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 28 (Saturday) – Conowingo Dam 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; for more information.

December 5 (Saturday) – 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;

December 12 (Saturday) – Harford Waterfowl and Wildcard. – Join Mark Johnson as we canvas the southern portion of the county for waterfowl and “whatever else” is happening in the area. Hopefully, there will be a rarity that is not too far and worth going for. We will start from Swan Harbor Farm Park and go from there. Meet at the Route 152 and I-95 park-n-ride at 7:30 AM or at Swan Harbor at 8:00 AM. Call Mark at 410-692-5978 for the what and the where.

December 27 (Sunday) – Christmas Bird Count. Contact Rick Cheicante for details (410-803-2712;

January 1, 2016 (Friday) – 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 Meet at the Rt. 40 Aberdeen Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:30 AM. January 9 (Saturday) – 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. Details will be announced closer to this date via e-mail and on the HBC website (

January 9 (Saturday) – 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. Details will be announced closer to this date via e-mail and on the HBC website (

January 16 (Sat.) - Gull/Eagle Watch – Fisherman’s Park, Conowingo 8:30 AM. Dave Webb leads this morning’s survey from Fisherman’s Park just below the Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the Susquehanna. Sightings could include Bald Eagles, various gulls, waterfowl, and perhaps some prospect for a Golden Eagle. Contact Dave at or 410-939-3537.

January 23 (Sat.) - Mid-winter Count – Contact the local compiler, Rick Cheicante to participate in this opportunity to measure birdlife abundance in our area. Feeder counters are especially welcome. or 410-803-2712.

February 6 (Sat.) - Bradenbaugh Flats/Soup Event – Meet at Jarrettsville 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, Ring-necked Ducks, and maybe Cackling Geese, Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The trip ends at the leader’s house with hot soup, breads, and good conversation. Contact Dennis at or 410-692-5905.

February 13 (Sat.) - Cape May/Lewes Ferry –Journey to Southern New Jersey in search of winter residents and strays. Possible targets include Eurasian Wigeon, Orange-crowned Warbler, Harlequin Duck, both Common and King Eiders, Great Cormorant, plus 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 potential pelagic birds as well. The birding trip is free but the ferry charges $27 for car and driver and an additional $8 per additional adult ($51 for a car full of four adults). Contact Russ Kovach for more information, or 443-386-4787. Meet at the Havre de Grace Park and Ride (155/I-95) at 6:00 AM.

February 21 (Sun.) - Loch Raven – Meet at 7:30 AM at the Park and ride on Rt.152 just north of Rt.147 near Fallston. Dave Larkin and Phil Powers are co-leaders of this walk through the Loch Raven watershed. Enjoy the rich habitat of Baltimore’s premier watershed for wintering migrant songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. Contact them at or 410-569-8319 / or 410-679-4116 for Phil.

February 27 (Sat.) - Havre de Grace Promenade – Meet at 9:00 AM in the Tydings Park parking lot by the Promenade Grill. Colleen Webster and Sue Procell are the leaders for this morning stroll on the boardwalk along the water’s edge to look for waterfowl. This will be followed by an optional lunch afterwards at the Laurrapin Restaurant. Contact Colleen at 410-459-4577 or (calls and emails welcome, no text messages, please.) or Sue at or 443-417-4919.

March 5 (Sat.) - Harford Waterfowl Tour – Meet at 6:45 AM at the McDonalds on Rt. 40 in Edgewood. Trip leader, Dave Webb, will guide you to local open water locations that often produce sightings of Surf Scoter, Red Head, 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 to the Havre de Grace waterfront. Scopes are helpful, although not necessary. Dress warmly and bring photo ID for entrance to APG. Contact Dave at or 410-939-3537 for more information.

March 12 (Sat.) – Swan Harbor Farm Park – Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot adjacent to the Agricultural Education Center at the end of the driveway. Leaders are Josh Emm and Tom Gibson. Contact them at or 410-937-6790 / or 410-734-4135. This Harford County gem with three impoundments, a commanding view of the 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.

March 16 (Wed.) - Timberdoodle Search – Meet at 6:45 PM at the Edgewood Home Depot on Rt.40 to try to catch a glimpse of this very elusive bird performing his elaborate twilight mating aerobatics. Phil Powers is the leader. Contact him at or 410-679-4116.

March 19 (Sat.) - Emory Knoll Farm – This tip offers a great chance to find late winter/early spring songbirds including Fox Sparrow, Pine Warbler and Tree Sparrow. We will walk the gentle trails on this beautiful Northern Harford County farm for about one mile at a leisurely pace. Meet at the 165/543 Park and Ride in Pylesville at 8:00 AM. The leader is Dennis Kirkwood; contact him at or 410-692-5905 for more information.

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 or 410-272-6037 or 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 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 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. or 410-679-4116 / 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 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 (calls and emails welcome, no text messages please.) and Sue Procell 443-417-4919 or

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 or 410-734-4135 / or 443-417-4919.

May 14 (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 at 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 (calls and emails only, no text messages, please.) and Sue Procell, 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 or 410-569-8319 / or 410-679-4116 for Phil.


Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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