|Turkey Point Hawk Watch
Cecil County, MD
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.
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
Rt. 272 ends at the Turkey Point parking lot, about 11 miles south of
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
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
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
exactly 0.9 mile to the usual watch site from the parking lot and
another 0.1 mile from the meadow to the lighthouse.