] Harford MOS Newsletter for September 2002
WRENDERINGS The Newsletter of the Harford Bird Club

Volume 15 Number 5

September-October 2002



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

CONTENTS

In Memoriam . . .
President's Note
Fall Migration
2003 MOS Scholarship Fund
Calendar of Events
Need a Laugh? ...a Gift?
Harford Bird Club Field Notes...
"Spike Goes to Texas"
Harford Birdlife July 16, 2002 - Sept. 15, 2002
Field Trip Reports
HARFORD CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS October 2002 - January 2003
DINNER RESERVATION FORM


In Memoriam . . .

Sympathy is extended to Les Eastman and daughter Nanje upon the death of their wife and mother, Janet Eastman, on August 31, 2002 of pancreatic cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center at the age of 56. "Jan" was born in Butler, PA and is also survived by a brother, Fran Gillott. She was a graduate of Clarion College, completed her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and also attended Loyola College. Jan was a retired teacher who had taught at Meadowvale Elementary School. A member of Alpha Delta Kappa Educational Teachers' Sorority and the Havre de Grace Independence Parade Committee, she was also involved in the organizing of an Orthodox mission church in Harford County. She and Les have hosted numerous bird club gatherings at their home, including the popular "Hummingbird Happy Hour" every August.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 7 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Churchville with Father Gregory Czumak officiating. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, MD 21201, or the Four Evangelist Orthodox Mission, 1008 Jackson Boulevard, Bel Air, MD 21014.

Sympathy is also extended to Macrina Seitz upon the death of her husband, Dave Seitz, from a heart attack on September 6, 2002. More details on Dave's life will appear in the next newsletter. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Maryland Council, P.O. Box 17025, Baltimore, MD 21297-0191. At the time of this writing, the club also regrets to announce the passing of Bill McIntosh. Our condolences to the McIntosh family. - Jean Fry

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President's Note

By the time you read this, the annual picnic will be a memory - a good one no doubt. Thanks again to Tom Congersky and his crew for making the arrangements and preparing the food.

Sadly, the Harford Bird Club lost three friends in the past months - Jan Eastman, Dave Seitz and most recently Bill McIntosh. I know you join me in sending condolences and prayers to their families.

It is membership renewal time again. If you have not already done so, you can renew your membership for the 2002-2003 birding year using the form available in this newsletter.

Our next dinner meeting will be held on Friday, November 1, 2002 at Churchville Presbyterian Church. Our speaker will be Robert Ringler who will tell about his Colorado trip in search of grouse, prairie chickens, and ptarmigans. We will also have some special guests that evening. Science teachers in the Harford schools have been asked to nominate one student to receive a free one-year membership to the Harford Bird Club. The students and their teachers have been invited to join us for dinner.

Finally, we are getting some comfortable temperatures so there is no excuse for not making the most of the fall migration. Happy Birding! - Carol Flora

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Fall Migration

The air is crisp
Leaves red and gold
The birds are packing their bags.

They'll soon be gone
Where it's not too cold
And seeds and bugs to snag.
- CAF

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2003 MOS Scholarship Fund

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 from the scholarship chairperson, MOS chapter presidents, or MOS chapter representatives 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. Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older. 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.

The following people are helping the Scholarship Committee to recruit candidates in their respective chapters: Allegany-Dr. Gwen Brewer; Anne Arundel-Al Haury; Caroline-Debby Bennett; Cecil-Richard Donham; Frederick-Linda Keller; Harford-Dr. Dennis Kirkwood; Howard-Eileen Clegg; Jug Bay area-Dale Johnson; Kent-Pat Wilson; Montgomery-Barbara Holloman; 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 2003 workshops are due by January 31, 2003. 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. A broad base of applicants is needed to ensure wide participation and fairness in the selection process. - Jean Fry

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Calendar of Events

October 12 Annual Picnic at Capa Field.
November 1 Dinner Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Bob Ringler.
November 16 Deadline - to contribute Harford Birdlife reports to Jean Fry for September 16, 2002 - November 15, 2002. Jean's address is 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 or email at ffryjl@aol.com.
November 23 Deadline - to submit articles for the November/December issue of Wrenderings to Rick Cheicante. Rick's address is 1003-F Jessica's Ct, Bel Air, MD 21014 or rickcheicante@cs.com.
December 28 31st Annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count.
January 10 Winter Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker TBD.
January 25 Annual Mid-Winter Count.

