WRENDERINGS The Newsletter of the Harford Bird Club

Volume 16 Number 2

April 2003

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


Spring Birding is Well Earned!
Thank You
Earth Day and Decoy/Wildlife Festival
Joe Vangrin - In Memoriam
Calendar of Events
Harford Bird Club Field Notes...
Member's Corner
Harford Birdlife Jan. 16, 2003 - Mar. 15, 2003
Field Trip Reports
FIELD TRIPS April - August 2003

Spring Birding is Well Earned!

It seems that the past year has been one of mourning - the most recent loss being Joe Vangrin. Joe was a staunch supporter of the Harford Bird Club and of the hobby of birdwatching. He represented the Harford Chapter at MOS, was always willing to help with a function; and with Carole, made sure we received our newsletters. We will miss him and his quiet, friendly participation.

A well-earned Spring has finally arrived - a busy time for birds and birdwatchers. Be sure to sign up to participate in the May Count on May 10th, and plan to participate in our Public Relations activities on Earth Day, April 19th and the Decoy Festival in Havre de Grace May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. There is always a need for volunteers to represent the club at our display tables to answer questions about birds and Harford Bird Club activities. Also keep in mind our July meeting featuring the interests, hobbies, and talents of our club members.

It is hard to believe that it has been two years since I became President of the Harford Bird Club. It has been an interesting, fulfilling, sometimes frustrating, but mostly an enjoyable experience. It is now my pleasure to introduce our new leadership team who will be installed at the May dinner meeting. Our new President will be Jean Wheeler; Vice-President - Debbie Stewart; Recording Secretary - Marjorie Heagy; Corresponding Secretary - Carole Vangrin; Treasurer - Joyce Gorsuch; and our State Board Representatives: Tom Congersky and one spot open for a volunteer.

Our speaker for the May dinner meeting will be Bob Schutsky from Bird Treks. He will tell us about the return of the raptors on the Susquehanna. Plan to attend and to bring a guest. EVERY MEMBER WHO BRINGS A GUEST WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE! May the Bluebird of happiness nest in your box. Carol Flora

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Thank You

My family and I thank you all for caring - for your words of encouragement, prayers, cards and calls throughout the past year. It meant a lot to us to have the support of friends.

Leslie, Michael and Carol Flora

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Earth Day and Decoy/Wildlife Festival

Volunteer participation is needed for this year's Earth Day 2003 and the 22nd Annual Decoy and Wildlife Festival. The Earth Day 2003 event is being held on Saturday, April 19, from 11:00 to 4:00 at Swan Harbor Farms in Havre de Grace. Over 1,500 visitors and over 35 exhibitors are expected to be part of this exciting event. The Harford Bird Club has been part of this event offering an interactive display of bird facts and two bird walks. Needed are five volunteers for two hour time spots and two bird walk leaders. The 22nd Annual Decoy and Wildlife Festival is to be held on the weekend of May 2, 3, and 4. Friday evening will require volunteers to set up our display. Other volunteers will be needed to man the display on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are primarily needed to greet folks and answer questions about our club's activities at both of these events. If you are able to participate, please contact Debby Stewart as soon as possible.

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Joe Vangrin
In Memoriam

Sympathy is extended to Carole Vangrin and her family upon the loss of husband and father, Joe Vangrin, who died on March 17, 2003, at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air of a sudden heart attack. He was 65.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., he was the son of Bernard Francis Vangrin of Slicksville, Pa., and the late Anna Kuzman Vangrin.

Joe received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's degree in mathematics from Montclair State College in New Jersey. His master's program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He had been retired from the Harford County Public Schools for seven years after 33 years of service as a mathematics teacher and work experience coordinator. He also had served as an adjunct faculty member at Essex and Harford community colleges. He had coached varsity football at Edgewood and C. Milton Wright high schools and at Apollo High School in Pennsylvania.

