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Have you ever wondered which new species will be seen in Maryland?

In 2009, many of MOS's finest birders put their heads together and came up with the list below. Take a look below and see if you agree with the experts.

An article, "Maryland's Next 10 Species", prepared by Matt Hafner and Bill Hubick is linked hereto . Richly detailed, this article gives a great analysis of the Next Ten candidates. This article points to geographic areas out of state (but within striking distance) where these birds have already been seen. Also, key birding spots in Maryland are well presented as to candidate areas for sightings . Lastly, the authors could not resist a few choice references to Maryland's birding counter- culture.

The article also includes within it an article written by Gene Scarpulla entitled "Next 10 Species on Hart Miller Island". This article gives a great historical perspective on the birds seen at Hart Miller since 1977, as well as analysis of the birds to come. Also, Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Walter Ellison presents his "Maryland's Next 10 Breeding Species" in a cogent way. You may want to read Walter's article along with the 2001 article by Rick Blom which forecasted possible new breeding species at that time.

Our goal is to make this list out of date as quickly as possible.

Placement Species Votes Received
1 Black-chinned Hummingbird 30
2 Little Egret 29
3 Bell's Vireo 25
4 MacGillivray's Warbler 19
5 White-tailed Tropicbird18
6Brown Booby17
7 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper17
8Golden-crowned Sparrow 16
9 Slaty-backed Gull15
10White-winged Tern14
11 Kirtland's Warbler14
12 PInk-footed Goose 14
13 Long-billed Murrelet 13
14Yellow-billed Loon 12
15 Green Violetear 11
16Violet-green Swallow 10
17White-tailed Kite8
18 European Storm-Petrel 7
19 Herald Petrel 7
20Bar-tailed Godwit7
21 Clark's Grebe6
22 Boreal Owl 6
23 Shiny Cowbird 5

Other Honorable Mentions: Black-tailed Godwit, Garganey, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Snowy Plover, Great-tailed Grackle, Spotted Redshank, Red-billed Tropicbird

And the long shots: Sprague's Pipit, Brown-chested Martin, Brown Noddy, Ivory Gull, "Western" Flycatcher, Brambling, Ferruginous Hawk, Mottled Duck, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Masked Booby, Black-throated Sparrow, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Mountain Plover, Western Bluebird, Redwing, Lesser Sand-Plover, West Indian Whistling-Duck, Black-billed Magpie, Eurasian Woodcock, Band-tailed Pigeon, Red-throated Pipit, Elegant Tern, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Great Gray Owl, Lesser Goldfinch, Cassin's Kingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Lesser Nighthawk, Scott's Oriole, Western Gull      



*These species have already been reported.