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!

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