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Need a Laugh? ...a Gift?

If you've ever looked at your fellow birders and thought about how much they resembled birds, then the book, A Field Guide to North American Birders: A Parody is for you. Written and illustrated by Margaret Harmon and published by Berkley Books in New York, it costs $12.00. The ISBN is 0-425-17835-8 if you decide to order it. It covers all aspects of birding including a diagram of the birder's body, tips on how to attract them to your backyard, and maturation stages. Thirty-nine humorous illustrations of human birdwatcher species with clever descriptions of their calls, habitat, and behavior are included. Some examples are: Saturday Morning Kinglet, Thin-skinned Hawk, Frugal Phoebe, Opinionated Jay, Mouse Finch, and Competitive Falcon. Every birdwatcher is guaranteed to find some of his own personal qualities. The book closes with a code of ethics, suggestions for equipment, and a checklist of birdwatchers. You'll laugh at your fellow birders and also at yourself. "Oh would some power the gift would give us to see ourselves as others see us." Robert Burns - Jean Fry

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Harford Bird Club Field Notes...

'02 - '03 Membership Renewal - Annual membership dues are now overdue for the club year from September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003. You should have received a mailing in September for HBC membership renewal. Do to some fee structure changes this year, new membership renewal envelopes were behind production. Now enclosed is the membership form that has again been combined with the return envelope. If you have not already done so with the Sept. mailer, please fill out the form, 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 November 1, 2002. *Please do not send dues with the dinner reservation form*.

31st Annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count - The Rock Run Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday December 28. Please contact Jean Wheeler (410-879-7424) jswheeler44@msn.com if you would like to participate.

By-Laws Revision - The Harford Bird Club has not revised its by-laws for about fifteen years. It is time to revisit them and decide if there is a need for any changes. We are in the process of getting copies of them from other chapters by way of the state secretary. We need two or three volunteers who would be willing to look over our current by-laws, as well as those from six or eight other chapters across the state and meet (probably only once or twice) to discuss revisions. Please call Jean Fry at 410- 452-8539 or e-mail at: ffryjl@aol.com if you would be willing to serve on this committee.

Award Nominations - Don't forget to send in your nominations for annual club awards. The categories are: Birder of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Lister of the Year, Volunteer(s) of the Year, and Bird of the Year. Send your nominations to Carol Flora, 315 Tareyton Ct., Bel Air, MD 21014 or email at chascarol@earthlink.net.

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"Spike Goes to Texas"

Yes, birding has become a passion. In mid-June, 2002, Russ Kovach, Matt Hafner and I ventured to southern Texas. My goal was 10-12 lifers. Boy, would I be surprised.

We landed in San Antonio at midnight. We found our hotel and slept to 6:00 a.m. We were off to Lost Maples State Natural Area, home of the largest Golden-cheeked Warbler population on publicly accessible lands. Black-capped Vireos can also be found here. We found both by noon and lucked out with a bonus Green Kingfisher. Great start - off to Big Bend.

The Chisos Mountains are the centerpiece of Big Bend - home of the Colima Warbler. The mountainous woodlands give way to the grasslands which in turn open to the desert. It was hot (105oF) and dry. To avoid the heat, Kovach suggested that we start our trek up the mountain in the evening. We ventured up to Boot Spring at 9:00 p.m. Yes - it was dark and scary. We stopped at a camp-site at about 11:00 p.m. Whip-poor-wills called all night. I didn't miss any of their calls. We arose (not awakened) at dawn. The first call heard - a Colima Warbler. Mexican Jays weren't far behind. From the Lodge tail we found the hepatic tanager. We finally struck out on the Window Trail - no Gray Vireo or Lucifer Hummingbird. These would prove to be our only misses. We now headed towards the Rio Grande Valley.

