To say today was hot and humid would be an understatement. The only cooling breeze occured while walking (moving). No matter. Andy Sprenger, the skilled Caffee Pronto coffee roaster and one superb birder, and I visited two spots on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It was a rewarding, fun and like I said before... toasty.
Yet again, I have found that Willow Oaks are preferred by 3 out of 4 birds looking for a bite to eat. I learned this trick from a guide Emery and I had on a birding excursion last January in Costa Rica. It's simple really; if you want to see the birds, go to the trees that have all the food. This guide earned his tip (and then some) by taking us to one large tree, which I think was a Wild Avocado, that was dripping with birds. In it were FOUR species of Toucan, a Toucanette, a Trogon, Flycatchers, a large Woodpecker and hundreds of other birds. Not only was it easy birding, it was literally one lifer after another! In some cases, these amazing birds were perched on the same branch. Ok, so it was our first visit to Costa Rica. Still, that same strategy works well here in Maryland too.
Please enjoy some photos from our Costa Rica trip (along with some of the birds that were in that tree I mentioned).
Mot Mot... Why Not?
Well, the closest thing here in Maryland (that I've found) is the Willow. I've got no idea why, or any actual proof, but what can I say? It's been a lucky tree species for me.
So, without further ado, today's results:
Terrapin Park on Kent Island: 9:30am - 12:45pm
Great Blue Heron
Blue Gray Gnatcather
Red Eyed Vireo
Red Winged Blackbird
Willow Flycatcher (*heard)
Ring Billed Gull
Great Black Backed Gull
Double Crested Cormorant
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Lesser Yellow Legs
Short Billed Dowitcher
Red Shouldered Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk
Here are some photos of the PEEPS! They are a tricky ID indeed...
Queen Anne's Sod Farm: 2:00pm-2:30pm
Buff Breasted Sandpiper
And then we spotted a chicken at Chesapeake Chicken. It was delicious.
Enjoy your week.