American Wigeon at Thomas Point.

It’s been a relatively slow couple of weeks since I posted.  I’ve been making the rounds locally for a while, as I’m not hearing about much elsewhere. Last year we has Siskins and Nuthatches, but no treats so far this season.

Wood Ducks are still at Quiet Waters, Buffleheads and Tundra Swans are well established and White Throated Sparrows are numerous everywhere. I’m still waiting for more Winter ducks, and the Wigeon, a single bird, was a welcome treat.

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Quiet Waters Cove.

Northern Pintail 2021-1

Northern Pintail 2021-4

This Northern Pintail was at Bombay Hook.

Great Blue Heron 2021-150

Great Blue Herons appear to be very patient.

Forster's Tern 2021-24

I’ve seen fewer Forster’s Terns this say than usual.

American Avocet 2021-20

American Avocet 2021-21

These American Avocets were at Bombay Hook.

Greater Yellowlegs 2021-43

This is a Greeter Yellowlegs.

Black Duck 2021-13

Black Duck 2021-12

Most Years I can find Black Ducks at Thomas Point.

Great Egret 2021-216

This Great Egret is headed South for the Winter.

Northern Shoveler 2021-7

The Northern is aptly named for his huge ebak.

Mallard 2021-66

Mallard 2021-67

The morning light can be magical at times.

Canada Goose 2021-121

Two C anada Geese taking off from Jonas Green Park.

Gadwall 2021-40

I’ve been finding Gadwalls at Jonas Green Park for several years.

Hooded Merganser 2021-14

Hooded Mergansers of then visit Jonas Green in the Fall.

Hooded Merganser 2021-12

Northern Harrier 2021-1

This Northern Harrier was foraging at Bombay Hook.

Pied Billed Grebe 2021-4

We should be seeing a few Pied Billed Grebes soon.

Great Egret 2021-218

Double Crested Cormorant 2021-19

Double Crested Cormorants are a common sight.

Bufflehead 2021-68

Dozens of Buffleheads are in the South River.

Cowbird 2021-7

A flock of Cowbirds is feeding in Quiet Waters.

Chipping Sparrow 2021-37

Watch the WHite Throated Sparrows and you may find the occasional Chipping Sparrow.

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These Wood Ducks seem to be staying a bit late.

Dark Eyed Junco 2020-26

I expect to see more Dark Eyed Juncos soon.

Cardinal 2021-60

Cardinals are plentiful.

White Throated Sparrow 2021-37

Chipping Sparrows are regulars at Quiet Waters.

American Wigeon 2021-3

American Wigeon 2021-4

I found this American Wigeon at Thomas Point.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters

The passerines seem to have finished migrating and I’m waiting for the waterfowl. I’ve seen Buffleheads recently, and I heard one report of Swans, so it won’t be much longer.

I’m still going to the same places, with a couple of looks at Terrapin and CBEC, both of which had flooding problems. I’ve tried Sandy Point a couple of times with no luck. It will get better.

Thomas Point  is open now, but there’s not much to see yet. Plenty of Sparrows and Bluebirds, but no ducks or Swans yet. No Eagles, either.

So, these are the best from the last couple of weeks.

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Cove 32

Quiet Waters.

 

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Annapolis from Jonas Green Park.

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Dark Eyed Junco 2020-23

Fark Eyed Juncos arrived just a few days ago.

Chipping Sparrow 2021-31

Chipping Sparrows seem to be numerous.

Bufflehead 2021-60

I’ve seen only a few Buffleheads so far.

Gadwall 2021-32

Gadwalls are regular visitors at Jonas Green.

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Great Blue Heron 2021-147

This Great Blue Heron regularly roosts on the Osprey platform.

Double Crested Cormorant 2021-16

I see Double Crested Cormorants often.

White Throated Sparrow 2021-35

I’ve read that White Throated Sparrows are one our most numerous birds.

Goldfinch 2021-13

There are many Goldfinches at Thomas Point.

Canada Goose 2021-118

Many Geese seem to stay the entire Winter.

Red Tailed Hawk 2021-11

I used to see Red Shouldered Hawks more often.

Palm Warbler 2021-15

The last Palm Warbler of the season.

