WRENDERINGS The Newsletter of the Harford Bird Club

Volume 20 Number 2

March - April 2007


Harford Glen and Bird Club Politics
2007 Mid-Winter Count Summary
Calendar of Events
Avian Biology: A Seven Day Course
Award Winners
Welcome New Members
Harford Birdlife
May Count
Field Trip Schedule
Field Trip Reports. . .
May Meeting

Harford Glen and Bird Club Politics

Now that spring has arrived it is hard to hide the excitement... prime birding season is on its way! This week my yard has been alive with phoebes, many frantic robins, and a Chipping Sparrow singing from the pasture (and periodically sitting up for all to see on a fence post). It is only a matter of time before vireos and warblers will grace our bird trips. Speaking of birding... remember that our May meeting will be held at Harford Glen. As I am sure you have heard, many of the pines near the dormitory buildings and surrounding the lake needed to be cleared due to beetle infestation. Undoubtedly this will change the birding a bit at Harford Glen, but for sure it will continue to be one our county's greatest hot-spots, and I am certainly excited about holding a meeting there!

Our speaker, Dr. Kim Derrickson, has done research on many different types of song birds in the Maryland area and in the tropics. We are certain to hear about some of our local favorites, particularly the Wood Thrush and of course Mockingbirds. Dr. Derrickson conducts research on the impact of Cowbird parasitism and Blue Jay predation on local nesters in addition to other research highlighting how far bird song travels. His familiarity with both local parks (Dr. Derrickson is on the Oregon Ridge Park Council) and birds should make his presentation both fun and familiar.

This May meeting will also feature our officer elections for the 2007-2009 term. At this point in time announced candidates are Marjie Heagy for Treasurer, Marty Crouse-Farley for Corresponding Secretary, Dave Webb for Vice President, and Russ Kovach for President. If anybody is interested in running for any of these positions or our Recording Secretary office, please contact Randy Robertson, Les Eastman, or Jean Wheeler. This is a good time to thank our current Recording Secretary, Emily Hines, who has not only attended meetings and recorded the minutes, but has also arranged those meeting with the Churchville Presbyterian Church and even shows up to unlock the doors! While Emily is looking to step down from the Secretary duties, we all look forward to seeing her and Paul at the meetings for a long time to come! Thank you for your dedication and service to the Harford Bird Club.

There will be many other bird-related events over the next few months as well! Remember that Saturday and Sunday after our May meeting is the Havre de Grace Decoy Festival... rarely a hot bed of birding, but certainly a great place to see everything from true working duck decoys to wonderful wildlife arts, crafts, and photographs. The May Count is the following weekend, and of course the Harford Bird Club has a host of field trip offerings that is sure to delight all that attend. The weather is sure to cooperate... so I look forward to seeing you all out on the birding trail!

Best Birding Wishes,
Russ Kovach

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2007 Mid-Winter Count Summary

After a confusing start, we decided to have the Mid-Winter Count on a Sunday (rather than the last Saturday) in January to provide for a reduce traffic situation and to help avoid encounters with hunters. Results of an unofficial poll suggested counter preferred Sunday to Saturdays. The weather was hospitable; mostly overcast in the low 40's. We had our best coverage and best participation in the last few years; fifteen participated in ten parties that covered each corner and the central part of the county. Altogether, 20966 birds of 93 species were found. Of interest were high counts for White-breasted Nuthatch, all three merganser species, Carolina Wren and Wild Turkey. Low counts included Yellow-rumped Warbler, Tree Sparrows and absent were White-crowned Sparrow. Party-specific highlights are presented as follows.

The Perryman Team (Eileen Fry, Phil Powers, and Terry Haley) found six raptor species, four woodpecker species (including Pileated), and Horned Lark. All together they found over 2600 individuals of 47 species.

John and Rebecca Gallo covered Swan Harbor and logged 51 species including twelve Savannah Sparrows, eleven Mute Swans, and all three mergansers.

Rick Cheicante covered Susquehanna State Park and found 57 species including Tundra Swan, Goldeneye, and both vulture species.

Dennis Kirkwood canvassed the World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats area and found where the Red-winged Blackbirds were, and also found 41 Ring-necked Ducks, and Savannah Sparrows.

Mark Johnson counted in the Sweet Air Area of Gunpowder State Park and found a single Cedar Waxwing, Winter Wren, and six Fox Sparrows.

