Savannah Sparrow

A number of Savannah Sparrows were also in the flock of birds on Sparks road .

Danny Poet

Horned Lark

One of the Horned Larks on Sparks Road near Ridgely Maryland


On Dec 24 , 2009 I went out to the still snow Covered Fields on Sparks road near Ridgely Maryland where there were many Horned Larks feeding on a pile of corn spilled by the farmer on the road in among them there were six Lapland Longspurs this is a photo of one

Danny poet


Caroline County Christmas Count December 19, 2009

Well, it was certainly a snowy one! [16 inches??] When you consider the weather I think we had an excellent count. It's better than 8 of our past counts. The 47 they got on the first one is what I wanted to beat, but in the first couple of hours I didn't think we'd ever get that many. This was our 60th count and it's never been postponed. I'd love to hear what Roberta Fletcher would have had to say about this count. Thanks to all who participated in the count!
Happy holidays, Steve

Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 10
Turkey Vulture 69
Snow Goose 75
Canada Goose 263
Tundra Swan 7
Mallard 134
Ring-necked Duck 30
Bufflehead 4
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 4
Bald Eagle, ad 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Am. Kestrel 2
Am. Coot 1
Killdeer 5
Common Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 40
Rock Dove 3
Mourning Dove 21
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Wdpecker 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 16
Horned Lark 209
Carolina Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-b Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-cr Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 18
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 288
N. Mockingbird 7
Brown Thrasher 1
Euro Starling 137
Cedar Waxwing 60
Cardinal 42
Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 13
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 50
White-th Sparrow 309
Dark-eyed Junco 266
Red-winged Blackbird 92
Common Grackle 46
Br-headed Cowbird 50
House Sparrow 25
House Finch 11
Am. Goldfinch 9
Lapland Longspur 1



A few members of the Talbot County Bird Club and Myself went to Cape May N.J. on Fri Dec 4 , 2009 to look for the very Rare Ivory Gull recently reported there . We met with success see attached photo


Surf Scoter in Caroline - a first for the county!

Thursday December 3rd. Eight Thirty a.m.
Steve Westre and Mike Framptom-Price report sighting a Surf Scoter on the Choptank River in front of the house of Mike and Mary Framptom-Price. Took a couple of not very good digi-scope shots, just good enough we think to confirm bird's identity.

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