Joe had been a member of the Harford County Bird Club since 1988. He had served on the field trip committee for many years and had represented Harford County as a director on the Maryland Ornithological Society state board since 1995. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it was assisting in hosting a state board meeting, setting up for the wine and cheese social, leading a field trip, helping out at the annual picnic, or putting the room back in order after a dinner meeting. He had traveled to Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah with "Spike" Updegrove on two summer birding forays. He and Carole had attended several Elderhostels after retiring. He was an avid fan of high school, college, and pro sports teams of western Pennsylvania, a member of the Bel Air Athletic Club, and treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 999 in Forest Hill. In addition to his love of birds, Joe had a diversity of interests including architecture, landscaping and horticulture, art, natural history, and Civil War and military history. Joe was a loving, kind and gentle man who greeted each day with a smile. He had a witty sense of humor and a positive attitude toward life.

In addition to his father, Mr. Vangrin is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carole L. Vasbinder Vangrin; a son, Eric Edward Vangrin of Bel Air; two daughters, Dawn L. Vangrin of Chestertown and Bethany A. Vangrin of Bel Air; two brothers, Bernard Vangrin of Napa Valley, California, and Robert Vangrin of Queensland, Australia; a sister, Anna Quinn of Export, Pa., and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Services were held on March 21, 2003 at the McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana, Pa., on March 22.

Contributions in Joe's memory may be sent to Harford County MOS, c/o Ms. Joyce Gorsuch, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, Delaware 19707-1508. Jean Fry

Editor's Note: Joe was one of the genuinely nicest of men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing; and working with in club activities. He and Carole have patiently bailed me out of more than a few "late" newsletters. For that I have always been thankful. But I'll remember Joe most for his thoughtful sharing of a kind word and his quiet and sincere demeanor, suggestive of an unequaled humbleness - a courtesy blessed of greater men. R. L. Cheicante

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Calendar of Events

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 2-4 22nd Annual Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Festival.
May 10 May Count.
May 16 Deadline - to contribute Harford Birdlife reports to Jean Fry for March 16, 2003 - May 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 May/June issue of Wrenderings to Rick Cheicante. Rick's address is 1003-F Jessica's Ct, Bel Air, MD 21014 or rickcheicante@cs.com.
May 24-26 MOS Conference in Potomac, MD.
July 18 Summer Social at Anita Leight Estuary Center.
September 6 Annual Picnic at Mariner Point Park in Joppatowne.

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Harford Bird Club Field Notes...

John Wortman Memorial Scholarship - The first John Wortman Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Thomas Smith, a third grade teacher at Fountain Green Elementary School in Bel Air. Mr. Smith is very interested in environmental and ecology issues and tries to incorporate them into his science curriculum wherever possible. He will be attending Workshop for Educators at Hog Island, Maine, from July 6-12. This workshop is designed especially for teachers and emphasizes integration of ecology and ornithology into the curriculum. The Maryland Ornithological Society scholarship committee is grateful to Lorna Wortman, her family, and the Harford Bird Club for making this scholarship possible. J. Fry

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

Andy Hughes
Dr. F. Keen Blaker

Bylaws Revision: Update - The bylaws committee met three times and has finished with suggested revisions. All members of the Harford Bird Club will be receiving a mailing in mid-April which will include a copy of the old bylaws (dated 1988) and a copy of the proposed revisions. Please read over both when you receive them and come to the meeting on May 2, 2003, prepared to ask any questions you may have and to vote on the revisions. Members of the committee are: Debbie Bowers, Carol Flora, Dave Larkin, John Nack, and Larry and Jean Fry. J. Fry

Trivia Answer - The world's rarest bird may be the po'ouli, or Hawaiian Honeycreeper. There are 3 individuals left with the last known breeding to have occurred five years ago.

