Date: 10/22/19 4:27 am From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
Thanks, Bob, for your excellent detailed report.
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 > > -- > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google > Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. > To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on > the web at http://www.mdbirding.com > Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - > http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html > --- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Maryland & DC Birding" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to mdbirding+<unsubscribe...> > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/mdbirding/<07320ee2-aea8-4657-8113-cfe6a8d03c1f...> > <https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/mdbirding/<07320ee2-aea8-4657-8113-cfe6a8d03c1f...>?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer> > . >