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April 2019

Birding Easton Mill Ponds

April 21 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Easton Easton, MD United States + Google Map

Host: Talbot Bird Club Leader Jan Reese, 410-745-2875 or reesejan@gmail.com. Description: Mill Ponds East of Rt 50 in search of arriving northbound transient species in forested bottomlands in close proximity to Easton. Depart Easton Acme parking lot 7 AM.

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Cylburn Walk

April 21 @ 8:15 am - 12:00 pm
Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
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Host: Baltimore Bird Club Leader Peter Lev, 410-952-9426 or plev@comcast.net Description: Easy birding in Cylburn's gardens and urban forest. Expect to find a variety of migrant and resident birds. Beginning birders welcome. Meet at the main Vollmer Center parking lot.

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Birding at Lake Roland

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Roland Park, 1000 Lakeside Drive
Baltimore, MD 21210
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Host: Baltimore Bird Club Coordinator Debbie Terry, 443-578-8243 or dterry12@verizon.net Description: Continuing series of weekly walks following the progress of spring migration in Lake Roland’s varied habitats. Meet at the Light Rail Parking Lot (Boardwalk entrance to the park). Check with coordinator if weather is extreme (rain, wind).

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Birding Elk Ridge Nature Preserve or New Germany SP

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Germany State Park, 349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, MD 21536
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Host: Allegany/Garrett Bird Club Contact Melissa Hensel, mjhensel@yahoo.com or 240-362-1086 Description: Leader Liz McDowell. We will look for birds and native plants at the Elk Ridge Nature Preserve. Meet at New Germany SP at 9 AM. Carpool from Ollies in Cumberland leaves at 8:15 AM.

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Birding at Sky Meadows

April 24 @ 6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane, Virginia 20144
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Host: Washington County Bird Club Contact Anna Hutzell at amp8185@aol.com or 301-797-8454 Description: Leave from the MVA parking lot at 6:30 AM for a trip to Sky Meadows SP in Virginia.

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Birding at Iliff Farm

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Host: Anne Arundel Bird Club Contact Alan Young, 410-991-8300 or alnmyoung@aol.com Description: A rare opportunity to hike on a private property in Severna Park. The last time we hiked there we had a European gold finch! Contact leader for directions to property and parking information.

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Birding the C & O Canal and Antietam Battlefield

April 27
Mt. Airy Park & Ride, Ridge Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771 United States
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Host: Carroll County Bird Club For more details, contact Scott Hodgdon at 443-280-2480. Description: Scott and Matthew Hodgdon are promising lots of warblers and field birds on this trip. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt 27 just N of I70 in Mt. Airy. Parking at the birding sites may be limited, so we will carpool. Bring a lunch.

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Fort Smallwood Hawk Watch

April 27 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Smallwood Park, 9500 Fort Smallwood Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
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Host: Patuxent Bird Club/PGAS Contact David Mozurkewich, mozurk@bellAtlantic.net, for more information. Description: We will carpool to Fort Smallwood Park to observe the spring raptor migration spectacle. Data for the spring raptor migration are compiled annually by a team of counters organized by Sue Ricciardi from the Anne Arundel Bird Club. The number of raptors counted in a spring season ranges from 9,000 to 12,500, and fifteen different raptor species are usually observed, though not all may be present on any…

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Trip to Nassawango Preserve

April 27 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Nassawango Creek Preserve, 3816 Old Furnace Road
Snow Hill, MD 21863
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Host: Tri-county Bird Club For more information, contact trip leaders Betty Pitney at 410-543-1853 or Ellen Lawler at 410-982-8695 or emlawler534@comcast.net . Description: Field trip for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, migrating passerines and newly arrived summer residents. Meet at Ward Museum parking lot at 7:30 AM. Bring drinks, lunch and snacks.

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Birding at City Park

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hagerstown City Park, 110 Key St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States
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Host: Washington County Bird Club Contact Larry Zaleski, larry.zaleski@gmail.com or 301-491-2866. Description: Bird Hagerstown’s lovely City Park. This is one in a series of bird walks co-sponsored with Hagerstown Parks and Recreation. Meet 8 AM at the Hager House parking lot.

