Canada Geese at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a cold, wet Spring, and we’re not getting  the numbers of migrants we expect.  I’m getting out most days, but searching, mostly in vain, for warblers and other species who should be here by now. This has happened before, and it’s disappointing, but the show will go on.

I went to Artemesia this morning, after trying some disappointing local spots in recent days, and did OK. No great birds, but a couple of good enough shots.

The weather is getting warmer, and I expect things to pick up soon.

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Lake Artemesia.

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This Wood Duck has been guarding his nest box.


White Throated Sparrow 2018-2

White Throated Sparrows often linger well into Spring.

Downy Woodpecker 2018-5

Downy Woodpeckers have been very conspicuous lately.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-3

Many Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were feeding near the water.

Prothonotary Warbler 2018-1

I found this Prothonotary Warbler at Wooton’s Landing.

White Eyed Vireo 2018-1

This White Eyed Vireo was singing loudly at Wooton.

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These Canada Goslings followed their parents very closely.

Eastern Towhee at Lake Artemesia.

Yesterday I checked out Terrapin and CBEC, which was a total waste of time. I know it’s still a bit early in migration, but I thought I’d at least see a few birds.

I did see a couple of Fox kits, but no interesting birds.

Today was better. Artemesia almost always pays off, and I went to the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. I’m not at all fond of navigating city traffic, even for such a nice show, and I won’t do it again anytime soon.

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A view of Brookside Gardens.

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Tree Swallows are easy to find at Artemesia.

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This Eastern Towhee was quite near, but hidden by the grass for a while.

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Another nice looking Cardinal.

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This Wood Duck was hanging out near the nest box.

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Four Caspian Terns were cruising the lake.

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A view of Brookside Gardens.


I don’t have the names for all these butterflies.






Cliff Swallow at Lake Artemesia.

After yesterday’s bonanza it made sense to try Artemesia again. It  was about as good as yesterday, with better weather.

The birds are about the same as yesterday, which is OK as they’re good birds.

Migration is definitely picking up. I’m hearing reports of good birds everywhere, and I hope to stay busy for a few weeks.

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Lake Artemesia 100

Artemesia Dawn.

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Two Caspian Terns are still fishing in the lake.

Swamp Sparrow 2018-1

I found this Swamp Sparrow as I was leaving the park.

Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2018-4

This Northern Rough Winged Sparrow let me get quite close.

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Palm Warblers are still abundant.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-7

This may be the same Eastern Bluebird I saw yesterday.

Green Heron 2018-2

This Green Heron probably just arrived.

Spotted Sandpiper 2018-4

I found the Spotted Sandpiper in better light than yesterday.

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This Mourning Dove may be gathering nesting material.

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This colorful Cardinal may be freshly molted.

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Wood Ducks are nesting everywhere.

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Barn Swalllows are arriving in numbers now.

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This Cliff Swallow isn’t always easy to pick out from the Barn Swallows.

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Only a few Canada Geese remain in the area.


Bonaparte's Gull 2018-1

This Bonaparte’s Gull was a surprise.

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This Cliff Swallow isn’t always easy to pick out from the Barn Swallows.


Spotted Sandpiper at Lake Artemesia.

I wasn’t sure what to do this morning, but Graeme said there were some good birds at Artemesia, so I gave it a try.

I got it right for a change. There were plenty of birds, including two unusual ones, and a good variety, including some migrants.

The weather could have been better, being windy and cold, but good birds make up for bad weather.

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Two Caspian Terns were fishing all morning.

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Many Tree Swallows have taken up residence and zoom steadily across the water seeking insects.

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This is a Cliff Swallow, which is quite unusual for this area.

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This female Eastern Bluebird is probably nesting nearby.

Palm Warbler 2018-4

I’m seeing Palm Warblers everywhere I go.

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This Cardinal posed in a nice setting.

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I saw two Downy Woodpeckers up close this morning.

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This Wood Duck will probably have ducklings soon.

Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2018-3

Northern Rough Winged Swallows seem more numerous this year.


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I found this White Throated Sparrow as I was leaving.

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I don’t see many Spotted Sandpipers.

Red Fox at Blackwater NWR.

I don’t spend much time at Blackwater in the warmer months, as most of the waterfowl are gone by now. Still, it seemed worth one more  try, and it worked out OK. I was hoping to find a few warblers also, but it was not to be.

Some egrets showed up early, and a hungry fox, as well as a few eagles. The second half of Wildlife Drive was pretty barren.

There were plenty of Tree Swallows, but the Barn Swallows haven’t showed as yet.

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I found this Osprey at Possum Point yesterday.

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The Red Headed Woodpeckers were calling loudly.

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This Cardinal was singing his song for all to hear.

Blue Winged Teal 2018-1

Not a great image, but I don’t see Blue Winged Teal often.

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Bald Eagles of ten perch on Wildlife Drive.

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This Greater Yellowlegs was out for a stroll.

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Several Great Egrets were perched high in the trees.

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This Fox found a huge Rabbit to feed his family.

Muskrat at Lake Artemesia.

I met Graeme early at Lake Artemesia so he could return the coffee cup I left in his car yesterday. Old age and memory.

He was a little late, and I ran into a very cooperative muskrat and a couple of beavers before he arrived.

Al though it was a slow and a little breezy, we did get a nice variety of birds, if not as many as we wanted. Still no migrants to speak of, though.

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Two American Coots are still hanging out at the floating dock.

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We found a single Wood Duck pair.

