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2004 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend functions of the DVOC.

FIELD TRIP CO-CHAIRPERSONS:
Adrian Binns
Martin Selzer

NOTE: PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO NOTIFY THE FIELD TRIP LEADER THAT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND

Friday January 2, 2004 – Pelagic Christmas Count to the Hudson Shelf Valley, New Jersey / New York
  Explore the underwater trench called the Hudson Shelf Valley that extends from near shore all the way to the Hudson Canyon, covering mostly the Mud Hole and Glory Hole areas. We will set up a fixed transect for CBC purposes, and it will be selected to hit both New York / New Jersey pelagic waters. Looking for Fulmar, Gannet, Razorbill, murres, Dovekie, Puffin, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Great Skua, Black-legged Kittiwake………From Belmar 7:30AM to 3:30PM approx. Fee.
Leader: Paul Guris
Field Trip Report
Saturday January 10, 2003– Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census, Pennsylvania (PMWBC)
  Help count birds within the city limits.
Contact: Keith Russell
Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Sunday January 11, 2004 - Winter Birding in the Dix Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey
  Come check out a little birded area in Cumberland County, NJ. The mixture of farm fields with great hedgerows (a scarce habitat these days), oak/holly woodlands, salt-marsh, and bayshore provides excellent food and cover for a variety of winter birds. This territory on the Cumberland County CBC has produced some noteable winter birds like Gyrfalcon, Sandhill Crane, Northern Goshawk, Saw-whet Owl, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Lincoln's Sparrow. Both diurnal and nocturnal raptor numbers can be excellent, and this area produced the nation's highest CBC counts for Eastern-Screech and Great-horned Owls ever. Some years it holds large numbers of sparrows, can be very good for Hermit Thrush and Fox Sparrow, and often holds numbers of lingering birds like Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, and Eastern Towhee. So come out and try birding someplace new. Meeting Time: 7:00 AM. Meeting Place: The end of Duck Cove Road, Fairton, NJ (DeLorme NJ Atlas Page 68, Block G-1) This is the first right turn off Route 601 / Back Neck Rd., and overlooks an area of the Cohansey River where the local Bald Eagle pair can often be seen.
Leader: Paul Guris
Field Trip Report

Thursday January 15, 2004 – Florence, New Jersey

  For some of the best gull watching in the east. ‘White-wing’ gulls, Lesser Black-backs, and a search for Thayer’s, California, Slaty-back and Yellow-legged Gull. Meet at the boat ramp at 9AM.
Leader: Adrian Binns
2003 Report
Ornithological Studies Presentation on Gulls
Based upon a Winter Storm Warning and the impending brutal wind chills, this field trip was cancelled.
Saturday - Monday January 17-19, 2004 – Montauk (Long Island), New York
  For winter finches, eiders, scoters, alcids and any Eurasian accidentals. Car pool from N.E. Phila at 6AM. Space is limited due to lodging constraints – first come, first served! Shared expenses.
Leaders: Erica Brendal and Chris Walters
Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Saturday January 24, 2004 – Florence, New Jersey
  For some of the best gull watching in the east. ‘White-wing’ gulls, Lesser Black-backs, and a search for Thayer’s, California, Slaty-back and Yellow-legged Gull. Meet at the boat ramp at 9AM.
Leader: Adrian Binns
Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Ornithological Studies Presentation on Gulls
Saturday January 31, 2004 – The North Jersey Shore, New Jersey
  We’ll search the ponds, inlets, jetties and shoreline from Manasquan to Sandy Hook for loons, ducks, gulls and alcids. Meet at the south jetty of Manasquan Inlet at 8:30AM. We’ll be birding through early afternoon.
Leader: Martin Selzer
Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Sunday, February 15, 2004– CONOWINGO DAM and MUDDY RUN
  After birding the dam we will head north to Muddy Run, a PPL reservoir.
Meet at 9AM at Fisherman’s Park.
Directions: From Rt.1. Immediately after crossing the dam, turn left on Fisherman Park Rd. for .07 mile and follow signs to Fishermans Park.
Leader: Tom Reeves
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Saturday, February 28, 2004– INDIAN RIVER INLET NORTH.
  Join us as we search for wintering waterfowl, gulls, seabirds and other late winter visitors. We we meet at the Super Wawa on Route 1 just outside of Lewes at 9am. Besides birding Indian River Inlet and Rehoboth Bay, we will stop at Silver Lake, Cape Henlopen State Park, Prime Hook and Bombay Hook as we bird our way back north.
Meet at the Super WAWA on Route 1 just north of Cape Henlopen at 9AM
Leader : Martin Selzer
Field Trip Report
Saturday, March 13, 2004– BARNEGAT BAY AND BARNEGAT LIGHT.
  Targets are Harlequins, Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, eiders, Ipswich Sparrows, Snow Buntings, etc. This trip is specially designed for young birders, although all are welcome. The trip will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse, at the northern tip of Long Beach Island, NJ.
Leader: Paul Guris assisted by Chris Walters
Field Trip Report
Saturday, March 20, 2004 – CHERRY ISLAND LANDFILL, WILMINGTON DE.
  Join DOS for a half day trip to search for rarer gull species and study plumages at the Wilmington Landfill.
Meet at 7:30AM at Fox Point State Park off the EdgeMoor/Hay Rd exit on I-495. Coming from the north, the exit is about 4-5 miles past the DE/PA line, take the second exit, marked for Hay Road, follow the clover-leaf back underneath I-495, then make a left (north) onto Hay at the stop sign. Follow this to the end, straight into Fox Point Park. We go to Cherry Island Landfill, so if folks miss us at Fox Point they can head straight down Hay Road (south) to the end, right onto 12th street then quickly left into the landfill. Or they can hop back on I-495 to the next exit, left onto 12th street almost to its end, then right into the landfill.
Leader: Mike Smith
Trip Report

