Black Legged Kittiwake at Sandy Point

Yesterday there was a report of a Kittiwake at Sandy Point, so Idecided to take a look. These things don’t usually work out for me, but the bird was right where he was supposed to be, close and in decent light. This bird is pelagic, and really shouldn’t be here. There were few other birds at Sandy point, so I made a brief stop at Jonas Green n the way back and found a few ducks and other birds.

Dark Eyed Junco

This Dark Eyed Junco is for my sister.

Gadwall

Gadwall

Jonas Green is a popular place for Gadwalls.

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Mergansers are also regulars.

Black Legged Kittiwake

It wasn't hard to guess where the Kittiwake was being observed.

Black Legged Kittiwake

Black Legged Kittiwake

Black Legged Kittiwake

Black Legged Kittiwake

Black Legged Kittiwake

Brown Creeper at Quiet Waters

It was cloudy and foggy this morning, but it cleared up quickly and we had 60 degree plus weather. Quiet Waters still doesn’t have many ducks, so I went to Thomas Point, which was also near barren except for some distant Ruddys and Buffleheads.

Cove

South River.

Thomas Point

A fallen tree blocked my way out to the point.

Tufted Titmouse

I got very close to this Tufted Titmouse.

Carolina Wren

I heard this Carolina Wren from some distance away.

Brown Creeper

These small, fast moving birds are difficult to photograph.

Gadwall at Jonas Green Park

The unusually nice weather was welcome, and a few good birds were around, but we’re still waiting for ducks to show in numbers.
I started at Jonas Green Park, which had a few ducks, then went on to Quiet Waters and Thomas point, which are still quite slow, but improving.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I found Great Blue Herons at all the parks.

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

It's been a couple of weeks since I saw a Hooded Merganser.

Gadwall

This Gadwall was in the pond at Jonas Green.

Bald Eagle at Thomas Point

I got to Quiet Waters around 7:00 and spent an hour without finding much. Ducks are still scarce in the park.
Thomas Point was a little better, but the only ducks were Buffleheads and Mallards.

Fox

This Fox was in the shadows, and I thought it was a dog at first.

Great Blue Heron

I often see a Great Blue Heron in the cove at Quiet Waters, and I wonder if it's the same one.

Mallard

There are almost always Mallards around.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

I arrived at the point just in time to see this Bald Eagle flying over.

House Sparrow at Annapolis Harbor

I had to work in Annapolis this morning, so I didn’t have much to choose from. A few gulls and sparrows showed up as I killed a little time at the harbor on a cold but sunny morning.

Ring Billed Gull

Some Ring Billed Gulls in the harbor seem very tame.

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Some House Sparrows lead a pampered life.

Hermit Thrush at Thomas Point

Birds have been scarce lately. I was at Quiet Waters and Thomas Point yesterday without seeing much, and Sands Road, Thomas Point today. Most ducks haven’t arrived yet, and the force hasn’t been with me. I did a find a few birds, and here they are.

Ring Billed Gull

A few Ring Billed Gulls were feeding at the point.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

This Carolina Wren seemed to be enjoying the weather.

Mallard

A few Mallards were dabbling in the cove.

Bufflehead

Buffleheads are the dominant duck at the moment.

Dark Eyed Junco

This Dark Eyed Junco was the only bird I photographed at Sands Road.

Hermit Thrush

This is only my second Hermit Thrush of the season.

Hooded Merganser at Jonas Green Park

Dark, gloomy and cold. It was a marginal kind of day, but I decided to Try Jonas Green to see if any waterfowl were there. There wasn’t anything in the river side, but the adjacent pond had a few ducks and geese. They were somewhat distant, and the light sucked, so the images aren’t much.

Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal was the only close up I got today.

Wood Duck

The pond usually has a few Wood Ducks.

Hooded Merganser

This is only my second Hooded Merganser this season.

Belted Kingfisher at Quiet Waters

Cold and Windy. My least favorite combination of conditions. I had thought to go further, but decided to stay close to home, given the weather.
I stayed in my favorite cove for an hour or so, and saw a couple of good birds and a flyover eagle.By the time I had a few decent images I was getting cold. I had errands to run anyway, so I cut the day short.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron missed the fish he was hunting.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

This Belted Kingfisher is a regular visitor, but I seldom get this close.

Common Loon at Thomas Point

It was cold this morning, but fairly clear and warming.
I got to Quiet Waters early, but there was’t much to see, which is unusual.
Thomas Point was only slightly better, as yesterday’s large concentration of ducks was much diminished. It was quite windy, and I only stayed a short while.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swans will have much greater numbers soon.

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebes regularly forage close to the shore.

Common Loon

Common Loon

I’ve always liked the Common Loon .

Tundra Swans at Thomas Point

The ducks are here. I stooped at Quiet Waters for a while this morning, where I found a nice heron, then went to Thomas Point to see if anything was happening.
There were hundreds of ducks and a few swans, so I’ll be spending more time there as the weeks go by.

Cove

Quiet cove at Quiet Waters

Thomas Point

Bay view at Thomas Point

Cove

A foggy day at Quiet Waters.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I watched this Great Blue Heron fishing for quite a while.

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

There were easily a hundred Buffleheads at the point.

Tundra Swan

I only saw these three Tundra Swans