Sunday, April 22, 2012

Birds and (much) more!

Copulating Copperheads? Further proof that Birdcouple never know what we will find when we're out for a day of birding. .... Our path took us right by these 2? 3? 4? snakes as we walked and birded at Governor Bridge Natural Area near Bowie, MD.

Since we bird and hike a lot, we have done a bit of research: Copperhead is one of two venomous snakes in Maryland, the other being Eastern Timber Rattler, mostly found up in the mountains to our west.

It was a wonderful spring morning with lots of new birds for our year lists: Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, House Wren, four flavors of Vireo and much more!  Warren's Maryland year list is at 195.

After a nap, we ended a perfect day with dinner of nutritious, local, wholesome (and yummy) food from the great guys at Maryland Table.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hope returns!

Readers may recall our post last fall about twp Wimbrels beinf tracked with satellite transmitters, who made the mistake of landing on the French Carribean island of Guadalope, where hunting shorebirds is legally and culturally accepted.

Well - here's some happier news - a Whimbrel aptly named "Hope," and being trackecd by researchers at the College of William and Mary, spent the winter on the island og St. Croix - protected territory since it is part of the US Virgin Islands.

Then, on April 1, she lifted off from the mangrove swamp where she had wintered, travelled 1,600 miles in 60 hours, and landed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Wow!

Welcome back, Hope!!    

Soeaking of "hope," here's a picture of a Lark Sparrow that we recently saw on Maryland's Assateague Island - it took us three visits to finally get a look at this beauty!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So Many Birds... So Little Time...

This is the screen shot of Ebird's top 100 Maryland birders as of 4/7/12.  Cute Husband is tied with good buddy, Dan for #9 in the state!   Warren's goal of breaking 300 this year is looking likely.

Oh, it takes a lot of birding and planning to see 72.24% of the birds seen in the State so far this year.  I'm so proud of his commitment which is made more difficult by a full time job and a long commute (which takes him outside the state of MD).  That said, it is super fun making birding the number 1 priority on every weekend!    And, spring migration should heat up this weekend, as the winds should be shifting to the South!

We did leave the state briefly last weekend to visit Cute Son #2 and grab a short hike in Virginia.  More soon on our AT link!