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 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; mwmagnani@gmail.com ) and Josh Emm (410-937-6790, apistopanchax@gmail.com) 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 (porzana@comcast.net, 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; mwmagnani@gmail.com )

November 16 (Sun.) - Perryman Area. Phil Powers (410-679-4116 or birdsinmd@verizon.net) will lead an expedition driving to various locations in the Perryman area known to harbor interesting bird life from Horned Larks and Pipits to waterfowl and shorebirds. Depart from the Aberdeen Walmart parking lot (Rt. 40) at 8:00 AM.

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; newarkfarms@gmail.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 russell.kovach@gmail.com).

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; apistopanchax@gmail.com ) and Matt Hafner (410-971-3203; hafner.matt@gmail.com ).

December 27 (Sat.) - Christmas Bird Count. Contact Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712; rickcheicante@cs.com ) 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 birdsinmd@verizon.net). 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.

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 ruthb22@yahoo.com or call 443-752-1967. Scout or school groups welcome.

Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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