Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Poplar Island

Trip Leader: Hanfman, Joe

Date of Trip: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Location: Poplar Island

Details: This was a spur-of-the-moment trip organized after a Snowy Owl was seen. Joe coordinated the car-pooling for those from Howard County. He commented, "I hope everyone enjoyed the trip as much as I did. I know that nobody saw everything on the list but everyone saw our main target bird, the Snowy Owl and most saw the Black Skimmer and Snow Buntings."

Number: 24 (the capacity of the bus; 7 were from Howard County)

20081120-A (71K) 20081120-B (75K)

Photos by Bill Hill. See another photo of Snowy Owl by Bill Hill.

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

  • Canada Goose : 22
  • Tundra Swan : 8
  • Gadwall : 5
  • American Black Duck : 54
  • Mallard : 93
  • Northern Shoveler : 44
  • Green-winged Teal : 20
  • Canvasback : 1
  • Greater Scaup : 12
  • Lesser Scaup : 534
  • Surf Scoter : 9
  • Black Scoter : 2
  • Long-tailed Duck : 116
  • Bufflehead : 78
  • Ruddy Duck : 59
  • Horned Grebe : 1
  • Northern Gannet : 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant : 12
  • Great Blue Heron : 6
  • Black Vulture : 2
  • Turkey Vulture : 2
  • Bald Eagle : 3
  • Northern Harrier : 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk : 1
  • Ruddy Turnstone : 1
  • Sanderling : 15
  • Dunlin : 5
  • Laughing Gull : 2
  • Bonaparte’s Gull : 5
  • Ring-billed Gull : 37
  • Herring Gull : 14
  • Great Black-backed Gull : 168
  • Forster’s Tern : 1
  • Black Skimmer : 1
  • Snowy Owl : 1
  • Belted Kingfisher : 1
  • American Crow : 2
  • Horned Lark : 1
  • Tree Swallow : 2
  • European Starling : 12
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler : 1
  • Savannah Sparrow : 1
  • Song Sparrow : 6
  • Dark-eyed Junco : 6
  • Snow Bunting : 35
  • Red-winged Blackbird : 51

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