Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Lake Elkhorn

Trip Leader: Allan Lewis

Date of Trip: Saturday October 4, 2014

Location: Lake Elkhorn

Details: We saw 46 species including seven species of warbler, beautiful views of three low, circling Cooper's Hawks, and three newly arrived Pied-billed Grebes. The day started with thick gray overcast, wind, and threatening rain but finished with some sunshine.

Number on trip: 13

  • Canada Goose 7
  • Mallard 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe 3
  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Great Egret 1
  • Black Vulture 5
  • Turkey Vulture 4
  • Osprey 2
  • Cooper's Hawk 4
  • Bald Eagle 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 2
  • Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
  • Mourning Dove 8
  • Chimney Swift 4
  • Belted Kingfisher 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
  • Downy Woodpecker 3
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
  • Eastern Phoebe 1
  • Blue Jay 25
  • American Crow 3
  • Carolina Chickadee 2
  • Tufted Titmouse 3
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 2
  • Carolina Wren 3
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 4
  • American Robin 4
  • Gray Catbird 5
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • European Starling 8
  • Cedar Waxwing 6
  • Black-and-white Warbler 1
  • Common Yellowthroat 2
  • Northern Parula 1
  • Magnolia Warbler 3
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
  • Palm Warbler (Western) 2
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
  • Song Sparrow 2
  • Swamp Sparrow 1
  • Northern Cardinal 4
  • House Finch 4
  • American Goldfinch 5
  • House Sparrow 15

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Tufted Titmouse with caterpillar by Mike Kerwin

Remarks: The caterpillar was so big and heavy that the titmouse was lopsided when it flew—but no other bird was going to get it!