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This Downy Woodpecker was foraging on the ground. Quite unusual.

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A single Ring Necked Duck was in the lake.

Canada Goose 2018-10

Only a few Canada Geese remain in the lake.

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This Muskrat got out of the water to eat. I don’t see that often.

Purple Martin at Bombay Hook NWR.

I met Graeme early and we headed to Bombay Hook, planning on a dawn arrival.  I’m a believer that birds wake up hungry, and that morning light is the best light.

There may have been a few more birds than a couple o days ago, but not a lot. The variety wasn’t better, and we had to wait a couple of hours for the clouds to dissipate.

I’m also posting some pics from Quiet Waters a couple of days ago.

A Fox kit was the highlight of the morning, and we met and chatted with several nice birders.

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There are only a few Green Winged Teal still in the area.


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Only a few Great Egrets were in evidence.

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Tee Swallows were numerous and active.


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We saw many American Avocets early, but they soon disappeared.

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The Black Crowned Night Heron rookery was very active.

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Many Northern Shovelers were foraging in the shallows.

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There’s a large Purple Martin colony near the visitor center.

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I found this Pileated Woodpecker at Quiet Waters.

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This Brown Creeper was just a little too far away.

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Momma Fox and her kit are doing well.

American Avocets at Bombay Hook NWR.

I tried Bombay Hook this morning in hopes of early migrants, with mixed results. There were plenty of Egrets, but not as many others I had hoped to see.

Most of the birds I saw were in the first pool (Raymond), and it wasn’t as occupied as I’ve seen it in the past. Shearness and Bear Swamp pools were very sparse.

I talked to Graeme a few minutes ago, and we’re going to try again Friday.

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There were several Green Winged Teals around, but only a few nearby and in good light.

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Greater Yellowlegs often forage near shore.

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This Great Egret image, with the wing touching the water, is a lucky shot, but I’ll take it.

Tree Swallow 2018-10

I can’t recall seeing so many Tree Swallows perched in one place before.

Northern Shoveler 2018-16

There were many Northern Shovelers.

Bald Eagle 2018-29

There’s often a Bald Eagle perched near the main road, just like at Blackwater.

Snow Goose 2018-24

This Snow Goose is very late, and may be injured.

Mute Swan 2018-1

Mute Swans are very damaging to the environment and are actively discouraged.

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American Avocets are beautiful in the right light.

Four Swallows at Lake Artemesia.

We had the first sunny day in a week this morning. I got to Lake Artemesia early and started seeing birds right away. The Sun started to warm things after an hour, and more birds appeared. There was a nice variety.

I circled the lake several times. A Tern and a Palm Warbler appeared on my last go ’round, just as the wind started to pick up and make life a little more difficult.

A Pine Warbler showed up on a quick afternoon trip to Quiet Waters.

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I saw these Wood Ducks shortly after I arrived.

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I found this Pine Warbler at Quiet Waters this afternoon.

Caspian Tern 2018-2

This Caspian Tern was fishing near shore.

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This Horned Grebe is a rare visitor tho the lake. This one is in breeding plumage.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2018-1

I found only one Blue Gray Gnatcatcher.

Cardinal 2018-3

A very red Cardinal.

Great Blue Heron 2018-17

There will be more Great Blue Herons later in the year.

American Coot 2018-3

Two American Coots were foraging near the floating dock.

Osprey 2018-11

Four Ospreys were flying over the lake.

Pied Billed Grebe 2018-4

This Pied Billed Grebe is in breeding plumage.

Northern Rough Winged Swallow 2018-2

There were 10 or so Northern Rough Winged Swallow

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This Purple Martin seems to be early.

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A single Barn Swallow was flying with the Tree Swallows.

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There were more Tree Swallows that any other.

Palm Warbler at Lake Artemesia.

The weather has slowed me down lately. Cold, rain and high winds for several days, It’s getting better now, and Spring will break through soon.

I’ve been getting out a little, mostly to my local spots, but not finding much until today.   We had highs in the 60s, and a nice variety at Lake Artemesia.

I met Edgar early, and we circled the lake several times searching for a better look at the Common Loon, but had to settle for a distant shot. Other birds made up for it.

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I’ve seen up to 6 Ospreys at Quiet Waters recently, including this one who’s occupying this particular nesting platform for the first time.

Horned Grebe 2018-17

Horned Grebes are nearly all gone.

Canada Goose 2018-8

Canada Goose 2018-9

Many Canada Geese have moved north, but there’s always a few hangers-on.

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I followed this Red Breasted Merganser for half an hour hoping for a decent shot

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-9

Red Winged Blackbirds are singing loudly.

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Only a few Buffleheads are still in the area.

Eastern Bluebird 2018-4

This Eastern Bluebird is a male in breeding plumage.

Tree Swallow 2018-1

Tree Swallows have been showing up for a week or so.

Common Loon 2018-2

Common Loon 2018-3

This is the best I could do with the Common Loon, who appears to be molting.

Tufted Titmouse 2018-1

I haven’t seen a Tufted Titmouse in quite a while.

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A pair of Wood Ducks was cruising the shoreline.

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Several Double Crested Cormorants were fishing in the lake.

American Coot 2018-2

Two American Coots were foraging in the lake.

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There’s a small flock of Ring Necked Ducks roaming the lake.

Palm Warbler 2018-1

I had to follow this Palm Warbler for a while to get a good look.

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This Beaver let me get quite close.

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I found this Muskrat at Blackwater a few days ago.