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Member's Corner

Special Invitation
Members of the Harford Bird Club are invited to the Glen Meadows Retirement Community for a spring bird walk on Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. Larry and Jean Fry have again volunteered to lead this trip. At Glen Meadows, there are fields, woods, ponds and streams which have previously provided us with sights and sounds of 42 species. Everyone is invited for lunch at the end of the walk. Come, join us for a pleasant morning! For directions call me at (410-817-4814). Jean Williams

California's Central Coast
I got to do some birding at Morro Bay and further inland into the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas March 6-18. I saw lots of neat birds, including Townsend's Warbler, Black Phoebe, California Quail, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Long- billed Curlew, Anna's Hummingbird, Stellar's Jay, Scrub-Jay, etc. Saw a pair of Bushtits pulling shreds of Spanish moss off a shrub and making the nest right there. Deborah Bowers

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

Between December 5, 2002 and February 26, 2003, the area experienced about twenty "snow events" with a total of 55.6 inches. About 45 inches of that snow fell in the time period covered in this column. Temperatures remained at freezing or below and into the teens and twenties. We didn't reach fifty or sixty degrees until mid-March. Most ponds and lakes were completely or at least partially ice covered until that time also, which delayed the migration of waterfowl a couple of weeks compared to milder winters in recent years.

Red-necked Grebe sightings were of particular note. LE and MH spotted at least six actively diving and feeding at Lapidum Landing on the Susquehanna River on 3/1. Along with them were at least two Horned Grebes and two Pied-billed Grebes. LE reported two RNG at Lapidum Landing on 3/14, and RC saw five or six there on 3/15, with a couple showing early breeding plumage.

DL saw a Double-crested Cormorant at Lapidum Landing on 2/9; RC saw one there on 3/15.

Reports of waterfowl dominate the column this time. DL found a Mute Swan and a Tundra Swan at Swan Harbor on 2/2. How appropriate! PP found two Mute Swans at Mariner Point on 2/12. DW saw five Mute Swans in Spesutie Narrows on 3/15. LE saw thousands of Common Mergansers, feeding, flying, and loafing on the ice in the Susquehanna River up from the lighthouse in Havre de Grace on 1/19. He saw one immature female come up with a fish too large for it to swallow. A Herring Gull started harassing it. He didn't see the outcome. LE found an extravaganza of waterfowl in Havre de Grace on 1/25 including about 500 Mallards, 25 Black Duck, 6 American Wigeon, almost 100 Canvasback, 12 Redhead, 35 Ring-necked Duck, about 100 Lesser Scaup, about 100 Bufflehead, over 100 Ruddy Duck, 250 Common Merganser, 114 Gadwall. At the foot of Greene Street in HDG were 50 Hooded Mergansers and 50 Bufflehead. At the dock there was a pair of Wood Ducks and one Pintail in with the Mallards. On 2/2 DL saw American Wigeon, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, and Common Merganser at Swan Harbor. DL also saw Red-breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, and Ring-necked Duck at HDG on 2/9. At Lapidum Landing that same day he found Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye. PP saw one Bufflehead, two Hooded Mergansers, and about 36 Scaup species at Mariner Point on 2/12. On 2/15 he found one Ring-necked Duck and two Common Mergansers there. On 3/1 LE saw Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Common Merganser at Lapidum Landing. DK reported 70 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Redheads, 5 Black Ducks, 12 Mallards, and 5 American Wigeon on Turney's pond on Harford Creamery Road in White Hall. RC spotted two pair plus an additional male Wood Duck, one Green-winged Teal, many Mallards, and a few Black Duck at Harford Glen on 3/15. With a bit of open water on Lake Mitten in Pylesville by 3/9, JLF started to spot waterfowl: a pair of Hooded Mergansers on 3/9, 3/14, and 3/15, five Ring-necked Ducks on 3/14 and seven Ring-necked Ducks (six male and one female) on 3/15.

