Early March 2014: warming up in Howard County, Maryland

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Mr. Bluebird adds some bright colors to the winter scenery of Meadowbrook Park on March 6

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A great Blue Heron hunts for lunch on the edge of a pond at Meadowbrook Park on March 6

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Another Chipping Sparrow at Meadowbrook Park on March 6–now there are two as they come back from the south

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A Fox Sparrow briefly perches in a tree top at Meadowbrook on March 6

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This adult Cooper’s Hawk made a brief stop in this tree after chasing a flock of blackbirds on March 6 in east Columbia

Ross's Goose in Fulton, southern Howard County on March 9.  This looks like the same bird that was here on March 2nd just before the last snowfall.

Possible Ross’s Goose in Fulton, southern Howard County on March 9. This looks like the same bird that was here on March 2nd just before the last snowfall.

A Red-throated Loon in Baltimore Harbor on March 10 resting before heading north to breeding grounds in Canada.

A Red-throated Loon in Baltimore Harbor on March 10 resting before heading north to breeding grounds in Canada.

A Pine Warbler at Gateway Business Park in east Columbia, Howard County on March 11.  It is nice to see a new warbler back on the first warm day this year!

A Pine Warbler at Gateway Business Park in east Columbia, Howard County on March 11. It is nice to see a new warbler back on the first warm day this year!

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