Bird-Walk Schedule for 2020/2021

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2020

Saturday, September 19   —   up to all day  

Carroll County Fall Bird Count   –   Parties of counters will set their own schedules in their pre-arranged areas to count resident and late migrant bird species throughout the county.  Contact Scott Hodgdon to verify your bird-counting area (scotthodgdon@msn.com or 443-280-2480).

Saturday, September 26   –   8:00 am, half day trip

Piney Run Park in Carroll County   —   Come and enjoy a pleasant walk while bird watching in Piney Run. It is one of the hotspots for birding in the county.  A mix of habitats:  woods, water and fields.  We should see some migratory waterfowl, woodpeckers and lots of woodland birds.  Please meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts.  For more details or to RSVP contact Scott Hodgdon at 443 280 2480 or scotthodgdon@msn.com.

Saturday, October 03   —   8:00 am, half-day trip

Liberty Watershed off Bollinger Mill Road in Eldersburg  –  A good spot for late migrant woodland birds and possibly waterfowl.  Moderate hiking which, depending on the weather, could be a little muddy.  Dave and Maureen Harvey will be leading this trip.  Please contact the Harveys at 410-795-3117.

Saturday, October 17   –   8:00 am, half day trip

Soldiers Delight NEA in Baltimore County   —   Come and enjoy a pleasant walk while bird watching in Soldiers Delight.  It is one of the hotspots for birding in Baltimore County near the Liberty Reservoir.  A mix of habitats:  woods, creeks and fields.  We should see lots of woodland birds and some grassland birds.  Please meet at Soldiers Delight Overlook parking lot, 5344 Deer Park Rd, Owings Mills, MD.  For more details or to RSVP, contact Scott Hodgdon at 443 280 2480 or scotthodgdon@msn.com.

Saturday, October 31    —   8:00 am, half-day trip

Morgan Run South  —  We’ll look for late migrants and early winter residents, including fox sparrow and hermit thrush.  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Ben Rose Lane.  Moderate hiking.  Contact David Smith at lacsmith12@comcast.net, or by phone at 443-995-4108.

Saturday, November 14   —   up to all day

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center  –  The Center is located 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It is an excellent place to see the Chesapeake’s wintering assortment of waterfowl.  With the variety of habitats at the Center, though, we can expect to see many other kinds of birds.  Bob Ringler will lead the walk, which will start at the visitor center at 8:30.  If you have questions about the walk, Bob can be reached at ringler.bob@gmail.com.  Participants wishing to carpool or caravan should meet CJ McAuliffe at 7:00 am at the Park-and-Ride lot on Route 32, just south of Route 26 in Eldersburg.  You can reach CJ at cjhome23@gmail.com or 443-398-6483

2021

Saturday, January 9   —   6:00 to 9:00 pm

Annual Holiday Celebration   —   CCBC members and guests only.  Venue to be determined; further information will be provided when arrangements are finalized.

Saturday, January 16   —   up to all day  

Carroll County Mid-Winter Bird Count   –   Parties of counters will set their own schedules in their pre-arranged areas to count winter bird species throughout the county.  Contact Bill Ellis to verify your bird-counting area at billellis@ellislist. com.

Saturday, January 30   —   up to all day

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge   –   This waterfowl sanctuary for migrating birds is a great place to see geese, swans and ducks in the marsh along with hawks, great blue herons, and a few species of shorebirds.  Eagles, both bald and golden, are sometimes conspicuous along the Wildlife Drive, and woodland birds are visible from the walking trails.  Tom Miller will be leading this trip; he can be reached at birdertwm@verizon.net.  Meeting place and time will be announced at a later date.

Saturday, February 13   —   8:00 am, half-day trip

Piney Run Park   —   Moderate walking around the lake.  Meet at the parking lot outside the gate to Piney Run Park on Martz Road off of White Rock Road.   Dave and Maureen Harvey will be leading this trip.  Please contact them at 410- 795-3117.

Saturday, March 06   —   6:00 pm until sometime after dark

Woodcock Walk at Morgan Run   —   Come strain your eyes and ears to appreciate these curious birds as they perform their annual courting ritual.  They never let us down!  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Ben Rose Lane.  Contact Allan McQuarrie at 410-552-1278 if you plan to attend; if there is no answer, please leave a message.  

Saturday, April 10   —   8:00 am, half-day trip

Former Wakefield Valley Golf Course on Fenby Farm Road in Westminster.  This is a great place to bird most of the year; you can walk, bike ride, and fish in their five ponds.  We will see a variety of year-round resident birds as well as some early migrants.  Crystal Kunst will be leading this trip; you can reach Crystal at birdsonghiker@gmail.com.  Meeting place to be determined.

Saturday, April 24   —   7:00 am, half or all-day trip

C&O Canal and Antietam Battlefield in Washington County   –   Scott and Matthew Hodgdon will be leading a modest walk on the C&O Canal tow path in the morning at Snyder’s Landing. We should get some early warblers, woodland birds and maybe some waterfowl on the river. Bring a lunch if planning to do all day and we will go to Antietam Battlefield. At Antietam we should see many field birds:  Eastern Meadowlark, Orioles and Eastern Kingbird. Please meet at the Park-and-Ride on Route 27 just north of I-70 in Mt. Airy. Parking at the birding sites may be limited, so we will carpool.  For more details or to RSVP, contact Scott at 443-280-2480 or scotthodgdon@msn.com.  

Saturday, May 08   –   up to all day

Carroll County Spring Bird Count   –   Parties of counters will set their own schedules in their pre-arranged areas to count resident and migrant bird species throughout the county.  Contact Scott Hodgdon to verify your bird-counting area (scotthodgdon@msn.com or 443-280-2480).

Saturday, May 15   –   8:00 am, half day trip

Hashawha Environmental Center in Carroll County   —   Come and enjoy a pleasant walk in the woods and along the stream.  It is one of the hotspots for birding in the county.  We will be looking for vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and flycatchers.  Please meet at the parking lot at the Bear Branch Nature Center.  For more details or to RSVP contact Scott Hodgdon at 443 280 2480 or scotthodgdon@msn.com.

Saturday, May 29   –    8:00 am, half day trip

Krimgold Park in Carroll County   —   Come and enjoy a pleasant walk while bird watching in the park. The park has a lot of open fields, four ponds and tree lines. We hope to see sparrows, swallows and Horned Larks.  Please meet at the last parking lot by the pavilion.  For more details or to RSVP contact Matthew Hodgdon at 301 703 0657 or mhodgdon@msn.com.

Saturday, June 12   —   8:00 am, half-day trip

Location TBD   —   The focus of the outing will be to learn more about the Maryland-DC Breeding Bird Atlas project, which began January 1, 2020; to gain insights about how to identify evidence of breeding birds; and to document breeding birds from the Atlas block we are visiting.  Meeting place to be announced.  Please contact David Smith at lacsmith12@comcast.net or 443-995-4108.        

Saturday, June 26   –   1:00 until ?

Summer Picnic at Amy’s House   –   Amy Hoffman will again be hosting this annual event for CCBC members and their guests only.  Enjoy good food and good company.  Amy has a great pool, so bring your swimsuit.  Contact Amy at 410-549-3598 if you plan to attend and to discuss what food item you’ll be bringing.          

Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Ornithological Society

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