The weatherman got it right again. Cloudy and cool with the promise of rain. I don’t like these low-light days, but with Spring migration in the air I figured it was worth a try. I didn’t see any migrants, but it was well worth the trip.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
A Slow Day at Wooton Wetlands Park
Perfect birding weather. I had an early appointment, so I didn’t get started until 10:00 or so, and I headed to Wooton to avoid the crowds at the regular spots around here.
A couple of Red Tails appeared early, and the Tree Swallows were still active, but all the ducks have gone and very few small passerines appeared. Such is the birding game at times.
Canoodling Killdeer at CBEC
We finally have some weather worthy of Spring! It was just a little chilly this morning, and there were more clouds than I’d like, but by the time I got to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, things were improving and the day was very good indeed.
I spotted the usual Tree Swallows along the entrance road, and found some mating Killdeer near the parking lot, so the day started well. There were Eagles and Osprey everywhere I looked, and a couple of Red Tailed Hawks provided some great images, along with sundry other birds.
I’ve been posting some pictures on the Facebook page of the Mid-Atlantic NWF and you can find them here:National Wildlife Federation They’re good people doing a good job.
Wood Ducks at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctary
I was eager to get out in today’s wonderful weather, but unsure where to go. My aged brain reminded me that I had signed up to be a “Friend of Jug Bay”, and that they are only open on Wednesdays, so I loaded up the truck and took off. A wise decision as it turned out.
I located a good variety of birds and got a few good shots, as well as meeting some nice people.
Hairy Woodpecker at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Today’s weather was much more in keeping with the arrival of Spring than our surprise snow of yesterday. With a nearly clear sky and warming temps, I went to CBEC to see if there were any new arrivals. A Hairy Woodpecker was a nice find, along with a Northern Harrier and even more Ospreys.
Spring seems to be here to stay, and I anticipate we’ll be talking Warblers before long.
Northern Pintail at Wooton Wetlands Park
I was much too busy today to go birding, but I couldn’t resist, so I drove quickly to Wooton to see if I could have as much success as yesterday. I was somewhat surprised to find a lone Pintail and a small flock of American Coots. I spent way too much time trying to get a Tree Swallow to pose for a flight shot.
Greater Yellowlegs at Wooton Wetlands Park
I had an early appointment this morning, but the weather was perfect and I headed to Thomas Point for a quick look. It was a waste, so I decided to go to Wooton to see what the warming weather might have brought.
A flock of Tree Swallows was the highlight, as well as a Bald Eagle and a Greater Yellowlegs, which I’ve only seen once before.
A good day.
Red Tailed Hawk (And a few Ospreys) at CBEC
The weatherman got it about right this morning;temps in the 30s, but warming and a strong wind. My friend Graeme and I had planned a trip to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, and we met there about 8:30.
We made several loops of the marsh path and ran into some nice birds, including several recently arrived Ospreys.
Forster’s Tern at SERC
I awoke to a light snow shower and cold, windy weather this morning, and headed out to a small repair job before moving on to the fun stuff.
My appointment was in Davidsonville, and the owner raises chickens. Afterwards, I decided to go to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as I was halfway there.
It wasn’t as productive as in the past, but it was a nice walk and at least a few birds cooperated.