We’re still in the birding doldrums around here. I suspect they’re just not as plentiful, as most have finished nesting and just aren’t as active.
At this time of year I have more fun in the marshes, where there’s a good variety of species and a chance for a rarity or two, like The Tricolored Herons. (Banding Code TRHE).
Egrets have been plentiful, the Tree Swallows seem to have mostly moved, and a few Barn Swallows are still here. Passerines are elusive, and I’ve only gotten a few images.
Sunrise at Possum Point.
You can find Black Crowned Night Herons at Kent Narrows most mornings.
This Green Heron was feeding at the USNA marina.
Great Blue Herons will often spook as you approach in the early morning.
It took a little doing to get this Osprey image aligned properly
These Snowy Egrets are spending time at CBEC.
I’ve been seeing larger flocks of Forster’s Terns than usual.
Least Sandpipers are frequent visitors at CBEC.
There are many Common Yellowthroat Warblers in the marsh, but their song eludes me.
Many Wood Duck chicks are thriving at Jonas green.
A midsummer nest repair
Tricolored Herons are becoming regular Summer visitors.
It’s the slowest time of the year and it’s getting hot. I’m visiting the same places almost daily and not finding much interesting. There may just be fewer birds, or I may need a new game plan. I suspect I’ve lost a step or two, as I feel my longer walks more than usual.
Both Possum Point and Sandy Point have made it hard to get in for sunrise photos, and my few trips there this year haven’t found much. Likewise for CBEC and Terrapin.
The pond at Jonas Green has been my salvation for the last few weeks. Herons, Ducks and Blackbirds are plentiful and usually will pose at least briefly.
Heron sculpture at Quiet Waters Park.
A Tree Swallow rests alongside a Barn Swallow.
I found this Snowy Egret at CBEC.
This Green Heron was fishing on the entrance road to CBEC.
Distant Heron nest at Jonas Green.
A Great Blue Heron foraging at CBEC.
Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury Point.
It’s been a good year for Bluebirds.
You can usually find Goldfinches at Greenbury Point.
It’s the season of Wood Duck chicks!
This Carolina Wren was singing loudly at Greenbury Point.
Eastern Bluebirds have been plentiful this year.
A pair of Green Herons is hanging out at Jonas Green Park.