Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Compilation of the last two weeks

I am listing only new birds for the year.
(128)Black Throated Green Warbler 09/20/08 am
(129)Winter Wren 09/20/08
(130)Eastern Wood Pewee 09/20/08
(131)Broad Winged Hawk 09/21/08
(132)Pileated Wood Pecker 09/21/08
(133)Canada Warbler 09/21/08
(134)Blue Winged Warbler 09/21/08
(135)Blackburnian Warbler 09/21/08
Common Yellow Throat 09/21/08
(136)Philadelphia Vireo 09/21/08 - this was quite a find. I didn't realize it but someone else saw it two days before in the same area.
(137)Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker 09/24/08

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday Morning

Sunday, our local bird club had a field trip to Rockburn park. It was the first trip of the fall season and almost all the exceptional birders in the local club were there. As i result I learned more in a couple of hours at the park with these people then I ever could on my own. It is trips like these that really help expand my knowledge of how to locate and identify birds I would normally walk by and miss. We started about 8 am , I called it quits at 9:45 am.

Here is my list.
Number 126 - Yellow Billed Cockoo (2) Picture above
Number 127 - Bank Swallow - flyover

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Triadelphia Reservoir

Dana and I were up early today. She was meeting friends for breakfast, I had a men's study group at church. We decided it was a good day for a drive around Howard County's largest body of water, the Tridelphia Reservoir.

Today was more of a reconnoiter rather then an actual trip to bird, none the less I always end up making a list. Trip list is below.

Canada Goose - 36 (HOCO)
Double-crested Cormorant - 1 (MOCO)
Turkey Vulture - 1 (HOCO)
Bald Eagle - 1 (HOCO)
Least Sandpiper -8 (HOCO)
Caspian Tern - 1 (HOCO) (#125)
Belted Kingfisher - 2 (MOCO)
Red-bellied Woodpecker -heard (MOCO)
Northern Flicker - heard (Mont. Co)
Blue Jay heard (MOCO)
Vultures (sp)
Red-tailed hawk (HOCO)
Green Heron 2 (HOCO (MOCO)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rockburn Park 09/10/2008

Wednesday morning was a good morning in the park. I was fortunate enough to meet a fellow birder and spend some time walking the trails that I have been walking for the last two weeks. Two sets of eyes are definitely better the just mine.

One the left is a plate of a Magnolia Warbler (123).
A Red-eyed Vireo (124) If I can find picture I will post it.

Along with these we saw the following:

Red Shouldered Hawk (1)
American Crows (6+)
Mocking Birds (4)
Catbirds (10+)
American Robins (10+)
No. Cardinals (6+)
American Red Start (male)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1)
Mourning Dove (2)
Starlings (12)
Common Yellow Throat (1)
White eyed Vireo (heard)
Carolina Chickadee (6+)
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Bluebird (1)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (female)
Blue Jay (4)
Tufted titmouse (2)
American goldfinch (2)
Northern Parula (1)

Monday, September 8, 2008

09/08/2008 Rockburn Park

Next to the parking lot off the Montgomery road entrance of Rockburn Park is a stand of trees that has yielded several species of Warblers over the past week, this morning was no exception.

All though I arrived late (7:45 am) the activity in this area was still "hopping."

Along with the usual warblers of late, I spotted a Chestnut sided Warbler (imm. female) (121) and at the top of a tree with several dead branches was an Olive-sided Flycatcher (122)

The rest of the list is very pedestrian and I won't bore anyone with it. Although no one reads this blog anyway, so it wouldn't matter what a mentioned. :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

09/05/2008 Rockburn Park

7am to 8am

6- Black and White Warbler
Northern Parula
American Red Start (female)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Scarlet Tanager (119)
Hawk (sp)
Blue jay
Crows (sp)
3-Northern Cardinal
White Breasted Nuthatch
White Eyed Vireo (120)

Minor milestone 120 birds for Howard County with 4 months to go.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Anne Arundal County 09/03/2008

I read on MDOSPREY Rare Bird Alert System for Maryland about a pond in AA county behind the shopping center on Quarterfield Road and decided to take a look. It was a man made pond that often appear at construction location for the run off from rains and such. This pond turned out to be a great locale for shore birds, ducks and waders in general.
Here is what I found

Shore Birds:
Killdeer (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (2)
Solitary Sandpiper(2)

Cattle Egrets (4)

Mallards (60+)
Canadas (10)
Hooded Merganser (imm.) (1)
Barn Swallow (1)
Mourning Dove (1)

All in all and interesting group.

Fall migration has started Howard County 09/03/2008

The migrating warblers have started to arrive in Howard County. Location: Rockburn Park.

Common yellow throat (114)
Northern Parula (115)
American Red Start (116) male and female
Black throated Green Warbler (117)
Black and White Warbler (118)

other birds:
Crows sp
Sharp-shinned Hawk
No. Cardinals
Imm. Robins - everywhere
Blue Gray Gnat Catchers
C. Chickadees
T. Titmice - 4
Eastern Pewee
White-Breasted Nuthatch

Mont. Co. 08-30-31-2008
Last weekend at Little Bennett Park (Mont. CO.)
we saw an Olive Sided Flycatcher ( life bird)and
a female Black throated Blue Warbler.

Fall migration has started