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 19 (Sat.) Harford Glen. – 8-9:30AM, Monthly bird walk for youth and beginners. We’ll take our time walking along the wetlands, streams, and meadows and learn the basics of bird identification. Meet at the fish pond. Binoculars are available to loan. Contact Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967; ruthb22@yahoo.com) with questions.

July 20 (Sun.) – Bombay Hook. Shorebird migration at this time of year offers a fine prospect for a rarity or two along with the usual wealth of shorebird activity at Bombay Hook. Meet at 7:00 AM at the 155/95 Park and Ride. Leader is Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; larkin3001@comcast.net)

July 26 – Hummingbird banding. Watch as experienced bander, Bruce Peterjohn, skillfully and delicately bands our smallest bird. The Event will be hosted by Diane Jones at her home. Contact Diane (410-404-9180); diane.v.jones@ssa.gov for directions and details.

August 2 (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 will enjoy this morning trip. Meet at 7:30 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 9 (Sat.) – Hummingbird Happy Hour. Bring your favorite snack and beverage to enjoy and share during this Ruby-throated Hummingbird show time. Meet at the home of Diane Jones at 5:00 PM. Call Diane for directions and info. (410-404-9180; diane.v.jones@ssa.gov ) .

August 16 (Sat.) Harford Glen – 8-9:30AM, Monthly bird walk for youth and beginners. We’ll take our time walking along the wetlands, streams, and meadows and learn the basics of bird identification. Meet at the fish pond. Binoculars are available to loan. Contact Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967; ruthb22@yahoo.com) with questions.

August 23 (Sat.) - Susquehanna State Park: Birds and Blooms. Join Colleen Webster and Eric Vangrin for this late summer stroll to look for wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies, and early fall migrants. Meet at the parking area at the confluence of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River just north of Rock Run Mill at 7:30AM. Contact Colleen at 410-459-4577, or cwebster@harford.edu with any questions.

August 30 (Sat.) Annual picnic at Eden Mill Pavilion – 1:00 PM

September 6 (Sat.) – Ma and Pa Trail. Explore the southernmost segment of this popular walking trail, walking from Annie’s playground towards Tollgate Road and back. Diverse habitat along the way promises a variety of birds. Meet at Annie’s Playground on Smith Lane off Connolly Road in Fallston at 7:00 AM. The leader is Susan Hood (410-877-0574; susanjhood@comcast.net ).

September 13 (Sat.) - Emory Knoll Farm. Come explore a unique farm in Northern Harford County during peak fall migration. Emory Knoll Farm grows plants that end up on "green" roofs. Expect lots of fall migrants and maybe a few surprises. Meet at 7:30 AM at the park and ride at the intersection of Routes 543 and 165. Leader is Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905 or newarkfarms@gmail.com).

Sept. 20 (Sat)– Fall Count. Contact Rick Cheicante for details (410-803-2712; rcheicante@cs.com ).

September 20 (Sat.) Harford Glen – 8-9:30AM, Monthly bird walk for youth and beginners. We’ll take our time walking along the wetlands, streams, and meadows and learn the basics of bird identification. Meet at the fish pond. Binoculars are available to loan. Contact Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967; ruthb22@yahoo.com) with questions.

Sept. 20 (Sat)- Susquehanna State Park. Visit this ornithological treasure trove to marvel at the resident populations embellished by the hit or missfall migrants. Leader is Tim Houghton. Meet at 8:00AM at the Rock Run Mill parking area. The group is limited to the first 15 who contact Tim at thoughton@loyola.edu, or 410-510-7504.

Sept. 28 (Sun) – Perryville and Elkton – Meet leaders Dave Larkin(410-569-8319;dlarkin@towson.edu) and Phil Powers (9410-679-4116; birdsinmd@verizon.net) at the Park and Ride ( Rt. 155 off of I-95 near Havre de Grace) at 7:00AM. Two little known but great birding parks with diverse habitat will be visited. Expect lots of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.

October 4 (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 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 Matt Hafner (hafner.matt@gmail.com; 410-971-3203) for further information.

October 11 (Sat.) – Rocks State Park. Spend the morning on the trails of this Deer Creek woodland to enjoy the mid-fall avian spectacle. Fall foliage should also add to the enjoyment of this hike. Gather at the ranger station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; Newarkfarms@gmail.com).

October 18 (Sat.) – Havre de Grace kayaking for birds. We will launch kayaks from Tydings Park to maneuver for better views of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other birds along this shoreline of the upper bay. Meet leaders Sue Procell and Colleen Webster there at 8:30 AM. Reservations required. Contact Colleen (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) for information about kayak rental, reservations, or other details.

October 19 (Sun.) - Cromwell Valley Park. Expect surprises during late fall migration at this beautiful 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 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 )

Field trip schedule compiled by Tom Gibson and Mary Trotta

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