Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Trip Leaders: Kevin Graff, Joe Hanfman, Pete Webb

Date of Trip: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Location:Boat Trip to Smith Island (Somerset County)

Details: Great weather and several Northern Gannets near the boat. On the island we had singing Seaside Sparrows and Clapper Rails. Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-Herons in the marsh, and Purple Sandpipers on the rock jetty.

Number on trip: 42


On Smith Island

  • Canada Goose 1
  • Gadwall 4
  • American Wigeon 2
  • American Black Duck 10
  • Mallard 2
  • Red-breasted Merganser 4
  • Common Loon 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant 14
  • Brown Pelican 13
  • Great Blue Heron 9
  • Great Egret 6
  • Snowy Egret 1
  • Little Blue Heron 3
  • Tricolored Heron 2
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
  • Glossy Ibis 7
  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Osprey 8
  • Bald Eagle 1
  • Northern Harrier 1
  • Peregrine Falcon 1
  • Clapper Rail 3
  • American Oystercatcher 2
  • Willet (Eastern) 5
  • Sanderling 4
  • Purple Sandpiper 3 (On the jetty as entering Smith Island. Dark, plump, with longish bill.)
  • Wilson's Snipe 4
  • Bonaparte's Gull 2
  • Laughing Gull 11
  • Ring-billed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 41 (American)
  • Great Black-backed Gull 15
  • Forster's Tern 15
  • Royal Tern 5
  • Rock Pigeon 3
  • Chimney Swift 3
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
  • Fish Crow 6
  • Purple Martin 2
  • Barn Swallow 18
  • Carolina Chickadee 1
  • Carolina Wren 1
  • House Wren 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
  • American Robin 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • Brown Thrasher 1
  • European Starling 12
  • Palm Warbler 1 (Yellow)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 (Myrtle)
  • Eastern Towhee 2
  • Savannah Sparrow 1 (Eastern)
  • Seaside Sparrow 6
  • Song Sparrow 1
  • White-throated Sparrow 1
  • Northern Cardinal 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird 37
  • Common Grackle 2
  • Boat-tailed Grackle 6
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 2
  • House Finch 5
  • House Sparrow 8

Trip to/from Smith Island

  • Red-throated Loon 2
  • Common Loon 7
  • Northern Gannet 38
  • Double-crested Cormorant 34
  • Brown Pelican 3
  • Osprey 2
  • Bonaparte's Gull 5
  • Laughing Gull 2
  • Ring-billed Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 8 (American)
  • Great Black-backed Gull 5
  • Forster's Tern 1
  • Tree Swallow 3
  • Barn Swallow 2

Comments: Trip to/from is in both St. Marys and Somerset Counties.