Sunday, December 11, 2011

Conowingo Dam

This time of year, the number of Bald Eagles sighted at the dam has been as high as over 150 birds!  Although the numbers weren't that high on Saturday due to the height of the Susquehanna River, the 30 or 40 adult and juvenile birds we did see were active and quite spectacular.


On the island, scores of Great Blue Herons braved the cold and some were actively fishing.   The short hike along the old railroad tracks didn't turn up the Winter Wren we so often see unfortunately.  Our hosts, Marian and Harry Argentino did not disappoint.   Three types of chicken soup were waiting for us at their gracious home along with other goodies.  They've promised to host the event again next year, don't miss it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Patterson Park

Patterson Park is always full of surprises.  This morning on Patterson Park Audubon's monthly bird walk, a Red-tailed Hawk flew into a small tree near the pond.  As a small crowd of Mallards gathered under it, we wondered if it was contemplating taking one for a meal.  But instead it jumped into the shallows and started splashing around to take a bath. The Mallards were as fascinated as we were.

Although numbers of birds weren't high, we also saw a Merlin, Kestrel, Coots, Black Duck, Swamp and Song Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Flicker, Hermit Thrush, and Juncos. 

If you haven't joined the walks - they are held the last Saturday of the month (except in Dec. they are a week early).  As you can see, sometimes birders even bring their dogs.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bryan led us on a five senses hike along the Patapsco River where we observed many berry filled shrubs, a beautiful waterfall, ferns, deer, and even a few birds.  What fun it was to walk across two swinging bridges!  Enjoy scenes from the walk.