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.

Northern Harrier at Sands Road 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.

Field Sparrow

Sands Road is a good place for Field Sparrows.

Song Sparrow

The Song Sparrow is the sparrow I see most often.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrows often stay deep in the brush.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I haven't seen a Ruby Crowned Kinglet since the Spring.

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglet

This Golden Crowned Kinglet is also a first of season bird.

Flycatcher

Several Flycatchers were foraging alongside the sparrows.

Northern Harrier

Not a great shot, but I don't see many Northern Harriers. This is a female.

Sulfur Butterfly

I spotted this Sulfur Butterfly as I was leaving.

Red Bellied Woodpecker at Terrapin Nature Park

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.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I saw a lot of Ruby Crowned Kinglets, but it was tough to get a decent shot.

Snowy Egret

Three Snowy Egrets were fishing in the marsh pond.

Mallard

Mallard

These Mallards flew right over my head.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are more numerous now.

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Many Yellow Rumped Warblers were foraging near the beach.

Flycatcher

This Flycatcher was feeding vigorously.

Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbirds have been scarce lately.

Cooper's Hawk

I was lucky to get shot of this distant Cooper's Hawk.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

This male Red Bellied Woodpecker seemed to be sunbathing.

Swamp Sparrow at Greenbury Point

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.

Field Sparrow

This Field Sparrow was enjoying the sunshine.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

This Common Yellowthroat will winter in Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas.

Song Sparrow

This Song Sparrow will probably stay for the Winter.


Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

I believe this is the first Swamp Sparrow I've seen at Greenbury Point.