Caroline Bird Club Pelot Sanctuary Cleanup Note New Date

Pelot Sanctuary cleanup has a new date - November 20 -- 8:00 am. Dress appropriately including bringing work gloves and trash bags. Coordinator: Bill Scudder. Located on Drapers Mill Road outside of Greensboro.

From 313 Greensboro, turn on to Whitelysburg Rd.
Left on Wothers, then Right on Boyce Mill Rd.
Left on Drapers Mill Road - look for sanctuary sign on the right.


Local Boy Scout helping Caroline County's official Bird

DENTON A local Boy Scout is participating in a national campaign to bolster the bluebird population in an effort to earn his Eagle Scout ranking.

Trevor Reardon, 15, the son of Howard and Johann Reardon and a member of Denton-based Troop 77, built 18 bluebird nest boxes, which he placed around the grounds of the Caroline Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Denton, and in a bird watching field in Camp Todd near Williston.

Trevor said he still plans to monitor the boxes regularly and clean them out annually.

For all the information, check out Abby Andrews' article in the August 18, 2010 Times Record.

Way to go, Trevor!


MOS Youth Backpack winner in Caroline

Caroline County Bird Club Youth Birdwatching Backpack Contest 2010 winner is Peter Anderson.

Peter was awarded a backpack July 8, 2010 worth over $100 with, Eagle Optics Triumph Binoculars, partly donated by Eagle Optics Optic Outfitters, a lens pen for cleaning the binoculars and a signed copy of Bill Thompson III’s Young Birder’s Guide. All this provided by the Maryland Ornithological Society. Congratulations, Peter!

Peter's mother, Lisa Anderson; Bill Scudder, Peter, and Danny Poet

Bill Scudder honored at 2010 MOS Conference

Bill received a certificate, pin and lifetime membership to Maryland Ornithological Society for 50 years of membership and for his dedicated support to the growth and accomplishments of the Society.
MOS President Wayne Bell presented Bill his award at the MOS conference held at Washington College in Chestertown on June 12, 2010.

Way to go, Bill!


May 1, 2010 Camp Todd Bird Walk results

It was a beautiful day to be out birding. The lake bridge at the far end of the lake was a hotbed of activity. That's where we saw or heard most of our warblers. Muskrat, turtles and a variety of frogs were also identified. More butterflies were out as well. Participants were Debby Bennett, Les Cobel, Mike Todd, Gary French, Jane Clendaniel and Wes & Jane Pipes. Sadly, no youth showed up for the walk.

1. Cardinal
2. Carolina wren
3. White eyed vireo
4. Red eyed vireo
5. Cowbird
6. Bluejay
7. Titmouse
8. Chickadee
9. Canada goose
10. Great crested flycatcher
11. Field sparrow
12. Prarie warbler
13. Brown thrasher
14. Indigo bunting
15. Yellow rumped warbler
16. Blue grosbeak
17. Mockingbird
18. Fish crow
19. American crow
20. Great blue heron
21. Green heron
22. Goldfinch
23. Orchard oriole
24. Chipping sparrow
25. Field sparrow
26. Chimney swift
27. Barn swallow
28. Tree swallow
29. Cedar waxwing
30. Red bellied woodpecker
31. Catbird
32. Black poll warbler
33. Chestnut sided warbler
34. Black throated blue warbler
35. Louisiana waterthrush
36. White breasted nuthatch
37. Laughing gull
38. Prothonotary warbler
39. Black and white warbler
40. Red start
41. Blue bird
42. Eastern Kingbird
43. Turkey vulture
44. Osprey
45. Yellow billed cuckoo
46. Tohee
47. Northern Parula

April 24, 2010 Bird walk report

Danny Poet's report
This Morning 4 - 24 - 10 two members and three guests of the Caroline County Bird Club met at 8:00 Am for a bird walk at Tuckahoe State Park leader was Danny Poet. We starting at the lake area and had several first of the year birds . My thanks to all who showed up this morning bird list below also included are several birds I had before the Group arrived .

Canada Goose
Wood Duck 1
Wild Turkey 1 cherry Lane near entrance to the Camp ground
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 2 D.P. before 8:00 Am
Turkey Vulture
Osprey 1 at the lake
Red bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Queen Annes County side of the lake before 8:00am D.P.
White - Eyed Vireo 3 first of the year FOY
Blue Jay heard only
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee D.P. only
Tufted Titmouse
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebirds 3
Hermit Thrush 1
Brown Thrasher 2
Yellow Rumped Warbler 3 Queen Annes County side of the lake by D. P. only
Palm warbler 1 yellow Caroline County side of the lake FOY
Ovenbird several heard only FOY
Louisiana Waterthrush 2 camp ground trail
Chipping Sparrow
Cardinal 4
Red winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown Headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole 1 male after everyone left back at the lake late morning D.P. only FOY
American Goldfinch


House sparrow vs. bluebird help

A persistent pair of house sparrows has been attempting to nest in a bluebird house despite my (and the bluebird's) best efforts at keeping them away. Does anyone have advice? I tried stringing fishing line parallel to the opening of the box but that didn't keep them out. The sparrows even nested elsewhere in some sculptural tree roots we were saving (see photo), but they seem to insist on claiming the bluebird housing. What's worked for you?



Here is a photo of a Drake Tufted Duck seen at Kent Narrows in Queen Annes County Maryland
on March 20,2010 . These ducks are native to Europe and a rare sighting in our part of the world . This is just the fifth record for Maryland and a first record in Queen Annes County


Update on Blackwater Eagle Cam

During a visit to Blackwater NWR this morning the volunteer at the Visitor Center reported that their nest cam eagle laid her first egg on Wednesday, January 20th. She was on-nest while we were there, and she did not say anything about intentions for her second egg, but often it comes within a couple of days of the first, so this may be the day for that one.
Information provided by

Link to the eagle cam:



This tree at the Girl Scout Camp { CAMP TODD } in Caroline County Maryland was covered from the ground up to the top with the drillings of a yellow Bellied Sapsucker


On Jan 18, 2010 Debby Bennett , Jessica Vorris and Danny Poet Surveyed birds at Camp Todd Girl Scout Camp from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Williston lake still half frozen. Birds seen or heard below

Snow Goose 400 +
Canada Goose 100+
Ring Necked Duck 21
Black Duck 2
Mallard 5
Hooded Merganser 8
Tundra Swan 150
Great Blue Heron 1
Red Tailed Hawk 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecler 2
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker 3 two fighting in midair then dropped to the ground
Flicker 1
TV 2
Black Vulture 1
White Breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden Crowned Kinglet 2
Mockingbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Eastern Bluebird 13
Cardinal 5
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 5
Yellow Rumped warbler 3
Purple Grackle 1,000
White Throated Sparrow 20
Dark Eyed Junco 1
Chipping Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 1

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