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Abandoned (fallow) fields

Abandoned (fallow) fields

Where are we? Along Route 50 on the Eastern Shore

Species (in season): Vultures, Northern Harrier, American Kestral, Ring-necked Pheasant, N. Bobwhile, Upland Sandpiper, Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Common Nighthawk, Tree Swallow, E. Bluebird, Redwinged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Am. Goldfinch, Sparrows

Locations: Various, typically in rural areas of the State.

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Bottomland forests, floodplains, swamps

Bottomland forests, floodplains, swamps

Where are we? Battle Creek Cyress Swamp

Species (in season): Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Am. Woodcock, Yellow-bellied Cuckoo, Barred Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Thrushes, Vireos, Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, Rusty Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole

Locations: Battle Creek Cyrpess Swamp, Fenzel Swamp, Pocomoke Swamp

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Cow or horse pastures

Cow or horse pastures Cow or horse pastures

Where are we? We found one alone Route 50 on the way to Ocean City, the other in Talbot County

Species (in season): Cattle Egret, Sandhill Crane, Eastern Bluebird, Red-tailed Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Palm Warbler, Savanah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Locations: Various. There are typical locales along the Eastern Shore and in most rural areas of the State

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Upland deciduous forests

Upland deciduous forests

Where are we? Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany County

Species (in season): Hawks, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Black-billed Cuckoo, Owls, Woodpeckers, E. Wood Pee Wee, Acadian Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Thrushes, Solitary Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Warblers, Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird

Locations: Forest areas in the Western part of the State, including Green Ridge and Rocky Gap State Forests.

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Estuaries and bays

Estuaries and bays

Where are we? Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Chesapeake Bay

Species (in season): Loons, Grebes, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Herons, Egrets, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Gulls, Terns, Black Skimmer, Swallows, Belted Kingfisher

Locations: Areas along Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Bays (Sinnepuxent, Assawoman, Chincoteague, Belmont, Isle of Wight)

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Fresh marshes

Fresh marshes

Where are we?

Species (in season): Bitterns, Ibi, Ducks, Rails, Common Moorhen, Am. Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands, Deale Island

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Gardens, orchards, farmyards

Gardens, orchards, farmyards

Where are we? The National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Species (in season): Ring-necked Pheasant, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Chimney Swift, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, N. Flicker, Wrens, Blue Jay, Thrushes, Cedar Waxwing, E. Phoebe, E. Kingbird, E. Starling, Caroline Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, N. Cardinal, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, House Finch, Redpolls, Pine Siskin, Am. Goldfinch, E. Grosbeak, House Sparrow

Locations: Various, from suburban backyards, commercial landscape companies and orchards, rural farmyards, Brookside Gardens,

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Hayfields

Hayfields

Where are we? Burtonsville, Montgomery County

Species (in season): Ring-necked Pheasant, N. Bobwhite, Upland Sandpiper, Dickcissel, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savanah Sparrow, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, E. Meadowlark

Locations: Various, fields in rural areas.

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Jetties

Jetties

Where are we? The Ocean City Jetty

Species (in season): Red-throated Loon, Great Cormorant, Brant, Ruddy Turnstones, Eiders, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Scoters, Purple Sandpiper, Red Knot, Sanderling

Locations: Ocean City, Sandy Point State Park, Point Lookout State Park

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Pine woods

Pine woods

Where are we? Vaughn WMA, Worcester County

Species (in season): Great-hored Owl, Long-eared Owl, N. Saw-whet Owl, Chuck-will's-widow, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Merganser, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Hermit Thrush, Summer Tanager, E. Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill.

Locations: Loch Raven Reservoir

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Littoral zone (ocean 0-3 miles)

Littoral zone (ocean 0-3 miles)

Where are we? Waters off Assateague Island, Worcester County

Species (in season): Loons, Grebes, Shearwaters, Wilson's Storm-petrel, N. Gannet, Diving Ducks, Red-breasted Merganser, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, Scoters, Brown Pelicans, Brant, Dovekie, Murres, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin

Locations: Off Maryland shorepoints in the Atlantic Ocean

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Muddy fields (plowed, harvested)

Where are we?

