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.

August 8 (Sat.) – Hummingbird Happy Hour. Bring your favorite snack and beverage to enjoy and share during this Ruby-throated Hummingbird Showtime. Meet at Diane Jones’ home at 5:00 PM. Call Diane for directions and information (410-404-9180; diane.v.jones@ssa.gov ).

August 22 (Sat.) Harford County Shorebird Search. Explore several Harford County shorelines to see a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl. Beginners interested in learning the basics of shorebird identification and experienced watchers searching for rarities wil enjoy this morning trip. Meet at 8:00 AM at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace. For more information contact either co-leader: Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; newarkfarms@gmail.com) or Josh Emm (410-937-6790; apistopanchax@gmail.com).

August 29 (Sat.) Susquehanna State Park. Explore the park for early migrant warblers with leaders Dave Webb (410-939-3537; porzana@comcast.net) and Josh Emm (410-937-6790; apistopanchax@gmail.com ). Meet at 7:00 AM at Rock Run Mill.

August 29 (Sat.) – Annual Club Picnic and Birdwalk at Eden Mill. 1:00 PM.

September 7 (Mon.) – Ma and Pa Trail. Explore the southernmost segment of this popular trail, walking from Annie’s Playground towards Tollgate Road and back. Diverse habitat along the way supports a variety of birds. Meet leader Susan Hood at the parking lot on Smith Lane off Connolly Road in Fallston at 7:00 AM. (410-937-7552; susanjhood@comcast.net ).

September 19 (Sat.) – The “Big Sit” Matt Hafner (410-971-3203; hafner.matt@gmail.com ) is the organizer for this new activity. Details will follow via following emails and the web.

September 23 (Wed.) – Eden Mill Falling Branch Trail Walk. Dennis Kirkwood is the Leader for this two mile walk which begins at 7:30 AM. Meet at the Eden Mill Nature Center pavilion parking lot off of Eden Mill Rd. Contact Dennis at (410-692-5905; newarkfarms@gmail.com ).

September 27 (Sun.) – Turkey Point. We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Havre de Grace Park & Ride, Route 155 and I-95. The view from this peninsula during the southern migration of raptors and other birds is spectacular. The Northeast River on the northwest, 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. Phil Powers will be leading this trip (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net) .

October 3 (Saturday) – Swan Harbor Farm Park. This preserved area near the upper bay provides prime habitat for waterfowl, song birds, and marsh and field birds. The field trip begins at 7:30 AM at the parking lot at the end of the drive-way. Contact leaders Josh Emm (410-937-6790; apistopanchax@gmail.com) or John Gallo (410-459-0584; jcgallo29@gmail.com) for further information.

October 11 (Sunday) – Cromwell Valley Park. Expect surprises during late fall migration at this 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; dlarkin@towson.edu ) and Phil Powers (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net ).

October 17 (Saturday) – 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 leaders are Mark Magnani (410-838-1778; mwmagnani@gmail.com) and Rachel Hebert (443-299-8384; hebert.rachel2@gmail.com).

October 25 (Sunday.) – Bombay Hook. Meet at the 155/95 Park and Ride at 7:00 AM for a fall visit to one of the East Coast’s best sites for shorebirds and waterfowl. The co-leaders are Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; dlarkin@towson.edu) and Phil Powers (410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net).

October 31 (Saturday) – Evening Owl Prowl. Join Dave Webb (410-939-3537; porzana@comcast.net) in search of some nocturnal birds of prey. Meet at Darlington Elementary School (2119 Shuresville Road) at 7:30 PM.

November 14 (Saturday) – Wildcard Waterfowl Tour. A chance to search a variety of spots to see the many species of waterfowl that use our waterways. Contact the leader Dave Webb (410-939-3537; porzana@comcast.net) for details and Matt Addicks; maddicks13@gmail.com.

November 21 (Saturday) – 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-Brevard Rd. parking area west of Routes 165 & 152. The leader is Susan Hood (410-937-7552; susanjhood@comcast.net).

November 29 (Sunday) – 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; newarkfarms@gmail.com) 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; russell.kovach@gmail.com).

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; rickcheicante@cs.com).

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 birdsinmd@verizon.net). 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 (www.harfordbirdclub.org).


Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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