5 Lined Skink at Quiet Waters.

It’s been 10 days since I posted anything; a record for this blog. It started with the flu, then a death in the family and the aftermath thereof. On top of all that, the few times I managed to get out there just wasn’t much to see.

Then, a few days ago, my big Sigma lens had a problem and I had to send it out for repairs.

I’m just going to post what I have without too much comment.

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Canada Goose and goslings at Lake Artemesia.

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Orchard Orioles will breed in our area.

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Purple Martins have returned to Lake Artemesia.

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First Red Eyed Vireo of the year.

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This butterfly has been identified as a “Sleepy Orange.”

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Today’s bugs.


Rose Breasted Grosbeak at Terrapin Nature Park.

After yesterday’s bonanza, I decided to try Terrapin again. It wasn’t nearly as good, but I got some good pics and a bird I don’t see often.

I spent an hour at CBEC as well, but didn’t see much at all.

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I’m seeing more Great Blue Herons now.

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This Tree Swallow may be feeding young.

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The Ospreys were lazy today.

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Snowy Egrets are still a bit sparse.

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Snowy Egrets are still a bit sparse.

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I haven’t seen many Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, so this was a real treat.


Magnolia Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park.

Where to go? There are definitely warblers in the area, but it seems to be a crapshoot. I flipped a mental coin and chose Terrapin, which has been good in previous years.

I chose well. I didn’t find any huge fallouts, but there was a good variety of migrants, and I got a couple of decent images.

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I followed this Yellow Warbler for a while to get a decent image.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching near the parking lot.

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A single Orchard Oriole was near the marsh pond.

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Several Palm Warblers were feeding near the marsh.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 2017-5

This is a Yellow Rumped Warbler in breeding plumage.

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Baltimore Orioles seem to be passing through in numbers.

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Two Acadian Flycatchers were feeding in the big field.

Brown Thrasher 2017-2

This Brown Thrasher wouldn’t come into the open.


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This Yellow Warbler is a male.

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This Great Crested Flycatcher may stay for the season.

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My first Red Bellied Woodpecker in a while.

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I’ve only seen a few Catbirds so far this season.

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This is a male Magnolia Warbler in breeding plumage.

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Three Deer were grazing on the big field near the marsh.

Baltimore Oriole at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Between a week of flu and some very cold May weather, I haven’t gotten out much lately.

I’m posting a few pics from short recent trips, and more from a good trip to Lake Artemesia this morning. We’re finally getting a few migrants in decent numbers.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Red Winged Blackbirds were very active.

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A small flock of Cedar Waxwings was roaming the lake.

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A few Blue gray Gnatcatchers were foraging near the lake.

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This Chickadee may be feeding young.

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This Crow was watching over the lake.

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This Wood Duck hen was swimming by herself.

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I found this Cardinal as I was leaving.

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Several Ospreys are feeding at Terrapin.

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This Wood Duck drake was at Terrapin.

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This Canada Goose was at Governor Bridge a few days ago.

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This Least Sandpiper was feeding at Terrapin.

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You can see the brilliant orange of a Baltimore Oriole from a long way.



Bald Eagle at Terrapin Nature Center.

I haven’t been finding much lately. It’s a kind of mini-doldrum between the end of last season and the beginning of Spring migration. There are scattered migrants here and there, but I’m not seeing many of them.

This post includes trips to Artemesia, CBEC and Terrapin.

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Ospreys were fishing as well.

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This Snowy Egret moved frequently as he foraged.

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I was lucky to get any shot at all of this Green heron who came up behind me.

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An early morning Great Blue heron.

Great Horned Owl 2017-8

Another look at The Great Horned Owlets.

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Another Eastern Kingbird.

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FOS Gray Catbird.

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This Red Breasted Merganser was at Lake Artemesia.

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Goslings are hatching already!

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I found a lone Wood Duck at Terrapin.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was at Artemesia.

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Re-working an old Tree Swallow.

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I was just in time to catch this Bald Eagle fishing, Notice the band on his right leg.

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Bullfrog up close.

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An early morning moth.