A Variety of Returning and Resident Birds

The season has changed and so has most of the birds in our area here in the Kent Narrows/Grasonville, Maryland area.  It’s disappointing to see some leave but refreshing on the return of so many others!  You may have read my last two posts on the return of the Osprey, an entertaining bird and a favorite of mine.  Here are random photos of a variety of other birds taken here from my balcony or within our community in the last several weeks.  Enjoy!

I saw this pair of visiting Snowy Egrets for three days in a row, along the water inlet behind our community’s tennis courts that I check out frequently.  I only photographed them the first day and most of the shots were the same pose, as they were too busy watching something else I couldn’t see.  I didn’t want to scare them off and left.  These were a treat for me!

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Also over near the tennis courts are our re-erected Purple Martin houses which are quite busy with activity.  I haven’t ventured close to the houses yet for photos but as I sat in my car watching and listening, a pair of female Purple Martins were right above me in a tree singing.  I liked that I captured them in a tree instead of their homes and gourds!

Female Purple Martin

Female Purple Martin

Female Purple Martin

Female Purple Martin

A few birds that we see daily……

American Robin

American Robin on my neighbor’s balcony railing

American Robin

American Robin

American Robin

American Robin

Female House Finch

Female House Finch

Female House Finch

Female House Finch

Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Common Grackles

Common Grackles gettin’ a suntan

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants

We are not seeing very many American Bald Eagles now, just an occasional by-pass of one or a pair, but they are still around.

Juvenile American Bald Eagle

Juvenile American Bald Eagle

The Turkey Vulture is also a year-round bird seen daily, but these next photos are unusual to show them landing on our berm along the water.  I was lucky to see and catch one landing, who in turn gave me a very nice pose.  Check out those feet!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

I captured a different Turkey Vulture a couple weeks later, but this time there’s a reason he landed.  He was checking out a large fish that appears someone else had already worked on.

Turkey Vulture checking out a dead fish

Turkey Vulture checking out a dead fish

I need a little help on this next bird who also perched on our gutter.  Is it a female Brown-headed Cowbird?  Or maybe a juvenile finch?  UPDATE –  With the help of fellow bloggers, it’s determined it’s a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird!  Thanks everyone for your ID help!!  🙂

Brown-headed Cowbird or a Finch?

Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird

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Here’s my back-side!

The Green Heron has returned!  The first shot was weeks ago at a distance and isn’t very good after cropping.  This weekend I spotted one along our berm at low tide during midday so the lighting was terrible.  I’ll keep working on getting this one shot better!

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

searching for food

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

We had dinner one evening at Fisherman’s Crab Deck where there is a pond alongside that Mallard ducks flock to beg for you to put a quarter in the duck feed machine for them.  They literally sit on the pavement and at the base of the two machines, lol.  Camera in hand as usual, I took a few photos.  I loved this next one and had to share!

Male Mallard Duck

Male Mallard Duck

He’s a happy duck, isn’t he?!!  I have a few more bird series to share including our wonderful Great Blue Heron who provides me fantastic poses all the time, a Least Tern fishing, a Red-wing Blackbird chasing a Spotted Sandpiper, the popular Rt 50/301 Osprey where some are laying on eggs, and of course more Osprey photos that I take daily from my balcony, which I’ll post a bit later.  I hope you enjoyed these today and thanks as always for stopping by!

27 thoughts on “A Variety of Returning and Resident Birds

  1. I enjoy the variety of your bountiful neighbourhood.The snowy egrets are so elegant! I have house finches in the parking lot, happy to hear a song rather than magpies, sparrows and crows.The mallards are at their finest this time of year. I have never seen a green heron but have seen a vulture gliding and their flight is so graceful-makes up for what they lack in looks.

    • I love egrets and their pure white feathers, always hard to photograph for me. My house finches are buddies of mine, they are even coming onto my balcony and visiting, they just need to stop leaving me presents, lol. There is a beauty in the vulture, he does glide so graceful. Everyone does underestimate his value to us as a great clean-up janitor! 🙂

  2. Those Snowy Egrets are beautiful! I am fascinated by the Green Herons and saw some “in real life” a couple of years ago. So much fun you have! Thanks for sharing. hugs

    • Those little green herons are super-fast in flight, I’m always trying to snap a photo of one. If I hadn’t been searching the berm with my binoculars, I would have missed this one. He kept getting inbetween the rocks, lol. Thanks as always for your comments Beth!

  3. Great photos! But, I love this type of post especially, as it shows people the many species of birds living right in their neighborhood, which too many people take for granted.

    • I agree, I was one of ‘those’ who did take the common birds for granted, geez we see them all the time, I’d think, they’re nothing special. But the last couple years I’ve started really ‘seeing’ them and enjoy watching & listening to these birds daily as well. And not necessarily easy to photograph, they are great practice! Thanks Jerry!

  4. Love this post, Donna. You are really getting good at this. Your photography is amazing, and like some other commenters, I am a bit partial to the Snowy Egrets. All are wonderful.

      • Wow! A tough call, Donna. I hadn’t taken a real close look at it before. I do not think it is an adult Brown-headed Cowbird. The beak should be heavier. However, I think it could be a Juvenile. The younger head is more finch-like and the patterns of the wing feathers match up to that.
        I can see why you thought about the possibility of it being a finch. I almost thought of that, but I don’t know what finch species you have there, but most definitely it is not a house finch.
        So, in my final opinion, based on what little I do know, is that it is a Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird.
        Many thanks, Donna, for trusting my opinion. 🙂

      • Thank you bunches for the ID help, Bob! If it wasn’t either, I had decided to call him/her the chocolate bird, LOL. Just kidding! It is frustrating sometimes for me to ID, because I want to be right. Thanks again!

      • I am with you. I always want to be right, but sometimes there really isn’t enough info in a photo to be 100% accurate. It can be frustrating, but fun at the same time. I love the challenge.

  5. I enjoyed all your bird photos. I believe the mystery bird is a female cowbird. Besides the bill looking right, I don’t see any hint of markings on the bird’s breast feathers. If it were a finch, I would expect to see some.

    • Thanks Deb! After Bob Zeller’s comments and seeing a post by HJ/Avian 101, I felt more confident on my female cowbird ID. Thanks for giving me a confirmation! I’ve photographed male cowbirds at a refuge once but had no idea we ever had any visit us along the water here. This proves to me you just never know what species just might stop by or live in your neighborhood! 🙂

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