Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wildlife around Lake Kittamaqundi this Week

Trio: cardinals and white-throated sparrow near my feeders

Cooper's hawk checks the menu at my feeders.

A kingfisher finds open water in the stream at the south end of the frozen lake.

Water's Edge Condominium provided a good contrasting background for this view of a bluebird.

Friday: I hadn't seen a beaver at the lake for a long time.

Red-shouldered hawk

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Recent Lake Kittamaqundi Scenes and Birds

Lakefront Buildings

Ring-necked Ducks (with Ring-billed Gulls)

Male Hooded Mergansers

View of the North End from the Sheraton

A Kingfisher Surveys His Kingdom

American Black Duck, female, Mixing with the Mallards

Another look at the female American Black Duck

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Photo above: At Lake Elkhorn, in the spillway pond yesterday.

Below: Lake Kittamaqundi (with ring-necked ducks and geese) earlier this week, and still there yesterday.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Heron at the Wilde Lake Dam

Local photographers and walkers have watched this great blue heron growing this year as it fished at this spot.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Late Fall Lake Scenes; Recent or Current Visitors

Lake Kittamaqundi yesterday, looking toward the north end from the Sheraton. Fifteen buffleheads stopped on the lake last Sunday.

They left one behind on Monday...

Wood ducks usually seek the seclusion of secret ponds around the county, but the male in the photo above has been mixing with the mallards at the north end of Lake Kittamaqundi this week.

Meanwhile at Centennial Lake (photographed above), among hundreds of Canada geese bird-watchers have been spotting a pair of rare greater white-fronted geese (photos below).

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Nice Fall Day at the Beach

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Thursday at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County: I was after the Say's phoebe like many other local bird-watchers. A rare bird in the eastern United States, it's more common further west. (The eastern phoebe is our local "default" species of phoebe, now headed south for the winter.)

view of Sandy Point Lighthouse with phoebe on the fence

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

hundreds of starlings

herring gull

greater black-backed gull