the season.
Great Egrets will be here until Fall.
A few Greater Yellowlegs have arrived for the season.
I saw several juvenile Bald Eagles.
This is a Black Duck-Mallard hybrid.
I found only one Killdeer.
I found this Green Heron yesterday at Truxtun Park.
This Osprey was building his nest at CBEC.
Green Winged Teal were in every pool.
The sunrise didn’t look promising, so I stayed home until 6:30 and set out for Terrapin Nature Park. Terrapin is “iffy” in early Spring. You can do well, or just plain strike out. I didn’t find anything exciting, and moved quickly on to CBEC,
There’s still late ducks on the lake, along with a few geese. Eagles and Ospreys were active. We’ll have more migrants soon.
I’m getting better with Tree Swallows, but it’s not easy. A huge time sink if you get obsessed.
This Osprey’s nest is adjacent to the blind.
This Field Sparrow was a nice find. It’s not always easy to spot these little guys.
The Yellow Rump is one of our most common Warblers. This one is dressed for courting.
The Bald Eagle has strayed too close to the Crow’s nesting area.
I saw three Bald Eagles this morning. This one is a juvenile.
I started at Sandy Point, where the sunrise didn’t materialize at all. Too many clouds and fog. The fog stayed around much of the morning.
I went to Terrapin next. I was hoping for some early warblers (Like every year) but it was not to be. The Egrets were a treat, and first of the year.
On to CBEC. I spent some time with the Tree Swallows before circling the lake. There were plenty of ducks, but they stayed well out in the middle. The Ospreys were kind enough to pose a few times.
A decent morning.
These Red Breasted Mergansers were a surprise.
These Tree Swallows may be squabbling over a nest box.
These Ospreys are still building their nest.
These Lesser Scaup are lingering a while.
I found Wood Ducks at Both CBEC and Terrapin.
I went to bed last night sure that I was going to Schoolhouse Pond this morning, but the car drove to Lake Artemesia instead. I suppose a relatively sure thing has its attractions.
The usual suspects were present, although there’s nothing usual about the Long Tailed Ducks who should be well North of here by now.
Some birds were quite cooperative, and the excellent weather was a big help.
I would not have found the Merlin without help, so thank you, Nathan.
The gazebo at Lake Artemesia.
This Swamp Sparrow may have just arrived.
Two Long Tailed ducks have been attracting birders for several days.
This Caspian Tern was fishing successfully.
Many Wood Ducks were foraging near shore.
A small flock of Canada Geese was resting on the lake.
This Merlin was well hidden and hard to find.
I went back to Artemesia yesterday, as no local place is standing out for migrants. For some reason, Artemesia seems to get more accidentals than other places I visit.
I picked a good day. The LT Ducks have been there a few days, and I found several other good birds as well. Many birders were visiting as well.
A quick stop at Buddy Attick didn’t find much interesting.
This female Cardinal had her eye on me.
I found this Northern Shoveler at Buddy Attick.
Forster’s Terns aren’t often seen at Artemesia.
2 Pied Billed Grebes were cruising the lake.
First Yellow Rumped Warbler of the year.
Wood Ducks were very active today.
These birds are supposed to use freshwater lakes in the colder months, but this is the first time I’ve seen one I’ve seen outside the Chesapeake Bay.
I started out at Sandy Point this morning, and got some decent sunrise images. The Sun is rising further to the North now, so the Possum Point sunrise is less impressive.
I went straight to CBEC, but later in the season I’ll stop at Terrapin also.
There’s still a lot of ducks at CBEC. They’re probably the usual suspects, but are too far out to see with binoculars. I did find a few ducks on the pond, along with a nesting Osprey pair.
A quick stop at Quiet Waters was fruitless, which is a little odd for this time of year.
A flock of Cormorants flew past the lighthouse.
Dawn at Sandy Point.
This Crow is building a nest nearby.
These Mallards will probably nest in the area.
A few Northern Shovelers are still lingering.
Tree Swallows are occupying the many nest boxes at CBEC.
It’s been a longish dry spell for decent bird images. I’ve been getting out every day, but I’m not finding any migrants even though I know they’re around.
I got to Lake Artemesia yesterday, and did better than at other places, so that will have to do.
This year seems slower than previous years.
There’s been an Osprey nest on this ballfield light for at least 7 years, and probably many more.
This Canada Goose seemed very relaxed at Quiet Waters Park.
A Wood Duck pair was checking out a nest box at Lake Artemesia.
A few Pied Billed Grebes were fishing at Artemesia.
I saw several Great Blue Herons.
This Mourning Dove eyed me at Quiet Waters.
This Beaver wasn’t in any hurry to swim the lake.
I like Artemesia on the weekends because there’s very little traffic to deal with. The weatherman promised sun with light winds, and he delivered.
There was a Loon reported yesterday, but I (And several other photographers) had no luck finding it. That was OK because there was a good variety of species and good light. Many of the birds cooperated by getting usefully close.
A good morning, over all.
This Osprey flew right at me.
Several Mallards were flying around the lake.
This Pied Billed Grebe is in breeding plumage.
Many Scaup were foraging on the lake.
A single Canvasback was hanging out.
A flock of Crows was very noisy.
This Horned Grebe is also in breeding plumage.
This Tree Swallow seems to be annoyed about something.
Several Wood Ducks seem to be nesting nearby.