Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Neighborhood Scene

Azaleas at the Kittamaqundi Community Church on Vantage Point Road in Columbia's Town Center area. Yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Common Yellowthroat; Global Big Day and May Count

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

Wildlife Attack

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.)

Above: A mother hairy woodpecker -- unseen youngsters in the nest cavity were quite audible.

A muskrat was a silent witness to the bird and snake commotion.

A phoebe over the stream from Wilde Lake