WRENDERINGS The Newsletter of the Harford Bird Club

Volume 14 Number 6

December 2001



"Acquainting folks to the wild birds and birding life of Harford County"

CONTENTS

Happy Holidays
'01 - '02 Membership Renewal
The 30th Annual Christmas Bird Count
2002 MOS Scholarship Program
Calendar of Events
Annual Members' Awards
Trivial Bird Facts with Carol Flora
Harford Birdlife September 16 - November 15, 2001
Field Trip Reports
FIELD TRIPS December 2001 - February 2002
Harford Bird Club - Winter Meeting


Happy Holidays

The objectives of the Harford Bird Club include "... the diffusion of knowledge about birds and the promotion of their conservation...". These objectives suggest that members not only be able to recognize and know facts about birds, but help to promote the need for habitat preservation. We tend not to want to lay down in front of earth-moving equipment, but we can help by providing data to MOS and other organizations to fight the habitat battles. We can provide data by reporting our observations and helping to count bird populations during the various "counts" scheduled throughout the year. Put December 29, 2001 on your calendar and get in touch with Jean Wheeler (see article below) for specifics on how you can help with the 30th Annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count; and watch for information on the Atlas Project in the January/February 2002 newsletter. Our January meeting promises to be very enlightening and entertaining. Mr. Tim O'Connell will tell us about his work with the Louisiana Waterthrush. There will be refreshments, so be sure to look for the R.S.V.P. information in the newsletter and make your reservation A.S.A.P. Wishing you a very happy and healthy Holiday!! - Carol Flora

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'01 - '02 Membership Renewal

Annual membership dues are now overdue for the club year from September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. Please check your mailing label to see if you have not renewed as of December 1. If not, please fill out the membership enrollment form (July/ August 2001 Wrenderings), enclose your check made payable to HARFORD MOS and mail it to our treasurer, Joyce Gorsuch. We would like to have all dues paid by the end of the year. You may pick up your membership card at the Harford Bird Club winter meeting.

Go to the online membership form.

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The 30th Annual Christmas Bird Count

The Thirtieth Annual Audubon Rock Run Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001. The Christmas Bird Count is an excellent opportunity for Harford Bird Club members to have fun while contributing to one of the largest scientific databases concerning bird populations. You need not be experienced to participate. In fact, many prominent ornithologists have gotten their start with the Christmas Bird Count. The count is simple! The count circle is 15 miles in diameter with a center point at the Rock Run Mill in Susquehanna State Park. The circle is divided into sectors in which a group and its leader have 24 hours to count as many species and individuals as they can find. After the count, there may once again be a "tally rally", call for further details. The fee per participant is $5 which is forwarded to the National Audubon Society in order to compile and publish the results. If you are new to the count, consider this an open invitation to join us. If you're returning, begin building your strategies now. Either way, contact Jean Wheeler at (410-879-7424) or by e-mail at jwheele@jhmi.edu. - Jean Wheeler

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2002 MOS Scholarship Program

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is now accepting applications from Maryland teachers, park rangers, and youth leaders for scholarships to attend summer ecology and ornithology workshops which the National Audubon Society holds at its camps in Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Each grant covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for an intensive six-day course of field study and instruction in ecology, ornithology, conservation, and natural history. The value of each scholarship is from $600 to $900. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. Please note: Brochures from the camps are not available until January, so specific dates for camps are not known until then. General descriptions of the content of workshops may be obtained at the address below or from chapter representatives listed below. Notification is made by early March.

MOS requires that its scholarship recipients work with young people. This includes teachers, camp counselors, park rangers, students, and others who intend to make nature education a part of their careers. Applicants need not be members of MOS, but they must be endorsed by a chapter or a member of MOS. Each candidate must submit the following:

  1. A written statement in the form of a letter showing how the Audubon experience will be used to develop in young people an appreciation of our wild heritage and a sense of responsibility for the care and quality of our natural resources and environment.

  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know of the candidate's interests, activities, abilities, and potential are requested. One of these letters should be from either a member of MOS or a chapter of MOS. It is extremely helpful if the letters of recommendation cite specific activities, accomplishments, or projects in which the applicant was involved in addition to personal qualities.

