WRENDERINGS The Newsletter of the Harford Bird Club

Volume 16 Number 1

February 2003



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

CONTENTS

31ST Annual Rock Run CBC - Results are In!
2003 Great Backyard Bird Count
Annual Awards
Calendar of Events
In Memoriam
Harford Bird Club Field Notes...
Harford Birdlife September 16 - November 15, 2002
Field Trip Reports
FIELD TRIPS February - March 2003
HBC Birding.com
DINNER RESERVATION FORM


31ST Annual Rock Run CBC - Results are In!

The 31st annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 28, 2002. We had 32 birders in the field. This year we hit the century mark with 100 species to include two birds never seen on the Rock Run CBC before. Two species, Peregrine Falcon and Lesser Black-backed Gull, were seen during the count week. Overall, the number of birds seemed diminished. The weather was mostly sunny and cold and the ground was partly snow-covered with frozen inland water.

Nine groups went owling and heard or saw the three expected owl species. Plus a Short-eared Owl was seen late in the day.

1. Oakwood: The Phingsten's, Bill and Rich (35 species) - 65 Common Mergansers.

2. Rowlandville: Les Eastman and Dominic Lucas (55 species) -This dynamic duo was one of two groups spotting a Merlin, a first for the count! They also found seven species of raptors.

3. Colora: Brian Morer (48 species) - Working alone, Brian saw more species than last year to include 9 Pied-billed Grebes.y

4. Bainbridge: Steve Hillyer, Chris Smith, Nova Shaffer, Scott DeBruyne, Colleen Kretzschmar and Tony Shettle (73 species) - This group of veterans had the 2nd highest total of the count. Their "bird of the day", a Short-eared Owl, was hunting in a field with two Northern Harriers. Way to go!

5. Perry Point: Dave Ziolkowski and Russ Kovach (77 species) -The highest count of the day! Working in their old territory this pair uncovered the most Eastern Screech-Owls - 9 and American Pipits - 62. Great job!

6. Swan Creek: Norm Friedman and Carol Nemeth (32 species) - The birds were scarce in this area, but still they managed to find one of only two Gray Catbirds for the count.

7. Havre de Grace: Rick Cheicante, Dave Larkin and Carol Flora (61 species) - This thrifty trio left no bird unseen, including the other Merlin. Other highlights include nine species of ducks and the most Horned Larks - 30.

8. Aldino: (** Your name here next year **) - No coverage.

9. Susquehanna: Mark Johnson (51 species) - Single-handedly this veteran covered his territory and spotted the lone Chipping Sparrow for the count. He also saw the most Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers - 8, Hairy Woodpeckers - 8, Pileated Woodpeckers - 5 and Cedar Waxwings - 32.

10. Rolling Green: Dave Webb, Jean Wheeler and Mike Burchett (57 species) - A personal best for this team. There were two "birds of the day". A Red-headed Woodpecker and a Yellow-headed Blackbird first spotted by Mike, a CMW student. A first for the count!

11a. Deer Creek: Jon, Sr. and Jon, Jr. Cupp (41 species) - This father and son team found the most White-breasted Nuthatches -20. They were one of only three teams to find White-crowned Sparrow - 3.

11b. Darlington: Harold Boling (42 species) - This veteran birder turned in the high counts for Bald Eagles - 24 and Golden-crowned Kinglets - 16. He spotted six of the seven woodpeckers and he's already working on Wild Turkey for next year! Way to go Harold!

11c. Conowingo Dam: Bob Schutsky (44 species) - The gulls and ducks were not plentiful at the dam this day. Bob saw the only Black-crowned Night-Heron of the count - 3.

12. Dublin: Phil Powers & Bill Collins (43 species) - This eager pair saw the count's lone Savannah Sparrow. They also had six of the seven possible woodpeckers.

13. River Flats: Dennis Kirkwood, Peter Jay, Barbara and Gary Pensell (56 species) - This intrepid group spent 7 hours in a boat searching for waterfowl. They found both Mute Swan - 12 (high count) and Tundra Swan - 8 and 15 species of duck. Some of the species of waterfowl include Pied-billed Grebe - 4, Gadwall - 53, Canvasback - 70, Redhead - 1, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded and Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck. What would we do without a team on the water?!