We got on a roll: White-collared Seedeater in city park in Zapata; Brown Jay at El Rio RV park in Chapeno; Red-billed Pigeon, Muscovey Duck, and Ringed Kingfisher at Salineno; and Tamaulipas Crow at the NOAA weather station near the Brownsville International Airport.

While searching for Audubon's Oriole and the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet near Falcon Dam, we had an interesting encounter. We were birding along the Rio Grande River. It's 105oF. Suddenly I observe 5 joggers running towards us. I'm thinking these guys must really be dedicated. As they got closer, they appeared to be Mexican. Wow - five dedicated Mexican joggers. They totally ignored my greetings as they passed by and bolted in the woods. Hmmmmm!! Where's the border patrol when you need them??

Report just in - Yellow-faced Grassquit at Bentsen State Park. We're off. It was a birder's dream. After a two hour wait, the grassquit made it's formal entry. It was listed as accidental, with only one other Texas record from 1990. What a bonus!! This day proved to be spectacular: Clay-colored Robins, Yellow-green Vireo, Tropical Parula, Rose-throated Becard, Altimira Oriole, Green Jay, Elf Owl, Tropical King bird, Plain Chachalaca, Common Pauraque and Great Kiskadee. Birding couldn't be any better!!! Wrong - birding got better.

The next stop was the King Ranch. We took the all day birding tour. Our leader Tom was excellent. We added Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Groove-billed Ani, Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrow. The ranch is most impressive. It's larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Birding was slowing down. We were missing only a few hard to find raptors. We decided to find the Short-tailed Hawk at Santa Ana NWR for Matt. A group of birders assembled for the wait. One of the birders was Bill Clark, raptor expert of the U.S. and later to find out the world. We were like a bunch of teenager's in the midst of Brittany Spears. Bill Clark - wow. He liked us. He talked to us. Finally the Short tailed Hawk showed up - soaring high. As we were abut to depart, I asked Bill, "where could we find a Hook-billed Kite?" He said, "are you serious?" I responded, "Duh-yeah!!" He informed us that his next stop was to the Hook-billed Kite nest in which he banded two young. Holy Doo-doo!! We're in ecstasy - following Bill Clark to the nest. We observed both parents and young well. WOW. I then told Bill that as a teacher I'd give him a "B+", but could easily change that to an "A+" if he could tell us where to find an Aplomado Falcon. Bill said, "are you serious?" I said, "Duh-yeah!!" He said these Aplomados may be the only pair that successfully bred this summer in the U.S.

The next morning our trio was venturing down Old Port Isabel Road following explicit directions. We easily found the family of Aplomado Falcons. Thank you Mr. Clark. We will buy your raptor identification books.

We headed back to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, the Hard Rock Café, and the exotic River Walk. I managed 21 of 23 possible lifers. We observed 184 species in 12 days. My life list stands at 635 species in the lower 48. - Spike Updegrove

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Image of a Wren over outline of Harford County
Harford Birdlife
July 16, 2002 - Sept. 15, 2002
by Jean Fry

Extreme drought and heat drastically affected bird activity during this time period. After about the middle of July the woods were mostly silent, even in early morning, so we were thankful for our Carolina Wrens who faithfully serenade each day about fifteen minutes before sunrise. Watching the antics of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds kept our spirits up during the "dog days" of August. I'm sure that we are all looking forward to the crisp, cool days of autumn. Reports were sparse, so the column is shorter than usual.

DL found a Pied-billed Grebe at Swan Harbor near Havre de Grace on 8/25 and at Lakeside on 9/8. He also saw a Double-crested Cormorant at Lakeside on 7/27. A Great Egret was present at Lake Mitten in Pylesville on 7/29.

