Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Smith Island

Howard County Trip Leader and recorder: Joe Hanfman

Date of Trip: Saturday, March 13, 2013

Name: Boat Trip and Smith Island

Details:Joint Baltimore–Howard County trip.

Number on trip: 33

Photos of birds that you are NOT going to see in Howard Hounty


On Smith Island (Somerset County):

  • American Black Duck 14
  • Mallard 1
  • Bufflehead 50
  • Hooded Merganser 1
  • Red-breasted Merganser 1
  • Common Loon 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant 4
  • Brown Pelican 1
  • Great Blue Heron 8
  • Great Egret 7
  • Snowy Egret 2
  • Little Blue Heron 5
  • Tricolored Heron 4
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron 8
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
  • Glossy Ibis 38
  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Osprey 10
  • Northern Harrier 2
  • Clapper Rail 3 (see PHOTOS)
  • American Oystercatcher 6
  • Willet 6
  • Sanderling 2
  • Purple Sandpiper 2 (smaller than Dunlin and very dark, on the rock jetty.
  • Dunlin 16
  • Wilson's Snipe 3
  • Herring Gull (American) 75
  • Great Black-backed Gull 12
  • Forster's Tern 6
  • Royal Tern 1
  • Rock Pigeon 1
  • Chimney Swift 1
  • Belted Kingfisher 1
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
  • Fish Crow 40
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
  • Purple Martin 4
  • Tree Swallow 10
  • Barn Swallow 8
  • Carolina Wren 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • European Starling 12
  • Common Yellowthroat 1
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
  • Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) 5
  • Seaside Sparrow 2
  • Song Sparrow 1
  • Swamp Sparrow 1
  • Northern Cardinal 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 12
  • Boat-tailed Grackle 5
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 4
  • House Finch 2
  • House Sparrow 8

Point Lookout — Smith Island boat (St. Mary's County):

  • Long-tailed Duck 1
  • Common Loon 5
  • Horned Grebe 2
  • Northern Gannet 45
  • Double-crested Cormorant 3
  • Brown Pelican 1 (see PHOTOS)
  • white egret sp. 3 Snowy or Cattle Egrets. Bad angle and too far to ID.
  • Osprey 1
  • Bonaparte's Gull 20
  • Laughing Gull 3
  • Ring-billed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull (American) 34
  • Great Black-backed Gull 18
  • Royal Tern 2
  • Barn Swallow 2

Point Lookout — Smith Island boat (Somerset County):

  • Surf Scoter 7
  • White-winged Scoter 1
  • Long-tailed Duck 1
  • Common Loon 2
  • Northern Gannet 11 (see PHOTOS)
  • Bonaparte's Gull 2
  • Laughing Gull 2
  • Herring Gull (American) 2
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1
  • Forster's Tern 1
  • Tree Swallow 1