  3. A current resume.

  4. Applicants must be eighteen or older.

The following people are helping the Scholarship Committee to recruit candidates in their respective chapters: Alleghany (Gwenda Brewer); Anne Arundel (Al Haury); Baltimore (Bea Nicholls); Caroline (Debby Bennett); Cecil (Richard Donham); Frederick (Linda Keller); Harford (Dennis Kirkwood); Howard (Eileen Clegg); Jug Bay (Dale Johnson); Kent (Pat Wilson); Montgomery (Barbara Hollomn); Talbot (Liz Lawlor); Tri-County (Patsy Decker); Washington (Ann Mitchell). These individuals are able to answer questions about the program and assist in the application process.

Applications for the 2002 workshops are due by Jan. 31, 2002. Please submit applications and direct questions to Jean Fry, Chairperson of the MOS Scholarship Committee, 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. Phone: (410-452-8539) E-mail: ffryjl@aol.com. All chapter presidents and representatives are urged to see that this information is disseminated as widely as possible to all educators and youth leaders in the state. We need a broad base of applicants to ensure wide participation and fairness in the selection process. - Jean Fry

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Calendar of Events

December 8 State Board Meeting - Howard County.
December 29 30th Annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count.
January 11 Winter Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Tim O'Connell.
January 16 Deadline - to contribute Harford Birdlife reports to Jean Fry for Nov. 16, 2001 - Jan. 15, 2002. Jean's address is 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 or email at ffryjl@aol.com.
January 23 Deadline - to submit articles for the Jan./Feb. issue of Wrenderings to Rick Cheicante. Rick's address is 1003-F Jessica's Ct, Bel Air, MD 21014 or rickcheicante@cs.com.
March 1 Dinner Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mark Hoffman.

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Annual Members' Awards

Each year, awards are given on behalf of the club to promote our mission of enjoying the birdlife of our region, while promoting positive attitudes and actions toward the conservation of all natural resources. Selection of award recipients will be at the discretion of the executive board after receiving input from the general membership. All categories do not have to be recognized on an annual basis; awards will be given when a club member is deserving of such recognition. Except in unusual circumstances, the awards will be based on the calendar year and will be given publicly at a regularly scheduled club meeting early in the following year.

Categories to be considered are as follows:

BIRDER OF THE YEAR
This award is given to a club member that supports the club and its activities, exemplifies the joys of birdwatching, and sets an example for others to follow in service, character, and enthusiasm. Identification skills and life-lists are not a criteria for this honor.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
This award is given to a relatively new member of the club who brings a fresh enthusiasm to our organization and participates in club activities with enjoyment and service as primary purposes.

LISTER OF THE YEAR
This award is given to the club member who identifies the most birds in Harford County during the calendar year. Lists are submitted to the President's designee and are accepted as valid, based on the honor system, without further verification.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The award is given to one or more individuals who have served the club with distinction through unselfish service and commitment. The service may be linked to a particular act or to meritorious actions over an extended period of membership.

BIRD OF THE YEAR
This award is given to an individual or a representative of a corporate property owner who discovered and/or hosted an unusual bird during the previous calendar year. While the rarity of the bird is a consideration, the generous hospitality of the landowner and/or the bird discoverer in assisting others to see the bird is the primary criteria. Protection, management, and enhancement of habitat that may have attracted the unusual bird should also be considered and acknowledged. - Carol Flora

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Trivial Bird Facts with Carol Flora

An adult Purple Martin eats as many as 2,000 insects per day.

At night an owl can see 100X better than a human.

A feather may have more than 1 million parts.

It is estimated that barn swallows may make more than 1,200 trips to gather mud for nest building.

Northern Cardinals have been known to have 28 different songs and calls.

Geese fly in "V" formations not only for drafting, but to keep their partners in sight. Their eyes are set on the sides of their heads and can't rotate, so they can't see forward.

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Image of a Wren over outline of Harford County
Harford Birdlife
September 16 - November 15, 2001
by Jean Fry

This has been an unusual fall with regards to the weather. Temperatures for the most part have been above normal during the day. Although it has been warm, a frost came early for this area on October 8. This, combined with extremely dry conditions, caused leaves and vegetation to turn brown and fall earlier than usual. The woods are parched and many small ponds are completely empty. Warm conditions have also delayed the arrival of large numbers of waterfowl. Some migratory species appear to be lingering longer than usual. Nonetheless, many excellent sightings were submitted for this time period.

