Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wildflowers and Birds by Kayak at Bosely Conservancy

August 4, 2013

My favorite field trip of the year - a dozen of us enjoyed a slow paddle through the channels at Bosely Conservancy as we viewed the many wetland wildflowers and enjoyed the birds along the way.  Bosely is located in Edgewood (Harford Cnty), and is a freshwater tidal marsh owned by the Izaac Walton League.

Swamp Milkweed, Green-headed Coneflower, and Goldenrod.

Swamp Milkweed and Jewelweed

Surrounded by Green-headed Coneflower

Marsh Hibiscus

Bosely is a haven for Wood-ducks.

Canada Geese

Bald Eagle.  Other birds spotted include Osprey, Red-winged Blackbird, Wood Duck, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Forster's Tern, American Goldfinch, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Double-crested Cormorant,  Lesser Yellowlegs,  Turkey Vulture, Common Yellowthroat, and Indigo Bunting.

Many thanks to Kim and the staff of  Anita Leight Estuary for helping organize this fun trip.  Please visit their website at www.otterpointcreek.org, and be sure to join us next year!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Patterson Park Friday Bird Walk

A walk in Patterson Park was a perfect way to start the day.  The sun was shining, the air was cool, and dozens of Chimney Swifts were circling above our heads.  The usual number of robins were plucking worms from the ground as we began our trek to the pond.  Erin, an educator for Patterson Park Audubon, spotted what she thought was a hummingbird, but it turned out to be a spectacular Pandorus Sphinx Moth:

Further down the path, we heard and spotted Mockingbirds, House Wrens, Great-crested Flycatchers, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, House Finches, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

We were thrilled to see a Caspian Tern before we reached the pond.  It was actively fishing and we saw it dive and catch a nice sized fish.  The Mallards were in various stages of molt, and the Muscovy ducklings were much bigger and seemed to have a lot of mallard characteristics.

At the pond a Green Heron was feeding on the lily pads, and we noticed a Spotted Sandpiper refueling during its southward migration.  

Marsh Hibiscus were in bloom along the boardwalk and we then headed for the pollinator garden and finished the walk at the wetland garden.


Bird walks are scheduled at Patterson Park the last Saturday of the month, and the 2nd Friday.  Check schedules on Patterson Park Audubon or Chesapeake Audubon's website.  Don't miss September migration!