Heronry at Jonas Green Park.

I got my first vaccine shot, and the second is scheduled for a couple of weeks from now. It will be a relief to have that over with.

I’ve gotten to Possum Point, Greenbury Point, Quiet Waters, Truxtun Park and CBEC in the last week. There weren’t any spectacular finds, but the Ospreys have arrived and the weather is (Mostly) warmer. A couple of Trumpeter Swans broke the monotony.

The Heronry is the one I found last year as the pandemic started and didn’t get to observe. I may get a better chance this year.

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Dawn on Whitehall Bay,

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The Possum Point Ospreys are back and building nests.

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This mallard and her mate were bathing at Quiet Waters.

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White Throated Sparrows are often the last to migrate.

 

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I was very surprised to find two Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

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Gadwalls are regulars at Jonas Green Park.

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Tufted Titmice don’t always pose this well.

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I saw over 400 Cormorants at Possum Point

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Song Sparrows are plentiful at Jonas Green Park.

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I’m going to try for Tree Swallow flight shots again this year.

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This injured Great Horned Owl is in rehab at CBEC.

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I don’t often try photographing Crows.

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This Osprey is nesting at Truxtun Park.

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This Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead at Truxtun Park.

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First Eastern Phoebe of the season.

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This Carolina Wren was quite close in the morning light, and was singing with impressive volume and at length.

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A female Downy Woodpecker.

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These Great Blue Herons are building a nest above the pond at Jonas Green Park.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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A shiny, freshly molted Dark Eyed Junco.,

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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.

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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.

Wood Ducks at Quiet Waters.

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. We had crap weather, lots of snow and ice and not much in the way of birds.

We’re on our second consecutive 60 degree day now, and things are picking up. Wood Ducks are mating and Pileateds are drumming.  The Swans and ducks are still with us, but not for much longer.

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White Throated Sparrows will be with us for a while.

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This Carolina Wren was singing loudly.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

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There’s regularly 40-50 Tundra Swans near Thomas Point.

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Dark Eyed Juncos are in every nook and crannie.

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These Black Ducks are hanging out at Thomas Point.

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Learn the Bluebird’s song and you’ll hear it everywhere in the park.

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A pair of Red Shouldered Hawks is nesting in the park.

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This Bald Eagle was perched overlooking Thomas Point.

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The average Canvasback population appears to be 200+.

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I hear Mourning Doves more often than I see them.

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Spring Mallards can be quite feisty.

 

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There’s usually a few Redheads in the flock.

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It’s a little unusual to see a Carolina Wren cling to the bark instead of perching.

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At least two pairs of Wood Ducks are nesting in the park.

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This Pileated Woodpecker can do some serious damage to a tree.

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Downy Woodpeckers seem to be doing well.

Bald Eagle at Thomas Point.

We had decent weather the last few days. but nothing new in the way of birds. A few interesting birds have been found, but mostly too far away to chase.

I’ve stuck with Thomas Point and Quiet Waters recently. We’re getting more cold weather in the next few days, so maybe some different ducks will bless us.

In the meantime I’m going to see about getting different images from the same old birds.

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This is a large flock for our area. There are more birds left and right. I’ve estimated 400 or so birds.

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I first noticed this Red Shouldered because of the reflected light, and only later noticed the second bird, who flew off.

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There’s usually 200 or more Canvasbacks in the area.

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There’s usually 200 or more Canvasbacks in the area. .

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There’s usually 200 or more Canvasbacks in the area.

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Feeding Canvasbacks cause a lot of commotion.

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A few Mallards usually join in.

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There’s always a small flock of Buffleheads in attendance.

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A few Canada Geese are hanging with the other water birds.

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There’s always a small flock of Buffleheads in attendance.

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“Handsome” always comes to mind when a Redhead appears.

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This Black Scoter was out at the point.

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White Breasted Nuthatch at Quiet Waters.

Not too much variety lately. It’s gotten colder, so there may be more good ducks, grebes and loons soon. I’m going to have travel a little further soon, to keep up.

Thomas Point was mostly disappointing, and there wasn’t anything new at Quiet Waters. The weather wasn’t much help, with several inches of snow.

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I heard this Pileated Woodpecker drumming for a mate.

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There’s always a few Turkey Vultures around.

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You can hear Bluebirds often, but they can be hard to find.

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Song Sparrows seem to hang out with the White Throated Sparrows.

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You can hear Red Bellied Woodpeckers from a long way off.

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I’ve seen several large flocks of Dark Eyed Juncos in the park.

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Many Tufted Titmice lie in the park.

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Carolina Chickadees are seriously energetic.

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A Great Blue Heron in onw of the coves.

 

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Tundra Swans hanging out with the Canvasbacks.

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I see House Finches only occasionally.

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Learn the song of the Carolina Wren and you’ll hear it often.

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This Bald Eagle was flying near Thomas Point.

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Tundra Swans often get feisty.

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White Breasted Nuthatches are doing well.

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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