Dave Webb and Suzanne Procell covered the APG - Aberdeen Area and had an impressive 70 species including the only Tree Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Barn Owl, and Great Egret for the count! Additionally, they found 53 Wild Turkeys and recorded 5300 individuals.

George and Kathy Rohe found Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Bald Eagles in the Harford Glen area, recording 27 species.

Deidre DeRoia covered the Spesutie Island area of Aberdeen and found six sparrow species including Fox, Tree, and Swamp, all three mergansers and twelve Wild Turkeys (they seem to be moving to Aberdeen).

John Cupp, Sr. was our "rover" sweeping from Fallston to Bel Air and Conowingo and finding 41 species and over 2,000 individuals. He was one of the few who found Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canvasback, and the only Rough-legged Hawk.

Veteran Les Eastman takes second place with 56 species including Clay-colored Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, both kinglets, and Gray Catbird.

Thanks go out to all who counted and provided complete reports for the day. Mark Johnson

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Calendar of Events

April 21 Earth Day
May 4 May Meeting: Dr. Kim Derrickson
May 5 Deadline: Harford Birdlife: Becky Gallo**
May 12 May Count
May 12 - 13 Havre de Grace Decoy Festival
May 25 Deadline: Wrenderings: Rick Cheicante

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Avian Biology: A Seven Day Course

Dr. Mark Johnson and Wildlife Biologist David Ziolkowski are offering an ornithology course for all of you die-hard birders who must know more...and more! This short course is geared towards beginning and advanced birders that want to learn about avian biology in addition to identification tricks. This team of enthusiastic instructors also coordinate and manage the EMNC bird banding station located in the Lower Meadow at Eden Mill. Contact Eden Mill for more information (http://www.edenmill.org/) or 410-836- 3050.

Course dates, times & locations:
Thursday April 12: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ EMNC Classroom Intro to Bird ID
Saturday April 14: 7:00 - 11:00 a.m. Field ID of common birds @ Harford Glen
Thursday April 19: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ EMNC Taxonomy and Distribution
Saturday April 21: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Field Trip: Delaware Shore
Thursday April 26: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ EMNC Ecology & Conservation
Thursday May 3: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ EMNC Form and Function
Saturday May 5: 7:00 a.m. - noon @ EMNC Bird Banding Station Mist Netting & Birds in Hand

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Award Winners

The Harford Bird Club is pleased to recognize the following distinguished recipients of our 2006 Annual Awards:

Birder of the Year: Dennis Kirkwood
Volunteer of the Year: Carol Flora
Rookie of the Year: Elaine Berry
Bird of the Year: Sabine's Gull
Congratulations to all!

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Welcome New Members

The Harford Bird Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members:

Keith Edwards and Mary Rybczynski
Becky McAndrews
Diane Jones
Jeff Rierson

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Image of a Wren over outline of Harford County
Harford Birdlife
by Becky Gallo

January - February 2007: Late winter storms brought in some unusual birds. A Clay-colored Sparrow was seen along the Bulle Rock Parkway on Jan 14, 27 and 28th (RC, JW, MoH) [ed. note: this bird was found and ID'ed by Dave Ziolkowski and Dave Webb the weekend of Jan. 6, 2007). RAK found a lone Horned Grebe at the Conowingo Dam on Feb 11th. JRG had an invasion of 72 Mourning Doves at their feeder on Jan 27th. LD had over 27 American Robins and 1 Cedar Waxwing in her yard for over 45 minutes on Feb 4th. Another invasion at Swan Harbor was on Feb 2nd; there were 11 Northern Cardinals at the feeders.

Geese, Ducks, Grebe: RC saw 1 Snow Goose off the Lantern Queen Pier in Havre de Grace on Feb 11th. A Cackling Goose was spotted swimming in Turney's Pond on Feb 3rd by DK. Over 1000 Canada Geese were wandering the fields of Swan Harbor on Feb 17th (JG). PP saw 3 Mute Swans at Mariner Point Park on Feb 19th. At Lakeside on Jan 28th DL saw 30 Tundra Swans. Forty Mallards were in the fields of Swan Harbor on Feb 17th (JG). Twenty Gadwalls, 20 American Wigeon and 2 Green-winged Teal were spotted at Lakeside on Feb 4th (DL). In Havre de Grace on Feb 11th RC saw 12 Canvasback, 8 Redheads and 2 Ring-necked Ducks. Ring-necked Ducks were also seen at Bynum Pond (RR Jan 18), Havre de Grace (CW Feb 13) and at Turney's Pond (DK Jan/Feb). Lesser Scaup were seen at Lakeside on Jan 28th (DL), in Havre de Grace on Feb 14th (CW) and Feb 11 (RC). On Feb 11 at the Conowingo Dam RAK saw a Long-tailed Duck and over 100 Bufflehead. CW saw 16 Bufflehead at Susquehanna State Park on the same day; did they swim down from the dam? Common Goldeneye were seen at the Conowingo Dam and in Havre de Grace. MoH saw 3 Hooded Mergansers at the Conowingo Dam on Feb 18th. Common Mergansers were very common at the Conowingo Dam, Havre de Grace and Susquehanna State Park. Four Red-breasted Mergansers were spotted by RC on Feb 11th in Havre de Grace.

