Walt Childs and I headed up route 340 towards Elkton to see if there might be any migrating plovers/sandpipers feeding on the sod farm just south of the Merck plant. All we saw there were a few Killdeers. We made a stop at the pond a little farther to the north where we saw a few Wood Ducks and other birds. There was quite a bit of avian activity in the trees on the other side of the highway, but we were looking into the sun and there was too much highway traffic to spend a lot of time there.
Eastern Painted Turtles
We then went back to the road along the river south of the Merck plant, and stopped when we heard lots of birds in a couple of the trees. There were Catbirds, Cardinals, Yellow Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and Warbling Vireos. One of the Indigo Buntings had some unusual throat markings, but I think that it was a result of molting.
I was watching a Carolina Wren across the road when a large (female?), juvenile, Cooper's Hawk made a close fly-by.
We ended the trip with about 25 species.