11/12/12

A secret gem in Caroline County, MD!

A great time at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's Lynch Preserve, off of Robins Creek Road, Preston!  Thanks to Tony and Karen Gianninoto for telling us about it.

Danny Poet, Steve Westre and Debby Bennett explored one of its trails Saturday, Nov 10.

The woods were just gorgeous.
Beech and oak trees grown together.  Photo by Danny Poet

Birds seen:

Canada Goose      30
Black Duck        4    flyovers
Ring billed Gull      14
Red Tailed Hawk       1
Turkey Vulture     1
Black Vulture      8
American Crow      2
Fish Crow           1
Mockingbird    2
Cardinal      1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Red Bellied Woodpecker   3
Downy Woodpecker       2
Brown Creeper      2
White breasted Nuthatch   2
Red Breasted Nuthatch   3
Carolina Chickadee      2
Tufted Titmouse      4
Blue Jay       2
Robin     100
Eastern Bluebird       1
Hermit   Thrush       2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet      2
Golden Crowned Kinglet   1
Red winged Blackbird       50
Yellow Rumped Warbler      4
White Throated Sparrow     12

11/7/12

Caroline County Bird Club program November 15 features Dave Brinker


Thursday, November  15 Dave Brinker will present a program on   "Strikers in the night: The ecology and natural history of Black Skimmers" 
 
 7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  

Photo by Danny Poet

 
Also remember . . .


Sunday, November 18.   Pelot Sanctuary cleanup.  8:00 am.  Dress appropriately including bringing work gloves and trash bags.  Coordinator:  Bill Scudder.   Directions:  From 313 Greensboro, turn right 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.

10/14/12

Caroline County Bird Club October 18 program on how to attract birds with water


You don't want to miss this! 
Thursday, October 18 –    Danny Poet will show us how to Attract Birds with Water

7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  



photo by Danny Poet

9/24/12

September Bird Banding Trip Sept 23 great fun!

Check out the slide show to the left on this page.

Also, check out more photos taken by Dawn Brownlee-Tomasso on the
Caroline County Bird Club Facebook page

And stay tuned for more fabulous photos taken by Danny Poet!

Also check out Chester River Field Research Station's Facebook page  - the formal name of the bird banding center at Chino Farms - 

9/10/12

Sept 9 Camp Todd Bird Walk provided good birding and turtle watching



The camp was bustling with Girl Scout leaders getting training that day. The weather was lovely.

Bird highlights

Great blue heron
Osprey
Great crested flycatcher
Phoebe
Chipping sparrow
Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Mockingbird (imm)
Cardinal
Green heron (hummingbird chasing it)
Hummingbird
Kingfisher
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
American crow
Fish crow
Turkey vulture
Carolina wren
Blue jay

Not sure about the turtles - perhaps a red-bellied cooter (very large) and two river cooters

Lots of interesting fungi especially along the lake trail.

8/14/12

Caroline County Bird Club September 2012 Schedule


September 9, 2012. Bird Walk.  Camp Todd Girl Scout Camp, 25012 Beauchamp Branch Rd.  Meet at the camp’s parking area near the ranger’s home at 8:00 am.  


Saturday, September 15. Fall Bird Count.   Contact Debby Bennett at  dabennett1996@gmail.com.
Checklist

Thursday, September 20.  Program. Chesapeake Bay Foundation:  new bay regulations and Chesapeake Bay Foundation's efforts on the Eastern Shore.
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Sunday, September 23. Trip.  Bird Banding observation in Chestertown.  Jim Gruber, Bander.  8:00 AM.  Great for kids.  Adults welcome too. To register and for directions, contact Danny Poet at (410)827-8651 or birder231@hotmail.com. 
1st Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference -- September 22, 2012

CLICK HERE for details




6/8/12

Long time Caroline County Bird Club member, Oliver Smith died

Obituary in June 8, 2012 Star Democrat.  We'll miss you, Ollie!

OLIVER L.

Oliver L. Smith

Posted: Star Democrat Friday, June 8, 2012 1:00 am
DENTON Oliver L. "Ollie" Smith of Denton died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 88 years old.
Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., on January 21, 1924, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Oliver L. Smith Sr. and Eleanor Sterrett Smith. He was an Eagle Scout and had attended the Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., and then The Taft Preparatory School in Connecticut. After serving in the Navy as a Seabee at the end of WWII, he attended and graduated from Cornell University in 1950.
From 1952 until 1962, Mr. Smith was a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse. He and his family came to Denton in 1962 to purchase the Hallowell Ford Dealership which became Smith Ford. After a long and successful career, he retired in 2000. He was a member of the Caroline Bird Club, a past member of the Denton Lions Club, the Caroline Historical Society, the Bay Country Region Car Club, the DE T-Car Club, the Caroline County Forestry Board, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Chestnut Foundation. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and attended Thawley's Chapel in Tuckahoe Neck.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Smith of Denton; two daughters, Connie Young and her husband Stephen of Gilbertsville, Pa., and Joanne Shipley and her husband Mike of Ridgely; one son, Richard O. Smith of Ridgely; one brother, Patterson Smith of Montclair, N.J.; one sister, Marion Turner of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren, Julin, Jennifer, Kyle and Alexander; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and George. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St. in Denton. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Thawley's Chapel United Methodist Church on Thawley Road in Tuckahoe Neck near Denton. The interment on Tuesday will be in the Denton Cemetery, 24865 Meeting House Road in West Denton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests for friends to send memorial donations to Thawley's Chapel UMC, c/o Pastor Joseph Smith, Ridgely UMC, P.O. Box 424, Ridgely, MD 21660. For online condolences, please go to moorefuneralhomepa.com.