Hawks, Falcons, Plovers, Sandpipers, Dove: Bald Eagles were seen everywhere (SH, RC, CW, DK, MoH, JRG)! Northern Harriers were spotted in Constant Friendship (LD), APG Edgewood (RC) and Swan Harbor (DL, JRG). JG saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk on Feb 25th at Swan Harbor. Cooper's Hawks were seen in Creswell (RC), APG (MoH) and Swan Harbor feeders (JRG). Red-shouldered Hawks were in Creswell (RC), Swan Harbor (DL), at LD's fat feeder and in Havre de Grace (MoH). Red-tailed Hawks were also common - Rt 22 across from the college (CW), at Swan Harbor (DL), and MoH saw one in Havre de Grace, APG and at the Conowingo Dam. American Kestrels were on the Kestrel nesting box off of Trappe Church Road on Feb 19th (RAK) and at Swan Harbor on Jan 30th (JG). At Swan Harbor there was a Merlin on Feb 17th and 18th and a Peregrine Falcon on Jan 23rd (JG). DL saw 6 Killdeer in Perryman on Feb 4th and RC saw 1 in Creswell on Feb 26th. A Wilson's Snipe was spotted on DK's farm on Feb 22nd.

Owls, Kingfisher, Woodpeckers, Crow: Great Horned Owls were heard in Creswell on Feb 18th (RC), Susquehanna State Park on Feb 7th (CW), Street on Feb 19th (DB) and Swan Harbor on Jan 24th (JRG). RC heard a Barred Owl on Feb 18th in Creswell. In Susquehanna State Park on Feb 7th and in Havre de Grace on Feb 13th CW saw a Belted Kingfisher. Red-bellied Woodpeckers made an appearance in Bel Air (LD), Havre de Grace (CW & MoH) and at Swan Harbor (JRG). LD had at her feeder during Jan. & Feb. a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Downy Woodpecker. Downy Woodpeckers were also seen by MoH and JRG. MoH saw a Northern Flicker at Swan Harbor on Feb 10th. Pileated Woodpeckers were seen in Susquehanna State Park (CW), Bel Air (CV), Abingdon (JMA) and Swan Harbor (JRG). RC saw 1 Fish Crow on the Lantern Queen Pier in Havre de Grace on Feb 11th.

Lark, Titmice, Nuthatch, Creeper, Wrens: DK counted over 100 Horned Larks during a snow storm this winter. On Feb 17th JG saw 10 Carolina Chickadees at his feeders. A White- breasted Nuthatch was a common visitor to LD's feeders this winter. PP and DK had Brown Creepers at their feeders. MoH saw 1 Carolina Wren at his feeder on Jan 14th. A Winter Wren was seen in Street by DB on Feb 18th and 19th.

Thrushes, Waxwing, Sparrows, Finches : CV saw 2 Eastern Bluebirds in Bel Air on Feb 2nd and Feb 25th, CW saw 8 in Havre de Grace on Feb 15th, MoH saw 4 at Swan Harbor on Feb 16th and DB saw them in her Holly Tree on Feb 20th. A Hermit Thrush used DB's bird bath on Feb 18th. An Eastern Towhee was spotted in Havre de Grace on Jan 5th by MoH. JRG saw an Eastern Towhee at their feeder on Feb 18th. RC saw an American Tree Sparrow in Creswell on Feb 25th. Chipping Sparrows were seen in Creswell (RC), Gunpowder State Park (DZ) and Fallston (SBH). JG counted 22 Savannah Sparrows at Swan Harbor on Feb 17th. The next day DL visited Swan Harbor and saw 14 Savannah Sparrows. RC saw a Fox Sparrow in Creswell and LD saw at her feeder. Over 100 White-throated Sparrows and 14 American Goldfinches were at Swan Harbor on Feb 17th and 18th (JG).

