Events Calendar

FEBRUARY 2024

FEBRUARY 24 (Saturday)
OCEAN CITY AND THE COAST 

We will bird the Ocean City inlet in the morning, looking for sea ducks, gulls, wintering shorebirds, and anything else that might be around (hopefully Razorbill). After that, we will check a few local areas around OC and then, depending on what is being seen in the area, head further north, possibly to Indian River Inlet or a little further inland. We will meet at 8 a.m. in the Ocean City Inlet parking lot, so participants will need to either get up early or stay overnight in the area. Scopes would be useful. Carpooling will likely be needed on the day to visit different locations. Limit: 12. LEADER: Clive Harris at [email protected].

FEBRUARY 28 (Wednesday)
OAKS LANDFILL, LAYTONSVILLE

THIS TRIP IS FULL. WAITLIST ONLY.   Bundle up for LATE AFTERNOON (4:00-6:15 p.m.) search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including probable Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if they are not frozen over. Reservations required at least a week ahead of the trip for names to be submitted to the county. Preference given to new birders, those who have never been to Oaks Landfill, and those who have not yet been this winter.  Meet at 3:30 p.m. on the Landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. Limit: 16. LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 or [email protected].

MARCH 2024

MARCH 1 (Friday) 
GUNNERS LAKE, GERMANTOWN 

THIS TRIP IS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY.  This little body of water has established a deserved reputation over the years for a nice variety of wintering waterfowl and rather close views of the birds. If the lake is frozen over at the time of the trip, we will switch to a nearby larger body of water. Walking will be along a level, paved path. Meet at 8 a.m. along the north side of Wisteria Drive, where there is ample parking. Specific maps giving directions will be sent to participants. Limit: 12. LEADER: Andy Martin at [email protected].

MARCH 3 (Sunday)
OAKS LANDFILL, LAYTONSVILLE

THIS TRIP IS FULL. WAITLIST ONLY.  Bundle up for LATE AFTERNOON (4:00-6:15 p.m.) search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including probable Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if they are not frozen over. Reservations required at least a week ahead of the trip for names to be submitted to the county. Preference given to new birders, those who have never been to Oaks Landfill, and those who have not yet been this winter.  Meet at 3:30 p.m. on the Landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. Limit: 16. LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 or [email protected].

MARCH 9 (Saturday) 
LAKE ARTEMESIA, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY 

Join us for a late winter trip to Lake Artemesia. Half a dozen species of ducks or more are likely; early landbird migrants such as Tree Swallow and Eastern Phoebe are possible; winter birds are still present. Easy walking on a paved path. Trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. Limit: 8. LEADER: Rob Hilton at [email protected]. Lisa Shannon will co-lead.

MARCH 10 (Sunday) 
ROCK CREEK’S NORTH BRANCH STREAM VALLEY 

THIS TRIP IS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY.  Discover upper Rock Creek’s watershed with a variety of habitats. We’ll start along open fields and marshy areas next to Bowie Mill Park with the opportunity to see sparrows, hawks, and early migrants. Turkeys and a woodcock have been spotted in this area. For those wanting a longer foray, a 4-mile loop that includes the stream valley will be possible, and likely we’ll see woodpeckers and other resident woodland species. The path at this point along Rock Creek is meandering and narrow with some steep sections. Meet at 8 a.m. at Bowie Mill Park (montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/bowie-mill-local-park/) next to Sequoyah Elementary School with the option to do the shorter paved walk or the longer loop. Limit: 12 in two groups of six. CO-LEADERS: Josephine Cox at [email protected] and Anne Mytych at [email protected].

MARCH 10 (Sunday)
YMBC WALK:  LOIS Y. GREEN CONSERVATION PARK

8-10:30 am This walk will follow an approximate 3 mile loop on grassy/natural surface areas. There is a mix of habitats with forest birds and two ponds for waterfowl. We might also get close up views of aircraft taking off and landing at the Montgomery County Airpark. Mentors: Andy Martin and Bob Cantilli.  Please sign up for the Winter YMBC walks here.  If you are interested in being a mentor on a walk, please contact us at [email protected].

MARCH 16 (Saturday) 
WHEATON REGIONAL PARK 

THIS TRIP IS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY.  A bit early for spring migration but who knows? Wheaton RP always surprises us. Ducks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, raptors (sometimes a Merlin!), bluebirds, and towhees are all possible, and if you don’t know WRP you will enjoy the variety of terrain and landscape. Limit: 12 in two groups of six. LEADER: Evelyn Ralston at [email protected]. Josephine Cox will co-lead.

MARCH 21 (Thursday) (Note:  This is on THURSDAY), 7:30 p.m.
March 2024 MEETING

Clive Harris presents “Shorebird Identification in the Mid-Atlantic”. Brush up on your shorebird ID skills in time for the passage of these fascinating birds through our area in spring and their return in fall. Clive will cover the expected species—common, less common, and rare—taking a seasonal approach and focusing on some of the main approaches for ID, as well as covering possible pitfalls.

Clive Harris started birding as a young boy, going on walks with his father when the family lived in Hong Kong in the 1970s. His favorite groups of birds are gulls, shorebirds and waterfowl—all birds you can aim a scope at! He makes regular trips over the spring, summer, and fall to the Delaware Bay area to enjoy shorebird migration. One of his greatest pleasures in birding is sorting through a flock of late summer peeps. As well as being a past president of the Montgomery Bird Club he has served two terms on the MOS Maryland/District of Columbia Records Committee.

MARCH 23 (Saturday) 
BROOKSIDE GARDENS 

THIS TRIP IS FULL. WAITLIST ONLY.  If you’ve been wanting to explore this garden oasis in suburban Maryland, here is your chance. Easy walk with mostly local birds and a few winter visitors or early spring arrivals. Good for beginners and anyone wanting to begin their spring birding in a lovely setting. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center parking lot. Limit: 8. LEADER: Karen Cyr at [email protected].

APRIL 2024

April 14 (Sunday)
YMBC WALK:  BLUE MASH NATURE TRAIL

8-10am This walk will focus on early migrators. We will meet in the parking lot on Zion Rd. The trails are grassy/natural surface, so plan your footwear accordingly, especially if it has rained recently. The trail is approximately two miles and includes two ponds. Mentor: Stephen Davies    All children must be accompanied the entire time by an adult. Reservations are required via  http://tinyurl.com/YMBCSpring24   If you are interested in being a mentor or learning more about it, please contact us at [email protected].

MAY 2024

May 5 (Sunday)
YMBC WALK:  RACHEL CARSON CONSERVATION PARK

8-10am The walk will focus on woodland species. We will meet in the parking lot just off of Zion Rd. The trails are grassy/natural surface, so plan your footwear accordingly, especially if it has rained recently. The trail is approximately two miles. Mentors: Lauren Carey and Stephen Davies    All children must be accompanied the entire time by an adult. Reservations are required via  http://tinyurl.com/YMBCSpring24   If you are interested in being a mentor or learning more about it, please contact us at [email protected].

JUNE 2024

June 2 (Sunday)
YMBC WALK:  HUGHES HOLLOW

7-9am We will scout out the impoundments as well as woodland area. To get to Hughes Hollow, follow River Road towards Poolesville and turn left at the second entrance to Hunting Quarter Road (across from Hughes Rd). Follow the road and a parking area will soon be on your right. Plan to wear long pants and footwear for wet/muddy conditions, especially if it has rained recently. Mentor: Dave Powell    All children must be accompanied the entire time by an adult. Reservations are required via  http://tinyurl.com/YMBCSpring24   If you are interested in being a mentor or learning more about it, please contact us at [email protected].

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