Sunday, September 18, 2016
Counting the Birds; Sharing the Path; Seeing the Ibises
The Howard County Bird Club held its annual Fall Count yesterday. Naturally, I volunteered to count around Lake Kittamaqundi. I had a good day and spotted some summer residents which have not left yet, although I heard remarks later that it was a slow day for birds. Fall warblers have begun to appear, but some exciting recent uncommon birds disappeared before the day's counting -- the trumpeter swan which has spent the summer on local ponds; a pair of immature white ibises which entertained birdwatchers for the past week at Rocky Gorge Reservoir. Above: a line-up of typical birds at Lake Kittamaqundi, including an immature and an adult double-crested cormorant.