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 Thrushes are being seen in many places.
This Yellow Bellied Sapsucker may spend the Winter here.
She may not look like it but this Eastern Towhee is a member of the sparrow family.
This handsome Carolina Chickadee looks even better with a nice background.
A small flock of Goldfinches was feeding near the field.
Song Sparrows seem to be the dominant sparrow.
This Palm Warbler is heading South.
Look in marshy areas to find the Swamp Sparrow.
I saw this Northern Harrier from a distance, and was able to sneak close enough for a decent image.
We're nearing the end of migration, so this Nashville Warbler was a nice find.
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 Warblers are still easily found.
I watched this Great Blue Heron for half an hour, and he didn't move from his perch.
Two Belted Kingfishers were fishing in the cove.
There were 15-20 Mallards in the cove.
I saw this Downy Woodpecker in the trees, then he landed right in front of me.
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 Woodpeckers are quite athletic, and a treat to watch.
White Throated Sparrows will be numerous 'til Spring.
I saw a large flock of very active Ruby Crowned Kinglets.
I usually find Dark Eyed Juncos on the ground.
There are many regional differences among Song Sparrows.
Yellow Rumped Warblers are usually found in small flocks.
The male Red Bellied Woodpecker may be our most attractive woodpecker.
The Eastern Towhee is well camouflaged for Fall.
This Black Throated Green Warbler may be migrating a little late.
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.
This Flycatcher may stay through the Winter.
We are in the northern part of the Eastern Towhee's Winter range.
The pink beak is a good field mark for the Field Sparrow.
The Dark Eyed Junco is one of the most abundant forest birds in North America.
The White Throated Sparrow breeds in Canada.
Look for rows of shallow holes in tree bark to locate a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.
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.
A hawk likely left this Northern Flicker feather ( And many more) on the beach path.
Golden Crowned Kinglets are much less common than their Ruby Crowned cousins.
I found Common Yellowthroats well into November last year.
Flycatchers aren't as common as they were last week.
If I'd been a little faster, I'd have a better image of this Snowy Egret
I like the look of a Chipping Sparrow.
My sister will welcome the return of the Dark Eyed Junco.
Yellow Rumped Warblers are more colorful in the Spring.
Song Sparrows will be common all Winter.
The White Throated Sparrow is another Winter resident.
This first Winter White Crowned Sparrow doesn't have his adult coloration yet.
A disappointing day. Windy and cold, and not much action at all.
This Tufted Titmouse was feeding along with a flock of Chickadees.
Downy Woodpeckers can be found in just about any park.
Another day of good weather, and I had planed to got to Quiet Waters,but it gets crowded on the weekend, so I decided to give Sands Road another try. For an ideal place, it’s been bit hit and miss. I didn’t find a lot of birds, but there were a few new ones.
A butterfly showed up as well.
Sands Road is a good place for Field Sparrows.
The Song Sparrow is the sparrow I see most often.
Swamp Sparrows often stay deep in the brush.
I haven't seen a Ruby Crowned Kinglet since the Spring.
This Golden Crowned Kinglet is also a first of season bird.
Several Flycatchers were foraging alongside the sparrows.
Not a great shot, but I don't see many Northern Harriers. This is a female.
I spotted this Sulfur Butterfly as I was leaving.
Perfect weather returned today, so I took a chance on Terrapin. While I didn’t see anything unusual, the light was very good, and a nice variety was on hand.
I saw a lot of Ruby Crowned Kinglets, but it was tough to get a decent shot.
Three Snowy Egrets were fishing in the marsh pond.
These Mallards flew right over my head.
Northern Flickers are more numerous now.
Many Yellow Rumped Warblers were foraging near the beach.
This Flycatcher was feeding vigorously.
Red Winged Blackbirds have been scarce lately.
I was lucky to get shot of this distant Cooper's Hawk.
This male Red Bellied Woodpecker seemed to be sunbathing.
I decided to try Sands Road again this morning, despite the clouds and light sprinkles. It was disappointing, with very little activity, so I went up the road to Wooton, which wasn’t much better.
Yellow Rumped Warblers can be found everywhere now.
This Great Egret was foraging solo.
I hadn’t been to Greenbury Point in a while, and I noticed yesterday that Possum Point was re-opened, so I gave it a try this morning.
There wasn’t a lot of action at the point, but I found a few birds in the brush.
A brief look for bugs didn’t produce anything of note.
This Field Sparrow was enjoying the sunshine.
This Common Yellowthroat will winter in Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas.
This Song Sparrow will probably stay for the Winter.
I believe this is the first Swamp Sparrow I've seen at Greenbury Point.