The only Osprey report came from LE on 3/15 at Conowingo Dam. He heard that there were four seen there that day. LE also found about ten Bald Eagles at that spot on 3/8. Earlier, he had seen at least twelve immature Bald Eagles out on the ice in the bay on 1/25. PP saw one mature and one immature Bald Eagle at Mariner Point on 2/15. DB had a Rough-legged Hawk for the first time in her backyard in Street on 1/24. There have been numerous reports of them farther north in PA this winter. JCV had a Red-shouldered Hawk in their backyard on 1/24. JLF found one near Lake Mitten on 2/24. RC saw one at Harford Glen on 3/15. JLF had four Red-tailed Hawks soaring over Lake Mitten on 1/19. Six American Crows were mobbing a RTH at that location on 1/22. Two RTH were seen there on 2/10. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew by near JLF's feeders on 1/21, and was seen in the lawn on 2/27. A Cooper's Hawk was seen near last year's nest on 3/12 in the woods at JLF's, and was heard calling on 3/15. Last year the first day that they observed nest building was on 3/12. CP saw sixteen large hawks riding the thermals on 3/8 in Jarrettsville. They were very white with black tips on their wings. Red-shouldered Hawks from the area checked them out but came back.

LE saw about 400 American Coots at Havre de Grace on 1/25. DK found two at Turney's pond on Harford Creamery Road in White Hall on 3/9.

DK had American Woodcock displaying in the pasture next to his lane in White Hall on 3/15.

LE estimated the following numbers of gulls at Havre de Grace on 1/25: 2000 Ring-billed, 750 Herring, 228 Great Black-backed, and several thousand gull species out on the bay and flying up and down the river. He also saw one Lesser Black-backed Gull at that location that day. PP reported eight Great Black-backed Gulls at Mariner Point on 2/15.

DB in Street heard a Barred Owl on 1/29 and several on 2/13. JLF heard one calling in Pylesville on 3/10 at 5:45 a.m. PP took a flashlight out to try to find one that he heard calling in Joppatowne on 3/16 at 3 a.m. Unfortunately, he set off his neighbor's motion light. He heard two other owls calling before running back inside.

There were several reports of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers: MCF in Jarrettsville saw one at their feeder on 1/26 and occasionally after that along with Hairy, Downy, and Red-bellied; TB had two on 1/18; one was nestled against an old oak tree and the other one was hanging on the suet feeder. She also had two Downies on her suet feeder, and one Northern Flicker. RC had a Downy and Hairy throughout the time of snow cover in Bel Air. JLF had a Hairy occasionally throughout the time period and found one on Grande View Drive in Pylesville on 2/24. EH in Churchville reported a Downy at her suet feeder on 2/19.

Most people reported White-breasted Nuthatches at their feeders including RC in Bel Air and EH in Churchville on 2/28. TB had a Carolina Wren on her woodpile in Jarrettsville on 1/18. JLF had a pair all winter; they started nest building in an open carriage shed about 3/12.

KB in Bel Air had a Brown Creeper on her suet on 1/20 and 1/21 as well as other days. It would get on the bottom and work its way up the suet. JLF also had a BC feeding on their suet in Pylesville on 1/19, 2/11,2/14, 2/24, and 2/25. Some observers noted that this was the first time that they had observed this bird feeding on suet.

EE from Bel Air reported a flock of about 150 American Robins in her yard on 1/8. (This was received too late to include in the last column.) EH in Churchville had seven scratching in the flower garden where the ground was bare on 2/21. RC saw Eastern Bluebirds at Steppingstone on 3/15. DB in Street saw a Hermit Thrush eating holly berries when the snow was so deep. JLF had a HT in their backyard in an area of bare lawn in the sun on 2/12, a cold windy day from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. It pumped with its feet and finally pulled a worm out of the ground! It also appeared on 2/13 and 2/14.

DL found two Gray Catbirds on 2/9 at Havre de Grace. LE had a Brown Thrasher on 2/18 near Havre de Grace. It was feeding on the ground where he had spread some black oil sunflower seeds.

Eastern Towhees were reported by JCV near the pond in their backyard in Bel Air on 1/24 (a pair), by JLF below the dam at Lake Mitten on 1/24, by EH on 2/20 in Churchville at her feeder, by MCF during the week of the big snow, and by RC in Bel Air throughout the snow cover.

