Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trip Leader: Ott, Bonnie

Date of Trip: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Location: Sparrow BIG DAY

Number on trip: 11

Comments: 11 hours of non-stop sparrowing netted us 11 species of sparrows. We visited all our favorite sparrow spots in the county.
Below are the birds seen at each location.


Photos by Tom Feild.

University of Maryland Central Farm

  • Canada Goose 60
  • American Black Duck 2
  • Mallard 2
  • Green Heron 1 (Continuing)
  • Bald Eagle 1
  • Northern Harrier 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • American Kestrel 1
  • Killdeer 6
  • Wilson's Snipe 1
  • Rock Pigeon 75
  • Mourning Dove 4
  • Belted Kingfisher 2
  • Red-headed Woodpecker 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker 4
  • Blue Jay 1
  • American Crow 20
  • Fish Crow 225 (Leaving their roost. A low count for what we usually see.)
  • Tree Swallow 4
  • Carolina Wren 2
  • Marsh Wren 1 (Seen well. White breast, rufous on wing and rump, white streaks on back.)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 6
  • American Robin 3
  • European Starling 24
  • American Pipit 1
  • Nashville Warbler 1
  • Common Yellowthroat 2
  • Palm Warbler 1 (Yellow)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
  • Eastern Towhee 2
  • Chipping Sparrow 5
  • Field Sparrow 6
  • Vesper Sparrow 1
  • Savannah Sparrow 60
  • Song Sparrow 88
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 5
  • Swamp Sparrow 44
  • White-throated Sparrow 10
  • White-crowned Sparrow 1
  • Northern Cardinal 3
  • Indigo Bunting 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 48
  • Eastern Meadowlark 1
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 3
  • House Finch 1
  • American Goldfinch 2

Mount Pleasant

  • Canada Goose 4
  • Black Vulture 10
  • Turkey Vulture 9
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker 3
  • Eastern Phoebe 1
  • Blue Jay 6
  • American Crow 12
  • Tufted Titmouse 4
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 2
  • Carolina Wren 2
  • Winter Wren 1
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
  • Eastern Bluebird 8
  • American Robin 18
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • European Starling 2
  • Common Yellowthroat 4
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
  • Black-throated Green Warbler 1
  • Eastern Towhee 4
  • Chipping Sparrow 8
  • Field Sparrow 12
  • Song Sparrow 89
  • Swamp Sparrow 20
  • White-throated Sparrow 30
  • Northern Cardinal 6
  • American Goldfinch 8

Alpha Ridge Landfill

  • Canada Goose 3
  • American Bittern 1
  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Black Vulture 3
  • Turkey Vulture 10
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
  • Cooper's Hawk 2
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 2
  • American Kestrel 2
  • Mourning Dove 33
  • Northern Flicker 2
  • Blue Jay 4
  • American Crow 36
  • Horned Lark 8
  • Tree Swallow 5
  • Eastern Bluebird 4
  • American Robin 12
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • European Starling 12
  • Palm Warbler 6 (Yellow)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
  • Eastern Towhee 1
  • Chipping Sparrow 9
  • Field Sparrow 8
  • Savannah Sparrow 84
  • Grasshopper Sparrow 1 (Expected but getting a little late.)
  • Song Sparrow 24
  • Swamp Sparrow 3
  • Dark-eyed Junco 1
  • Northern Cardinal 2
  • Bobolink 1
  • Eastern Meadowlark 9
  • House Finch 10

Fox Chase Containment Ponds

  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Black Vulture 2
  • Mourning Dove 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
  • American Crow 6
  • Carolina Wren 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
  • Eastern Bluebird 2
  • American Robin 8
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • Magnolia Warbler 1
  • Palm Warbler 3 (Yellow)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
  • Field Sparrow 5
  • Savannah Sparrow 4
  • Song Sparrow 46
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 1
  • Swamp Sparrow 8
  • White-crowned Sparrow 2

Waterford Farm

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe 1
  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Osprey 1
  • Merlin 1
  • Mourning Dove 6
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
  • Downy Woodpecker 3
  • Northern Flicker 1
  • Pileated Woodpecker 1
  • Eastern Phoebe 2
  • Blue Jay 6
  • American Crow 12
  • Tree Swallow 2
  • Carolina Chickadee 4
  • Tufted Titmouse 3
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 2
  • Eastern Bluebird 6
  • American Robin 30
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Common Yellowthroat 3
  • Blackpoll Warbler 3
  • Palm Warbler 12 (Yellow)
  • Pine Warbler 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 75
  • Eastern Towhee 1
  • Chipping Sparrow 47
  • Field Sparrow 2
  • Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) 12
  • Grasshopper Sparrow 1 (Second of the day.)
  • Song Sparrow 54
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 2
  • Swamp Sparrow 27
  • White-throated Sparrow 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow 6
  • Northern Cardinal 8
  • Bobolink 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 30
  • House Finch 1
  • American Goldfinch 6
  • House Sparrow 30

Comments: Joe Hanfman, recorder.