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Charlestown Stone Wharf
Description The Charlestown Stone Wharf will not offer much bird diversity, but if you are in the area, it is worth a stop for the fine view of the North East River and top of the Chesapeake Bay.  The pilings at the many marinas along the North East River offer good perches for gulls and terns, and the cove to the west of the Wharf has small sandy beaches, with good possiblities for shorebirds.  The river occassionally holds hundreds of waterfowl.
How to get there From North East, take Rt. 7 west and then Rt. 267 west into Charlestown.  Where Rt. 267 makes a sharp bend to the right, continue straight onto Bladen Street.  At the end of Bladen, make a left onto Conestoga and go to the Wharf parking area just past the intersection of Conestoga and Water.

From Perryville, take Rt 7 east and then Rt. 267 east into Charlestown.  Where Rt. 267 makes a second sharp bend to the left (just past the Market Street Cafe), turn right onto Bladen Street. At the end of Bladen, make a left onto Conestoga and go to the Wharf parking area just past the intersection of Conestoga and Water.

Map reference De Lorme MD State Atlas Book:  map page 77; grid C6.
ADC Cecil County Map Book:  map page 16; grid A2.
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What to do after arrival Scan the water in all directions for diving and bay ducks, loons, grebes.  Check the marine pilings for gulls, terns, and cormorants.  Look for shorebirds on the sandy beaches.
Birds to look for
  • Year-round:  gulls, cormorants, eagles.
  • Fall through spring:  ducks, geese, loons, grebes.
  • Fall and spring migration:  hawks over Elk Neck (opposite shore);  shorebirds on sandy beaches.
Hours/Fees/Amenities Open to the public during daylight hours every day of the year;  no fee.  Ample parking at the wharf.  A couple of park benches but no other amenities.
What to bring A scope is needed to view distant birds on or over the water.
Difficulty of walking No walking needed;  the parking area is directly adjacent to the Wharf and you can bird from the car.
Personal safety Since it is possible to stay close to the car, this area can safely be birded alone.  Be vigilant, particularly near dark.
Nearby sites North East Town Park, Perryville Town Park, Susquehanna East Shore.
For more information Charlestown website, or call the town office at 410-287-6173.

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