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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 caner 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.

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Snowy Egrets have been numerous this year.

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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 Ducks are doing well in the pond at Jonas Green.

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Thss Great Blue Heron was fishing at Possum POoint.

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

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

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Wood DUcks seem to do very well in this pond.

Orchard Oriole 2021-4

 

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This is a migrating Orchard Oriole.

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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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These Least Sandpipers are travelling in large flocks.

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Several Greater Yellowlegs were searching the perimeter of the lake.

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Snowy Egrets outnumbered the other water birds.

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There were many Tricolored Herons.

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There were 20 or more Great Egrets every day.

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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.

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I mean, we had a lot of Egrets

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

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This Great Egret has found an eel.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2021-1

A quick stop at my neighbor’s feeder.

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

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Several Laughing Gulls have been visiting.

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Greater Yellowlegs 2021-23

6-8 Greater Yellowlegs are visiting.

Killdeer 2021-6

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

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Several Ospreys are still in the area.

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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.

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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.

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

Semi Palmated Sandpiper 2021-1

There were thousands of Semi Palmated Sandpipers.

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Many Great Blue herons were fishing in the marsh.

Forster's Tern 2021-17

A few dozen Forster’s Terns were rapidly fishing.

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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.

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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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Great Egret at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

We’ve had decent weather the last week, with little rain and tolerable temps. The water level at CBEC has remained quite low for 2-3 weeks, and the waders are taking advantage. I have never seen so many egrets there.

I had 100 Snowy Egrets today, 25 Great Egret, and 8 Tricoloreds, That’s a good day. I seem to have inadvertently popularized the place, as more photographers keep showing up.

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Low water has revealed a lot of mud for the waders.

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This Redhead hen should be far from here. She may be inured.

 

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With so many birds competing for food, there’s the occasional disagreement.

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These Tricolored Herons have decided to roost in a tree right above my head.

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About 100 Canada Geese are present each morning.

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Glossy Ibibs 2021-4

I was startled to see these Glossy Ibis do a quick flyby.

Tricolored Heron at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

We’re still in the birding doldrums around here. I suspect they’re just not as plentiful, as most have finished nesting and just aren’t as active.

At this time of year I have more fun in the marshes, where there’s a good variety of species and a chance for a rarity or two, like The Tricolored Herons. (Banding Code TRHE).

Egrets have been plentiful, the Tree Swallows seem to have mostly moved, and a few Barn Swallows are still here. Passerines are elusive, and I’ve only gotten a few images.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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You can find Black Crowned Night Herons at Kent Narrows most mornings.

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This Green Heron was feeding at the USNA marina.

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Great Blue Herons will often spook as you approach in the early morning.

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It took a little doing to get this Osprey image aligned properly

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These Snowy Egrets are spending time at CBEC.

Forster's Trn 2021-6

I’ve been seeing larger flocks of Forster’s Terns than usual.

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Least Sandpiper 2021-3

Least Sandpipers are frequent visitors at CBEC.

Common Yellowthroat 2021-1

There are many Common Yellowthroat Warblers in the marsh, but their song eludes me.

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Many Wood Duck chicks are thriving at Jonas green.

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A midsummer nest repair

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Tricolored Herons are becoming regular Summer visitors.

 

Green Heron at Jonas Green Park.

It’s the slowest time of the year and it’s getting hot. I’m visiting the same places almost daily and not finding much interesting. There may just be fewer birds, or I may need a new game plan. I suspect I’ve lost a step or two, as I feel my longer walks more than usual.

Both Possum Point and Sandy Point have made it hard to get in for sunrise photos, and my few trips there this year haven’t found much. Likewise for CBEC and Terrapin.

The pond at Jonas Green has been my salvation for the last few weeks. Herons, Ducks and Blackbirds are plentiful and usually will pose at least briefly.

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Heron sculpture at Quiet Waters Park.

Barn Swallow 2021-6

A Tree Swallow rests alongside a Barn Swallow.

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I found this Snowy Egret at CBEC.

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This Green Heron was fishing on the entrance road to CBEC.

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Distant Heron nest at Jonas Green.

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A Great Blue Heron foraging at CBEC.

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Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury Point.

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It’s been a good year for Bluebirds.

Goldfinch 2021-7

You can usually find Goldfinches at Greenbury Point.

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It’s the season of Wood Duck chicks!

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This Carolina Wren was singing loudly at Greenbury Point.

 

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Eastern Bluebirds have been plentiful this year.

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A pair of Green Herons is hanging out at Jonas Green Park.

Trumpeter Swans at Sandy Point.

It’s that time of year when things slow down, and there may be some kind of cicada effect this year. Is it possible I’m seeing fewer birds because they’re finding food more easily? I haven’t seen that many birds eating cicadas, but others have.

It seems odd to see Trumpeter Swans at a beach, but they’ve been seen there several times in the past couple of months. They were very cooperative and ate a lot of cicadas.

Otherwise, Bluebirds and Ospreys dominated. The water is still high at CBEC, so I haven’t crossed the bridge much. I’m keeping an eye on the Ebird reports.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

Double Crested Cormorant 2021-9

This Double Crested Cormorant was fishing at Schoolhouse Pond.

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The Possum Point Ospreys seem to have chicks.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2021-3

Yellow Breasted Chats are often heard, but can be difficult to see.

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A few Cedar Waxwings have been appearing here and there.

 

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There seems to be more Eastern Bluebirds than usual.

Screech Owl 2021-26

This Eastern Screech Owl has been at Quiet Waters for quite a while.

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These Canada Goose chicks were sleeping in the sand.

Cowbird 2021-5

Nobody likes the poor old Cowbird, who lays her eggs in other bird’s nests.

Goldfinch 2021-4

I’m seeing fewer Goldfinches than usual.

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Great Crested Flycatcher 2021-7

This Great Crested Flycatcher was at Jonas Green Park. First time I’ve seen one there.

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I found this Wood Duck and her chicks at Jonas Green Park.

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Trumpeter Swans are the largest flying waterfowl, reaching 30 pounds with an 8 foot wingspan.

Trumpeter Swan 2021-19The Trumpeter  Swan Society used some of my images.