Turkey Point Hawk Watch

 
Turkey Point Hawk Watch
Cecil County, MD
http://www.udel.edu/cecilbirds/hawkwatch.html


Turkey Point, coordinated by the Cecil Bird Club and staffed entirely by volunteers, is located in Cecil County, in the northeast corner of Maryland.  The Point is a peninsula of land between the Elk and Northeast Rivers, at the head of the Chesapeake Bay.  The peninsula is roughly triangular, with the point facing south, and this shape funnels and concentrates migrating birds, which are often reluctant to cross water.

To reach Turkey Point, take I-95 or Route 40 into Cecil County.  Exit at Rt. 272 south (Turkey Point Road) and go straight through the town of North East.  Continue on Rt. 272 south past the main part of Elk Neck State Park and the community of Chesapeake Isle.  Rt. 272 ends at the Turkey Point parking lot, about 11 miles south of North East.

Park at the lot and walk past the barrier onto the gravel lane, with the cliffs and the Northeast River on your right.  Continue south on this lane, which will soon veer inland, passing through two meadows and then through a small woodlot, to emerge at the Point and its historic lighthouse.  The official hawk count is usually conducted in the meadow just before the lighthouse, near the new Hawk Watch sign, but on some days, depending on wind conditions, it may take place at the lighthouse area itself.  Just look for people with binoculars, looking up. It is exactly 0.9 mile to the usual watch site from the parking lot and another 0.1 mile from the meadow to the lighthouse.


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