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Bird Watching Campsites Cockeysville MD

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Merry Meadows Recreation Farm
(800) 421-7116, (410) 329-6636, 800-643-7056
1523 Freeland Road
Freeland, MD
Number of Sites
250 Total Camp/RV Sites,250 30 Amp Service,25 50 Amp Service,250 Electric and Water,176 Electric Only,250 Full Hookups,50 Max RV Length,50 Pull-Thru Sites,12 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cable TV,Fenced Pet Area,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Restaurant,Showers,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Biking Trails,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Kayak Rentals,Marina,Nature Trails,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,arcade/game room,

Bar Harbor Rv Park
(410) 679-0880
4228 Birch Ave
Abingdon, MD
 
Morris Meadows Recreation Farm*
(800) 643-7056
1523 Freeland Rd
Freeland, MD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Seaside View Recreation
(301) 872-4141
48593 Seaside View Rd
Ridge, MD
 
Ole Mink Farm Inc
(800) 421-7116, (301) 271-7012
12806 Mink Farm Road
Thurmont, MD
Number of Sites
90 Total Camp/RV Sites,90 30 Amp Service,90 Electric and Water,90 Electric Only,90 Full Hookups,35 Max RV Length,99 Seasonal,
Amenities
Firewood,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Store,Cabin Rentals,Cable TV,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Biking Trails,Boat Launch,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Marina,Nature Trails,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,

Canoe Kayak & Paddle Company
(410) 203-1100
10105 Shaw Dr
Woodstock, MD
 
Susquehanna SP
(410) 557-7794
Havre De Grace, MD
Campground Availability
May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina*
(800) 351-2267
4228 Birch Ave
Abingdon, MD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Golf Nearby

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Fairland Regional Park
(301) 953-0222
14110 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD
 
Holiday Park Campground
(410) 482-6797
14620 Drapers Mill Rd
Greensboro, MD
 
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Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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