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Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville

MD

THIS TRIP IS FULL.  WAITLIST ONLY. Bundle up for a 2-hour LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible 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. Limit: 16. Meet at 3:30 p.m. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net.

Riley’s Lock

MD

Join us for a morning at and around Riley’s Lock where we will first spend some time scanning the river for waterfowl. After that we’ll head upstream on the towpath, checking the turning basin for any elusive waterfowl and then continuing on to look for winter woodland birds. Meet at 8:30 a.m., and bring a scope if you have one. Limit: 8. LEADER: Scott Young at 202-313-1444. Dave Roberts will co-lead.

Lois Y. Green Conservation Park

MD

Morning walk through the varied habitats of this excellent 250-acre park, including two ponds, fields, and deciduous and coniferous woods. We’ll be looking for overwintering songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. We will start at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at 8711 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Limit: 12. LEADER: Mark England at englandmark@comcast.net or 240-308-4114.

Youth Walk at Gunners Lake

MD

Join us for a youth bird walk from 8am -10am at Gunners Lake.  The walk will focus on the identification of ducks at this premier location for winter waterfowl.   All children must be accompanied the entire time by an adult.  We will meet on the path near Wisteria Drive at Gunners Lake.  The paved trail around the lake is 1.25 miles. Abundant street parking is available. Bring binoculars if possible and dress for the weather.  This youth walk will be mentored by Brooke Levey and Ed Vigezzi.  Reservations required. Limit: 10 youth. RSVP: Brooke Levey (blevey1@gmail.com)

Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville

MD

THIS TRIP IS FULL. WAITLIST ONLY. Bundle up for a 2-hour LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible 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. Limit: 16. Meet at 3:30 p.m. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net.

Gunners Lake

MD

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. We will start 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: 10. LEADER: Mike Bowen at 202-236-0510 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com. Anne Cianni will co-lead.

Rock Creek’s North Branch Stream Valley

MD

THIS TRIP IS FULL. 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. We will start at 7:30 a.m. at Bowie Mill Park (https://tinyurl.com/ym8rn8zb) next to Sequoyah Elementary School with the option to do the shorter paved walk or the longer loop. Limit: 12 in two groups of 6 each. LEADER: Anne Mytych at amytych@yahoo.com.

Wheaton Regional Park for New Birders

MD

A bit early for spring migration but who knows? Wheaton RP always surprises us. Ducks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, raptors (sometimes a Merlin!), bluebirds, 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 6 each. CO-LEADERS: Evelyn Ralston at evelynralston@icloud.com and Martha Morris at mamorris1123@verizon.net.

Hughes Hollow

MD

Half day. We will begin at the Hughes Hollow parking lot in the McKee-Beshers WMA at 7 a.m. We will explore the wetlands and fields of Hughes Hollow. Species to be expected include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, and many other marsh-dwellers, as well as lingering winter land birds. Depending on the early spring weather trends, we have a chance for some early warbler species and other early neotropical migrants. Limit: 16. LEADER: Jim Nelson at kingfishers2@verizon.net.

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