Orchard Oriole at Lake Artemesia.

Graeme and I spent some time at Artemesia this morning, then tried a new spot Graeme found not far away. It looks very promising, with marsh, hardwoods  and a meadow. We saw Egrets, Herons, Swallows and Wood Ducks, so  I’ll be heading back soon.

I’m still getting out locally when weather permits, but I’m not finding much interesting yet. It’s been very cool so far, but warmer weather is coming tomorrow.



Chipping Sparrow 2020-5

This Chipping Sparrow was at CBEC.


Eastern Kingbird 2020-5

Eastern Kingbirds are appearing everywhere I go.

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Great Egret 2020-4

This Great Egret only flew a short distance.

Northern Flicker 2020-5

This Northern Flicker was foraging on the ground.

Wood Duck 2020-11

Wood Duck 2020-12

This Wood Duck mother led her flock into the tall reeds for safewty.

Great Blue Heron 2020-4

A single Great Blue Heron stood motionless.

Song Sparrow 2020-1

This Song Sparrow was singing for a mate.

Orchard Oriole 2020-1

This Orchard Oriole will probably nest at Lake Artemesia.

Tree Swallow 2020-8 Eastern Kingbird 2020-5


Tree Swallow 2020-9

Tree Swallows return to Artemesia every year.

Robin 2020-1

Robin 2020-1

Robin 2020-2

This Robin is taking food to his chicks.

Birding Close to Home.

There are several decent birding sites near my home, but some have been closed or otherwise limited. Some places are scheduled to open soon.

I’ve been sticking mostly to Quiet Waters, but I managed a trip to Possum Point and  CBEC in the last couple of days. Wooton’s Landing wasn’t productive at all.  I’d like to try Lake Artemesia, but it’s in PG County, which is a virus hotspot at the moment.

So, here’s what I’ve been seeing, including a couple of nice Foxes from this afternoon.


CBEC Sunrise.

Downy Woodpecker 2020-5

This Downy Woodpecker was eating at Quiet Waters Park.

Chipping Sparrow 2020-2 jpg

This Chipping Sparrow was also dining at Quiet Waters.

Eastern Bluebird 2020-5

You can hear Eastern Bluebirds in most areas of the park.

Pine Warbler 2020-3

This Pine Warbler was at CBEC.

Canada Goose 2020-22

A Canada Goose hybrid at CBEC.

Eastern Kingbird 2020-4

Eastern kingbirds are just arriving for the season.

Starling 2020-1

Starlings are always around.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2020-1

These Red Headed Woodpeckers will probably nest at CBEC.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2020-1

Yellow Breasted Chats are regulars at Greenbury Point.

White Breasted Nuthatch 2020-7

A White Breasted Nuthatch, nesting at Quiet Waters.

White Throated Sparrow 2020-3

This White Throated Sparrow will be heading North soon.

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Fox 128

Fox 125

These Fox kits are learning the ropes at Quiet Waters.