Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Male House Finch is King for the Moment...

...while he sings from the top of the saucer magnolia in front of Oakland Manor. This is one of my photos taken during the Howard County Bird Club's Mid-Winter Count yesterday.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

~ playlist ~

On my CD player recently:

~ Rimsky-Korsakov's opera, "May Night" ("Mayskaya noch'"); USSR TV and Radio Soloists, Choir and Orchestra conducted by Fedoseyev. Melodiya recording from 1973, reissued in 2011.

~ Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, nicknamed "Winter Dreams" or "Winter Daydreams"; Mariss Jansons conducts the Oslo Philharmonic on Chandos, 1985.

~ Sergey Taneyev's four symphonies on two Chandos albums (issued in 2002 and 2007) with Valeri Polyansky conducting the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.

~ Mozart's five violin concertos; the Belgian violinist, Arthur Grumiaux, and Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Recordings from the 1960's reissued in a 1993 Philips Duo set along with other works for violin, viola and orchestra; violist Arrigo Pellicia and the New Philharmonia conducted by Raymond Leppard.

~ Dimitri Tiomkin's music for the 1964 movie, "The Fall of the Roman Empire", with the composer conducting the Sinfonia of London. This is a 2012 compilation ("expanded original motion picture soundtrack") issued by Sony.

~ Franz Waxman's complete music for Hitchcock's 1940 "Rebecca"; Adriano conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra on Naxos, 1990 and 1991.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cedar Waxwing in Town Center

I have seen photos of cedar waxwings taken at Centennial Park in the county, and I've photographed a pair at Bombay Hook in Delaware. Yesterday, one showed up mixing with the American robins in the holly bush outside my window and feeding on the berries. I had never seen waxwings in the neighborhood before.

Above is the first photo I managed of the bird after it flew away then landed on a branch nearby.

The waxwing was moving with a huge number of American robins that came through the neighborhood yesterday. Robins and any of their friends mixing with them, like the waxwing, are not interested in most bird feeder fare. They were here for the fruit on hollies and other trees and shrubs. A couple of them did come to my heated bird bath for a drink.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Weather and Eagles at the Lake

Yesterday at Lake Kittamaqundi

Below: Bald eagles can be found at Lake K. taking a break from the continuing activity at Wilde Lake.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Back in early December, the Howard County Bird Club made its annual trip to Blackwater NWR and nearby points on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We were looking for migratory waterfowl in particular, and although we saw some, more experienced members remarked on the low numbers because of the unusual warm weather. However, we were not disappointed by the waterfowl species that were present and the large number of bald eagles and several sightings of harrier hawks working the marshes for prey. Although I did not spot any of the Delmarva fox squirrels, I did get a glimpse (and photos) of the introduced sika deer.

Here is a link to my Flickr album of the Blackwater trip.