Western Regional Park
- Size: 160 acres
- Habitat: Multiple highly
diverse types: sediment ponds, mixed deciduous upland forest,
brushy/weedy margins, a warm-season grass field, and short grass
on soccer and baseball fields.
- Best Months: Spring, late
summer, and fall.
- Coverage Time: From a few
minutes to check the entrance pond to several hours to cover the
- Trails/Paths: All pathways,
including paved areas around fields, 2.75 miles; dirt trails
through the woods 2.25 miles, mowed grass adjacent to playing
fields, paved walkways in vicinity of some parking lots and
- Notable Birds: Cackling Goose,
Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, American
Golden-Plover, Western Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird's
Sandpiper, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Phalarope, Laughing Gull,
Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-headed Woodpecker, Olive-sided
Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Common Raven, Sedge Wren, Marsh
Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Connecticut
Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Summer Tanager, Clay-colored Sparrow,
Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Dickcissel.
- Amenities: Restrooms
May–Sept, portable toilets all year in several parking
lots. Tot lot, soccer and baseball fields, a few picnic tables in
central recreation area. Park facilities are still being
- Handicapped Access: Paved
access to sports fields and buildings.
- Operation and Hours: Howard
County park, 7:00 a.m. to dusk except later when games are being
played under lights.
- Special Attractions: Sediment
pond adjacent to entrance excellent for shorebirds; extensive
short-grass habitat; some choice sparrow areas.
Compiler: Bill Hill