Please join us for one of these enjoyable outings!  Take a look
at the calendar and plan to spend some time with other CAS
members and  friends enjoying relaxing outdoor activities.  
eginners of all ages are welcome as
all trips include attention to novices.  

*Please read reports from past field trips*
Field Trips
Chesapeake Audubon Society                             Field Trips


Saturday, January 15 - Terrapin Park (Sandy Point)
Leader:  Hugh Simmons
Join Hugh at this beautiful location for a great morning of birding on the
shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Located by the Bay Bridge, this park offers
easy trails and a pond filled with both migrating and resident songbirds,
waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors.   If we hear of any Snow Buntings visiting
Sandy Point, we’ll stop for a look on the way home.  Join us by contacting
Hugh at 410-628-4246 before 9 PM or you can e-mail him at for information on meeting times and places.

Sunday, January 23, 1-3PM - Pickering Creek - Owls
Bird Walk-n-Talk series, Cost: $10 Adult/ $5 Child
See description on Nov. 14th event

Saturday, January 29 - 8AM Patterson Park
Please join us for our first monthly Bird Walk for 2011.  It’s always good to
see what birds have chosen to make the park their winter home and there is
usually a nice surprise at the pond.  Meet the group at the fountain, which is
in the northwest corner of the park close to the Pagoda.  No need to
register! The walk runs from 8AM to 9:30AM.  We have binoculars for you to
use if you need them.  It is a fun family activity!  Call 410-558-2473 with any

Sunday, January 30 - Delaware Beaches
Leader:  Ruth Bergstrom
We'll visit Prime Hook, Cape Henlopen State Park, and/or Delaware
Seashore State Park depending on what's being reported for wintering Bay
and Sea Ducks.  Email Ruth at or call her at 443-752-
1967 to register and for details.


Sunday, February 6, 2-4PM Pickering Creek -
Bird Walk-n-Talk, Cost:  $10 adult/$5 Child,
The new
Bird Walk n’ Talk series introduces beginning birders of all ages
to the birds found along the Delmarva Peninsula. Each month will be an
exploration of the habitat, identification and calls of different bird groups.
Naturalists will lead introductions about the monthly bird groups, then adults
and children will split up for specialized hikes. Adults learn some in-depth
identification skills and bird/habitat connections. Kids look for birds then get
to interpret their imaginations into bird crafts. Hot beverages and
homemade treats await us on our return to ease the winter chills.
Please register in advance by calling 410/822-4903. Pre-registration is
required. Children are considered ages 15 and under.
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Sunday, February 18, 11:00am         Leaders: Tim Houghton,
Brad Phoebus, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Take a trip with Tim and Brad to the Blackwater NWR on the eastern
shore. You will search for Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Brown-
headed Nuthatches, wintering ducks, and other avian treasures. We
will meet at the Visitors Center. For the most part, we will car pool
around the area; $3:00 fee per car. Contact Tim to register or to ask
questions at (preferred) or 410-510-


Saturday, March 3, 8:30am        Leader: Brad Phoebus        
Loch Raven Reservoir                
Join Brad for a birding trip focusing on ducks at various locations
around Loch Raven Reservoir, starting at Loch Raven Point and then
moving to other spots such as Peerce's Cove and the old picnic area.
Rare birds such as Eurasian Wigeon, Cackling Goose, and Greater
White-Fronted Goose have shown up here. Park along Loch Raven
Road at the beach area near the bridge. A scope is not necessary,
but if you have one, do bring it, along with binoculars. Contact Brad
Phoebus at or 443-415-9776 with any
questions and to register—and to confirm the meeting location.

*cancelled - look for possible reschedule date*
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm                 Leader: Tim Houghton    
Evening Woodcock Watch (Swan Harbor Farm, Havre de
Meet Tim at Swan Harbor Farm: 401 Oakington Rd., Havre de Grace.
As you enter, drive to near the end of the long entrance road and park
in the lot on the left just past the first building. Bring a good flashlight if
you have one, as well as binoculars. Waterproof shoes might be a
good idea. Contact Tim by e-mail at
(preferred) or call 410-510-7504 in order to register or to ask any

Sunday, March 18, 8:00am                        Leader: Hugh Simmons
Birding Basics - North Point State Park
Birding Basics is a series of walks for those new to bird watching,
slower paced and focused on developing your bird watching skills.  
With a mix of habitats including open fields, mature forest and
freshwater/brackish tidal wetlands, Black Marsh provides
opportunities to see a good variety of species. To register contact
Hugh Simmons at or 410-456-0017.  

