I’m posting Saturday’s images on Monday because a sudden cold had me in bed nearly all day yesterday. I’m still not 100%, but much better.
I went to Governor Bridge b cause I’ve done well there in past migrations, but this just hasn’t been my year. Plenty of Orioles, but no other migrants that I saw.
I photographed this Cardinal at an unusual angle.
I see a lot of Blue Jays, but they don’t often pose well.
Lots of Catbirds, everywhere I looked.
Cornell: “It can be tricky to glimpse a Brown Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, and once you do you may wonder how such a boldly patterned, gangly bird could stay so hidden. Brown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly downcurved bill and staring yellow eyes, and they are the only thrasher species east of Texas. Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird.”
I went to the Eastern Shore yesterday, and struck out completely. A very unusual occurrence. In truth, today wasn’t a lot better. I found a few good birds, but they wouldn’t pose. I had to settle for the usual suspects.
I spent a little time looking for bugs, and found a nice spider.
This Catbird is molting.
This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting, about as plain as a bird gets.
There’s almost always a common Yellowthroat to be found at Governor Bridge.
This Eastern Phoebe may be migrating.
Blue Grosbeaks will be migrating soon.
This (Wolf Spider, I think) is carrying her egg sac.
A migrant at last! GB was actually very active this morning, but it took a couple of hours to find the Magnolia Warbler, the only migrant. Catbirds were very numerous, and other birds were actively feeding as well.
I spent some time looking for bugs, but it’s still slow.
It’s fun to watch the antics of Chickadees as they feed.
I’ve only seen a few Great Crested Flycatchers this year.
I saw several Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will be heading South soon.
Several Red Eyed Vireos were foraging in the big field.
This Brown Thrasher sat very still for several minutes.
I repeated my Eastern Shore routine again this morning;Sandy Point for sunrise, Terrapin and then CBEC. The weather was perfect again, with low temps and low humidity.
Terrapin was a bit more productive, but the water is still high, so wading birds just aren’t around. CBEC has improved, with a host of Egrets continuing Tricolors, Eagles, Pine Warblers and Brown Headed Nuthatches.
Sunrise at Sandy Point.
Ospreys seem to do well at CBEC.
CBEC is the best place I know for Brown Headed Nuthatches.
Purple Martins were present in large numbers.
This Great Egret seemed to be taking a break.
At least two Tri Colored Herons are still at CBEC.
This Semipalmated Plover was feeding at CBEC.
This may be a Least Sandpiper.
I’m seeing Belted Kingfishers more often lately.
This Green Heron flew overhead at Terrapin.
I saw an adult Bald Eagle as well as this juvenile.
More perfect weather. I started at Terrapin, which was once gain very slow. I understand the high water, but I wonder where the song birds are.
I moved on to CBEC after an hour or two, and it was slower than last week, but still productive. The Cooper’s Hawk was the first I’ve seen in a while, and an Indigo Bunting made a surprise appearance. I was lucky to find the Tricolored Heron, who was well hidden for a while.
This is the first Indigo Bunting I’ve seen at CBEC.
This Snowy Egret has found a nice breakfast.
There were at least 8 Great Blue Herons fishing in the lake.
I believe this is a Lesser Yellowlegs.
This Tri Colored Heron flew away when I first found him, but I was able to re-locate him.
I saw this Cooper’s Hawk just before he attacked a small bird.