Saturday, April 3, 2004 - SOUTH WEST NEW JERSEY (PEDRICKTOWN and MANNINGTON MARSH)

  For possible winter stragglers (Ross Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, blackbirds) and any early migrants (Ruffs have previously been seen on this trip).
Leader: Frank Windfelder
Field Trip Report
Specific Information for this Trip
2003 Report
Sunday, April 25, 2004 - BIRDING THE THREE OLD FORTS, DE/NJ
  We bird three State Parks all having comprehensive remains of war fortifications. We start at Fort Dupont State Park, Delaware City, DE for migrants; we catch a ferry to Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River to see the second largest heronry in the eastern US (and Fort Delaware). We catch the ferry again to Fort Mott in NJ to traverse the nature trail and see the extensive fortifications and finally return by ferry to Delaware City.
Meet: 7 AM at the Ferry Dock, end of Clinton St., Delaware City. Late risers can join us at the same place at 9:30 AM. Return about 5 PM.
Cost: $6.00 for the ferry; state park fees applicable (DE fee - $2.50 for Delawarians, $5.00 for aliens) so carpool where you can. Pay as you go.
Please let Doris know if you intend to join; the small ferry needs to know approximate numbers if there's a crowd.
Details: in flyer at DVOC meetings (March 18, April 1, 15) or by request from leader (send e-mail or stamped, addressed envelope by post)
Leader: Doris McGovern
Specific Information for this Trip
Field Trip Report
Friday - Sunday May 7- 9, 2004 - BIRDING SOUTHERN DELAWARE and into MARYLAND.
 

This weekend trip starts at Bombay Hook NWR on Friday morning and works south to Trap Pond State Park where you can camp or you can motel nearby. Saturday we bird Nanticoke WMA and areas around Seaford before returning to Trap Pond. Sunday, we bird the Cypress Swamps in DE and MD, then head north to the bayside areas. Interspersed throughout is a gourmet tour trying local delicacies such as crab, scrapple and muskrat. Yummy. Full details on a flyer nearer the time. Let me know in advance if you intend to come.
Leader: Colin Campbell
Specific Information for this trip
Field Trip Report

Sunday, May 9, 2004– FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, Montgomery County, PA
  For spring migrants. Meet at the Hawkwatch platform at 8AM
Leader: Bill Murphy
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 - HAWKINS ROAD and BRIGHTVIEW FARM, Burlington Co., NJ.
  The target species at Hawkins Road will be breeding Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers and grasslands species at Brightview Farm. Meet at 6:30 AM at the bridge over Little Creek where the macadam turns to dirt road on Hawkins Road.
Leader: Don Jones
Field Trip Report
Specific Information for this trip
2003 Report
Saturday, May 22, 2004 – RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK, PA
  For spring migrants. Expected: warblers, including Louisiana Waterthrush and possibly Kentucky Warbler; thrushes (possibly including Swainson's), vireos, flycatchers, many others. Meet at 6:30 AM at the Ridley Creek bridge on Gradyville Road (near Newtown Square, PA). We will bird until 11:00 or noon, depending on when the birds give out.
Leader: Art McMorris
2004 Report

