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
21 (Sat.) – Harford Waterfowl Tour. Marvel at large rafts
of scaup and search for species that are tough to find locally,
such as Surf Scoter, Redhead, Long-tailed Duck, and Northern Shoveler.
Beginners interested in learning the basics of waterfowl identification
and experienced watchers searching for rarities will enjoy this
morning trip to the Gunpowder River and Havre de Grace. Scopes
are helpful, although not necessary. Dress warmly and must bring
photo ID for entrance to APG. Meet at 6:00 AM in the back lot
of the McDonald’s in Edgewood on Rt.40. Contact leader Dave
Webb (410-939-3537; firstname.lastname@example.org)
for trip details.
28 (Sat) – Lapidum . Look for gulls, lingering waterfowl
and perhaps some early surprises with leaders Matt Hafner (410-971-3203;
and Mark Magnani (410-838-1778; email@example.com).
Additional sites in Susquehanna State Park may be visited. Meet
at the Lapidum parking lot at the south end of SSP at 7:30 AM.
11 (Sat.) -- Perryman Area. Veteran leaders Phil Powers (410-679-4116;
firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; email@example.com)
will take you on an expedition, driving to various locations in
the Perryman area known to harbor interesting birdlife from Horned
Larks and Pipits to waterfowl and shorebirds. Depart from the
Aberdeen WalMart parking lot (Rt.40) at 7:30 AM.
18 (Sat.) – Harford Glen. Meet at the Glen (west end of
Wheel Rd) at 7:30AM. We will begin this 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 Plumtree Run tributary. The woodland trails and open meadows
offer great opportunities for good birding. Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967;
firstname.lastname@example.org) will be leading our trip.
24 (Fri.) – Jerusalem Mill. Visit this appealing stretch
of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford unty’s western
border. Meet at the mill on Jerusalem Rd. (off Rt.152) at 7:30
AM. Leader is Phil Powers (410-679-4116; email@example.com).
25 (Sat.) – 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 8:30 AM. The leaders are
Colleen Webster (410-459-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Sue Procell (410-676-6602; email@example.com).
29 (Wed.) – Cromwell Valley Park. Take an avian excursion
through this Baltimore County preserve sure to score well with
spring migrants. The leaders are veterans Phil Powers (410-679-4116;
and Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet at the commuter lot on the west side of Rt.152Fallston Rd.)
just north of Rt.147 (Harford Rd.) at 7:00AM.
2 (Sat.) – Seventh Annual Epic Birding Contest. (Inclement
weather date, Sun., May 3) The first six of these contests have
each been a real hoot (although we haven’t had an owl, yet)!
So, make room on your calendar to join us at Susquehanna State
Park. Beginners and accomplished birders are welcome We’ll
meet at the Rock Run Mill at 6:30 AM for team selection and rules
review. The contest will end at 11:30 AM. A rally celebration
will occur at approximately 12 noon at the Laurrapin Grille in
Havre de Grace. Family members and others are welcome to join
the contestants for the celebration. Coordinators are Tom Gibson
and Sue Procell (443-417-4919 or email@example.com
9 (Sat.) – Statewide May Count. Help Harford County contribute
to this important data collection day and monitor migration throughout
our locale. Contact the coordinator, Rick Cheicante (410-803-2712;
15 (Fri.) – Swan Harbor Farm Park. Join an evening trip
to try for a glimpse of the elusive Yellow Rail and whatever else
can be found. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Agricultural
Education Center (near end of driveway) at 6:00 PM. Contact leader
Josh Emm (410-937-6790; firstname.lastname@example.org
15, 16, 17 – MOS State Convention. Annual convention is
located in Hagerstown this year. See separate listing of trips
and events posted by MOS.
23 (Sat.) – Kayak Trip, Perryville Park. Trip leaders are
Colleen Webster (410-459-4577;
CWebster@harford.edu) and Sue Procell. Trip will begin at
8:00 AM. Bring your own kayak; no rentals available. Contact Colleen
for further details.
