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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 - Tuesday, January 01 Earliest Bird Walk - Georgetown Reservoir and DC/VA Hotspots Half day. Start the New Year right. Meet at 8 a.m. at Georgetown Reservoir, D.C., by the gate leading to the dike between the pools. Itinerary will be different this year due to new parking restrictions along the route. Reserva-tions required. Strict limit: 20 participants who absolutely must be prepared to carpool. (No singletons!) LEADER: Mike Bowen dhmbowen@yahoo.com or 301-530-5764.

Trip - Friday, January 11 Ocean City and Environs (THREE DAY TRIP) Explore winter birding on the Eastern Shore! Friday morning, we'll cross the Bay Bridge and check out locations from Kent Island to Assateague, stopping at Blackwater NWR and points in between, looking for ducks in from the north. We'll overnight in Ocean City on Friday and Saturday. Trip is limited to 10. Please consider carpooling. If a Nor'easter comes howling down, we won't go. For reservations and information contact the LEADER: Stephanie Lovell at amorellovell@gmail.com or 240-242-3325. Cheryl Hogue will co-lead.

Meeting - Wednesday, January 16 January Meeting Join us for our January Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Sunday, January 20 Black Hill Regional Park All birders, but especially new birders, are welcome on this half day trip, which will focus on the identification of ducks at this premiere county spot for winter water-fowl. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Visitors Center to Black Hill Regional Park, and bring a spotting scope if you have one. For reservations (which are required) and more information, contact the LEADER: Gerry Hawkins maineusa@comcast.net or 571-277-8406 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, January 27 Winter Waterfowl Search Half day. Waterfowl search of Montgomery County waterways for ducks, grebes, and mergansers. Based on the unpredictability of winter weather conditions, the leader will decide on the meeting place a few weeks before the trip and use recent bird reports to decide best locations to visit. Bring a scope if you have one. Reservations required. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - Saturday, February 02 Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville Bundle up for a late afternoon search for winter-ing sparrows and raptors, including possible Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls, at this now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if not frozen over. Leader will have scope for distant birds. We have special permission to enter this “closed to the public” landfill so reservations are essential. Limit 20. Meet at 3:30 pm. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. Contact the leader for reservations and more information. LEADER: Mark Enlanland@canamcontractors.com or 240-375-4500 (cell).

Trip - Wednesday, February 06 Blue Mash A mid-week morning walk geared to new birders. We’ll look for the ex-pected winter birds: cardinals, towhees and sparrows as well as raptors (Northern Harrier a possibility) and ducks. Expect to walk (waterproof boots suggested!) about a mile on level trails. The trip will be cancelled or postponed in case of sleet, ice or rain. Start at 9 am. Reservations not necessary. For directions or more information call or e-mail the LEADER: Stephanie Lovell ctlovell1@yahoo.com or 240-242 3235.

Meeting - Wednesday, February 20 February Meeting Join us for our February Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Wednesday, March 06 Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Meeting - Friday, March 08 March Meeting - Annual Club Social at Woodend Join us for our March Meeting which is out Annual Club Social at Woodend. More information to follow!

Trip - Saturday, March 09 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area Prince Georges Co. Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Waterfowl, Wilson’s Snipe, winter and early spring songbirds. Ospreys displaying. Meet at 8 am at parking lot by park hdqtrs. Wear muddy conditions footgear. Registration required (15-person limit); register online at ANShome.org/adults. For more info, contact the LEADER Clive Harris at clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Trip - Tuesday, March 12 Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Trip - Thursday, March 14 Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Trip - Sunday, April 07 Hughes Hollow and Vicinity Half day. We will explore the wetlands of Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing. Species to be expected include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, and many other marsh dwellers. A chance for several warblers including Prothonotary. Meet at Hughes Hollow parking lot in the McKee-Beshers WMA at 7 a.m. Reservations are not required, but please contact the leader if you are planning to come so he can provide additional information before the trip. Contact the LEADER Jim Nelson kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240 515-4517 (cell).

Trip - Saturday, April 20 Blue Mash Nature Trail/Oaks Landfill Half day. Interesting walk at these adjacent and surprisingly birdy sites in Montgomery County. Waterproof boots helpful at Blue Mash, but not needed at the landfill. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Zion Road parking lot. Call leader for reservations and directions. Trip is limited to 8-10 participants. LEADER: Mark England 240-375-4500 (cell) or (e-mail).markengland@canamcontractors.com

Meeting - Wednesday, April 24 April Meeting Join us for our April Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Sunday, April 28 Occoquan Bay NWR Half day. Explore the diverse habitats in this one-square mile refuge at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers in Woodbridge, Virginia. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Meet at the parking lot in the center of the refuge at 7:30 a.m. Reservations required. Limit:25. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or maineusa@comcast.net. Directions: From Maryland, take Rt. 495 south to I-95 south LEFT Exit 161 (Woodbridge), follow Rt. 1 south, cross the Occoquan River, turn left at the light onto Dawson Beach Rd. and follow this road to the end.

Meeting - Wednesday, May 15 May Meeting Join us for our May Meeting. More information to follow!

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