Black Duck at Thomas Point.

I picked a Black Duck for the title because I may have overlooked them in the past. They’re actually somewhat threatened and I’m lucky to see the ones I do, mostly at Thomas Point or Bombay Hook.

Nothing new this week, but the numbers of Canvasbacks and Tundra Swans is up. Only a few ducks at the point, which is probably because of the warm weather. It’s just started to cool a bit, so we’ll see what happens.

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Many Canvasbacks spend their days here.


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There’s only a few Lesser Scaup hens.

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There’s 200 or more Canvasbacks present.

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Tundra Swans routinely stretch like this.

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Black Duck, bottoms up.

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Many Buffleheads remain here all winter.


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Only a few Redheads have shown up so far.

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There’s always a flock of Mallards in the area.

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There’s a few Long Tailed Ducks out at the point.

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White Throated Sparrow at Quiet Waters.

I got to Possum Point a couple of days ago and found Scoters, which I haven’t seen there previously. There was an overflight of 75 Double Crested Cormorants, which I’ve seen before. No Ruddys, which seems unusual, but I found a large flock at Thomas Point. I’ve also glanced at Jonas Green Park, but haven’t seen anything worth stopping for.

I got some nice closeups of a Long Tailed Duck and a White Throated Sparrow. A Cardinal has been attacking my car mirror at Thomas Point, and I recorded the action.

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Many Canada Geese winter in the area.

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Bufflehead courtship can be a frantic affair.

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Buffleheads seem to be thriving.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of Cowbirds at Quiet Waters recently.


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A handsome Redhead.

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There’s a bout a hundred Tundra Swans near Thomas Point.

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I’ve seen only a few Surf Scoters this season.

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One warm day I left the window rolled down, and my Cardinal friend perched inside.

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It’s not unusual for a single bird to hang out in the same place for a while. This Long Tailed Duck has been at Thomas Point over a week.

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There’s a few Black Scoters at the point.

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I saw a flock of 60 Dark Eyed Juncos at Quiet Waters.

Redhead at Thomas Point.

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This lucky shot turned out well.

It wasn’t really at Thomas Point, it was ay my friend’s  house just a wee bit up the road. This Ebird checklist will show what else was about.

The weather has been quite good for a week, and I’ve been getting out most days. I finally tried going over the bridge to CBEC, and it was a total bust.  My best guess is that the warm weather is keeping the ducks up North.

This is most noticeable at Thomas Point, when the usual hundreds of ducks is down to dozens. This is not the first time weather has affected the winter bird population.

SO, Quiet Waters and Thomas Point are sustaining me at the moment and that suits me.  There’s still plenty of virus around and I’d like to avoid it.


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I’ve been seeing a few Chipping Sparrows.

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Tufted Titmice are always active.

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Many Cowbirds have started showing up at Quiet Waters.

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Great Blue Herons seem to be around all Winter.

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There is a large Mallard Population.

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Red Breasted Nuthatches are still in the area.

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Lesser Scaup aren’t as numerous as in previous years.

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I saw a flock of 60 Dark Eyed Juncos.

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Song Sparrows can be quite pretty.

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Buffleheads seem to be very common right now.

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Canada Geese can be quite boisterous.

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I’ve seen only a few Surf Scoters.

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Tundra Swans will occasionally stretch their wings.

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This is a Mallard/Black Duck hybrid.

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This Cardinal seems to peck at every mirror in the parking lot.

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I’ve seen only a few Redheads this season.

Mallards at Thomas Point.

I’m featuring a Mallard image because it’s pretty good, and I probably haven’t done much with Mallards on the past. I’m prejudiced in favor of other birds, I think.

It’s been a decent week or so; good weather, good enough birds, and good political news.

I’m still looking around for vagrants, but not finding much in the last few days. Looking for Siskins means finding Goldfinches, who feed on the same gumballs. Lots of Bluebirds and Sparrows, also. Hawks and Woodpeckers as well as a few Ducks, made for variety.

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The Tufted Titmouse is sort of plain, so you need a good setting.

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Buffleheads are here in large numbers.

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Many Canvasbacks are in the area.

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This Long Tailed Duck is a first year male who doesn’t have his adult plumage yet.

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There seem to be fewer Surf Scoters than usual.

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I haven’t seen the Pine Siskins in a week.

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t’s hard to beat an Eastern Bluebird in good light.

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This Chickadee seems to be a neat eater.

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A large flock of Tundra Swans stays in the are all Winter.

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There’s a few Lesser Scaup hanging around.

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Learn the song of the White Breasted Nuthatch and you’ll hear them often,

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I suspect there are more Dark Eyed Juncos than I’m finding They have great camouflage.

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I wonder if this is the same Red Tailed Hawk I saw last month.

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Carolina Wrens blend in well.

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There’s usually a few Black Ducks in the area.

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Canada Geese will kick up a fuss occasionally.

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I often hear Red Bellied Woodpeckers, but they don’t pose this well.

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Mallards can be enthusiastic at times.