Monday, March 20, 2017

Path Ornaments; Early Birds


The melting snow has lined the paths with odd, abstract sculptures. Enjoy them while they last!

Meanwhile, as the season changes, what birders call First of Year (FOY) and First of Season (FOS) birds are showing up...


The osprey appeared late last week, just back from its winter range in South America.






On Saturday, a great egret stopped at the lake. This is very early for the species in this area, and eBird flagged it as rare. I usually don't see a great egret at Lake Kittamaqundi until July.




Above: A pied-billed grebe, a common enough species, has been on the lake for the last couple of days. Common, but noticeably absent on this lake this winter.

Below: Perhaps, last of season? Winter residents, hooded mergansers should be departing from the lake soon, although they are known to breed in Maryland, too.



Friday, March 17, 2017

American Wigeons and Other Ducks; Lake Kittamaqundi Scenes after the Snowfall


Winter waterfowl on the lake yesterday included three American wigeons -- a male and two females. Perhaps, they'll still be here today. I found them on the north section of the lake, viewed from the path by the Sheraton. Bird activity was actually rich from that vantage point: the wigeons, the usual waterfowl (mallards, Canada geese, hooded mergansers), several eastern phoebes, herons, a tree swallow, and a red-shouldered hawk in flight. The male of a recently detected male and female pair of belted kingfishers was also present.

Female American Wigeon

The Wigeon Trio

Male American Wigeon






Wigeons, Mallard, Hooded Mergansers

Preening Male American Black Duck

Adding to the waterfowl variety, a male and female pair of American black ducks has been mixing with the mallards in the inlet at the lake's north end. Black duck photo above was taken yesterday.

Ring-necked ducks are also on the lake. They can be found usually in the central and south sections in groups varying in number from two to over thirty.

Male and Female Ring-necked Ducks Snoozing