Date: 9/16/20 2:54 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
John,

Cool that you are exploring potential hotspots! I think there's lots of potential under birded locations. Having said that, birds became active later than usual in my neighborhood the day you were out, perhaps because of the wildfire induced haze...

Michel

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> On Sep 15, 2020, at 8:30 PM, John Stith <john.stith...> 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
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>> -----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?
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>> 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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>> Marcia
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>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society www.patuxentbirdclub.org
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>> Bowie, MD
>> <Marsh......>
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>> -----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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