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.


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;

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; 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; 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;

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;

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; Meet at the Joppatowne Plaza parking lot near the Pizza Hut off Joppa Farm Road at 7:30 AM.

SEPTEMBER 17 - FALL BIRD COUNT Contact the local compiler, Rick Cheicante, to participate in this opportunity to measure birdlife in our area. or 410-803-2712. Feeder counters welcome.

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; and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; 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 (; 443-299-8384) or Sue (; 443-417-4919). Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

OCTOBER 1 (Sat.) – Kayak/Canoe Trip at Perryman Town Park - Join experienced birder and water sports enthusiast, Colleen Webster, at 9:00 AM at the Stump Point launch site for a lovely paddle at the top of the Bay. Mill Creek and Furnace Bay are beautiful, pristine, protected flat water sites that make for a very enjoyable paddle and, hopefully, good birding. Osprey and Bald Eagles are almost guaranteed and the wooded shoreline hosts a variety of song birds. If we are lucky, some early migratory waterfowl may also be present and fall colors should be beginning to appear. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards welcome. Contact Colleen at (410-459-4577 - No text messages, please; for further info and weather issues.

OCTOBER. 8 (Sat.) – Turkey Point – The view from the Turkey Point peninsula during the southern migration of raptors and other birds is spectacular. the Northeast River on the north west side, the Chesapeake Bay to the South and the Elk River to the east funnel the flocks right overhead in a concentrated flow. It is prime viewing for birders and a prime view of the headwaters of the Bay. If you are interested in carpooling from Harford County or would like help finding the location, meet Phil Powers (410-679-4116; at the Park and Ride (Rt.155 near the Havre de Grace exit of I-95) at 7:00 AM. Sue Procell (443-417-4919; will meet everyone at the Turkey Point parking lot of Elk Neck State Park at 7:30 AM. The Cecil County Bird Club’s annual BIG SIT may be happening that day so parking may be limited.

OCTOBER 15 (Sat). – Rocks State Park - Spend the morning on the trails of this Deer Creek Woodland to enjoy the late fall avian spectacle. Gather at the Ranger station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Mark Magnani (410-838-1778;

OCTOBER 22 (Sat.) - Windmill Hill Farm – Meet at Churchville Elementary at 7:30 AM for a first ever visit by the Club to this private farm to look for late migrants in various habitats. Leaders are Diane Jones (410-404-9180; and Dave Webb (410-939-3537;

OCTOBER 30 (Sun.) – Bombay Hook – Meet at the 155/I-95 Park and Ride at 7:00 AM for a fall visit to one of the East Coast’s best sites for shorebirds and waterfowl. Also, the Park is beautiful at this time of year. Pack a lunch and drink. Contact the leader, Dave Larkin (410-569-8319;, for additional information.

NOVEMBER 5 (Sat.) - Swan Harbor Farm Park – This preserved area near the Upper Bay provides prime habitat for waterfowl, song birds, and marsh and field birds. The trip begins at 7:30 AM at the parking lot at the end of the driveway. Contact leader, Matt Haffner (410-971-3203; The co-leader is Matt Addicks.

NOVEMBER 12 (Sat). – Harford Wild Card Waterfowl Tour – The leader, Dave Webb, will determine trip sites based on recent sightings. Contact Dave (410-939-3537; for specific details about start time and location as well as possible sightings. The co-leader will be John Rinker

NOVEMBER 19 (Sat.) The Wild Turkey is America's iconic symbol of Thanksgiving and always a thrilling sighting for all birders. Given the elusive and shy nature of this bird, no guarantees can be made, but we are confident that many other birds will be seen, and can guarantee that any trek through the varied habitats of Eden Mill will reveal nature’s abundant beauty at its best. Join Susan Hood (410-937-7552; at 8:30 AM in the lower parking lot by the pavilion.

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;

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;

DECEMBER 31 (Sat.) - Christmas Count - Contact the compiler, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712;, 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; 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;

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