Contributors: JMA - John & Michelle Amoriello, DB - Debbie Bowers, RC - Rick Cheicante, LD - Lyn Davis, JG - John Gallo, JRG - John & Rebecca Gallo, MoH - Monroe Harden, SH - Susan Hood, DK - Dennis Kirkwood, RAK - Russ & Annie Kovach, DL - Dave Larkin, PP - Phil Powers, RR - Randy Robertson, CV - Carole Vangrin, CW - Colleen Webster, JW - Jean Wheeler, DZ - Dave Ziolkowski

I want to thank everyone who contributed. The next article will have sightings from March 1 thru April 30, 2007. You can call me with sightings - 410-459-8873 or email me. Please send the reports to me as you see them. Thanks and Happy Birding!

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May Count

May 12, 2007

Contact Mark Johnson if you want to participate.

"The May Count ought to be declared "National Birding Day". It provides the most colorful display of birds and the perfect alibi - should you need one - for having to get out to bird." Rick Cheicante

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Field Trip Schedule
by Colleen Webster

Saturday, April 21
Gettysburg, PA. Just when you thought you knew everything about the famous battlefields, Dave Webb leads a tour to help us re-vision Gettysburg. Join this enthusiastic leader as he takes you through fields and wooded areas, looking for Red-headed Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird, Wilson's Snipe. Pack a lunch and meet in front of Klein's grocery store, intersection of MD 23 & MD 24 at 6:00 am. Contact Dave for more details.

Friday, April 27
Eden Mill Nature Center, Bird Banding. A very good time for beginners and experienced birders alike as veteran bander Mark Johnson leads a workshop on the details of banding and helps you experience a variety of migrants close-up and fresh out of the nets. Information will help identify numerous aspects of common birds that may be overlooked when seen from a distance. A lucky few may even get to hold a bird in their own hands to release back into the wild. Meet at the Joe Vangrin Memorial Pavilion about 1/2 mile beyond the mill on Eden Mill Road at 8:00 am. Les Eastman will lead a bird walk through the trails after the workshop. Contact Les for details.

Sunday, April 29
Palmer State Park, Girls-Gone-Wildflower. The club visits an often overlooked Palmer State Forest to witness its impressive assortment of wildflowers and early migrants. Led by experienced birder Sue Purcell and wildflower guru Colleen Webster, trip goers are likely to see early spring migrants like Blue-headed Vireo and an array of wildflowers likely including Yellow Ladyslipper. This 650 acre State Park offers beautiful scenery along Deer Creek and access to one of the few large blocks of undisturbed forest surviving in the county. In 1995 the park acquired the adjacent Stifler Memorial Conservation Tract from the Harford Land Trust, originally purchased by that organization to preserve the spectacular natural scenery of the area. Moderate hiking on dirt paths. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Rt. 1 & MD 136 Wawa. Contact Colleen Webster. for more information.

Saturday, May 5
The "Gulch" and Hidden Valley. Joint trip with the Harford Land Trust. Join trip leader Dennis Kirkwood in a bird trip that also highlights an important area that has been preserved by the Harford Land Trust. Prepare to see migrant warblers, Scarlet Tanagers and orioles. Meet at the Izaak Walton League parking area on Onion Road off Rt. 136 at 8 am. Contact Les Eastman for more information.

Sunday, May 6
Susquehanna State Park. Known to draw both traveling birds and birders alike, this trip annually reaffirms the park's reputation as one of the preeminent local birding spots. Omniscient leader Dave Ziolkowski will help you pick through a myriad of songbirds in hopes of getting good spots at the local specialties, including Baltimore & Orchard Orioles and Cerulean & Kentucky warblers. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Rock Run Mill. Contact leader Dave Z for more information.

Saturday, May 12
May Count. Contact Mark Johnson for more information.

Sunday, May 13
Gunpowder State Park. A reprise of last year's popular new outing for Mothers on the day set aside to honor them. Join Mark Johnson and his vibrant (and patient!) wife Denise as they lead birders through the Sweet Air area of Gunpowder. Meet at the end of Dalton Brevard Road at 7:30 and contact Mark for more information.

Saturday, May 19
Susquehanna State Park. A location so wonderful that birds and birders alike just can't stay away. Return to this lush riverside park with local Les Eastman for late northbound migrants and early summer natural history. Bird list could include Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, Olive-sided and Empidonax Flycatchers, Cape May & Cerulean Warblers with Zebra Swallowtails and others to boot. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Rock Run Mill. Contact Les for more information.

