Friday, November 10, 2017

Fall and Migrating Waterfowl

Recently on Lake Kittamaqundi...


Male bufflehead

Cloudless sulphur in a late warm spell

Sleeping female gadwalls with male mallard

American coot (mallards in background)

Waterfowl bathing in the rain: male mallards; coots; female gadwall

Friday, November 3, 2017

Font Hill Wetland Park

Here are some scenes yesterday and recently at this regional park -- situated between Centennial Lane and Font Hill Drive in Ellicott City. Above is the main pond.

young male belted kingfisher

bluebird and chipping sparrow share a branch

a very young buck not budging from something good

red-shouldered hawk perching by the path

black vulture

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Gadwall and Wood Duck

Among recent visitors to Lake Kittamaqundi are a female gadwall and a male wood duck. More wood ducks might be present on the lake or nearby. In the photo, the gadwall is on the left edge, and the wood duck rather stands out on the right. The other two ducks are female mallards.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall Butterflies and Shovelers at the Lakefront

The new fall planting of yellow pansy at Lake Kittamaqundi's Lakefront was attracting lots of hungry butterflies today. Many are migrating through (such as monarchs and painted ladies), and they are looking for butterfly road food here as wildflowers around the lake are fading. A few species on the pansies today...


Common Buckeye

Painted Lady -- one of at least seven

Fiery Skipper (uncommon)

And now there are two northern shovelers on the lake -- a male and female.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shoveler Update; Fox at the Lake...

The visiting northern shoveler continues at Lake Kittamaqundi. Lately, he is associating with the three ruddy ducks (all males) and the pied-billed grebe (regular migratory visitors at the lake). Above, from left to right: two ruddy ducks, the shoveler, pied-billed grebe, and a third ruddy. Below: ruddy duck on the left; shoveler on the right.

Other photos taken in this week's clear weather follow, beginning with a fox snooping around on one of the peninsulas.

Above: View from the long footbridge at the north tip of the lake. Below: Young great blue heron.

The last photo here shows another migrating bird in brush along the shore near the Lakefront: hermit thrush.

Monday, October 16, 2017


A duck called northern shoveler showed up among the mallards on Lake Kittamaqundi over the weekend. (Bonus in the photo: snapping turtle in upper right corner.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Black-and-white Warbler

Yesterday -- this was the third black-and-white warbler that I've seen at Lake Kittamaqundi during this fall's migration.