Bird Club Field Trips
Here are the Harford Bird Club field trips for the next few weeks. If you would like further information about a particular field trip, please contact Tom Gibson.

March 23 (Wed.) – Timberdoodle Search – Meet at the Havre de Grace Park and Ride at Rt.155 and I-95 at 7:00 PM for a second try at catching the Woodcocks’ evening mating display. Elaine Beery/Jane Scocca are the leaders. Contact them at ehbeery@yahoo.com or 410-272-6037 or jane@scocca.org or 410-272-8870.

April 2 (Sat.) – Gull Migration at Susquehanna State Park – Join Matt Hafner at 7:00 AM at the Lapidum Boat Launch for a morning of river watching. Last year we had 9 Little Gulls and frozen fingers! Hopefully this year will be even better. Contact Matt at hafner.matt@gmail.com or 410-971-3203.

April 9 (Sat.) – Harford Glen – Meet at 8:00 AM at the Glen (West end of Wheel Rd.). Ruth Bergstrom is the leader. Contact her at ruthb22@yahoo.com or 443-752-1967. We will begin the tour with sightings from the parking lot, then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkinson Reservoir, the faster flowing Winter’s Run, and the tributary Plumtree Run. The woodland trails, wetlands and some open meadow offer great opportunities for good spring birding.

April 17 (Sun.) - Cromwell Valley Park – Meet at 7:30 AM at the commuter lot on the west side of Rt.152 (Fallston Rd.) just north of Rt.147 (Harford Rd.) Veterans Phil Powers and Dave Larkin are leading this trip. birdsinmd@verizon.net or 410-679-4116 / larkin3001@comcast.net or 410-569-8319. Take an avian excursion through this Baltimore County preserve which attracts many spring migrants.

April 22 (Fri.) – Jerusalem Mill Park – Meet at 7:30 AM at the mill on Jerusalem Rd, (off Rt.152). Visit this appealing stretch of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford County’s western border. Contact leader Phil Powers for more information at birdsinmd@verizon.net or 410-679-4116.

April 23 (Sat.) - Warblers and Wildflowers - Enjoy a pleasant stroll among the emerging spring wildflowers of beautiful Susquehanna State Park while also looking for early migrant songbirds and lingering winter visitors. Meet at the parking area at the confluence of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River just north of Rock Run Mill at 8:30 AM. The leaders are Colleen Webster (410-459-4577 or cwebster@harford.edu (calls and emails welcome, no text messages please.) and Sue Procell 443-417-4919 or procellmd@gmail.com.

May 7 (Sat.) – Epic Birding Contest - Meet at 6:30 AM at Rock Run Mill for team selections and rules review. The first seven of these contests have been a real hoot (although no owls have been spotted yet)! So make room on your calendar and join us at Susquehanna State Park. Counting will begin at 6:45 AM and end at 11:30 AM. A rally/celebration will occur at approximately 12 noon at the Laurrapin Restaurant in Have de Grace. Family members and others are welcome to join the contestants for the celebration. Coordinators are Tom Gibson and Sue Procell. Contact them at gibsonlld@aol.com or 410-734-4135 / procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919.

May 14 (Sat.) – Statewide May Count – Help Harford County contribute to this important data collection day and monitor migrationthroughout our locale. Contact the coordinator, Rick Cheicante at rickcheicante@cs.com or 410-803-2712.

May 21 (Sat.) Kayak Trip Perryville Town Park – Meet at 9:00 AM at the launch at Stump Point. Trip leaders are Colleen Webster (410-459-4577 or cwebster@harford.edu (calls and emails only, no text messages, please.) and Sue Procell, procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919. Paddle the usually serene waters of the well protected Mill Creek and historic Furnace Bay. Eagles and Osprey are often seen soaring overhead, songbirds and woodland birds frequent the shoreline and heron and waterfowl are common sightings. No rental boats available.

May 22 (Sun.) Bombay Hook – Meet at 7:00 AM at the Havre de Grace Park and Ride. (Rt.155 and I-95). Bring a lunch. Leaders are veterans Dave Larkin and Phil Powers. For more information contact them at larkin3001@comcast.net or 410-569-8319 / birdsinmd@verizon.net or 410-679-4116 for Phil.

MAY 28 (Sat.) - DAYS COVE Explore this rarely visited limited access area with experienced leader Phil Powers. Expect late migrants, shore birds and wetland inhabitants. Meet at the Joppatowne Plaza parking lot near the Pizza Hut on Joppa Farm Road at 7:30 AM. For further information contact Phil (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net).

MAY 30 (Mon.) - BRADENBAUGH FLATS No one knows the “World Famous” Bradenbaugh Flats better than life-long resident, Dennis Kirkwood. Join him at 7:00 AM at Hidden Valley Park at the north end of Madonna Road at Deer Creek. He will guide you through beautiful sites in northern Harford County finding late migrants, summer residents and, hopefully, a few rarities. Nesting sites are also possible. Contact information for Dennis is: (newarkfarms@gmail.com; 410-692-5905).

JUNE 4 (Sat.) - BIRD BANDING AT EDEN MILL NATURE CENTER Long-time bird bander and accomplished birder and naturalist, Dr. Mark Johnson, and his able crew of volunteers will demonstrate and explain banding and scientific data collection techniques with actual in-hand birds. This is a way to get great looks up close at species we often only get to see far off or deep in thickets. This is also a wonderful outdoor experience for children. Join them at the Vangrin Bird Banding Station at the Eden Mill Nature Center between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Contact Mark for further details (410-692-5978; mark.steven.johnson@comcast.net).

