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
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; Newarkfarms@gmail.com).
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; Russell.firstname.lastname@example.org).
31 (Sat.) - Christmas Count - Contact the compiler, Rick Cheicante
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; email@example.com).
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.
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;
(Sat.) - Midwinter Bird Count. Contact the compiler, Rick Cheicante
(410-803-2712; firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
4 (Sat.) - World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats/Soup Event – Meet
at the Jarretsville 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, Longspurs and Snow Buntings,
Ring-necked Ducks, and maybe a Cackling goose. The trip ends at
the leader’s house where you can warm up and enjoy hot soup,
breads and good conversation and maybe even a brief glimpse of
the resident screech owl. Contact Dennis at (email@example.com;
11 (Sat.) - Cape May/Lewes Ferry - Journey to southern New Jersey
in search of winter resi-dents and strays. Possible targets include
Eurasian Widgeon, Orange-crowned Warbler, Harlequin Duck, both
Common and King Eiders, Great Cormorant, and 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 possible other pelagic birds
as well. The birding trip is free but the ferry charges $27 for
car and driver plus $8 per additional adult ($51 for a car full
of four adults). Contact Russ Kovach for more in-formation (firstname.lastname@example.org;
443-386-4787). Meet at the Havre de Grace Park & Ride at 155/I
95 at 6:00 AM.
25 (Sat.) – Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge – Meet at
the Havre de Grace Park and Ride (I-95/Rt. 155) at 8:00 AM. Expect
to see ducks, swans, waterfowl and maybe pelicans. Leaders are
veteran birders Mark Johnson (email@example.com;
410-692-5978) and Tom Congersky (410-658-4137;
March 5 (Sun.) - Swan Harbor Farm Park - This Harford County gem
with three impoundments, a commanding view of the Chesapeake 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. Meet at 7:15 AM at the parking
lot adjacent to the Agricultural Education Center at the end of
the driveway. Leaders are Dave Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org;
410-939-3537) and Josh Emm (410-937-6790; email@example.com).
8 (Wed.) - Timberdoodle Search – Join this evening watch
for one of our most interesting (and elusive) birds, the American
Woodcock, as it performs its spring mating sky dance. Meet promptly
at 6:00 PM at the gate to Harford Glen (The gate will be open
for only a few minutes), located at the end of W Wheel Road (502
W. Wheel Rd.). The leaders are Dave Larkin (410-509-8319; firstname.lastname@example.org),
Amanda Koss (443-528-4306; email@example.com)
and Jane Scocca (410-272-8870;
15 (Wed.) - Timberdoodle Search – Join us this evening at
7:00 PM at the Edgewood Home De-pot parking lot on the west side
at a location that has produced fascinating Woodcock activity
as dark-ness begins to descend. Our leaders will be Tim Houghton
and Elaine Beery(410-272-6037;firstname.lastname@example.org).
1 (Sat.) – Lapidum - Look for gulls, lingering waterfowl
and perhaps some early surprises. Addi-tional sites in Susquehanna
State Park may be visited. Meet at the Lapidum parking lot at
the south end of Susquehanna State Park at 7:30 AM. Leaders are
Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; email@example.com)
and Matt Addicks.
8 (Sat.) – Rocks State Park – Spend the morning on
the beautiful trails of this Deer Creek woodland in search of
early spring migrants and woodland birds. Gather at the Ranger
station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader
is Mark Magnani (410-838-1778); firstname.lastname@example.org).
13 (Thurs.) – Birds and Blooms Walk at Ladew Gardens –
Meet at 7:30 AM in the Ladew Topiary Gardens main parking lot.
Rachel Hebert (HBC member and Ladew staff member) is the leader
for this morning stroll through the gardens to look for spring
migrants while enjoying the beautiful 22 acres of gardens. Dennis
Kirkwood will assist with bird ID. Pre-registration is preferred
for this trip. Contact Ra-chel (email@example.com;
410-557-9570, ext. 261) for further information.
15 (Sat.) – Harford Glen – This Harford County preserve
offers great opportunities for good spring birding. The woodland
trails, wetlands and some open meadow entice a wide variety of
birds. We will begin the tour with sightings from the parking
lot, then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkisson
Reservoir, the faster flowing Winter’s Run, and the tributary,
Plumtree Run. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Glen located at 502 W. Wheel
Rd. Ruth Bergstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org;
443-752-1967) and Dave Larkin (410-509-8319; email@example.com)
are the leaders.
22 (Sat.) – Feathers and Flowers at Susquehanna State Park
– An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, 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 8:00 AM. The leaders are Colleen
Webster (410-459-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org,
Eric Vangrin (email@example.com;
443-417-7219),and Josh Emm.
30 (Sun.) – Jerusalem Mill – Visit this appealing
stretch of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford County’s
western border. Meet at the parking lot by the mill on Jerusalem
Road at 7:00 AM. The leader is Mark Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org;
6 (Sat.) - Ninth Annual Epic Birding Challenge at Susquehanna
State Park – The previous compe-titions have been well-attended
and a lot of fun. So make room on your calendar to join us. We
will meet at the Rock Run Mill at 6:30 AM for team selections
and rules review. Counting will begin at 6:45 AM and end at 11:30
AM. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and will be made to
feel comfortable. A rally celebration will be held 12 noon at
the Laurrapin Grill in Havre de Grace. Family members and others
are welcome to join the contestants for the celebration. The rain
date is Sunday, May 7. The coordinator is Tom Gibson (410-734-4135,
13 (Sat.) – Statewide May Count - Help Harford County contribute
to this important data collec-tion day and monitor migration throughout
our locale. Contact the coordinator, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712;
(Sun.) - Warbler Walk - Join experienced birder and guide, Tim
410-510-7504), as he searches Susquehanna State Park by habitat,
song and sightings for these beautiful but often elusive birds.
Meet at the Mill at 7:00 AM.
19, 20, 21 - MOS State Convention.
See separate listing of trips and events to be posted by MOS
27 (Sat.) - Havre de Grace Paddle Outing - Bring your floating
glory (kayaks, canoes, stand ups), to visit the Susquehanna Flats
for migrants and mating and babies. Colleen Webster and Josh Emm
will help ply the waters and bays for swimmers, divers and of
course, fliers. Meet in Havre de Grace at the Tydings Park boat
ramp at 9:00 AM. We can help unload your craft. Call Colleen (410-459-4577;
for further details.
29 (Mon.) – Hidden Valley/World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats
– The leader, Dennis Kirkwood (410-692-5905; email@example.com),
will guide us through the aptly named Hidden Valley area with
its beautiful stand of mature hemlock along a sparkling stream.
Woodland species, songbirds and perhaps some surprises can be
expected. The group will then proceed to the contrasting habitat
of the Bradenbaugh area where Red-headed Woodpecker, Virginia
Rail and Grasshopper Sparrow, among others, may be added. Carpooling
is encouraged because of limited parking space. Meet at 7:00 AM
in the parking lot at the northern end of Madonna Road where it
crosses Deer Creek
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