We've had some wonderful surprises as 2008 winds down into 2009. A couple of wayward hummingbirds have shown up in Maryland's Calvert County, just to the south of us. Warren went and saw them on Christmas Eve day with Dan Haas and Chris Murray. But ... we had to do a return engagment today so Lisa could share the fun.
As always when we head out in to the field, we got more than we bargained for. We were at a suburban feeder near Prince Frederick, Maryland, when this amazingly yellow Pine Warbler popped up.
Warren likes this picture, because you can actually see the shadow of the bird's bill on its throat:
Nice to have a sunny day for a change! It was very birdy while we waited for the hummers. Wow - check out this cardinal:
On the way down to Calvert County, we passed a field of .. ugh.. Canada Geese. Warren glanced over and saw a white bird in the flock. Lisa dutifully (and skilfully) turned the car around. Sure enough, it was a Snow Goose. This bird is very common in fall and winter on Maryland's Eastern Shore, but infrequently seen on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This was the first one we'd seen in our home Anne Arundel County.
Life is good.
Oh, and those hummers? They showed up, too, thrilling Lisa and re-thrilling Warren. Here's a female Rufous Hummingbird, far from where she should be: