Bald Eagles at the Water

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Here are two more recent photos of Bald Eagles taken at nearby Chesapeake Farms.  They love the wetland on that farm.  And so do I!

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Bald Eagle (immature)

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Bald Eagle (adult)

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Blue Jays

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Loud and boisterous, the Blue Jay is a fairly common bird over two-thirds of the U.S. as well as in Canada.

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Blue Jay

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They fly with strong wing beats that allow them to ‘bullet’ through the air at high speed!

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Blue Jays in flight

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I hear Blue Jays every morning at sunrise.  Already busy looking for food, they are scouring the trees and ground below for seeds and small insects.

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Blue Jay

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Blue Jay

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Blue Jay

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Blue Jays also love acorns!  Their fondness for them is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

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Blue Jay collecting acorns to cache

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So if you love oak trees, thank a Blue Jay next time you see one!  😊

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Northern Cardinals – Red Delights

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To catch you up long story short, after returning home from our mid-west summer adventure, we crazily/quickly bought and moved into a small, cozy house on an acre lot four miles away from our property lot that we’re clearing to build our dream home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

It deemed perfect to put us local with the building lot immediately for the clearing, the Spring start and continue monitoring of the new home build.  Plus it allowed us to begin enjoy living in our new community now.  It just wasn’t feasible to have the 2+ hour drive from our previous home and try to move forward with our plans.

Soooo…..I’ve really had two Eastern Shore ‘backyards’ since we’ve been back.  And, as I’ve shared in the past month, both backyards have a wonderful variety.  I feel truly blessed with my own little bird paradise!

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Northern Cardinal (male)

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With the Northern Cardinal being one of my top favorite birds, to have these birds in our new-to-us home backyard has been a true delight.  Being a year-round bird in the Chesapeake Bay region, I’m am hoping ‘mine’ stay around through this winter.

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Northern Cardinal (male)

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This gorgeous male has been slowly getting used to me and that big camera ‘eye’, giving me more chances, while his mate continues to evade me for a pretty photo.  I am giving her time, I am patient.  😊

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Northern Cardinal (male)

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Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy watching and listening to the both of them during my mornings.

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Northern Cardinal (male)

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“Cardinals appear when Angels are near….”

❤️ 🐦 ❤️

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Great Blue Herons – Habitat Scenes

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My last post shared Great Egrets in habitat scenes.  This post shares Great Blue Herons also in habitat scenes at the same location, Chesapeake Farms.

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

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I told the Great Egrets they had their own post, but this one just had to photo-bomb a Great Blue Heron’s profile shot I was working on. 😏

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Great Blue Heron photo-bombed by Great Egret fly-by

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Great Blue Heron photo-bombed by Great Egret fly-by

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Great Egrets – Habitat Scenes

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The last of our Great Egrets are departing the Chesapeake Bay region, heading south for warmer winter days.

I was fortunate to see quite a few in the past three weeks.  For this post, I didn’t crop these much, to share their surrounding habitat scenery.

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Great Egret

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Great Egret

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Great Egret

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Great Egret

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Great Egret

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Always a bonus when reflections come into play!  🤗

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American Kestrel Close-ups

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How fortunate for me to see almost daily American Kestrels flying across or sitting on wires, watching over the local farm fields for their next meal.

As soon as you spot one in the distance, they’ve already seen you and quickly take flight.  Then it becomes a “can I get a flight shot?”  Usually no, they are such super fast falcons.  So for me to get a photo of one either perched or in flight is pretty special.

And then it happened.  I got lucky, truly lucky.  I was on a rural country road, and ahead there sat a male Kestrel up on the wire to my left.  He stayed put as I pulled right up alongside and took a dozen shots.  He moved twice giving me two profiles.

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American Kestrel (male)

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American Kestrel (male)

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I quickly moved on before I had another vehicle pull up on me, all while the American Kestrel stayed perched.  I couldn’t believe it didn’t take flight!

Here’s a crop both photos above to share some close-ups of this little falcon’s gorgeous coloring and cute little face.

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American Kestrel (male)

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American Kestrel (male)

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After having just fulfilled and posted another one of my “Five On The Wire” series, I couldn’t put these shots aside to wait for the next series.  I felt this handsome fella deserved his own post right here and now!  😊

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Five On The Wire – #5

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My folder for my next series of five bird species perched on a wire has been storing shots of four birds for some time, just waiting for bird #5 to make it a post.

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Loggerhead Shrike

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European Starlings

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American Kestrel

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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And the fifth bird that was most obliging to complete this post…..

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House Sparrow

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Backyard Feathered Friends – 10/5/21

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The next day’s lunch and birding date.  This could easily become a habit.  😏

It was a cloudy mid-day and all was quiet for the most part.  A Blue Jay stopped for a visit, and for once sat nicely in the open instead of hiding like they do.

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Blue Jay

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A Northern Flicker was chasing a female and obliged with a pretty yellow wing-wave on the way by!

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“Sorry, no time to stop!”
Northern Flicker (male yellow-shafted)

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His sweetheart was landing in a tree across the creek.  I love all that hidden yellow we are lucky to see in flight!

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Northern Flicker (female yellow-shafted)

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I spooked a Great Blue Heron into flight who spooked me too.  I composed quickly for some shots!

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Great Blue Heron

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In the next shot, it looks like the heron had something to say.  I’ll take it as, “Gotta go, see you another day!”  (my try at a B&W process)

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Great Blue Heron

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And then the enormous GBH wing-wave!

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Great Blue Heron

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A final bird, one I don’t know for sure the exact species.  (Anyone?)

I got these two shots, and there’s not much to show to help ID.  So I’ll just let it shine as a pretty bird enjoying life way a-top a tree.

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(Species unknown)

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(Species unknown)

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I’m quickly building some feathered friendships in my backyard.  😊

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Backyard Feathered Friends – 10/4/21

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Taking lunch to my husband three days ago, with my camera tagging along proved to be a success with seeing and capturing a new lifer for me, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Could it happen again the next day?  I had to try!  So I told my husband I’d deliver lunch again.  😉

No new bird that day, but there was a nice variety in the 15 minutes I birded.

Heading into our woods to look for the little ones, I heard behind me the distinct loud chattering of Bald Eagles coming from our cove.  I quickly about-faced and headed down to the water to look for them instead.

Sure enough, across the creek up in the tree where they like to sit was a pair of Bald Eagles having quite the discussion.

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Bald Eagles having a discussion

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When I saw the clue of the left Eagle hop a couple times to the left on its branch, I got ready.  There’s going to be a take-off!

Sure enough!

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Bald Eagle takes flight (far right is blurry image of second Eagle watching the take-off)

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Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle

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That was so awesome as I watched it turned right to circle back and head out to the river!

In the next few minutes, four more birds stopped by for a photo session with me.

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Red-winged Blackbird (male)

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Blue Jay with a snack

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Gray Catbird

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Brown Thrasher

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That was certainly a lot of fun!  So much so, I delivered lunch again the next day!  😊

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Five On The Wing – #15

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It has been a while since I’ve shared my series of five bird species in flight, and I’ve been building a folder of singles.  Time to share five more!

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Blue Jay

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Bank Swallow

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Belted Kingfisher

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Rock Pigeon

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American Kestrel

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