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From Maryland to the Midwest and back again. Last updated: 9/7/2009.

Above and below: Surf Scoters loafing just off Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co., Maryland (9/7/2009).

Below: A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/23/2009). Found by Jan Reese just north of Sudlersville, Maryland on 8/22/2009. The flight photo clearly shows the extent of primary molt. The bird also lost its single tail streamer over the next couple days.

Below: A Red-eyed Vireo protests our presence in Martinak SP, Maryland (9/7/2009).

Below: A Gray Treefrog suns in the early morning light - northern Illinois (9/4/2009).

Below: Sanderlings forage along the south shore of Lake Michigan, Marquette Park, Indiana (9/4/2009). All but one individual shown is a juvenile born this summer. It's easy to pick out the one adult molting into basic plumage.

Below: A White-breasted Nuthatch in central Indiana (8/29/2009).

Below: A migrant Veery in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (9/7/2009).

Below: A Ruddy Duck at sunset in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: A Brown Thrasher at Bayside on Assateague Island, Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: What the heck is that thing? A juvenile Eastern Towhee on Assateague Island, Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: A migrant Prairie Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: A Yellow Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: A Black Tern in the late afternoon light at Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: Pectoral Sandpipers in flight - Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/23/2009).

Below: A juvenile Ring-billed Gull resting along the south shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana (9/2/2009).

Below: A juvenile Herring Gull plays in the surf of Lake Michigan - Marquette Park, Indiana (9/2/2009).

Below: A Thirteen-lined Ground-Squirrel - my long overdue first sighting - in Benton Co., Indiana (8/30/2009).

Below: Goldenrod at sunset at Volo Bog, Illinois (9/4/2009).

Below: One of several Sandhill Cranes that flew over, calling, at Volo Bog, Illinois (9/4/2009).

Below: One of the finest bogs I've visited, Volo Bog in northern Illinois (9/4/2009).

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