Date: 3/29/18 6:49 pm From: 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] Migration in the burbs
Definite signs of birds moving into the region on the warm air from the south today. I stopped by Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds in suburban Silver Spring this morning, which doesn’t have much attractive habitat, but offers views of the sky. A steady northward stream of robins was accompanied first by two Great Egrets, and then by an Osprey and an American Kestrel. A Bald Eagle made a low pass, moving off toward Sligo Creek. As I watched the eagle disappear over the rooftops, another small falcon streaked over. I assumed it was the kestrel making another pass, but the single photo I obtained shows flanks heavily streaked with dark brown and dark brown upperwings - a female Merlin, perhaps the same bird that’s been seen on and off at Wheaton Regional Park the last couple winters.
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