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Happy Halloween! Last updated: 10/31/2010.

Behold the fury of the mighty Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: Behold the fury of the mighty Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010).

Behold the fury of the mighty Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Behold the fury of the mighty Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Behold the fury of the mighty Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of many Golden-crowned Kinglets foraging at Bayside, Assateague Island (10/30/2010).

One of many Golden-crowned Kinglets foraging at Bayside, Assateague Island (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

One of many Golden-crowned Kinglets foraging at Bayside, Assateague Island (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Documentation photo of a vagrant Franklin's Gull at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/27/2010).

Documentation photo of a vagrant Franklin's Gull at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/27/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Although caution is a must at a distance, this photo illustrates the difference in impression between the Franklin's Gull (top-left) and a Laughing Gull (Sandy Point SP, 10/27/2010). Note the slightly smaller size, daintier shape, suggestion of the shorter bill (bill almost not visible), and the exact shape of the partial hood. For full effect, shake your monitor to simulate wind hitting your scope.

Although caution is a must at a distance, this photo illustrates the difference in impression between the Franklin's Gull (top-left) and a Laughing Gull (Sandy Point SP, 10/27/2010). Note the slightly smaller size, daintier shape, suggestion of the shorter bill (bill almost not visible), and the exact shape of the partial hood. For full effect, shake your monitor to simulate wind hitting your scope. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Say's Phoebe that visited Terrapin Nature Park, Queen Anne's Co. for several hours on 10/29/2010. This was only the third time this western U.S. species has been recorded in Maryland. Kudos to Jeff Culler and Joe Hanfman for the great find. Click the image for a larger version that shows some additional detail.

A Say's Phoebe that visited Terrapin Nature Park, Queen Anne's Co. for several hours on 10/29/2010. This was only the third time this western U.S. species has been recorded in Maryland. Kudos to Jeff Culler and Joe Hanfman for the great find. Click the image for a larger version that shows some additional detail. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Maryland's first Say's Phoebe, found by Dave Czaplak in Montgomery Co. on 9/2/2007. The second record was a one-day visit to Dan Small and Maren Gimpel's backyard on Chino Farms.

Below: A female Hairy Woodpecker forages at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010).

A female Hairy Woodpecker forages at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A female Hairy Woodpecker forages at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A female Hairy Woodpecker forages at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A lingering, especially confiding Blackpoll Warbler at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010).

A lingering, especially confiding Blackpoll Warbler at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A lingering, especially confiding Blackpoll Warbler at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A lingering, especially confiding Blackpoll Warbler at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pied-billed Grebe in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/26/2010).

A Pied-billed Grebe in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Nelson's Sparrow offers a typical view in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2010).

A Nelson's Sparrow offers a typical view in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Two shots of a Nelson's Sparrow in flight, about the best we can hope to see during a quick flight view.

Two shots of a Nelson's Sparrow in flight, about the best we can hope to see during a quick flight view. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Two shots of a Nelson's Sparrow in flight, about the best we can hope to see during a quick flight view. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Carolina Wren protests our presence on windy Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010).

A Carolina Wren protests our presence on windy Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Red-breasted Nuthatch on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010).

A Red-breasted Nuthatch on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Red-breasted Nuthatch on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Sharp-shinned Hawk fans its tail to look larger while it feeds on its prey (Assateague Island, 10/26/2010).
Can its prey be identified by the wing poking out beyond its tail?

A Sharp-shinned Hawk fans its tail to look larger while it feeds on its prey (Assateague Island, 10/26/2010). <br />Can its prey be identified by the wing poking out beyond its tail? Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of over 1,000 southbound migrant Myrtle Warblers on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010).

One of over 1,000 southbound migrant Myrtle Warblers on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: You never find more mockingbirds than when looking for kingbirds or shrikes (Assateague, 10/26/2010).

You never find more mockingbirds than when looking for kingbirds or shrikes (Assateague, 10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron roosting on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010).

A juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron roosting on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Rock Pigeons in flight. I've been enjoying slowly building my collection of in-flight shots for my Eastern Birds pages.

Rock Pigeons in flight. I've been enjoying slowly building my collection of in-flight shots for my Eastern Birds pages. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Rock Pigeons in flight. I've been enjoying slowly building my collection of in-flight shots for my Eastern Birds pages. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: More interesting - a Pine Siskin over Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/30/2010).

More interesting - a Pine Siskin over Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A meadowlark in the morning flight on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). The extent of white in the outer tail feathers (3.5 outer retrices) allow identification as Eastern.

A meadowlark in the morning flight on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). The extent of white in the outer tail feathers (3.5 outer retrices) allow identification as Eastern. Photo by Bill Hubick.

A meadowlark in the morning flight on Assateague Island, Maryland (10/30/2010). The extent of white in the outer tail feathers (3.5 outer retrices) allow identification as Eastern. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Swamp Sparrow in southern Worcester Co., Maryland (10/26/2010).

A Swamp Sparrow in southern Worcester Co., Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Winter Wren prowls the damp understory of a patch of woods, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/31/2010).

A Winter Wren prowls the damp understory of a patch of woods, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/31/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: For comparison, here is a Pacific Wren, which was just recently split as a new species from Winter Wren (Cannon Beach, Oregon, 9/3/2010).

For comparison, here is a Pacific Wren, which was just recently split as a new species from Winter Wren (Cannon Beach, Oregon, 9/3/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/31/2010). The new late date in eBird for Anne Arundel Co.

A late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/31/2010). The new late date in eBird for Anne Arundel Co. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A migrant Lincoln's Sparrow forages in the goldenrod at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/31/2010).

A migrant Lincoln's Sparrow forages in the goldenrod at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/31/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Salicornia, or Pickleweed, practically glowing in the late afternoon sun (Georges Island Landing, 10/26/2010).

<em>Salicornia</em>, or Pickleweed, practically glowing in the late afternoon sun (Georges Island Landing, 10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

<em>Salicornia</em>, or Pickleweed, practically glowing in the late afternoon sun (Georges Island Landing, 10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The sun sets over the salt marsh at Georges Island Landing, Maryland (10/26/2010).

The sun sets over the salt marsh at Georges Island Landing, Maryland (10/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A view that Ruddy Ducks and Northern Shovelers must love. Hurlock WWTP at dusk (10/30/2010).

A view that Ruddy Ducks and Northern Shovelers must love. Hurlock WWTP at dusk (10/30/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Photo by Bill Hubick.

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