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  Trip - 2020-12-06- Blackwater NWR - ONE AVAILABLE SPOT! 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: 6. Contact the leader for meeting place and time. LEADER: Mark England, 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net

Meeting - 2020-12-16- Wine & Cheese Holiday Social - Relax, meet other members, and make new birding friends over Wine and Cheese (viewer supplied for this Zoom meeting!). Then sharpen your visual and auditory bird identification skills for the traditional Bird Quiz that will be presented by Scott Young. If you have any ambiguous bird photos with corresponding good, decisive shots, please forward them to Scott at wsyacy@verizon.net. He will use them as part of the quiz. Other suggestions to make this annual pre-holiday, social meeting extra fun will be appreciated!

Trip - 2021-01-06- Blackwater NWR - THIS TRIP IS FULL. Full day (to dusk). Overwintering waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors plus late afternoon marsh watch. Brown-headed Nuthatch possible. Bring lunch and drinks. Reservations required. Limit: 6. For meeting place and time, contact the LEADER: Mark England, 240-308-4114 (cell) or englandmark@comcast.net

Trip - 2021-01-09- Rickman/Woodstock Equestrian Park - Join us as we explore this new location for some midwinter morning birding on the west side of route 28 (https://rb.gy/qpdqda). We’ll bird the broad fields and separating woods, hoping for sparrows, woodpeckers, and raptors. Limit: 6. For reservations (required) and more information, contact the LEADER: Scott Young at wsyacy@verizon.net.

Meeting - 2021-01-13- Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3: Results and Progress 2020 Speaker: Gabriel Foley - The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 has had a tremendously successful first season, and Atlas Coordinator Gabriel Foley is excited to discuss these results with the Montgomery Bird Club. Come learn about the birds reported in 2020, where this season’s effort was focused, how data quality review works, and how to strategize for a successful atlasing season in 2021. And Gabriel wants to hear from you, the atlaser, as well! Let him know what additional materials you could use, what topics are unclear, or anything else Atlas-related that happens to be on your mind.

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 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. Limit: 6. For reservations and more info, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

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.

 

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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