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
November 22 (Sat.) - Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State
Park. Explore a variety of trails that meander among pines, deciduous
woods, open fields, and riparian habitats. Meet at 8:30 AM in
the Dalton-Bevard Rd. parking area west of Routes 165 & 152.
The leader is Susan Hood (410-937-7552;(Susanjhood@comcast.net).
November 29 (Sat.) – Conowingo Eagle Watch. Meet at 8:00
AM at Fisherman’s Park below the dam. Expect more than 100
Bald Eagles and possibly a Golden Eagle (along with some buzzards).
There will also be waterfowl and early winter songbirds. Contact
leader Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905 or; email@example.com)
for more information.
December 7 ( Sun.) – Delaware Coast. Meet at the 155/I-95
Park and Ride at 6:30 AM. This trip will visit several hotspots
along the Delaware Bay for wintering specialties. Contact leader
Russ Kovach for further details (443-386-4787 or
December 13 (Sat.) – Swan Harbor Farm Park. Avian activity
will be surveyed with an emphasis on wintering waterfowl in this
preserved area near the upper bay. Meet at the parking lot at
the end of the driveway. Leaders are Josh Emm (410-937-6790; firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Matt Hafner (410-971-3203; email@example.com ).
December 27 (Sat.) - Christmas Bird Count. Contact Rick Cheicante
) to participate.
January 1, 2015 (Wed.) – Perryman Area. Celebrate the new
year/recover from New Year’s Eve by birding the always productive
Perryman Area with leader Phil Powers (410-679-4116 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet at the Aberdeen Walmart parking lot at 8:30 AM.
January 10, 2015 (Sat.) – Feeder Tour. Join our annual feeder
tour to visit the private homes of a few of our members to survey
avian visitors to their bird feeders. While the birds enjoy some
of their favorite foods, tour guests will also have the opportunity
to enjoy some breakfast goodies. Reservations required. Locations
and hosts to be determined. Details and further information will
be provided via email and the HBC website.
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 email@example.com
or call 443-752-1967. Scout or school groups welcome.
17 (Sat.) – Conowingo Gull/Eagle Watch. Dennis Kirkwood
leads this morning’s survey from Fisherman’s Park
just below the Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the
Susquehanna. Meet at 8:00 AM to begin the search for Bald Eagles,
various gulls, waterfowl, and perhaps some prospect for a Golden
January 24 (Sat.) – Mid Winter Bird Count. Contact the local
compiler, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712; firstname.lastname@example.org)
to participate in this opportunity to measure birdlife abundance
in our area. Feeder counters are especially welcome.
31 (Sat.) – Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge/Upper Shore /Kent
Co. Late winter is prime time to visit this scenic part of Maryland’s
Eastern Shore. Diverse habitat provides a variety of species with
a focus at this time of year on wintering waterfowl. The leader
is Eric Vangrin (email@example.com).
Meet at the Havre de Grace 155/I-95 Park-and-Ride at 7:30 AM.
7 (Sat.) – Bradenbaugh Flats. Take a pleasant tour through
NW Harford County's agricultural area to find wintering field
birds and waterfowl. Expect Horned larks, Ring-necked Ducks, with
a chance for Cackling Goose, Longspurs, and Snow Buntings. The
trip ends at the leader's house with hot soup. Meet at Jarrettsville
Elementary School at 8:00 AM. Contact Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905;
for further information.
15 (Sun.) -- Loch Raven Reservoir. Enjoy the rich habitat of Baltimore's
premier watershed for wintering migrant songbirds, waterfowl,
and raptors. Meet at the Park-and-Ride on Rt.152 just north of
Rt.147 near Fallston at 7:30 AM. Co-Leaders are Dave Larkin (410-569-8319;
Phil Powers (410-679-4116; firstname.lastname@example.org).
21 (Sat.) – Southern NJ/ Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Journey
to Southern New Jersey in search of winter residents and strays.
Possible targets include Eurasian Wigeon, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Duck, both Common and King Eiders, Great Cormorant, plus many
others along the Delaware Bay and the Cape May area coastline.
In the afternoon we will take the 2:30 run of the Cape May –
Lewes Ferry where all three scoters can be expected in addition
to Gannet, Common and Red-throated Loons, and a shot at potential
pelagic birds as well. The birding trip is free, but CM –
L Ferry charges $27 for car and driver plus $8 per additional
adult ($51 for a car full of four adults). Contact Russ Kovach
at 443-386-4787 or Russell.email@example.com
for additional information. Meet at 6:00 AM at the 155/I-95 Park-and-Ride.
28 (Sat.) – Promenade at Havre De Grace. Meet the leaders
at 9:00 at the Parking lot for Tydings Park in Havre de Grace
for a stroll along the Promenade and waterfront to look for wintering
species including ducks, gulls, terns, etc. The walk will be followed
by a lunch afterwards at the Laurrapin Grille. Contact Leaders
Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Sue Procell (410-676-6602; email@example.com)
ahead of time so they can make lunch reservations.
