Ducks ahoy!

Birders are always on the lookout for unfamiliar avian visitors, and this past weekend was no exception. The weather was great for two-legged and winged creatures alike to be out and about. And though no excuse was needed, really, the Great Backyard Bird Count has been under way.

Veteran birder Kurt Schwarz spied some "neat ducks" that he says don't usually show up in Howard County. The pair of Redheads and a Greater Scaup pictured here that he photographed were in among some Canada geese on a pond by Clarksville Middle School - proof you don't have to go to a wildlife refuge to spot some interesting wildlife.

For those who want to know more about birds in these parts, check out the Maryland Ornithological Society.  There's even a web site designed for young birders here.

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