Monday, March 19, 7PM, Timberdoodles at White Marsh with
Tim Houghton
The location is near White Marsh Blvd. and Philadelphia Road. I'll be
taking the Philadelphia Road exit from WM Blvd., but instead of
turning onto Philadelphia at the light, continue straight onto
Nottingham Drive and park along the road near where it intersects
with Nottingridge Road. Be there no later than 7:10--maybe plan to
get there a little earlier in case you get turned around. Might be helpful
to check out a Google map of the area. Contact Tim by e-mail at (preferred) or call 410-510-7504 in order
to register or to ask any questions.

Saturday, March 31,  10am-noon                Leader: Bryan MacKay
Patapsco Valley State Park, Signs of Spring Walk
Join naturalist Bryan MacKay for a 2 mile stroll along the paved Grist
Mill Trail as buds begin to swell and birds begin to sing. Learn about
early season plants and history of the valley; we may even see a few
birds! We will also walk 300 yards uphill on a trail to see a beautiful
cascade. To register please contact Bryan at, at
least a day in advance.


Saturday, April 7, 9am                        Leader: Fred Brundick        
Cromwell Valley Park, Photographing Nature                
Bring your camera and binoculars—Fred Brundick will take you
around wonderful Cromwell Valley Park. This will be a great way to
get into practice just as the flowers, butterflies, and birds are
beginning to show their stuff. To register, contact Fred at or 443-752-5607.

Saturday, April 14, 8:30am                Leader: Colleen Webster
Feathers and Flowers at Susquehanna State Park
An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, as well as early migrant
songbirds and lingering winter visitors. Meet at the parking area at the
confluence of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River just north of
Rock Run Mill at 8:30 AM. No registration necessary. If you have any
questions, contact Colleen at 410-459-4577 or cwebster@harford.

Sunday, April 15, 8:30am                  Leader: Hugh Simmons,    
Birding Basics—Fort Smallwood Park
Birding Basics is a series of walks for those new to bird watching,
slower paced and focused on developing your bird watching skills.  
Fort Smallwood Park is a renowned spring hawk migration count site
and is a nice overall birding location. We will start with a stroll around
the park and end at the hawk count site. Hawks tend to get up later in
the morning so for those wanting the full hawk count experience you
should plan to stay longer than two hours. $6.00 fee to enter the park.
To register contact Hugh Simmons at or

Saturday, April 21, 10am-1pm                Leader Bryan MacKay
Wildflower Walk (Gunpowder Falls SP, Bel Air Road at the river,
btw Kingsville and Perry Hall)
Spring wildflowers are the glory of the Maryland spring, and this
beautiful trail along the Big Gunpowder Falls hosts a variety of early
blooms.  From BelAir Road, we'll stroll upstream on a flat but muddy
trail for more than a mile before returning by the same route.  Bring a
hand lens if you have one.  Please register with Bryan MacKay, at, at least a day in advance.


Saturday, May 5, 8am                        Leader: Brad Phoebus
Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park), for warblers and other songbirds
(695, right on Liberty Road, right on Washington Ave., right on Milford
Mill Rd, right into parking area immediately after going under 695)
Join Brad at this excellent warbler migrant trap along a creek and
woods; an easy mile loop. Often during the first half of May this spot is
popping with warblers and other songbirds. To register—and ask
questions about location or anything else—contact Brad at or 443-415-9776.

Sunday, May 6, 7:00am                        Leader Hugh Simmons
Birding Basics—Cromwell Valley Park
Birding Basics is a series of walks for those new to bird watching,
slower paced and focused on developing your bird watching skills.
OK, I know 7:00am is early but the best birding is in the first two hours
after sunrise.  Migration will be ramping up and missing that hour of
sleep will be rewarded with more birds. Cromwell Valley Park is a
terrific place for spring migrants. To register contact Hugh Simmons
at or 410-456-

Sunday May 12, 8:30am                  Leader: Fred Brundick
North Point State Park (Edgemere, MD)
North Point is a 1,310 acre park on the shores of the Chesapeake
Bay.  We’ll be searching for spring migrants and resident birds on the
Marsh Trail and bay front. Park entrance fee is $3/vehicle (have exact
change). To register, contact Fred at or 443-752-
5607. All levels of birders welcome, scope helpful if you have one.

Sunday, May 13, 7:00am                Leader: Tim Houghton
Susquehanna State Park
Susquehanna State Park is Harford County’s (and maybe the state's)
best place to find Cerulean Warblers and other warbler and songbird
species. This park has a little bit of everything. E-mail Tim for
information and to register at or call 410-
510-7504. Meeting place will be at Rock Run Mill (corner of Stafford
Rd. and Rock Run Rd.).