I was a bit late to Possum Point this morning, and missed the best sunrise colors. I took a few photos anyway and checked out the birds. Lots of Ospreys, in 5 active nests, and several flocks of Cormorants were the highlights.
Beach Road had a few Scaup and Canvasbacks, as well as Grebes.
I finished up at Jonas Green Park, which didn’t have much to offer.
Another Possum Point sunrise.
This shot was taken with the 500mm lens.
It’s not hard to find a Song Sparrow at Jonas Green.
These Horned Grebes were at Jonas Green Park.
The skies around Possum Point are filled with Ospreys at this time of year.
A small flock of Lesser Scaup is till hanging out at Beach Road.
These Canada Geese were in the small pond across from Jonas Green.
Mallards are found in all the waters around the bay.
Possum Point has been a favorite spot for Double Crested Cormorants as long as I’ve been going there.
A friend (Thanks, Doug), invited Graeme and I to view a Heron Rookery on his property this morning, and it was quite a trip. The nest are 50-60 feet in the air, and we saw at least 7 occupied nests. With any luck we’ll be able to check on their progress over the next couple of months.
There were plenty of other birds about also, including Pileated Woodpeckers, Kingfishers and ducks. A very good day.
Great Blue Herons nest high off the ground.
It appeared that a Raccoon had been walking on the beach.
This Eastern Phoebe is my first of the season.
A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers seem to be preparing to nest in the area.
Two Ospreys were fishing nearby.
We saw several Belted Kingfishers.
The Great Blue Herons were very active, preening, calling and mating all morning.
Graeme and I met early again and went to Possum Point to try for more sunrise images. The Ospreys were cooperative, and the Red Breasted Mergansers are still hanging around. A few Scaup and Buffleheads are still feeding there as well.
Quiet Waters was productive also, with some very cooperative birds.
Thomas Point was a bust, and I fear it’s done for the season.
This early morning fisherman spooked most of the birds out of the bay
There was lots of color in the sky this morning.
The Osprey pair is very busy repairing their nest and fishing.
We had much better light for the Red Breasted Mergansers this morning.
I found this American Coot at Truxtun a couple of days go.
This sleepy pair of Mallards was also at Truxtun.
This Chickadee is preparing a nest at Thomas Point.
We saw Horned Grebes at Beach Drive and Quiet Waters,
These Turkey Vultures were arguing over a dead fish at Quiet Waters.
My favorite Quiet Waters Great Blue Heron.
This Red Shouldered Hawk was near the entrance to Quiet Waters, and we stopped the car in the middle of the road to get close ups.
We spooked this Double Crested Cormorant at Beach Drive.
I didn’t realize this was a Gadwall drake until I saw it on the screen.
We got good looks at this pair of Hooded Mergansers at Quiet Waters.