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Kite Delight

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Two unexpected visitors to Washington County were reported on August 11. A Swallow-tailed Kite as well as a Mississippi Kite were spotted near the fish hatchery on Rt. 66. The STKI is a first record for the county and stayed in the area until at least August 26. People from near and far came to admire its beauty and aerial agility. The Swallow-tailed Kite is a medium sized raptor with striking


black and white plumage, a long forked tail, and a 48” wingspan. It captures fl...

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WCBC Member Honored for Conservation Work

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WCBC Member Honored for Conservation Work

Doug Hutzell has been selected a Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream magazine for 2013. He was nominated for his vision and tireless work to create a self-sustaining wild trout fishery along Beaver Creek in eastern Washington County. It has taken the formation of a watershed group, thousands of volunteer hours, major stream restoration projects, the cooperation of public agencies and private groups, and years of monitoring to achieve thi...

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Tips for Managing Observations of Rare Birds

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Tips for Managing Observations of Rare Birds


Observing rare birds is an exciting and important activity for many birdwatchers; however, managing access to the site for others to see can be challenging. The following tips may assist discoverers of rare birds to optimize observation opportunities for others while maintaining good will with landowners and fellow birdwatchers.

Is the bird on public property?

This is the easiest situation to manage and the sighting...

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Field Trip change!

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Shirley has changed the April 9 field trip to April 23. Please see calendar for number to call for starting time and place.

Loggerhead Shrike continues

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (0)

As luck would have it, the Loggerhead Shrike was seen today, but not by me, at about 1:30 today behind 12608 Sedgwick Way.  This location is the same as where the shrike (or a shrike) was seen last August, behind the Walmart shopping center in Hagerstown.

Monthly meeting

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM Comments comments (0)


About 15 people attended the monthly meeting of the WCBC with speaker Dennis Coskren who gave us an interesting study on the geology of Maryland and it's effects on the birdlife of Maryland.  He also showed us a few pictures from a recent trip to Cuba.  I believe all who attended enjoyed the program and had a good time.

Results of the Washington County CBC

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Washington County [MDWC]

Maryland Region

39.5667 degrees North x -77.7333 degrees West

Christmas Bird Count

Count Year: 110


Species Number 




Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis) 763 

American Black Duck

(Anas rubripes) 17


(Anas platyrhynchos) 388

Green-winged Teal

(Anas c...

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Recent Sighting Big Pool

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)

From MD Osprey


Joe Hanfman

Columbia, MD


Location: Fort Frederick SP---Big Pool

Observation date: 1/18/10

Number of species: 35

Canada Goose 75

Tundra Swan 1

American Wigeon 1

American Black Duck 48

Mallard 36

Northern Pintail 3

Canvasback 1

Redhead 2

Ring-necked Duck 2

Bufflehead 7

Hooded Merganser 1

Common Merganser 30

Ruddy Duck 1


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Northern Shrike NOT

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm updating tis news, from several others who have gone to see the bird.  I haven't ahd a chance to see it but those who have are saying it is a LOGGERHEAD Shrike not a Northern.  Still a great find.


From MD OSPREY......


This from Brad Lanning...Via Hans Holbrook


Happy New Year, lots of exciting birds for 2010. We managed to find a Northern Shrike yesterday morning along Rt.40 past the West End Shopping Center, driving west t...

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Golden Eagles

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a quick note, the first Golden Eagles of the season were seen yesterday at the Washington Monument Hawkwatch.  Seen were two eagles.


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