Saturday, November 7, 2015

lake scenes this week: Kittamaqundi visitors and Wilde colors

A horned grebe briefly visited Lake Kittamaqundi last weekend. I took these photos late Sunday afternoon at the southern end. This is the bird in non-breeding plumage. It wasn't there the next day, and I didn't spot it at Wilde Lake later in the week; however, we might see it again next spring on its return migration. A horned grebe, perhaps this individual, showed up here last spring and stayed until it was in spectacular full breeding plumage. (Three pied-billed grebes continue their stay on Lake Kittamaqundi.)

Fall colors look fine on a warm, sunny day in November...

...but a visiting junco signals that winter is on the way...

...and yet another late summer butterfly, a variegated fritillary, was seeking nectar on the grassy slope above the Lakefront dock.

Catching the last of the fall colors at Wilde Lake...

Back at Lake Kittamaqundi on Thursday, I found a domestic goose (or a domestic x Canada hybrid) migrating with the Canada geese.

One more Kittamaqundi view from earlier in the week: The Lakefront and the lake as reflection pool...

Saturday, October 31, 2015

lake scenes this week: Kittamaqundi and Centennial ~~ meeting a snapping turtle on the path

Lake Kittamaqundi in the rain and sun...

On one morning stroll, I found this small eastern common snapping turtle crossing over from Lake Kittamaqundi to the Little Patuxent River. Pretty to look at -- but do not play with it!

A pearl crescent -- one of the last of the summer butterflies? Reports for the annual Howard County butterfly survey have continued into the fall on warmer, sunny days.

Centennial Lake

Birdwatchers are looking for migrating waterfowl now. I only found the Canada geese concentrated at the western end of Centennial that day.

Back at Lake Kittamaqundi yesterday: fall colors over the path. Three migrating pied-billed grebes continue their visit here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015