It was a wonderful day of birding. Thanks again to Lorna Wortman and her daughter Adele for hosting the "tally rally". Homemade breads and stew are just what you need after a cold day in the field, and they make the best! - Jean Wheeler

NOTE: Total count results for the 31st Annual Rock Run Christmas Bird Count can be found on page 4 in this edition of Wrenderings. For a comprehensive data spreadsheet (in Microsoft Excel) with complete, individual sector breakdown, contact Jean Wheeler at jwheele@jhmi.edu or Rick Cheicante at rickcheicante @cs.com.

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2003 Great Backyard Bird Count

The 6th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place February 14 - 17, 2003 in backyards across the country. Celebrate this annual event by participating via their website: www.birdsource.org/gbbc. This program is organized by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Everyone's contributions are greatly encouraged.

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Annual Awards

The Harford Bird Club is proud to announce this past years' (2002) recipients of our "Harford Bird Club Annual Awards".

Birders of the Year: Macrina and Dave Seitz - for their participation in club and Earth Day activities, bird banding contributions, outdoor education programs, and gladly sharing their birding experiences with the Harford Bird Club.

Volunteer of the Year: Jean Wheeler - in gratitude for countless hours of dedication and service to the Harford Bird Club and cheerfully taking on any and all tasks and doing them quickly, ably and enthusiastically.

Rookie of the Year: Carol Pace - who learned about getting up before dawn, attention-to-detail, birding ethics, why three field guides aren't enough, atlasing, and the joys of being with really good friends.

Bird of the Year: Painted Bunting - as hosted by Joe and Lydia Cook.

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Calendar of Events

March 7 Dinner Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Guest speaker:Tom Trafton.
March 8 State Board Meeting at Woodend (Audubon Naturalist Society), Chevy Chase, MD at 10:00 a.m.
March 16 Deadline - to contribute Harford Birdlife reports to Jean Fry for January 16, 2003 - March 15, 2003. Jean's address is 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 or email at ffryjl@aol.com.
March 23 Deadline - to submit articles for the March/April issue of Wrenderings to Rick Cheicante. Rick's address is 1003-F Jessica's Ct, Bel Air, MD 21014 or rickcheicante@cs.com.
April 19 Earth Day with annual Earth Day Celebration at Swan Harbor.
May 2 Dinner Meeting at Churchville Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Topic: "Return of the Raptors".
May 10 May Count.
May 24-26 MOS Conference in Potomac, MD.

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In Memoriam

Sympathy is extended to our club President, Carol Flora, and her family upon the death of Charles M. Flora, Carol's husband of 40 years, on December 3, 2002, after nearly a year's battle with leukemia. He was 67.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, he was the son of Martha Crumpacker of Montgomery, Illinois, and the late Quentin Flora. He had retired from General Motors after 35 years of service working as a mechanical engineer. As a child he was active in 4-H and judged livestock at national levels.

An avid golfer, Mr. Flora also collected stamps and coins, enjoyed working in his yard and traveling. He served as a deacon at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church and was active in church affairs.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Michael Flora of New Windsor; a daughter, Leslie Boyle, of Mount Airy; a brother, the Rev. James Flora, of Frederick; and two grandchildren, Alyson and Tessa Flora, of New Windsor.

Services were held on Saturday, December 7 at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air. Those who desire may contribute to Christ Our King Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 10 Lexington Road, Bel Air, MD 21014 or to the Maryland Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, MD 21286.

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Harford Bird Club Field Notes...

2003 MOS Conference - The annual MOS conference will be held from Saturday, May 24 until Monday, May 26 at the Bolger Center, which is a US Postal Service Training Center in Potomac, MD on Democracy Boulevard at Newbridge Drive.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from the original date. The keynote speaker will be Kenn Kaufman, author of Kingbird Highway and Birds of North America, a field guide which was published in 2000. In addition to being the speaker at the Saturday night dinner, he will also present a workshop on butterfly identification. - J. Fry

Welcome New Members - The Harford Bird Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members:

Anne Marie Czawlytko (junior)
K. Aubrey Hottell

Maryland Environmental Trust - The Maryland Environmental Trust needs volunteers to make scheduled visits to preserved, private properties to assure environmental goals are being met. Harford County has a number of properties under conservation easements held by MET. These properties have varying habitats - who knows - you might see some great birds! If you are interested in learning more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please call or email me at 410-692-9741 or bowerspub@hotmail.com. Thanks! - D. Bowers

