Events of February 18, 2017

Winter Bird Walk

Please join us for the Club’s Ninth Annual Sycamore Island Winter Bird Walk. Our outing will begin at 8:00 AM with bagels and coffee at the clubhouse. Our plan is to walk the Island and the towpath in the vicinity of the Island from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM looking for visiting winter waterfowl and other resident and migratory songbirds.

Following the walk, we will compare notes on the day’s sightings over coffee around the wood stove at the clubhouse. Both beginners and experienced birders are encouraged to join us.

Although snow has presented challenges in recent years, participants have typically been rewarded with good looks at numerous resident and migratory birds, including: Wood Duck, Ring-neck Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Horned and Pied-billed Grebes, Red Shouldered and Red Tailed Hawks, Blue Birds, and our local woodpeckers.

We will also be on the lookout for the elusive Common Ravens that have adopted the area as their new home. Our resident Bald Eagles usually start to nest this time of year just down river in a Sycamore tree that is also easily seen from the Island.

If you would like to attend this year’s walk, please contact our trip leader Paul Hagen at or 202-789-6022 by February 16. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather.