Wood Duck at Thomas Point.

Things are picking up, but the weather has been iffy  and other activities claimed my time for a while.

I still managed to get out, and I even got to the Eastern Shore, but it was a waste. It’s still too early for some of the ducks.

Quiet Waters is still too quiet, but I suspect that will change soon.

Thomas Point has been the best deal so far. with the most birds and the greatest variety.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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Tundra Swan 2019-78

Tundra Swans often make vigorous displays.

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Tundra Swan 2019-70

There seems to be more Buffleheads than any other species.

Redhead 2019-26

Several Redheads feed near shore.

Northern Shoveler 2019-3

A Northern Shoveler I re-edited.

Mallard 2019-40

Many Mallards are living at Thomas point. There’s a guy in the ‘hood who feeds them every day.

Canvasback 2019-33

Canvasbacks are not here in big numbers yet.

Bald Eagle 2019-22

Bald Eagle 2019-23

A Bald Eagle pair.

Wood Duck 2019-55

Wood Duck 2019-56

This may be the same Wood Duck who hung out at Thomas Point last year.

Tundra Swans at Thomas Point

The weather has been good enough, with a few days of cold, followed by milder stuff right now. I’m still hanging out on this side of the bridge, but I may cross the bridge soon, as the winter ducks come in. Have I mentioned that the Bay Bridge is being repaired? This limits the times you can cross without traffic delays.

Lots of Swans and ducks are here now, but the Thomas Point ducks aren’t coming in close enough for photos. Quiet Waters has been a major disappointment. I’ve been several times without seeing much of note.



Ring Necked Duck 2019-7

Ring Necked Duck 2019-8

I found many Ringnecked Ducks at Schoolhouse Pond.

Ring Necked Duck 2019-6

Mallard 2019-36

Mallards in good light are attractive.

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Canvasback 2019-29

I got close to this Canvasback hen.

Canada Goose 2019-37

Canada Goose 2019-38

I liked the colors surrounding this Canada Goose.

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Bufflehead 2019-55

Many Buffleheads are in the area.

Black Duck 2019-12

Thomas Point is a reliable spot for Black Ducks.

Song Sparrow 2019-15

There’s always Song Sparrows at Thomas Point.

Redhead 2019-14

The Redhead has a simple, attractive design.

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I like the shapes in this Tundra Swan photo.


Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

We’re getting some interesting winter visitors now. Swans and Geese are flying high overhead, and looking through flocks of distant ducks is more rewarding.  A single Ruddy was hanging out with 50 Buffleheads at the point.

Redheads, Wigeons and Canvasbacks are appearing now, so it won’t be long before we see other species.




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Bufflehead 2019-50

I saw well over 200 Buffleheads.

Redhead 2019-13

First Redhead of the season.

Canvasback 2019-26

First Canvasback of the season.

Tundra Swan 2019-38

Tundra Swans are here in good numbers.

Tundra Swan 2019-39

This is “Julia” (T186) who we reported to the USGS two years ago.


Tundra Swans at Thomas Point.

We’re going through another  birding drought, it seems. I’ve been a little reluctant to travel much as there’s not been much to see. Some of it’s luck, some is weather, and it’s all part of the game.

Swans and Buffleheads have arrived, and most of our migrant visitors have gone South. I’ve been recording most of my trips on Ebird, and the lack of variety is noticeable. More ducks will be here soon, and all will be well.

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Lake Artemesia 140

Lake Artemesia.

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Quiet Waters.

American Wigeon 2019-7

This American Wigeon was a mild surprise at Thomas Point.

Black Duck 2019-11

Thomas Point is one place where Black Ducks appear regularly.

Double Crested Cormorant 2019-25

50 or more Double Crested Cormorants flew overhead.

Yellow Rumped Warber 2019-8

This Yellow Rumped Warbler was at Greenbury Point.

Bald Eagle 2019-20

Bald Eagle 2019-21

Bald Eagles have become more active recently,

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Bufflehead 2019-44

Many Buffleheads have been feeding at Thomas Point.

Great Blue Heron 2019-57

Great Blue Heron 2019-59

This Great Blue Heron was at Quiet Waters.

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-105

Pied Billed Grebe 2019-106

I usually find Pied Billed Grebes at Lake Artemesia.

Field Sparrow 2019-1

A Field Sparrow at Artemesia.

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Tundra Swans began appearing in larger numbers yesterday.