Sunday, May 20
Harford Shorebird Tour. Marvel at flocks of Peeps and search for species that are tough to find locally, such as Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Red Knot, Wimbrel, and Eskimo Curlew. Beginners interested in learning the basics of shorebird identification and experienced watchers searching for rarities will enjoy this morning trip to Havre de Grace and neighboring sites. Scopes are helpful, although not necessary. Meet at the Tydings Marina at 6:30 AM and contact trip leader Dave Webb for details.

Sunday, May 27
Conowingo Dam. If you have been hankering for a peek at an Oriole who is not out-earning you yearly, now is your chance! Join Les Eastman for what should be a profitable outing in terms of Orioles and Warbling Vireos, among others. Meet at 8 am at the dam parking lot for a leisurely walk along the Greenway trail. Contact Les for more information.

Monday, May 28
Hidden Valley/Upper Deer Creek. Administered by Rocks State Park, however, the lightly used trails of this section recall an Appalachian park as they wind around large hemlocks and substantial cliffs. Join local resident and natural historian Dennis Kirkwood in a search for Worm-eating Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Scarlet Tanager. Meet at Hidden Valley (N. end of Madonna Rd.) at 7 a.m. A side trip to The World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats will bring Grasshopper Sparrow and Willow Flycatcher. Contact Dennis Kirkwood for more information.

Saturday, June 2
Delaware Shore Trip. Day long adventure to the Bombay Hook and some of the adjacent birding mega-hotspots. The muddy impoundments, fresh & saltwater marshes, and wave washed beaches afford great numbers and good views of shore and water birds. Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, and Red Knot are local specialties but that's not all as European waifs, western strays, and windblown pelagics commonly occur. Bring lunch and meet at 7:00 AM at the MD 155 and I-95 park-n-ride. Contact leader Russ Kovach for more information.

Saturday, June 9
Susquehanna State Park Bird Count. Calling all birders, new and experienced, county residents or visitors, eager or slightly tired from all the migrating and nesting species chasing. Bird club members who are willing to be small group members PLEASE CALL BY MAY 25th - Craig Patterson at (410) 734-9035. All volunteer participants meet at Rock Run Mill at 7 am to spread out in the park and get as many species noted as possible!

Sunday, June 17
Harford Glen. Visit this easily accessible Harford County natural gem to hike the forests and wetlands with leaders Lynn Davis and Betsy Reeder in search of shorebirds like Spotted, Solitary, and Least Sandpipers and migratory songbirds including Warblers, Vireos, and Orioles. Harford Glen habitat offers the added promise of early summer wildflowers like Jack-in-the- Pulpit, Wild Ginger, and Wild Geranium to delight flower enthusiasts. See first hand how the recent clearing of the 25 acres of 60-year old beetle-infested pines has changed the landscape and natural activity. Follow Wheel Road to its western end and meet at the upper parking lot at 7:00 AM (gate opens to the public then). Contact Lynn for more information.

Saturday June 23
Champion Trees of Harford County. Get a mixed blessing this day when you join guide Tom Gibson to tour some of the truly great trees that stand among us. See, also, what birds are lucky enough to snag such swanky living quarters. Meet at 7:30 am in C. Milton Wright parking lot and contact Tom for more information.

Saturday, July 14
Rocks State Park. Join Carol Flora and Randy Robertson for a nice cool walk along the water and over the hills hoping for good looks at Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, BlueGray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Vireos, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and even Orchard Oriole. Meet at the Rocks Crome Hill Road parking lot at 7 am and contact Carol for more information.

Saturday, July 28
Owl Prowl. If anyone can get the owls out to meet the birders, it is the King of Calling Owls, Dave Z. Head out on a summer evening trip for all you late-sleepers to canvas the county for Great Horned, Screech, Barred and Barn Owls at various sites. Meet Russ Kovach and Dave at C. Milton Wright at 8:15 pm for a hootin'good time. Contact Dave Z for more information.

Saturday, August 4
Butterflies and Dragonflies of Harford County.
Join Rick Cheicante for this very leisurely half day foray to one of Harford County's local butterfly and dragonfly haunts. Butterflies may include the showy swallowtails, Monarch, and Viceroy as well as the diminutive hairstreaks and challenging grass skippers. Odonate hopefuls include Common Green Darner, Eastern Pondhawk, Black Saddlebags and the resplendent Halloween Pennant. Contact Rick Cheicante for all the details. Sunny day only!