Thursday, May 27, 2004 – RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK, PA

  For spring migrants. Expected: warblers, including Louisiana Waterthrush and possibly Kentucky Warbler; thrushes (possibly including Swainson's), vireos, flycatchers, many others. Meet at 6:30 AM at the Ridley Creek bridge on Gradyville Road (near Newtown Square, PA). We will bird until 11:00 or noon, depending on when the birds give out.
Leader: Art McMorris
2004 Report
Saturday May 29, 2004 - PEREGRINE WATCH
  Help monitor peregrine fledglings from 7-10 AM. Meet at the Betsy Ross Bridge
Leader: Matt Sharp
Thursday, June 3, 2004 - BIRDING the NATIVE GRASSLANDS at the PENNYPACK TRUST, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA
  This trip has been cancelled.
The sixth growing year for the restoration of the grasslands at the Trust might produce some good breeding birds. Come help us survey the bird species and enjoy a two mile walk. Meet at the Trust center parking lot at 7:30 AM. Location is 2955 Edgehill Road, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Telephone leader for driving instructions or go to their web site at where a map can be found.
Leader: JoAnn Raine
2003 Report
Friday - Sunday June 25-27, 2004– PINEY TRACT GRASSLANDS, Clarion County, PA
  For breeding Henslow's, Savannah, Grasshopper, Clay-colored, and Vesper Sparrow, Bobolink, Northern Harriers, Uppies and possibly Short-eared Owls. Leave Friday evening and return Sunday evening.
Leaders: Chris Walters and Rick Mellon
2004 Report
Saturday, July 17, 2004 - BOMBAY HOOK NWR and ENVIRONS, DE Part 1
  Join us to witness the early part of the annual southbound shorebird migration spectacle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the headquarters
Leader: Martin Selzer
2004 Report
Saturday, August 21, 2004– BOMBAY HOOK NWR and COASTAL DE Part 2
  A trip to catch the later wave of the shorebird migration spectacle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the headquarters.
Leader: Martin Selzer
2004 Report
2003 Report
Saturday August 28, 2004 – BRANDYWINE CREEK STATE PARK, DE
  At a good time for early warblers (Golden-winged and Mourning) and possible unusual flycatchers (Yellow-bellied or Olive-sided). Meet at the park nature center at 7:45 AM. Park fee is in effect.
Leader: Andy Ednie
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Saturday, September 4, 2004 – JOHNSON SOD FARM, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ
  For an assortment of shorebirds including plovers and sandpipers. Last year Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Pacific Golden Plover in 2002. Meet on Grier’s Lane, just east of Rte 77 at 7:30AM
Leader: Adrian Binns
2004 Report
2003 Report
Friday September 10 , 2004 – "CONFUSING FALL BIRDERS" at HIGBEE BEACH WMA, NJ
  Spend a morning birding the fields and forest edges looking for songbird migrants. We will sort through the fall plumages of the (hopefully) numerous migrants at this Fall hotspot. With luck we will get to see a big fallout of birds, but there should be plenty to see regardless this time of year. Emphasis will be on sorting out "confusing fall warblers". The warblers are not confused, we are. They know who they are, but we are the ones confused (sometimes anyway). Meet at the main lot at Higbee Beach WMA (the one at the end of the road) Cape May Point NJ at 7:30 AM
Leader: Mike Fritz
2004 Report
2003 Report
Monday, September 13, 2004 (Please note date change.)
MANAYUNK SWIFT ROOST.
  In autumn migration, huge numbers of Chimney Swifts roost in chimneys of certain schools in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. Meet at the Dobson School on Umbria Street and Hermitage Lane in Manayunk on Monday, at 7:00 PM to witness this annual spectacle. Parking is limited; carpooling advisable.
Leader: Jane Henderson
Video of 2003 Roost (Six second clip in *.avi format - 436 KB. Best viewed with Windows Media Player)
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Ornithological Studies Presentation on Chimney Swifts
Saturday, September 18, 2004 - FALL BIRDING at the BAILEY TRACT, PALMYRA COVE NATURE PARK, NJ.
  Focusing on migrating warblers anything is possible including numerous Connecticut’s. Up to 20 species of warblers have been seen in past trips at this wonderful birding location. Meet at 7:00 AM at car park.
Leader: Ward Dasey
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Sunday September 19, 2004– HAWK MOUNTAIN, PA

