Trip Leader: Schwarz, Kurt
Date of Trip: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Location: Howard Waterfowl Search
Details: Half day+. Clear weather, occasional wind gusts. An extraordinary day. We had good looks at a Winter Wren at Elkhorn, only to be topped by the Snow Bunting found by Allen Lewis.
Number on trip: 9
Photo by Kevin Heffernan
Comments: Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake were uninteresting. The Northern Shovelers continued at Centennial, two females were located. Also a small Canada Goose generated some excitement, but was judged based on bill length to be a Canada after all. The real highlight proved to be the so-called Pipeline at Greenbridge, Triadelphia Reservoir. A Red-necked Grebe had been found, but by the time the bulk of the group arrived, another controversial grebe was in site. An vigorous discussion and re-examination of the photos revealed that it was the second ever Western Grebe found in Howard County. A small number then continued on to Fulton Pond, where the American Golden Plover continued its stay for the fourth day.