7 (Sat.) – Emory Knoll Farms. This trip offers a great chance
to find a variety of late winter/early spring songbirds including
Fox Sparrow, Pine warbler and tree Sparrow. We will walk the gentle
trails for about one
mile at a leisurely pace. Meet at the 165/543 Park - and - Ride
at 8:00 AM. The leader is Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; firstname.lastname@example.org).
11 (Wed.) – Timberdoodle Search. Meet at 6:45 PM at the
commuter lot at Rt.155 and I-95 and proceed to a nearby location
that has produced fascinating Woodcock activity as darkness begins
to descend. Leading are Elaine Beery (410-272-6037; email@example.com)
and Jane Scocca (410-272-8870; firstname.lastname@example.org).
14 (Sat.) – Swan Harbor Farm Park. This Harford County gem
with three impoundments, a commanding view of the Bay, wooded
trials, and open fields has developed into a fine location for
a broad spectrum of bird
life including waterfowl, marsh specialties, raptors, and sparrows.
Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot adjacent to the Agricultural
Education Center at the end of the driveway. The leader is Josh
Emm (410-937-6790; email@example.com).
18 (Wed.) -- Timberdoodle Search. Join this evening watch for
one of our most interesting (and elusive!) birds, the American
Woodcock, as it performs its mating sky dance. Meet at 7:00 PM
at the Edgewood Home Depot on Rt.40 in the southwest corner of
the parking lot. The leader is Phil Powers (410-679-4116; firstname.lastname@example.org).
21 (Sat.) – Harford Waterfowl Tour. Marvel at large rafts
of scaup and search for species that are tough to find locally,
such as Surf Scoter, Redhead, Long-tailed Duck, and Northern Shoveler.
Beginners interested in learning the basics of waterfowl identification
and experienced watchers searching for rarities will enjoy this
morning trip to the Gunpowder River and Havre de Grace. Scopes
are helpful, although not necessary. Dress warmly and must bring
photo ID for entrance to APG. Meet at 6:00 AM in the back lot
of the McDonald’s in Edgewood on Rt.40. Contact leader Dave
Webb (410-939-3537; email@example.com)
for trip details.
28 (Sat) – Lapidum . Look for gulls, lingering waterfowl
and perhaps some early surprises with leaders Matt Hafner (410-971-3203;
and Mark Magnani (410-838-1778; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional sites in Susquehanna State Park may be visited. Meet
at the Lapidum parking lot at the south end of SSP at 7:30 AM.
11 (Sat.) -- Perryman Area. Veteran leaders Phil Powers (410-679-4116;
email@example.com) and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; firstname.lastname@example.org)
will take you on an expedition, driving to various locations in
the Perryman area known to harbor interesting birdlife from Horned
Larks and Pipits to waterfowl and shorebirds. Depart from the
Aberdeen WalMart parking lot (Rt.40) at 7:30 AM.
18 (Sat.) – Harford Glen. Meet at the Glen (west end of
Wheel Rd) at 7:30AM. We will begin this 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 Plumtree Run tributary. The woodland trails and open meadows
offer great opportunities for good birding. Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967;
email@example.com) will be leading our trip.
24 (Fri.) – Jerusalem Mill. Visit this appealing stretch
of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford unty’s western
border. Meet at the mill on Jerusalem Rd. (off Rt.152) at 7:30
AM. Leader is Phil Powers
25 (Sat.) – 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 8:30 AM. The leaders are
Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Sue Procell (410-676-6602; email@example.com).
29 (Wed.) – Cromwell Valley Park. Take an avian excursion
through this Baltimore County preserve sure to score well with
spring migrants. The leaders are veterans Phil Powers (410-679-4116;
and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet at the commuter lot on the west side of Rt.152
( Fallston Rd.) just north of Rt.147 (Harford Rd.) at 7:00AM.
2 (Sat.) – Seventh Annual Epic Birding Contest. (Inclement
weather date, Sun., May 3). The first six of these contests have
each been a real hoot (although we haven't had an owl, yet)! So
make room on your calendar to join us at Susquehanna State Park.
Beginners and accomplished birders are welcome. We'll 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. A rally/celebration
will occur at approximately 12:00 PM at the Laurrapin Grille in
Havre de Grace. Family members and others are welcome to join
the contestants for the celebration. Coordinators are Tom Gibson
and Sue Procell (410-676-6602 or
9 (Sat.) – Statewide May Count. Help Harford County contribute
to this important data collection day and monitor migration throughout
our locale. Contact the coordinator, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712;
23 (Sat.) – Kayak Trip, Perryville Park. Trip leaders are
Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; email@example.com)
and Sue Procell (410-676-6602; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Trip will begin at 8:00 AM and visit scenic Mill Creek, beautiful
and historic Furnace Bay and perhaps the famous Susquehanna Flats.
your own kayak or rent one for a fee. Contact Colleen for further
details on the trip and rentals.
25 (Mon., Memorial Day) – Hidden Valley. Dennis Kirkwood
will lead this trip starting at 7:00 AM to this little known but
beautifully scenic stream and forest. Meet the leader at the parking
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