Blue Angels at Truxtun Park.

It’s been a slowish birding week, topped off by the Annual Blue Angels show yesterday. I’m lucky enough to live near a local park where I get good views of much of the show. The best place is from a boat, or nearer the river, but those spots are taken early, and very crowded.

I did manage a couple of decent birds this week as well. I got to CBEC and Terrapin this week, and both yielded a few images.

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Dawn at Possum Point.


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Semi Palmated Plover at CBEC.

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The Tree Swallows at CBEC use feathers in their nests.

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These Snowy Egrets were feeding at Terrapin.

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An early morning Great Blue Heron.

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This Great Crested Flycatcher was gathering nesting material at CBEC.

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This Canvasback hen is way overdue to migrate.

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I see Canada Goose goslings in every marsh.

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Photos don’t really capture the speed and the sound.

Baltimore Orioles at Buddy Attick Park.

It’s been a week, but a busy and somewhat productive week. We’re finally getting some migrants with regularity.

Where to go? I’ve tried a few places without much luck, but it’s often a crapshoot even at peak migration. I’m getting too old for all day marathons, so I’m usually just hitting two or three places.

Anyway, here’s the best stuff from the last week.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

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This Spotted Sandpiper was at Jonas Green Park.

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Mallards are plentiful at Quiet Waters.

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This Eastern Bluebird has found a nice breakfast.

Yellow Breasted Chat 2021-1

Yellow Breasted Chats, with their bizarre song, are always a treat to find.


Lincoln's Sparrow 2021-1

Lincoln’s Sparrow is an unusual find, and only happens during migration. This one was at Greenbury Point.

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Orchard Orioles are present at Greenbury Point, but will they stay?

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I wanted better light for this Carolina Chickadee.

Common Goldeneye 2021-2

Worthy of inclusion only because it’s a Common Goldeneye, and should be way North of here.

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Common Yellowthroats are singing in every marsh.

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This Great Blue Heron flew right into the sunrise.

Black Vulture 2021-2

There are dozens of Black Vultures at Sandy Point, often gathered ’round the dumpsters.

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The Red Winged Blackbird may be our most numerus bird.

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You can’t go far without hearing a Cardinal.

Swamp Sparrow 2021-2

Swamp Sparrows have just arrived, and some will stay to breed.

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This Osprey was resting at Possum Point.


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This Cooper’s Hawk and his partner, flew overhead this morning at Possum Point.

Double Crested Cormorant 2021-8

Double Crested Cormorants are regulars at Possum Point.


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Many Gray Catbirds are feeding at Greenbury Point.

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This Baltimore was nesting at Buddy Attick Park.

Prothonotary Warbler at Huntley Meadows.

We’re getting some good migrants almost every day. I’m hearing about more than I see, but I’m doing OK, thank you.

Graeme and I went to Huntley Meadows overnight, and it’s a great place.  A boardwalk through the marsh puts many good birds right in front of you. A few reptiles appeared as well.

Greenbury Point is hosting some good migrants, and I’ll be posting some before too long. I thought the Trumpeter Swans had left, but I relocated them this morning. How long will they stay?

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The boardwalk at Huntley Meadows.

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This Common Grackle has a strange iridescence,

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Wood Ducks have been easy to find recently.

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This Common Yellowthroat was singing loudly.

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Female Red Winged Blackbirds always seem to be in the minority.

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A Prothonotary Warbler is always a bit startling.


Gray Catbirds arrived only a few days ago.

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I’m seeing Chipping Sparrows almost daily.

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Yet another Grackle.

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A Spring Cardinal.

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Barn Swallows are building nests.

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This Bluebird is feeding his young.

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We saw several Hooded Mergansers with chicks.

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Green Herons were feeding in the marsh.

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This is from the Heronry at Jonas Green Park.

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The Trumpeter Swans were in Woolchurch Pond this morning.

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Several Great Blue Herons were fishing.

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This Great Blue Heron seemed to catch a crayfish with every attempt.

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Eastern Kingbirds have arrived. Thy seem to thrive at Greenbury Point.

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A Bald Eagle nest at Dyke Marsh.

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This Gray Tree Frog lives in a hole, and the locals say he’s often visible.

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A very large Snapping Turtle.