Gray Catbird

I’ve just discovered a new-to-me wildlife drive that winds through a 3,300-acre private farm called Chesapeake Farms in the Rock Hall area.  Since 1997 through the Conservation Fund and American Farmland Trust, this farm has been devoted to the development, evaluation, and demonstration of advanced agricultural practices and wildlife management techniques.

It is only four miles from our home and opened daily from April 10 to October 10, dawn to dusk.  You are not allowed to get out of your car for any photos or hiking.  The wildlife and property is to be respected.

Few days ago when my birding itch had begun and an e-bird daily email mentioned this place by a birder, I first went a late afternoon to check it out, see if it was for me.

Oh my gosh, I just had to return the next morning!  I will be sharing lots of photos from this wildlife habitat farm with its fields, ponds, and marshes.

My first photos taken were soon after I had stopped to take one of their ‘driving tour’ maps made available in a weather-proof box.

As I was looking at the map, a Gray Catbird flew out of its hiding to a branch in the thicket outside my car window to greet me.  How delightful!

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Gray Catbird

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Gray Catbird

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And then I was asked to move on….

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Gray Catbird stare-down

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I took the hint and continued slowly on down the wildlife drive for many more surprises!  😉

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