Osprey at Quiet Waters Park

I had to drag out the Winter gear this morning, which didn’t bode well for a good migrant day.
In fact, I didn’t see much at all in two trips to Quiet Waters, even though migration is well under way.

Downy Woodpecker

This Downy Woodpecker and his mate were foraging along the road.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatches continue to be very active.

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Many Ospreys were actively fishing in the park.

A Slow Day at Wooton Wetlands Preserve

It seems to be an unusually cool Spring, on the heels of a long cold spell, and it may be slowing migration.
2-3 hours at Wooton produced very little, and a quick trip to Truxton Park was a bust. Very frustrating.
White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

It’s nice to have the White Eyed Vireos back, but this one was backlit.

American Coot

There are still a few American Coots in the small pond.

Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbirds are well established in the marsh.

Mallard

Several Mallards flew over as I arrived.

Red Tailed Hawk

This Red Tailed Hawk was hunting over the marsh.

Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal was singing along the trail.

Swamp Sparrow at Wooton Wetlands Preserve

It looked like another near perfect day, and I set out early for Wooton. I found a few good birds right away, so I tried the upper trail after traversing the lower trail twice. A waste of time, but good exercise I suppose. A big beaver provided some excitement.
The afternoon trip to Quiet Waters was a blank. Too damn many people.

Beaver

I just barely got a look at this large Beaver as he crossed the path.

Swamp Sparrow

There are always Swamp Sparrows at Wooton, but they seldom pose so well.

Goldfinch

First Goldfinch of the season.

Yellow  Rumped Warbler

Yellow  Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are coming into breeding plumage.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

This Canada Goose was protecting his mate from another Goose.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds are getting easy to find.

White Throated Sparrow

Many White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass.

Prairie Warbler

It’s not a very good image, but I only got one chance at this Prairie Warbler.

Turtle

Another cooperative turtle.

Pileated Woodpecker at Quiet Waters

The weather gods continue to please, even if the birds are less cooperative. I seet out erly gor Governor Bridge in hopes of finding some warblers, but it didn’t happen. I did find a couple of migrants, but pickings were slim.
After a nap, I went to Quiet Waters, which also slow, I found a few birds and bugs.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

This Ruby Crowned Kinglet is a first for this year.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, another first.

White Eyed Vireo

I was lucky to get this White Eyed Vireo.

Eastern Towhee

THis Eastern Towhee was singing loudly from the top of a bush when I arrived, and when I left two hours later.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

This White Breasted Nuthatch is nesting in Quiet Waters.

Pileated Woodpecker

This Pileated Woodpecker landed nearby while I was watching the Nuthatch.

Spider 96

Cocoon 1

Ladybug 12

Insect 100

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Palm Warbler at Wooton Wetlands Park

Another nice Spring day had me trying to decide where to go. After some coffee, I elected to try Wooton again. While it was a little slow, I found a few nice birds and got a couple of decent shots. It seemed as though Turtles were on the move all day.
I made a quick afternoon trip to Quiet Waters and found some nest Nuthatches.

Red Bellied Cooter

Turtle

Red Bellied Cooter

I found three Turtles crossing the path today. Unusual, in my experience.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds were very active today.

Eastern Bluebird

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrows will be migrating very soon.

Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Juncos will also be leaving soon.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrows are always found near water.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

This Eastern Towhee was singing loudly for a mate.

White Breasted Nuthatch

This pair of White Breasted Nuthatches are nesting in Quiet Waters.

White Breasted Nuthatch

American Coot

Several American Coots were in one of the small ponds.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

This Palm Warbler is the first migrant I’ve photographed this Spring.

Pied Billed Grebe at Quiet Waters

Another beautiful day, but not much variety. Quiet Waters is perfectly situated for migrants, but I’m not seeing them yet.
An afternoon trip to Truxtun Park didn’t fare any better.

Flower

This might be a Cherry Blossom, but I’m not sure.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

This Carolina Wren is greeting me often.

House Sparrow

This female House Sparrow seemed to be sunbathing.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

These Canada Goose were paddling serenely around the lake.

Wood Duck

This Wood Duck was by himsef today.

Mallard

This Mallard had the cove all to himself.

Pied Billed Grebe

This Pied Billed Grebe has been solo for the last two days.

Northern Flicker at Quiet Waters Park

We’re finally getting some Spring weather. A few warblers have been reported, but the buds and insects aren’t in full evidence, so I decided to try Quiet Waters.
It was really a bit slow, but I found a few birds and a couple of bugs to get the season started.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

I heard this Carolina Wren singing loudly, and looked around for a few seconds before I realized he was right in front of me.

Bluebird

Quiet Waters is a good place to find Bluebirds.

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

For once, you can see the crests on this Double Crested Cormorant.

Canada Goose

This Canada Goose is nesting in the park.

Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron flew right in front of me.

Pied Billed Grebe

This Pied Billed Grebe has been in the cove for about a week now.

Northern Flicker

This Northern Flicker was the first bird I saw this morning.

Larva 1

Ladybug 11

Today's Bugs.

Today’s Bugs.

Gray Tree Frog at Truxtun Park

It really looked lousy outside this morning, but a few warblers have been seen, so I went to Governor Bridge to try my luck. There was very little to see, and I had some errands to do, so I left early and dropped in at Truxtun Park later in the afternoon.
The frog was a first for me, and a couple other animals cooperated, so it wasn’t a terrible day.

Canada Goose

These Canada Geese are raising a family at Governor Bridge.

Canada Goose

Gray Tree Frog

I was fortunate to find this Gray Tree Frog who was in the same tree as the Stink Bug.

Stink Bug

I think this is a Stink Bug.

5 Lined Skink

I found this 5 Lined Skink napping under a log.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters

We got very nice weather again today. A little cold, but plenty of sunshine. I went back to Quiet Waters to try my luck again, and had a very reasonable day. I spent about three hours in the morning, and another two hours this afternoon. I also got to talk to a couple of good birders and compare notes for future expeditions.


Pied Billed Grebe

Pied Billed Grebe

Two Pied Billed Grebes continue to hang out in the cove.


Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

The Common Loon is one of my favorites. Sleek, attractive and all business.

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

These Lesser Scaup should have moved to a breeding ground by now.

Osprey

Osprey

Look in the air anywhere in Quiet Waters and you may see an Osprey.

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck Nest

This is a Wood Duck nest.

Pied Billed Grebe at Quiet Waters Park

The weatherman delivered on his promise of sunny and warm, and I spent the morning at Jonas Green and Quiet Waters. The Horned Grebes continued in goodly numbers, but there wasn’t much else.
Quiet Waters was slow as well, but a I got some decent shots of a bird I haven’t seen often. I went back in the afternoon to see if I could do better, and I did. The two Pied Billed Grebes I had seen in the morning were still there, and much more cooperative.

Red Winged Blackbird

This Red Winged Blackbird was displaying.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

This Eastern Phoebe posed for me as I was leaving the park.

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

I had much better light for these Horned Grebes today.

Ring Billed Gull

I’m not a gull fan, but this Ring Billed Gull flew right in front of me.

Mallard

This Mallard was quite close to me when he took off.

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

When these Red Breasted Mergansers caught a fish, the other one would try to steal it.

Pied Billed Grebe

Pied Billed Grebe

I had amost despaired of getting a close shot of this Pied Billed Grebe when he started swimming toward me.