For the past four years in all seasons, Warren has birded Schoolhouse Pond, a lovely body of water located in the middle of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the county seat of Prince George's County. It's a convenient stop-off on his way from Annapolis to work in Washington, DC each day. On Wednesday morning, he heard an Ovenbird singing from the forest understory ringing the pond. It was the 100th species of bird he has seen or heard at this amazing little environment.
Along with fish, turtles, squirrels and lots of other creatures, Schoolhouse Pond - across the Street from the PG County administration building and just a few miles from the Washington Beltway - provides habitat for neotropical migrants, wintering waterfowl, raptors, gulls, shorebirds and more. It's a small reminder of what even a tiny piece of habitat can hold.
Without further ado, here they are:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Great Crested Flycatcher
American Herring Gull