I went back to Sandy Point State Park this morning, for lack of any better available choice. Late July is kind of blah for birding.
Someday I’ll figure out why one birding day is better than another. I went back to Lothian today and didn’t see nearly as many birds even though the weather was better and I had more time to seek them out.
It was cooler today, so I went to the Nature Center and Possum Point to see if anything had changed, but, aside from a Bonaparte’s Gull, it was very slow.
I had a job in Lothian this morning, on the farm of a friend, and he graciously allowed me to cruise the property for birds. It’s a haven for all kinds of wildlife, and he’s one a marvelous job of landscaping and general maintenance. The first thing I noticed was an abundance of Flycatchers and Butterflies.
Work. weather and chores have been intruding on my birding for the last couple of days, so there’s not much to show here.
Yesterday I had to work on a couple pf computer problems, so my Sandy Point Trip was very short, and today I got new tires for the truck and got a few shots of the birds around Sam’s Club, but a subsequent trip to the Nature Center was very brief due to the excessive heat and humidity.
Another hot day, but I decided to try changing my luck and went to Sandy Point State Park this morning. This is a 786 acre park right on the Chesapeake Bay, at the Eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
There is a fee, but I had read about the “Golden Age” pass, which was granted quickly, and gives me free entrance to all MD State Parks. A good deal.
From the web site:”Wildlife viewing and bird watching are favorite pastimes for many park visitors. Sandy Point’s location on the Eastern Flyway makes it an ideal location for viewing a large variety of woodland, marsh and migratory waterfowl”
Decent weather for a change. I got to Possum Point around 6:45. It was in the high 70s and very overcast.
I immediately startled a feeding doe and two large waterbirds I couldn’t see well enough to ID. Almost certainly not Great Blue Herons, dark and silent.
I messed around for a while, then spent a couple of hours at the nature center, followed by an afternoon trip to Truxtun Park.
Another yucky, uninspiring day. It was warm early, even after last night’s welcome rain, an the firing range at USNA was open again, limiting the available birding space. I left soon after I arrived, as not much was happenng, and went to a friend’s house, which looks promising for the future.