This morning I headed out to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in search of a Red Necked Grebe at Kent Narrows. I had never known that birds could be red necks. I did find the Grebe, and a few other charming ducks along the water.
It was quite chilly and the crab and oyster boats were frozen in at their docks. I hadn’t realized that the Grebe was something so special as shortly after I saw her, several more birders showed up in search.
Going with my good luck, I decided to return to Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in hopes of finding the Screech Owl I found over a week ago. Arriving, the place was quiet. Only the song birds were busy at the feeder near the visitors center.
Through eBird.org, I saw that some Brown Headed Nuthatches have been seen at CBEC. I knew very little of this bird, and retrieved my iPhone with the iBird Plus app. Playing their song, I found that they sound exactly like a dog’s squeaky toy. No really..they do.
I started hearing them in the woods near the visitors center. Squeaky here..Squeaky there, Squeaky every where! Where oh where can Squeaky be? I walked a little in hopes of finding one of these squeaky toys. And then Flash! Something caught my eye on an evergreen tree. Quick on the draw, I managed to capture four frames before he took off. Seems these squeaky toys are quite elusive.
The rest of the woods were rather quiet, so I continued to explore, only to discover that CBEC has several raptor cages with birds that are unable to survive on their own out in nature. It was such a pleasant surprise and I had the owls all to myself.
I never did find Screech. My guess is that he was burrowed in his box as it was a cold and overcast day.
I’m going to be brief tonight as my computer started to black out, then flicker rapidly. Not a good sign. My Lightroom with my years of edits opened up as if it was brand new. All of my work disappeared. Complete panic mode. I did manage to reopen the original catalog and am now doing a full backup of edited images without my watermark.
Hope you’re doing something fun this weekend. Bella