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, February 22, 10am ,   Leader: Brad Phoebus        
Fort Smallwood Park        
Join Brad for a birding trip focusing on both ducks and winter
songbirds at various locations around Fort Smallwood Park in AA
county. As you enter the park, stay right and park at the first parking
area, where everyone will meet. A scope is not necessary, but if you
have one, do bring it, along with binoculars. Entrance fee is $6 per
car. Contact Brad Phoebus at or
443-415-9776 with any questions and to register—and to
confirm the meeting location.


**please note location change
Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm,       Leader: Tim Houghton         
Evening Woodcock Watch,  White Marsh
Park at the corner of Nottingham Dr. and Nottingridge Rd., off of
Philadelphia Rd. in White Marsh.  Please be there no later than 7pm.
We will likely hear woodcocks and hopefully see and hear display
flights. Bring a good flashlight if you have one, as well as binoculars.  .
E-mail Tim if you have questions and to register at or call 410-510-7504.


***This trip is full**
Saturday, April 4, 9:00am ,        Leader: Fred Brundick        
Cromwell Valley Park, Photographing Nature                
Bring your camera and binoculars—Fred Brundick will take you
around wonderful Cromwell Valley Park. This will be a great way to
get into practice just as the flowers, butterflies, and birds are
beginning to show their stuff. To register, contact Fred at or 443-752-5607.

**This trip has been canceled"
Saturday, April 11, 10am-noon ,          Leader: Bryan MacKay
Patapsco Valley State Park, Signs of Spring Walk
Join naturalist Bryan MacKay for a 2 mile hike as buds begin to swell
and birds begin to sing. Learn about early season plants and history
of the valley; we may even see a few birds! We will walk 300 yards
uphill on a rocky trail to view a beautiful cascade, then continue
upstream on a rough trail. There is a small fee to get in the park. To
register please contact Bryan at, at least a day in

"This trip has been canceled"
Saturday, April 18, 7:30am ,          Leader: Colleen Webster
Feathers and Flowers at Susquehanna State Park
An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, as well as early migrant
songbirds and lingering winter visitors. Meet at the parking area at the
confluence of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River just north of
Rock Run Mill at 7:30 AM. No registration necessary. If you have any
questions, contact Colleen at 410-459-4577 or cwebster@harford.

Our annual spaghetti dinner!
For more than thirty years, Chesapeake Audubon has held an annual
spaghetti dinner, with delicious homemade red sauce, tasty desserts,
and an interesting speaker.  Details elsewhere on the website and
newsletter, but for now be sure to put this date on your calendar!

May - all May trips have been canceled

Saturday, May 2, 8am,                Leader: Brad Phoebus
Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park), for warblers and other songbirds
(695, right on Liberty Road, right on Washington Ave., right on Milford
Mill Rd, right into parking area immediately after going under 695)
Join Brad at this excellent warbler migrant trap along a creek and
woods; an easy mile loop. Often during the first half of May this spot is
popping with warblers and other songbirds. To register—and ask
questions about location or anything else—contact Brad at or 443-415-9776.

Sunday, May 3, 2-5pm                    Leader:  Bryan MacKay
Native Orchid Search, Patapsco Valley State Park
Join naturalist Bryan Mackay for a two mile hike on the rough
backcountry trails of Patapsco Valley State Park in search of native
wildflowers, including orchids, and migrating songbirds.  Please
register at least a day in advance with Bryan at

Saturday, May 9, 7:30am                        Leader: Tim Houghton
Susquehanna State Park
Susquehanna State Park is Harford County’s (and maybe the state's)
best place to find Cerulean Warblers and other warbler and songbird
species. This park has a little bit of everything. E-mail Tim for
information and to register at or call 410-
510-7504. Meeting place will be at Rock Run Mill (corner of Stafford
Rd. and Rock Run Rd.).

Saturday May 16, 8:30am                          Leader: Fred Brundick
North Point State Park (Edgemere, MD)
North Point is a 1,310 acre park on the shores of the Chesapeake
Bay.  We’ll be searching for spring migrants and resident birds on the
Marsh Trail and bay front. Park entrance fee is $3/vehicle (have exact
change). Bring your camera as well as binoculars. To register, contact
Fred at or 443-752-5607. All levels of birders
welcome, scope helpful if you have one.