Schoolhouse Pond is a large pond across the street from the PG Co County Administrative Building (CAB). Water usually at least partly open even in below –freezing weather thanks to bubblers, the pond hosts a good seasonal selection of waterfowl. Proximity to the county landfill attracts gulls in large numbers. Some of the surface is covered by emergent vegetation, while other sections are exposed mud. A trail, partly of boardwalk, makes a complete circuit of ~ ¾ mile along woods and scrub.
Waterfowl include most of the dabbling ducks; wintering gulls sometimes include rarities such as Franklin’s, Black-headed, and Little Gulls. Snipe and coot are regular in season. Rails may be heard in spring or fall. In April/May look for Blue-winged Teal. The trail offers good passerine birding during Spring and Fall migration, and even in winter there may be surprises. Breeding birds include Black-crowned Night-heron and Barred Owl.