Thursday, May 8, 2008

Schoolhouse Pond - 100th Species!

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:

European Starling
Northern Cardinal
Canada Goose
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Shoveler
Ring-billed Gull
American Coot
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Red-winged Blackbird
American Crow
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Turkey Vulture
Mute Swan
Laughing Gull
Wood Duck
American Goldfinch
Carolina Chickadee
Red-breasted Merganser
Barn Swallow
Chimney Swift
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
House Sparrow
White-eyed Vireo
American Robin
Northern Parula
Mourning Dove
Common Grackle
Eastern Phoebe
Blackpoll Warbler
Rock Pigeon
Black Vulture
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Blue Jay
Great Egret
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Dark-eyed Junco
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Bald Eagle
Pileated Woodpecker
Hermit Thrush
Winter Wren
Brown Thrasher
Green Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Yellow Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Red-eyed Vireo
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Pied-billed Grebe
Tree Swallow
Wilson's Snipe
Barred Owl
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Prothonotary Warbler
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Magnolia Warbler
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swamp Sparrow
Hooded Merganser
Eastern Bluebird
Ring-necked Duck
Cooper's Hawk
Brown-headed Cowbird
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Indigo Bunting
Acadian Flycatcher
House Finch
Cackling Goose
American Herring Gull
Fish Crow
Green-winged Teal
Field Sparrow
Blue-winged Teal

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