American Avocets at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I left early to drive to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. It’s about an hour and a half, mostly interstate and Delaware country roads.

We immediately saw 100 Great Egrets, mostly a white wall in the distance, with a few scattered nearer shore. We had high hopes for a great day, and we weren’t disappointed. Regrettably, the Egrets took off before we got any images.

Avocets, Shovelers, Eagles and other Sandpipers made up for it.  We were fairly busy for a couple of hours, then it slowed and we took off. A good day.

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Graeme Simpson sets up the shot.

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We saw more Northern Shovelers than usual.

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Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

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Red Winged Blackbirds can found in every MD marsh.

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This juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was perched near the road.

Pied Billed Grebe 2021-1

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A few Mute Swans are always in the area.

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Common Mergansers are among my favorite birds.

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A small flock of Dunlins was feeding.

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This Great Blue Heron was very relaxed.

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We found only a few Tree Swallows.

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I liked the pose of this Ring Billed Gull.

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Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

Green Winged Teal 2021-2

Green Winged Teal are a treat to the eye.

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Several flocks of American Avocets were feeding in the area.

Pine Warblers at Quiet Waters.

I’ve been to CBEC, Possum/Greenbury Points, Jonas Green and Quiet Waters in the last two weeks without a lot of luck. My Screech Owl has been making regular appearances, but there hasn’t been much interesting until today, when a small fallout of Pine Warblers and Chipping Sparrows hung around for half an hour or so. A nice find. Another Sapsucker showed as well.

Some are seeing Ospreys, but I haven’t found one yet. I’ll probably check Possum Point tomorrow.

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Many Chipping Sparrows were feeding alongside the Warblers.

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You can hear Cardinals singing throughout the park.

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This Eastern Screech Owl has been visible in midafternoon.

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Several Bald Eagles flew over the park.

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I seldom see Black Ducks at Quiet Waters.

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Several pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting at Quiet Waters.

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A Mallard near Thomas Point.

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Tundra Swans will be heading North soon.

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I’ve found several Northern Flickers in the park.

House Sparrow 2021-1

This House Sparrow posed at Jonas Green Park.

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These Surf Scoters were an unusual sight at Possum Point.

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This Downy Woodpecker pair seemed to be playing tag.

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There are many Tufted Titmice around.

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White Throated Sparrows seem to be among the last to head North.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker 2021-6

This Yellow Sapsucker was a nice surprise. I haven’t seen many.

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Eastern Blue Birds are doing well.

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10 or so Pine Warblers were in the grass, eating quickly and almost ignored me.

Screech Owl at Annapolis, MD.

Screech Owl! Any Owl is a treat, but I’ve looked for this guy several times, so persistence finally paid off. He’s been around for at least a year or two in the same area, but his daytime appearances are rare,

Wood Ducks are setting up shop, Sparrows are gathering, Hawks are nesting and even a warbler or two have been seen. No birder can resist the call of Spring. A single Sapsucker was passing through, leaving his telltale sap holes.

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South River as viewed from the park.

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Several pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting in the park.

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A few Canada Geese are hanging around. Will they nest here?


Carolina Wren 2021-11

Carolina Wrens are numerous and vocal.

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Many Eastern Bluebirds live in the park.

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A friend told me where to look for this Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, and I found him right away.

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Dark Eyed Juncos are still numerous.

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You can hear Northern Cardinals singing throughout the parl.

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I see Song Sparrows 9ften, but they’re not numerous.

Downy Woodpecker 2021-10

The sound of Woodpeckers, like this Downy, reverberates throughout the park.

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A shiny, freshly molted Dark Eyed Junco.,

Robin 2021-8

There are ofteh flocks of 50 or more Robins in the park.

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The Blue Jay harassed this Red Shouldered Hawk until he flew off.

Great Blue Heron 2021-8

A solitary Great Blue Heron stalks his breakfast.

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This Red Shouldered Hawk flew in as I was watching, and didn’t see me.

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A real treat. This Red Morph Screech Owl is usually hard to find in the daytime.