23 (Sat.) – Ladew Gardens Nature Walk. Join Dr. Dennis Kirkwood
and Rachel Hebert (HBC member and Ladew staff member) from 8:00-10:00
AM. They will explore the beautiful grounds of the Gardens in
search of colorful spring migrants as they arrive and remaining
winter birds just before they depart. NOTE: Ladew Gardens charges
$5 to members and $15 for non-members. The fee includes admission
to the facility for the day. Advanced reservation and payment
is required. CONTACT Sue Myers, 410-557-9570, ext.213 or email@example.com.
25 (Mon., Memorial Day) – Hidden Valley. Leader Dennis Kirkwood
will lead this trip to the aptly named Hidden Valley area with
a beautiful stand of mature hemlock and a sparkling stream. Carpooling
encouraged because parking is limited. Meet the leader at 7:00
AM at the parking lot at the northern end of Madonna Road where
it crosses Deer Creek.
30 (Sat.) – Susquehanna State Park. Catch the last of the
migrating warblers along with resident flycatchers and Orioles.
Look for some nesting warblers as well. Meet in the parking area
of the Mill at Rock Run at 7:30 AM. Contact leader Tim Houghton
) for details.
6 (Sat.) – Conowingo Trail. Join us for a leisurely walk
along this two mile stretch of the Susquehanna River. Meet at
the Fishermans’ Park parking lot where you will spot black
vultures and possibly see a nesting Peregrine falcon on the dam
face. The walk on the edge of the river should yield some Orioles
and possibly nesting warblers. Meet at 7:30 AM. The leaders are
Susan Hood (410-937-7552; firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Russ Kovach (email@example.com;
12 (Fri.) – Jerusalem Mill. Look for nesting birds along
this appealing stretch of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford
County’s western border. Meet at the mill on Jerusalem Road
(not far west of Rt.152) at 8:00 AM. Accompany leader Phil Powers
) as he scours this attractive habitat for avian nests.
14 (Sun.) – Evening Kayak Trip. Meet at the Tydings Park
launch ramp at 5:00 PM for a pleasant and leisurely paddle in
the Havre de Grace area. Expect herons, osprey, eagles, ducks
and geese and lots of babies, though none flying yet. There will
be no rentals available at this hour so you will need to bring/arrange
for your own vessel. The leaders are Colleen Webster (410-459-4577;
) and Sue Procell (443-417-4919; firstname.lastname@example.org
20 (Sat.) – Harford Glen. Meet at the Glen (west end of
Wheel Rd.) at 7:30 AM. The tour will begin with sightings from
the parking lot then proceed to scout the triple riparian habitats
of Atkisson Reservoir; the faster flowing Winter’s Run;
and the tributary, Plumtree Run. The woodland trails, varied water
habitats and some open meadow offer great opportunities for good
birding, including the possible sighting of a pair of Great Horned
Owls. Ruth Bergstrom (443-752-1967; email@example.com
) will be leading our trip.
10 (Fri.) – Beginning Birders. Phil Powers will lead a group
of beginners through Harford Glen, a beautiful valley with streams,
wetlands, forested hills and meadows. The trip will begin at 8:00
AM. Contact Phil at 410-679-4116; firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
– Wine and Cheese Social. The details of this year’s
Wine & Cheese Social were still in the planning stage at the
time this schedule was developed. Specifics will be announced
through emails and the HBC website.
19 (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 155/95Park
and Ride. Leader is Dave Larkin (410-569-8319; email@example.com).
25 (Sat.) – 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
for directions and details.
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; email@example.com
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
or Josh Emm (410-937-6790; firstname.lastname@example.org).
29 (Sat.) Susquehanna State Park. Explore the park for early migrant
warblers with leaders Dave Webb (410-939-3537; email@example.com)
and Josh Emm (410-937-6790; firstname.lastname@example.org
). Meet at 7:00 AM at Rock Run Mill.
29 (Sat.) – Annual Club Picnic and Birdwalk at Eden Mill.
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;
19 (Sat.) – The “Big Sit” Matt Hafner (410-971-3203;
) is the organizer for this new activity. Details will follow
via following emails and the web.
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; email@example.com
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; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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