LF spotted a lone and late Green Heron at Lake Mitten in Pylesville on 9/23. Large high flocks of migrating Canada Geese were seen in the same area on 9/28 and 9/29 (LF). DP saw a Snow Goose with a flock of Canada Geese along Emory Church Road in Street on 10/24. LF found three Snow Geese (one adult and two immatures) in a flock of Canada Geese at Lake Mitten on 11/2 and 11/3. KG, a member of Baltimore Bird Club and an avid bird watcher who has just moved to Old Federal Hill in Jarrettsville, saw three Tundra Swans headed southeast from his home on 11/8.

In the duck category there were numerous scattered sightings. A pair of Wood Ducks was found by RC and DL at Club House Road pond in Perryman on 11/11. DP's boss was fishing on the Susquehanna Flats near the Sand Islands in the Susquehanna River on 10/31 and reported nearly a thousand American Wigeon. Green-winged Teal were reported at Harford Glen on 9/29 by RC. Five Ring-necked Ducks were at Lake Mitten on 11/10 (JLF). A pair of Buffleheads was seen there on 10/30 (LF). One male and two females appeared on 11/12 (JLF) and again on 11/13 (LF). Two female and one male Hooded Mergansers showed up on 10/28, and three males and two females were there on 11/9 (JLF). DL and RC found a female Hooded at Perryman on 11/11.

There were several reports of late, lingering Osprey. DP spotted one at Holloway farm, which is on the road to Susquehanna State Park, on 10/17. DS reported continuing to see them at Harford Glen on 10/28. DP saw one perched along Deer Creek at Rocks State Park on 10/30. RC turned in a report on 11/17 at Eden Mill.

Two Broad-winged Hawks were seen soaring over Heaps School Road (HSR) in Pylesville on 9/25 and again on 9/28, and one on 10/13 over Grande View Drive (GVD) in Pylesville (JLF). DP reported a Red-shouldered Hawk over Rocks on 10/22, and LF saw one over HSR on 11/13. RC and DL found a couple Northern Harriers at Perryman on 11/11. KG saw a Sharp-shinned over Old Federal Hill Road on 11/8. He also reported that a Red-tailed Hawk is hanging around in the woods in the backyard. JLF saw two Red-tailed on 10/13 over GVD, and LF found two over HSR on 11/13. MS from Dover, PA reported seeing an immature Golden Eagle on the north side of US Route 1 midway between Route 136 and Hughes Road on 10/31. The bird circled lazily for about ten minutes before moving north in no hurry to go anywhere. It was easily seen with the naked eye beginning only about three hundred feet above Route 1 and never gaining much altitude before moving north. JLF just happened to be outside during the afternoon of 11/2 and saw a pair of Golden Eagles soaring very high above Ridge Road in Pylesville and finally moving southwest. That was a new yard bird! DP had a lucky day when he spotted a Merlin at Murmur Farm in Darlington on 10/15.

DP found a flock of five Wild Turkeys along Craigs Corner Road in Susquehanna State Park on 10/17 much too early for Thanksgiving!

Mariner Point Park in Joppatowne apparently was a staging point for migrating yellowlegs. PP counted 24 Greater on 10/22 and 29 Greater and 2 Lesser on 10/24. There were also two Killdeer present on 10/24.

RC reported an American Woodcock fly-by in Bel Air on 11/3.

PP found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Bosley Conservancy on 9/22; DP reported having one a Falling Branch in Pylesville during the second week of October.

A lone E. Screech-Owl report came from DB in Street on 10/20.

DMW had a late Ruby-throated Hummingbird visit their backyard on 10/9. It was feeding on impatiens and only stayed for about two minutes.

There were several Yellow-bellied Sapsucker sightings. JLF saw a pair on a tree on GVD on 10/12. JCV had one in their backyard in Bel Air on 10/18. RC saw two near his Bel Air feeder on 11/3. PP added that bird to his yard list on 11/14. RC sighted a Hairy Woodpecker at Eden Mill on 11/17. DB found a Pileated Woodpecker in Street on 11/4.

An Eastern Phoebe was spotted by RC at Harford Glen on 9/29. DP still had one around Falling Branch on 10/22, and RC saw one at Eden Mill on 11/17.

RC and DL were lucky enough to find a half-dozen American Pipits with some Horned Larks along Canning House Road in Perryman on 11/11.

JLF saw a large flock of Tree Swallows over Lake Mitten on 9/28, while KG saw two in Jarrettsville on 11/4.

