Bombay Hook has been very, very good to me, so I made the trek again to see if I could get lucky.
It had to be a record day for Harriers. I saw at least six, one of whom posed nicely. A lifer Sandpiper, many ducks and egrets and a Fox by the side of the road made for a good day in near perfect weather.
I’m still not seeing any male Green Winged Teals.
I saw at least 6 Northern Harriers today.
Many Greater Yellowlegs were feeding in the shallows.
Northern Shovelers are the most common duck at the moment.
There were dozens of Egrets, but most were quite distant.
Savannah Sparrows are almost common .
These American Avocets didn’t stay long.
This Double Crested Cormorant seemed to be sleeping.
This Pectoral Sandpiper is a life bird for me.
This Fox paid no attention to me at all.
I got out yesterday and found nothing worthwhile. Migration is slowing and the ducks aren’t here yet.
I tried Blackwater this morning, and it was slow, but worthwhile. Lots of Eagles, a few Egrets and Herons and plenty of Terns still hanging out. Perfect weather.
This Great Egret was working very hard for breakfast.
Bald Eagles were active and visible.
I drove very close to this Great Blue Heron and photographed it through the window.
Two Chickadees were playing in the grass and ignored my presence.
I often see Savannah Sparrows on Wildlife Drive, but it’s hard to get close enough for an image.
This Caspian Tern was on Key Wallace Drive.
These American White Pelicans were too far away, but worth a try.
I headed for Sandy Point early this morning, but as soon as I was on the road I could tell it was going to be a tepid sky, so I just kept going over the bridge to Bombay Hook.
It turned out OK. Bombay Hook can be very busy, with many species on some days, but today was not quite as prolific Still, the Avocets were a nice find, and some other migrants put on a good show. I expect things to pick up there very soon.
My love affair with Forster’s Terns continues.
Yet another Savannah Sparrow.
This Common Yellowthroat seemed unusually yellow.
I would have thought the marsh was too shallow for a Double Crested Cormorant to go fishing.
These Greater Yellowlegs were disputing the right to a fishing spot.
This Green Winged Teal is flashing her colors. So far, I’m only seeing female ducks.
I don’t recall capturing a Northern Shoveller with her beak open before.
Bombay Hook is the only place where I’ve seen American Avocets.
A few overlooked Tree Frogs.
I tried Lake Artemesia yesterday and didn’t find very much. Today’s expedition to Blackwater was better, but didn’t produce anything new and exciting.
Still, the weather was excellent, and there were plenty of birds to look at, even if they were a bit pedestrian. It won’t be long before we’re getting some classy migrating ducks.
This Greater Yellowlegs was spooked by a Northern Harrier.
A few Great Egrets are still hanging around.
This Great Blue Heron just stared right back at me.
I assume the Red Headed Woodpeckers will stay through the Winter.
Several Northern Flickers seemed to be migrating through.
Many Forster’s Terns hang around Blackwater.
This Wood Duck was at Lake Artemesia yesterday.
About 50 Canada Geese were resting at Lake Artemesia.
This Red Eyed Vireo was also at Lake Artemesia.
A very attractive Cardinal.
I didn’t know these were Blue Winged Teal until I took a closer look.
There were many active Eagles today.
I saw six Delmarva Fox Squirrels today, a record for me.
Some day I’ll get a plan and figure out the best way to spend my photo taking time. I’m not getting the action I want around here, and the best places are a fair distance away. Anyway, I went to Bombay Hook again, and got some good results.
I was pleasantly surprised to see many birds, especially herons and egrets, but some migrating ducks and a Northern Harrier added to the fun. It’s almost always worth the drive, even though I’m not a fan of the trip.
There’s a field full of Bobolinks near Bear Swamp Pool.
I found this Caspian Tern at Sandy Point yesterday.
I was lucky to catch this Double Crested Cormorant as he was taking off.
Many Greater Yellowlegs feed at Bombay Hook.
A Mallard pair.
I saw this Northern Harrier on the side of the road, and was able to follow her briefly.
This appears to be another Savannah Sparrow, a bird I seldom see.
I was surprised this Snowy Egret let me get this close.
This shows the comparative size of the 19″ Northern Shoveller and the Green Winged Teal (14″).
We’re due for a short period of foul weather, so I made the trek to Blackwater this morning to improve my chances of a good day.
It worked out OK. There’s still not a lot of birds, but the variety was good, and the weather was better than the reports suggested it would be.
I found more passerines than usual, but not much in the way of migrants.
The dock on Key Wallace Drive.
I haven’t seen many Field Sparrows anywhere lately.
Common Yellowthroats will be migrating South soon.
I wanted just a little better light for this Green Heron.
I wasn’t quite ready for this Belted Kingfisher, who flew in as I walked by.
I turned just in time to catch this Double Crested Cormorant swallowing his catch.
This appears to be a Caspian Tern, and I don’t often see them at Blackwater.
Many Forster’s Terns are feeding at Blackwater.
Great Blue Herons are the dominant wader at the moment.
Bald Eagles are slightly more visible now.
I’ve only seen a few Blue Grosbeaks at Blackwater.
I walked right into this Delmarva Fox Squirrel, who wasn’t as skittish as some of his fellow squirrels.
I met Graeme early, and we drove to Bombay Hook to see if we could get lucky. There have been Ibises seen, and it’s well into migration, so anything was possible.
It was not to be. There were certainly plenty of birds in good light, but nothing out of the ordinary save a very nice Savannah Sparrow.
We spent some time with the Egrets and Terns, and found some Sandpipers willing to come quite close. Not a great day, but good enough.
Many Snowy Egrets were feeding in the marsh.
I don’t often get this close to a Greater Yellowlegs.
Forster’s Terns were feeding quickly.
This Great Blue Heron shows how the light was nearly perfect.
I haven’t seen a Savannah Sparrow in quite a while.
I was at Sandy Point for sunrise, and didn’t take a single picture. That’s a lot of trips I’ve made without a decent sunrise.
I went to Terrapin afterwards, and it was a very active day. Many migrants were on the move, and I saw lots of movement in many different areas of the park. I didn’t get as many images, nor as much variety as I’d like, but it was good enough.
This Flycatcher was the first bird I found this morning.
A small flock of Cedar Waxwings was roaming the park.
I was lucky to spot this Palm Warbler.
This Osprey will be heading South soon.
I saw several Great Crested Flycatchers this morning.
This Scarlet Tanager is on the way South.
This Red Eyed Vireo took off just as I pressed the shutter.
This Baltimore Oriole was a surprise.
Several Chestnut-sided Warblers flew through my area.
I found 5 of these small Frogs this afternoon.
Five Lined Skinks are numerous at Quiet Waters.
With good weather promised, I decided to try a trip to Blackwater this morning. It wasn’t any kind of bonanza, but I did find a few interesting birds.
There’s still only a few wading birds compared to a few weeks ago, and I don’t know what to make of that.
I found only a single Greater Yellowlegs.
This appears to be a Field Sparrow.
Killdeer are started to appear in larger numbers.
Several Eastern Kkingbirds are stiil flycatching on Wildlife Drive.
A mixed flock of Tree and Barn Swallows was foraging along Wildlife Drive.
Severall Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.
This Bald Eagle was making a lot of noise.
This Great Egret had much of the marsh to himself.
Forster’s Terns like to hang out on theses pilings.
These Brown Headed Nuthatches appeared to be having a lot of fun.
This Delmarva Fox Squirrel was just barely in range.
This Fox was prowling around the visitor center.