Report a Sighting
Here is the place to post your sighting of animals and of plants in the Sligo Creek watershed or in the Park itself and to peruse what others have seen and reported. It is a fascinating list, growing year by year. No need to feel shy; what is of interest to you is what is fine to post, and interesting behavior and surprising locations are useful to record. Thanks for taking part - as a reader or as a reporter - in the web of life in Sligo Creek.
|Smooth Alder bush (Alnus serrulata)||Just below the first parking lot downstream (south) of Univ. Blvd., on the right (stream) side of the Parkway||Mon, Feb 17, 2014||Michael Wilpers||
This shrub in the Birch family is listed as "uncommon" in the 2003 inventory of native plants of Sligo. I hadn't seen it here before. The dried fruits look like tiny pine cones. This particular plant had retained most of its leaves (all gnarled up), even at this late date(see photo), like some Ironwood trees I noticed this year (C. caroliniana), also a birch.
Photo 1 by Michael Wilpers
Photo 2 by Michael Wilpers
|Pair of Red Hawks||Atop a snag (dead tree) at the Kemp Mill stormwater ponds, located just north (upstream) from Univ. Blvd.||Dusk Mon, Feb 17, 2014||Michael Wilpers||
I've seen Red-shouldered Hawks here before but this my first Red-tailed. I didn't notice them in the dimming light until one of the pair flew off. Thanks to Susan Hunt for help with the ID.
Photo by Michael Wilpers
|Active Hawk Nest||between Park Valley Rd and Piney Branch||Sat, Mar 8, 2014||Kit Gage||
Huge nest, high up in a medium sized sycamore tree. Will try to determine the kind of hawk.
Photo by Kit Gage
|Emerging leaves of Spring Beauty||Sligo woods, N of Dennis, W of paved path||Wed, Feb 26, 2014||Laura Mol||
Snowcover recently melted, the linear leaf of this early woodland wildflower is just starting to emerge and be visible against the leaf layer--now mostly oak leaves remaining. This first sighting is on a south-facing slope that is part of the rise from tuliptree-spicebush bottomland to oak-hickory upland, notable for an annual late-March show of many little flowers of Spring Beauty (Claytonia) amid also-eye-catching cobbles of mica-schist.
Photo by Laura Mol
|Woodchuck Skull||Between Piney Branch and Wayne (38.998609, -77.010201)||2:15pm, Sun, Mar 2, 2014||Hugh A. Rand||
The large post-orbital processes and large size of skull (along with squirrel-like incisors) make it a woodchuck. It was just lying on the ground - not buried at all. No other bones were found.
Photo by Hugh A. Rand
|Eastern Phoebe||Along the Sligo Creek trail between Forest Glen Road and Dennis Avenue||9:30am, Thu, Feb 20, 2014||Angela Atwood-Moore||
I don't recall every seeing Phoebe's this early. Last years mild winter seemed to bring them in a little earlier than usual (or maybe I was just out and about sooner with milder conditions), but I was very surprised to see this guy this morning, on a brisk February day. He will either establish a very coveted territory or he will freeze his little bouncing tail feathers off. I'm hoping for the former.
|Wild Turkey||Walking down Westland Drive then onto Balfour Drive (which backs onto the creek) - downstream from Riggs Rd in Hyattsville||10am, Mon, Dec 30, 2013||BJ Miller||
Another person says he's seen the turkey twice in the Creek area at the bridge entrance from Balfour Drive.
Photo by BJ Miller
|Mallard ducks||In Sligo Creek across from the golf course||Fri, Dec 27, 2013||Laura Mol||
Paddling about in the creek, 22 mallard ducks--11 of whom were green-headed drakes (males). About 7:30 a.m. in brisk cold; location is a bit south of the Beltway.
File Photo by Don Olson
|Red Fox||Forest Glen Road at Sligo Park||Mon, Dec 23, 2013||Laura Mol||
Just past dusk and seen in car headlights, a Red Fox was moving rather quickly northward (upstream) across Forest Glen and into Sligo Park just east of the stream. It was identifiable by the white tip to its bushy tail.
File Photo by Kit Gage
|Coyote||My yard next to Crosby Road bridge across from golf course||9am, Sat, Dec 7, 2013||Debbie Morley||
I have seen her in my yard twice before after the squirrels.
YouTube video explaining how to tell the difference between a fox and a coyote ?
|Wood Duck pair||On the water in Long Branch, just upstream from the playground at Kennebec||3pm, Sun, Dec 1, 2013||Michael Wilpers||
My sister Helen and her husband (visiting from Seattle) saw a "very colorful duck" while on a walk and identified it from a field guide after returning to my place. To my recollection, this is the first I've heard of a Wood Duck being spotted in Long Branch.
2011 Photo by Don Olson
|Bald Eagle||Upstream from University Blvd near the pond on the west side of the trail||Wed, Dec 4, 2013||Anne||I was cycling south on the trail, heard a bunch of agitated ducks, and suddenly a huge bird with a wide wingspan and a bright white tail flew out and up in front of me. I was not able to keep up with it on my bike, and it vanished from view.|