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Early September in Maryland. Last updated: 9/19/2011.

This cooperative Buff-breasted Sandpiper stole the show during an MBC field trip to Assateague Island and vicinity - Murray Sod Farm, Worcester Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).  Photo by Bill Hubick.

This cooperative Buff-breasted Sandpiper stole the show during an MBC field trip to Assateague Island and vicinity - Murray Sod Farm, Worcester Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).  Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: This cooperative Buff-breasted Sandpiper stole the show during an MBC field trip to Assateague Island and vicinity - Murray Sod Farm, Worcester Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).

This cooperative Buff-breasted Sandpiper stole the show during an MBC field trip to Assateague Island and vicinity - Murray Sod Farm, Worcester Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).  Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of three Buff-breasted Sandpipers at a Wicomico Co., Maryland sod field (9/10/2011). Found by Ron Gutberlet.

One of three Buff-breasted Sandpipers at a Wicomico Co., Maryland sod field (9/10/2011). Found by Ron Gutberlet. Photo by Bill Hubick.

One of three Buff-breasted Sandpipers at a Wicomico Co., Maryland sod field (9/10/2011). Found by Ron Gutberlet. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A reminder to scan all flocks! Two county rarities make this flock of starlings a lot more interesting. The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper is a fourth county record for Charles. The Ruddy Turnstone is also one of few records here. Spotted by my friends Ron Gutberlet and John Hubbell while we scanned a plowed field. Click for larger version.

A reminder to scan all flocks! Two county rarities make this flock of starlings a lot more interesting. The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper is a fourth county record for Charles. The Ruddy Turnstone is also one of few records here. Spotted by my friends Ron Gutberlet and John Hubbell while we scanned a plowed field. Click for larger version. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Familiar Bluet, abundant locally in late summer, in Harford Co., Maryland (8/31/2011).

A Familiar Bluet, abundant locally in late summer, in Harford Co., Maryland (8/31/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A White-rumped Sandpiper at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011).

A White-rumped Sandpiper at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The first juvenile Western Sandpiper of the fall in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). At this date, our adult Westerns are already well on their way to basic plumage.

The first juvenile Western Sandpiper of the fall in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). At this date, our adult Westerns are already well on their way to basic plumage. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A juvenile Ruddy Turnstone at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011).

A juvenile Ruddy Turnstone at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A juvenile Osprey (right) hangs with its parent (left) at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Both will soon depart for points south. Osprey migration is already well underway, and numbers will drop off significantly by the end of the month.

A juvenile Osprey (right) hangs with its parent (left) at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Both will soon depart for points south. Osprey migration is already well underway, and numbers will drop off significantly by the end of the month. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle in Charles Co., Maryland (9/3/2011).

A Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle in Charles Co., Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An immature Double-crested Cormorant in flight at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011).

An immature Double-crested Cormorant in flight at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An immature Double-crested Cormorant in flight at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Adult Double-crested Cormorants in flight at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011).

Adult Double-crested Cormorants in flight at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Double-crested Cormorants roosting on pound nets off Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011).

Double-crested Cormorants roosting on pound nets off Point Lookout SP, Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: My first photo of Russet-tipped Clubtail - Harford Co., Maryland (8/31/2011).

My first photo of Russet-tipped Clubtail - Harford Co., Maryland (8/31/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Caspian Tern in flight at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011).

A Caspian Tern in flight at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Caspian Terns roosting with Laughing Gulls at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011).

Caspian Terns roosting with Laughing Gulls at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Northern Water Snake drags an American Eel to drier land to prevent his unagi feast from escaping.

A Northern Water Snake drags an American Eel to drier land to prevent his unagi feast from escaping. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Some of the 23 migrant Black Terns that were feeding in Hurlock, Maryland at dusk on 9/10/2011. After foraging for a while, they kettled up and departed to the southeast.

Some of the 23 migrant Black Terns that were feeding in Hurlock, Maryland at dusk on 9/10/2011. After foraging for a while, they kettled up and departed to the southeast. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Some of the 23 migrant Black Terns that were feeding in Hurlock, Maryland at dusk on 9/10/2011. After foraging for a while, they kettled up and departed to the southeast. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Some of the 23 migrant Black Terns that were feeding in Hurlock, Maryland at dusk on 9/10/2011. After foraging for a while, they kettled up and departed to the southeast. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Common Nighthawk in Hurlock, Maryland (9/10/2011). Scarce on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

A Common Nighthawk in Hurlock, Maryland (9/10/2011). Scarce on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A nice comparison of Indigo Bunting vs. Blue Grosbeak. The Indigo Bunting is flanked by Blue Grosbeaks at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (9/11/2011).

A nice comparison of Indigo Bunting vs. Blue Grosbeak. The Indigo Bunting is flanked by Blue Grosbeaks at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An immature Five-lined Skink near my home in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/11/2011).

An immature Five-lined Skink near my home in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Many of the Boat-tailed Grackles on Assateague Island are in heavy molt and missing tail feathers at this date (9/10/2011).

Many of the Boat-tailed Grackles on Assateague Island are in heavy molt and missing tail feathers at this date (9/10/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A hen Northern Pintail at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011).

A hen Northern Pintail at Swan Creek, Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The first Western Palm Warbler of the season - OK, now I believe that fall is on the way. (Swan Creek, Maryland, 9/11/2011).

The first Western Palm Warbler of the season - OK, now I believe that fall is on the way. (Swan Creek, Maryland, 9/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Stilt Sandpiper in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).

A Stilt Sandpiper in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/10/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Stilt Sandpiper (right) with White-rumped Sandpiper (left) in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/10/2011).

A Stilt Sandpiper (right) with White-rumped Sandpiper (left) in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/10/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Red-spotted Admiral in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/3/2011).

A Red-spotted Admiral in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Rough Green Snake, one of my personal favorite creatures, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/28/2011). The thin lines down the middle of each scale make them "keeled" scales. These separate it from the Smooth Green Snake, which is only found in western Maryland.

A Rough Green Snake, one of my personal favorite creatures, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/28/2011). The thin lines down the middle of each  scale make them "keeled" scales. These separate it from the Smooth Green Snake, which is only found in western Maryland.   Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Rough Green Snake, one of my personal favorite creatures, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/28/2011). The thin lines down the middle of each  scale make them "keeled" scales. These separate it from the Smooth Green Snake, which is only found in western Maryland.   Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Rough Green Snake, one of my personal favorite creatures, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/28/2011). The thin lines down the middle of each  scale make them "keeled" scales. These separate it from the Smooth Green Snake, which is only found in western Maryland.   Photo by Bill Hubick.

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