Community Presentations - Thanks to Joe and Carole Vangrin for doing two presentations of our club's slide program for adult groups called "Seasonal Expectations: The Birds of Harford County." Programs were done for the Friends Homemaker's Club and approximately twenty persons of the Evergreen Garden Club. The Evergreen Garden Club gave the bird club a donation of $100. - J. Fry

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Image of a Wren over outline of Harford County
Harford Birdlife
Nov. 16, 2002 - Jan. 15, 2003
by Jean Fry

Weather conditions have dominated the picture for the past two months. Winter arrived early and with a vengeance. There were snowfalls of significant accumulation on December 4 and 25 and January 5, with several other days experiencing smaller amounts. Freezing rain covered trees and wires on December 11. Record cold temperatures and wind chills have continued since the end of November. Usually bad weather brings good birds. So far there have been no reports of irruptions of northern species.

Two Black Vultures were seen soaring over Ridge Road in Pylesville on 12/22 (LF). LD reported that a Turkey Vulture visited his fat feeder on 1/10. After feeding, it perched nearby with its wings spread for several minutes.

On 12/24 JLF heard a flock of Snow Geese flying over their house at night. On 1/7 one Snow Goose was with at flock of Canada Geese on Lake Mitten in Pylesville (LF). DW returned to his home in Havre de Grace on 12/8 and heard a flock of Tundra Swans fly over at 8:30 p.m. He estimated that there were about ten.

JLF saw one female Bufflehead, two female Ring-necked Ducks, two Black Ducks, and five Mallards on Lake Mitten in Pylesville on 11/17. Two American Wigeon were seen there on 12/5, as well as one male Ruddy Duck on 12/24. RC found two Common Goldeneye on the Susquehanna River at the mouth of Deer Creek on 1/1. DL reported Wood Duck, Gadwall, and Lesser Scaup near Club House Road in the Perryman area on 12/1. MTH found a Eurasian Wigeon in a large flock of Gadwall and American Wigeon at Swan Harbor Farm on Jan. 2. Record numbers of Gadwall and American Wigeon were seen by RC and DZ on the Rock Run Christmas Count on 1/28.

LE reported a good show of Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam on 12/21. There were about 20-25 present with about half being adults. At any one time there were six to eight sitting on the nearby towers on Rowland Island. They were regularly leaving to fish and were replaced by others, so there was a large turnover. Several eagles were in the air all the time. He also heard a Belted Kingfisher on a walk down the trail and saw a bird flying by the water. He assumed that it was the kingfisher, but then it turned and flew across the trail in front of him and it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Had he made a pass at the kingfisher? Other reports of Sharpies were from JLF on 1/4 and 1/9 near their feeder in Pylesville, from RC regularly at a feeder in Creswell, and from JV in Bel Air near Preston's Stationery (it was eating a European Starling). DL saw a Northern Harrier near Club House Road in Perryman on 12/1. NS and SH found two Northern Harriers hunting in an open field along with a Short-eared Owl on the Rock Run Christmas Count on 12/28. LE saw a Northern Harrier along Cooley Mill Road on 1/11.

Red-shouldered Hawks made several appearances: RC saw one near Cedar Lane on Jan. 4; LD had one visit his "fat" feeder on Jan. 2, 4, 8, and 11; JV saw one in his back yard near the feeders from 1/10 until 1/15; LE had one spend the morning in a tree in his back yard near Havre de Grace on 1/17(it didn't move even while he was sweeping the snow off of the steps and deck no more than fifty feet from it). On 12/21 DW and son Danny were hiking at Susquehanna State Park when they heard a crashing sound from some thickets along a wood margin. It was a Red-tailed Hawk which has just pounced on a squirrel. It could not raise itself out of the thicket, because its feet were occupied holding on to the quickly-killed squirrel. So it raised its wings slowly over its back so that it fell through the thicket and onto the ground. It lost a couple of feathers on the way down, but never let go of its prey. It hopped away from them into the woods where it proceeded to devour its meal. It was a treat for the DW's to observe this behavior. Another Red-tailed Hawk perched near Conowingo Dam on 12/21 long enough for GF to get some good looks.

TP had an American Kestrel land on her deck in Havre de Grace and stay for a minute or so. All of the birds must have seen it coming and got away just in time. Both LE and RC spotted a Merlin during the RRCC on 12/28. GF saw a Peregrine Falcon at Conowingo Dam on 12/21. It appeared to chase two Bald Eagles, preened on the island tower, and then went to the dam superstructure.

