Please join us for one of these enjoyable outings!  Take a look
at the calendar and plan to spend some time with other CAS
members and  friends enjoying relaxing outdoor activities.  
eginners of all ages are welcome as
all trips include attention to novices.  

*Please read reports from past field trips*
Field Trips
Chesapeake Audubon Society                             Field Trips


Saturday, January 15 - Terrapin Park (Sandy Point)
Leader:  Hugh Simmons
Join Hugh at this beautiful location for a great morning of birding on the
shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Located by the Bay Bridge, this park offers
easy trails and a pond filled with both migrating and resident songbirds,
waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors.   If we hear of any Snow Buntings visiting
Sandy Point, we’ll stop for a look on the way home.  Join us by contacting
Hugh at 410-628-4246 before 9 PM or you can e-mail him at for information on meeting times and places.

Sunday, January 23, 1-3PM - Pickering Creek - Owls
Bird Walk-n-Talk series, Cost: $10 Adult/ $5 Child
See description on Nov. 14th event

Saturday, January 29 - 8AM Patterson Park
Please join us for our first monthly Bird Walk for 2011.  It’s always good to
see what birds have chosen to make the park their winter home and there is
usually a nice surprise at the pond.  Meet the group at the fountain, which is
in the northwest corner of the park close to the Pagoda.  No need to
register! The walk runs from 8AM to 9:30AM.  We have binoculars for you to
use if you need them.  It is a fun family activity!  Call 410-558-2473 with any

Sunday, January 30 - Delaware Beaches
Leader:  Ruth Bergstrom
We'll visit Prime Hook, Cape Henlopen State Park, and/or Delaware
Seashore State Park depending on what's being reported for wintering Bay
and Sea Ducks.  Email Ruth at or call her at 443-752-
1967 to register and for details.


Sunday, February 6, 2-4PM Pickering Creek -
Bird Walk-n-Talk, Cost:  $10 adult/$5 Child,
The new
Bird Walk n’ Talk series introduces beginning birders of all ages
to the birds found along the Delmarva Peninsula. Each month will be an
exploration of the habitat, identification and calls of different bird groups.
Naturalists will lead introductions about the monthly bird groups, then adults
and children will split up for specialized hikes. Adults learn some in-depth
identification skills and bird/habitat connections. Kids look for birds then get
to interpret their imaginations into bird crafts. Hot beverages and
homemade treats await us on our return to ease the winter chills.
Please register in advance by calling 410/822-4903. Pre-registration is
required. Children are considered ages 15 and under.
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Saturday, October 13, 8:30am. Leader: Hugh Simmons (CAS w/
Wyncote Audubon)
Cape May, New Jersey—all-day field trip.

This is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon in PA. Cape May is
considered one of the best birding locations on the East Coast and is
renown for its fall migration spectacle.  We will meet at 8:30 am in the
Cape May Point State Park parking lot where restrooms are available
after the long drive. We will then head to our first stop, the South Cape
May Meadows.  Bring lunch, snacks, fluids, bug spray, sun screen.   
Scopes will be useful if you have one but don't worry if you don't, there
will be ones to share.  All walks on level but possibly uneven ground
including dirt trails, fields, beaches.  Contact Hugh Simmons at 410-
456-0017 or for more information.

Sunday, October 21, 8:00am         Leader: Tim Houghton
Mount Pleasant Farm (Howard County Conservancy)
Mount Pleasant Farm in Howard County is a premier place for field
birds, including a large variety of sparrows. Most of this is an easy
walk in a beautiful location, but please wear ankle-high boots or
shoes (preferably water resistant) in case we bushwhack through
marshy areas. Binoculars required. Contact Tim to register or to ask
any questions: 410-510-7504 or (email)


Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00am             Leader: Brad Phoebus                
Swan Harbor Farm Park (Havre de Grace)

Join Brad at Swan Harbor Farm Park for winter ducks, sparrows and
other songbirds. This area offers varied habitat for a diverse range of
birds. Contact Brad at or 443-415-9776 to
register and for any questions you might have.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 9am                        Leader Bryan MacKay
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (in Delaware)  
Meet at the Visitor Center (2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE).
Beginners especially are welcome. Good idea to bring lunch.
Bombay Hook is about 2 hours from Baltimore and is one of the best
birding locations in the region.  It is a terrific place to see ducks and
other birds.  You must register with Bryan in advance at .


Saturday, December 8, 8:00am                 Leader: Fred Brundick
Eagles at Conowingo Dam
Join photographer and naturalist Fred Brundick for a hike along the
old railroad tracks in search of winter residents. Some years more
than a hundred Bald Eagles can be viewed near the dam. Gulls and
Great Blue Herons are present in large numbers too. Bring your
camera as well as binoculars. Contact Fred to register and get
directions: or 443-752-5607.


January 1 (Tuesday), noon-2:30pm                Leader: Bryan
MacKay, Soldiers Delight (Owings Mills area)
Start off the New Year with a 3-mile hike at Soldiers Delight (near
Owings Mills). We probably won't see much, but Soldiers Delight is a
lovely grasslands and a very pleasant place to hike. We'll start at noon
(and finish by 2:30) for those recovering from the previous night.
Contact Bryan MacKay to register and for information and directions-- least 24 hours in advance.

Saturday, January 26, 9am                Leader: Colleen Webster
Perryville Community Park (Cecil County)
Meet at Stumps Landing (farthest point east). Scopes encouraged,
but leader will have one.  Easy walk on mostly pavement to see
Tundra Swans heading north and a variety of winter ducks, Gadwall,
Ring Neck, Wigeon, Scaup, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Hooded
Mergansers.   Dress warmly and bring a hot beverage as we survey
the tip of the Chesapeake Bay.   All levels are encouraged to see
these big birds in big numbers! Call Colleen (410-459-4577) or email
( to register and ask questions.

Sunday, January 27, 11:00am         Leaders: Tim Houghton,
Brad Phoebus, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Take a trip with Tim to the Blackwater NWR on the eastern shore. You
will search for Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Brown-headed
Nuthatches, wintering ducks, and other avian treasures. Meet at the
Visitors Center. Contact Tim to register and for other questions: 410-
510-7504 or (email)