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Claymont birding trip planned

By Staff | May 31, 2013

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding field trip on the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town, WV on Tuesday June 4.

The trip will begin at 7 a.m. and last about four hours. It is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required, as the group size will be limited. Register on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact trip leader, Joette Borzik, at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net.

Field trip participants should plan to meet the trip leader on the Claymont entrance road where a wetland meets the access driveway. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road; it is marked by a street sign that says “Claymont Mansion.”

The group will look for birds in the wetland near the entrance, then park vehicles and begin a 2-3 mile hike on the Claymont property.

The trip will involve moderate hiking, and will be focused on observing song birds, raptors, woodpeckers, sparrows and other wildlife.

This field trip will be conducted rain or shine. Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring drinking water, trail snacks and insect repellent. Those who need binoculars should let the trip leader know ahead of time, as loaner binoculars will be available.