LD reported having a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches at his backyard feeders on 11/3 for the first time in fifteen years. DP had one in his yard in Pylesville on 10/31. PP added another bird to his yard list with a Red-breasted Nuthatch on 11/14. DP saw a Brown Creeper at Rocks on 10/22; LF found one on HSR on 11/14.

JF had a pair of Carolina Wrens sitting on the deck railing in Pylesville on 11/6. They were doing their "buzzing" call while spreading their tail feathers and hunching up their wings. DB saw a Winter Wren in Street on 11/4. One checked out the barn at KG's property on 11/8 and his yard list continued growing. JLF spotted one in the back of their house on Ridge Road on 11/10.

JLF have noted a virtual plethora of Ruby-crowned Kinglets in Pylesville during the month of October. They also saw Golden-crowned in the bittersweet behind their house on 11/12. DB saw Golden-crowned on Rocks Ridge on 9/29. DP reported both kinglets on 10/22 at Falling Branch, and RC reported both at Eden Mill on 11/17.

RC spotted two Hermit Thrush at Eden Mill on 11/17. DB reported one in Street on 10/20 and one at her bird bath also in Street on 11/11. JLF heard a Wood Thrush gurgling in the woods on 9/29. KG counted 143 American Robins in Jarrettsville on 10/31 and 358 on 11/1.

JLF saw five or six Gray Catbirds near Lake Mitten on 9/26. DB still had one in Street on 10/14, and RC saw one at his Bel Air feeder on 11/3. RC saw a Brown Thrasher at Harford Glen on 9/29. Cedar Waxwings have been absent in Pylesville lately, until LF spotted 32 on GVD on 11/14.

There were several reports of lingering warblers. DB saw two male Black-throated Blues on Rocks Ridge on 9/29. They were so close that she didn't need binoculars. She also found a female Blackburnian on 10/5, had close views of a Prairie on 10/18, and had a probable immature Black-throated Green at her birdbath on 11/6. RC reported a number of Magnolias at Eden Mill on 9/21; and a Pine, Worm-eating, and Blackpoll at Harford Glen on 9/23. PP saw an immature Palm at Mariner Park on 10/22. A Wilson's appeared in the ragweed at Falling Branch on 9/19. It flew up to a willow tree and gave DP a great view. That same day DP saw Magnolia, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green, and Black-throated Blue at the same location. JCV had six Yellow-rumped in their backyard at Bel Air on 10/18.

JLF had a Scarlet Tanager still calling "chip-bur" on 9/16 in Pylesville. They also came across three Eastern Towhees near Lake Mitten on 10/10.

RC found a single American Tree Sparrow at Eden Mill on 11/17; DP had one on the ground below his feeder at Falling Branch on 11/12. RC and DL spotted a couple of Swamp and Field Sparrows at Club House Road, as well as a flock of twenty to thirty White-crowned at Perryman on 11/11. RC reported White-throated at Harford Glen on 9/29. DB saw her first White-throated in Street on 10/8, while JCV had one in their backyard at Bel Air on 10/22. JLF saw a flock of eight to ten Chipping Sparrows near Lake Mitten on 9/26. KG saw six "chippers" in Jarrettsville on 11/4. DP reached a milestone of 300 MD birds with a Lincoln's near Falling Branch on 9/19. RC had a Fox Sparrow invasion at Eden Mill on 11/17 when he viewed between ten and twenty. JLF reported seeing the first flock of Dark-eyed Juncoes in Pylesville on 10/9.

RC found a few late Indigo Buntings on 9/29 at Harford Glen. RC and DL spotted an Eastern Meadowlark at Perryman on 11/11. An Orchard Oriole was seen at Harford Glen on 9/29 (RC).