The following numbers of Fox Sparrows were seen: one by PP at Mariner Point on 2/12, one by RC at a Creswell feeder on 3/8 and 3/9, three by RC in Creswell on 3/15, two by JLF in backyard in Pylesville on 3/10, 3/11, and 3/14, and two by JLF near Lake Mitten on 3/15.

LF found five American Tree Sparrows below the dam at Lake Mitten on 1/24. RC reported a Field Sparrow throughout the time of snow cover at a feeder in Creswell. RC also noted some White-throated Sparrows with great head color.

DB in Street saw a Purple Finch on 1/20. TB had two Song Sparrows at her feeder in Jarrettsville on 1/18. A lone Pine Siskin report came from JW in Glen Arm in Baltimore County on 3/2. MCF reported lots of Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds at their feeders throughout February. JLF noted very few Northern Cardinals earlier in the season, but by the middle of February they were seeing from five to eight males (and about the same number of females) at a time near their feeders in Pylesville.

Contributors to this column were: Deborah Bowers (DB), Tina Boyd (TB), Kit Brown (KB), Rick Cheicante (RC), Martha Crouse-Farley (MCF), Les Eastman (LE), Eleanor Edwards (EE), Jean and Larry Fry (JLF), Emily Hines (EH), Dennis Kirkwood (DK), Dave Larkin (DL), Carol Pace (CP), Phil Powers (PP), Joe and Carole Vangrin (JCV), Dave Webb (DW), and Jean Williams (JW).

The deadline for the next Harford Birdlife column is Friday, May 16 for the time period of March 16 until May 15. Be sure to include the date and location of your sighting. Please send your submissions to: Jean Fry, 1202 Ridge Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. E-mail: ffryjl@aol.com Phone: 410-452-8539.

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Harford Bird Club
Field Trip Reports

Loch Raven
An early December snowfall made for ideal winter birding. The snow at Loch Raven was deep and barely disturbed. For the six birders on the trip it was invigorating but hard going through the snow. A walk through the pine forest to Loch Raven itself produced the usual small winter birds, chickadee, junco, finches, titmouse, wren, sparrows and woodpeckers. Loch Raven was still mostly ice-free despite the cold weather. Hooded Mergansers, and Pied Billed Grebes were plentiful. A good variety of ducks, Mallard, Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Widgeon, Gadwall, Green Winged Teal, and Scaup were found. The bird of-the-trip was a hunting female Merlin that appeared from nowhere to perch for a about five minutes in a tree close to the party affording everyone excellent views. David Larkin

Conowingo Gull Watch
On January 5, the gull watchers far out-numbered the gull species with only the three common species being found. This has not been a good winter for gulls at Conowingo. After looking over the flock of about 2 hundred gulls for rarities, we took a short walk on the trail. Some of the birds we saw there were Bald Eagle, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Bluebird, and Winter Wren. Les Eastman

Perryman Walk

Twenty stalwart souls braved below-freezing temperatures Jan. 19 to trek out onto the snowy Perryman peninsula in search of birds of prey and winter sparrows. In two and 3/4 hours of hiking broad, open fields and woodland trails, we saw: immature bald eagle, American kestrel, sharp-shinned hawk, hermit thrush, pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, American tree sparrow, white-throated sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker, rufous-sided towhee, Carolina wren, cardinals and robins, eastern bluebird, mockingbird, turkey and black vulture. A red-shouldered hawk was heard. We want to thank the owners,Constellation Energy, for their hospitality. Debbie Bowers

Mid-Winter Count
The Mid-Winter bird count was conducted on Saturday, January 25th, 2003. The weather was cold and shifted between fair and cloudy conditions. Thirteen out of 31 ADC map blocks were covered, leaving a bit more than half the county not accounted for. Twelve parties spent 42.5 hours on foot and 22.5 hours in the car. They logged 28.5 miles on foot and 342.8 miles by car. Only 2.5 total hours were spent owling (Pfingsten, Congersky, and Cupp), and 15 total hours spent observing the feeders (Cupp, Congersky and Johnson). A total of 92 species were recorded and 38,809 individuals estimated.

