Date: 10/22/19 4:27 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
Thanks, Bob, for your excellent detailed report.

Lydia Schindler

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 3:17 PM bob augustine <augustinebob8...>
wrote:

> On Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19) , I decided to explore this new park,
> formerly a golf course (off Avery Road near Norbeck Road in Rockville.).
> From the parking area I headed for the two ponds to the west. walking all
> around both which did not cause concern among the dozens of Canada Geese in
> the water. I found one Savannah Sparrow, several Song Sparrows, a Common
> Yellowthroat, and two Phoebes. Along the trail to the SW, I had two
> Golden-crowned Kinglets, two Chipping Sparrows. and a few Yellow-rumped
> Warblers. I then headed over to the western boundary along which there were
> several birds including three Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I proceeded to follow
> the western edge north. I found another small pond which, unlike the larger
> ones, seemed to have many frogs. A Pileated Woodpecker flew N over the
> central trail. Further down the trail I heard a Meadowlark call and was
> surprised when four flew up into nearby pines. A few minutes later, a
> Merlin streaked by heading S, probably one of those that roost across from
> the boat dock at Lake Needwood. Probably the same bird flew by an hour
> later heading N. This time it landed atop a spruce tree affording some
> photos. I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk in about the center of the course
> sitting in a tall tree. Probably the same bird was seen soaring a few
> minutes later with two Ravens. A distant group of soaring vultures proved
> to contain a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
>
> Near the NW corner I found another pond and a Catbird. Following the
> North boundary trail, I found a collection of birds at the outflow from the
> pond. These included several Palm Warblers, a Swamp Sparrow, two Field
> Sparrows, and a White-crowned Sparrow. At one point a Red-shouldered Hawk
> flew over. On the way back, I had several Palm Warblers and heard a
> twittering from some of the pines along the central trail that sounded like
> Red Crossbills, but I never found any. A flock of Chipping Sparrows was on
> the other side of the netting erected to protect cars in the parking lot
> from errant golf balls. Not bad for two hours' birding.
>
> I expect this property will prove productive, if it is birded a lot. At
> nearby Gude Trail (Accessed from Dubuque Ct. off Indianola Drive) which
> runs NE-SW along the N side of Gude landfill, three years of intensive
> birding produced 166 species. I encourage everyone to try out Red Gate's
> paved cart trails.
>
> Bob Augustine
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