Small Butterflies, Fish, and Big Flies, Gateway Business Park, August 18, 2014

One of four small but beautiful Red-banded Hairtsreaks feeding on white eupatorium flowers at Gateway

One of four small but beautiful Red-banded Hairtsreaks feeding on white eupatorium flowers at Gateway

 

An uncommon Ocola Skipper, an immigrant butterfly from the south, visits the eupatorium at Gateway

An uncommon Ocola Skipper, an immigrant butterfly from the south, visits the eupatorium at Gateway

 

 

This was a VERY large Robber Fly that looks like the Red-footed Cannibalfly, Promachus rufipes, at Gateway

 

A Black Horsefly, Tabanus atratus

A Black Horsefly, Tabanus atratus

 

A large White Sucker with sunfish in a deep pool at a Gateway stream. The fish all survived a cloudburst and flood last week.

A large White Sucker with sunfish in a deep pool at a Gateway stream. The fish all survived a cloudburst and flood last week.

 

Another view of one of the White Suckers at Gateway

Another view of one of the White Suckers at Gateway

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Spring Flowers and Butterflies

A single Bloodroot Flower at Centennial Park on April 10

A single Bloodroot Flower at Centennial Park on April 10

 

A Falcate Orangetip butterfly at Gateway Business Park on April 13

A Falcate Orangetip butterfly at Gateway Business Park on April 13

 

M y first Trout Lily near our house in Columbia on April 14

M y first Trout Lily near our house in Columbia on April 14

 

Grape Hyacinth at an old church cemetery in Elkridge on April 14

Grape Hyacinth at an old church cemetery in Elkridge on April 14

 

Northern Brown Snake at our home in Columbia on a warm April 14

Northern Brown Snake at our home in Columbia on a warm April 14

 

Virginia Bluebills and Sessile Trillium near Seneca on April 17

Virginia Bluebells and Sessile Trillium near Seneca on April 17

 

Close-up of Virginia Bluebells along the C&O Canal on April 17

Close-up of Virginia Bluebells along the C&O Canal on April 17

 

A single yellow Trout Lily along the C&O Canal above Sycamore Landing on April 18

A single yellow Trout Lily along the C&O Canal above Sycamore Landing on April 18

 

Sessile Trillium green form near Sycamore Landing along the C&O Canal on April 18

Sessile Trillium green form near Sycamore Landing along the C&O Canal on April 18

 

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Hoyles Mill Conservation Park–visit to a diabase rock outcrop woods on August 17, 2014

A Hackberry Emperor butterfly lands on my foot at Hoyles Mill Conservation Park

A Hackberry Emperor butterfly lands on my foot at Hoyles Mill Conservation Park

 

Shumard Oak leaves along White Grounds Road.  Shumard Oak is uncommon to rare in central Maryland

Shumard Oak leaves along White Grounds Road. Shumard Oak is uncommon to rare in central Maryland

Newly opened Black-eyed Susans

Some newly opened Black-eyed Susans

 

A blue Mistflower grows along the creek at Hoyles Mill Park

A blue Mistflower grows along the creek at Hoyles Mill Park

 

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Summer in Southern Maryland, 2014

Virginia Dayflower, a native dayflower wit three blue petals

Virginia Dayflower, a native dayflower with three blue petals, at Chicamuxen Wildlife Management Area in Charles County, August 4

The first Cardinal Flower at Chicamuxen WMA on August 4

A Common Sootywing Skipper Butterfly at Chicamuxen WMA on August 4

A Common Sootywing Skipper Butterfly at Chicamuxen WMA on August 4

Yellow Passionflower vine, Chicamuxen WMA, August 4--a native Maryland passionflower found mostly in the Potomac River valley

Yellow Passionflower vine, Chicamuxen WMA, August 4–a native Maryland passionflower found mostly in the Potomac River valley.  It climbs by using tendrils, one of which you can see at top center left.

 

A Red-banded Hairstreak at Chicamuxen on August 4

A Red-banded Hairstreak at Chicamuxen on August 4

 

Green Sunfish in brook at Chicamuxen WMA on August 4

Green Sunfish in brook at Chicamuxen WMA on August 4

 

Horsemint at Glendening Nature Preserve, August 6

Horsemint at Glendening Nature Preserve in Anne Arundel County on August 6

 

A moss cushion for resting fairies--Glendening Nature Preserve, August 6

A moss cushion for resting fairies–Glendening Nature Preserve, August 6

 

Cranefly Orchids

Cranefly Orchids

 

Passionflower at the butterfly garden at Glendening Nature Preserve on August 6

Passionflower at the butterfly garden at Glendening Nature Preserve on August 6

 

A Fiery Skipper visits the butterfly garden at the Glendening Nature Preserve on August 6

A Fiery Skipper visits the butterfly garden at the Glendening Nature Preserve on August 6

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Better Late than Never! July 2014 Plants and Leps in Maryland

A Silver Spotted Skipper Visits a Water Willow Blossom along the Potomac River near Weverton in Washington County

A Zebra Swallowtail Pauses Briefly to get Nectar in a roadside edge near Weverton, Washington County, Maryland

Oswego Tea graces a roadside in Garrett County in far wester Maryland, July 5, 2014

Oswego Tea graces a roadside in Garrett County in far western Maryland, July 5, 2014

Red Elderberry in Garrett County on July 4

Allegheny Vine climbs trees on Dans Mountain on July 5

 

Yellow Birches at Wolf Swamp in Garrett County on July 15

A Confused Haploa Moth near Wolf Swamp in Garrett County on July 15

Hackberry Emperor Butterfly rests on a bridge rail in northwestern Carroll County on July 8

Hackberry Emperor Butterfly rests on a bridge rail in northwestern Carroll County on July 8

Pretty Butterfly Milkweed in Columbia, Maryland on July 11

A fresh Painted Lady butterfly graces a fence at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia, Maryland on July 11

 

 

 

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Spring by Fits and Starts, late March and early April 2014

This drake Common Merganser was at Triadelphia Reservoir on March 23

This drake Common Merganser was at Triadelphia Reservoir on March 23

 

A Horned Grebe also at  Triadelphia on March 23rd.  This bird was well on the way to breeding colors while others were still in gray and silver winter plumage.

