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The Anacostia Corridor

Birdwatching in Southeast and Southwest Washington, D.C.


Anacostia Naval Air Station and Bolling Field

Where is it?

The facility is located at South Capitol Street and Firth Sterling Avenue.

When to go

During migration; possibly in winter.

Where to go

Large areas of lawn are attractive to migrating shorebirds, and Short-eared Owls were found here in the past. Loss of habitat has made the area less attractive but some shorebirds can still be seen. Check the large lawn areas any ditches or flooded areas. There may be open water or ponds.

What to see

Lawn areas: American Golden-plover, possibly Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

Ditches: Snipe, Sora, Savannah Sparrows.

Open water areas: Bitterns, rails, and shorebirds.

Flooded areas: gulls, terns and shorebirds. Rarities found in the past include American Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit, Baird's Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, and Sooty Tern.

1998-2000 Recent and Notable Sightings: None listed.

How to get there

By car: Take the Southwest Freeway across the South Capitol Street Bridge or travel east on Independence Avenue S.W. until you reach the U.S. Capitol Building and pick up South Capitol Street there. Once over the bridge, take the first exit on the right and look for gate entrances. On the DC 295, Exit 3A is for the Naval Station, Exit 2 for Bolling Air Force Base. There is a guard booth at all entrances. Identify yourself to the guard and state your purpose for entering the base. You may or may not be permitted entry. It may help if you have federal or military ID. If you are permitted on the base, obey all signs and stay out of posted areas. You are cautioned that this is a very busy business area during weekdays, especially at rush hours, and parking is extremely limited. You will be ticketed if you park in a designated area. There are a very few visitor's lots, but they fill up quickly.

By Metro: The closest station is the Anacostia Station on the Green Line. Directions from the Station will be posted when confirmed, but you may need to take a taxi.

Accessibility and Comfort

You can view the lawns from your car or from typical sidewalks. Additional information will be added at a later date.

Keys

None.

 

Other Areas To Explore

 

Anacostia River Park -- Anacostia river park just north of the Naval Air Base does not have the same access problems, but also has large fields that can be checked for shorebirds. An Upland Sandpiper was found here in May 1998. The mudflats on the Anacostia should be checked for shorebirds, gulls and terns. Franklin's Gull appeared here in June 1999 and Least Tern in July of the same year.

Oxon Hill Children's Farm (a small portion of which is in DC) -- Wild Turkey has been reported from this location.

Fort Stanton Park -- current status under review.

Fort Davis Park -- current status under review.

National Capitol Park -- current status under review.

Fort Dupont Park -- a variety of land migrants can be found.

Blue Plains Sewage Treatment Plant -- access is difficult, but if you are lucky in the past this was a good place to look for shorebirds, rails, gallinules and bitterns in summer, and cormorants, gulls, terns, and skimmers in late summer and fall. Grebes and ducks were found in the river in winter and during migration, the bushes along the banks were productive. We have been told, however, that no one has been here in years, and some of the habitat may have been destroyed. Although reported in the past, chances for bitterns or skimmers are considered pretty remote.

 

1998-2000 Recent And Notable Sightings Not Reported Elsewhere

Common Snipe in a wet field (4/10/98), Oldsquaw, Ruddy Duck and Bufflehead in the river across from the Naval Yard (11/25/99), Upland, Least and Spotted Sandpipers in a field on the east side of the river just north of the South Capitol Street Bridge (5/2/98), late Double-crested Cormorants (12/7/99), large flock of Laughing Gulls, unusual for winter (12/7/99).

 
 
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