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.

NOVEMBER 26 (Sat.) – Conowingo Eagle Watch – Meet at 8:00 AM at Fisherman’s Park below the dam. Look for a possible Golden Eagle among the more than 100 Bald Eagles (along with a few buzzards). There will also be waterfowl and early winter songbirds. Contact leader Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; Newarkfarms@gmail.com).

DECEMBER 10 (Sat.) – Delaware Coast - Depending on recent sightings, several waterfowl and shorebird “hot spots” will be visited along the coast of the Delaware River and Bay. Meet at the Havre de Grace commuter parking lot near the I-95 exit along Rt. 155. Contact Russ Kovach for details. (443-386-4787; Russell.kovach@gmail.com).

DECEMBER 31 (Sat.) - Christmas Count - Contact the compiler, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712; rickcheicante@cs.com), for details.

JANUARY 1 (Sun.) – Perryman Area – Celebrate the New Year/recover from New Year’s Eve with a walk through the always productive Perryman Area with leader Phil Powers (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net). Meet at the Aberdeen Wal-Mart parking lot off Rt. 40 at 8:30 AM.

JANUARY 14 (Sat.) – Feeder Tour – Join our annual feeder tour to visit the private homes of a few of our members to survey avian visitors at their bird feeders and to get some new ideas for attracting a variety of birds to your yard. Light refreshments will be served. Join us for winter birding from a cozy and warm spot with good friends. Final details to follow via email and the Club website.

JANUARY. 21 (Sat.) – Conowingo Eagle Watch – Meet at 8:00 AM at Fisherman’s Park below the dam. Bring your camera for a chance at many excellent shots of large numbers of Eagles along with other shorebirds and waterfowl. The leader is Dave Webb (410-939-3537; porzana@comcast.net)

January 28 (Sat.) - Midwinter Bird Count. Contact the compiler, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712; rickcheicante@cs.com) for details.

February 4 (Sat.) - World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats/Soup Event – Meet at the Jarretsville Elementary School parking lot at 8:00 AM. Dennis Kirkwood leads us on a pleasant tour through NW Harford County’s agricultural area to find wintering field birds and waterfowl. Expect Horned Larks, Longspurs and Snow Buntings, Ring-necked Ducks, and maybe a Cackling goose. The trip ends at the leader’s house where you can warm up and enjoy hot soup, breads and good conversation and maybe even a brief glimpse of the resident screech owl. Contact Dennis at (newarkfarms@gmail.com; 410-692-5905).

February 11 (Sat.) - Cape May/Lewes Ferry - Journey to southern New Jersey in search of winter resi-dents and strays. Possible targets include Eurasian Widgeon, Orange-crowned Warbler, Harlequin Duck, both Common and King Eiders, Great Cormorant, and many others along the Delaware Bay and Cape May coastlines. In the afternoon we will take the 2:30 PM run of the Cape May - Lewes Ferry where all three scoters can be expected in addition to Gannet, Common and Red-throated Loon, and a shot at possible other pelagic birds as well. The birding trip is free but the ferry charges $27 for car and driver plus $8 per additional adult ($51 for a car full of four adults). Contact Russ Kovach for more in-formation (russell.kovach@mail.com; 443-386-4787). Meet at the Havre de Grace Park & Ride at 155/I 95 at 6:00 AM.

February 25 (Sat.) – Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge – Meet at the Havre de Grace Park and Ride (I-95/Rt. 155) at 8:00 AM. Expect to see ducks, swans, waterfowl and maybe pelicans. Leaders are veteran birders Mark Johnson (marksjohnson@gmail.com; 410-692-5978) and Tom Congersky (410-658-4137; jnjtcon@zoominternet.net).

March 5 (Sun.) - Swan Harbor Farm Park - This Harford County gem with three impoundments, a commanding view of the Chesapeake Bay, wooded trails, and open fields has developed into a fine location for a broad spectrum of bird life, including waterfowl, marsh species, raptors and sparrows. Meet at 7:15 AM at the parking lot adjacent to the Agricultural Education Center at the end of the driveway. Leaders are Dave Webb (porzana@comcast.net; 410-939-3537) and Josh Emm (410-937-6790; apistopanchax@gmail.com).

March 8 (Wed.) - Timberdoodle Search – Join this evening watch for one of our most interesting (and elusive) birds, the American Woodcock, as it performs its spring mating sky dance. Meet promptly at 6:00 PM at the gate to Harford Glen (The gate will be open for only a few minutes), located at the end of W Wheel Road (502 W. Wheel Rd.). The leaders are Dave Larkin (410-509-8319; lar-kin3001@comcast.net), Amanda Koss (443-528-4306; amandakoss01@hotmail.com) and Jane Scocca (410-272-8870; jane@scocca.org).