White Breasted Nuthatch 2021-23

White Breasted Nuthatches seem to be thriving.

Blue Jay 2021-16

Many Blue Jays migrated through our area.

ruby crowned kinglet 2021-5

A few Ruby Crowned Kinglets are still in the area.

Mallard 2021-62

I find Mallards in every suitable place I visit.

Black Duck 2021-11

Black Ducks have been regulars at Thomas Point for years.

Hooded Merganser 2021-7

Hooded Mergansers have visited Jonas Green for several years.

Song Sparrow 2021-62

I captured this Song Sparrow in an unusual pose.

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Wood Ducks seem to be staying later than usual.

Palm Warbler at Greenbury Point.

We must be getting close to the end of migration, and I’m complaining less than usual.  I’ve been very conservative about where I’ve been going. It’s all local with the exception of the occasional trip across the bridge.  The best nearby marshes are at CBEC  and  Terrapin. The best nearby lake is  Artemesia, but I haven’t been going that far, as the reports are dismal.

The best birds have been at Greenbury Point and the pond at Jonas Green.

We’ll have swans and ducks soon, and I’ll be adding Thomas Point to the list.

 

Great Blue Heron 2021-143

Great Blue Heron 2021-143

This Great Blue Heron often uses this Osprey nest.

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This Great Blue Heron often uses this Osprey nest.

Great Blue Heron 2021-146

Common Yellowthroat 2020-15

This young Common Yellowthroat is headed south for the Winter.

Bald Eagle 2021-29

I found three Bald Eagles over Greenbury Point.

White Throated Sparrow 2021-32

White Throated Sparrow 2021-34

White Throated Sparrows are here in large numbers.

Mockingbird 2021-7

There’s usually several Mockingbirds at Greenbury Point.

Yellow Rumped Warler 2021-7

Laerge flocks of Yellow Rumped Warblers are everywhere.

Blue Jay 2021-15

Many Blue Jays are migrating through.

Mallard 2021-58

Mallards frequently visit the Jonas Green Pond.

Canada Goose 2021-116

Canada Geese are also frequent guests.

Eastern Bluebird 2020-67

This Easter Bluebird was at Greenbury Point.

Eastern Towhee 2021-3

Eastern Towhees are heading south.

Eastern Phoebe 2021-12

Many Eastern Phoebes are in the area.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2021-21

Red Bellied woodpeckers are present in just about every place I visit.

Cooper's Hawk 2021-8Cardinal 2021-59

Savannah Sparrow 2021-2

This Savannah Sparrow was at Greenbury Point.

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Wood Ducks did well this year at Jonas Green.

Palm Warbler 2021-13

This Palm Warbler is headed to Central America.

 

Black Bellied Plover at Bombay Hook.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. It was quite slow for a while, but migration  is in full swing now, and I’m actually finding the occasional warbler.

A trip to Bombay Hook with Graeme was a treat a few days ago.

I got to CBEC again, and Terrapin, but  mostly I’ve stuck to Greenbury, Jonas Green and Quiet Waters.

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Quiet Waters garden.

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The fountain at Quiet Waters Park.

Magnolia Warbler 2021-3

This Magnolia Warbler was at Granbury Point .

Tricolored Heron 2021-180

A solitary Tricolored Heron at Bombay Hook.

Cardinal 2021-56

Cardinal 2021-58

I see a lot of Cardinals.

 

Black Throated Blue Warbler 2021-3

The Black Throated Blue Warbler is one of my favorites.

Indigo Bunting 2021-12

This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting.

Goldfinch 2021-11

This female American Goldfinch may spend the Winter at Greenbury Point.

ruby crowned kinglet 2021-3

Many Ruby Crowned Kinglets are passing through.

Carolina Wren 2021-20

Carolina Wrens are audible throughout the area.

Brown Thrasher 2021-13

Brown Thrashers have impressive tails.

Wood Duck 2021-272-

The Jonas Green Wood Ducks are thriving.

Red Eyed Vireo 2021-9

Red Eyed Vireos are heading South.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2021-16

There’s always a few Red Bellied Woodpeckers around.

Ovenbird 2020-2

 

Ovenbird 2021-1

This Ovenbird was a surprise, as I haven’t seen many.

