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Rouge Lagoon/PPG Ponds, Allegany Co. -- Need directions.

Anne Arundel

Patuxent North Tract, Anne Arundel -- Entrance to the North Tract is off of Route 198. There are a number of pond here, and sometimes shorebirds can be found at Lake Allen depending on water level.


Papermill Flats, Baltimore County -- From the Baltimore Beltway, take I-83 North. Get off at Shawan Road East. Turn right on York Road, then left on Ashland (first light). Ashland becomes Paper Mill. Go over the bridge, then in 1/4 mile turn into a pulloff on the left side of the road. The short trail to the flats starts from the side of the pulloff closest to the bridge.

Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore County -- Saturdays, Reservations Required. Meet 7 a.m. sharp. Strenuous carry-your-'scope hike, 7 miles on shifting sand and gravel under open sky with no shelter or shade; one rest stop (bathrooms) half way around the trek. Carry drinks, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellant. For shorebirds, possible rare gulls; Merlins and Peregrine Falcons in fall; Snow Buntings in winter. An excellent shorebird hotspot. For reservations and further information contact Gene Scarpulla.


North Beach, Calvert County -- (38, B3) From I495 take Rts 2 or 4 into Calvert County. Turn left at Rt 260 and left again at Rt 261. Proceed north into North Beach.


Ridgely Sewage Treatment Facility, Caroline County -- (51, C4) Usually open only Monday to Friday. To get there from the Bay Bridge: Take Rt. 50 South to Rt. 404 East. Follow on Rt. 404 for a few miles and make a left onto Rt. 480. Make a left onto Rt. 312 North at the town of Ridgely. Go through town and make a left on Bell Rd. Go down Bell Rd. until you see the WWTP on the right. Stop in at the office to ask permission to bird. Open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, but there are reports that these times may be earlier or later, depending on the day.

Tanyard, Caroline County -- Need directions.


Liberty Reservoir, Carroll County -- Need directions to best locales. Murray Road and the Rt. 32 Bridge are two that have been mentioned.


Bethel WMA, Cecil County -- (78, C2) Go South on Rt. 213 - exit the first right over Chesapeake City Bridge. Go into South Chesapeake City on George Street. Turn right on 2nd St (Rt. 286). You will go by a mooring basin and a restaurant on your left. Bear right (left will take you to the canal museum.) You will see the dike on your left. Proceed to Bethel Cemetery/Old Telegraph Road, 1-2 miles. Turn left onto Bethel Cemetery, and immediate left into a VERY non-descript parking area. As you pull in, the dike will be right in front of you. Proceed along the dike to view the impoundment. There is also a trail through the woods that can be interesting.

Courthouse Point, Cecil County -- (78, C1) From Elkton take Rt 213 south. Turn right on Court House Point Road.


Blackwater NWR, Dorchester County -- (32, A1) From Rt 50 in Cambridge take Ry 16 west and follow the signs. They will take you left on Rt 335 and left again on Key Wallace Drive. Proceed on Key Wallace to the visitor center.

Hurlock Sewage Treatment Facility, Dorchester County -- (43, C4) Usually open only Monday to Friday. If you have a DeLorme atlas you will find it pretty easily as the 4 cells even show up on the map (map 43 C4). If not, take Rte. 331 south out of Hurlock and go left on Skeet Club Rd.. Bear right at your first available chance and that will take you into the sewage ponds. Stop in at the office to ask permission to bird.


Lilipons, Frederick County -- (55, B5) From the I-270 north from Washington, D.C., take MD 80 west (Urbana-Buckeyestown exit) for 2 miles to Park Mills Road. Turn left and proceed about 4 miles to Lily Pons Road. If Lilypons is open you can bird the empoundments on foot. If not, proceed to the overpass and bird the empoundments from here on both sides of the road. Proceed on Lily Pons Road until it becomes Oland Road at the next intersection. The field at the quandrant on your right after you pass the intersection is reliable for Upland Sandpipers.


Piney Run Reservoir, Garrett Co. -- (66, A3) Take Rt 40 into Western Maryland. Leave Rt 40 at Exit 29. Piney Run Road runs north to the Pennsylvania border. Access from I-68 is from the Finzel exit, following the signs for Alternate US40 and continuing straight ahead on Piney Run Road.

Youghiougheny Reservoir, Garrett County -- (65, A6) Take I68 to Rt 42 (Friendsville) and go North of the Freeway. The first left turn is Blaine Franz Road (straight ahead off of the exit if you are coming from the east). Follow that until it ends at Old Morgantown Road and turn right (this area near the power lines is good for Savannah Sparrows and Bobolinks too earlier in the Summer). Go to the end of the road and park on the left by an old foundation just before the wildlife trail begins on the right (if you go any further the road deteriorates ... notice the Road ends in Water sign). Access is from the end of Old Morgantown Road onto the dry lake bed. Turn left at a wide opening in the grass and drive a mile or so across the lake bed until you reach the short grass and mud flats. Wear boots or mud-resistant footwear and walk straight out to the waters edge there are good spots on the right and the left but mostly to the left.


