Birding in the Time of Coronavirus.

If we had to have a pandemic, the timing could have been far worse. We’ve had some bad, windy, rainy weather, and migration is really just getting underway. A few more weeks of this will definitely make for slow birding if we can’t travel any distance.

I’ve been spending time in Quiet Waters, which is only a few blocks from home. I got to CBEC a couple of times, but nothing’s going on there yet.

So, a few images from previous years for your amusement.

Possum Point 36

Sunrise at Possum Point.

Swamp Sparrow 2020-1

A Swamp Sparrow from yesterday.

American Redstart 2016-17

American Redstart male. A favorite.

American White Pelican 2016-5

American White Pelican.

Bald Eagle 2016-4

A Bald EAgle from 2016.

Baltimore Oriole 2016-19

A Baltimore Oriole male.

Barn Swallow 2016-17

Squabbling Barn Swallows.

Birding with the Virus.

We’ve been sort of locked down for a week or so.  We slowed gradually over a period of several weeks, then the governor issued a stay at home order, which, fortunately, didn’t forbid birding.

We’re just coming in to Spring migration, so it might get interesting. Some spots, Like Sandy Point and Greenbury Point are closed, but, so far, plenty of places are open. I’d hate to have to be a birding pirate to get a look at a warbler.

I haven’t found much recently, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some cool migrants very soon.

Osprey 2020-2

Dawn at Possum Point.


Canada Goose 2020-19

A few Canada Geese may stay at CBEC and breed.

Canada Goose 2020-20

Chipping 2020-1

I found this Chipping Sparrow at Quiet Waters.

Belted Kingfisher 2020-1

A female Belted Kingfisher at CBEC .

Great Blue Heron 2020-3

This Heronry is near Greenbury Point. I plan to go back soon.

Osprey 2020-4

There are many Ospreys settling in at Possum Point, but the area is closed and likely to remain so for some time.

Osprey 2020-3

There must be thousands of Osprey Platforms on the bay.

Tree Swallow 2020-5

Tree Swallows are very active now.

Northern Flicker 2020-3

This Northern Flicker was at CBEC.