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FREDERICK BIRD CLUB

Maryland Ornithological Society



Chapter Officers

President: Tom Humphrey (301) 696-8540
Vice President: Kathy Brown (301) 865-1369
Treasurer: Nancy Parker (301) 663-1909
Secretary: Marilyn Veek (301) 846-0381
State Director to MOS: Bob Schaefer (301) 831-5660



2013 - 2014 Program Year

Frederick Bird Club meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM.   This year we will meet at Homewood at Crumland Farms (7407 Willow Road) in Frederick, except in December and May.

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Click below to view the latest copy of our state MOS publication,

The Maryland Yellowthroat


Volume 34, Number 3 May/Jun 2014

NEW: Frederick County Birding Maps

Bird Rehab Resource: DNR - Wildlife Problems



** ** ACTIVITIES ** **


August 10 -- BOMBAY HOOK NWR.  Full day trip. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

September 5 -- MEETING.   For our first meeting of the season, we will hear from Jim Brighton on the Maryland Biodiversity Project.

September 7 -- MEETING.   MOS Board Meeting.

September 14 -- FREDERICK WATERSHED.   Search for migrating fall warblers. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

September 21 -- FREDERICK COUNTY FALL BIRD COUNT.  Coordinator Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

October 3 -- MEETING.   Tom Mathews will tell us about restoring habitat for American Woodcock and others.

October 5 -- LILYPONS.   Morning trip. This will be a joint Frederick-Montgomery bird club trip to our popular local birding hot-spot. We'll look for American Bittern, Lincoln's and Nelson's Sparrows and other fall migrants. Leader: Scott Bates/Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660).

October 19 -- FALL AT FRED ARCHIBALD.   Morning trip.   Fall sparrows, migrants, and any number of surprises can occur at this lovely sanctuary.   Leader: Pat Caro (240-651-5651).

November 2 -- HAWK WATCH at Town Hill. Leader: Tom Humphrey (301-696-8540).

November 7 -- MEETING.   Jeff Meschach will tell us about the work of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis.

November 23 -- TERRAPIN PARK AND SANDY POINT.   Full day trip. We'll look for early winter waterfowl and other birds. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-810-5677).

December 5 -- CHRISTMAS DINNER AND MEETING.   For our annual dinner, our speaker will be Dave Ziolkowski, speaking on his trip to the Panama Canal area. Dinner will be at the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont at 6:00 P.M. at a cost of $15.50 per person. Please make reservations with and send money to Treasurer Nancy Parker before 11/23/2013.

December 7 -- MEETING.   MOS Board Meeting.   

December 28 -- WASHINGTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS COUNT.   Enjoy a day in the field helping out our neighbors to the west - Coordinator Mark Abdy, mjabdy@yahoo.com, 301-432-7696.   

December 29 -- SUGARLOAF CHRISTMAS COUNT.   All are welcome!   

January 4 -- AUDREY CARROLL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM, and be prepared to visit all parts of the sanctuary's 129 acres.   You may want your waterproof boots.   Compiler: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660, Bob).

January 5 -- CATOCTIN CHRISTMAS COUNT #64.   Birders of all ages and levels of experience needed!   Compiler: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

January 9 (2nd Thursday) -- MEETING.   Bob Schaefer will speak on The Wild North of Canada and Siberia.

January 12 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM, and be ready to cover 140 acres.   Don't forget waterproof boots.   Compiler: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660).

January 25, rain date January 26 --   C&O CANAL MID-WINTER COUNT.

February 2 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MID-WINTER COUNT.   This is the last, but not the least, of our winter counts!   The reward afterwards is the enjoyable tally-rally at David and Carol's house.   Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

February 6 -- MEETING.   Members’ Night. This will feature a variety of short presentations of photos, slides, and/or videos from our members. Who knows where it may take us! Please let Tom Humphrey know in advance if you want to be on the agenda (301-696-8540.

February 14-17 -- GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT.   Count one day or all four!

February 22 -- BLACK HILLS RESERVOIR.   Search for wintering waterfowl. Leader: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660).

March 1 -- WOODCOCK AT (LOCATION TBD).   Leader: David Smith (410-549-7082).

March 6 -- MEETING.   Andy Martin will speak on night flight calls. Can you identify them? Learn how.

March 15 -- MIDDLE CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (north of Lancaster, PA).   All-day trip. Looking for overwintering birds and early migrants. Leader: Pat Caro (240-651-5651).

March 29 -- FREDERICK COUNTY WATERFOWL.   Frederick county hot spots including Kershner's Pond. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

April 3 -- MEETING.   Paul Baicich will tell us about the Amazing Breeding Biology of North American Birds.

April 5 -- AUDREY CARROLL SANCTUARY.   Looking for sparrows and early migrants. Leader: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660).

April 12 (Saturday) -- HUGHES HOLLOW AND VICINITY.   Half day. Joint trip with Montgomery Bird Club. We’ll explore the wetlands of Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing. Expected species include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, and many other marsh dwellers. A good chance for several warblers, including Prothonotary. Meet at Hughes Hollow parking lot in the McKee-Beshers WMA at 7 a.m. For more information, contact the LEADERS: Pat Caro (Frederick) at 240-651-5651 (home) or 240-285-6086 (cell), or Jim Nelson (Montgomery) at 301-530-6574 or kingfishers2@verizon.net.

April 13 (Sunday) -- MERKLE CRITICAL AREA DRIVING TOUR/JUG BAY.   3/4 day. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-810-5677).

April 26 -- NATIVE PLANT SALE of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, held at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary.   Please support this sale at one of our favorite and most productive birding hot spots.   More information can be found HERE.

April 26 -- C&O CANAL WALK Half day. We will go from Point of Rocks (with its newly spacious parking lot) to Lander for migrating warblers. Be sure to do your neck exercises beforehand. Leader: Pat Caro (240-651-5651).

May 1 -- MEETING.   The famous annual FBC Bird Quiz! Your bird identification skills will be challenged by a series of pictures and sounds. Bob Schaefer will challenge you with videos.

May 3 -- THOMPSON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (near Front Royal, VA).   Warblers and wildflowers! Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

May 4 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM.   Coordinator: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660, Bob).

May 10 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MAY COUNT #50.   It's peak migration, so this is the most fun you can have working on a census.   Lots of eyes and ears are needed! Compiler: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

May 11 -- AUDREY CARROLL MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM.   Coordinator: David Smith (410-549-7082).

May 16-18 -- MOS CONFERENCE AT SOLOMONS ISLAND.   Watch your Maryland Yellowthroat for details.

May 31 -- WESTERN MARYLAND.   Full-day trip looking for goshawks, warblers, Henslow's sparrow, alder flycatcher and other mountain specialties. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561) <-- This is a change.

June 5 -- ANNUAL PICNIC.   Our favorite spot for this event is Pinecliff Park, where there is a lovely pavilion just in case we have a bit of rain.   Bring binoculars, a dish to share, plate, utensils and drink.   We'll meet at 6:00 PM for birding and chow.

June 12 -- CHAPTER PLANNING MEETING.   Please come with your ideas for programs or field trips. Call Tom Humphrey (301-696-8540) for information.

June 14 -- PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK.   We will choose between two sites, one a hot spot for Prairie Warblers and the other sometimes good for breeding Kentucky Warblers. Leader: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660).

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