March 15 (Wed.) - Timberdoodle Search – Join us this evening at 7:00 PM at the Edgewood Home De-pot parking lot on the west side at a location that has produced fascinating Woodcock activity as dark-ness begins to descend. Our leaders will be Tim Houghton (timhoughton@comcast.net;410-510-7504) and Elaine Beery(410-272-6037;ehbeery@yahoo.com).

April 1 (Sat.) – Lapidum - Look for gulls, lingering waterfowl and perhaps some early surprises. Addi-tional sites in Susquehanna State Park may be visited. Meet at the Lapidum parking lot at the south end of Susquehanna State Park at 7:30 AM. Leaders are Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; newarkfarms@gmail.com) and Matt Addicks.

April 8 (Sat.) – Rocks State Park – Spend the morning on the beautiful trails of this Deer Creek woodland in search of early spring migrants and woodland birds. Gather at the Ranger station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Mark Magnani (410-838-1778); mwmagnani@gmail.com).

April 13 (Thurs.) – Birds and Blooms Walk at Ladew Gardens – Meet at 7:30 AM in the Ladew Topiary Gardens main parking lot. Rachel Hebert (HBC member and Ladew staff member) is the leader for this morning stroll through the gardens to look for spring migrants while enjoying the beautiful 22 acres of gardens. Dennis Kirkwood will assist with bird ID. Pre-registration is preferred for this trip. Contact Ra-chel (hebert.rachel2@gmail.com; 410-557-9570, ext. 261) for further information.

April 15 (Sat.) – Harford Glen – This Harford County preserve offers great opportunities for good spring birding. The woodland trails, wetlands and some open meadow entice a wide variety of birds. We will begin the tour with sightings from the parking lot, then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkisson Reservoir, the faster flowing Winter’s Run, and the tributary, Plumtree Run. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Glen located at 502 W. Wheel Rd. Ruth Bergstrom (ruthb22@yahoo.com; 443-752-1967) and Dave Larkin (410-509-8319; larkin3001@comcast.net) are the leaders.

April 22 (Sat.) – Feathers and Flowers at Susquehanna State Park – An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, 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 8:00 AM. The leaders are Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; cwebster@harford.edu, Eric Vangrin (evangrin@msn.com; 443-417-7219),and Josh Emm.

April 30 (Sun.) – Jerusalem Mill – Visit this appealing stretch of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford County’s western border. Meet at the parking lot by the mill on Jerusalem Road at 7:00 AM. The leader is Mark Johnson (marksjohnson@gmail.com; 410-692-5978).

May 6 (Sat.) - Ninth Annual Epic Birding Challenge at Susquehanna State Park – The previous compe-titions have been well-attended and a lot of fun. So make room on your calendar to join us. We will meet at the Rock Run Mill at 6:30 AM for team selections and rules review. Counting will begin at 6:45 AM and end at 11:30 AM. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and will be made to feel comfortable. A rally celebration will be held 12 noon at the Laurrapin Grill in Havre de Grace. Family members and others are welcome to join the contestants for the celebration. The rain date is Sunday, May 7. The coordinator is Tom Gibson (410-734-4135, gibsonlld@aol.com).

May 13 (Sat.) – Statewide May Count - Help Harford County contribute to this important data collec-tion day and monitor migration throughout our locale. Contact the coordinator, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712; rickcheicante@cs.com), for assignments.

May14 (Sun.) - Warbler Walk - Join experienced birder and guide, Tim Houghton (timhoughton@comcast.net; 410-510-7504), as he searches Susquehanna State Park by habitat, song and sightings for these beautiful but often elusive birds. Meet at the Mill at 7:00 AM.

May 19, 20, 21 - MOS State Convention.
See separate listing of trips and events to be posted by MOS

May 27 (Sat.) - Havre de Grace Paddle Outing - Bring your floating glory (kayaks, canoes, stand ups), to visit the Susquehanna Flats for migrants and mating and babies. Colleen Webster and Josh Emm will help ply the waters and bays for swimmers, divers and of course, fliers. Meet in Havre de Grace at the Tydings Park boat ramp at 9:00 AM. We can help unload your craft. Call Colleen (410-459-4577; cwebster@Harford.edu) for further details.

May 29 (Mon.) – Hidden Valley/World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats – The leader, Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; newarkfarms@gmail.com), will guide us through the aptly named Hidden Valley area with its beautiful stand of mature hemlock along a sparkling stream. Woodland species, songbirds and perhaps some surprises can be expected. The group will then proceed to the contrasting habitat of the Bradenbaugh area where Red-headed Woodpecker, Virginia Rail and Grasshopper Sparrow, among others, may be added. Carpooling is encouraged because of limited parking space. Meet at 7:00 AM in the parking lot at the northern end of Madonna Road where it crosses Deer Creek

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