Thursday, October 8, 2015

Howard County Conservancy in Morning Light

Earlier this week at the Conservancy, Mount Pleasant. Birdwatchers were watching out for fall migrants, and one of the highlights that morning was a red-headed woodpecker (see further below)...

red-headed woodpecker

Cooper's hawk

savannah sparrow

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

lake scene with egret in flight ~ fall migration

Lake Kittamaqundi on a sunny day last week. The great egret probably will depart for the fall migration soon, if it has not done so already.

A pied-billed grebe was on the lake last week, too -- a regular fall visitor here and a definite sign that fall migration has begun.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

super moon and lunar eclipse

Clouds were eclipsing the eclipse, but I managed to get some photos of it. These shots were taken with the hand-held night scene function of my Canon PowerShot SX60 from Vantage Point Road and Oakland Manor in Columbia's Town Center.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Lake in Fog

Yesterday morning, on the day of the Howard County Bird Club's annual Fall Count...views of one of the resident belted kingfishers and some baby squirrels peering out of their nursery...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Look at Howard County Conservancy, Mount Pleasant

On Monday, I walked around the Mount Pleasant area of the Howard County Conservancy and found monarch butterflies in abundance during their big annual migration.

Add the Conservancy to the list of places where you can find the stunning common buckeye butterfly. (See the preceding post.)

 The nature center at the Conservancy is participating in a nationwide monarch tagging program. This is the terrarium in which they raise the butterflies from caterpillar stage for tagging before releasing. Thanks to center staff for an explanation of the program!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Common Buckeye Butterfly at Lake Kittamaqundi

This butterfly is common in western Howard County, where I photographed it at Sun Nurseries and Larriland Farm earlier in August. I did not expect to find it around Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia Town Center, because its host plant, the plantain, is treated as a weed in most lawns and gardens. On Wednesday this week (September 9), I came across one in a stand of wild flowers near the path on the eastern side of the lake. 

The following photographs taken at Sun Nurseries and Larriland Farm on August 23 have better views of the buckeye's striking wing pattern.