20071201A (97K)

Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Saturday, December 01, 2007
Blackwater NWR

Trip Leader: Arnold, Stan

Date of Trip: Saturday, December 01, 2007

Location: Blackwater NWR

Details: We tallied 82 species for the day, quite exceptional considering the strong wind.

20071201B (47K) 20071201C (43K)

Photos by Sue Earp

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

  • Snow Goose : 100+ flyovers, Cedar Creek Rd.
  • Canada Goose : 1000s
  • Mute Swan : 3 flybys, Queen Annes Common
  • Tundra Swan : 100s
  • Wood Duck : 1 (Maple Dam Rd.)
  • American Wigeon : 6, Oakley St., Cambridge
  • American Black Duck : 25
  • Mallard : 100+
  • Northern Pintail : 20, refuge
  • Surf Scoter : 25, Choptank River
  • Long-tailed Duck : 15, Choptank R.
  • Bufflehead : 35, Choptank R.
  • Common Goldeneye : 12, Choptank R.
  • Hooded Merganser : 6, Shorter's Wharf Rd.
  • Ruddy Duck : 1, Marsh Edge Trail
  • Red-throated Loon : 1 flyover, Kent Island
  • Pied-billed Grebe : 2
  • American White Pelican : 2 sightings, possibly same bird
  • Double-crested Cormorant : 8, mostly Choptank R.
  • Great Blue Heron : 6
  • Black Vulture : 2
  • Turkey Vulture : 20
  • Bald Eagle : 40+
  • Northern Harrier : 12
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk : 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk : 1, Talbot Co
  • Red-tailed Hawk : 5
  • Rough-legged Hawk : 2, one provided a great show while hunting along the wildlife loop at the refuge (photographed by Tom Miller); a 2nd seen distantly along Cedar Creek Rd.
  • American Kestrel : 2
  • American Coot : 2
  • Killdeer : 90, mostly along Maple Dam Rd.
  • Greater Yellowlegs : 12, Shorter's Wharf Rd.
  • Dunlin : 8
  • Wilson's Snipe : 2
  • American Woodcock : 6 to 8 flyovers along Shorter's Wharf Rd. at dusk
  • Ring-billed Gull : 50+ Herring Gull: 25+, Choptank R.
  • Great Black-backed Gull : 12, Choptank R.
  • Forster's Tern : 20
  • Rock Pigeon : 75+
  • Mourning Dove : 25
  • Short-eared Owl : 4, Cedar Creek Rd, a great show
  • Belted Kingfisher : 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker : 1
  • Downy Woodpecker : 1
  • Hairy Woodpecker : 2
  • Northern Flicker : 1
  • Blue Jay : 6
  • American Crow : 1 mobbing the Rough-leg at refuge
  • Fish Crow : 1 heard
  • Tree Swallow : 20
  • Carolina Chickadee : 4
  • Tufted Titmouse : 2
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch : 1, Marsh Edge Trail
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch : 3, Marsh Edge Trail
  • Brown Creeper : 2
  • Carolina Wren : 3
  • Winter Wren : 1
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet : 6
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet : 12
  • Eastern Bluebird : 20
  • Hermit Thrush : 4
  • American Robin : 12
  • Northern Mockingbird : 1
  • European Starling : 100s
  • American Pipit : 35 (Maple Dam Rd. and refuge)
  • Cedar Waxwing : Talbot Co
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler : 8
  • Pine Warbler : 1, Marsh Edge Trail
  • Savannah Sparrow : 12
  • Song Sparrow : 12
  • Swamp Sparrow : 2
  • White-throated Sparrow : 6
  • Dark-eyed Junco : 10
  • Snow Bunting : 1 seen flying by, Wildlife Loop
  • Northern Cardinal : Talbot Co
  • Red-winged Blackbird : 100s
  • Eastern Meadowlark : 25
  • Common Grackle : 12
  • Brown-headed Cowbird : 12
  • American Goldfinch : 3
  • House Sparrow : 1

Comments:
Talbot Co., near Choptank River. Dorchester Co., mostly Blackwater Refuge.