MH's neighbor on Sharon Acres Road in Forest Hill had a family of Cooper's Hawks living in the pine woods. She observed them on 7/23. JLF also had a family which fledged and remained in their woods in Pylesville into the last couple of weeks of July. They had started nest building on 3/12.

DL sent in several shorebird sightings at Lakeside: Greater Yellowlegs on 7/20, 7/21, 7/27, 8/4, 8/11, 8/17, and 8/24; Lesser Yellowlegs on 8/11 and 8/17; Spotted Sandpiper on 8/11, 8/24, and 8/25; Solitary Sandpiper on 8/17. He reported Least Terns present at that site from about 7/20 until sometime between 8/11 and 8/17. LE saw a Greater Yellowlegs and two Least Terns there on 8/8.

JLF heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling at their home in Pylesville early in the morning of 8/9. That is an annual occurrence for them around the first weeks of August. RC found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Eden Mill on 9/14.

JLF heard a pair of Great Horned Owls calling early on the morning of 9/6 and a couple other evenings around that date in the eastern suburbs of Pylesville.

LE's Ruby-throated Hummingbirds put on quite a show at the Hummingbird Happy Hour on 8/9. Sometimes there were as many as six at a feeder at one time. With about fifteen or twenty feeders, there was lots of activity to watch. At any one time there were as many as twenty to twenty-five flying around. JLF observed their last RTH on 9/12, one day later than last year. It came and hovered around the colorful windsock outside the kitchen window, just like last year, as if to say good-bye. Is that anthropomorphism, or what?

RC saw both Philadelphia Vireo and White-eyed Vireos at Eden Mill on 9/14.

DL found a Bank Swallow at Lakeside on 7/21 and a Cliff Swallow there on 8/11.

LF saw a flock of 15+ Cedar Waxwings flying over the dam at Lake Mitten catching bugs on 8/2. A flock of ten was also seen at the same location on 8/10 and 8/11.

RC had a Brown Thrasher at his Bel Air feeder on 8/18. He also saw a Wood Thrush at Eden Mill on 9/14.

The following warbler reports were received: DL saw a Prairie at Lakeside on 8/25; JCV had two Black-throated Green in their back yard in Bel Air on 9/2; LE found a first year Connecticut in some jewelweed along Stafford Road just downstream from the mouth of Deer Creek in Susquehanna State Park (SSP) on 9/13; LE also saw Magnolia, Tennessee, and Black-throated Green in SSP that same day; RC reported American Redstart, two Magnolias, Northern Waterthrush, and Ovenbird at Eden Mill on 9/14; JF saw N. Parula near Lake Mitten on 9/6.

JLF saw a flock of 40+ Chipping Sparrows along Grande View Drive on 8/27 and again on a couple of days in early September.

RC had a pair (male and female) of Blue Grosbeak at his feeder in Bel Air for a couple of evenings around 5 p.m. during the week of 8/18. DL saw one at Lakeside on 8/25. JCV had a male Baltimore Oriole in the stream near the fish pond in their backyard in Bel Air on 9/3.

Individuals who submitted sightings to this column were: Rick Cheicante (RC), Les Eastman (LE), Jean and Larry Fry (JLF), Marjie Heagy (MH), Dave Larkin (DL), and Joe and Carole Vangrin (JCV).

Deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is Saturday, November 16, 2002 for the time period of September 16 until November 15. Please send sightings to: Jean Fry, 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. E-mail address: ffryjl@aol.com Phone: 410-452-8539. Hope that the birding gets better in the next couple of months!

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Harford Bird Club
Field Trip Reports

Harford Glen
Upon my arrival at 7 a.m., I was shocked to learn from Bill Pfingsten, who had arrived before me, that long-time member Dave Seitz who had agreed to lead our walk and provide ID expertise had died in his sleep on Thursday. Bill had planned to attend the Turkey Point hawk watch, but, fortunately for us, came to Harford Glen to act as leader for the morning walk.

