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This is a list of upcoming birding field trips and Club meetings. New Club members, new birders, and guests are cordially welcome on every field trip. If you have any questions about a specific field trip, please contact the trip leader or contact MBC Trip Coordinator Linda Friedland at 301.983.2136 (before 9 pm). For directions to the Potomac Presbyterian Church for Club meetings, click here.

Trip - Thursday, September 05 Wheaton Regional Park Join us to look for migrant warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. Reservations required. Limit: 10. For more information about meeting time and place and for reservations, email the LEADERS: Woody and Rae Dubois at

Trip - Saturday, September 07 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area, Prince Georges Co Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Three-hour pontoon boat trip on the Patuxent followed by trail walk. Search for Sora, also migrant and resident songbirds and waterbirds. Meet at 7 a.m. at park entrance gate. Bring fee of $7 per person for park program; boat trip can be cool and a bit damp. LEADERS: Greg Kearns and Karen Fairweather. Registrations required (20-person limit). Register online at For more information, contact Marta Wagner at

Trip - Sunday, September 15 Rock Creek Park D.C. For Beginners One- third day. The focus will be on identifying migrant warblers, vireos, and sparrows, but we’ll also look closely at more common birds. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center (reservations required). For reservations and directions, email the LEADER: Clive Harris at

Meeting - Wednesday, September 18 September Meeting Phil Davis - Birding the Canary Islands and Cape Verde

Trip - Saturday, September 21 Snickers Gap Hawkwatch (Between Bluemont & Berryville, VA) Two-thirds day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Peak time for Broad-winged Hawks. Meet at 10 a.m. at the commuter parking lot at VA 7 and VA 601. Registrations required (no limit). Register online at Bring tripod, scope, chair, and a packed lunch. For directions and more information, contact the LEADERS: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams at or 703-282-9495 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, September 22 Pennyfield To Violette’s Bird Stalk Half day. For folks who prefer a somewhat later start to their birding, we will meet at 9 a.m. at the Violette’s Lock parking lot, end of Violette’s Lock Road. We will then carpool to Pennyfield Lock and walk back up the C&O Canal towpath to Violette’s Lock. This walk should net an interesting mix of late warblers, other landbird migrants, and probably a few early winter visitors, as we scan the skies and river for raptors and waterbirds. Limit: 12. To sign up, contact the LEADER: Jim Nelson at or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Saturday, September 28 Croyden Creek Nature Center Come discover (or re-discover) a Montgomery County birding gem; 125 species of bird have been recorded in this park. Multiple warblers, thrushes, and Common Nighthawks possible. Some moderate hiking. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Nature Center parking lot. Reservations required (15-person limit). CO-LEADERS: Anne Mytych and Emily Huang. For reservations and more information, contact Anne at or 240-506-0236 or Emily at

Trip - Saturday, October 05 Little Bennett Regional Park for Beginners All are welcome on this half-day trip, but we especially encourage those new to birding to join us. Meet at 7:30 a.m. We’ll slowly walk some of the woodland trails looking for migrant and resident birds. Reservations required. Limit: 8. For reservations and directions, contact the LEADER: Gemma Radko at

Trip - Sunday, October 06 Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Half day. Explore the diverse habitats of scenic and historic Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which include a complex of cultivated ponds with rare water lilies and lotuses, marshes, wooded trails, fields, and the Anacostia River. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Reservations required. Limit 25. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. For reservations, contact the LEADERS: Mike Bowen at 301-530-5764 or, or Gerry Hawkins at 571-277-8406 or

Meeting - Wednesday, October 16 October Meeting Daphne Gemmill - Report from Vieques: Hurricane Maria’s Impact on the Birds of Puerto Rico

Trip - Saturday, October 26 Blue Mash: Remembering Our Past Presidents 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. Meet at 8 a.m. Reservations required. For more information, directions, and reservations, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at or 301-529-2066.

Trip - Sunday, November 03 Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville Explore this now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain on a gravel road, including two pond views and one hill climb of moderate difficulty. Possible sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. Leader will have scope for distant birds. We have special permission to enter this “closed to the public” landfill so reservations are essential. Limit: 16. Meet at 8 a.m. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-207-3132 (home) or 240-375-4500 (cell).

Trip - Monday, November 11 Basics Of Sparrow Id At Blue Mash Sparrows—Little Brown Jobs, to some—can be tricky to identify. A morning at Blue Mash provides a good opportunity to learn and review key field marks. In addition to common species like White-throated and Song and Swamp, we’ll keep an eye out for less-likely White-crowned and Field. This trip is primarily for beginners, but all are welcome. Limit: 8. For reservations, time, and directions, contact one of the CO-LEADERS: Lydia Schindler at or Linda Friedland at

Meeting - Wednesday, November 13 November Meeting Clive Harris - Gull Workshop

Trip - Sunday, November 24 Lilypons/New Design Road Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. For reservations (required) and more info, contact the LEADER: Clive Harris at

Trip - Sunday, December 08 Blackwater NWR Full day (to dusk). Early waterfowl and lingering migrants plus late afternoon marsh watch. Brown-headed Nuthatch possible. Bring lunch and drinks. Reservations required. Limit: 12. For reservations and meeting place and time, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-207-3132 (home) or 240-375-4500 (cell).

Meeting - Wednesday, December 11 December Meeting Wine & Cheese Party

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