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kestralAudubon Society of
Central Maryland

The mission of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland
is to protect and restore birds, other wildlife  and their habitats through education and action,
for the benefit of people and the earth.
In This Issue
Fall Migrant Walk
Bird Count
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November 2009
October and November have been very busy months for the ASCM Chapter! We have had a record year for bird seed sales in Mt. Airy and Clarkesville

~ over 32,000 pounds of seed!

We would like to specifically thank Giant Foods for donating transportation services to the Clarkesville pick up location.

We would also like to recognize the many volunteers who made this sale possible by donating their valuable time and energy. Without you, our chapter would not be the success it is!
Fall Migrant Nature Walk
white-throated sparrow Saturday, November 21st
9 to 11 a.m.
Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

November is a transition time of year for our bird fauna.  Most southbound migrants heading for the Tropics have passed through and the winter residents have
settled in.  However, November is also a time when wayward migrants from the West show up in the East. Last November, during a walk at the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary, a sandhill crane came flying north over the sanctuary. Some years, cave swallows make an appearance in our area (though none have yet
been recorded at the sanctuaries).  The fox sparrows should be in and plenty of other possible treats await discovery. Come out and let's see what we
can find.

People of all ages are welcome.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the entry gate to the sanctuary at 13030 Old Annapolis Road (just east of Detrick Road) in Mt. Airy. No rest room facilities are available, and the walk will be canceled
in the event of inclement weather. For more information contact David Smith at lacsmith12@comcast.net or 410-549-7082.
Bird Count
Naturalist, Bob Schaeffer, shared his observations from the October bird count conducted at one of our two sanctuaries.

'Last Sunday was a magnificent fall day at Fred Archibald, and the birds were
swarming! Three species of owls, seven of woodpeckers, numerous Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, hoards of sparrows, autumn foliage at its best.

Next month's count will complete a full year of monthly counts, with some very interesting results. We are getting a good picture of which species use the sanctuary at the different seasons. Some real surprises, such as the
scarcity of Song Sparrows in the summer.'