Date: 9/14/20 11:10 am From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.
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From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Phil Davis
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Hi Michael, et al.
FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...
At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in
>Greenbelt (PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than
>those of two birding friends who live at lower elevations in
>Greenbelt...I have assumed that elevation is part of the issue but
>places like rock Creek Park often have more diversity and higher
>numbers than my neighborhood (but also many more birders...).
Phil Davis Davidsonville, Maryland
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