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.

June 2 (Sat.) - Susquehanna State Park - Warbler Walk - Join us at a beautiful location during prime birding season. Leader Tim Houghton will guide you to various hot spots depending on the status of the spring migration and what birds are being seen at the time. There is a good chance for Cerulean, Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers. Expect a variety of passerines along with waterfowl and waders out on the river. A few eagles and osprey should fly over as well. Meet at the Rock Run Mill parking area at 7:30 AM. Contact Tim for details (timhoughton@comcast.net; 410-510-7504).

June 9 (Sat.) - Perryville Community Park Paddle Outing - Bring your kayak, canoe, stand-up, etc. Colleen and Sue will ply the usually serene waters of the well-protected Mill Creek and historic Furnace Bay in search of swimmers, divers and, of course, fliers. Eagles and Osprey are often seen soaring overhead; songbirds and woodland birds frequent the shoreline; waterfowl and heron are common sightings. Meet at 9:00 AM at Stumps Point at the far end of the Perryville Community Park. Contact leaders Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) or Sue Procell (<procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919). No rental boats available.

June 15 (Fri.) - Owl Pursuit - Join experienced leader Dave Webb as he pursues those elusive nocturnal hunters at various sites in eastern Harford County. Meet at the Park & Ride at Rt.152 and I-95 in Havre de Grace at 8:30 PM. For further information contact Dave Webb (porzana@comcast.net; 410-939-3537).

July 7 (Sat.) - Havre de Grace Paddle Outing - Bring your kayak, canoe, stand-up, etc. to the launch ramp at Tydings Park. The harbor areas of Havre De Grace are home to a great variety of water-related species such as ducks, geese, swallows, osprey, gulls, terns, heron and many others. Add pleasant, scenic paddling and you have a perfect combination for a truly enjoyable outing. Meet at Tydings Park in Havre De Grace at 8:00 AM. Contact leaders Colleen Webster (cwebster@harford.edu or 410-459-4577) or Sue Procell (procellmd@gmail.com or 443-417-4919). No rental boats available.

July 13 (Fri.) - Wine And Cheese Social - Enjoy refreshing wine and delicious cheeses along with lively conversation and a guest presentation at the Anita Leight Nature Center. The social begins at 6:30 PM. Check the "Wrenderings" or future emails for additional details.

July 15 (Sun.) - Bombay Hook - Visit one of the East Coast's best sites for shorebirds and waterfowl. This beautiful reserve in Delaware with its diverse coastal wetland habitats offers great promise for a variety of shorebirds, water birds, wading species, raptors and songbirds. Meet experienced leader Dr. Dave Larkin at the Havre de Grace commuter lot near Rt. 155/I-95 at 7:30 AM. Because of trip length and the lack of local eateries, bring a lunch and sufficient drink for the day. Contact Dr. Dave Larkin (larkin3001@comcast.net or 410-569-8319) for further details.

July 28 (Sat.) - Hummingbird Banding at the home of Diane Jones. - Watch from the expansive porch of Diane Jones's home overlooking her beautiful gardens as experienced bird bander, Bruce Peterjohn, skillfully and delicately bands our smallest bird. Contact Diane (diane.v.jones@ssa.gov or 410-404-9180) for details, directions and best viewing times.

August 4 (Sat.) - Wildlife Search at Harford Glen - The Glen is always beautiful and offers diverse habitat in a compact area. Do not miss the varied wildlife and avian species found in this Harford County gem. Two experienced and knowledgeable leaders will help you find and learn about the herps, insects, mammals and birds that this exceptional site offers. They will meet you in the parking lot of the Glen at 9:00 AM. The HBC leader and accomplished birder and naturalist is Matt Hafner (hafner.matt@gmail.com or 410-971-3203).

August 11 (Sat.) - 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.

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