Showing posts with label Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. Show all posts

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring migrants, and spring surprises

Pine Warbler

     Birdcouple gets a little bird crazy this time of year, when spring finally hits and the migrants arrive in wave after wave. So, as soon as Saturday morning struck, we headed down to one of our favorite mid-April birding spots, Flag Ponds Nature Park in Maryland's Calvert County. Flag Ponds park adjoins the Chesapeake Bay, but has a lot of woodland habitat, and so is a great stop-off point for warblers and other north-bound travelers.

    Ruby-Crowned Kinglets were also on the move.

    After the migrants, came a major surprise. Someone had gotten a bit lost. That someone was a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, a denizen of Texas and Oklahoma, that a sharp, 12-year-old birder had found in our own Anne Arundel County at Fort Smallwood Park.


This may be the first record of this species in our home county, and was Warren's 258th species for the county. More importantly, it was buddy Dan Haas' 300th!!!

This picture didn't turn out so great, but it gives you some idea of what this bird's amazing tail looks like in flight.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fall Birds

Palm Warbler
This is fall:
IN: Palm Warblers and Yellow-Rumps
OUT: All other warblers
IN: Sparrows and Juncos:
OUT: Tanagers and Vireos
IN: Kinglets, Sapsuckers and Ducks
OUT: Orioles, Flycatchers and Swallows
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Brown Thrasher
American Kestrel (eating Katydid?)

Someone is not happy that it just rained.
Mr. Bunny, bring back spring soon!
(Most photos taken at Point Lookout State Park).

Saturday, January 24, 2009

John Heinz NWR

Update: Gary Stolz, Refuge Manager at John Heinz NWR, e-mailed us to say that the Bald Eagles there are the first nesting pair recorded at the refuge. Isn't that wonderful news?!

As Lisa blogged a few days ago, we had a wonderful time last weekend giving a talk and meeting folks at Terrain at Styer's, a unique home and garden store just outside Philadelphia.

Afterward, we escaped for a couple of hours of chilly birding and walking at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. We like this refuge for the following reason: It is tucked right off of the I-95 industrial corridor, just a stone's throw from Philadelphia International Airport. It seems completely out of place, dominated by interstate highways, plane noise and urban development on all sides. And yet, it shows the value of conserving even the most unlikely parcel of green - 280 species of birds and many mammals have been seen there, and it is part of an important tidal marsh.

As I said, it was quite chilly, but we saw some nice sights all the same:

A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet flashing its crown:

A very cooperative Northern Mockingbird:

A Great Blue Heron walking carefully on the ice:

A Bald Eagle (they are nesting here) in a distant tree:

A Belted Kingfisher fishing from a snag: