A Few Newbies For Donna

As I work on accumulating my bird lifer list from my past photos, I’ve also been adding new ones recently photographed as well.  I shared the Red-Headed Woodpecker in my last post from Blackwater NWR, he was a recent newbie for me.  With the following other newbies, I’ve gathered photos now to a count of 61 for my lifer list, of which 43 were photographed either from my balcony & back yard or within our Oyster Cove community.  My count is not big, but I’ve got many more photos to go through that I know include at least a few more.  🙂  I’ll be adding pages for each of those lists soon for my documentation and challenge.

I am not an expert in birding but I do attempt to identify with two books I own, the internet and your help.  If I’ve made a mistake, please forgive me AND tell me what the bird really is!  I’ll appreciate it, promise!  🙂

I have found the Spotted Sandpiper is a frequent visitor to our berm, and I’ve taken many images over the past couple months as they fly and scurry around.  I never noticed them before, they blend really well against the rocks.  But now I’m looking just a little harder!  😉   This image isn’t my best one but I liked the way he reflected in the water.

Spotted Sandpiper

Next are two types of terns.  Both are very active around our community over Marshy Creek and around our osprey nest platform, either diving for fish or resting on the channel markers and buoys.

Least Terns

Forster’s Tern

My next bird I believe is a Fish Crow.  I’ve posted two photos of him; after he was done drinking, he flew up to the osprey platform.  The American Crow is very similar, but I chose Fish Crow since he was around brackish water and by the longer length of his tail.  Let me know if he really is an American Crow, I’ve not counted either before, so whichever, he is a first for my count.

Fish Crow (or American Crow?)

Fish Crow (or American Crow?)

Several weeks ago we had headed down Tilghman’s Island for their annual seafood festival, and then traveled to the very end of the island where there’s a parking lot to sit and soak in the gorgeous view of the Chesapeake Bay.  There were six Surf Scoters at a distance in the water, following the coastline, making their way north.

Surf Scoters

And finally, an Eastern Kingbird.  I captured him at Ferry Point Park along the Kent Narrows.  I’m really thrilled with this photo!

Eastern Kingbird

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I was excited to discover & photograph them!

I’ll close with a shot of a cloud in an interesting shape at sunset a week ago.  I took it from Red Eye’s Dock Bar’s dock, looking across the Kent Narrows at the Chesapeake Bay Exploration  Center.  Do you see a Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab?  There were others who said they saw it too….honest!   🙂

“Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab” Cloud – July 12, 2012

As always, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it!

11 thoughts on “A Few Newbies For Donna

  1. Great selection of photos, Donna. I really like that Eastern Kingbird’s pose. The white tip on the tale really stands out. But they are all good. I agree, I think it is a Fish Crow, too.

  2. Very nice photos Donna! I’m sorry but I couldn’t find the Blue Crab shape!
    It’s interesting to see your progress in spotting more and more new species. You’re training your eyes to faster detection. Is funny how they name a bird Fish Crow based on a feeding habit. I saw Common Grackles in Tybee Island pulling fish from the sea so did the Boat-tailed Grackles. I think that they just adapt to the situation of their chosen habitat.

  3. Just love your pictures!! It would be hard for me go get anything done if I lived where you do. As for the fish and Am. crow — they have different calls. The fish crow’s is shorter and a nasal “ca” or “car.” We have fish crows in southern tip of Illinois.

  4. Great shots and congrats on increasing your numbers. American and Fish Crows can not be told apart by size or shape, unless you are holding it and then there is still so much overlap that it can be questionalble. The Fish Crow has really extended it’s range in the last 10 years so many of the field guides are not really all that good for territory either. The one almost definitive way of sorting them is by their call. They both will make the typical Cawing sound with the American being deeper and horser but the good seperater is a Fish Crow will give a call theat sounds like Ungh-Ungh. They may Caw, Caw, Caw but evntually you’ll here the Ungh-Ungh and you will be sure. We have both species in Florida so it really can be challenging. In my county (Palm Beach) the only way the “experts” will except a sighting of an American crow is if you capture it calling. Don’t ever get discouraged with a birds ID as they are all so AWESOME that they are all worth photographing, over and over and over. Great post as always and thanks for sharing! Tom

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