American Coot at Blackwater NWR.

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.

Blackwater Dawn 43

Blackwater Dawn 42

Blackwater Dawn.

Lesser Scaup 2017-23

This Scaup was feeding at Sandy Point.

Bald Eagle 2017-227

Bald Eagle 2017-226

There were fewer Bald Eagles than usual.

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Great Blue Heron 2017-135

Great Blue Herons were abundant this morning.

Snow Goose 2017-33

a huge flock of Snow Geese left the refuge early.

Snow Goose 2017-32

This Snow Goose was by himself, in a flock of Canada Geese.

Red Bellied Woodpecker 2017-6

I found this Red Bellied Woodpecker at Sandy Point.

Northern Pintail 2017-68

There were only a few Northern Pintails.

Lesser Scaup 2017-25

This Scaup is another Oakley Street denizen.

American Wigeon 2017-12

This American Wigeon was at Oakley Street.

Canvasback 2017-20

I only found two Canvasbacks.

Northern Shoveler 2017-54

There weren’t many Northern Shovelers.