This past Sunday, Sami Zabel observed a flock of ten Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at a lake in Charles County. Sami’s documented observation represents the first sighting of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck for Charles County!
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are very rare in Maryland. In the United States this species of whistling-duck is a southern species, that can be found year round in Florida and south Texas. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are known for their vagrancy. Most states east of the Mississippi River have Black-bellied Whistling-Duck records.
In Maryland, most Black-bellied Whistling-Duck records come from the Coastal Plain. They typically have been found in unremarkable (habitat wise) ponds, mostly in urban areas. Locations like Patterson Park in Baltimore City, and the pond at the Washington Center outside of Rockville, have all held Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. Now we can add Hampshire Lake in Waldorf to that list.
To see more photos of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, go to the Maryland Biodiversity Project: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=900
Photo of a group of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks by Jim Stasz: Baltimore City, MD 6/4/11
Hey it’s Tubs - what a top bloke. He took us to a spot to eat oysters of the rocks, the oysters were huge. The kids had lots of fun with a hammer and screwdriver collecting oysters for our dinner feast - oysters Kirkpatrick made by Jules just so delicious.
Las Ramblas, dá pra se perder lá por uma tarde inteira! ✌🏻
Passei quase 3 horas por essa região, tem uma vibe muuuito show, muitos restaurantes bacanas, sorveterias, vaaarios happy hours com promoções boas de bebidas, aquele lugar que você se sente bem sabe ?
Sem contar no La Boqueira Mercat, tipo um mercadão, muito bacana, com várias frutas, petiscos, jamons, os preços das frutas não é o mais barato, mas o suco vale a pena e é lindo demais. Barcelona, te conheço faz umas 15hr e já te considero muito, que cidade fantástica. .
Já salva essa dica para quando você vir, pq ser for sua vontade e seu sonho, acredite nisso que vai acontecer! 🙏🏻✌🏻
Acompanhem os Stories...
Had to re-post this because watching my kids review popular music with an insect theme again last night reminded me how funny they are. I have no idea where they get their wit and wacky spirits. I had/have neither. PLUS, we need your help picking the best insect song for our podcast so check it out!
Beastie Boys? Dave Matthews Band? Orchestral? An Irish Jig? AC/DC? Others?
#Repost @backyardjungle (@get_repost)
Change those Saturday evening plans! Podcast #10 is a fun one. Henry turns into a zombie apparently and I go way outside my comfort zone by dialing up some tunes. "Insect-themed" tunes! Link in bio.
The boys learn about Click Beetles and then we sample "insect-themed" popular music to see if one is a good fit to be the theme song for our podcast. The reactions of the boys are priceless as we listen to everything from hip hop to classical music, and we ponder why the heavy metal genre seems to have the most songs involving insects. ...
Which one do you like best? Comment on our YouTube page or on our Instagram feed, @backyardjungle. ...
You should be able to hear the audio of the songs we listen to, but may have to increase the volume slightly. You can find the list of songs we pulled from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_insect-inspired_songs