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Checklist S10347421

 
Location
Cremen Road, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:20 AM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
1
Duration:
5 minute(s)
Observers:
Bill Hubick
Species
8 species total
2
1
1
1
4
1
1
1

* Obvious migrant photographed in the road pre-dawn. Rare find for precise location. Post to MDOsprey: I was excited to land a very unexpected yard bird well before dawn this morning. I pulled out of my driveway, got about two houses away, and stopped because a robin in my headlights kind of looked like a meadowlark. With binoculars I found that it looked like a meadowlark because it was a meadowlark. Years of training prepared me for the critical next 30 seconds:

- Quickly grab camera that I have with me for no good reason on the way to work.
- Quickly set ISO to 3200, set aperture as low as it goes, and burst shoot about 10 frames through the windshield by headlights.
- Quickly put car into reverse and back up 2 houses, diagonally into my
driveway, where I can still see the bird in the road. (I run a clean
yard list. This is very serious stuff.)
- Slowly approach the bird and take a couple more photos.
- Step out of the car with a towel to pick it up if injured. A wildlife
rehabilitator is four houses away, so this is not the worst place to
wipe out.
- Bird flies away safely. My work here is done.

This is not a yard bird I really expected, especially on the ground. At this exact time and location (two blocks from Fort Smallwood in AA Co.), it could hardly be a more obvious migrant.


 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes