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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 06 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 & Rae Dubois

Trip - Saturday, September 08 Patuxent River Park/Jug Bay Natural Area, Prince George's County 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 7:30 am at park entrance gate. Bring fee of $5 per person (Maryland residents) or $7 (Virginia, DC residents) for park program; boat trip can be cool and a bit damp. Registrations required (20-person limit). Register online at LEADERS: Greg Kearns and John Bjerke. For more information, contact John at

Trip - Sunday, September 09 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 6:30 am at Picnic Area 18 (on Ridge Rd, ½ mile below the nature center) (Note the early meeting time necessary to secure a parking spot.) Reservations required. For reservations and directions call the LEADER: Wallace Kornack, 202-338-7859

Trip - Saturday, September 15 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 am at commuter parking lot at VA 7 and VA 601. Registrations required (no limit). Register online at LEADERS: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams. Bring tripods, scopes, chairs, and pack lunch. Contact leaders for directions at or 703-282-9495 (cell).

Meeting - Wednesday, September 19 September Meeting Join us for our September Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Sunday, September 23 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 land bird 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 LEADER: Jim Nelson, or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Saturday, October 06 Montgomery's Big Sit at Black Hill! The object of a Big Sit is to tally as many bird species seen or heard within 24 hours from a single spot. Our club has picked a good place for a day of bird watching and over the years has tallied more than 50 species. Come for the day or just an hour or two. Directions: Take the road to the Black Hill Regional Park boat ramp. Park in the gravel lot on the right after you cross the small bridge and continue on the footpath to the cross dike. We’ll start at dawn (providing coffee and donuts to keep you going!) and continue until we run out of steam, usually mid-afternoon. New birders and new members encouraged! For more information contact Chuck Parker

Trip - Sunday, October 07 Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Explore the diverse habitats of scenic and historic Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which include a complex of cultivated ponds with rare waterlilies and lotuses, marshes, wooded trails, the Anacostia River and fields. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Reservations required. Limit: 25. 8:00 am (half day). Meet in the parking lot to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or

Trip - Sunday, October 07 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 301-514-2894

Trip - Wednesday, October 10 Lois Green Park Join us for the morning as we learn and review some of the basics of bird ID. This is a great place to find our more common species as well as some of the harder sparrows. This trip is primarily for new birders and/or new members but all are welcome. Meet at the parking lot at 9a.m. For information directions and reservations contact the LEADER: Stephanie Lovell at

Meeting - Wednesday, October 17 October Meeting Join us for our October Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Saturday, October 27 Blue Mash: Remembering Lou Our annual morning walk in honor of former MBC president and all-around naturalist Lou DeMouy who passed away in the fall of 2012. This year the trip will be geared to beginning birders and new members but 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 04 Oaks Landfill 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. Contact the leader for reservations and more information. LEADER: Mark England 240 207-3132 (home) or 240 375-4500 (cell)

Trip - Monday, November 12 Basic of Sparrow ID at Hughes Hollow Sparrows are often referred to as LBJs (little brown jobs) because of the initial difficulty in sorting them out. Hughes Hollow is a good place to spend the morning learning and reviewing basic field marks that are key to identification. In addition to common species, like White-throated, 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, or Linda Friedland

Meeting - Wednesday, November 14 November Meeting Join us for our November Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Sunday, November 25 Lilypons/New Design Road Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. Call leader for reservation (required) and more information. LEADER: Clive Harris

Trip - Sunday, December 09 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. Contact the leader for meeting place and time. LEADER: Mark England 240-207-3132(home) or 240-375-4500 (cell).

Trip - Wednesday, December 12 December Meeting Join us for our December Meeting. More information to follow!

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

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

Meeting - Friday, March 08 March Meeting Join us for our March Meeting. More information to follow!

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

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

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