Orchard Oriole at Blackwater NWR.

I had a very good day today. The weather was perfect, with good light, and the birds cooperated very nicely.

The cast of characters at Blackwater is changing a bit, with more Terns and Snowy Egrets  and fewer large wading birds.

I got some good looks at the Terns and my Red Headed friend,as well as some Purple Martins who are getting ready to migrate soon.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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This Eastern Kingbird was the first bird I saw this morning.

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Snowy Egrets are just arriving at Blackwater.

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I c aught this Chickadee at the right moment.

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The Barn Swallow colony is still at the bridge.

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This Great Blue Heron appeared to be chilling.

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Many Tree Swallows were feeding along Wildlife Drive.

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I only found 4 Great Egrets this morning.

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2 Green Herons were resting along the roadside.

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Many Forster’s Terns were roosting in the marsh.

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The bird on the left is a juvenile.

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The Red Headed Woodpeckers are still very active.

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Many Forster’s Terns were roosting in the marsh.

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There’s always several Bald Eagle to be seen at Blackwater.

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These Double Crested Cormorants are at the bridge on Key Wallace Drive.

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I haven’t seen an Orchard Oriole in awhile.

Wood Ducks at Terrapin Nature Park.

I started at Sandy Point again, but I’m still not getting the colorful sunrises I did last year.

Terrapin was much better. There were a lot of early flyovers, then a few egrets and ducks showed up to make life more interesting.

I spent some time looking for passerines, but there wasn’t much to see.

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Sandy Point at Dawn.

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It’s been a while since I saw a Wood Duck with chicks at Terrapin.

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This is a Cattle Egret.

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These are young Mallards.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was standing guard.

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4 Snowy Egrets were fishing in the big marsh pond.

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A few Purple Martins were soaring over the water.

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Several Ospreys were fishing in the bay.

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2 Green Herons greeted me this morning.

Royal Tern at Sandy Point State Park.

It was raining early, so I  got to Terrapin around 7:30, and there wasn’t much to see in the marsh. A lone Bald Eagle flew over, and a Green heron called, but the only interesting photo opp was a lone cattle Egret in the big field near the parking lot. Later, it was joined by 7-8 more.

I decided to stop at Sandy Point to see what birds the storm might have brought in, and found a few Terns and Gulls, along with a small flock of Sanderlings. I usually drive right by Sandy Point on my way home, so I may have stop more often.

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This Crow is checking out an unguarded picnic basket at Sandy Point.

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Most of the Cattle Egrets I see are at Terrapin.

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I’m not sure why gulls, like this Ring Billed, seem to bathe.

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This is an adult Laughing Gull.

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These Sanderling also seemed to be bathing.

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These seem to be Forster’s Terns.

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This one is likely to be a Royal Tern.

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A greater Black Backed Seagull, the world’s largest gull.



Snowy Egrets at Terrapin Nature Park.

I started out at Sandy Point this morning, and it was a bust. No color to speak of and no interesting birds in the lousy light.

Terrapin was much better. There were 8-10 Snowy Egrets in the marsh ponds, and they were fishing in an interesting manner. They’d fly in a small circle, dragging their feet in the water, which seemed to stir up the small fish. Occasionally they’d dip their heads into the water, and often came up with a fish.

Green Herons, Ospreys and Mallards were present as well.

I stopped at CBEC, but the water along the entrance road was too deep to enter the compound.


This is the fountain at Tawes Garden.

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Snowy Egrets often fish at Terrapin at this time of year.

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I seem to be seeing fewer Great Blue Herons than in previous years.

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This appears to be a Forster’s Tern.

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I found this Goldfinch at Greenbury Point yesterday.

Red Shouldered Hawk 2017-6

This very loud Red Shouldered Hawk was at Tawes Garden.


Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury Point.

I’m having a little car trouble, so I’m staying close to home until I can get in to see my car guy., It’s working out OK, as it gives me a chance to explore nearby spots, and I’m finding a few birds and bugs.

I walked most of Greenbury Point yesterday and today, and got a few decent images and a bit of exercise.

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Goldfinches are prolific at Greenbury Point.

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This is a young Chipping Sparrow-I had to ask an expert.

Cardinal 2017-8

The Cardinal always looks good in bright Sun with colorful foliage.

Carolina Wren 2017-2

Carolina Wrens are much louder than their size would suggest.

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I was surprised to see this Black Crowned Night Heron flying overhead.

Indigo Bunting 2017-3

Indigo Buntings seem to be around every year.

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This Osprey has a nest right along the path.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2017-3

You can hear Yellow Breasted Chats all over Greenbury Point, but they can be hard to photograph.


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This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is one of the few I’ve seen this year.

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I haven’t looked up the name of this butterfly yet.

