Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Trip into D.C.

Last weekend, a look at gardens around the National Mall: Above, five mallards found the small pond full of pickerel weed and other vegetation at the main entrance of the National Museum of the American Indian.

 In the National Garden of the United States Botanic Garden: A song sparrow. Below: Getting botanical instead of political.

Above: House sparrows also enjoy the water in the National Garden. Below: The First Ladies Water Garden.

 Above: Inside the conservatory of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Below: A creative planting of sedum in the Smithsonian Institution's Mary Livingston Ripley Garden.

Below: Near the Rose Garden and the Smithsonian Castle, I let the camera's creative shot mode make something of the bright afternoon light.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Green Heron / Blog Restarted

This blog was off line for a couple of months, but I am restarting it. It's useful as my home page with good display of links to things I care about. I will continue to post photos here, but most of my activity is on eBird and Flickr (also linked in the margin). Above is a young green heron at Lake Kittamaqundi yesterday morning. Hatched this year and seen earlier when it had more of its nestling fluffiness, the bird still shows the heavy streaking on the front and a hint of down which indicate a juvenile.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Birds Galore

Birds of the week around Howard County, including some from Global Big Day last Saturday

Above: My best shot of a Wilson's warbler at the pond in the Columbia Corporate Park in east Columbia.

Below: Common yellowthroat, another warbler, Columbia Corporate Park. (On eBird, we have designated the pond as a hotspot and named it Stanford Boulevard Pond.)

Above: Kwanzan -- Blossoms of Hope -- cherries drop their petals at Columbia Corporate Park. Something in these trees was attracting the warblers in the previous photos.

Above and below: Bobolinks in western Howard County

Above: Black-and-white warbler in the Marriotsville section of Patapsco Valley State Park

Above: Warbling vireo and caterpillar prey, Lake Kittamaqundi

Above: Indigo bunting, Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant

Above: Great blue heron, Lake Kittamaqundi

Below: Red-eyed vireo, Lake Kittamaqundi

Above: Northern mockingbird, the Columbia Corporate Park pond

Below: One of an excited pair of great crested flycatchers, Columbia Corporate Park pond

Above: Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Lake Kittamaqundi

Below: Female Baltimore oriole, Wilde Lake

Gracey ponders a baby squirrel climbing the window screen...

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Global Big Day

Global Big Day (for birding) is in progress on eBird. Linked here is the page showing worldwide statistics updated regularly:

Photo above: Earlier this week, a male red-winged blackbird sings and displays at a small stormwater management pond near my grocery store in Columbia, Howard County, Maryland.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What Else was Happening Around Town Yesterday...

Blossoms of Hope cherry trees were blooming...

A bluebird was hunting...

Mr. and Mrs. Yellow Warbler were feeding near the Lakefront...

(Above: the male yellow warbler. Below: the female.)

A house wren just back from the south was singing...

A white-throated sparrow was foraging in the grass (getting ready for its trip north for the summer?)...

And Gracey was catching some zzz's in her window...

(A nod to Village Green/Town Squared )

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Wilderness preserve in Anne Arundel County (Saturday, April 28). Scenery, nesting ospreys, beaver lodge and pond....

Wetlands Center (sanctuary headquarters, exhibits, admission office, facilities):

Friday, April 27, 2018

Louisiana Waterthrush, Henryton

Henryton was one of the towns on the Patapsco River which were rendered ghost towns by Hurricane Agnes back in the 1970's. (I was a kid in south Florida at the time, and we were lucky that the storm passed by us.) It is now a section of Patapsco Valley State Park and a great place at this time of year to see and hear various warbler species. I joined some other birders there yesterday. One of the warblers which lingered for multiple photos was this Louisiana waterthrush. Closer to my home, I've seen the related northern waterthrush along the stretch of the Little Patuxent River next to Lake Kittamaqundi but so far not the Louisiana.

Looking down at the Patapsco River between Howard and Carroll Counties from the remnants of the bridge in Henryton:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More Kittamaqundi Snapshots and Recent Birds

Around Lake Kittamaqundi this week...

Palm Warbler

Barred Owl

Swamp Sparrow

Great Crested Flycatcher is Back for Summer