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Out and about in Maryland. Last updated: 10/2/2006

Above and below three: An immature Sabine's Gull at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River, Harford/Cecil Counties, Maryland (10/1/2006). This species is very rarely seen inland, and this seems to be just the eighth time it's been reported in the state. There are currently only two accepted records for the state, with another (Seneca/Violette's Lock, 9/26/2005) in circulation. (Ref: Abridged MD/DCRC Database)

Below: An American Golden-Plover in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/1/2006).

Below: A Philadelphia Vireo in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below two: A young Spadefoot Toad in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A young Tundra Peregrine Falcon (F. p. tundrius) in Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/1/2006). "Juvenile tundrius has a pale eyebrow and larger pale area on side of face; underparts more finely streaked." (N.G. Field Guide to the Birds of N.A.)

Below: An Eastern Ribbon Snake in lower Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006). Note the snake's narrow head and especially the white area in front of the eye. Ribbon Snakes also have thinner bodies, longer tails (1/3 vice 1/4 or less of body length), and a slightly different stripe pattern.

Below: An immature Chestnut-sided Warbler in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: Small Saltmarsh Aster (Aster subulatus) in lower Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A Salt Marsh Skipper on Small Saltmarsh Aster in lower Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A rare sight on the Eastern Shore - a migrant Broad-winged Hawk. This bird was one of five we observed in lower Dorchester Co., Maryland on 9/30/2006.

Below: A Fine-lined Emerald in western Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/1/2006).

Below: Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) in western Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/1/2006). This plant contains no chlorophyll, so it draws energy only from nutrients in the soil.

Below: A Gray-cheeked Thrush in Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/1/2006). A tough bird to photograph in the state.

Below: A distant shot of a Greater White-fronted Goose in Kent Co., Maryland (10/1/2006).

Below: A Silver-sided Skipper caterpillar in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A distant shot of a Bay-breasted Warbler in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A beautiful Rough Green Snake in lower Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/30/2006).

Below: A Cape May Warbler in the drizzling rain in Harford Co., Maryland (10/1/2006).

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Comments:  Many thanks to everyone I ran into this weekend for the great company!


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