Date: 8/28/17 7:33 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017
I conducted a census at Swan Creek on Friday 8/25 and co-led a field trip there with Stan Arnold on 8/26. The species in the dredge cells were similar between both days, but there was a notably higher variety of transient passerines on the Friday census. Some highlights:

DMCF (dredge cells)
Influx of Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal
Stilt Sandpiper 16
Baird's Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only)
White-rumped Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only)
Short-billed Dowitcher 6
Wilson's Phalarope (1 on 8/25, 2 on 8/26)
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Black Tern 1
Royal Tern 1 (8/26 only)
No Killdeer on 8/25!

Trailers/parking area
Cliff Swallow 1 (8/25 only)

Pied-billed Grebe 1
Tricolored Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Virginia Rail 3 (8/25 only)
Traill's Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Least Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Marsh Wren 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3 (8/25 only)
Prairie Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Canada Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 (8/25 only)

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/26 only)
Royal Tern 2 (8/25 only)

Personally the most notable birds (for me) were the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and the Baird's Sandpiper. The heron was a county bird; thank you to Brian Rollfinke for spotting it. The sandpiper was also special just because of how cooperative it was.

8/25 list:

8/26 list:

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

*** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. ***

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