A Bit Late But……….. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello Everyone, I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday season!  I’m finally back after MIA for a couple months.  My daughter was getting married back mid-November and I needed just a ‘small’ leave of absence for the planning and festivities but I never planned it to be this long!  Sorry!!

The wedding was beautiful from start to finish!  Then Thanksgiving quickly rolled around which whisked us off to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (a future post is imminent with my visit to Pinckney Island NWR during that trip).  Then Christmas was upon us.  During all this time my mom has been ill and in and out of the hospital.  She’s home now and fairing much better as I write.  🙂

Enough of the excuses, I’m back and ready to share the nature I observe and photograph from my third floor balcony overlooking Marshy Creek, Prospect Bay and the south end entrance of the Kent Narrows, nature which never stops pleasuring those that will take the time to stop, look and listen……

First for my blogging diary, I want to record the fact of my last sighting of a transient osprey who was perched on a Rt. 50 sign here in Grasonville this past November 13 and 14.  I was not able to tell if it was an adult or a juvenile but he/she seemed comfortable up there perched, one day eating a fish!  🙂  A bit late in migration, I wondered if he got thrown off his travels by Hurricane Sandy and was attempting again to head south.

So here we are!  Old man winter is trying hard to enter our area recently with crisp, cool days.  And he’s also bringing along our winter visitors who fly in for the season for our community’s pleasure and my ongoing nature photography passion!  Here’s who’s been arriving these last couple months….

But first, some shots of our gorgeous Great Blue Heron, who never left for a migration and continues to visit us almost daily around the berm and osprey nest platform.  At dawn, I still find him frequently perched on the nest platform, facing the rising sun, waiting for it’s imminent warmth.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron at dawn

Great Blue Heron at sunrise

Great Blue Heron at sunrise

And then he’s sometimes just prancing around the rocks, doing a little fishing while keeping an eye out for any enemies.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron havin’ a laugh!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron – wingspans can reach six feet wide!

This next shot is for fun, it really cracked me up.  What a stance, Mr. GBH!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron – struttin’ his stuff!

It is now the American Bald Eagle’s mating season and activity and sightings in our skies are much more promising.  I’ve seen more sightings of eagles in the last two weeks than I’ve seen for months.  What a sight to behold!  For those in the community, keep your eye on our osprey nest platform and Lippincott’s channel maker #3 where they love to perch during the winter months.

American Bald Eagle on Lipincott's channel marker 3, eating a fish

American Bald Eagle on Lippincott’s channel marker 3, eating a fish

American Bald Eagle, passing on by

American Bald Eagle, passing on by!

Another frequent visitor to our osprey nest platform recently is this Belted Kingfisher.  Such a tiny, cute fella!

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher at sunset

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Those adorable Buffleheads began showing up in November and can be seen almost daily, diving for food.

Buffleheads

Male Buffleheads at sunrise

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Male and Female Buffleheads

Ruddy Ducks and American Coots have joined us as well!

Male and Female Ruddy Ducks

Male and Female Ruddy Ducks

American Coots

American Coots

It seems they may have moved on, but last week for several days we had the pleasure to observe 20-30 Surf Scoters tightly grouped and diving/feeding at the entrance of Marshy Creek.  I’ve captured this species further down Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but this was a first for me here at Oyster Cove.  🙂

Male and Female Surf Scoters

Male and Female Surf Scoters

Surf Scoters

Surf Scoters

Surf Scoters

Surf Scoters (males have orange and white bills)

Surf Scoters taking flight

Surf Scoters taking flight

In addition, Canada Geese and Tundra Swans have arrived in our area.  At sunrise, it is a delight to stand outside quietly and listen to them chatter to one another.  Pretty cool stuff.

Stay tuned as I continue to share who’s visiting our area, or other nature photos I take along my excursions.  And as always, thank you for stopping by!  And to those blogs that I subscribe to, I’ll be back in touch with yours, I miss you!!

26 thoughts on “A Bit Late But……….. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Hi, Donna, it is so great to see you writing and photographing again. I really missed you. I love these species that you have photographed here. I’m looking forward to more. 🙂

  2. My dear Donna Happy New Year! I’m glad to hear that everything went ok with the wedding. However I missed your blog and your kind comments to my blog. You have a good bunch of photos there! I love the “strutting GBH” It’s funny! Welcome back! 🙂

  3. Hi Donna! Yes, I too have missed you and your blogs but congrats on the wedding and your Mom”s recovery. Happy new year and wishing you health and prosperity. Enjoyed your selection of feathered friends in today’s blog. Jane

  4. Happy New Year to you, too, Donna. Congratulations on living through the wedding and good to hear your mom is improving. It is nice to see “your” birds again and the GBH is still lookin’ good! Great variety of birds for us to see. Thanks for posting your photos – I have missed you.

    • Thank you very much Beth for your comments! That GBH is one FINE lookin’ fella for sure, he is a joy to watch, even when I don’t have my camera out. If I don’t see him for a couple day, I start to worry about him, lol. 🙂

  5. Welcome back dear Donna, I missed you and your amazing wild bird photographs. How beautiful and amazing they are as always. Congratulations for new couple and Good Luck in their new life. I hope and wish get well soon your mother. It is nice to see you back. Happy New Year, Thanks and Love, nia

  6. I loved your photos; the one of Mr. GBH strutting his stuff made me laugh.

    Congratulations on your daughter’s marriage. I’m glad that your mother’s health is improving. And may the new year bring blessings to you and your loved ones.

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