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Birding at Rock Creek Park - International Migratory Bird Day

Nature Lovers meetup will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, sort of by searching for migrants in Rock Creek Park for a few hours, walking on level and hilly trails and roadsides for a mile or two. IMBD is actually celebrated on the second Sat. of May in the US and Canada but due to another commitment we'll do it a week early. We will rely heavily on birding by ear on this morning, near the peak of migration in the DC area. Birds to expect include flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and warblers (up to 20 species of the latter!)

Because of the expected number of birds, the variety of species and the emphasis on birdsong, this birding outing will be more challenging than the ones I usually lead! Be delightfully frustrated as we attempt to sort out the songbirds flitting about in the trees, bushes and vines!

We'll start birding in the parking lot of the Nature Center promptly at 8am. Where exactly we'll be after 8am will likely include the Maintenance Yard and Picnic Areas 17/18/19 which are both nearby and are usually productive for migrants.

Bring binoculars, field guide, water, a snack and appropriate clothing. Mist or drizzle will not cancel event.

Entrance to the park is free. Bathrooms are available at the Nature Center and the horse stables.

For the early birders out there, I'll be at the park very early so let me know if you want to join me for an hour before the official start time.

I'll send out my contact info as the date gets closer.

Rock Creek Park

Int'l Migratory Bird Day link

Happy birding!


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  • Scott

    The participants were fun as well as sharp. I really appreciate that they came out. And the birds did not disappoint!

    May 6, 2012

  • Robert

    great people - great birding!

    May 6, 2012

  • Scott

    Note to all who are attending: I won't have time to do lunch afterward. I need to leave soon after 11am.

    May 4, 2012

  • Scott

    I sent a message the other day. It should have went to everyone who RSVP'd Yes. I did have to change the date because of a conflict. Agi, I'm sorry that I won't see you.

    April 27, 2012

  • Agi

    Hi, Scott - wasn't this first scheduled for May 13? I signed up for May 13 but unfortunately can't make it on May 5. I would have thought the system would send out an email notification if the date changes... Anyway, sorry I'll have to miss it since I always enjoy birding trips that you lead... Agi

    April 27, 2012

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