  At the peak time for Broad-wing migration. Meet at the visitor’s center at 8:00AM. Bring a packed lunch. Entrance fee unless you are a member.
Leader: Adrian Binns
2004 Field Trip Report

Saturday, October 2, 2004 - TUCKERTON MARSHES, NJ
9/11/04

  For Sharp-tailed Sparrows. We should get great looks at Salt Marsh Sharp-tail’s as well as being able to compare all races of Nelson’s. A walk along 7 bridges road will add additional species. We have gotten Clay-colored Sparrow in several years. Bring high boots or wellies. Pack a lunch if you will follow us to Brigantine afterwards. Meet at the end of 7 Bridges Road at 7:30 am sharp!
Leader: Frank Windfelder
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Report

Sunday, October 3, 2004 - FALL BIRDING at the BAILEY TRACT, PALMYRA COVE NATURE PARK, NJ.

  Focusing on migrating warblers anything is possible including numerous Connecticut’s. Up to 20 species of warblers have been seen in past trips at this wonderful birding location. Meet at 7:00 AM at car park.
Leader: Ward Dasey
Contact Information
2004 Field Trip Report
Saturday or Sunday, November 6 or 7, 2004 - BAKE OVEN KNOB, PA
  For raptors and possible Golden Eagle and Goshawk. A decision on which day should have the best conditions will be made the week prior. Meet at parking lot at 8:30AM and bring lunch.
Leaders : Frank Windfelder, Bill Murphy, Chris Walters
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Report

Saturday, November 6, 2004 – SAWWHET OWL BANDING at HIDDEN VALLEY, PA.

  Join Scott Weidensaul at his banding station along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain in Schuylkill County during the peak of Saw-whet migration. Meet at the banding station at 6:30PM. Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants. (As of 9/27/04 this trip is full. Contact Adrian to be put on the waiting list)
Leader: Adrian Binns
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Sunday, November 28, 2004 – ROOSEVELT PARK, PA.
  If you live in or near South Philadelphia and have never visited Roosevelt Park this is your opportunity to get to know this outstanding birding location. This picturesque 348-acre park located in the shadow of Philadelphia's sport stadiums, contains a diverse mix of aquatic, wooded, and brushy habitats, and a wide range of species are possible there. Pied-billed Grebes, coots, and dabbling ducks are easily found during the early winter, but raptors, songbirds, and marshbirds should also be observed, and Orange-crowned Warblers, Clay-colored Sparrows, and other rarities are a distinct possibility. Roosevelt Park is easily accessible by the Broad Street Subway, and it is an easy place to bird, but bring a good pair of waterproof shoes.
The park is located at the southwest corner of Broad and Pattison streets. From Broad go west on Pattison. There are two entrances to the park on your left. Go in the second entrance and stop at the nearest parking area. Time 8:00-11:30 a.m. (note - The first entrance to the park on Pattison is so close to Broad Street that it can be easily missed)
Leader: Keith Russell
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2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Report
Saturday, December 4-12, 2004 – BOSQUE del APACHE, NEW MEXICO
 

As of 11/6, the trip is full.
Witness the annual spectacle of thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese at one of the nations premier National Wildlife Refuges, Bosque Del Apache’s. Set against a gorgeous scenic backdrop we’ll spend a full day exploring the refuge in the hopes of finding coyote, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Ross’s Goose and possibly seeing a Bald Eagle scattering flocks of ducks. We’ll also visit various parks and reservoirs along the Rio Grande including Elephant Butte and Percha Dam; desert grasslands at Water Canyon for longspurs; and the Sandia Mountains for all three rosy-finches, Pine Grosbeak and Mountain Chickadee. Fee
Bosque del Apache Field Trip Website
Leader: Adrian Binns assisted by Bert Filemyr and Martin Selzer
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December 31, 2004 (Friday) – PELAGIC CHRISTMAS COUNT TO THE HUDSON SHELF VALLEY
  Explore the underwater trench called the Hudson Shelf Valley that extends from near shore all the way to the Hudson Canyon, covering mostly the Mud Hole and Glory Hole areas. We will set up a fixed transect for CBC purposes, and it will be selected to hit both New York / New Jersey pelagic waters. Looking for Fulmar, Gannet, Razorbill, murres, Dovekie, Puffin, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Great Skua, Black-legged Kittiwake………From Belmar 7:30AM to 3:30PM approx. Fee. Leader: Paul Guris (215) 234-6805
Jan 2004 Field Trip Report
Dec 2004 Field Trip Report

2005 Field Trips

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