5/24/12

Important Bird Area Idlylwild Management Area great for birding

A great place to bird in Caroline County!  Fields, scrub, pines, hardwoods, wooded ponds.  Spray yourself well for ticks.  No bathroom facilities there.

For more information about Idylwild, go to:
http://iba.audubon.org/iba/viewSiteProfile.do?siteId=3285&navSite=state

For directions to and maps of Idylwild Wildlife Management Area go to: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Publiclands/eastern/idylwild.asp

Birds seen and/or heard there today:

1.       Chipping sparrow
2.       Field sparrow
3.       Blue-gray gnatcatcher
4.       Eastern Wood-Peewee
5.       Acadian flycatcher
6.       Great crested flycatcher
7.       Brown thrasher
8.       White-eyed vireo
9.       Red-eyed vireo
10.   Worm eating warbler
11.   Pine warbler
12.   Prairie warbler
13.   Yellow –breasted chat
14.   Prothonotary warbler
15.   Cow bird
16.   Cardinal
17.   Blue grosbeak
18.   Indigo bunting
19.   Carolina chickadee
20.   Tufted titmouse
21.   American crow
22.   Canada geese
23.   Red shouldered hawk
24.   Red-winged blackbird
25.   American goldfinch
26.   Downy woodpecker
27.   Red-bellied woodpecker
28.   Pileated woodpecker
29.   Black vulture
30.   Turkey vulture
31.   Summer tanager
32.   Yellow-billed cuckoo
33.   Cedar waxwing
34.   Oven bird

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5/21/12

Totals for 2012 Caroline County, MD May Bird Count


Thanks to everyone who helped with the count!

Canada Goose
225
Wood Duck
26
Mallard
56
Wild Turkey
34
Northern Bobwhite
7
Double-crested Cormorant
15
American Bittern
1
Great Blue Heron
61
Great Egret
3
Snowy Egret
3
Cattle Egret
4
Green Heron
13
Glossy Ibis
2
Black Vulture
34
Turkey Vulture
281
Osprey
47
Bald Eagle
21
Cooper’s Hawk
3
Red-shouldered Hawk
9
Red-tailed Hawk
24
American Kestrel
3
Virginia Rail
1
Semipalmated Plover
2
Killdeer
36
Spotted Sandpiper
20
Greater Yellowlegs
44
Lesser Yellowlegs
16
Wilson’s Snipe
5
American Woodcock
2
Laughing Gull
141
Ring-billed Gull
300
Herring Gull
3
Least Tern
2
Common Tern
3
Forster’s Tern
5
Rock Pigeon
49
Mourning Dove
116
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
6
Eastern Screech Owl
3
Great Horned Owl
6
Barred Owl
14
Chuck-will's-widow
1
Whip-poor-will
3
Chimney Swift
292
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
18
Belted Kingfisher
3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
56
Downy Woodpecker
30
Hairy Woodpecker
6
Northern Flicker
13
Pileated Woodpecker
25
Eastern Wood-Pewee
64
Acadian Flycatcher
27
Eastern Phoebe
25
Great-crested Flycatcher
127
Eastern Kingbird
26
White-eyed Vireo
16
Yellow-throated Vireo
4
Red-eyed Vireo
59
Blue Jay
62
American Crow
161
Fish Crow
26
Horned Lark
72
Purple Martin
134
Tree Swallow
111
N. Rough-winged Swallow
33
Barn Swallow
187
Carolina Chickadee
73
Tufted Titmouse
74
White-breasted Nuthatch
9
Carolina Wren
72
House Wren
9
Marsh Wren
2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9
Eastern Bluebird
140
Veery
2
Swainson's Thrush
1
Hermit Thrush
5
Wood Thrush
29
American Robin
452
Gray Catbird
103
Northern Mockingbird
105
Brown Thrasher
36
European Starling
553
Cedar Waxwing
80
Northern Parula
12
Yellow Warbler
7
Magnolia Warbler
2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
9
Yellow-rumped Warbler
14
Black-throated Green Warbler
1
Pine Warbler
8
Prairie Warbler
18
Palm Warbler
3
Blackpoll Warbler
8
Black-and-white Warbler
15
American Redstart
14
Prothonotary Warbler
14
Worm-eating Warbler
3
Ovenbird
45
Louisiana Waterthrush
1
Kentucky Warbler
6
Common Yellowthroat
45
Yellow-breasted Chat
19
Summer Tanager
8
Scarlet Tanager
10
Eastern Towhee
17
Chipping Sparrow
97
Field Sparrow
26
Vesper Sparrow
3
Grasshopper Sparrow
20
Song Sparrow
19
Northern Cardinal
129
Blue Grosbeak
54
Indigo Bunting
112
Bobolink
45
Red-winged Blackbird
463
Eastern Meadowlark
6
Common Grackle
446
Brown-headed Cowbird
73
Orchard Oriole
53
Baltimore Oriole
16
House Finch
54
American Goldfinch
54
House Sparrow
120
Total Individuals
7050
Species Total
125

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