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  Meeting - 2020-10-21- Hawai’i: Paradise Rebirded Speaker: David Roberts - Most visitors to Hawai’i will not see a native passerine. Hawai’i accounts for 15% of the world’s documented land bird extinctions over the past 700 years, and only 42 of the 152 documented indigenous species of Hawai’i remain today. My wife declared Hawai’i to be her favorite place to visit during our first trip to Hawai’i in 1998. The less developed Big Island and Kaua’i remain our favorites, but we have spent time on all four main islands, and on our last visit I finally completed my checklist of the endemic forest birds on Oahu. That was accomplished thanks to a talented native Hawaiian bird guide. I want to share some of what I learned from him about native Hawaiian history and the complex impacts of Polynesian, European, Russian, and American colonization on the environment and its native birds. I will also give an overview of the endemic species unique to each island and some of the interesting migrants and accidentals that I have encountered. Some of my photos can be viewed on eBird: https://ebird.org/profile/MzQ5MTQw/US-HI. Dr. Roberts is a Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute. His NIH website is: https://irp.nih.gov/pi/david-roberts.

Trip - 2020-10-24- Blue Mash: Remembering Our Past Presidents - Join us for this year’s annual walk in honor of former MBC presidents. We will especially remember those who are no longer with us. Longtime birders and new birders, new members and nonmembers--all are welcome. Meet at 8 AM. Limit: 6. Reservations required. For more information, directions, and reservations, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - 2020-11-11- Blue Mash: Basics Of Sparrow Id - Sparrows--Little Brown Jobs, to some--can be tricky to identify. A morning at Blue Mash provides a good op-portunity to learn and review key field marks. In addition to common species like White-throated and Song and Swamp, we’ll keep an eye out for less-likely White-crowned and Field Sparrows. This trip is primarily for begin-ners but all are welcome. Limit: 6. For reservations, time, and directions, contact one of the CO-LEADERS: Lydia Schindler, lydia13621@gmail.com or Linda Friedland, linnet1@verizon.net.

Meeting - 2020-11-18- Wildlife of Panama Speaker: Gail Mackiernan - Last April, Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper joined friends from England for two weeks in Panama. This was Gail and Barry’s third trip to that country, but reports of breeding Crested and Harpy Eagles provided a great reason for another visit! The group spent about five days at the famous Canopy Tower near the Panama Canal and six days at the Canopy Camp in the far-eastern province of Darién. In two weeks, they tallied about 300 species of birds, as well as a number of interesting mammals, including cute Sloths and noisy Howler Monkeys. Bird highlights were many, topped perhaps by smashing views of a Harpy Eagle at its nest, feeding a large chick, a totally unexpected encounter with a huge Crested Eagle perched along a remote road, close views of a confiding Black-crowned Antpitta, the enigmatic apayoa, Ocellated and Bare-crowned Antbirds and thousands of Mississippi Kites winging their way north over the forest.

Trip - 2020-11-29- Lilypons/New Design Road - Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. Email leader for reservation (required) and more info. Limit: 6. LEADER: Clive Harris clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Trip - 2020-12-06- Blackwater NWR - THIS TRIP IS FULL. (Please contact Trip Leader to be placed on waitlist) 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, 240-207-3132 (home) or 240-375-4500 (cell).

Trip - 2021-01-06- Blackwater NWR - 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 at 240-308-4114 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.

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.

 

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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