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.

August 19 (Sun.) - Hummingbird Happy Hour at the home of Diane Jones. - A shaded porch; views of lovely gardens with attractive plantings appealing to hummers; tasty snacks; refreshing beverages; convivial camaraderie and swarms of Ruby-throated hummingbirds make this a truly unique and pleasant experience. Diane Jones is our gracious host. The evening begins at 5:00 PM. Contact Diane (diane.v.jones@ssa.gov or 410-404-9180) for details and directions. Contributions of snacks and refreshments welcome but not necessary.

August 25 (Sat.) - Harford Glen - Go for a leisurely walk on woodland trails through rolling hills. We will begin this tour with sightings from the parking lot and then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkisson Reservoir, Winter's Run and the Plumtree Run tributary. The woods, some open meadow and water entice a wide variety of birds. Our leaders will be Phil Powers (birdsinmd308@gmail.com or 410-679-4116), Dave Larkin, and Al Conrad.

September 1 (Sat.) - Annual Club Picnic and Bird Walk - Enjoy classic picnic foods with your fellow club members at the pavilion of the Eden Mill Nature Center overlooking the beautiful Deer Creek Valley and waterfalls at the mill. Join us at 1:00 PM and bring a dish to share and drinks for yourself. Paper and plasticware, condiments and some basic picnic foods will be provided. Contact Tom Congersky for details (jnjtcon@zoominternet.net; 410-658-4137).

September 3 (Mon.) - Ma and Pa Trail - Explore the southernmost segment of this popular walking trail, walking from Annie's Playground towards Tollgate Road and back. Diverse habitat along the way promises a variety of birds. Meet at Annie's Playground on Smith Lane off Connolly Rd. in Fallston at 7:00 AM. The leader is Susan Hood (susanjhood@comcast.net or 410-937-7552).

September 8 (Sat.) - Garrett Island Paddle Outing - Bring your kayak, canoe, stand-up, etc. to the Jean Roberts Park in Havre de Grace where we will launch and depart for Garrett Island just off shore in the middle of the Susquehanna River. We will circle the Island looking at Osprey, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron and other creatures. If we are granted a permit, some walking on the island would require sturdy shoes. Meet leaders Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) and Sue Procell (procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919) at 8:30 AM. No rentals available.

September 15 (Sat.) - Ladew Gardens Birds and Blooms Walk - Join Rachel Hebert and explore the beautiful grounds in search of the resident bird-life as well as the other inhabitants of the gardens. Meet at the Ladew parking lot promptly at 8:00 AM. Gates will close behind us. Advanced reservations required. Contact Rachel at (hebert.rachel2@gmail.com or 410-557-9570).

September 19 (Wed.) - Eden Mill Nature Center - 7:30 AM. Leader Dennis Kirkwood will take you for this two mile walk along Falling Branch Trail from the Eden Mill Nature Center parking lot off of Eden Mill Rd. Contact Dennis at (newarkfarms@gmail.com or 410-692-5905).

September 23 (Sun.) - Cromwell Valley Park - 7:00 AM. Take a walk through the rich habitat of one of Baltimore County's premier birding spots for migrant songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. This trip frequently yields a variety of sightings from Golden-crowned Kinglets, to kestrels and merlin along with waterfowl species. Leaders are Phil Powers (birdsinmd308@gmail.com or 410-679-4116) and Dave Larkin (larkin3001@comcast.net or 410-569-8319). Meet at the park and ride at Rt.152 just north of Rt.147 near Fallston at 7:00 AM.

September 29 (Sat.) - Rocks State Park - Spend the morning on the trails of this Deer Creek woodland to enjoy the late fall avian spectacle. Some hiking on hilly trails is involved. After the main walk we will visit one or more of the picnic areas ($3.00 fee, $5.00 out of state). Gather at the Ranger Station Parking lot on Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. at 7:30 AM. The leader is Mark Magnani (mwmagnani@gmail.com;410-838-1778).

October 3 (Wed.) - 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 Center staff member (envirocenterathdgmm@gmail.com) and Colleen Webster, HBC member (webster@harford.edu; 410-4594577). Beginners and young birders welcome. A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk with vistas of the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

October 6 (Sat.) - Swan Harbor Farm Park - This preserved area near the Upper Bay provides prime habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, and marsh and field birds. The trip begins at 7:30 AM at the parking lot at the end of the driveway. The leaders are Dave Webb (porzana@comcast.net or 410-939-3537) and John Rinker.

