Hooded Mergansers at Blackwater NWR.

It’s been slow for a few days, and the weatherman says the next few days will suck, so I decided to give Blackwater one last try.

It’s definitely Eagle time of year, and I saw many, as well as plenty of ducks. I also took a trip to DeCoursey Bridge again, in hopes of finding fishing Eagles.  There were actually many Eagles there, mostly juveniles, but they weren’t doing much fishing. The Pelicans were still there, though, and I got a couple of pics.

Tidal Pool 2

Blackwater Dawn.

Bald Eagle 2017-72

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Bald Eagle 2017-73

At least 6-8 juvenile Bald Eagles were hanging out at DeCoursey bridge.

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-9

Red Winged Blackbirds were very active.

Snow Goose 2017-22

Many Snow Geese are still in residence.


Green Winged Teal 2017-8

Green Winged Teal 2017-7

These Green Winged Teal were at CBEC yesterday.

Great Blue Heron 2017-24

Great Blue Heron 2017-23

Great Blue Heron 2017-22

I saw many Great Blue Herons on this visit.

Northern Shoveler 2017-25

Northern Shovelers are still the most common duck.

Tundra Swan 2017-59

Tundra Swans will be gone very soon.

Killdeer 2017-7

Why do Killdeer hang out on the road surface so often?

American White Pelican 2017-8

American White Pelican 2017-7

American White pelicans are fond of Blackwater.

Hooded Merganser 2017-793

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Hooded Merganser 2017-798

Hooded Merganser 2017-794

You can be nearly certain the Hooded Mergansers will spook when you get close.

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