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Smith Island Excursion

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Somer’s Cove Marina, 715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
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Host: Talbot Bird Club Contact leader Terry Allen 410-829-5840 or pattyallen10@hotmail.com for more information. Description: Always a nice mix of waterbirds, herons, egrets, Brown Pelicans and a few migrant songbirds. Directions and more information will follow via our listserv. Arrangements through Delmarva Birding Weekend. Cost to be determined, includes crab cake lunch. Depart Somer's Cove Marina in Crisfield at 8 AM; travel across Tangier Sound  and make stops on Smith Island at the villages of Ewell  and Tylerton to bird and take in…

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Birding at Mt. Pleasant Farm

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt. Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Host: Howard County Bird Club Leader Anthony VanSchoor, tonyvanschoor@gmail.com Description: Earth Day Walk in conjunction with the Howard County Conservancy. Easy walking through the fields of Mt. Pleasant Farm. Tree lines, hedgerows and streams provide opportunity for non-meadow species. Great opportunity for flyovers. Facilities available. Meet at parking lot near the barn.

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Birding at Harford Glen

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, 502 W Wheel Road
Bel Air, MD 21015 United States
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Host: Harford Bird Club Leaders Jane Scocca, jane@scocca.org or 410-272-8870, and Susan Hood, susanjhood@comcast.net or 410-937-7552. Description: Enjoy a spring walk through this beautiful Harford County preserve. There are trails through woodland, over gently rolling hills and through open meadow. After pausing a while in the parking lot to check for first sightings the group will walk among the triple riparian habitats of the Atkisson Reservoir, Winters Run and Plum Tree Run. The variety of habitat offers great opportunities for…

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Field Trip: Conowingo Wildflowers and Birds

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conowingo Dam, 2569 Shure’s Landing Road
Darlington, MD 21034 United States
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Host: Cecil Bird Club Trip leader: David Francis Description: (depending on weather trip may reschedule a week or so) The Wildflower Trail at Conowingo goes south from Fisherman’s Park along the bank of the Susquehanna, through wooded wetlands and along the base of cliffs that are, at this season, blanketed with Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, Trillium, and other spring wildflowers. The earlier spring migrants, Phoebes and Louisiana Waterthrushes, may be seen, and maybe some lingering winter visitors, like Winter Wren.…

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Birding at Patterson Park

April 27 @ 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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Birding the Patuxent North Tract

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Patuxent Research Refuge – North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Dr, Laurel, MD 20724
Laurel, MD 20724 United States
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Host: Anne Arundel Bird Club Contact Rod Burley, 301-943-5923 or rodburley@aol.com Description: One of the prime birding areas in Anne Arundel County, the North Tract boasts lakes, streams, open fields, and wooded areas. This is the best time of year to see the bluebells that bloom along the Patuxent River as well as a variety of warblers, vireos and resident birds.

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Western Shore Migrant Search

April 28 @ 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Susquehanna State Park, 4188 Wilkinson Rd
Havre De Grace, MD 21078 United States
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Host: YMOS Description: Search for spring migrants and prepare for the World Series of Birding. Meet at 7 AM at Susquehanna SP for warblers and early migrants, possible Cerulean Warbler. Check Swan Harbor for King Rail, Sora, and Least Bittern, Patapsco Valley State Park for warblers, and make several stops along the C & O Canal ending at McKee-Beshers WMA at 5:30 PM.

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Birding at Hope House Farm

April 28 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Easton Easton, MD United States

Host: Talbot Bird Club Leader Ron Ketter, rgketter@gmail.com. Description: This property provides a mixed habitat of forest, forest edge, fields and tidal waterfront. We will be looking for new spring arrivals including thrush species, flycatchers and orioles. Numerous sparrows should be present, and the property provides nesting sites for a full range of woodpeckers. Lingering waterfowl may be seen on the broad reach of water that can be viewed. Raptors may also be around, especially nesting Eagles and Osprey. Depart Easton Acme parking lot…

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Birding Along the C & O Canal

April 28 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Host: Frederick Bird Club Contact leader Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690) for meeting time and location Description: Spring wildflowers and early migrants.

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Birding at Occoquan Bay NWR

April 28 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Occoquan Bay NWR, 14050 Dawson Beach Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191 United States
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Host: Montgomery Bird Club Leaders Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or maineusa@comcast.net. Description: Explore the diverse habitats in this refuge at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Meet at the parking lot in the center of the refuge. Reservations required. Limit 25.

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