Species (in season): Cattle Egret, Tundra Swan, Geese, Wild Turkey, Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Dowitchers, C. Snipe, Plovers, Killdeer, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Gulls, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, C. Grackle, Am. Pipit, Blackbirds

Locations:Various, rural areas along the Eastern and Western Shores and other areas of the State

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Northern conifers

Northern Conifers

Where are we? Allegany County

Species (in season): N. Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Long-eared Owl, N. Saw-whet Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian and Canada Warblers, Purple Finch, White-winged Crossbill, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak

Locations: Forested areas in the Western part of the State

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Ocean beaches, sand flats

Ocean beaches, sand flats Ocean beaches, sand flats

Where are we? Assateague Island

Species (in season): Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Merlin, Peregrin Falcon, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Whimbrel, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Gulls, Terns, Black Skimmer, Snowy Owl, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting

Locations: Assateague National Seashore and State Park

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Pelagic zone (ocean beyond 3 miles)

Pelagic zone (ocean beyond 3 miles)

Where are we? FONT Pelagic out of Lewes, Delaware -- 30-fathom line just south of the Delaware border

Species (in season):

Yellow-nosed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Shearwaters, Storm-Petrels, N. Gannet, Phalaropes, Jaegers, Skuas, Gulls, Terns, Dovekie, Murres, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffic

Locations: Well off Maryland shorepoints in the Atlantic Ocean

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Dredge spoil impoundments

Dredge Spoil Impoundments

Where are we? Hart-Miller Island

Species (in season):

Locations: Hart-Miller Island, Poplar Island (currently no public access)

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Reservoirs, rivers, ponds

Reservoirs, rivers, ponds

Where are we? Schoolhouse Pond, PG County

Species (in season):

Locations: Neighborhood and farm ponds, Potomac, Patuxent, Nanticoke Rivers, Triadelphia Reservoir, Black Hill Regional Park

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Salt marshes

Salt marshes Salt marshes

Where are we? Across from the Assateague National Seashore Visitors Center

Species (in season): Egrets, Herons, Ibi, Geese, Brant, Ducks, N. Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Rails, Yellowlegs, Willet, Sandpipers, Gullds, Forster's Tern, Black Tern, Short-eared Owl, Tree Swallow, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, LeConte's Sparrow, Nelson's Saltmarsh Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed Grackle

Locations: Assateague, Truitt's Landing Road, and other areas off the Coastal Bays

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Tidal mud flats

Tidal mud flats

Where are we? Skimmer Island (4th Street Flats), Ocean City

Species (in season): Plovers, Sandpipers, American Avocet, Willet, Yellowlegs, Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Black Skimmer, Ruff, Dowitchers, Wilson's Phalarope, Capian Tern, Sandwich Tern,

Locations: Skimmer Island, Smith Island flats

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Urban areas

Urban AreasUrban Areas

Where are we? Washington, D.C./Foggy Bottom

Species (in season): Peregrine Falcon, Ring-billed Gull, House Sparrow, European Starling, Rock Dove, Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, House Finch

Locations: City and suburban sites; typical city streets and backyard locales.

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Hawk migration corridors

Where are we? Washington Monument State Park Hawk Watch

Species (in season): Vultures, N. Harrier, Falcons, C. Raven, Hawks in migration

Locations: Washington Monument State Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Town Hill, Turkey Point, Table Rock

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Wood margins, hedgerows, scrub

Wood margins, hedgerows, scrub Wood margins, hedgerows, scrub

Where are we? South Point, Worcester County

Species (in season):

Locations: Edges of forests and parks with hedges and shrubbery

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Bogs

Bogs

Where are we? Fenzel Swamp, Allegany County

Species (in season):

Locations:

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Sanitary landfills

Sanitary landfills

Where are we? Easton Landfill

Species (in season): Gulls

Locations: Easton, Cecil, Baltimore, Salisbury, Worcester County

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