Aldino Sod Farm, Harford County -- There are two ways to reach this site. One: Take I95 to exit 85. Take Rt. 22 west about 1 mile to Carsins Run Road. Take a right and go about 1.5 miles to the sod farm. The plowed field will be on your left. Two: Take I95 to exit 89. Take Rt. 155 west about 2 miles to Rt. 156 (Aldino Road). Take a left and go a litle more than a mile to Carsins Run Road. Take a left and go about 1/4 mile to the plowed field on the right.

Harve de Grace -- To get to Havre de Grace, take I-95 North and go to Exit 89 (about 25 miles from the Baltimore beltway. If you go across the Susquehanna River, you have gone too far!). When you get off, take Rt. 155 East towards Havre de Grace. After about a mile, you will be going down a hill and the road will be 2 lanes in each direction. Stay in the left lane. At the bottom of the hill, you will go under a railroad bridge and the right lane will peel off. Continue on until you go under the Pulaski Highway bridge and then you will have to turn right on to Juniata Street. Go to the first stop light and turn left onto Ostego Street. Go to the end of the street (under another railroad bridge) and turn right onto Union Avenue. Go all the way to the end of Union Avenue (about a mile) and you will see a marina in front of you. Turn left onto Commerce Street and take the first right onto Yacht Basin. Follow it down to the parking lot and go all the way to the end of the parking lot. Look out over the water and you will see the flats if it is low tide. This is one place to observe. If you look to your right, you will see some apartments across the water. This is another place to observe and is the better place in the afternoon and evening. To get there, go back to Commerce Street and go left. Go to the end of Commerce and bear right onto Chesapeake Drive. Go about a hundred feet to the stop sign and go left onto Giles Street and then take the first left back onto Chesapeake Drive. This winds around and you will come to a stop sign at Seneca Avenue. Go through the stop sign and the Concord Cove Apartments will be on your left. Park in the parking lot and go to the left of the building that faces the water. I hope this is not too confusing. This is private property and in the past they have been hostile to birders. Right now, they seem to be tolerating us. Please don't do anything to make them hostile again. When you leave the apartments, turn left onto Seneca Avenue and go to the end. Turn right onto Revolution Street and go to the first stop light. (There is a WaWa there.) Turn left onto Juniata Street. Go to the end where you have to make a left turn. Now you will be headed back up the hill out of Havre de Grace and back to I-95.


Browns Bridge Rd., Howard & Montgomery Counties -- (57, D4) Brown's Bridge is at the Ednor Road crossing of the Patuxent River and marks the widening of the river due to the Laurel dam which creates the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir (often known also as Rocky Gorge Reservoir). From Washington, DC, find your way to New Hampshire Avenue north through the towns of Colesville and Ashton. When you read Ednor Road take a right. Follow Ednor until you reach the bridge. This is the Montgomery County side. After the bridge the road becmes Brown's Bridge Road. This is now Howard County. There are parking areas at either end of the bridge. On the Montgomery County side you get some views of the river not possible from the other side. From the Howard County side you get foot access to down-river sections not visible at all from the bridge. For access to the area where the birds are you must cross the little streamlet at the base of the gravel lot and then walk down the waterline, around the bend (heading away from the bridge). You can also view the flats from the bridge, but be very cautious. Traffic moves at high speed in this area.

Tridelphia Reservoir, Howard County -- (57, C3) The presence of good shorebird locations around the reservoir is highly dependent upon water levels, dam construction and other circumstances. Best to check the hotlines for appropriate locales. See also Brown's Bridge Road.


Remington Farms, Kent County -- (49, 6AB) From Chestertown MD 213, cross the bridge over the Chester River and go past the Washington College campus on your left. Turn left onto MD 20. Remington, possible now called Chesapeake Farms, is located on your right on MD 20 between Rock Hall and and Eastern Neck NWR. The farm is a private waterfowl management area, sometimes open to the public.

Montgomery, see Howard County

Prince George's

Jones Point -- Hydrilla Mats off the Potomac -- Jones Point is in Virginia, but the attraction is the hydrilla mats that form off the opposite shorelines in Maryland/DC waters. Two maps are available to assist you in locating the MD/DC/VA boundaries. Take 295 south, go to end and exit to go over Wilson Bridge. Take the first exit. Stay in the right-hand lane and take the very sharp right (don't go to Route 1). At the first light (Washington St.), turn right, and then make the first left. After 3 blocks (and passing a large building on the right, turn right (there is a sign for Jones Point), and then left in front of the Wilson Bridge causeway. Follow this road to its end on the river.) Look out across river for the hydrilla mats and the shorebirds. You can reach Jones Point easily from DC by heading out over the 14th Street Bridge, then the GW Parkway towards National Airport. Continuing on this road takes you to Alexandria and to the Hunting Towers Apartments. The left turn here is on your right. The hydrilla flats may also be accessible via the Alexandria waterfront at Orinoco Street. A powerful scope is necessary as the birds are very distant, and evening light is best. This is not a place to enjoy close looks at shorebirds, and in fact there are many days where shorebirds are absent. However, over the last decade it has attracted an excellent variety of shorebirds, about 26 species in all.

