More Birds At The Refuge, And A Few Turtles

The following birds are in full force at Blackwater NWR.  If you don’t see one of these, I would be quite shocked.

It is not at all hard to find the loud and boisterous Red-winged Blackbirds, who are excited the females are back and Spring is here.  This one stopped long enough to give me a profile shot.

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Red-winged Blackbird (male)


The Least Terns were all over the waters, flying and diving for fish.  They were so fast, I didn’t try much with them…..and then I later downloaded the next photo.  I was pleasantly surprised.

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Least Tern


I was amazed on how many Eastern Kingbirds I’ve seen in my visits.   They are so pretty with their white-edged wings and tails.

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Eastern Kingbird


As for other wildlife, even the turtles are out in full force, sunning and smiling.  One was practicing swimming in air.

(Someone please correct my turtle ID if it is wrong!)

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Eastern Painted Turtles


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Eastern Painted Turtles


β€œStudy nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
β€” Frank Lloyd Wright

(All photos taken at Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland)


30 thoughts on “More Birds At The Refuge, And A Few Turtles

    • Thanks Sue! I thought that’s what he looked like he was doing, and many were doing it. πŸ˜€ Why do they do that?? And how’s he going to get down?? 😲 My inquisitive mind wants to know!!! πŸ˜‰ (lol I should have set up camp out to find out!)

  1. I think we saw all of these at Blackwater last Tuesday, as well as a red headed woodpecker and yellow bellied sapsucker. I also saw a group of red-winged blackbirds attacking a great egret in the marshes until it flew away. I think there must have been a nest nearby.

    • Told you! πŸ™‚ We went down to Hoopers Island today and drove the BNWR drive once. I don’t think I got a lot today, still need to download, but WHOA lots of flooding in the area!

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