Yesterday after work I went out in search of the Eurasian Wigeon that was
reported on Cold Bottom Rd.
I drove all the way on Cold Bottom, and near the intersection of Cold Bottom
and Yeoho, there was a farm with two ponds. Is this the spot where the
Wigeon was seen? If so, how does/did one see it?
There was no place to pull over and stop, nor was I going to boldly drive
into the driveway. I didn't want to stop in the road and pull out my scope,
so i kept going up Yeoho, thinking there might be a place to pull over and
stop there. There wasn't.
So I kept going until I got to Prettyboy Dam. I got out three different
times to look at the reservoir, which is still partially frozen. All I saw
was a few Mallards, some Canada Geese, a handfull of Common Nergs
(beautiful!), and a couple of Turkey Vultures.
On my way back Cold Bottom Rd., I did see a solitary American Kestrel. This
was the first Kestrel I've seen in Maryland that I didn't have to drive for
hours to see! I then hit the NCR trail in Sparks, and there wasn't much. I
did get to watch several Eastern Bluebirds playing with me. One had nesting
matter that it was carrying to somewhere. There were also some Titmice and
White-throats as well.
Next, it was on to Phoenix Rd., where I discovered a great spot to bird over
the trees. Here, I had Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, and a Northern
Mockingbird. On to the pond, which was also partially frozen and birdless.
I did have a Red-bellied Woodpecker on the bike path.
After this, I decided to go home, as it was well after 5:30, and I was
hungry. I had about 25 species on the day, nothing new for the year though.
>Subject: [MDOSPREY] Loch Raven Res. and Balto Co.
>Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 12:30:51 -0500
>On route to the farm pond on Cold Bottom Rd., I saw a pair of Eastern
>Phoebe on Yeoho Rd but no Wigeon of any kind on the farm pond.
>Timonium, MD - Balto. Co.
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