Birding by Boat in the Inner Harbor (BOAT)
8:00 – 9:00 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 colorful Bufflehead, Canvasback and Scaup on the water, and flocks of gulls and blackbirds along the shore. The sun rising over the Baltimore skyline will provide an added benefit to this aquatic urban adventure.
Maryland Zoo & Druid Hill Park (HIKING/DRIVING)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
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.
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.