A little closer to the refuge, this rusty blackbird was sitting in the top of a tree.
Large numbers of northern pintails, mallards, American wigeons, and northern shovelers (like this male) were starting to arrive at the refuge.
great-blue herons are very common at Blackwater.
We saw pretty much all we could in the refuge and so we decided to drive down to Hooper's Island, just a few miles away to look for some birds that prefer the really open water. This American kestrel was on a powerline along the road.
These two horned grebes were enjoying the choppy water.
Another common loon.....there were quite a few out on the more open water near Hooper's island.
This Wilson's snipe was sitting in someones flooded front yard on Hooper's Island, along with a bunch of dunlins. A lot of the island was flooded, and some areas of the road had quite a bit of standing water on them that we had to drive through.
For sure the most beautiful bird of the trip was this lone male Oldsqauw.