Piscataway Park, National Colonial Farm, and Wharf Rd
Piscataway Park lies along 3 miles of the Potomac river in southern Prince George’s County, covering ~ 750 acres. It is accessed at 3 separate entrances – on the west end at National Colonial Farm (a re-created colonial-era farm), at the parking lot for the main boardwalk along the shore, and at the end of Wharf Rd where the view is across sheltered Piscataway Creek. This is probably the best site in PG County for waterfowl. Here the river runs east to west, so views across are in favorable light, though the river is fully one mile across and a scope is essential. (Listers may note that the entire river up to the Virginia shore lies within Maryland). Not immediately visible is a long pier behind the Colonial Farm VC extending well into the river.
Waterfowl include both dabbling and diving ducks, swans, loons, and grebes. Half-mile long Wharf Rd offers good passerine birding during Spring and Fall migration. Breeding birds include Screech Owl along Wharf Rd and Red-headed Woodpecker past end of the boardwalk, where trails branch off into forest habitat. Grassland birds may occur along the entrance roads to Colonial Farm and the boardwalk.