Lake Roland 5.11.18

After a sleepless night I decided to go to Lake Roland near the Baltimore City / County line to do some birding. Arriving at 7:15am there was still some hazy fog in the air creating sunbeams through the trees. I was mainly looking for warblers though most of the warblers were hiding from me. I was able to get a couple pictures that I like.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

The above picture is of a Common Yellowthroat female. The Common Yellowthroat is a fairly common warbler in the Maryland area. They are also probably the least shy of all warbler species often stopping to pose for a picture. The males are known to hang on a reed or stick and sing their little hearts out.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

This very noisy, male woodpecker is called a Red-bellied Woodpecker. It is a very common woodpecker in Maryland. This woodpecker stationed itself at this hole in the tree and was rattling off various calls. There were no babies visible in the hole so I assume he was advertising his nesting hole to nearby females. Sometimes confused with a Red-headed Woodpecker which has an all red head and no stripes on it’s back, the Red-bellied Woodpecker actually does have a red belly.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

And last we have my favorite picture from the day. This Blue-gray Gnatcatcher only stood still for a split second before bouncing to another stick on the lookout for bugs. Gnatcatchers are a ton of fun to watch as they flutter off their perch and grab insects mid-air. They are also very vocal and fairly abundant at this time of year in Maryland.

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