There were abundant reports of finches and siskins. Starting with Purple Finches: DP had one on 10/18, 10/23, 10/29, and 11/8, and two on 10/31 at his feeder in Pylesville; DMS had one at their feeder in Bel Air on 10/28; DMW had a male and female at their feeder in Havre de Grace on 11/11; RC had one at his feeder in Bel Air on 11/3. LE reported that Pine Siskins are being seen as far south as North Carolina. DL had some at his feeder in Bel Air on 10/18; they were still present on 11/12. LE's first ones showed up on 10/28 in Havre de Grace. He had five in the morning along with about ten American Goldfinches. In the middle of the afternoon he had at least nine. One was very tame. It kept eating while he walked over to the trash can containing the thistle seed and took out a can of it. He walked to the feeder and the siskin didn't fly until he reached for the feeder! Hungry bird! On 11/3 LE reported having American Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches and House Finches all present at the same time for a nice comparison. The goldfinches and siskins were on the thistle feeder and on the platform feeder with black oil sunflower seeds. DP saw Pine Siskins in Pylesville on 10/29; he had seven on 11/8 and one on 11/18. MH's dad saw them on his feeder in Bel Air on 11/3. LD, also in Bel Air, had a peak number of six on 11/3 in Bel Air for the first time in fifteen years. RC had one at his feeder in Bel Air on 11/10. DMW saw one in Havre de Grace on 11/12 and later that week had a high number of seven. He also had many American Goldfinches and reports going through a quart of thistle seed each day. Lastly, SJ sent a message saying that he had seen a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on the seedheads of black-eyed susans at Leight Center in Abingdon on 11/4. That image is a good place to close.

Contributors to this column were: Deborah Bowers (DB), Rick Cheicante (RC), Lynn Davis (LD), Les Eastman (LE), Jean and Larry Fry (JLF), Kevin Graff (KG), Matt Hafner (MH), Sam Jones (SJ), Dave Larkin (DL), Dave Powell (DP), Phil Powers (PP), Michael Sankovich (MS), Dave and Macrina Seitz (DMS), Joe and Carole Vangrin (JCV), and Dave and Marsha Webb (DMW).

The next deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 16 for sightings between November 16, 2001 and January 15, 2002. Please send observations to Jean Fry, 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 or e-mail to: ffryjl@aol.com Phone: (410-452-8539).

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Harford Bird Club
Field Trip Reports

Harford Glen

On September 9, seven of us met at Harford Glen. The morning was sunny and cool reminding us of autumn. We were immediately confronted with a small flock of sparrows. After twenty minutes of careful observations we realized we were looking at a flock of juvenile Chipping Sparrows; a good test of our skills. We were hoping for migrating fall warblers, but they proved to be elusive and we saw only Black-and-white Warblers. However, two unusual birds for Harford Glen were found. A pair of Double-crested Cormorants flew-by overhead and a Little Blue Heron was found feeding in the ponds. Overall about 40 species were recorded on a very pleasant late summer morning. - Dave Larkin

Susquehanna State Park

Six people joined me on a late September morning in search of migrants in Susquehanna State Park. A very nice day, but unfortunately there were few migrants. Great looks were seen of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Sharp-shinned Hawk. A few lucky people were able to get on the Lincoln's Sparrow before it disappeared. A check of Lapidum boat ramp produced a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Bald Eagle. - Dave Powell

Cromwell Valley Park

Abright and sunny morning welcomed four birders at Cromwell Valley Park. Thirty two species were seen with the best being a White-crowned Sparrow. We had six different sparrows in one bush but without a sparrow expert they were mostly little brown birds. We still had a good time birding and fellowship.- Phil Powers

"The Owl Prowl"

Nine participants showed up for this years "Owl Prowl". We started at Bower's Farm where we have been successful in seeing Barred Owls every year. This year the owls were a no show. We proceeded into Rocks State Park where we hit the jackpot. At our first stop near Hills Grove we heard 3 Barred Owls and called in 2 others. We then moved down the road near the entrance to the King and Queen Seat where we tried for Eastern Screech-Owl. We were successful as we heard 4 owls. We then moved to the Kellogg Picnic Area and saw 3 more Barred Owls and heard 4 others. Our totals were 5 Barred Owls seen, 7 Barred Owls heard and 4 Eastern Screech-Owls heard. As is the norm, no Great Horned Owls chose to participate in our fun so none were seen or heard. - Harold Boling and Deborah Bowers

Turkey Point Hawk Watch II

Sharp-shinned, sharp-shinned, sharp-shinned! I scanned often and found Cooper's, Merlin, and Board-wings. A total of 31 bird species were found with very good looks at several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.- Phil Powers

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HARFORD CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS
December 2001 - February 2002
by Dave Powell

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 Dave Powell.

