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.

October 11 (Sat.) – Rocks State Park. Spend the morning on the trails of this Deer Creek woodland to enjoy the mid-fall avian spectacle. Fall foliage should also add to the enjoyment of this hike. Gather at the ranger station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; Cancelled due to inclement weather


October 18 (Sat.) Harford Glen – 8-9:30AM, Monthly bird walk for youth and beginners. We’ll take our time walking along the wetlands, streams, and meadows and learn the basics of bird identification. Meet at the fish pond. Binoculars are available to loan. Contact Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967; with questions.

October 18 (Sat.) – Havre de Grace kayaking for birds. We will launch kayaks from Tydings Park to maneuver for better views of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other birds along this shoreline of the upper bay. Meet leaders Sue Procell and Colleen Webster there at 8:30 AM. Reservations required. Contact Colleen ( or 410-459-4577) for information about kayak rental, reservations, or other details.

October 19 (Sun.) - Cromwell Valley Park. Expect surprises during late fall migration at this beautiful Baltimore County park. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Park and Ride on Fallston Rd. ( Rt.152) just north of Harford Road (Rt. 147). The co-leaders are Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; ) and Phil Powers (410-679-4116; ).

October 25 (Sat.) – Turkey Point Owl/Hawk Watch. We have planned a double raptor treat with this trip. Bird bander Ken Heselton will meet the group at 5:30 AM at his motor home that will be parked in the Turkey Point Trail parking lot of Elk Neck State Park. If he has had a successful night netting and banding owls he will be able to show us examples of these always fascinating nocturnal birds. There are few experiences more memorable in birding than seeing an owl in hand. For those for whom the owling is a bit too early, we will regroup at 7:00 AM in the same parking lot and bird our way along the trail until reaching the lighthouse at Turkey Point with its spectacular views of the North East River and the Susquehanna Flats , the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Looking up, it is also a wonderful place to see raptors as they work their way south. If you are not familiar with the route, call for directions. Meet leaders Mark Magnani (410-838-1778; ) and Josh Emm (410-937-6790, at the Turkey Point Lighthouse parking area. Please contact a leader to let them know if you are attending since they will be waiting at the trail parking lot at either 5:30 AM (owls) or 7:00 AM (General birding).

October 31 (Fri.) – Owl Prowl. Join Dave Webb (, 410-939-3537) in the search for some nocturnal birds of prey. Contact the leader for details shortly before the trip.

November 8 (Sat.) – Rocks State Park. Spend the morning on the trails of beautiful Rocks State Park looking for late fall/early winter woodland species Gather at the ranger station parking area on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 8:00 AM. The leader is Mark Magnani (410-838-1778; )

January 10 (Sat.) Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Swan Harbor Farm, Havre de Grace, 8:30AM-11:15AM.
Join us at Swan Harbor for Harford Youth Birding's first CBC4Kids! We'll begin with binocular boot camp, then each participant, accompanied by an adult, will be part of a team led by an experienced birder. The team will record the number of bird species and individuals along a route already mapped out for you. All teams will then tally the results and we'll add the data to eBird. Teams will be divided into two age groups: 4-7 and 8-16 years old. To register or for more information, email Ruth Bergstrom at or call 443-752-1967. Scout or school groups welcome.

Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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