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Swallow-tailed Kite in Maryland. Last updated: 4/24/2011.

A Swallow-tailed Kite on Kent Island, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/24/2011). Found by Mark Schilling, this species is a very rare visitor to Maryland. For anyone new to this species, here's a link to its range map from a Cornell page: <a href='http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/elan_forf_AllAm_map.gif' class='text' target='_blank'>Range map</a>. Awesome find, Mark, and a new Maryland species for me. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: A Swallow-tailed Kite on Kent Island, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/24/2011). Found by Mark Schilling, this species is a very rare visitor to Maryland. For anyone new to this species, here's a link to its range map from a Cornell page: Range map. Awesome find, Mark, and a new Maryland species for me.

A Swallow-tailed Kite on Kent Island, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/24/2011). Found by Mark Schilling, this species is a very rare visitor to Maryland. For anyone new to this species, here's a link to its range map from a Cornell page: <a href='http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/elan_forf_AllAm_map.gif' class='text' target='_blank'>Range map</a>. Awesome find, Mark, and a new Maryland species for me. Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Swallow-tailed Kite on Kent Island, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/24/2011). Found by Mark Schilling, this species is a very rare visitor to Maryland. For anyone new to this species, here's a link to its range map from a Cornell page: <a href='http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/elan_forf_AllAm_map.gif' class='text' target='_blank'>Range map</a>. Awesome find, Mark, and a new Maryland species for me. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Ten (!) Black-necked Stilts at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/16/2011).

Ten (!) Black-necked Stilts at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Ten (!) Black-necked Stilts at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Short-billed Dowitchers - among the first of the year in Maryland - at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/16/2011).

Short-billed Dowitchers - among the first of the year in Maryland - at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A migrant Common Loon over Truitt's Landing, Maryland (4/16/2011).

A migrant Common Loon over Truitt's Landing, Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Cattle Egret near Whitehaven Ferry in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/16/2011).

A Cattle Egret near Whitehaven Ferry in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A newly returned Prairie Warbler in the Nassawango area of Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/16/2011).

A newly returned Prairie Warbler in the Nassawango area of Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/16/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An immature male Blue Grosbeak at Calvert Cliffs SP, Maryland - my first of the year (4/23/2011).

An immature male Blue Grosbeak at Calvert Cliffs SP, Maryland - my first of the year (4/23/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An American Bittern in flight - Frederick Co., Maryland (4/17/2011).

An American Bittern in flight - Frederick Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Rusty Blackbird quietly sings in the treetops in the late afternoon at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (4/21/2011).

A Rusty Blackbird quietly sings in the treetops in the late afternoon at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (4/21/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Spring Beauty blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011).

Spring Beauty blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Red-winged Blackbird defends prime real estate in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/17/2011).

A Red-winged Blackbird defends prime real estate in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An adult Red-shouldered Hawk prepares to ferociously defend its territory in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011).

An adult Red-shouldered Hawk prepares to ferociously defend its territory in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult Red-shouldered Hawk prepares to ferociously defend its territory in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult Red-shouldered Hawk prepares to ferociously defend its territory in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Red-shouldered Hawk drives off an intruding Red-tailed Hawk - Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011).

A Red-shouldered Hawk drives off an intruding Red-tailed Hawk - Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Red-shouldered Hawk drives off an intruding Red-tailed Hawk - Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Red-shouldered Hawk drives off an intruding Red-tailed Hawk - Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Yellow-throated Vireo in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/23/2011).

A Yellow-throated Vireo in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/23/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Ring-neck Snake in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/23/2011).

A Ring-neck Snake in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/23/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

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