Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Friday, August 24, 2007
Poplar Island

Trip Leader: Baicich, Paul

Date of Trip: Friday, August 24, 2007

Location: Poplar Island

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Details: Recorder, Stan Arnold. Emy Holdridge made arrangements for the trip. It was a beautiful day to visit Poplar Island; a bit warm and humid, but a pleasant breeze most of the time. (Numbers above 9 are estimates.)

Birds:
(Numbers of individuals are shown if they were recorded.)

  • Mute Swan : 3
  • American Black Duck : 4
  • Mallard : 37
  • Teal sp: 25 (flyovers that no one could get on from our vehicles)
  • Northern Shoveler : 25
  • BROWN PELICAN : 5
  • Double-crested Cormorant : 100+
  • Great Blue Heron : 25
  • Great Egret : 3
  • Snowy Egret : 3
  • Green Heron : 1
  • Osprey : 50
  • Bald Eagle : 8
  • BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER : 1, still in breeding plumage
  • Semipalmated Plover : 50
  • Killdeer : 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs : 3
  • Lesser Yellowlegs : 25
  • Willet : 3
  • Spotted Sandpiper : 3
  • RUDDY TURNSTONE : 3
  • Sanderling : 18
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper : 100s
  • WESTERN SANDPIPER : 6 (good close views)
  • Least Sandpiper : 100s
  • WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER : 1 (good comparison w. semipal.)
  • Pectoral Sandpiper : 1
  • Short-billed Dowitcher : 2
  • WILSON’S PHALAROPE : 3
  • Laughing Gull : 100s
  • Ring-billed Gull : 2
  • Herring Gull : 100s
  • Great Black-backed Gull : 1000+
  • Caspian Tern : 2
  • Royal Tern : 2
  • Common Tern : 10
  • Forster’s Tern : 100s
  • Least Tern : 1
  • BLACK TERN : 1 (juv with brownish-gray plumage and red legs)
  • Purple Martin : 15
  • Tree Swallow : 1
  • Bank Swallow : 4
  • Barn Swallow : 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird : 25
  • Common Grackle : 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird : 40

Comments:
Photos By Sue Earp