Road ditch muskrat.
Courting eagle spiral! They locked talons high and fell for (?) 50 meters before coming out of it right above the water. I wonder what percentage of spirals fail?
This looked bigger than the Forster's terns that were flying around, but my perspective may have been off.
I'm interested if anyone sees something that might be a lesser yellowlegs.
Not so many insects visible this time of year, so I photographed this lazy fly when it made a conspicuous appearance. Also, we walked the entire Tubman trail and the woods were dead quiet. Little wildlife to observe.
Obscured photo, but we had a good look in flight and at another perch.
Unusual to see white pelicans at this time of year, but a flock of ~35 and a solitary individual have been regularly observed at Blackwater this winter. The flock was nowhere to be seen (out foraging on the river?), but this lone pelican was tucked up on a levee bank. We speculated that it may be ill, as indicated by isolating itself and its inactivity, but that's just speculation. We were extremely pleased to see this bird because it marked the 100th bird species of our three day field trip.
Fewer swans seen than last month, but still a few around.
Leucistic or hybrid (Canada x Snow?) Canada Goose, Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758). Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, Dorchester Co., Maryland, USA. Photo by David L. Govoni ©2012