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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 - 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 clivegharris@yahoo.com.

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

Trip - Wednesday, 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!) For reservations contact the LEADER: Mike Bowen dhmbowen@yahoo.com or 301-530-5764.

Trip - Saturday, January 11 Redgate Park Come explore this “new” park on a former golf course. Offers multiple habitats, including a small marsh, wooded areas, and lots of meadow areas for potential winter sparrows. In its first few months as a park, birders identified 77 species. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot. Some areas have steep hills. If there are icy conditions, the trip will be postponed. Reservations required (no limit). For reservations and information, contact the LEADER: Anne Mytych at 240-506-0236 or amytych@yahoo.com.

Trip - Sunday, January 12 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 - Saturday, January 18 Eastern Shore (TWO DAY TRIP) Explore the bird-rich Eastern Shore! Saturday morning we’ll cross the Bay Bridge and check for Brown-headed Nuthatches at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center; then we’ll head to Cambridge and Blackwater NWR for eagles, ducks, and Snow Geese. We’ll overnight in Ocean City. On Sunday, we’ll take in Brant, loons, and gulls at Ocean City Inlet and, as conditions permit, check out Assateague Island. Trip is limited to 10. We will carpool. If a Nor’easter comes howling down, we won’t go. For reservations and information, contact the LEADER: Cheryl Hogue at cheryl.hogue@gmail.com.

Trip - Sunday, January 26 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. For reservations (required) and more info, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - Sunday, February 02 Oaks Landfill - Laytonsville Bundle up for a LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible N. Harriers and Short-eared Owls, at this closed- to- the-public 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. Please note that preference will be given to MBC members who haven’t had the chance yet to visit the landfill. 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 England 240-375-4500 (cell) or markengland@canamcontractors.com (Email).

Trip - Wednesday, March 04 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 - Tuesday, March 10 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 bridge.” 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 Wood 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 welcome. For more info, call the LEADER: Jim Green, 301-742-0036.

Trip - Thursday, 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 - Saturday, March 14 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area , Prince Georges County Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Waterfowl, as well as winter and early spring songbirds. Ospreys may be displaying. Meet at 8 am at parking lot by park headquarters (16000 Croom Airport Rd.). Wear muddy conditions footgear. Registration required (18-person limit). Register online at ANShome.org/adults. For more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England, at mengland@canamcontractors.com

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