Catbird 2021-8

Many Catbirds have been around for a week.

Commin Gallinule 2021-3

This Common Gallinule was hard to pick out in the reeds.

Red Winged Blackbird 2020-10

A female Red Winged Blackbird posed nicely.

Mute Swan 2021-3

We saw 6 Mute Swans at Bombay Hook.

Roseate Spoonbill 2021-8

Roseate Spoonbill 2021-10

Roseate Spoonbills have been seen in several MD parks.

Wild Turkey 2021-3

We followed a small flock of Wild Turkeys for a while.

Turkey Vulture 2021-5

This Turkey Vulture is drying his wings.

Peregrine Falcon 2021-1

Peregrine Falcons seem to like Bombay Hook.

Great Egret 2021-206

There wer dozens of Great Egrets at Bombay Hook.

Bobolink 2021-2

I haven’t seen Bobolinks in a few years.

Dunlin 2021-7

So far, I’ve only seen Dunlins at Bombay Hook.

 

Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2021-0

The Rose Breasted Grosbeak is another bird I’ve seen rarely.

Double Crested Cormorant 2021-13

I’ve e been seeing more Double Crested Cormorants at Possum Point.

Black Bellied Plover 2021-1

This is the first Black Bellied Plover I’ve seen.

Pine Warbler at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I’ve been staying close to home lately, with a couple of trips to Wooton and CBEC that didn’t really pay off. I had better luck today.

The pond at Jonas Green Park has been busy, with many Wood Duck fledglings and a few Herons and Egrets. Quiet Waters has been underwhelming. It may pick up now that a few Warblers are being seen.

My new camera gear has arrived and I’ve been learning how best to use it. I believe I’ll be getting some better shots now. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Snowy Egret 2021-148

Snowy Egrets have been numerous this year.

Great Blue Heron 2021-132

I’m seeing fewer Great Blue Herons than usual.

 

Chipping Sparrow 2021-24

Chipping Sparrows have returned to Quiet Waters Park..

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Wood Duck 2021-216

Wood Ducks are doing well in the pond at Jonas Green.

Great Blue Heron 2021-131

This Great Blue Heron was fishing at Possum Point.

Chipping Sparrow 2021-23

This is a juvenile Chipping Sparrow.

House Sparrow 2021-11

Jonas Green is home to dozens of House Sparrows.

Palm Warbler 2021-3

This Palm Warbler was visiting Jonas Green Park.

House Wren 2021-3

I found this House Wren at Greenbury Point, where he may stay the Winter.

 

Carolina Chickadee 2021-4

I hear Chickadees more often that I see them.

Indigo Bunting 2021-8

Indigo Bunting 2021-9

This female Indigo Bunting is headed south.

Brown Thrasher 2021-10

Brown Thrasher 2021-11

Brown Thrashers are moving south for the Winter.

Common Yellowthroat 2020-6

I probably miss a lot of Common Yellowthroats because their song is so quiet.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo 2021-1

Yellow Billed Cuckoos are another bird more often heard than seen.

Eastern Wood Peewee 2021-1

I see a few Eastern Wood Peewees every year.

Pine Warbler 2021-5

Pine Warblers are seen every year at CBEC.

Magnolia Warbler at Greenbury Point.

Warblers! I’m seeing a few migrants now, although I suppose most of the birds are migrants now, including the Egrets at Jonas Green,

In addition to the Magnolia, there were Redstarts, Vireos and Gnatcatchers, but mot many photo opps.

The Jonas Green Egrets have been posing well, but the Quiet Waters birds have been few and far between so far.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

 

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Great Egret 2021-139

It’s a little unusual to have so many Egrets in this pond.

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Snowy Egret 2021-143

There’s more Snowy Egrets than Great Egrets in the pond.

Wood Duck 2021-182

Wood DUcks seem to do very well in this pond.

Orchard Oriole 2021-4

 

Orchard Oriole 2021-5

This is a migrating Orchard Oriole.

Chipping Sparrow 2021-21

Chipping Sparrow 2021-1

Chipping Sparrows seem to be everywhere.

Cowbird 2021-6

A small flock of Brown Headed Cowbirds passed through Quiet Waters.

