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  Trip - 2021-01-17- 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 waterfowl. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Center at Black Hill Regional Park, and bring a spotting scope if you have one. Limit: 6. For reservations (required) and more information, contact the LEADER: Gerry Hawkins at maineusa@comcast.net or 571-277-8406 (cell). Note: Because of the covid restrictions about sharing scopes, the leader will be unable to share his scope, and each person should bring his or her own. If you don’t have a scope, there should still be a number of closer waterfowl that can be seen through binoculars.

Trip - 2021-01-23- 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 year as a park, birders identified 150 species. Some areas have steep hills. If there are icy conditions, the trip will be postponed. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot. Limit: 6. Reservations required. For more information, reservations, and directions, contact the LEADER: Anne Mytych at 240-506-0236 or amytych@yahoo.com.

Trip - 2021-01-24- 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 location a few weeks before the trip and use recent bird reports to decide best locations to visit. Bring a scope if you have one. Limit: 6. For reservations and more info, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - 2021-01-26- Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville - THIS TRIP IS FULL. Bundle up for a 2-hour LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if they are not frozen over. Reservations required at least a week ahead of the trip for names to be submitted to the county. Limit: 6 under Covid-19 guidelines. Meet at 3:45 p.m. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net. Due to limited space, please sign up for one trip only.

Trip - 2021-01-30- Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville - THIS TRIP IS FULL. Bundle up for a 2-hour LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if they are not frozen over. Priority given to beginners and those that have never visited the Oaks Landfill. Reservations required at least a week ahead of the trip for names to be submitted to the county. Limit: 6 under Covid-19 guidelines. Meet at 3:30 p.m. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net. Due to limited space, please sign up for one trip only.

Trip - 2021-02-07- Hughes Hollow - Join us for a morning of winter marsh and woodland birding. Targets are sparrows, irruption finches, and possibly ducks. We will meet at the parking lot. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack if you like. We will not be too far away from the parking lot if anyone needs to leave early or grab something. Beginner and young birders are encouraged to join. Reservations required. Limit: 6. For meeting time and other information, contact one of the CO-LEADERS: Nathan Tea at snowmie700@gmail.com or Stella Tea at stazandgazer@gmail.com.

Trip - 2021-02-10- Gunners Lake, Germantown - This little body of water has established a deserved reputation over the years for a nice variety of wintering waterfowl and rather close views of the birds. If the lake is frozen over at the time of the trip, we will switch to a nearby larger body of water. Participants are invited to bring telescopes, since the leader will probably not be at liberty to share his because of pandemic restrictions. Walking will be along a level, paved path. Meet at 8 a.m. along the north side of Wisteria Drive, where there is ample parking. Specific maps giving directions will be sent to participants. Limit: 6. For reservations (required), more information, and directions, contact the LEADER: Mike Bowen at 202-236-0510 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com.

Meeting - 2021-02-17- Montgomery County Birders, Birds, and Birding Over the Years - Michael Bowen will host a panel discussion on Montgomery County birders, birds, and birding over the years. Stay tuned and look for panel discussants to be announced on the Montgomery Bird Club website.

Trip - 2021-02-20- Lois Y. Green Conservation Park - Morning walk through the varied habitats of this excellent 250-acre park, including two ponds, fields, deciduous and coniferous woods. We'll be looking for overwintering songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. Meet at 8 am. in the parking lot at 8711 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Limit 6. Reservations required. Contact the LEADER: Mark England at englandmark@comcast.net or 240-308-4114.

Trip - 2021-02-25- Blue Mash - Bundle up and join us for a morning as we search for winter birds in the fields and wood edges of Blue Mash. There is also the possibility of waterfowl on the ponds. Trip will be postponed if the conditions are icy. For reservations (required), time and directions, contact the CO-LEADERS: Woody and Rae Dubois at dengue1@verizon.net.

 

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.


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