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

Friday, November 4, 2016

Lake Scenes This Week -- First Creeper. Last Phoebe?

Here are a few views around Lake Kittamaqundi during more warm fall days this week and some humidity yesterday.

one of the five visiting ruddy ducks -- a female or immature?

the last phoebe of the year?

brown creeper: first documentation at this eBird hotspot