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Above and below: A hen Barrow's Goldeneye on the Choptank River at Cambridge, Maryland (1/10/2009). This is the fourth record for Maryland (one of which was a specimen), the first female of the species recorded in Maryland (aside from the specimen), and the first record for the species on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The bird was found by Mikey Lutmerding and then relocated and further documented by Jim Stasz et al.

Below: A comparison of females of the two species. I didn't quite get an ideal double profile, but the difference is still striking.

Below two: As Stasz pointed out, the shape of the nail is a useful field mark for confirming Barrow's Goldeneye.

Below: Here is a distant Common Goldeneye showing nail taken for comparison (Cambridge, Maryland, 1/10/2009).

Below two: A couple more of this incredible bird. I still can hardly believe it.

Below six: The continuing drake Tufted Duck on the Choptank River at Cambridge, Maryland (1/10/2009).

Below: A drake Long-tailed Duck on the Choptank River at Cambridge, Maryland (1/10/2009).

Below: A drake Mallard on the Choptank River, Maryland (1/10/2009).

Below two: A hen Bufflehead at Point Lookout State Park, St. Mary's Co., Maryland (1/1/2009).

Below: A Kumlein's (Iceland) Gull at the Salisbury Landfill, Wicomico Co., Maryland (1/5/2009).

Below: A Barred Owl perches atop a telephone pole at sunset in Prince George's Co., Maryland (1/1/2009).

Below: A male Downy Woodpecker in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/5/2009).

Below: A male Hairy Woodpecker in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/5/2009).

Below two: House Sparrows in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/5/2009).

Below: An American Goldfinch in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/5/2009).

Below: A red morph Eastern Screech-Owl in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/3/2009). Thanks to Jim Brighton for lighting assistance!

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