All reports about Conowingo Dam this year have indicated an absence of any unusual gulls.

DB from Street heard a Great Horned Owl hooting several nights in a row from 1/8 through 1/11.

DW, MB and JW found a Red-headed Woodpecker on a farm in the Churchville area on the RRCC on 12/28. RC has had six woodpeckers at a feeder in Creswell regularly during the reporting period: Downy (daily); Hairy (daily); Red-bellied (daily); Northern Flicker (often); Yellow- bellied Sapsucker (occasionally); and Pileated (once). JLF have seen a Hairy at their suet in Pylesville on 11/24, 12/10, 12/24, and 1/9-1/11. On 1/11 they had three Downys at one time at the feeders. TP watched a Pileated digging in a tree in the woods behind her house in Havre de Grace on 12/24. She had heard them in the spring for the past two years, but this was the first sighting at that location. LE heard a Pileated on the trail by the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam on 12/21. LD had Downy and Red-bellied at his fat feeders in Bel Air, seemingly unintimidated by the Turkey Vulture or the Red-shouldered Hawk nearby.

DL saw Horned Larks near Canning House Road in Perryman on 12/1. DK reported that Horned Larks, meadowlarks, American Pipits, and Savannah Sparrows were all being seen on 12/7 along Bradenbaugh Road, just east of Harford Creamery Rd, due to the snow and spreading of manure.

Brown Creepers appear to be active and visible, as there were several reports of them: JLF saw two in Pylesville on 12/12 and one on 12/16, 12/18, and 12/24; KG saw three in the woods in Jarrettsville on 12/21; RC had one regularly at a feeder in Creswell.

LE saw several Winter Wrens and heard several more singing along the trail below Conowingo Dam on 12/21. JLF had a Hairy Woodpecker, a Tufted Titmouse, and a Carolina Wren all on a suet cake at the same time in Pylesville on 11/24. They have a pair of Carolina Wrens on a regular basis which sing about fifteen minutes before sunrise and about fifteen minutes before sunset.

RC found both Ruby-crowned and Golden- crowned Kinglets at Eden Mill on 11/6.

LE reported Eastern Bluebirds and Cedar Waxwings eating berries in the trees along the trail below Conowingo Dam on 12/21. DB in Street had a Hermit Thrush, eight Eastern Bluebirds, and several Cedar Waxwings at her bird bath on 1/14.

RC had four or five Eastern Towhees at a feeder in Creswell particularly during snow coverage and a single Fox Sparrow in November and December. MJH has had an Eastern Towhee show up occasionally since the first snowfall in December, and a Fox Sparrow was there for about three days around 12/8 and 12/9. These birds had not shown up at her feeder in Forest Hill on Sharon Acres Road for four or five years, since the last snowy, cold winter.

MJ spotted a Chipping Sparrow at Rock Run Mill on 12/28 during the RRCC. DK saw one at his mother's feeder on Harford Creamery Road in White Hall on Jan. 4. RC saw four American Tree Sparrows at Eden Mill on 11/16 and has had a Field Sparrow regularly at a feeder in Creswell during this period.

DW, MB, and JW found a female Yellow-headed Blackbird among a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, European Starlings, and Brown-headed Cowbirds in farm fields off Cool Branch Road in Churchville on the RRCC on 12/28. About fifty Common Grackles came to JLF's feeder on 12/5 when there were about nine inches of snow on the ground. One caught and killed a White-throated Sparrow. LF saw a lone Purple Finch at a feeder in Pylesville on 12/15.

Finally in the exotic category comes the following report from RC: "On Thanksgiving Day, an unusual bird showed up at our feeder in Creswell. As soon as I saw it, I knew immediately it was not an endemic, and I also knew that I had seen it before; in a book. With Peterson handy, there it was: a Spotted Munia or Ricebird (4th ed., p. 302). Later, when looking through the National Geographic guide, I found a better picture of the bird (3rd ed., p. 456), here referred to as the Nutmeg Mannikin. Still curious, I checked Sibley, and there it was on p. 537 with the added name of Spice Finch. Four names, one exotic bird. The most accurate picture of this individual was in the National Geo. book; the side scaling was definitely black vs. the brown shown in the other two field guides. The bird is still present as of this writing (1/15), coming daily from the low brush and sitting at regular seed feeders. Curiously, just before we identified the adult bird, family members had been telling me about an unusual, very plain bird coming to the feeder with a creamy throat, but otherwise non-descript. My best guess was a female or young Common Yellowthroat for lack of anything else based on the description. When I presented that picture, the consensus was no way. Then, while showing the different pictures of the Nutmeg Mannikin, one look at the juvenile Mannikin and everyone said, 'That's the bird we saw!' So we have had a juvenile Nutmeg Mannikin for about a week before Thanksgiving, and then an adult ever since." Part of the joy in birding is all of the surprises. You never know what you will see!

