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.
This Chipping Sparrow was at CBEC.
Eastern Kingbirds are appearing everywhere I go.
This Great Egret only flew a short distance.
This Northern Flicker was foraging on the ground.
This Wood Duck mother led her flock into the tall reeds for safewty.
A single Great Blue Heron stood motionless.
This Song Sparrow was singing for a mate.
This Orchard Oriole will probably nest at Lake Artemesia.
Tree Swallows return to Artemesia every year.
This Robin is taking food to his chicks.
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.
This Downy Woodpecker was eating at Quiet Waters Park.
This Chipping Sparrow was also dining at Quiet Waters.
You can hear Eastern Bluebirds in most areas of the park.
This Pine Warbler was at CBEC.
A Canada Goose hybrid at CBEC.
Eastern kingbirds are just arriving for the season.
Starlings are always around.
These Red Headed Woodpeckers will probably nest at CBEC.
Yellow Breasted Chats are regulars at Greenbury Point.
A White Breasted Nuthatch, nesting at Quiet Waters.
This White Throated Sparrow will be heading North soon.
These Fox kits are learning the ropes at Quiet Waters.