Masonville Cove (HIKING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center
Masonville Cove is 70 acres of water and 54 acres of restored wetlands, nature trails, and a protected bird sanctuary on a formerly neglected parcel of land in the Middle Branch. More than 75 species have been recorded here during the month of February. Species may include Lesser Scaup, Common Merganser, and American Kestrel. A Snowy Owl was seen here in late December 2017! This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on mostly flat nature trails and dirt roads.
Maryland Zoo & Druid Hill Park (HIKING/DRIVING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Maryland Zoo entrance
Begin this winter birding adventure in an area rarely accessed by Baltimore birders: the old waterfowl ponds in a quiet, closed-off area of the Maryland Zoo. We’ll search here for Hooded Mergansers on the water and songbirds along the pond edge. After this, we will drive a short distance to the Druid Hill reservoir, which is a winter oasis for waterfowl and gulls. We’ll also explore the open fields and hardwood forests in search of woodpeckers and raptors. More than 45 species have been recorded in Druid Hill Park in February. This trip will include short hikes on occassionally steep trails and short driving between sites. Please note that although we will be provided wth special access to the Maryland Zoo, we will not be touring the main pathways and animal exhibits.
Swann Park to Ridgely’s Cove (HIKING/DRIVING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Swann Park
This adventure connects four of the best winter birding hotspots along the South Baltimore waterfront. We’ll begin at Swann Park, where we’ll scan the shallow water and exposed mudflats for gulls and waterfowl. We’ll then drive a short distance to Harbor Hospital, where we’ll enjoy open views of the Patapsco River and Masonville Cove. From here, we’ll migrate to Middle Branch Park to scope the water for ducks and the forested edges for songbirds. We’ll end in the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium for a short hike along the Gwynn’s Falls Trail South to add a few species hiding out in Ridgely’s Cove. With this many fantastic birding opportunities, this trip could easily tally 40 or more species. Transportation is not provided, but guides will provide detailed driving directions between sites.
Hanlon Park to Woodlawn Cemetery (HIKING/DRIVING)
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Meeting Location: Lake Ashburton at Hanlon Park
This adventure will connect three of the best winter birding hotspots along the Gwynns Falls in Northwest Baltimore. We’ll begin at Hanlon Park, where we’ll scope Lake Ashburton for American Coot, Ruddy Ducks and Redheads. We’ll then drive a short distance to Gwynn Oak Park, where we’ll search the forested creek for Hooded Mergansers, Belted Kingfishers and songbirds. From here, we’ll migrate to the section of the Gwynns Falls that borders the Woodlawn Cemetery to scan the water for ducks and gulls. We’ll end near the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695), which should provide plenty of time for those driving to Canton Waterfront Park for the 4:00 pm boat trip in the Inner Harbor. Transportation is not provided, but guides will provide detailed driving directions between sites.
Fort McHenry (HIKING)
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Meeting Location: Fort McHenry parking lot
“O say can you see…the Dark-eyed Juncos feeding on the lawn under the flag?” Fort McHenry is one of Baltimore’s most notable landmarks, and one the best birding hotspots in all of Maryland. More than 100 species have been recorded here in February. Species seen during this trip may include Lesser Scaup and White-winged Scoter on the water, Great Blue Heron and Red-winged Blackbirds in the marsh, and several species of winter sparrows and woodpeckers in the trees. This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on Fort McHenry’s pathways. We’ll end with plenty of time for those driving to Canton Waterfront Park for the 4:00 pm boat trip in the Inner Harbor.
Birding by Boat in the Inner Harbor (BOAT) – THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Meeting Location: dock at Canton Waterfront Park
The diversity of winter waterfowl in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is truly amazing. More than 30 species of duck, goose and swan have been recorded here in February. We’ve chartered with Baltimore Water Taxi for a guided birding tour to explore Baltimore’s waterfront and secret coves. The boat will serve as a floating oberservation blind and will keep us comfortable while we search for rafts of Bufflehead, Canvasback and Scaup on the water, and flocks of gulls and blackbirds. The sun setting over the Baltimore skyline will provide an added benefit to this aquatic urban adventure. After the boat trip, join us for the Tally Rally at the Boathouse Canton at 5:30 pm!
Tally Rally at the Boathouse Canton
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cost: free, food and drink available for purchase
Meeting Location: The Boathouse Canton
Audubon’s Winter Baltimore Birding Weekend is more than a great opportunity to bundle up and see unique local birds…it is also a time to meet unique local birders! Birders will enjoy great food and drink at the Boathouse Canton at 2809 Boston Street. See what birds have been reported on the Saturday ABBW trips, and learn about local birding hotspots from our Audubon guides. Join us to swap birding stories and add to the ABBW checklist for the weekend. There is no fee for attending the tally rally, but drinks and food will be available for purchase.
Food and drink are not included in the cost for trips and tally rallies.
No cancellations are accepted after February 1, 2018.
Trips will go rain or shine. If the trip is canceled due to dangerous conditions, a full refund will be provided.
PHOTO CREDITS: All bird photos courtesy of Middleton Evans. Birder photographs courtesy of Camilla Cerea.