I’ve been spending most mornings at CBEC because it’s easy to be alone, and there’s often plenty of birds. Sunrise can be exciting also.
The Egrets, both Great and Snowy, often gather in a corner of Lake Knapp, and may offer the best chance to get close. At other times they seem to be laughing at you as they gather on the West side, where they can be quite distant. You may see other birds such as Ospreys, Eagles, Herons, Terns, Wood Ducks, and Swallows, or Muskrats, Gophers and Deer.
The Tree Swallows nest in the Boxes along the entrance road, and this offers a chance to get fairly close, in good light, without harassing the birds. They’ll dive at you if you’re too close. When they’re feeding young, they are very active, and you may have to wander out into the grass to get the best shots. Bluebirds and Barn Swallows hang out here also. I keep hearing about the Nelson’s Sparrows here, but nobody ever seems to see them. A great spot to find Diamondback Terrapins in the Summer.
Dawn, from the Blind.
If you’re lucky, you can get fairly close and watch the action.
Repairing the nest.
Snowy Egrets aren’t as numerous as Greats.
I confess to be a bit addicted to these guys.
I haven’t posted since mid-May, mostly because I’m not finding much. I’m only going places where I’m alone or nearly so, and I leave early to avoid any crowds that may arrive.
I had a computer crash during all this, so editing has become a bit slower and more difficult until my new computer arrives.
I’m not seeing much exciting, and good photo opps were in short supply.
I’m going to post the best of the recent stuff. Current conditions appear to promise better birding soon.
Morning at Possum Point.
Morning at CBEC.
I found this Common Loon at ossum Point.
This Ring Necked duck should have migrated by now.
EAstern Kingbirds are plentiful.
Eastern Towhees are often heard but not seen.
I have several shots this Great Blue Heron, and he appears to have only one leg.
Red Headed Woodpeckers are nesting at CBEC.
These are about 40 Tree Swallow nest boxes at CBEC.
I found these Trumpeters at Governor Bridge.
The Yellow Breasted Chat has a bizarre song.