Contributors to this column were: Debbie Bowers (DB), Mike Burchett (MB), Rick Cheicante (RC), Lynn Davis (LD), Les Eastman (LE), Jean and Larry Fry (JLF), Greg Futral (GF), Kevin Graff (KG), Matt Hafner (MTH), Marjie Heagy (MJH), Steve Hillyer (SH), Mark Johnson (MJ), Dennis Kirkwood (DK), Dave Larkin (DL), Tricia Precht (TP), Nona Shaffer (NS), Joe Vangrin (JV), Dave Webb (DW), Jean Wheeler (JW), and Dave Ziolkowski (DZ).

Thanks for a much better response of sightings this time. The deadline for the next Harford Birdlife column is Sun. March 16 for the time period of January 16 to March 15. Jot down dates and locations as you see the birds so that you don't forget to report them. Please send sightings to: Jean Fry, 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. E-mail address: ffryjl@aol.com Phone: 410-452-8539.

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Harford Bird Club
Field Trip Reports

"Birds-n-Bison"
Thirteen avian and bovine enthusiasts joined in a morning trip around the greater Churchville area. We traveled north to Harmony Church Road and Deer Creek first and found a good variety of fall migrants. Canada Geese were frequently overhead and a flock of kinglets (both species!) played hide-and-seek in the brush. Hairy, Downy, Red- bellied and one sapsucker joined us briefly. One kingfisher patrolled the creek and a Red-tailed Hawk watched us from above. We moved to the Churchville Recreation complex and found juncos, a phoebe, and one calling towhee to add to the list. The trip finished at the Cedarvale Farm of Paul and Emily Hines. Harford County's largest American Bison herd was on display and for most of the group this was a new experience. Lovely refreshments, including a taste of buffalo jerky, were provided by our hosts to finish our morning. A total of 36 species, not counting the bison, were seen and/or heard. D. Kirkwood

"The Owl Prowl"
Six stalwart souls braved the darkness on the evening of Oct. 26 in search of owls in and around Rocks State Park. There was no abundance of owls as we had last year, but we did find one Barred Owl responding to our recording at Hill's Grove, and another at Kellogg Branch. We got good looks at this one, as it repeatedly flew over us, seeking our phantom owl. We called it a night at 9:15 p.m. D. Bowers & T. Congersky

Eden Mill and Rocks State Park
Eleven people met at Eden Mill, took a short hike there, and then drove to Falling Branch to view the falls and look for birds. While we saw not a single bird during our hike to and from the Falls, we did have better luck along Deer Creek and its tributary and on the brushy, south-facing hillside above Eden Mill. We saw two and maybe three Fox Sparrows, a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Wren, a large flock of Cedar Waxwings, Belted Kingfisher, and two Eastern Towhees. D. Bowers

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HARFORD CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS
February - March 2003

Sunday, February 16
Black Marsh Join the top-notch birdwatching team of Jean and Larry Fry for an enjoyable flat walk along the Marshy Point, Black Marsh area of Baltimore County, with an extension to Fort Howard and other areas of Back, Middle, and Patapsco Rivers. Targets include Scaup, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, and Bald Eagle. Meet at the I-95 / Rt. 152 Park-n-Ride (North lot) at 7 AM (near phone booth). Bring lunch and dress warmly. Full day trip. For questions, call Jean or Larry.

Saturday, February 22
Delaware Shore / Cape Henlopen This perennial favorite will explore the hot spots along the lower Delaware Bay with a possible extension to the Atlantic Ocean (at the Indian River Inlet). Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks are targets, with possible Peregrine Falcon and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Meet Les Eastman at the I-95/Rt. 155 Park-n-Ride at 6:30 AM. Bring lunch and warm clothes. Scopes are helpful. For questions, call or email Les at les@birdtreks.com.

