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Little Bennett RP for Beginners

MD

All are welcome on this half-day trip, but we especially encourage those new to birding to join us. Starting at 7:30 a.m., we’ll slowly walk some of the woodland trails looking for migrant and resident birds. Limit: 6. For reservations (required) and directions, contact the LEADER: Gemma Radko at gradko@yahoo.com.

Oaks Landfill

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CANCELED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION. Explore in carpools this now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain on a gravel road, including two pond views. In addition to sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl, shorebirds are possible if there are mudflats at the big pond. The leader will have a scope for distant birds. Limit: 16. We will start at 8 a.m. For reservations (required), contact the LEADER: Mark England at englandmark@comcast.net or 240-308-4114.

Hughes Hollow

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Join us for a morning of marsh and woodland birding. Targets are fall migrants such as warblers, sparrows, and ducks. Beginners and young birders are especially encouraged to join. We will gather at 7:30 a.m. at the Hughes Hollow parking lot. No reservations required. For more information, contact the LEADER: Dave Powell at seneca.ranger@gmail.com.

Blue Mash: Remembering our Past Presidents

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Join us for this year’s annual walk in honor of former MBC presidents. We will especially remember those who are no longer with us. Longtime birders and new birders, new members and nonmembers—all are welcome. We will start at 8 a.m. For reservations (required), more information, and directions, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Redgate Park

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Come explore this “new” park on a former golf course. The area offers multiple habitats, including a small marsh, wooded areas, and lots of meadow areas for potential winter sparrows. In its first 10 months as a park, birders identified 147 species. Some areas have steep hills. We will start at 8 a.m. in the parking lot. Limit: 10. For reservations (required), more information, and directions, contact the LEADER: Anne Mytych at 240-506-0236 or amytych@yahoo.com. Brooke Levey will co-lead.

Rock Creek’s North Branch Stream Valley

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Discover upper Rock Creek’s watershed with a variety of habitats. We will start along open fields and marshy areas next to Bowie Mill Park with the opportunity to see a variety of sparrows, hawks, fall migrants, and turkeys if we’re lucky. Previous lists included 8 species of sparrows including Fox, White-crowned, Swamp, and Savannah Sparrows. For those wanting a longer foray, a 4-mile loop that includes the stream valley will be possible, and we will likely 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 8 a.m. at Bowie Mill Park (https://www.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: 16. For reservations (required) and more information, contact the LEADER: Jo Cox at jobird11@gmail.com or 240-506-1723. Kathy Reitz will co-lead.

Lois Y. Green Conservation Park

MD

Morning walk through the woods. We’ll be looking for overwintering songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. The trip will start at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at 8711 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Limit: 12. For reservations (required), contact the LEADER: Mark England at englandmark@comcast.net or 240-308-4114.

Redgate Park: Seeking Sparrows

MD

If you are just starting to sort out the sparrows, join us for our annual Veteran’s Day Sparrow Walk. We’ll work on ID-ing familiar species such as Song and White-throated while looking for less common ones like White-crowned and Swamp. This trip is geared to beginners. Limit: 8. For reservations (required), time, and directions, contact the LEADER: Jo Cox at jobird11@gmail.com.

November 2022 Meeting: Birding Taiwan (and a bit of China)

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The beautiful country of Taiwan, the Fragrant Isle, is rich in tradition—and spectacular wildlife. Its coasts, mountains, and parks host 33 endemic birds, as well as regional rarities like Fairy Pitta. It is no wonder that Taiwan is a “must stop” on every world birder’s travels. In 2016, Gail joined a BirdTour Asia trip that explored this beautiful country from top to bottom. All the expected (and some unexpected) bird species were seen, from tiny Flamecrests to a towering Siberian Crane. A short post-trip extension to China added more goodies, including Cabot’s Tragopan and the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern.

Blackwater NWR

MD

Full day (to dusk). Early waterfowl and lingering migrants plus late afternoon marsh watch. Brown-headed Nuthatch possible. Bring lunch and drinks. Limit: 12. For reservations (required) and starting place and time, contact the LEADER: Mark England at englandmark@comcast.net or 240-308-4114.

Lilypons/New Design Road

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Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. Limit: 8. Start at 8 a.m. by the entrance to Lilypons. For reservations (required), contact the LEADER: Clive Harris at clivegharris@yahoo.com.

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