Saturday, July 23, 2016

On the Mud at Triadelphia Reservoir

I missed the semipalmated sandpiper reported at the reservoir's Big Branch area this week, but on Thursday I found some other picturesque wildlife there. Besides the 40 plus Canada geese, I counted 11 tiger swallowtails on the mud and a nearby buttonbush -- a good count for a summer which has been slow for butterflies so far.

A green heron and spotted sandpiper

unidentified moth

Friday, July 8, 2016

new heron

Taken at Lake Kittamaqundi this week: one of at least three young great blue herons which have appeared on the lake.

Monday, July 4, 2016

National Mall Snapshots before the Fireworks

After visiting the National Gallery of Art in DC on Saturday, I took a long stroll down the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. Preparations for the fireworks were in evidence.

Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture under construction

The Federal Reserve

A quiet spot: a garden next to the Museum of American History

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Centennial after the Tornado

Above: A young yellow-crowned night heron.

As I started on a bird-watching walk around Centennial Lake yesterday afternoon, it was clear that this park was very close to or in the path of Tuesday's small tornado. Broken trees were a common sight along the path, and a couple of larger trees had been snapped in two or uprooted. Park crews had done a lot of work since Tuesday to clear up debris and move it off the path.

Here are a few scenes from my walk, with the heron pictured above being the star of that afternoon's bird-watching. I found more scenes of nature on a steamy summer day rather than nature smashed by a tornado...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sunday at Font Hill Wetland Park, Ellicott City

silver-spotted skippers on milkweed

It was my first visit to this park sandwiched between Centennial Lane and Font Hill Drive in Ellicott City. Walking is on mostly level paved paths and raised boardwalks (no railings) through marsh and woodland habitats. The park is a designated hotspot in eBird, and it apparently is a great place for butterflies and dragonflies. (I submitted reports for both eBird and the Howard County annual butterfly survey.)

Parking note: I found the cramped little pull-off area on Centennial Lane. Next time, I'll try the street parking.