Bird Feeder Activity at CBEC

A few days ago I took a quick jaunt over to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), to check to see whether Tundra Swans were present close to CBEC’s entrance road at the top of Marshy Creek, one of their usual winter havens around us.  I know they are out there somewhere, I can hear them in the early morning and late evenings.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see any.  I decided to head on into CBEC anyway to see if there was any activity at the feeder just behind the Welcome Center.  It was busy with several species, including a new lifer for me, the White-throated Sparrow.

White-throated Sparrow - A New Lifer for Me

White-throated Sparrow – A New Lifer for Me

He was joined by several buddies….

White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco and black-capped chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco and black-capped chickadee

The best part of the photo shoot were the Northern Cardinals, a favorite top-10 of mine.  There were several males and females to my delight, either at the feeder or in the bushes and marsh grass waiting their turn.  I had never had so many at one time, so I went a little nutso with them.  🙂

White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal

White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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Female Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

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Male Northern Cardinal givin’ me the eye

Female Northern Cardinal and Song Sparrow

Female Northern Cardinal and Song Sparrow

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Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, and Song Sparrow

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I didn’t get to stay long, but the visit were worth it!   🙂

16 thoughts on “Bird Feeder Activity at CBEC

  1. Very nice! It is easy to go nutso with cardinals. The white-throated sparrows are very pretty. Thanks for the look at the feeders. hugs

  2. Donna, Did you by any chance hear a white throat sing? They have the most beautiful song. They repeat a melodious “Oh sam, peabody, peabody, peabody. And they will sing on their winter range too. You should be able to find and hear it online.

    • No I didn’t, now I wish I had! All the birds were too busy getting their spot at the feeder to grab seed and fly to a branch, all while watching me on the observation deck. I’ll listen to one today online and then listen for one next time I’m there. Thanks Kathy for the heads-up!

    • They may be common here. I get so busy with my water birds, I seldom take the time for the little land birds. And boy, they are harder to photograph when they never want to sit still long enough lol. Kudos to you for your sharp-detail on your land birds, Jerry!

  3. Oh, that beautiful cardinal! The first (and only) time I have seen a cardinal was when living in Princeton, N J many years ago. Remember I thought it was an escaped cage bird. Great pictures!

    • Thanks M-R, you made me chuckle. It reminded me, once I saw parrot in Florida and thought it was an escaped cage bird as well, then I sighted a family of them! A local saw me hoofing over to them to get photos, he said they returned every year to breed there. I’ll have to post those, I never did. 🙂

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