Monday, July 24, 2017

July Around Lake Kittamaqundi

Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Northern Rough-winged Swallows -- probable family group

Great Blue Heron at the Lakefront

Barn Swallows and Water Weed Mower

Barn Swallows

Least Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

An Uncommon Cloudless Sulphur Tries its Luck on Begonias at the Lakefront

Oakland Manor

Tiger Swallowtail on Bottlebrush Buckeye, Oakland Manor

American Lady on Mountain Mint, Oakland Manor

Across Little Patuxent River next to the Lake

The Woods at East End of Route 29 Pedestrian Bridge

Sachem (another skipper species) on Black-eyed Susan

Red Admiral


Mallards -- The males are in summer eclipse plumage, almost indistinguishable from females.

Female Tiger Swallowtail, Dark Form

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another Resident of the Lake

A raccoon returns to its den in a dead tree by the Lake Kittamaqundi path, late Thursday afternoon.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's a Prothonotary Warbler

Back in my neck of the woods at Lake Kittamaqundi, I had been hearing and glimpsing some kind of warbler for a few days. I wasn't able to connect sound to species until Friday afternoon, when I heard that sound again and had some better views of the bird near the north end of the lake. The diagnostic photo above (my best shot) shows the patch of intense yellow you might see when the bird is present. After I reported it, the experts descended on the lake yesterday and obtained better photos and recordings. Not a rare bird, really, but it generates some excitement among birdwatchers.

Here is an audio sample of prothonotary warbler with better photo on Cornell Lab's All About Birds.

Apparently, a late season horned grebe was also on the lake yesterday. See the eBird overview for Lake Kittamaqundi in the Nature and Wildlife Links in the blog margin.

(Prothonotary: This warbler gets its name from the bright yellow vestments of the prothonotary, a Catholic church official.)