Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trip Leader: Ott, Bonnie

Date of Trip: Sunday, October 14, 2012

Location: Sparrow BIG DAY

Number on trip: 11

Comments: Sparrows: Here is what I came up with.....10 species ....782 sparrows! What a great day. [And a lot of other interesting species, too!]
Below are the birds seen at each location.

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Photo by Bonnie Ott of Lincoln's Sparrow

University of Maryland Central Farm. 7:00 AM - 10:10 AM

  • Canada Goose 34
  • Mallard 3
  • Turkey Vulture 6
  • Northern Harrier 1
  • Cooper's Hawk 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1
  • Rock Pigeon 250 A huge flock lives here.
  • Mourning Dove 24
  • Belted Kingfisher 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
  • American Kestrel 1
  • Merlin 1
  • Blue Jay 3
  • American Crow 12
  • Fish Crow 6
  • Horned Lark 1
  • Tree Swallow 6
  • Carolina Wren 1
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 15
  • American Robin 50
  • European Starling 10
  • Common Yellowthroat 3
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
  • Palm Warbler (Western) 1
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
  • Chipping Sparrow 4
  • Field Sparrow 1
  • Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) 45
  • Nelson's Sparrow 1
  • Song Sparrow 165
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 1
  • Swamp Sparrow 60
  • White-throated Sparrow 8
  • White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) 12
  • Bobolink 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird 60
  • Eastern Meadowlark 1
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 2
  • Purple Finch 4
  • House Finch 6
  • American Goldfinch 24

Mount Pleasant. 10:25 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Black Vulture 2
  • Turkey Vulture 3
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Mourning Dove 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
  • American Kestrel 1
  • Blue Jay 6
  • Carolina Chickadee 2
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 12
  • Gray Catbird 1
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
  • Chipping Sparrow 4
  • Song Sparrow 35
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 2
  • Swamp Sparrow 12
  • White-throated Sparrow 18
  • White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) 1
  • Purple Finch 1
  • Pine Siskin 18 One flock
  • American Goldfinch 3

Alpha Ridge Park. 11:35 AM - 11:48 AM

  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
  • Blue Jay 6
  • Tree Swallow 24
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
  • Blue Jay 6
  • Tree Swallow 24

Fox Chase. 11:55 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Turkey Vulture 6
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Cooper's Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 2
  • Mourning Dove 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
  • Eastern Phoebe 1
  • Blue Jay 12
  • American Crow 12
  • Fish Crow 1
  • Tufted Titmouse 1
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 4
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • Common Yellowthroat 1
  • Palm Warbler (Western) 1
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
  • Chipping Sparrow 8
  • Field Sparrow 10
  • Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) 12
  • Song Sparrow 180
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 3
  • Swamp Sparrow 25
  • White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) 6
  • Red-winged Blackbird 50
  • American Goldfinch 1

Western Regional Park. 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Black Vulture 2
  • Turkey Vulture 10
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Hairy Woodpecker 1
  • American Crow 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • European Starling 6
  • Savannah Sparrow 8
  • Grasshopper Sparrow 2
  • Song Sparrow 12
  • Clouded Skipper (butterfly)

Waterford Farm. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Blue-winged Teal 2
  • Green-winged Teal 2
  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • Mourning Dove 12
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker 2
  • Blue Jay 2
  • American Crow 6
  • Tree Swallow 3
  • Eastern Bluebird 9
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • Common Yellowthroat 1
  • Palm Warbler (Western) 1
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 3
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
  • Chipping Sparrow 14
  • Field Sparrow 6
  • Savannah Sparrow 14
  • Song Sparrow 160
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 2
  • Swamp Sparrow 80
  • White-throated Sparrow 20
  • White-crowned Sparrow 6
  • Northern Cardinal 5
  • Blue Grosbeak 1
  • Indigo Bunting 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 12
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 1
  • American Goldfinch 4

Comments: Joe Hanfman, Nancy Magnusson, Bonnie Ott, recorders.