Coastal Virginia, 1/17-19/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

CBBT #1; January 18

The wind was really roaring when we got to CBBT #1. There were a few birds on the rocks and flying about, and a small cluster of ducks far off the rock point to the north of the island. At least there was bright sunshine, but it really didn't make me feel much warmer. We saw our first Red-throated Loon of the trip.


Purple Sandpiper


Ruddy Turnstone


Buffleheads, Female Surf Scoters, and Greater Scaup


Surf Scoters and a female Black Scoter (left)


Male Red-breasted Merganser


Long-tailed Duck and female Red-breasted Merganser


Long-tailed Duck and Surf Scoters


Red-throated Loon

Pleasure House Point; January 18

We returned to Pleasure House Point, and saw some great birds there.


Bufflehead, American Black Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers


Male Red-breasted Merganser (note the serrated bill)


Male Red-breasted Merganser


Female Red-breasted Merganser


Fish Crow

When we turned the corner of the point, and headed toward the bridge, we saw a large flock of gulls, Brants, and Black Skimmers on a sand bar.


Brants


Brants


Brant


Black Skimmers


Black Skimmers

All of a sudden, all of the birds except for a few of the gulls took flight, made a couple of circular passes, and a minute or so later, returned to the sand bar.


Brants


Brants


Brants


Black Skimmers


Black Skimmers


Black Skimmers


Black Skimmer

A Bald Eagle had flown high over the sand bar and had spooked the birds. A couple of minutes later, the Bald Eagle returned, and was being chased by an Osprey. I have seen Bald Eagles chasing Ospreys before, trying to get the Osprey to drop a fish, but never have seen an Osprey chasing an eagle. When I looked closely at the photos, the Bald Eagle was carrying a small fish, but I wonder if it might have been an Osprey chick. I have read that migrating Ospreys breed in the spring, but resident Ospreys breed in the winter. It was probably a small fish, but it looks almost as if there is a small bill on it??


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Osprey


Osprey

Rudee Inlet; January 18

We ended the day's birding back at Rudee Inlet, where we saw a few species that we had seen there earlier in the day, but added a male and female Black Scoter, and two immature male Common Eiders. I wish that the Common Eiders had been much closer to shore.


Black Scoter


Common Eider


Common Eider

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