I got out late yesterday, and spent a little time at Sandy Point. It was cool to find a Snow Goose mixed in with a flock of Canada Geese, a most unusual find for this area. There were lots of distant ducks and a few passerines also.
I went to Blackwater this morning, and found all the usual suspects, as well as a few nice ducks at Oakley Street.
This Scaup was feeding at Sandy Point.
There were fewer Bald Eagles than usual.
Great Blue Herons were abundant this morning.
a huge flock of Snow Geese left the refuge early.
This Snow Goose was by himself, in a flock of Canada Geese.
I found this Red Bellied Woodpecker at Sandy Point.
I went to Lake Artemesia yesterday, and it was pretty slow. I also stopped at Buddy Attick, and didn’t do any better. I got a few good enough images, but nothing great.
Today I made the trek to Bombay Hook, which wasn’t nearly as productive as in the past. There was a fair amount of ice, which meant the dabbling ducks had to go elsewhere. There were thousands of Snow Geese, though, which was a spectacular sight. Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Black Ducks and Mallards were plentiful.
Dawn at Bombay Hook.
These Hooded Mergansers were at Lake Artemesia.
Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in an ice-free pond.
The weatherman predicted good weather today, so I went back to Blackwater. It was OK, but there’s still not the quantity of birds I’ve seen in the past. I blame the warm weather.
Even so, I did find a few interesting subjects and it was hardly a waste.
When I left Blackwater I stopped at Oakley street in Cambridge to see if the locals have been attracting the resident ducks with offerings of food, and I found a decent flock of Wigeons , along with few Canada Geese.
Bald Eagles continue to be numerous.
A few Canada Geese were also looking for a handout.
I saw 4-5 Great Blue Herons.
I found only a few Hooded Mergansers.
Northern Shovelers are still being found in small numbers,
A large flock of Snow Geese was leaving as I arrived.
It was cloudy this morning, so I didn’t go out until 8:00 or so. I usually stop at Quiet Waters first, but today I went straight to Thomas Point. There were a few decent birds, but mostly too far out for good images. I did manage a decent shot of a Loon.
I then stopped at a friend’s house on Thomas Point Road, and had much better luck. She and her neighbor’s often feed the Swans, and they, as well as many ducks often congregate there. There was a decent variety today, and they were fairly close.
This Bufflehead came quite close to shore.
Many Mallards were swimming near the dock.
There were probably 75 or so Tundra Swans.
A single Common Loon was foraging at the point.
This Hooded Merganser and his mate were near the entrance to the park.
It’s been a slow couple of days. I got out to Sandy Point yesterday, after being rained out in the morning, and to Lake Artemesia the day before, but there hasn’t been much to see. A Blackwater trip was ruined by a deer hunt that I failed to see on the Blackwater web page.
I did OK today. Not a lot of birds, but a few good pics, especially of the Loon, one of my favorite birds.
I found this Northern Pintail at Blackwater.
Tundra Swans have arrived in good numbers.
I saw only three Canvasbacks.
This Mallard was also at Blackwater.
I’m seeing more Buffleheads now.
Ring-necked Ducks have a subtle beauty.
A few Surf Scoters were feeding at Thomas Point.
You can almost always find a Bald Eagle at Blackwater.
This Northern Harrier was more cooperative than most.
This Common Loon and two of his friends were hanging around the point this morning.