Not Assuming You Know Birds

Mallard Pair (Buddy Attick Lake)
Mallard Pair at Buddy Attick Lake (Nancie Waterman)

If pressed, I would say that I am an intermediate birder. I can successfully identify the common birds, as well as most of the regular migrants and less common birds, that might wander through my area. I’ve also seen some less common and rare birds, around here and in other places, that I would recognize again. Basically, when it comes to identifying birds, I know enough to be dangerous, not in a lethal kind of way, but in that way of assuming I know something that can lead me wrong. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. And that is where you make mistakes . . .

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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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