Saturday, February 2, 2008

Great Birdin'

BirdCouple has had some excellent birding adventures this week. First off, this morning, we and our friend Paul Baicich saw the White-Winged Crossbill that has been hanging around Rockville, Maryland. (That is NOT it above. If you want to check out some excellent pictures of this beauty, Dan Haas has them on his blog.)

Crossbills normally spend their time way up north, and the Maryland Yellowbook, more properly known as The Field List of the Birds of Maryland, says they are seen in Maryland "less than annually." We had tried for this Crossbill just before Christmas, and missed it. Amazingly, it was not seen for a few weeks, and has now returned. It was species #82 for the year, as we shoot for a Little Big Year of 350 species in North America.

Earlier this week, Warren took a much-needed day off and went south to his favorite place in all of Maryland, St. Mary's County. BirdCouple was married here, at a lovely place called Sotterly Plantation. Warren didn't dream of stopping there, since Lisa was not with him. Instead, he headed south, past historic St. Mary's City, past little towns like Ridge and St. Inigoes, all the way to the end of the Peninsula, to where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay:

The birding was great, especially waterbirds this time of year: Surf Scoter, White-Winged Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe and even Eared Grebe. He also saw that Bald Eagle at the top of this post.

Conditions for photography weren't the greatest, and some of the birds were being shy:

Cedar Waxwing

Ah, birding! What's next?

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