Date: 9/16/20 1:35 am
From: <bghen......> <bghenson23...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Yes, there is a classic Rose-breasted Grosbeak call in that recording - my
favorite description of it is 'sneaker squeaking on gym floor'

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:25:26 PM UTC-4 <john.......> wrote:

> Well I experimented with this by trying a park that's not an eBird
> Hotspot, to see if I could identify an unknown migrant trap. I looked at
> terrain maps for my area and picked Cheverly Nature Park. It's on a
> significant hill I can see from my house five miles away, and it has an
> east-facing forested slope.
>
> I was there at sunrise this morning and did not see that much movement. I
> doubt it was any more birdy than anywhere else this morning. There is a lot
> of highway noise there. Might that be another factor in migrant traps -- do
> they choose places with less human noise? The hazy light this morning
> didn't help either; there was no sunlight hitting the top of the trees. I
> moved on to Euclid Street Park in Cheverly around 8 a.m. and did see a few
> different warblers there, but they moved so fast I could only identify a
> common yellowthroat among them.
>
> I did hear one call at Cheverly Nature Park that might be a life bird for
> me. Is the attached recording definitely a rose-breasted grosbeak, or are
> there other calls this could be?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
>
> On Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:27:47 PM UTC-4 <jonbarr......>
> wrote:
>
>> Currently the Rte. 193 entrance is blocked off, with a sign directing you
>> to park across the street on Walker Lane.
>>
>> Jon
>>
>> Jon Barrett
>> <jonbarr......>
>> Greenbelt, MD
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> <mdbi......> On Behalf Of
>> Marcia Watson
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 2:10 PM
>> To: 'Phil Davis' <pda......>; 'MDbirding' <
>> <mdbi......>
>> 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/.
>>
>> Marcia
>> _________
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>>
>> Bowie, MD
>> <Marsh......>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> [mailto:<mdbi......>] On
>> Behalf Of Phil Davis
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
>> To: MDbirding
>> 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 ...
>>
>> Phil
>>
>> 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...).
>> >
>> >Michel Cavigelli
>>
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