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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*** Information for Scheduled Bird Walks at
 Patterson Park,   8-930AM with Patterson Park Audubon.
No need to RSVP, but if you would like to borrow binoculars please call
410.558.2473 or email  Meet at the fountain –
located closest to E. Lombard St. and South Patterson Park Ave. (northeast
section of the park).  

                       JANUARY 2017

***This trip has been cancelled**
January 1 (Sunday), noon-2:30pm        Leader: Bryan MacKay
Soldiers Delight (Owings Mills area)

Monday, January 16, 9-11AM, Bird Explorers for Teens at
Patterson Park
Over 200 bird species have been to Patterson Park! Now students can join
Audubon as citizen scientists!  A teen expert will lead us as we collect data
on urban bird species and share our findings with the greater scientific
community. No experience necessary. Service learning hours for student
scientists!  Grades 6-12 ∙ Free!  Meet at the fountain in the northwest
corner of Patterson Park, closest to the intersection of  E. Lombard St. and
S. Patterson Park Ave.  Register by emailing or call

Saturday, January 28, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at
Patterson Park
Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory
stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead us in search of avian
friends! Bring the whole family - all ages and abilities welcome! No
experience necessary. If you would like to borrow binoculars, drop us an
email – we have plenty to share!  There is no need to RSVP for this event,
just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars:
or 410.558.2473. Free!  Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of
Patterson Park, closest to the intersection of E. Lombard St. and S.
Patterson Park Ave.

Sunday, January 29, 11:00am         Leader: Tim Houghton
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Take a trip with Tim 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. Join Ruth and Tim for dinner
after the trip to compare birds lists and tally the results. Contact Tim to
register and for meeting location and directions: 410-510-7504, 443-883-
6886 (cell) or (email)  Carpooling will be
possible from the White Marsh park-n-ride at 8AM. Adults who are not
members of Chesapeake Audubon will pay $5 at the beginning of the trip;
the money will go to CAS.


Friday, February 17, Great Backyard Bird Count at Patterson
Park.  8-930AM.  
See details at the top of the column.

Saturday, February 18, Great Backyard Bird Count Survey at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, 9:00AM-12PM
Saturday Service Day.  Volunteers of all ages and levels of birdwatching
experience welcomed, to join experienced group leaders to count birds
along trails all over the Center.  Registration required by calling 410-822-

Saturday, February 25, 8:30am        Leader: Brad Phoebus     
**Location Change**  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

Saturday, February 25, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at
Patterson Park - Winter Visitors.  
See details at the top of this column.


Monday, March 13, 7-830PM, Flight of the Timberdoodle at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center,  $5 per person
As winter breaks and spring begins to emerge the timberdoodle awakens. At
dusk the male Woodcock spirals into the sky, creating a trilling sound with
its wings. Then he descends, fluttering, warbling and zigzagging back to the
spot he began. This unusual mating ritual will take place in Pickering
Creeks’ warm season grass meadows provide ideal habitat for this annual
late winter event.  Registration required by calling 410--822-4903.

**cancelled due to weather**
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm    Leader: Tim Houghton       
Evening Woodcock Watch (Home Depot in Edgewood)        
Meet Tim at the Home Depot in Edgewood: 2703 Pulaski Highway (HWY 40).
As you enter, park in the right back (southwest). Bring a good flashlight if
you have one, as well as binoculars. In the past, this location has produced
fascinating Woodcock activity as darkness begins to descend. Contact Tim
by e-mail at (preferred) or call 410-510-7504 in
order to register or to ask any questions.

Monday, March 20, 6-7PM, Welcome Spring! Campfire at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center,  $5 per person
Ring in the first day of spring by learning about spring migrants and other
harbingers of spring while sitting around a campfire, enjoying s'mores, and
catching a ride on Pickering Creek's hay wagon!  Registration required by
calling 410-822-4903.

Saturday, March 25,  Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park, 8-
See details at the top of this column.

Sunday, April 2,  2-5 pm     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 or at 410 747 7132, at
least a day in advance.

Saturday, April 8, 9am    Leaders: Fred Brundick and John
Landers,  Cromwell Valley Park, Photographing Nature
Bring your camera and binoculars--John Landers and photographer 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 gpferd@gmail.
com or 443-752-5607.

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 am                Leader: Colleen Webster
Feathers and Flowers at Susquehanna State Park
An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, 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 8:00 AM.
For more information, contact Colleen at 410-459-4577 or, no need to register.

Saturday, April 29, 9am-5pm       Leader Bryan MacKay
Billy Goat Trail and the C & O Canal Towpath
Join naturalist and hiker Bryan MacKay for a strenuous hike just outside
Washington, DC. We'll stroll to see Great Falls, then hike on the Billy Goat
Trail, scrambling over rocks and along cliff edges for dramatic views
of the Potomac gorge. This is the best place in Maryland for spring
wildflowers, and we'll see lots of them. Photographers and children over
about 8 (if supervised) are welcome, but not a suitable hike for dogs.
Only about 5 miles, but we will spend about 6 hours outdoors. Cancelled if
rainy. Please register at least a day in advance with Bryan MacKay at, or 410 747 7132.


Saturday, May 6, 8am  Leader: Brad Phoebus
Holt Park (87 Elmont Ave, Baltimore; near 695 & Bel Air Road)
Join Brad at this little-known, small and often wonderful migrant trap.
Sometimes the woods at Holt Park is popping with warblers and other
songbirds. Easy parking. To register—and ask questions about location or
anything else—contact Brad at or 443-415-9776.

Sunday May 7, 8:30-11:00am        Leader: Ruth Bergstrom
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). Contact
Ruth at or 443-752-1967 to register and for meeting
instructions.  All levels of birders welcome.  Scopes useful if you have one.

Saturday, May, 13, Horseshoe Crabs and the Delaware Bay
with Pickering Creek Audubon,  $45 per person
Experience the mystery and magic of these living fossils during an excursion
to the Delaware Bay. Pack a picnic lunch, shoes that can get wet and stay
secure on your feet (no flip flops!), and a sense of adventure as we explore
the Delaware Bay coast in search of horseshoe crabs and the shorebirds
that depend on them. Transportation provided. Space is limited so register
early! Registration required by calling 410-822-4903.

Sunday, May 14, 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.).

Saturday, May 20, 8am     Leader: Brad Phoebus, Eden Mill
Nature Center (northern Harford County near hwy 165)
Meet Brad at this location to look for late migrating songbirds as well as for
interesting nesting warblers such as Prairie Warbler and Blue-Winged
Warbler. To register and for precise meeting instructions, contact
Brad at or 443-415-9776.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00am                Leader: Colleen Webster
Havre de Grace Paddle Outing
Bring your floating glory (kayaks, canoes, stand ups), to visit the
Susquehanna Flats for migrants and mating and babies. Colleen will help
ply the waters and bays for swimmers, divers and of course, fliers. Meet in
Havre de Grace at the Tydings Park boat ramp at 9:00 AM. We can help
unload your craft. Contact Colleen at 410-459-4577 or if you have questions - no need to register.