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This one is a Spicebush Swallowtail.

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This may be a Sleepy Orange.

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This one is a Fritillary.

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Another unknown butterfly.

Monarch 47

It was good to see a lot of Monarchs.

Skipper 47

Skippers are very common at this time of year.

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I found this small Eastern Box Turtle yesterday.


Blue Grosbeak at Blackwater NWR.

I’m getting into a Blackwater rut these days, but  there’s not much to find around here and I need my bird fix.

I’m getting the usual suspects, but was quite surprised to find the Grosbeak when I processed the images. He was only around briefly, and I just didn’t see him in the viewfinder.

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There’s still plenty of Great Egrets around.

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The Red Headed Woodpeckers are very busy feeding their young.


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Two Ospreys were circling the nest, and the parent may have been warning them off.

Green Heron 2017-10

I’ve heard several Green Herons recently, but I don’t see them often.

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Great Blue Herons often roost on stumps in the marsh.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-21

Sandpipers, like these Greater Yellowlegs, are appearing in greater numbers.

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Bald Eagles regularly rest in the trees along Wildlife Drive.

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This Blue Grosbeak was a surprise.


Glossy Ibis at Blackwater NWR.

Another early trip to Blackwater on a very hot and humid day. I went around Wildlife drive quickly, then hit the bridge on Key Wallace Drive looking for Swallows and Cormorants.

The Osprey chicks were more cooperative, and I found a lone Glossy Ibis after they’ve been absent for a month. I spent some more time with the Red Headed Woodpecker as well.

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I found this Orchard Oriole yesterday at Governor Bridge (And nothing else).

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I tried way too many times for a Barn Swallow flight shot.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are very busy feeding their young.

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This Great Blue Heron seemed to be chilling.

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The Red Headed Woodpeckers seem to be good parents.

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Great Egrets are the most common wader at the moment.

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Bald Eagles often perch in the trees along Wildlife Drive.

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I tried way too many times for a Barn Swallow flight shot.

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The Barn Swallows tend to stay very busy.

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I saw at least three Greater Yellowlegs.

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This Glossy Ibis almost got by me.


Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

There’s still not much to see around here, so I headed for Blackwater early. It was actually a pretty good day, with great light and plenty of active birds.

I’m still not seeing many Sandpipers, but wading birds are plentiful, and a few passerines made a good show.

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I’m still checking out the Maple Dam Barn Swallows.

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I was close enough to the Great Blue Heron to get a god look at his feet.

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Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets rule the roost right now.

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Great Egrets are roughly equal in numbers to the Herons.

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It’s not hard to find Brown Headed Nuthatches at Blackwater.


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Red Winged Blackbirds are plentiful in every marsh I frequent.

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I found this Red Winged Blackbird feeding his chick yesterday at Lake Artemesia.

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This Wood Duck chick was also at Lake Artemesia.

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The Red Headed Woodpecker is very striking. I’ve located his nesting tree.

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A swimming Raccoon! I’ve seen a few Raccoons, but never in the water.

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I seldom get close enough to a Groundhog for a picture.

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This Skunk was foraging by the side of the road, and I was able to get quite close to him.


Baltimore Oriole at Greenbury Point.

The weatherman was calling for rain last night, but it looked pretty good to me, so I took a chance and went to Greenbury Point.

It was much better than it’s been recently, with Orioles, Herons, Goldfinches and an Indigo Bunting. I believe the Baltimore Oriole is the first I’ve seen at Greenbury.

Butterflies  seem to be getting more plentiful as well.

I stopped at the library yesterday, and got some images of the flowers growing out front.

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Butterflies are getting more plentiful.

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I’m not much on flower names, but they’re nice looking.

Cardinal 2017-6

There’s always a few Cardinals foraging at the point.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2017-2

Yellow Breasted Chars are plentiful at Greenbury, but it’s hard to get close.

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This Baltimore Oriole was a surprise.



Red Winged Blackbird at Blackwater NWR.

Back to Blackwater on the 4th of July. I was afraid it might be crowded, but it wasn’t bad at all.

The Great Egrets seem to have come back for a while. I saw at least 20.

There wasn’t a lot of variety today, so I stopped by Maple Dam Road and caught the Swallows and Cormorants.

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Blackwater Dawn.

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I saw this Great Blue Heron as I was leaving.

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One of my better Red Winged Blackbirds.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-18

Double Crested Cormorants hang out at the Maple Dam Dock.

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The Osprey chicks continue to thrive.

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20 Great Egrets were foraging in the marsh.

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This Bald Eagle seemed to be keeping watch.

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The Barn Swallows at Maple Dam Road are still very active.


This young Deer was indifferent to my presence.

The Old Dock

This abandoned dock is at Maple Dam Road.