Flying away, but these are common mergansers, I believe.
Not certain of rusty blackbird ID. Habitat is right -- wooded swamp.
A surprise to find a turtle in the midst of winter. It looked like it was digging upward from a channel/cavity in the ditch of decomposing leaves next to the trail.
Found underneath a log.
A few geese for a site set aside and managed for geese.
From the DNR website:
"The sanctuary was named after Edgar Merkle (1900-1984), an active conservationist who devoted much of his life to protecting and providing for wildlife. Many knew him as the founder of Merkle Press in Washington, D.C. (1936), and others knew him as the originator of a goose breeding plan to introduce Canada geese to the western shores of Maryland (1932). Starting with a handful of breeding pairs, a great deal of perseverance, and a habitat improvement plan in mind, Mr. Merkle eventually encouraged thousands of geese to visit the 400-acre Merkle farm to feed and rest. In 1970, the Merkles sold their land, including some donated parcles, to the state. With the acquisition of adjoining tracts, the wildlife refuge now encompasses 1,670 acres.
The geese arrive in mid-October and stay until late February or early March. About 100 geese stay year round. During the peak of the season, more than 5,000 geese may be present. Corn, millet and other crops favored by geese are grown for them, adding to the marsh and aquatic plants that flourish in the ponds and along the Patuxent River."
at a feeder
This wasp emerged from a Black Swallowtail chrysalis I had gotten from Dunkirk, Maryland. I was in Santa Rosa at the time it emerged but the chrysalis was infected in Dunkirk.
Moth was on ground, alive but weak, placed on tree for photo.