Saturday, June 17th – Fair Hill NRMA, MD

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Bobolink at Fair Hill, MD - by Bill Stewart

A Note from Bill:

I am looking forward to leading the DOS field trip to Fair Hill NRMA this coming Saturday, June 17th to enjoy breeding Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark and more! This is prime time to see the grassland fledglings as we walk through the many acres of managed grassland habitat.

And, this is also a wonderful opportunity for close-up photography with many chances to capture images of these grassland speciality birds. Although we will be spending most of our morning enjoying the numerous Bobolinks in the grasslands, we will also make our way down to the Big Elk River to explore the breeding birds found within the river bottom habitat.

We will be meeting at 7:30 AM at parking lot #3 off Appleton Road (directions below) and conclude around or before 11:00 AM. Management Area fees of $3 for Maryland residents; $5 for out-of-state visitors are in effect. Please bring plenty of water and a quick snack available for our transition from grassland to river valley. Feel free to drop me a line letting me know you will be joining in on the fun.

Hope to see many of you there!

Bill Stewart
610-864-0370

Directions to Parking Lot #3 (2895 Appleton Road):

Traveling west on Rt. 273 from Newark turn right on Appleton Road. Parking lot will be approximately one mile on your left.

From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection: Drive East on Rt. 273 until the intersection with Appleton Road. Turn left on Appleton Road, drive approximately one mile to the intersection of Appleton Road and Black Bridge Road. Parking lot is located on your left.

Trip Description:

Join leader Bill Stewart for a trip to our neighboring state. Fair Hill NRMA hosts breeding Bobolinks (85 nests in 2015), Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows all within closeup viewing from numerous groomed trails throughout their grassland habitats.  Excellent photographic opportunities abound within a short walk from the parking area.  Due to their multiple management practices throughout the 5,656 acres, our three and a half hour stroll should produce 60+ species.  Much of the time will be spent enjoying the Bobolinks and sparrows tending to fledglings but we will also explore adjacent woodlands along the Big Elk Creek.  We’ll meet at 7:30 AM.

Directions to Parking Lot #3 (2895 Appleton Road) – Also known as the North Appleton Parking Lot (less than one half mile west of Newark, Delaware):
  • From Newark, DE:  Drive west on Rt. 273 until the intersection with Appleton Road. Turn right on Appleton Road, drive approximately one mile to the intersection of Appleton Road and Black Bridge Road. Parking lot is located on your left.
  • From the Rt. 273/Rt. 213 intersection: Drive East on Rt. 273 until the intersection with Appleton Road. Turn left on Appleton Road, drive approximately one mile to the intersection of Appleton Road and Black Bridge Road. Parking lot is located on your left.
Visitors are required to purchase an honor system daily pass  – $3 Maryland residents; $5 out-of-state visitors

 

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