Birding and Beer

Join me for birdwatching at Riverbend Park near Great Falls in Fairfax Co. The winter residents will have largely settled in by late November and we'll be searching the park for them. View waterfowl along the Potomac and search for passerines (songbirds) in the woods and near the Visitor Center. Walking will be on mostly level trails but may include some hilly areas, depending on where the birds are and the whims of the leader. Walking distance will be no more than a couple of miles. We'll end our tour of the park around sunset and drive to a local pub for dinner and beer. The Old Brogue is a cozy, friendly and inexpensive restaurant just minutes from the park. Mmm... beer. Bring something to drink and binoculars. If you have them, bring a field guide and a spotting scope. Reminder that birding is mostly at a slow pace, unlike regular hiking so be sure to dress warmly. Meet in front of the Visitor Center at 2:30pm. This is the building with the bird feeders in back and the many stairs in front that faces the Potomac, located off of Jeffery Road at the end of Potomac Hills Street. Note that the Nature Center, which is at the very end of Jeffery Road, is not the same place. Allow about 35 min. to drive from the Fairfax area. Bathrooms are available at the park. Steady rain will postpone the event until Sunday but drizzle or mist may not. I'll give you my contact info as the date gets closer. When RSVPing, please indicate whether you will attend the restaurant portion of the event. Link to Riverbend Park site: http://www.fairfaxcou... Link to the Old Brogue Irish Pub http://www.oldbrogue.... Happy birding, Scott

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  • Lori

    Had a great time. Glad to finally try Old Brogue too.

    November 24, 2009

  • Maryam

    As first time birding was really great event especially after birding

    November 23, 2009

  • Janet

    Scott really knows his birds - we saw so many! It was a great time and I am ready for the next one.

    November 23, 2009

  • Josh

    Lots of fun; great people, and we saw bald eagles, bluebirds, and some interesting woodpeckers, among other birds. Plus, with Scott's knowledge of the subject, it was like having a guided tour from an experienced naturalist!

    November 21, 2009

  • Jaime

    so, i just found out i have to work until 2:30 saturday :(

    November 19, 2009

  • Julie

    Hi Scott, that would be great, where should I meet you? Somewhere between Ballston and Courthouse would work best for me, but I'm happy to meet wherever. Oh, and I'm up for the restaurant after, I forgot to mention that before. Will I be able to get a ride back to the orange line after? Thanks, I'm excited to get out birding!

    November 19, 2009

  • Lori

    Will most likely bicycle to the event, so I should not need a ride. Thanks, Scott.

    November 19, 2009

  • Scott

    Julie, I am picking up Lori from the Metro. Don't have an exact location yet. Somewhere along Orange line in Virginia. Would that work for you?

    November 19, 2009

  • Julie

    Is anyone carpooling?

    November 19, 2009

  • Jennifer

    I'll be out of town... looking forward to the next birding trip!!

    November 17, 2009

  • Jaime

    If I could bring 1 guest, I could change my maybe to a yes. Thanks :)

    November 8, 2009

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