I went to Blackwater again, and it was a good trip. I’m still not hearing about much around here, and Blackwater is holding up well.
I got there just before dawn and got a few sunrise shots, then went around Wildlife drive several times. My skunk friend was briefly in view, but Herons and Egrets have greatly decreased. I spotted the first Snowy Egrets of the year, but couldn’t get a shot.
Other birds were more cooperative, including an Osprey family and an Orchard Oriole.
It’s easy to find a Rabbit at Blackwater.
Egret numbers are down greatly.
This Osprey family is doing very well.
The Red Headed Woodpecker landed right in front of me.
Eastern Kingbirds are often waiting right by the side of the road.
Two Orchard Orioles were foraging in the bushes. Probably a family.
A single Greater Yellowlegs was feeding on the flats.
The Great Crested Flycatcher stayed in view for a while.
I usually look for Eagles at Maple Dam Bridge, but these Barn Swallows are nesting under the bridge.
Andy, and his father, Andy, were crabbing at the bridge, and doing well.
The weather looked promising, and there’s still not much to see around here, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I’m not fond of the hour and a half drive, but it’s where the birds are at the moment.
I did well enough. Herons and Egrets are still foraging in t he marsh, and Ospreys and Eagles are active. A few smaller birds are around, and I found a Groundhog who didn’t pose, and a Delmarva Fox Squirrel who did.
This Great Blue Heron may have spent the night in this tree.
I caught this Great Egret just as he launched.
The Red Headed Woodpecker was a little more elusive today.
Eastern Kingbirds are still hanging out near Wildlife Drive.
This Eagle spooked when I got too close.
This Delmarva Fox Squirrel was sitting by the side of the road.
I went back to Blackwater again this morning, and didn’t do as well. The flies are getting thick, but not as thick as they were at CBEC a few days ago. I’ve been told they’re even worse at Bombay Hook, so I’m going to pass on there for a while. They get so thick you’re constantly swatting at them, even though the insect repellent keeps them from biting.
The interesting thing today was the eagles eating carrion in the wheat fields. I saw three, accompanied by vultures, feasting on what appeared to be dead deer, on the way home.
This Bald Eagle just seemed to be hanging out.
Great Blue Herons now outnumber Great Egrets at Blackwater.
The Red Headed Woodpecker is still showing off for me.
I haven’t seen many Blue Grosbeaks recently.
This Eastern Bluebird was feeding a chick.
Eastern Kingbirds are numerous at Blackwater.
The Osprey chicks seem to be thriving.
I found this Eastern Towhee at Wooton a few days ago.
I went to Artemesia with Graeme yesterday, and got virtually nothing. I hate wasting time like that, so I headed back to old reliable Blackwater this morning. I considered Bombay Hook, and may do that soon.
There’s not as many wading birds, but there’s still plenty of variety, and the Fox Squirrels are still cooperating.
Dawn at Blackwater.
I saw these Wild Turkeys as I was driving home.
There are still plenty of Great Egrets.
The Glossy Ibises are still foraging in the marsh.
A single Killdeer was in the road near Pool #1.
This Double Crested Cormorant was fishing at Maple Dam Road.
This Osprey seemed to be taking a break.
I’m not sure what this Bald Eagle was doing on the ground.
Red Winged Blackbirds are very common, but sometimes they pose well.
I spent some time looking for this Red Headed Woodpecker, and he landed right in front of me as I was giving up.