I’ve been sticking with the CBEC routine for several weeks now, and it’s interesting to watch the cast of characters change as the water level drops and it gets warmer. Some birds have raised this year’s family, and are out searching for new areas to feed in.
Many Sandpipers have appeared, I’ve seen Avocets, Ibises and a single Little Blue Heron. Will a TriColored Heron be next?
A few sunrise photos also turned out well this week.
Morning in The Marsh.
I think this is a Starling with a nice bug.
This nest contains two Osprey chicks.
Snowy Egrets near dawn.
Killdeer have just begun appearing.
Lesser Yellowlegs are feeding in the flats.
Least Sandpipers are regulars.
20 or more Canada Geese seem to be spending the Summer.
The first time I saw Terns feeding in a flock, diving headlong into a school of small fish, I was hooked. Master flyers, master fisherbirds, what’s not to like?
I’ve spent a lot of time since then trying to get good images, and it ain’t easy. Terns don’t understand straight lines, and they are quick! Anyway, here’s my latest efforts.
A few other birds were around as well, and CBEC might be getting much better soon if the water level keeps dropping and there’s some mud for the Sandpipers.
Sunrise in the Marsh.
I’ve heard a lot of Wood Ducks at CBEC, but I don’t see them often.
Many Egrets dine all summer at CBEC.
There are many Chipping Sparrows at CBEC.
I saw this bird out of the corner of my eye, and snapped a shot while I was watching the Terns. It was a surprise to see later that it’s a Bald Eagle!
I spent way too much time with these Forster’s and Least Terns who were just a little too far away.
Diamondback Terrapins are laying eggs now.
CBEC is a good place to find Eastern Box Turtles.
I’ve continued the routine: CBEC, occasionally Greenbury Point or Kent Narrows and one trip to Schoolhouse Pond, which was a total waste.
Lake Knapp continues to be the source of the action. Lots and lots of Egrets and Herons, and today, American Avocets! I’ve never seen them there before, but regular readers know we see them at Bombay Hook.
The Egrets are sometimes close, sometimes far, and I’m learning to deal with both. I like to get close, but you can get some nice compositions at a distance, as well.
I expect to start seeing Wild Turkeys soon, and maybe last year’s Yellow Throated Warbler will visit again.
I saw 18 Great Egrets this morning.
Every MD marsh has hundreds of Red Winged Blackbirds.
Forster’s Terns have just returned to the area.
A few Snowy Egrets are hanging out as well.
American Avocets! I could hardly believe my eyes, and I quickly moved to get a better look.
Osprey nest repair.