Greater Yellowlegs at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Once again I started at Sandy Point with some sunrise shots. Plenty of gulls on the beach, but I want warblers, so I headed to Terrapin, which was nearly barren,

CBEC was much more active, but I’m still not finding warblers.

Sandy Point 62

Sandy Point 63

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Snowy Egret 185

Snowy Egret 186

Large numbers of Snowy Egrets are still present.

Sandpiper 108

Another unknown Sandpiper.

Sandpiper 107

I’m not sure which Sandpipers these are.

Semipalmated Plover 8

The Semipalmated Plover is similar to the Killdeer, but only has a single band.

Great Egret 109

Several Great Egrets are still hanging around.


Cardinal 206

This Cardinal is molting

Killdeer 103

Several Killdeer were feeding in the shallow water.



Greater Yellowlegs 106 Greater Yellowlegs 105 Greater Yellowlegs 104

Greater Yellowlegs 107

This is kind of cool, as it shows a Greater Yellowlegs (Right) and a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Black Skimmer at Sandy Point State Park

The Skimmer was reported a couple of days ago, and I looked for it yesterday without luck. One bird out of thousands on the beach.

Today, I spotted a birdwatcher (Annie) in the right area, and she pointed it out to me. I hadn’t seen one since I lived in Florida in the fifties.

Several other gulls and a nice sunrise made for a good morning, and I finished just in time to beat the rain.

Sandy Point 59

Sandy Point 60

Sandy Point 61

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Greater Blackbacked Gull 100

This is a Greater Blackbacked Gull, the world’s largest gull.

Caspian Tern 123

Caspian Tern 122

Two Caspian Terns were mixed in with the large flock of gulls.

Black Skimmer 2

Black Skimmer 1

This juvenile Black Skimmer should be well South of us by now.


Palm Warbler at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

I started at Sandy Point again, then went to Terrapin. An hour at Terrapin didn’t produce a single interesting bird, which is very unusual.

CBEC was better, and I finally got a decent warbler photo, but it’s still a very slow migration period.

Sandy Point 56

Sandy Point 57

Sunrise at Sandy Point.


Goldfinch 227

These Goldfinches are changing to their winter plumage.

Bald Eagle 429

There are numerous Bald Eagles at CBEC.

Catbird 211

This Catbird was the only image I got at Terrapin.

Blue Grosbeak 213

Blue Grosbeak 212

I don’t recall seeing Blue Grosbeaks at CBEC before.


Palm Warbler 109

Palm Warbler 110

This Palm Warbler landed at my feet and foraged without paying much attention to me.


Great Egret at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

I made the same trek again today; Sandy Point, Terrapin, then CBEC. Still no warblers to speak of, and the usual suspects at CBEC. I did get a decent sunrise, and a Bald Eagle flew right over head.

Sandy Point 55

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Robin 69

I saw at least a hundred Robins.

Semipalmated Plover 7

CBEC is the only place I regularly see Semipalmated Plovers.

Northern Flicker 103

I suspect this Northern Flicker is migrating.

Bald Eagle 428

Bald Eagle 427

This is a juvenile Bald Eagle.

Great Egret 108

The Great Egret is about twice as large as his Snowy relative.



Common Yellowthroat at Howard County Conservancy

I drove 40 miles to the HCC this morning and met Graeme. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place, but my bad luck continued this morning. We saw very few birds of any kind, and only found one who would pose for us. Others have the same complaint, but some people are finding warblers regularly. Weird.

Goat 2

We saw two goats in a pen. An exhibit of some kind.

Monarch 15

Monarchs are still appearing in small numbers.

Common Yellowthroat 224

This Common Yellowthroat was the only interesting bird we saw.


Sanderling at Sandy Point

I went after another sunrise this morning, and did OK, especially when a Sanderling decided to feed almost at my feet.

Terrapin and CBEC continue to be disappointing, with a few good birds, but the light wasn’t much to speak of, unfortunately.

Sandy Point 53

Sandy Point 54

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Bald Eagle 426

Better light would have been good for this juvenile Bald Eagle.

Cardinal 205

Cardinals stay in the area all year.

Snowy Egret 184

Snowy Egrets continue in large numbers.

Seagull 103

Several Seagulls were flying at CBEC.

Killdeer 102

I spooked this Killdeer, but he didn’t fly far.

Sanderling 17

Spotted Sandpiper at Wooton’s Landing

The reports I’m hearing suggest birding is slow all over. I don’t know if migration is delayed or bypassing us, but it’s odd.

I’ve been out at least briefly nearly every day, and I’ve never had such a lengthy period with so few decent sightings.

Sandy Point 50


Sandy Point 52

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Sanderling 16

8 – 10 Sanderlings were feeding practically at my feet.

Eastern Phoebe 110

This Eastern Phoebe was also at Wooton.

Spotted Sandpiper 101

Spotted Sandpiper 100

I haven’t seen a Spotted Sandpiper since last year, also at Wooton.




Chestnut Sided Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park

Warbler hunting continues to be very slow. Some are being found, but my guess is we need some North winds to speed things up.

I spent a couple of hours at Terrapin, then went to CBEC which is also slowing down. The good news is that I saw 10-12 Monarchs.

Sandy Point 51

Sunrise at Sandy point.

Great Blue Heron 344

Another Great Blue Heron with a mouthful.



American Redstart 116

American Redstart 115

American Redstarts seem to be early migraters.

Chestnut Sided Warbler 200

I haven’t seen a Chestnut Sided Warbler since Spring.

Monarch 14

I saw a lot of Monarchs today, so I assume migration is under way.

Black Throated Green Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park

A decent warbler at last! It’s been a very slow Fall migration for some reason. I didn’t find much else at Terrapin, so I went to CBEC after a couple of hours. It was much more active, but I didn’t see any additional migrants.

I don't see Frogs very often.

Mockingbird 107

I saw a lot of migrating Mockingbirds this morning.

Great Egret 107

Great Egret 105

Great Egrets are almost twice as large as Snowy Egrets.

Snowy Egret 182

This Snowy Egret was very intent on finding breakfast.

Black Throated Green Warbler 102

Black Throated Green Warbler 101

Black Throated Green Warbler 103

Black Throated Green Warbler 100

A small flock of Black Throated Green Warblers was foraging in the trees.

Butterfly 26

This Butterfly was rapidly fluittering his wings as he fed on the flowers.

Great Blue Heron at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It’s been a bizarre and barren Fall migration so far. I’ve seen virtually no warblers so far, and even the bugs are scarce.

I went back to Governor Bridge this morning, and not a creature was stirring. One very tame Great Blue Heron let me get very close, but I didn’t get a decent look at any other birds.

I spent about an hour hunting bugs, but it was wet, and there wasn’t much to see.

Great Blue Heron 342

This Great Blue Heron was the only good bird pic I was able to get.

Spider 259

Today’s bugs.

Caterpillar 218 Fly 102 Fly 101 Caterpillar 219

Spider 258

Spider 259

Today’s bugs.