No remarkable species were found, however, some interesting relative abundance estimates were of note. Common Merganser edged out the Canada Goose for the most common waterfowl species. Twenty-three Bald Eagles were recorded, and there were three times the number of Rock Doves tallied relative to Mourning Doves. Fish Crows were missed and only one Fox Sparrow was found. The only owl species found were Barred Owls (Powers and Congersky).

Thanks go out to all who participated: Les Eastman, Bill Pfingsten, Tom Congersky, Suzanne Procell, Spike Updegrove (and 16 CMW students), Phil Powers, John and Barbara Cupp Sr., Carol Flora and Macrina Seitz, Jean Wheeler, Rick Cheicante, Eli and Teri Connell. Mark Johnson

Bradenbaugh Flats

In spite of cloudy, wet weather, about 15 hearty souls turned out for the annual trip to the Madonna/ Bradenbaugh Flats area. We were rewarded with 50 ring-necked ducks and three Hooded Mergansers at our first stop - Struben's pond. We followed the waterfowl with a new stop overlooking another large pond and found bluebirds, goldfinch, and house finch. We stopped at the new eagle nest (Harford's first away from the River and the Bay) but no one was home. Our next stop at Turney's pond however gave us great looks at the pair of Bald Eagles who perched then flew majestically overhead and then perched again for all to see. We walked to the wetlands area on Newark Farms and found song sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and Red-tailed Hawk. Our final stop was at the flats to find a small but very cooperative flock of horned larks, two of which were in full song and apparently establishing nesting territory. The trip ended with a soup lunch at the Kirkwood's home. Total species was about 30. Dennis Kirkwood

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April - August 2003

Sunday, April 6
Harford Glen Join Debbie Bowers for an enjoyable walk through the varied habitats at Harford Glen. Meet at Harford Glen at 8:30 a.m. For details call Debbie at bowerspub@hotmail.com.

Sunday, April 13
Bombay Hook Travel to one of Delaware's hotspots in search of waterfowl and early migrants. Bring funds for entry ($4/car). Meet at the MD 155/I-95 Park & Ride at 7:00 a.m. Call David Larkin for details at dlarkin@towson.edu.

Saturday, April 26
Susquehanna State Park Celebrate the birthday of John James Audubon by enjoying the early spring wildflowers and migrant songbirds that this great naturalist made so well known. The birdlist will likely include Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush while flower enthusiasts can expect to see blooming Trout Lily, Purple Trillium, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Meet Dave at the Rock Run Mill at 6:30 a.m. for best looks at songbirds; late risers and flower peepers can meet there at 8:30 a.m. for a birding/natural history walk. For further information, contact Dave Ziolkowski at dave_z@umsl.edu.

Saturday, May 3
Sweet Air Leader Bill Pfingsten is your guide for a morning hike through deciduous forests and stream valleys, and along nearby open fields of western Harford County. A wide variety of resident and migrant species can be expected. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Youth Benefit Elementary School, a half mile southeast of Pleasantville Road on MD 152. For further information, contact Bill at pfeathers@comcast.net.

Sunday, May 4
Eden Mill Spend the morning at a scenic county park along Deer Creek, and home of several breeding neo-tropical migrants such as Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, and Worm- eating Warbler. Meet the leader Tom Congersky at 7:00 a.m. at Eden Mill parking area, on Eden Mill Road just west of Fawn Grove Road. For further information, contact Tom at jnjtcon@erols.com.

Saturday, May 10
May Count If you would like to participate, contact Mark Johnson at Mark.Johnson@apg.amedd.army.mil.

Sunday, May 11
Susquehanna State Park Participate in another round of exploring Susquehanna State Park in search of migratory songbirds. Targets include orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, vireos, and various warblers. Meet at the mill at 7:00 a.m. Contact Phil Powers for details at birdsinmd@prodigy.net.