Saturday, December 8
Loch Raven Reservoir A morning tour of Baltimore City's most beautiful property, in search for pine-loving passerines and waterfowl. Likely to be seen are Red-breasted Nuthatches, Ring-necked Duck, and maybe even a Pine Warbler. Meet leader Donald Soubie at the MD Route 152 (Fallston) Park-and-Ride (MD Route 147 is closest cross street) at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 16
Black Hills Join Phil Powers on a full day trip to Black Hills Lake in Montgomery County. The lake is a wonderful place to spot waterfowl, loons and grebes. The surrounding parkland also hosts Red-headed Woodpeckers, Tree Sparrows and other winter birds. Meeting time is 7:00 a.m. at the I-95/MD 152 Park-and-Ride.

Saturday, December 29
Christmas Bird Count The 30th Annual Audubon Rock Run Christmas Bird Count. Coordinator is Jean Wheeler.

Sunday, January 6
Conowingo Gull Watch Whether you're a serious lister or a beginner looking for pointers on gull identification - this one's for you. Led by noted gull-watcher Gene Scarpulla, this all-morning trip may turn up such winter rarities as Iceland, Lesser Black-backed or C. Black-headed Gulls. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the base of the dam. For more information, contact Dave Powell. Mostly stationary trip with only minimal walking, heavy clothing and a warm beverage recommended.

Saturday, January 12
Eleventh Annual Feeder Tour The morning trip will tour two to three bird-feeder establishments in the Bel Air section of Harford County. From the meeting location, we will carpool to our first hosts home and roost in a warm spot where the feeders are visible. Roughly an hour later we will migrate to the second house. Participation is limited, please contact coordinator Dave Seitz to reserve your spot and get meeting times and location. In the case of inclement weather, the trip will be postponed to Saturday, January 19th.

Sunday, January 13
Hidden Valley Join Debbie Bowers on a morning trip to Hidden Valley section of Rocks State Park. The trip will focus on finding winter regulars as well as looking for any irruptive species like Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch. Meeting time is 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot near the intersection of Carea and Madonna roads. Contact Debbie Bowers for further information.

Sunday, January 20
Sweet Air Join leader Mark Johnson for a half-day trip to Gunpowder Falls State Park Sweet Air section. The fields and hedgerows are great for winter birding. Target species will be Fox and Tree Sparrows, Red-Breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpeckers. Meet at the parking lot on Dalton-Bevard Road.

Saturday, January 26
Mid-Winter Bird Count Coordinator is Bill Pfingsten.

Saturday, February 2
Bradenbaugh Flats Traditional trip to the gentle rolling fields of the Upper Deer Creek watershed. Leader Dennis Kirkwood will guide the search for Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, and Eastern Meadowlark. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Jarrettsville Elementary School, located on MD 23, a half mile west of MD 165. The morning trip will consist mostly of drive-and-stop birding. Participants are invited to the Kirkwood's home afterwards for homemade soup and breads.

Saturday, February 9
Black Marsh, Marshy Hope, and North Point State Park All day trip to Baltimore County hotspots along the Chesapeake shoreline. A mixture of habitats attracts a wide variety of birds, ranging from waterfowl (Canvasback and Lesser Scaup) to Winter Wren, Northern Harrier and Fox Sparrow. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the MD 152/I-95 Park & Ride. Leaders are Larry & Jean Fry.

Sunday, February 17
Harford "Hotspots" A full day of birding all of the "hotspots" in Harford County. Target species will be sparrows, ducks, and any reported rarity. Meet Dave Larkin at the Aberdeen Wal-Mart on MD route 40 at 9:00 a.m. Wear warm, comfortable clothing. (Editor's note: Do not confuse this trip with the one we do not do where we look for Wal-mart species and meet at Target).

Saturday, February 23
Maryland and Delaware Shore Join Les Eastman for a full day of birding along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Eiders, Harlequin Duck, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Purple Sandpiper could highlight this annual favorite. Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the MD route 155 and I-95 commuter lot (Havre de Grace exit). Bring lunch or buy en route. Wear warm, comfortable clothing; scope would be helpful.

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Harford Bird Club - Winter Meeting

Friday, January 11, 2002

Churchville Presbyterian Church

7:00 p.m.

Speaker:

Dr. Timothy O'Connell

Pennsylvania State University

"Breeding Biology of the Louisiana Waterthrush"

Refreshments will be served

R.S.V.P. by January 4, 2002

Carole Vangrin, 1100 Barkley Place, Bel Air, MD 21014

evangrin@netfox.net

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Please send any comments to Les Eastman.
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