Saturday, May 28, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Yesterday, May 14, was the Global Big Day for bird watching and counting organized by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The date coincided with Howard County Bird Club's May Count this year, so local observations submitted to eBird served both events. I covered Lake Kittamaqundi again, and although my area was lacking in warblers of the deep woods found by other participants in the county, a reliable common yellowthroat showed up. He even granted me a photo opportunity this time. The female was present also, but she eluded the camera lens.
A video of the yellowthroat singing, with noise from Route 29, plus more photos from my counting are the latest additions on My Flickr Photostream in my blog list.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
A nice walk with several interesting wildlife sightings around Lake Kittamaqundi on Monday afternoon was capped by birds mobbing a black rat snake in a tree. Photos further below show a crow forcing the snake out of the tree, and the reptile eventually dropped into the water. Noisy jays and grackles and a pair of red-shouldered hawks were raising the alarm.
(Top photo is a great blue heron standing in the lower level of the spillway stream at the lake's south end.)
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Migrating paddle boats returned from their winter homes to Lake Kittamaqundi this week.
Here are a few other birds which showed up around the lake: