Bird Club Field Trips
Here are the Harford Bird Club field trips for the next few weeks. If you would like further information about a particular field trip, please contact Tom Gibson.

January 27 (Sat.) Midwinter Bird Count - Details and contact information will be publicized by email, social media and on the website prior to the event.

February 3 (Sat.) Eagle Watch at Conowingo Dam - Meet at 9:00 AM at Fisherman's Park just below the Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the Susquehanna. Bring your camera for a chance at many excellent shots of a large number of bald eagles, various gulls, waterfowl, and shore birds. Our leaders are Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459- 4577) and Sue Procell (procell1@comcast.net or 443- 417-4919).

February 25 (Sun.) - Loch Raven - Meet at 7:30 AM at the park and ride on Rt.152 just north of Rt.147 near Fallston for a leisurely walk through the Loch Raven watershed. Enjoy the rich habitat of Baltimore's premier watershed for wintering migrant songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. The leader is Dave Larkin (larkin3001@comcast.net or 410-569-8319).

March - Timberdoodle Searches - Two searches will be scheduled during the month. Times, dates and locations will be determined by recent sightings. Details will be provided via email, social media or by contacting the HBC field trip chairperson, Tom Gibson (gibsonlld@aol.com; 410-734-4135).

March 3 (Sat.) - Perryville - Meet at 9:00 AM at Stumps Point at the far end of the Perryville Community Park. Expect to see eagles, winter ducks, woodpeckers, and hopefully swans. Leaders are Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) and Sue Procell (procell1@comcast.net or 443-417-4919).

March 17 (Sat.) - Harford Waterfowl Tour - Meet at 6:45 AM at the McDonalds in Edgewood on Rt.40 for a chance to search a variety of locations to see the many species of waterfowl that use our waterways. Leader is Dave Webb (porzana@comcast.net or 410-939-3537).

March 24 (Sat.) - Perryman Area - Meet at 7:30 AM at the Aberdeen Walmart parking lot. Explore several spots within this Bush River region that attract a variety of species (wintering sparrows, raptors migrating waterfowl). The leader is Mark Johnson (marksjohnson2@gmail.com) or 410-692- 5978).

March 31 (Sat.) - Susquehanna State Park - Meet at 8:00 AM at the Lapidum Parking Lot at the south end of Susquehanna State Park. We will look for gulls, lingering waterfowl and perhaps some early surprises. Additional sites in Susquehanna State Park may also be visited. Leader is Dennis Kirkwood (newarkfarms@gmail.com or 410-692-5905).

April 7 (Sat.) - Rocks State Park - Spend the morning on the trails of the Deer Creek woodland to search for various woodland species. Some hiking on hilly trails is involved. After the main walk we'll visit one or more picnic areas that will require a $3.00 ($5.00 out of state) per person fee. Gather at the Ranger station parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Mark Magnani (mwmagnani@gmail.com or 410-838-1778).

April 14 (Sat.) - Harford Glen - Meet at the Glen (west end of Wheel Rd.) at 7:30 AM. This Harford County preserve offers great opportunities for good spring birding. The woodland trails through rolling hills and some open meadow entice a wide variety of birds. We will begin this tour with sightings from the parking lot and then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkisson Reservoir, the faster flowing Winter's Run, and the Plumtree Run tributary. The woodland trails and open meadows offer great opportunities for good birding. The leader is Phil Powers (birdsinmd308@gmail.com) or 410-679-4116).

April 20 (Fri.) - Jerusalem Mill - Visit this appealing stretch of the Little Gunpowder River marking Harford County's western border. This area involves some hiking and hills. Meet at the parking lot by the mill on Jerusalem Road at 7:30 AM. The leader is Phil Powers (birdsinmd308@gmail.com) or 410-679-4116).

April 21(Sat.) - Susquehanna State Park - An ideal time to enjoy emerging wildflowers, early migrant songbirds, including warblers, and lingering winter visitors. Meet at the parking area at the confluence of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River just north of Rock Run Mill at 8:30 AM. The leaders are Sue Procell (procellmd@gmail.com) or 443-417-4919) and Eric Vangrin (evangrin@msn.com) and Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu 410-459-4577).

May 5 (Sat.) TENTH Annual Epic Birding Challenge at Susquehanna State Park - The previous competitions have been well-attended and a lot of fun. So make room on your calendar to join us for our 10th anniversary. We will meet at the Rock Run Mill at 6:30 AM for team selections and rules review. Counting will begin at 6:45 AM and end at 11:30 AM. A rally celebration will be held 12 noon at the Laurrapin Grille, 209 N. Washington Street, Havre de Grace. Family members and others are welcome to join the contestants for the celebration. The coordinator is Tom Gibson (gibsonlld@aol.com or 410-734-4135). Birders of all skill levels are welcome. The rules allow all to contribute to the fun and success of each team.

May 12 (Sat.) - Statewide May Count - Help Harford County contribute to this important data collection day and monitor migration throughout our locale. Contact the coordinator. (This position is currently vacant). Contact details will be published prior to the event by email, social media and on the website.

May 17 (Thur.) - Havre de Grace Promenade Bird Walk - This event is jointly sponsored by the Environmental Center at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and the Harford Bird Club. Meet at the Museum at 5:30 PM where you will be welcomed by Sarah Shpak (Environmental staff)(envirocenterathdgmm@gmail.com) and Colleen Webster (HBC member)(cwebster@harford.edu; 410-459-4577). Beginners and young birders welcome. A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available. Enjoy a stroll along the shores of the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

May 19 (Sat.) - Birds and Blooms Walk at Ladew Gardens - Meet at 7:30 AM in the Ladew Topiary Gardens main parking lot. Rachel Hebert (HBC member and Ladew staff member) is the leader for this morning stroll through the gardens to look for spring migrants while enjoying the beautiful 22 acres of gardens. Pre-registration is preferred for this trip. Contact Rachel (hebert.rachel2@gmail.com; 410-557-9570, ext.261) for further information.

May 26 (Sat) - Eden Mill Nature Center - Banding Demonstration - Meet at 8:00 AM at the banding pavilion. Long-time bird bander and accomplished birder and naturalist, Dr. Mark Johnson, and his able crew of volunteers will demonstrate and explain banding and scientific data collection techniques with actual in-hand birds. This is a great opportunity to get close- up looks at species we often only get to see from a distance or through deep thickets. It is a wonderful and unique outdoor experience for children. Join them at the Vangrin Bird Banding Station from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Contact Mark for further details (marksjohnson2@gmail.com or 410-692-5978).

May 28 (Mon) - Hidden Valley and World Famous Bradenbaugh Flats - Leader, Dennis Kirkwood (newarkfarms@gmail.com or 410-692-5905) will guide us to the aptly named Hid-den Valley area with its sparkling stream running through a beautiful stand of mature hemlock. The trip will proceed from there to the flats. Carpooling is encouraged because of limited parking space. Meet at 7:00 AM in the parking lot at the northern end of Madonna Rd. where it crosses Deer Creek.

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