Waiting for Spring: late February to early March, 2014

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A Horned Lark near Gettysburg, PA on 22 February.  This was the first warm day in several weeks and there was quite a bit of snow melt.

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One of 8 Tree Sparrows near Gettysburg on 22 February getting ready to head north.  They are one of the earliest sparrow to leave–they nest in the low trees and tundra of Canada and Alaska.

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This Eastern Meadowlark along Shriver Road in northern Frederick County, Maryland, was one of six meadowlarks that made it through a harsh winter.

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An adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Western Regional Park in Howard County, Maryland on 26 February

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A Golden-crowned Kinglet pauses near frozen sap from the branch of a Red Maple broken by a recent ice storm.  Western Regional Park, 26 February

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Drake Hooded Merganser at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, 27 February

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A pretty male cardinal, Lake Elkhorn, 27 February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lapland Longspur (center of photo), with a flock of Horned Larks on March 4th in northern Howard County, Maryland.  New snow and a low temperature of 4 degrees F mean the birds and I will have to wait for spring a little while longer.

 

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One Tree Sparrow lingers in Howard County, Maryland on March 4th in the snow and cold.  No reason to leave quite yet!

One of two Tree Sparrows at Meadowbrook Park, also in Howard County on March 5  still here.

One of two Tree Sparrows at Meadowbrook Park, also in Howard County on March 5.

A Chipping Sparrow--not sure if it wintered or just arrived from the south, also at Meadowbrook Park.  It was nice to see this species and Tree Sparrows together.

A Chipping Sparrow–not sure if it wintered or just arrived from the south, also at Meadowbrook Park on March 5. It was nice to see this species and Tree Sparrows on the same day.

A Rusty Blackbird, also at Meadowbrook Park on March 5.  Rusties are now uncommon spring and fall migrants. This bird was traveling with a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.

A Rusty Blackbird, also at Meadowbrook Park on March 5. Rusties are now uncommon spring and fall migrants. This bird was traveling with a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.

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