Another Weekend Birding at Patuxent North Tract

A Wet Day at Lake Allen at Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract
A Wet Day at Lake Allen at Patuxent Research Refuge

This weekend we wound up spending a good chunk of Saturday and Sunday birding at Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract. Neither day turned out as we had hoped or expected, but we still saw something to excite us each day. It’s just that kind of place . . .

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Birding at Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract

Killdeer on One of the Little Islands on Patuxent North Tract's Merganser Pond
Killdeer on One of the Little Islands on Merganser Pond

One of our favorite ways to spend time is birding at Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract. Over the past year, Jim and I have been gradually exploring birding spots here in central Maryland. Birds can be found just about anywhere, including your backyard, roadsides and area parking lots. But birds need food, cover, places to nest and water. So spots where these needs are met in abundance are hot spots where you are likely to find more birds.

In our immediate area, one of the best is Patuxent Research Refuge. The refuge straddles Anne Arundel and Prince Georges Counties about mid-way between DC and Baltimore.) If you live in this area or are visiting and want to get in some birding, it is a great place to go birding.

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American Coots at Black Hill Regional Park

American Coots seen near the dock while birding at Black Hill Regional Park
American Coots Neart the Dock at Black Hill Regional Park in Maryland

My husband Jim and I went birding at Black Hill Regional Park yesterday. Our local lakes have been mostly frozen over for weeks. So recent trips have resulted in seeing Canada Geese and Ring-Billed Gulls walking on ice.

But on Saturday temperatures went up to around 60. We had to get outside. I researched recent sightings on eBird to decide where to go. Then we headed to Maryland’s Black Hill Regional Park over in Montgomery County Maryland to look for interesting water birds.

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