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October in Maryland, including the Assateague Island Big Sit. Last updated: 10/11/2010.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/17/2010). A great find by Patty Craig. Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blackpoll Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: A Blackpoll Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10).

A Blackpoll Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blackpoll Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blackpoll Warbler on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Caspian Tern flies over the Big Sit at Bayside, Assateague Island (10/10/10).

A Caspian Tern flies over the Big Sit at Bayside, Assateague Island (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A female Black-throated Blue feeding on Devil's Walking-Stick berries in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10).

A female Black-throated Blue feeding on Devil's Walking-Stick berries in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A female Black-throated Blue feeding on Devil's Walking-Stick berries in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of several especially confiding Blackpoll Warblers lingering at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (11/16/2010).

One of several especially confiding Blackpoll Warblers lingering at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (11/16/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Little Yellow on Assateague Island, Worcester Co., Maryland (10/10/10).

A Little Yellow on Assateague Island, Worcester Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Northern Parula in the morning flight on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10).

A Northern Parula in the morning flight on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Peregrine Falcon soars over Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10).

A Peregrine Falcon soars over Assateague Island, Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Gray-cheeked Thrush, probably C. M. minimus, exhibiting plumage on the extreme end for warm, rufous coloration for Gray-cheeked Thrush - Point Lookout SP, Maryland (10/2/2010). This individual demonstrates the need for extreme care in identifying Bicknell's Thrush, especially via plumage details. Differences in voice, although subtle as well, are more reliable. Details that support the ID as Gray-cheeked include the following: Primary projection beyond tertials is greater than the extension of tertials beyond coverts (ratio should be opposite in Bicknell's); subtleties in structure (should be shorter-winged, rounder-headed); apparent ashy cast to the back. Michael O'Brien noted that the primary spacing seems to be in the intermediate zone between Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's and that the warm tones in the tail seem outside the range of our (alicae) Gray-cheekeds. Many thanks to Paul and Michael O'Brien for weighing in on this bird.

A Gray-cheeked Thrush, probably <em>C. M. minimus</em>, exhibiting plumage on the extreme end for warm, rufous coloration for Gray-cheeked Thrush - Point Lookout SP, Maryland (10/2/2010). This individual demonstrates the need for extreme care in identifying Bicknell's Thrush, especially via plumage details.  Differences in voice, although subtle as well, are more reliable.  Details that support the ID as Gray-cheeked include the following: Primary projection beyond tertials is greater than the extension of tertials beyond coverts (ratio should be opposite in Bicknell's); subtleties in structure (should be shorter-winged, rounder-headed); apparent ashy cast to the back. Michael O'Brien noted that the primary spacing seems to be in the intermediate zone between Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's and that the warm tones in the tail seem outside the range of our (<em>alicae</em>) Gray-cheekeds. Many thanks to Paul and Michael O'Brien for weighing in on this bird. Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Gray-cheeked Thrush, probably <em>C. M. minimus</em>, exhibiting plumage on the extreme end for warm, rufous coloration for Gray-cheeked Thrush - Point Lookout SP, Maryland (10/2/2010). This individual demonstrates the need for extreme care in identifying Bicknell's Thrush, especially via plumage details.  Differences in voice, although subtle as well, are more reliable.  Details that support the ID as Gray-cheeked include the following: Primary projection beyond tertials is greater than the extension of tertials beyond coverts (ratio should be opposite in Bicknell's); subtleties in structure (should be shorter-winged, rounder-headed); apparent ashy cast to the back. Michael O'Brien noted that the primary spacing seems to be in the intermediate zone between Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's and that the warm tones in the tail seem outside the range of our (<em>alicae</em>) Gray-cheekeds. Many thanks to Paul and Michael O'Brien for weighing in on this bird. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of four lingering Blue Grosbeaks in a field in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10).

One of four lingering Blue Grosbeaks in a field in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Two Eastern Commas were among over 50 anglewings at one site in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10).

Two Eastern Commas were among over 50 anglewings at one site in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Fiery Skipper in our yard in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/2/2010).

A Fiery Skipper in our yard in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/2/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Carolina Chickadee in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10).

A Carolina Chickadee in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Carolina Chickadee in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A lesson in thoroughness. Is there any food at the end of this tiny twig?  Maybe...

A lesson in thoroughness. Is there any food at the end of this tiny twig?  Maybe... Photo by Bill Hubick.

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