Sunday, February 23, 2014

#125 Osprey

#125 Osprey




The Osprey is a cool visitor to Maryland in the spring and summer months.


They can been seen nesting along the Susquehanna River in Maryland..


#124 Bald Eagle

#124 Bald Eagle



The Bald Eagle has become a common sight all around Maryland. Including my own neighborhood.






Above is one of the many juvenile Bald Eagles seen at Blackwater NWR.

Monday, February 17, 2014

#123 Yellow-crowned Night Heron

#123 Yellow-crowned Night Heron





The Yellow-crowned Night Heron has a white cheek and a yellow crown. They have a heavy bill, slate gray plumage.




The Yellow-crowned Night Heron rookery seen in Avalon, NJ

#122 Black-Crowned Night Heron

#122 Black-Crowned Night Heron



The Black-crowned Night Heron has the black crown and back and is pale below.



The juvenile has thicker neck, indistinct streaks below and yellow on the bill.


The Black-crowned Night Heron rookery in York, PA.

#121 Tri-colored Heron

#121 Tri-colored Heron


The Tri-colored Heron has a long bill white belly and magenta in the around the neck


 From bottom a Little Blue, Snowy Egret and top is the Tri-colored Heron.


A tri-colored Heron along with a  Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron


Upper middle is a Tri-colored Heron

#120 Green Heron

#120 Green Heron



The Green Heron is my favorite of the heron family.. Green in color with a rusty neck and dark cap.


The front is streaked.


Stalks small fish, tadpoles and amphibians, can be found near wooded swamp land, streams and ponds.

#119 Cattle Egret

#119 Cattle Egret



The Cattle Egret seen riding the Chincoteague ponies..




The smallest wader, is white and can be seen with a beige plumage on the crown chest and back.

#118 Snowy Egret

#118 Snowy Egret




The Snowy Egret is easy to id by looking at its black legs and yellow feet.



The Snowy Egret has been seen in many places, Bombay Hook, Chincoteague and Florida.

#117 Little Blue Heron

#117 Little Blue Heron




The Little Blue Heron..first seen at Chincoteague NWR in VA.  One of my favorite herons, the juvenile is white with the bicolored bill. They are similar in size to the Snowy Egret, deep blue with a maroon neck and head.




#116 Great Blue Heron

#116 Great Blue Heron







I believe I have seen a Great Blue Heron in every state I have visited.. They are common wader birds, seen in Maryland year. Several Maryland rookeries can be found along the Susquehanna River and the Potomac River near Great Falls.

#115 Great Egret

#115 Great Egret





The Great Egret rookery in york PA.


The Great Egret is a common bird seen all along the east coast . 

#114 Least Bittern

#114 Least Bittern


The Least Bittern was seen at Bombay Hook. It is the smallest member of the heron family. It's habitat is reed beds and marsh lands. It has a Black back and crown, buffy chestnut wing coverts.




#113 Clapper Rail

#113 Clapper Rail


The Clapper Rail is usually more often heard than seen, but at Edwin Forsythe NWR in NJ we have seen two  Clapper Rails out in the open.

The Clapper Rail is chicken size, has faint buff tints below..  Sounds are like clapping noises.




May 2014, we saw this Clapper Rail at Edwin Forsythe NWR

#112 Virginia Rail

#112 Virginia Rail


The Virginia Rail was seen on a bird club outing to Poplar Island in Maryland.


We were excited to have one of these birds walk up to the road were we were standing. We had great views of the bird out in the open.


Another Virginia Rail, seen may 2014 at the Swan Harbor Farms

#111 American Bittern

#111 American Bittern




The first two shots of the American Bittern were taken at Bitter Lake NWR, in New Mexico.


These birds like to blend in with the tall grasses and reeds, if they feel threatened they point their beaks to the sky blending in with their surroundings.


The Huntley Meadows American Bittern was my first sighting of this lifer.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#110 Eastern Bluebird

#110 Eastern Bluebird



The Eastern Bluebird was the first bird that had interested in birding..


I was lucky to see them nesting in my yard.


The Bluebird is a pale blue with rufous underparts and a white belly.

#109 Pine Siskin

#109 Pine Siskin



 The Pine Siskin, a finch like bird has the yellow streak on the side of its wing. Streaked with brown above and below.





The Pine Siskins can show up every other year or so. But, when they come they show up in big groups. I have had over 100 at one time.