Savannah Sparrow at Sands Road Park

The weather was better than promised this morning, with skies clearing early. I went back to Sands Road in hopes of finding some sparrows, and I found on new one. Other than that, it was the usual suspects.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

The Red Bellied Woodpecker has a very distinctive call.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows are in every part of the park.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhees aren't numerous, but I see one or more nearly every visit

Carolina Wren

I saw (and heard) several Carolina Wrens today.

Blue Jay

I saw a hundred or more migrating Blue Jays this morning.

Goldfinch

Several small flocks of Goldfinches roam the park.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

You can get quite close to Ruby Crowned Kinglets when they're feeding.

Savannah Sparrow

I don't see Savannah Sparrows very often.

Song Sparrow at Jonas Green Park

I had to work this morning, so I only got out for a short while. I went to Jonas Green because it’s nearby, and often a good site. There were plenty of birds today, but not much variety, with Song Sparrows and Yellow Rumped Warblers dominating the mix.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

There's not too many places you can go without finding a Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

Ring Billed Gull

Ring Billed Gull

This Ring Billed Gull reminds me that I don't often look for birds near the bay in Summer.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows aren't always so cooperative.

White Breasted Nuthatch at Sands Road Park

I went back to Sands Road again, and I guess I pushed my luck too far. The birds weren’t nearly as numerous, but the Nuthatch is a bird I haven’t seen in a while, so it will have to do.

Eastern Comma

I found this Eastern Comma in the parking lot as I was leaving.

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglet

The Golden Crowned Kinglet is always a nice find.

Tufted Titmouse

This Tufted Titmouse has a mouthful.

Field Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrows are quite numerous.

Song Sparrow

Although common, the Song Sparrow is a handsome bird.

White Breasted Nuthatch

It's been quite a while since I saw a White Breasted Nuthatch.

Northern Flicker at Sands Road Park

Clear skies and temps in the 50s tempted me back to Sands Road this morning. There’s still some good birds there I haven’t seen.
I did see an interesting bird I couldn’t photograph, the rest were the usual suspects, but they posed nicely in good light.

Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee doesn't spend much time in the open.

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Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows seem to be everywhere I look.

Blue Jay

I've seen Blue Jays with 4-5 peanuts in their beak and crop.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I saw only a few Ruby Crowned Kinglets today.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are usually quite skittish, but this one landed near me.

Nashville Warbler at Sands Road Park

Perfect weather and perfect birding today. It’s sparrow season, and Sands Road is good habitat, so I got there about dawn, and the activity was almost non-stop. I walked about a quarter way around the big field, and spent the last hour looking for migrant sparrows. The warbler was unexpected, and the local Harrier put on a show as well.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrushes are being seen in many places.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

This Yellow Bellied Sapsucker may spend the Winter here.

Eastern Towhee

She may not look like it but this Eastern Towhee is a member of the sparrow family.

Carolina Chickadee

This handsome Carolina Chickadee looks even better with a nice background.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

A small flock of Goldfinches was feeding near the field.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows seem to be the dominant sparrow.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

This Palm Warbler is heading South.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Look in marshy areas to find the Swamp Sparrow.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

I saw this Northern Harrier from a distance, and was able to sneak close enough for a decent image.

Nashville Warbler

We're nearing the end of migration, so this Nashville Warbler was a nice find.

Downy Woodpecker at Quiet Waters Park

I had planed to work this morning, but the schedule was changed, and I got a late start. I’m convinced I do better when I start early.
There was some action when I arrived around 9:00, but it slowed quickly, and I only stayed two hours.

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are still easily found.

Great Blue Heron

I watched this Great Blue Heron for half an hour, and he didn't move from his perch.

Belted Kingfisher

Two Belted Kingfishers were fishing in the cove.

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Mallard

There were 15-20 Mallards in the cove.

Downy  Woodpecker

I saw this Downy Woodpecker in the trees, then he landed right in front of me.

Black Throated Green Warbler at Quiet Waters

It was very windy this morning, with lots of clouds, so I got a late start. Quiet Waters is just a mile away, and I’ve had good luck there in the past, so I gave it a try and did fairly well. Sparrows and Juncos have arrived in good numbers, and the warbler was a nice bonus.

Downy  Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are quite athletic, and a treat to watch.

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrows will be numerous 'til Spring.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I saw a large flock of very active Ruby Crowned Kinglets.

Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco

I usually find Dark Eyed Juncos on the ground.

Song Sparrow

There are many regional differences among Song Sparrows.

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are usually found in small flocks.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

The male Red Bellied Woodpecker may be our most attractive woodpecker.

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Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee is well camouflaged for Fall.

Black Throated Green Warbler

This Black Throated Green Warbler may be migrating a little late.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker at Terrapin Nature Park

I had planned to work this morning, but my plans changed and I got to Terrapin about 8:30. I suspect I missed the best time, but there were enough birds still around to make it worthwhile. There weren’t as many birds as yesterday and I didn’t see any kinglets at all.

Flycatcher

This Flycatcher may stay through the Winter.

Eastern Towhee

We are in the northern part of the Eastern Towhee's Winter range.

Field Sparrow

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Field Sparrow

The pink beak is a good field mark for the Field Sparrow.

Dark Eyed Junco

The Dark Eyed Junco is one of the most abundant forest birds in North America.

White Throated Sparrow

The White Throated Sparrow breeds in Canada.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

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Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Look for rows of shallow holes in tree bark to locate a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

White Crowned Sparrow at Terrapin Nature Park

Good weather and good birds for a change. Terrapin was jam packed with small, migrating birds today, some too close to photograph. I actually used my smaller lens on a few, as they were too close. The only difficulty today was choosing which bird to capture, and then second-guessing my choice.

Northern Flicker

A hawk likely left this Northern Flicker feather ( And many more) on the beach path.

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglets are much less common than their Ruby Crowned cousins.


Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

I found Common Yellowthroats well into November last year.

Flycatcher

Flycatchers aren't as common as they were last week.

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Snowy Egret

If I'd been a little faster, I'd have a better image of this Snowy Egret

Chipping Sparrow

I like the look of a Chipping Sparrow.

Dark Eyed Junco

My sister will welcome the return of the Dark Eyed Junco.

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are more colorful in the Spring.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

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Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows will be common all Winter.

White Throated Sparrow

The White Throated Sparrow is another Winter resident.

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

This first Winter White Crowned Sparrow doesn't have his adult coloration yet.