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January 2020

C&O Canal Bird Count

January 25 - February 2
MD United States

Host: Allegany/Garrett Counties Bird Club Contact Melissa Hensel at mjhensel@yahoo.com or 240-362-1086. Description: Help participate in the C&O Canal Bird Count - various miles in Allegany County are available.

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Birding at Ocean City

January 25
Ocean City Ocean City, MD United States + Google Map

Host: Kent County Bird Club. If you have questions, please contact leaders Walter Ellison and Nancy Martin, 410-778-9568 or borealdee@gmail.com. Description: Our annual search for winter specialties including gannet, sea ducks, alcids, gulls, Purple Sandpipers, and wintering songbirds. Full day. Dress warmly, bring lunch and warm beverages. Meet at 8 AM at the “Dollar General” parking lot (off Philosopher’s Terrace) in Chestertown.

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Birding at Patterson Park

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Patterson Park, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States
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Host: Baltimore Bird Club and Audubon. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410-558-2473 or baltimore@audubon.org. Description: Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of East Lombard St and Patterson Park Ave.

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Winter Waterfowl Bird Walk

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Perryman Area, 101 Fords Lane
Aberdeen, MD 21001 United States
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Host: Harford Bird Club Leaders Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) and Sue Procell (procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919). Description: This is a leisurely birding excursion on mostly paved surfaces along the shores of historic Stump’s Point to look for swans and winter ducks bobbing on the waters of Mill Creek and Furnace Bay. Meet at the far end of the park.

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Winter Waterfowl Search

January 26
MD United States

Host: Montgomery Bird Club For reservations (required) and more info, contact leader Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066. Description: Waterfowl search of Montgomery County waterways for ducks, grebes, and mergansers. Based on the unpredictability of winter weather conditions, the leader will decide on the meeting place a few weeks before the trip and use recent bird reports to decide best locations to visit. Bring a scope if you have one.

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Caroline & Queen Anne Field Birds

January 26 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
MD United States

Host: Talbot Bird Club Leader Danny Poet, 410-827-8651 or birder231@hotmail.com. Description: Explore nearby Caroline and Queen Anne's counties for Horned Larks, pipits, sparrows and raptors. Depart Easton Acme at 7 am; Danny will meet the group at the P&R at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Rt. 404.

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Birding at Downs Memorial Park

January 29 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Downs Memorial Park, 8311 John Downs Loop
Pasadena, MD 21122 United States
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Host: Anne Arundel Bird Club Contact Chris Barry, 410-897-7216 or rpbarr00@aacounty.org. Description: A prime location for ducks, we will hike along the waterfront and through the woods looking for winter residents.

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February 2020

Birding at Edgewood Area, Aberdeen Proving Ground

February 1 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aberdeen Proving Ground – Edgewood Area, Hoadley Road
Edgewood, MD 21040 United States
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Host: Harford Bird Club Leader Dave Webb (porzana@comcast.net; 410-939-3537). Description: A variety of waterfowl is expected as well as songbirds. Bring a photo ID for admission to the Proving Grounds. Meet at the McDonalds, Rt. 40 and Edgewood Rd.

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Birding at Fran Uhler Natural Area

February 1 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fran Uhler Natural Area, 7600 Lemon’s Bridge Road
Bowie, MD 20716 United States
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Host: Patuxent Bird Club/PGAS Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com) for more information. Description: Monthly walk. Meet at east end of Lemon's Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed.

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Birding Oxford Waterfront

February 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oxford Town Park, 104 S Morris St
Oxford, MD 21654 United States
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Host: Talbot Bird Club Leader Susan Henyon, 240-682-3882 or suehenyon@rocketmail.com. Description: We'll start a little later on this Saturday trip. Bring your scope if you have one, and if you don't there will be plenty to share as we explore the waterfront and the area around Oxford for waterfowl, gulls, loons, and sparrows. Meet at Oxford Town Park at 8 am.

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Birding at Kinder Farm Park

February 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road
Millersville, MD 21108 United States
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Host: Anne Arundel Bird Club Contact Alan Young, 410-991-8300 or alnmyoung@aol.com Description: Join us for the monthly walk along paved paths as well as grass and dirt paths through varied habitat looking for resident birds. Meet at the top of the parking lot past the sport fields.