Although the mood was somewhat subdued for our small group of six, the weather conditions were near-perfect for comfortable birding. A prominent feature of the Glen, an over-abundance of resident Canada Geese, gave us our first impression of bird life there; at that time (7:00 a.m.) they seemed to be gathered between the dam and the wooden pier and were taking off (noisily, of course) in groups of from 3 to 10 birds at short intervals of time, flying low and landing upstream of the pier. We got the usual prime views of the Great Blue and Green Herons, and a particularly good look at a Pectoral Sandpiper. There were large numbers of goldfinches and bluebirds, a few Red-eyed & White-eyed Vireos, and one remarkably cooperative Great Crested Flycatcher perched on a leafless branch in full sun. The big disappointment was the absence of warblers - one birder got a brief glimpse of a Common Yellowthroat. Total species: 27

In tribute to Dave Seitz... - Lynn Davis

Nighthawk Watch
On August 21st, Joe Vangrin was joined by Bill Collins to watch for nighthawks on the Bel Air Town Garage. A gentle breeze after sunset provided a welcome relief from warm temperatures. Only notable bird sighting was a large flock of Chimney Swifts, along with regular town birds. However no nighthawks were sighted. - Joe Vangrin

Rocks State Park
Five birders met me at park headquarters on a cloudy but bright morning. We had a great hike along the trail that ascends the ridge, then drops down and parallels the ridge top over rocky ground. Among our finds were Wood Thrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, and Carolina Wren. The hike took three hours. - Debbie Bowers

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HARFORD CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS
October 2002 - January 2003

Thursday, October 3
Mariner Point Park A great location for beginning birders to join experienced field trip leader Tom Congersky. A wide variety of sparrows, warblers and thrushes migrate at this time and the park is a local hot-spot. Meet Tom at the last parking lot near the pavilion at 8:00 AM.

Sunday, October 6
Elk Neck State Park Phil Powers leads yet another trip to this nearby hawk observation point. Accipiters and falcons should be starting to migrate and Elk Neck provides the opportunity for great looks. Meet at the I-95/MD 155 Park & Ride at 7:00 AM.

Monday, October 14
Waggoner's Gap This place is so fun, we're goin' there again! Beside the fact that accipiter and falcon migration is in full swing, Waggoner's Gap is widely believed to be the best place around to see migrating golden eagles. Hope for good winds and weather and join Dr. Mark Johnson and his washed up scope bearer Randy Robertson at the MD 152/MD 147 Park & Ride at 7:00 AM. This could be a long one so bring food and beverages.

Saturday, October 19
Birds & Bison Dennis Kirkwood will be spotting local birds and our own native buffalo herd. Meet Dennis a the Churchville Presbyterian Church at 8:00 AM. From there Dennis will hit some prime birding spots and culminate the morning at the farm of chapter members Emily and Paul Hines.

Sunday, October 20
Lock #12/Holtwood Dam Some late migrating sparrows and warblers might still be moving along with the start of the waterfowl flights. Leader Joe Vangrin will meet participants at the MD 543/MD 165 Park & Ride at 7:30 AM.

Saturday, October 26
Owl Prowl Deborah Bowers will host and Tom Congersky will co-lead this nocturnal search for Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls - Saw-Whet is not out of the question either!! Meet at the Deborah's house at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, November 9
Falling Branch If Deborah Bowers didn't have enough with the night-owlers, now she's charging off the this beautiful Harford County landmark. Meet her at the Eden Mill parking lot at 7:30 AM.

Saturday, November 16
Eastern Neck NWR Excellent winter birding area on the Chesapeake Bay in Kent County. Highlights may include swans, bay ducks, Northern Harrier, and Horned Larks. Meet at 7:00 AM at the I-95/MD 155 Park & Ride. Leaders are Jean and Larry Fry. Bring lunch; all day trip with easy walking.

