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