October 8 (Mon. Columbus Day) - Waggoner's Gap, PA. - Join us as we visit a premier hawk-watching spot near Carlisle, PA. Possible sightings include Ravens, Golden Eagles, and Ospreys along with Sharp-shinned, Coopers and Red-tailed Hawks during their fall migration. Bring a blanket or soft cushion as we will be sitting on a rocky outcrop. Also bring drinks and a lunch. The leader is Dr. Mark Johnson (marksjohnson2@gmail.com; 410-692-5978). Meet at 8:00 AM at the strip mall at Upper Cross Roads in Fallston (Intersection of RTS. 152 and 165).

October 13 (Sat.) - Harford Glen - We will begin this tour with sightings from the parking lot, then proceed to survey the triple riparian habitats of Atkinsson Reservoir, the faster flowing Winters Run, and the Plumtree Run tributary. The woodland trails and the open meadows offer great opportunities for good birding. Meet at the Glen (West end of Wheel Road) at 7:30 AM. Our leader will be Dave Larkin (larkin3001@comcast.net; 410-569-8319).

October 27 (Sat.) - Bird Banding at Eden Mill Nature Center - Long time bird bander and accomplished birder and naturalist, Dr. Mark Johnson, and his able crew of volunteers will demonstrate banding and scientific data collection with actual in-hand birds. It is a great way to get close looks at birds that we usually see only at a distance or through dense leaves and branches. This is a fascinating wildlife experience for children and adults alike. Meet at the Vangrin Bird Banding Station at the Eden Mill Nature Center between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Contact Dr. Johnson at (marksjohnson2@gmail.com; 410-692-5978).

November 4 (Sun.) - Bombay Hook - This beautiful reserve in Delaware with its diverse coastal wetland habitats offers great promise for a variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, wading species, and raptors and songbirds. Meet leader. Dave Larkin (larkin3001@comcast.net; 410-569-8319) at the commuter parking lot near Havre de Grace on Rts.155/I-95 at 7:30 AM.

November 10 (Sat.) - Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge - Join the experienced trio of Tom Congersky (jnjtcon@zoominternet.net; 410-910-6182), Eric Vangrin and Tom Gibson (410-734-4135; gibsonlld@aol.com) as they explore this little known Eastern Shore gem. Just the scenic ride down and the beautiful, classic Eastern Shore diverse habitat of the Refuge make this trip worthwhile. Add the likely variety of waterfowl, shore birds, raptors and passerines and you have a “must do” trip. Meet the leaders at the Park and Ride in Havre de Grace at I-95 and Route 155 at 7:30 AM.

November 17 (Sat.) - Harford Waterfowl Wild Card Tour - Marvel at the rafts of scaup and search for the hard to find waterfowl species. Not only will experienced birdwatchers interested in finding rarities enjoy this morning trip, but so will beginners interested in learning the basics of waterfowl identification. Scopes will be helpful but not necessary and will be happily shared. The leader is Josh Emm (410-937-6790; apistopanchax@gmail.com, Locations will be determined at the leaders' discretion based on recent sightings and known hot spots.

November 24 (Sat.) - Conowingo Gull/Eagle Watch - This morning survey begins at Fishermen's Park just below Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the Susquehanna River. Meet at 8:00 AM to begin the search for Bald Eagles, Black and Turkey Vultures, various gulls, waterfowl and herons. Contact the leader, Dr. Dennis Kirkwood at (newarkfarms@gmail.com; 410-692-5905) for more information.

December 29 (Sat.) - Christmas Bird Count - Coordinator TBD.

January 1 (Tues.) - Perryman Area - Celebrate the New Year and/or recover from New Year's Eve by birding the Perryman Area with veteran Leader Phil Powers (birdsinmd308@gmail.com; 410-569-8319). Meet at 8:30 AM at the Aberdeen Walmart parking lot in the corner farthest from Rt. 40.

January 12 (Sat.) - Feeder Outing - Join our annual Feeder Outing in the comfort of the home of HBC members, Steve and Tika Dannenfelser. Enjoy watching the avian visitors to their feeders while also enjoying the opportunity to meet members and join in lively conversation. As the birds enjoy their breakfast you will also be able to sample some breakfast goodies. Final details will be announced closer to the date via email, social media and the HBC website.

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