Saturday, March 1
Broad Creek Join the local birdwatching team of Jean and Larry Fry while they comb the conifers and associated woodlands of Broad Creek in search of winter finches and woodland residents. In the past, crossbills and siskins have been reported. Meet at 7:30 AM at Dublin Elementary School. For details, contact Jean or Larry.

Wednesday, March 5
Timberdoodle Watch Join the team of Powers and Bowers to witness the nuptial displays of the American Woodcock. Phil and Debbie will go to an area likely to have displaying woodcock (weather permitting). Since they display at dusk, meet at 6:00 PM at the Wal-Mart on Rt. 40 min Aberdeen. For further details, contact Phil.

Sunday, March 9
Muddy Run Check out fields and forest of the Holtwood Dam area, just north of Conowingo in Lancaster County. This area of can be unpredictable, where anything from Northern Goshawk to Shrike can be seen. Les Eastman is your leader. Meet at the Conowingo Visitor Center parking lot (north off of Rt. 1 just before the dam) at 8:00 AM. For questions email Les at les@birdtreks.com.

Thursday, March 13
Mariner Point Park Join leader Tom Congersky for a leisurely walk along the asphalt trails of this waterfront park in Joppa. Excellent trip for beginners and seniors. Waterfowl, shorebirds, sparrows, and blackbirds will be targets. Meet at the park at 7:30 AM.

Wednesday, March 19
Timberdoodle Watch II Now you have a second chance this year to witness the mating rituals of the American Woodcock. Meet at the Aberdeen Wal-Mart at 5:30 PM. Lynn Davis and Joe Vangrin are your leaders.

Saturday, March 22
Elliotts Island Check out a part of the eastern shore still reminiscent of how it used to be. Join Mark Johnson in a tour of historic Elliotts Island with a possible excursion to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 6:30 AM at the I-95/Rt. 152 Park-n-Ride (north lot). For details email: MSandDLJohnson@aol.com.

Sunday, March 30
Jerusalem Mill Join Phil Powers for a walk along the trails surrounding the historic Gunpowder Mill. Woodpeckers, sparrows and early migrants are probable in this mix of old fields and riparian forest. Meet Phil at the mill parking lot (Jerusalem Rd. and the Little Gunpowder River) or call for directions.

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HBC Birding.com

The Harford Bird Club website continues to operate under its own domain name! The URL for the website is http://www.harfordbirdclub.org. The site includes a search utility that has been added to the menu. This should make finding the secondary pages and related bird club links easier. Also included with the site is the capability of setting up simple mailing lists. I currently have set up two lists.

The first is the Harford Bird Club information mailing list. This mailing list is for the dissemination of information and announcements pertaining to the Harford Bird Club to its members. All Harford Bird Club members who have an email address should subscribe to this list. To join this list, simply send an email to subscribe-info@harfordbirdclub.org. You do not need to put anything in the subject or body of the message. Just send an email to the typed in subscribe address listed above, again no subject or message is necessary, and the listserver will automatically include you into the list. You will receive an email back welcoming you to the list. Then, in the future, to send a message to all club members participating, send a subject and message to info@harfordbirdclub.org (include this address in your address book) and everyone will get it.

The second list is the Harford birds mailing list. This mailing list is for the discussion of birds in Harford County, MD and reporting notable bird sightings. Anyone interested in what birds are being seen in Harford County should definitely subscribe to this list. To join this list, send an email to subscribe-harfordbirds@harfordbirdclub.org. You do not need to put anything in the subject or body of the message. You will receive an email back welcoming you to the list. The set-up is the same as the other list. Once subscribed, simply spread your bird sightings in near real time by sending an email with subject and message to harfordbirds@harfordbirdclub.org (put this address in your address book).

I intend for these two mailing lists to replace the email lists I now maintain manually. Instead of someone sending an email to me, which I then send to the appropriate list, that person can now send it directly. Please sign up for one or both lists now so that I can phase out the manual system. If you have any problems subscribing, please let me know and I can do it for you. It's really easy. Everyone should consider joining!

If you have any questions about the new web site or the mailing lists, don't hesitate to ask. My email address is webmaster@harfordbirdclub.org. Les Eastman

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DINNER RESERVATION FORM

Please return to Eileen Nack, 8 Cresmont Drive, Aberdeen MD 21001 by February 21, 2003. __________ 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. _______________________________ Print your name(s) Include address and phone number if you would like transportation to the meeting. _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ TEL:___________________________
Please send any comments to Les Eastman.
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