A Horned Grebe also at Triadelphia on March 23rd. This bird was well on the way to breeding colors while others were still in gray and silver winter plumage.

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler formerly called by the more attractive name Myrtle Warbler in east Columbia, MD on March 24

Yellow-rumped Warbler, formerly called by the more attractive name Myrtle Warbler, in east Columbia, MD on March 24.

 

The next day, March 25 it snowed again.  This Tree Swallow, at Centennial Lake in Howard County, looks miserable.

The next day, March 25, it snowed again. This Tree Swallow, at Centennial Lake in Howard County, looks miserable.

 

This Red-necked Grebe, likely heading north, decided to stop at Centennial Lake to wait out the late snowstorm--March 25.

A Red-necked Grebe, likely heading north, decided to stop at Centennial Lake to wait out the late snowstorm–March 25.

The early Killdeer gets the worm.  Several Killdeer were feeding in bare patches on this field in central Howard County on March 27.

The early Killdeer gets the worm. Several Killdeer were feeding in bare patches on this field in central Howard County on March 27.

 

A pretty Fox Sparrow visits our home feeders after the snow had melted---March 28

A pretty Fox Sparrow visits our home feeders after the snow had melted—March 28

Greater Yellowlegs in the rain--Centennial Lake, March 30.  One of the earlier migrant shorebirds in Howard County

Greater Yellowlegs in the rain–Centennial Lake, March 30. One of the earlier migrant shorebirds in Howard County

 

Tundra Swans in northern Frederick County, Maryland on March 31.  Most of the big swan flocks have moved north of the area by now.

Tundra Swans in northern Frederick County, Maryland on March 31. Most of the big swan flocks have moved north of the area by now.

 

A Brown Thrasher returns top Centennial Park in Howard County on April 1

A Brown Thrasher returns to Centennial Park in Howard County on April 1

 

This male Pine Warbler adds needed color to a bleak rainy woods at Centennial Park on April 7

This male Pine Warbler adds needed color to a bleak rainy woods at Centennial Park on April 7

 

Bloodroot flowers on April 8---the first wildflower blooms I saw--at Centennial Park

Bloodroot flowers on April 8—the first wildflower blooms I saw this year–at Centennial Park

 

A bright yellow Palm Warbler at Centennial Park on April 8 gives notice that spring is advancing

A bright yellow Palm Warbler at Centennial Park on April 8 gives notice that spring is advancing

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Signs of Spring with Late Snow: March 2014

One drake Redhead on a pond in southern Howard County, March 16

One drake Redhead on a pond in southern Howard County, March 16

RRainbow after a heavy shower on the first warm day

Rainbow after a heavy shower on the first warm day

A white Saint Patrick's Day

A white Saint Patrick’s Day

A meadowlark adds its bright color to the snow on March 18

A meadowlark adds its bright color to the snow on March 18 in northern Howard County

One of ten Svannah Sparrows congregating in a bare patch on March 18 in northern Howard County

One of ten Savannah Sparrows congregating in a bare patch on March 18 in northern Howard County

Tundra Swans at a farm pond in western Howard County on March 20

Tundra Swans at a farm pond in western Howard County on March 20

A dark form of the Snow Goose that used to be called the Blue Goose, farm field, western Howard County, March 21

A dark form of the Snow Goose that used to be called the Blue Goose, farm field, western Howard County, March 21

The first crocus blooms in our yard, Columbia, Maryland, March 22

The first crocus blooms in our yard, Columbia, Maryland, March 22

My first butterfly of the season, a Cabbage White near Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard County on March 22

My first butterfly of the season, a Cabbage White near Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard County on March 22

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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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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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More Winter Bird Wanderings 11 and 17 February, 2014

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My wife Carol took this pretty photo comparison of White-crowned (on L) and White-throated Sparrows along Bollinger School Road on February 11

A Wilson’s Snipe along Glade Road on February 11, also by Carol

A pretty Horned Lark on a farm in Washington County on February 11

A pretty Horned Lark on a farm in Washington County on February 11

A Red-headed Woodpecker checks its surroundings before flying off.  Bridgeport Road, February 17

A Red-headed Woodpecker checks its surroundings before flying off. Bridgeport Road, February 17

Two Eastern Meadowlarks find the only bare ground after recent heavy snows. You can see the wing of a third meadowlark just in the frame on the far left.  Old Frederick road near Thurmont on February 17

Two Eastern Meadowlarks find the only bare ground after recent heavy snows. You can see the wing of a third meadowlark just in the frame on the far left. Old Frederick road near Thurmont on February 17

This is the only Merlin I have ever seen in the Monocacy valley.  This small falcon perched briefly in a copse of trees near Utica, central Frederick county on February 17

This is the only Merlin I have ever seen in the Monocacy Valley. This small falcon perched briefly in a copse of trees near Utica, central Frederick county on February 17

A Wilson's Snipe is partially hidden by a snowbank near Walkersville on February 17.  There was a big group of robins, two Killdeer and one American Pipit with the snipe.

A Wilson’s Snipe is partially hidden by a snowbank near Walkersville on February 17. There was a big group of robins, two Killdeer and one American Pipit with the snipe.

A Horned Lark in the day's last light--northern Howard County. February 17

A Horned Lark in the day’s last light–northern Howard County. February 17

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