Lesser Scaup at Thomas Point.

I’ve been going to Thomas Point and Quiet Waters most days, with looks at Possum Point, Lake Artemesia and Schoolhouse Pond.  No place has been exciting, but I’m seeing a decent variety overall.

Tundra Swans and Canvasbacks are here in good numbers now, and Scoters and Scaup are here as well. Loons and Grebes are lagging. A few Common Goldeneyes are at Thomas Point.

I didn’t make the Eastern Shore yet, but it won’t be long.

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Dawn at Possum Point.

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Working Whitehall Bay.

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“Woodie”, the Thomas Point Wood Duck.

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“Woofie” is still loitering with the Mallards at Thomas Point.

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75-80 Tundra Swans are wintering near my friend’s house. They get quite feisty at times.

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This is a pair of Canvasbacks.

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Many Buffleheads are feeding at the point.

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A small flock of Ruddy Ducks is staying near the point.

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Close up of a Redhead.

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The pond at Schoolhouse Pond.

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Most Lesser Scaup are staying well out from shore.


Ring Necked Ducks at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been almost a week since I posted anything. Weather accounts for a day or two, and a shortage of birds is to blame for the rest.  I know there have been more birds in previous years, but some variation must be normal

I’ve been staying on this side of the bridge to avoid possible traffic problems with  the current construction. I will get there soon because there’s a lot of good spots to check.

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There’s a lot of feisty Swans, so I look for the action shots.

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I was lucky to get this close to this Red Shouldered Hawk.

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The Redhead is a very handsome duck.

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This red headed Woodpecker has found a breakfast bush.

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This is a female Lesser Scaup.

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Everyone gets excited at feeding time.

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Male Buffleheads have pink feet.

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Ring Necked Ducks don’t often pose for flight shots.


Peregrine Falcon at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been another slow week. Ducks are trickling in, but not in numbers yet. The birds I’m finding at Thomas Point are numerous, but staying too far out for good images.

We lost a day or two to weather, but I got out most days. Quiet Waters has been particularly lousy this year, and Thomas Point is only just starting to pick up.

Anyway, the Falcon was a nice surprise. Maybe I’ll get to the Eastern Shore next week.

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I’m not seeing as many Ruddy Ducks as usual.

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Ring Necked Ducks are easy to find at this time of year.

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I found four Pied Billed Grebes this morning.

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This Long Tailed Duck was at Thomas Point.

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Hooded Mergansers have just begun arriving.

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Buffleheads are in most places I visit.

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This Wood Duck is still hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Many Tundra Swans are here for the Winter.

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There are hundreds of Surf Scoters at Thomas Point.

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I often see Redheads at my friend’s house.

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A Fall Mallard.

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Lesser Scaup are here in good numbers.

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Only a few Canvasbacks are here at the moment.

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I got close to this Black Duck.

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I seldom see Peregrine Falcons, and this is only the second at Lake Artemesia.

Hooded Mergansers at Lake Artemesia.

More birds have been arriving , and the variety is improving, The duck population isn’t quite up to snuff, but all is well for the moment.

The weather has been decent, and I’ve managed to get out most days. The Tundra Swans have been cooperative, and some ducks have posed very well.

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South River from Quiet Waters.

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We’re lucky to have a large Tundra Swan Population.

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Ring Necked Ducks are numerous now.

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You can find a Great Blue Heron most days.

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Downy Woodpeckers are usually easy to find.

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The song of the Carolina Wren can be heard in most Maryland parks.

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Many Buffleheads are in our area now.


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The Lake Artemesia Belted Kingfisher has eluded me for several yeares.

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It’s hard to beat a Wood Duck in good light.,

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A Royal Tern from several years ago.


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The simple design of the Redhead is quite attractive,

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Canvasbacks are just beginning to arrive in numbers.

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Hooded Mergansers are always a welcome sight.