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Mid-May in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. Last updated: 5/16/2012.

Above: A Blue Jay takes advantage of a flying ant emergence (Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, 5/16/2012).

Below: A Sleepy Orange at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/15/2012). This species is uncommon throughout the state and was an exciting find at the park. It is my first record for Anne Arundel Co. and my earliest in the state by about two weeks.

Below: A Least Tern fishing over the pond at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/17/2012).

Below: A Great Crested Flycatcher on territory at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/15/2012).

Below: Listen to audio - Great Crested Flycatcher

Below: European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) on False Indigo Bush at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/15/2012).

Below: Agapostemon virescens on False Indigo Bush at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/14/2012).
Thanks to Sam Droege for bee ID assistance.

Below: False Indigo Bush, or Leadplant, at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/5/2012 and 5/14/2012).

Below: An Eastern Box Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2012).

Below: A pair of Killdeer hand off nest-tending responsibilities at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/14/2012).

Below: A Northern Carpenter Bee on False Indigo Bush at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/15/2012).

Below: An Eastern Kingbird building a nest at Fort Smallwood, Maryland

Below: An Eyed Elator, a large click beetle, at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/13/2012).

Below: A Patent Leather Beetle at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/13/2012). While encouraging the beetle to finish crossing the road, I noticed its tiny vocalizations and promptly began recording them. Perhaps the new nerdiest thing I have ever done!

Below: Listen to audio - Patent Leather Beetle protesting harassment

Below: An immature male Orchard Oriole in flight at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/12/2012).

Below: A male Northern Parula that was rehabilitated after bouncing off a Severna Park business (5/9/2012).

Below: A Tufted Titmouse with food for young at Weingberg Park, Maryland (5/16/2012).

Below: A Zabulon Skipper at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/14/2012).

Below: A Tufted Titmouse bringing food to young in a bluebird box at Kinder Farm Park, Maryland (5/16/2012).

Below: Listen to audio - Tufted Titmouse Nestlings

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