Magnolia Warbler 2021-1

This Magnolia Warbler was a treat to find.

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‘Tis the season of caterpillars.

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This Garden Spider was hunting at Quiet Waters.

Snowy Egrets at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

The water level has returned to normal at Lake Knapp, and the waterfowl bonanza has diminished greatly. There were still plenty of Egrets, but the Herons and Sandpipers are about gone.

CBEC has plenty of other birds, of course, but they also have a vast richness in biting insects at times.

I made  stops at Jonas Green Park, Terrapin, Wooton and Quiet Waters as well.  Warblers soon come.

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CBEC Dawn.

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Least Sandpiper 2021-20

These Least Sandpipers are travelling in large flocks.

Greater Yellowlegs 2021-27

Greater Yellowlegs 2021-29

Several Greater Yellowlegs were searching the perimeter of the lake.

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Snowy Egret 2021-127

Snowy Egrets outnumbered the other water birds.

Tricolored Heron 2021-172

There were many Tricolored Herons.

Great Egret 2021-130

There were 20 or more Great Egrets every day.

Great Egret 2021-131

Forster's Tern 2021-22

Forster’s Terns seem to visit every day.

American Avocets at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I’ve been visiting CBEC daily for a week or so. The low water has attracted hundreds of waterfowl and provided lots of photo opportunities. The water is so low that the resident carp are dying. I’ve never seen the lake water level so low.

The Tricolored Herons are continuing, along with Terns, Sandpipers and Ospreys. It’s been too hot to stay a long time, but it’s working out.

The Avocets have been seen several times, but I was lucky to get any look at all. They flew in, circled a few times and left.

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All the mud you see is usually covered.

Snowy Egret 2021-101

I mean, we had a lot of Egrets

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Snowy Egret 2021-96

I’ve see 100 or more Snowy Egrets at CBEC most days this week.

Great Egret 2021-112

This Great Egret has found an eel.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2021-1

A quick stop at my neighbor’s feeder.

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Tricolored Heron 2021-157

We’ve been seeing 20,or more Tricolored Herons each day.

Laughing Gull 2021-3.

Several Laughing Gulls have been visiting.

Tricolored Heron 2021-155

Greater Yellowlegs 2021-23

6-8 Greater Yellowlegs are visiting.

Killdeer 2021-6

There’s often a few Killdeer in the mud flats.

Osprey 2021-55

Several Ospreys are still in the area.

American Avocet 2021-16

American Avocet 2021-18

12 American Avocets flew in for a brief visit.

Roseate Spoonbill at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I spent the morning at Bombay Hook NWR, and had a very good day! We started with a Peregrine Falcon, and went on to a Least Bittern and a Common Gallinule, two life birds.

I had several overexposures because the light was much better than I’m used to. Must check more often.

The locals told us the Spoonbills hadn’t been appearing, but we got lucky on the second go around, and found them quite close to the road.

Avocets, Stilts and Ibises rounded out the list.

Glossy Ibibs 2021-6

Glossy Ibibs 2021-10

Glossy Ibises are quite striking.

 

Black Necked Stilt 2021-2

Bombay Hook is a reliable place to find Black Necked Stilts.

Commin Gallinule 2021-1

This Common Gallinule is a first for me.

Wood Duck 2021-179

Wood Duck 2021-178

We saw about 35 Wood Ducks. These are first year birds.

Semi Palmated Sandpiper 2021-1

There were thousands of Semi Palmated Sandpipers.

Great Blue Heron 2021-115

Many Great Blue herons were fishing in the marsh.

Forster's Tern 2021-17

A few dozen Forster’s Terns were rapidly fishing.

Laughing Gull 2021-2.

Laughing Gull.

My best look at a Laughing Gull this year.

 

Goldfinch 2021-8

You can often find Goldfinches in the growth by the roadside.

Least Bittern 2021-4

This Least Bittern was quite ar away, and I overexposed the shot. Lesson learned.

Least Bittern 2021-4

This Least Bittern was quite far away, and I overexposed the shot. Lesson learned.

Great Egret 2021-93

Two of many dozens of Great Egrets we saw.

Roseate Spoonbill 2021-3

We were lucky to get a good look at these rare visitor.

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Roseate Spoonbill 2021-3