Elkton, VA 8/21/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

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.


Wood Duck


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


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.


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Catbird


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler

I was watching a Carolina Wren across the road when a large (female?), juvenile, Cooper's Hawk made a close fly-by.


Carolina Wren


Cooper's Hawk


Cooper's Hawk


Cooper's Hawk


Cooper's Hawk

We ended the trip with about 25 species.



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