Sunday, November 24
Swan Harbor Farm Walk the open fields and bayside pasture of this lovely Harford County park for field birds, sparrows, and waterfowl. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Roye-Williams Elementary School, on Oakington Road just south of Old Post Road (MD 132). The leader is June Mundis.

Saturday, November 30
Conowingo Dam Gull Watch Conowingo is one of the best locations for mid-Atlantic birding at this time of year. The dam hosts dozens of Bald Eagles and thousands of gulls. Other possible sightings include Golden Eagle, Black-crowned Night Heron and Pileated Woodpecker. Scopes are helpful. Meet trip leader Dennis Kirkwood at 8:00 AM at Fisherman's Park.

Sunday, December 8
Loch Raven Accompany Dr. David Larkin for a half-day trip in search of wintering waterfowl, finches, and woodpeckers. American Wigeon, Redhead, and Coots are probable. Scopes are helpful, but not required. Meet at the Rt. 152/147 Park-n-Ride at 7:30 AM.

Sunday, December 15
Black Hills / Seneca State Park Join Phil Powers and Bill Collins on a full day trip to Black Hills Lake in Montgomery County. This lake is a wonderful place to spot waterfowl, loons, and grebes. The surrounding park is known for resident Red- headed Woodpeckers. Meet at the I-95/Rt. 152 Park-n-Ride (north lot) at 7 AM.

Saturday, December 28
Rock Run Christmas Count Come out and count birds in the 10 km radius of Rock Run for the annual tally of birds in the Harford/Susquehanna area. All levels of birding prowess are welcomed. Congregate at Lorna Wortman's for homemade stew and breads afterwards (and for the final tally). Please bring a culinary contribution. Contact coordinator Jean Wheeler for details.

Sunday, January 5
Conowingo Gull Watch Whether you are a serious lister or just want to see something new, this one is for you. Join renowned gull expert Gene Scarpulla at the Conowingo Dam for rarities such as Iceland, Lesser black-backed, or Black- headed Gulls. Meet at 8 AM at the base of the dam (Fisherman's Park; east end of Shure's Landing Road). Mostly stationary trip, heavy clothing and warm beverage is recommended. For more information, contact coordinator, Les Eastman at les@birdtreks.com.

Saturday, January 11
Twelfth Annual Harford County Feeder Tour This morning trip will tour two to three bird-feeder establishments in Harford County. This trip enjoys the warm atmosphere of our hosts (and maybe donuts also), so walking is limited and mostly indoors. Participation is limited, so contact our coordinator, Spike Updegrove.

Sunday, January 19
Perryman Area Join Debbie Bowers in visiting the coastal plain "Eastern Shore" analog in Harford County. Targets will include Short-eared Owl, Rough-winged Hawk, Tree Sparrows and Horned Larks. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Wal-Mart in Aberdeen (east end of lot).

Saturday, January 25
Mid-Winter Count Shake off your cabin fever by getting out and counting birds anywhere in Harford County. This count is similar to the May Count, where numbers of individual birds and species are tallied. Beginners are encouraged and can be matched up with others. To minimize overlap and to receive details regarding the count, contact Mark Johnson at MSandDLJohnson@aol.com.

Sunday, January 26
Havre de Grace Waterfowl Come join local guide Randy Robertson to view waterfowl from the boardwalk at Havre de Grace, winding up with a tour of the Decoy Museum. A small fee to enter the museum will be necessary. Meet at the Decoy Museum at 1 PM. For questions, contact Randy at rrobertson@ineva.com.

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DINNER RESERVATION FORM

Please return to Eileen Nack, 8 Cresmont Drive, Aberdeen  MD 21001  
by Wednesday October 23, 2002.

		__________ Number of adults ( at $11.00 each )
		__________ Number of children 12 and under  ( at $7.00 each )

		Please make checks payable to Harford County MOS.

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Include address and phone number if you would like transportation to the
dinner.
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