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Patterson Park Audubon Center's winter weekend highlights urban birdwatching

As traffic whirred by on the I-95 overpass above them, a group of birdwatchers peered through their binoculars.

They looked out onto the water from Swann Park in South Baltimore on Saturday morning, pointing as they spotted buffleheads, several types of gulls, and a great blue heron in the distance.

The birdwatchers were part of the Patterson Park Audubon Center’s first Winter Baltimore Birding Weekend, which continues with more events on Sunday.

“This is a celebration of birds in Baltimore,” said Patty Smith, the center’s development coordinator.

After a successful first Baltimore Birding Weekend last May, people wanted to add a new twist with a winter event, said Susie Creamer, director of urban education and conservation at the center. --Alison Knezevich

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