Date: 11/1/20 12:22 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
I tried for and struck out on both birds Halloween afternoon, but here is
what information I was able to garner.

The Common Redpoll was only seen first thing in the morning Saturday, and
that seems to be the best time. Walk to the northwest corner of the park
where there’s an overlook of the bay. The bird has been seen in the bare
branches at the top of the bush immediately to the north, as well as
throughout the bush line leading away and north from the park and along the
double fenceline. It apparently will feed with the sparrows occasionally,
so make sure to check the ground as well. I parked on Philadelphia Ave just
south of the park entrance, and north of the hotspot pin. I don’t think you
have to pay to park there.

The Western Kingbird was initially seen from Antique Rd. near the corner
with Sinepuxent Rd. There is a shoulder just south of this intersection
that can fit three or four cars, and it provides a good vantage point to
scan the triangular field bordered by those two roads and Stephen Decatur
Highway. If I’m remembering correctly, it was last seen flying north from
the treeline by the house next to Captain Stedy’s Seafood Market on the
highway. There is a shoulder there, but it’s far busier than Antique Rd.
and technically a bike lane. Before we called it quits, we expanded the
search to the farm with numerous horses further north on Sinepuxent Rd.
(which had a Cattle Egret) and the fenceline of the airport without
success. Good luck if you go, and if you find a yellow kingbird make sure
you eliminate Tropical in case that bird is still lingering in the area.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins

On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3:40:23 PM UTC-4, Howard Wu wrote:
> Hi, birding friends:
> I understand there is a persistent Common Redpoll at Sunset Park in Ocean
> City, and there is just a report of a Western Kingbird at Stephen Decatur
> Highway. If I am not mistaken, there was a pretty persistent WEKI reported
> in the same area in the last few years.
> I have some questions:
> 1. Regarding the Common Redpoll -- I have been to Sunset Park maybe once,
> I believe it has a very large parking lot and covers a pretty big area. Any
> tips on where I should look? What is the best time of the day to look? BTW,
> do you have to pay for parking there?
> 2. Regarding the Western Kingbird -- is it just by the side of the road?
> Can you pull off, or is there a spot nearby where you can park? Any tips on
> where (what landmarks, etc.) I should be looking for?
> Sorry for all the questions, I don't go to that park of Maryland very
> often. Thanks in advance!
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA

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