Queen Anne's

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center -- Take US 50 across the Bay Bridge. Take Exit 43B (Chester River Beach Road). Turn right at stop sign at end of ramp, then left onto route 18 east (main street). Take another right onto Perry Cor Road and a last right onto Discovery Lane. Follow this road to the end. The sanctuary is open 9-5 daily, and the admission is $2/adult. However, MOS members can gain free admission by showing their membership cards.

John Brown Road Turf Farm, Queen Anne's County -- (50, B1) From the Rt. 50/301 split after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, take Rt. 301 N, then turn right on John Brown Road. There is an area of turf immediately on your right. Then go through the woods and large turf areas are both N and S of the Road.

St. Mary's

Beauvue Ponds, Saint Mary's County -- (30, C2) Beauvue Ponds, also called Maryland Rock after the company that owns it, is found southeast of Leonardtown in St. Mary's County. From Route 5 turn onto Beauvue Road or Rt. 244 (the other direction is Fairgrounds Road) at the Leonardtown Schools complex. Proceed about 2 miles and you will see some of the ponds on the right. Turn right on Breton Beach Road and right again onto Abells Wharf Road. The pond that is best for shorebirds is on the right. Park on the edge of the road because the area is posted. All of these ponds are also good for puddle ducks in the winter as well as a couple more ponds (for mostly Hooded Mergansers) past the intersection of Abells Wharf Road on Breton Beach Road on the left.


Deal Island, Somerset County -- (32, D4 cont to top of page 25) Take U.S. 12 south from Salisbury to Princess Anne and turn right on MD 263. Drive 9.5 miles and fork left at the Deal Island WMA sign. Keep right where a road branches left after 1.2 miles and continue to the chain across your path and a big green dumpster at 1.4 miles.

Fairmont WMA, Somerset County -- (27, AB4) This site is on MD 363.

Green Dumpster Rd., Deal Island, Somerset Co.-- See Deal Island.


Easton Sewage Plant, Talbot County - (42, A1) To reach the Easton Sewage Plant, which is open Monday through Friday, take Rt. 331 east out of Easton. Soon you will come to Chilcutt Lane; turn right. Go a mile to the end, turn right at the stop sign, go about .2 mile, and take the first left. Follow the pavement to the sewage plant entrance. Stop in at the office to ask permission to bird.


Salisbury Turf Farms, Wicomico Co. -- Need directions.

Route 50 Borrow Pit -- The area is located on the north side of Route 50 about 2 miles west of Salisbury, and just 0.5 miles west of the new bypass that is under construction. This area has had small pockets of water for a couple years and has been a consistent roosting/bathing location for gulls from the Salisbury Landfill. This year (fall 2001) it is completely full of water and has several grassy islands which are appealing to shorebirds. Wicomico County is one of the hardest counties in which to get shorbeirds and this location may provide a chance to find some tough shorebirds in the County. The habitat looks good for avocet, Ruff, Wilson's Phalarope, and the like.


Eagle's Nest Campground, Worcester County -- (35, C6) Eagle's Nest Campground is just south of Ocean City Airport off Rte. 611. Take Eagle's Nest Rd. to the end where there is a campground. BE SURE TO ASK PERMISSION TO BIRD HERE.

Truitt's Landing Road, Worcester County-- (27,B4)From Snow Hill, Worcester County, take MD 12 south. After crossing Rt 113, go 1.8 miles and turn left (east) on Cherrix Road. (The town of Scarboro, shown on the DeLorme Atlas, has no sign!). After 1.3 miles turn right. This is Truitts Landing Road, but there is no sign. After 1.0 mile, proceed straight onto the dirt road. When you clear the woods you will be at the marsh.

E. A.  Vaughn WMA, Worcester County -- Head south on Rt 12 to the tiny town of Girdletree. Turn east (left) on Taylors Landing (marked 'Ldg') Rd. It's 2-3 miles. Enter the SECOND entrance to E.A. Vaughn and park in the first available area since no vehicles are permitted on the paths into the area. Both entrances are marked with brown signs and white letters and both are on the right as you head out toward the water. The SECOND entrance is roughly 1/2 mile past the first (past a white house on the right). Once you park along the side of the little dirt road, you should be able to see two small ponds on your left, about .2 miles ahead of you. Walk straight ahead until the path from the east [left] intersects with the path you are on. Turn left and continue carefully. Check both ponds. may want to carefully make your way around the south edge of the pond, walking in the corn field.

West Ocean City Pond, Worcester County -- (35, B6) From the Rt 50 travelling towards Ocean City from the Bay Bridge, after MD 589 you will come to a traffic light at Golf Course Road. There is an Exxon station here. Take a left and proceed north on Golf Course Road for about half a mile until you reach the pond on your left.