Saturday, August 11
Hummingbird Happy Hour. Join Les and Beth Eastman at 4 pm at their gracious home to experience the buzz and flight of dozens of hummingbirds feeding from their many feeders. Participants are invited to bring a dish to share and a beverage of their choice to enjoy in the early dusk of this favored occasion of the bird club. For more information contact Les.

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Field Trip Reports. . .

Harford Owl Prowl
November 4: Nine members of the club convened at Eden Mill for an evening of owl-searching along the backroads of NW Harford County. The night sky could not have been more perfect -- the moon was full, there was no wind, and the air was cool. For the first two hours of the trip, all we could rouse were barking dogs. Everyone's patience was wearing thin but we persisted; and on our sixth stop, we finally coerced an Eastern Screech-Owl to call from the tree canopy overhead. At the next stop along Big Branch, a Barred Owl flew in and entertained everyone for several minutes with its calls, and even landed in a dead tree to give us all great looks at its plumage. We ended the trip on a high note as a pair of Great Horned Owls dueted from a distant ridgeline near Kilgore Falls. Dave Webb

Swan Harbor
December 3: American Bittern (impoundment), 1 Northern Pintail, 10 American Crows, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 25+ Horned Larks, 12 Killdeer, 8 Swamp Sparrows, 20 Song Sparrows, 800 Canada Geese, 1 Bald Eagle, 10 Eastern Bluebirds, 10 N. Mockingbirds, 200 Mallards, 15 - 20 A. Black Ducks, 4 Downy Woodpeckers, 10 Carolina Chickadees, 5 or 6 titmice, 4 or 5 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 50 juncos, 20 White-throated Sparrows, 20 House Sparrows, 10 or 15 House Finches 15 goldfinches, 8 Mourning Doves, 1 Turkey Vulture, 4 Carolina Wrens, 2 Northern Flickers, 10 Blue Jays, 6 White-breasted Nuthatches, 6 cardinals. John Gallo

Bradenbaugh Flats
February 3: 21 adventurous folks (six new to the club and our field trips) braved cold temperatures to investigate the World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats (WFBF) in return for plenty of fresh air and hot soup for lunch (3 varieties!). Our first stop at Streuben's pond yielded a mature Bald Eagle harassing the flock of Canada geese and a dozen Ring-necked Ducks. For some it was their first Bald Eagle in the wild. We added a few feeder birds and some Black Ducks at our next stop. At Turney's pond on Harford Creamery Road, most got to see a Cackling Goose in great lighting, providing the opportunity to compare color, size and bill shape. A stop at the Flats provided the expected Horned Larks and Savannah Sparrows. We added an American Kestrel at a roadside stop before finishing our morning. Dennis Kirkwood

Harford Waterfowl Tour
March 18: Five devoted waterfowl watchers - including 2 MOS members from the Baltimore Bird Club and one from the Montgomery Chapter * scoured the waters of eastern Harford County for as many different Anatidae species as possible on Sunday, March 18. The once-productive Gunpowder River seen from its western shore at the Edgewood Area APG, turned up nothing more than a lone drake Common Goldeneye and a few very distant Mute Swans and scaup. But our next stop, the Route 40 marsh across from the Edgewood Home Depot, was superlative. Here we found 12 species of waterfowl including Gadwall, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Green-winged teal, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, and both Greater and Lesser Scaup. Near the southwestern tip of the Perryman peninsula we discovered small flocks of Ruddy Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers. Everyone was thrilled to see that the basic-plumaged Red-necked Grebe first spotted one week earlier was still meandering about the boat docks of Tydings Marina. By the time our journey concluded at Lapidum Landing we had tallied 17 waterfowl and 53 total species. Notable among the other finds of the day were American Pipit, Horned Lark, Pine Warbler, Savannah Sparrow and Rusty Blackbird. Dave Webb

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May Meeting

Friday, May 4, 2007
** Harford Glen **
Meeting at 7:00 P.M.

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Kim Derrickson
Ornithologist (MD and the tropics)

"Local Favorites"

Refreshments will be served

Harford Glen is located at the west terminus of Wheel Road. Travelling from Bel Air on Rt. 24, turn right onto Wheel Road (this just past the "Festival" shopping center). From Edgewood and Interstate 95, turn left onto Wheel Road.

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