Saturday, April 16, 2016

Recent Birds and Scenes around Town and the County

Birds are on the move for spring migration, and some are in breeding plumage. Here are a few at locations around Columbia and Howard County. Above: A palm warbler in breeding colors at Howard County Conservancy.

A bald eagle at Lake Kittamaqundi

A common loon on the pond in the Stanford Boulevard business park in east Columbia earlier this week. The bird is on its way north but is already in breeding plumage. (It was still there last night -- see photo at the end of this post.) We also had four common loons together on Centennial Lake.

Northern parula, a warbler, at Centennial Lake

Skunk cabbage in morning light in the Marriottsville section of Patapsco Valley State Park

Wood ducks, two males here, on a secret woodland pond

An osprey at Lake Kittamaqundi

Butterflies are appearing now -- an orange sulphur near Lake Kittamaqundi. (I am counting for Howard County's annual butterfly survey again. Howard County Bird Club's website in this blog's Nature and Wildlife Links has a section on butterflies and the survey.)

A classic mallard drake

A green heron at the Stanford Boulevard pond yesterday evening

The common loon and Stanford Boulevard pond viewed from the Mango Grove Indian restaurant yesterday evening