JUNE 5 (Sun.) - BIRDS AND BLOOMS AT LADEW GARDENS Meet at 7:30 AM in the Ladew Topiary Gardens main parking lot. Rachel Hebert and Sue Procell are the leaders for this morning stroll through the gardens to look for summer residents, while enjoying the beautiful 22 acres of gardens. Pre-registration is preferred for this trip; gates will close behind us. Contact Rachel at (hebert.rachel2@gmail.com; 443-299-8384) or Sue at (procellmd@gmail.com; 443-417-4919).

JUNE 17 (Fri.) - RAIL TRAIL Join experienced leader Dave Webb on the sunset trail for rails, bittern and other nocturnal species starting at Swan Harbor Farm Park, one of Maryland’s “hot spots” of birding. Additional sites may be visited depending on what is being seen and where. Owls are a possibility. Meet at the parking lot near the Agricultural Education Center at 7:30 PM. For further information contact Dave (410-939-3537; porzana@comcast.net).

JUNE 25 (Sat.) - HAVRE DE GRACE KAYAK/CANOE TRIP The harbor areas of Havre de Grace are home to a great variety of water related species such as ducks, geese, swallows, osprey, gulls, terns, heron and many others. Add pleasant, scenic paddling and you have a perfect combination for a truly enjoyable evening. Meet leaders Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; cwebster@harford.edu) and Sue Procell (443-417-4919; procellmd@gmail.com) at the parking lot by the launch ramp of Tydings Park in Havre de Grace at 5:00 PM. Bring your own craft. No rentals available.

JULY 15 ( Fri.) - WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL Enjoy refreshing wine and tasty cheese along with lively conversation at the Anita Leight Nature Center at 6:15 PM. See the “Wrenderings” or following emails for additional details.


JULY 17 (Sun.) - BOMBAY HOOK This beautiful reserve in Delaware with its diverse coastal wetland habitats offers great promise for a variety of shorebirds, water birds, wading species, raptors and songbirds. Meet leader Dave Larkin at the commuter lot near Havre de Grace on Rt.155/I-95 at 7:30 AM (410-569-8319; larkin3001@comcast.net). Because of the length of the trip and the lack of local eateries, bring a lunch and sufficient drink for the day.

JULY 23 (Sat.) - HUMMINGBIRD BANDING Watch from the expansive porch of Diane Jones’s home overlooking beautiful gardens as experienced bird bander, Bruce Peterjohn, skillfully and delicately bands our smallest bird. Contact Diane for details, directions and best viewing times. (410-404-9180; diane.v.jones@ssa.gov).

JULY 30 (Sat.) - HARFORD GLEN WILDLIFE SEARCH The Glen is always beautiful and offers diverse habitat in a compact area. Do not miss the varied wildlife and avian species found in this Harford County gem. Our two experienced and knowledgeable leaders who will help you find and appreciate the herps, insects, mammals and birds that this exceptional site offers are Scott McDaniel of the Susquehannock Wildlife Society and Matt Hafner of the Harford Bird Club. Join them in the parking lot of the Glen at 9:00 AM. Contact Matt Hafner (410-971-3203; hafner.matt@gmail.com) for further information.

AUGUST 6 (Sat.) - HUMMINGBIRD HAPPY HOUR The shaded porch, the views of lovely gardens with attractive plantings, tasty snacks, refreshing beverages, convivial camaraderie and the swarms of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds make this a truly unique and pleasant afternoon. Diane Jones is our gracious host welcoming us at 5:00 PM. Contact her (410-404-9180; diane.v.jones@ssa.gov) for details and directions. Contributions to the snacks and refreshments welcome but not necessary.

AUGUST 13 (Sat.) - SHOREBIRD SEARCH Dennis Kirkwood leads the search for shorebirds along the shores of Harford County. Beginners looking to improve their identification skills will find this trip very informative. Experienced birders will have the opportunity to search for rarities. All will enjoy this morning trip starting at the parking lot near the launch ramp of Tydings Park in Havre de Grace at 7:30 AM. Scopes helpful but not required. Contact Dennis (410-692-5905; newarkfarms@gmail.com).

AUGUST 27 (Sat.) - ANNUAL PICNIC Join us for pit beef and many other traditional picnic dishes at the Pavilion at Eden Mill. Details to follow.

SEPTEMBER 5 (Mon.) - MA & PA TRAIL Stroll a portion of this popular trail, walking from Annie’s Playground towards Tollgate Road in search of early migrants and local residents. The diverse habitats along the way promise a good variety of species. Meet at the parking lot near Annie’s Playground on Smith Lane off Connolly Road in Fallston at 7:00 AM. The leader is Susan Hood (410-937-7552; susanjhood@comcast.net).

SEPTEMBER 10 (Sat.) - DAYS COVE Back by popular demand, this trip to the rarely visited Dave’s Cove area promises to provide an enjoyable outing in beautiful habitat filled with a variety of birds. Experienced leader Phil Powers will guide you. Contact him at (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net). Meet at the Joppatowne Plaza parking lot near the Pizza Hut off Joppa Farm Road at 7:30 AM.

SEPTEMBER 18 (Sun.) - CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Meet at 7:30 AM at the commuter lot on the west side of Rt.152 (Fallston Rd.) just north of Rt.147 (Harford Road). Veterans Phil Powers (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net) and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; larkin3001@comcast.net) will lead you to this Baltimore County birding gem with beautiful trails and meandering streams.

SEPTEMBER 25 (Sun.) - FALL BIRDS AND BLOOMS AT LADEW GARDENS Meet at 7:30 AM in the Ladew Topiary Gardens main parking lot. Rachel Hebert and Sue Procell are the leaders for this morning stroll through the gardens to look for fall migrants, while enjoying the beautiful 22 acres of gardens. Pre-registration is preferred for this trip; gates will close behind us. Contact Rachel (hebert.rachel2@gmail.com; 443-299-8384) or Sue (procellmd@gmail.com; 443-417-4919). Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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