Saturday, May 17
Rocks State Park Join trip leader Debbie Bowers on a spring visit to Rocks State Park. Target species include Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Kentucky, and Worm-eating Warblers. Scarlet Tanagers, Orioles and Thrushes should also be present. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Hills Grove Picnic Area on St. Clair Bridge Road. For further information, contact Debbie at bowerspub@hotmail.com.

Sunday, May 18
Harford Glen Hike around the forests and weltlands of Harford Glen in search of the shorebirds, migratory songbirds, and wildflowers that inhabit these haunts. Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Ginger, and Wild Geranium should delight flower enthusiasts while birders might enjoy Spotted, Solitary, and Least Sandpipers in addition to a mixed bag of Warblers, Vireos, and Orioles. Meet at the Glen at 7:00 a.m. For further information, contact Dave Ziolkowski at dave_z@umsl.edu.

Saturday, May 24
Conowingo Dam The annual spring visit to Conowingo Dam on Memorial Day weekend. Likely sightings include Warbling Vireo, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and Prothonotary Warbler. This location is recognized nationally as a great spot to watch Bald Eagles. Plan to meet at Fisherman's Park (east end of Shuresville Rd) at 7:30 a.m. For further information, contact Les Eastman at les@birdtreks.com.

Sunday, May 25
Delaware Shorebirds Travel to Delaware's hotspots in search of migratory shorebirds, peeps, and the like. Targets include Black-necked Stilt, American Avocets, Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones. Meet at the MD 155/I-95 Park & Ride at 7:00 a.m. Contact David Larkin for details at dlarkin@towson.edu.

Monday, May 26
Hidden Valley / Upper Deer Creek Join local resident and avian expert Dennis Kirkwood for a leisure walk in the habitats surrounding the Upper Deer Creek area. Targets are Worm-eating Warblers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Scarlet Tanagers. Meet at Hidden Valley (end of Madonna Rd.) at 7 a.m. For further information, contact Dennis at dkirkw@bellatlantic.net.

Saturday, May 31
Swan Harbor/Havre de Grace Check out the fields, woods and shoreline at this Harford County park to see what late migrants are still about. Then migrate over to Havre de Grace to look for shorebirds and waterfowl. For further information, contact the leader, Randy Robertson, at r.c.robertson@comcast.net.

Sunday, June 1
Elk Neck State Forest Joint trip with the Cecil chapter. Target birds are Ovenbirds, Back-and-White, Blackpoll, Worm-eating, and Hooded Warblers. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Canada Warblers, Summer Tanagers, and Red- shouldered Hawk are possible. Also, lots of flycatchers and vireos. Meet at the MD 155/I-95 Park & Ride at 6:30 a.m. The leader is Cecil member Parke John. For further information, contact the Harford coordinator, Lynn Davis at lynnd@iximd.com.

Sunday, June 8
Mariner Point Park Join in for a leisurely walk along the Gunpowder estuarine park in Joppa. Great spot for migratory songbirds. Wood Ducks, Great Egret, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are possibilities. For further information, contact the leader, Phil Powers, at birdsinmd@prodigy.net.

Wednesday, June 11
Whips and Hoots Join Jean and Larry Fry for a visit to Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in search of Whip-poor-wills and owls. The "Whips" can really make some noise, and a spattering of Great Horned, Eastern Screech, and Barred Owls will make the evening chorus even better. Meet Jean and Larry at Dublin Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. For further information, contact the Frys at ffryjl@aol.com.

Friday, August 8
Hummingbird Happy Hour Host Les Eastman invites you to his hummer haven near Susquehanna State Park for an evening of socializing and backyard bird watching, highlighted by up-close views of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Participants are asked to bring a snack/appetizer to share, and their own beverages. You are also welcome to bring your swimsuit and enjoy the Eastman's pool. The party begins at 6:00 p.m. at 4034 Wilkinson Road, just west of the intersection with Craigs Corner Road. For further information, contact Les Eastman at les@birdtreks.com.

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Please return to Eileen Nack, 8 Cresmont Drive, Aberdeen MD 21001 by April 23, 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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