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Birding at Oaks Landfill

February 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Oaks Landfill, 20600 Zion Rd
Laytonsville, MD 20882 United States
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Host: Montgomery Bird Club Contact the leader for reservations and more information. Leader Mark England, 240-375-4500 (cell) or markengland@canamcontractors.com. Description: Bundle up for a LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible N. Harriers and Short-eared Owls, at this closed- to- the-public landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if not frozen over. Leader will have scope for distant birds. Please note that preference will be given…

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Birding Annapolis Neck

February 5 @ 7:45 am - 10:30 am
MD United States

Host: Anne Arundel Bird Club Contact Judy Brennan, 410-991-2412 or el.judith@gmail.com. Description: We will carpool to Hillsmere to check along the South Riverfront for water birds then to the neighborhoods of Arundel on the Bay and Oyster Harbors, continuing on to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to walk the short trail back into Black Walnut Cove. From there, back around the entire Bay Ridge peninsula for great views of the Chesapeake Bay, the bridge and Severn River. Meet at Giant Shopping…

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First Wednesday at Fort McHenry

February 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fort McHenry, 2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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Host: Baltimore Bird Club Leader Mary Chetelat, 410-665-0769 (alternate contact Wendy Alexander, 443-204-3754). Description: Continuing a series of monthly morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Canceled in inclement weather. Meet outside of park front gates, and park at lot on left hand side. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate.

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Birding at Lake Artemesia

February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Rd at Ballew Ave
Berwyn Heights, MD 20740 United States
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Host: Patuxent Bird Club/PGAS Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information. Description: Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights. No reservations needed.

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Birding at Lake Elkhorn

February 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Elkhorn, Dockside Lane
Columbia, MD 21045 United States
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Host: Howard County Bird Club Leader Allen Lewis, allenrlewis@gmail.com. Description: Easy walking along the lake and to Forbay Pond. Waterfowl, sparrows and winter finches are possible. The lake can turn up interesting surprises. No facilities. Handicap accessible. Meet at Dockside Parking lot.

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Blackwater NWR Birding

February 8
Blackwater NWR, 2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613 United States
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Host: Baltimore Bird Club Leader Joe Corcoran, corcoran2921@gmail.com or 667-231-6453. Description: All day trip to see ducks, thousands of geese, Bald Eagles, and Brown-headed Nuthatches. White Pelicans possible. Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owl possible in the late afternoon. Possible other stops along the way. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Trip canceled in snow, rain, or slippery conditions. RSVP required in case trip is canceled. Meet at 7:00 AM at Nursery Rd/Hammond Ferry Rd P&R for car-pooling.

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Birding Cambridge Waterfront & Blackwater NWR

February 8 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blackwater NWR, 2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613 United States
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Host: Talbot Bird Club Leader Dave Bent, 410-822-2113 or bentd72@gmail.com. Description: Another Saturday trip that combines the waterfowl found on both the open waters of the Choptank River with the Blackwater impoundments. Also expect lots of eagles and other raptors as well as a heavy dose of other species. Depart Easton Acme at 7 am.

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Dorchester County Birding Trip

February 8 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Blackwater NWR, 2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613 United States
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Host: Tri-county Bird Club Contact Mike Walsh at 410-422-0428 or mik.walsh@comcast.net. Description: Birding trip to Dorchester County, including Choptank River and Blackwater NWR, for waterfowl, raptors, other winter residents. Meet at the Royal Farms on Rt. 50 west of Salisbury at 7:30 AM. Bring lunch and snacks.

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Bradenbaugh Soup Tour

February 8 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
MD United States

Host: Harford Bird Club Leader Dennis Kirkwood (newarkfarms@gmail.com or 410-692-5905). Description: Trip begins at Jarrettsville Elementary School parking lot. From there Dennis leads us on a pleasant tour through NW Harford County’s agricultural area to find wintering field birds and waterfowl. Expect Horned Larks, along with Ring-necked Ducks and maybe a Cackling Goose. The trip ends at the leader’s home where you will enjoy hot soup, homemade breads, good conversation and maybe even a brief glimpse of the resident screech…

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