Holiday Birds of December 2014 in Howard County Maryland

A Bonaparte's and a Ring-billed Gull at Fulton Pond in southern Howard County.  This is the last Bonaparte's I saw in 2014 at this location.

A Bonaparte’s and a Ring-billed Gull at Fulton Pond in southern Howard County on December 11. This is the last Bonaparte’s I saw in 2014 at this location.

 

A male Eastern Bluebird finishes his bath at Meadowbrook Park on December  13

A male Eastern Bluebird finishes his bath at Meadowbrook Park on December 13

Ruby-crowned Kinglet eating suet at our home feeder in Columbia, Maryland on December 18

Ruby-crowned Kinglet eating suet at our home feeder in Columbia, Maryland on December 18.  I have never seen a kinglet eat suet before.

A Hermit Thrush visits our feeder area in Columbia on December 18

A Hermit Thrush visits our feeder area in Columbia on December 18. 

A Hermit Thrush visits our home feeder in Columbia on December 18.  The last time we had one coming was in 2007.

Another view pf the Hermit Thrush. The last time we had one was in 2007.

A Merlin, a small but pugnacious falcon, perches on the top of a tree in Columbia.

A Merlin, a small but pugnacious falcon, perches on the top of a tree in Columbia.

A Winter Wren pops up for a very brief view at Font Hill Park in Howard County

A Winter Wren pops up for a very brief view at Font Hill Park in Howard County

 

A female Puprle Ficnh- the heavy streaking and white eyeline distinguish it from a House Finch- perches amid natural Christmas ornaments in western Howard County in December 20

A female Purple Finch- the heavy streaking and white eye line distinguishing it from a House Finch- perches amid natural Christmas ornaments in western Howard County on December 20.  Purple Finches arrived in larger than usual numbers this year.

 

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (white throat instead of red) poses in western Howard County on December 20

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (white throat instead of red) poses in western Howard County on December 20

 

A female House Finch finds an apple to its liking–western Howard County, December 20

 

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