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2005 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.
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Additional field trips will be posted when scheduled

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
2004 Field Trip Report
January 8, 2005 (Saturday)– Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census, Pennsylvania (PMWBC)
 

Help count birds within the city limits.
Contact: Keith Russell
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 9, 2005 (Sunday) - WINTER BIRDING IN THE DIX WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
  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 notable 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 somewhere 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 (215) 234-6805
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
January 15-17, 2005 (Saturday-Monday) – MONTAUK (LONG ISLAND), NY
  For winter finches, eiders, scoters, alcids and any Eurasian accidentals. Car pool from N.E. Philadelphia at 6AM. Space is limited due to lodging constraints – first come, first served! Shared expenses.
Leaders: Erica Brendel (215) 844-3456, Chris Walters (215) 642-6862
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
January 22, 2005 (Saturday) – TULLYTOWN DUMP AND FALLS TOWNSHIP PARK, BUCKS COUNTY, PA
  9:30 am until you can't stand it anymore (probably around 3-4)
Meet at the mega-Wawa off of Route 13 where the PA Turnpike exit ramp takes you.
Since the gull masses are not freguenting Florence NJ this year we will check some other spots in lower Bucks.
Good numbers of Iceland have been reported this year, and who knows what else we might find. Dress for standing around in the freezing cold.
Leader: Matt Sharp (215) 299-1069
Directions
January 23, 2005 (Sunday) – BARNEGAT LIGHT
  This trip was CANCELLED
The best location in New Jersey to see Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper. Common Eider are regular here and we’ll look for King Eider. An assortment of ducks and loons should be found in the inlet. The dunes hold “Ipswich” Sparrow and usually Snow Buntings, and in good years longspurs. Dress warm. Meet at the lighthouse parking lot at 8:00AM
Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
January 29, 2005 (Saturday) – The NORTH JERSEY SHORE
 

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 215-233-9090
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

February 11-13, 2005 (Friday - Sunday) – ONTARIO
  Limited registration. Fee.
Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
2005 Field Trip Report
February 19-21, 2005 (Saturday - Monday) – NEW ENGLAND
  A 3 day trip over President’s Weekend to look for alcids, loons, Red-necked Grebe, white-wing gulls, King Eider, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Snowy and Short-eared Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, longspurs, Snow Buntings and any winter invasion species. Limited registration. Fee.
Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
2005 Field Trip Report
February 26, 2005 (Saturday) – INDIAN RIVER INLET NORTH
  Join us as we search for wintering waterfowl, gulls, seabirds and other late winter visitors. 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 (215) 233-9090
2004 Trip Report
2005 Trip Report
March 5, 2005 (Saturday) – CONOWINGO DAM and MUDDY RUN, PA
  We will meet below the dam by the river at 9:00. Looking for Gulls and Bald Eagles. There is also an active Eagles nest. With luck a Red-headed Woodpecker. There is a Lincolns Sparrow at a near-by feeder. We will then continue to Muddy Run looking for a variety of waterfowl.
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 Home - (610) 544-4217, Cell (267) 879-0000
March 5, 2005 (Saturday) – GULL BONANZA
  The plan is to be scoping gulls by 9 AM at Franklins Cove. I need to be back in Phila by 6PM. Unfortunately the closest Black-headed Gull I know of is in Cape May, an approximately 4 1/2 hour round trip which would eat up most of the day. Essentially I think we should play it by ear and see how we do in the lower Bucks/Florence NJ area and how we are enjoying the birds there before committing to 4+ hours in the car and thus little time spent birding. One secret to extended gull watching is believing that there is a Glaucous-winged or Slaty-backed in the masses and it is just a matter of time before it lands in front of you and poses for pictures. Please bring camcorders digital cameras, or 600mm lenses if you have them. And dress warmly - no such thing as over dressing when it comes to standing around in the cold.
Leader: Matt Sharp (215) 299-1069
Meeting time: 8:30 AM Sat Place: Mega Wawa on PA Route 13 and the PA Turnpike on-ramp.
Directions:
1. From Center City or to the south, take Route 95 north to Route 13. Then Route 13 north to the PA Turnpike. Stay on Route 13. It will go under the Turnpike, the Wawa will be on the right about 50 yds past the Tturnpike.
2. From the PA Turnpike or to the west, take the last exit in PA (Bristol/Route 13 North) the Wawa will be on the right about a hundred yards after the exit ramp.
3. From east or north (basically the same but change Route 95 North to Route 95 South and PA Turnpike to NJ Turnpike and the 1st exit in PA not the last)
March 13, 2005 (Sunday) – BARNEGAT LIGHT
 

This trip is designed especially for YOUNG BIRDERS (Upper Main Line Y students will be participating), although all are welcome.
The best location in New Jersey to see Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper. Common Eider are regular here and we’ll look for King Eider. An assortment of ducks and loons should be found in the inlet. The dunes hold “Ipswich” Sparrow and usually Snow Buntings, and in good years longspurs. Dress warm. Meet at the lighthouse parking lot at 8:00 AM
Directions
2005 Trip Report
Co-leaders - Martin Selzer / Chris Walters

March 19, 2005 (Saturday) – CHERRY ISLAND LANDFILL, WILMINGTON DE
  This trip was cancelled.
"The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has changed their visitor policy such that guests are no longer allowed in without an appointment, without an escort, and movement is severely restricted. We (DOS) are trying to convince the landfill and DSWA management to loosen their policy in the name of citizen science, but until those discussions bear more fruit, we have no other real option but to cancel the trips."

Join DOS for a half-day trip to search for rarer gull species and study plumages at the Wilmington Landfill. Meet at 7:30 AM 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
2004 Field Trip Report
April 2, 2005 (Saturday) - SOUTHWEST NEW JERSEY (PEDRICKTOWN and MANNINGTON MARSH
  This trip was cancelled.
The leader, Frank Windfelder, cancelled this trip due to the forecast of an all day rain on Saturday.
For possible winter stragglers (Ross Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, blackbirds) and any early migrants (Ruffs have previously been seen on this trip).
Leader: Frank Windfelder (215) 673-0240
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
Information Sheet (*.pdf file)
Summary of trips 1997-2004 (excluding 1998) (*.pdf file)
May 6 - 8, 2005 (Friday - Sunday) - 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.
Click here for specific information about this trip.
Leader: Colin Campbell
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

May 8, 2005 (Sunday) – FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA
  For spring migrants. Meet at the Hawkwatch platform at 8AM
Leader: Bill Murphy (215) 885-2488
May 15, 2005 (Sunday) - 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 (609) 859-0281
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

May 21, 2005 (Saturday) – RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK 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 (610) 664-2174
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

May 22, 2005 (Sunday) - CARPENTER’S WOODS, PHILADELPHIA (Please note date change)
  For Spring migrants
Meet at 6:30 AM at the bus stop at Wayne Ave and Sedgwick St., and probably bird until 11:00 or 12:00 Noon, or until we run out of birds. Interested members
Leader: Erica Brendel 215-844-3456
May 28, 2005 (Saturday) - PEREGRINE WATCH
  Help monitor peregrine fledglings from 7-10 AM. Meet at the Betsy Ross Bridge
Leader: Matt Sharp (215) 299-1069
June 9, 2005 (Thursday) - LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS
 

Meeting time is 7 AM in Lakehurst NJ
Driving instructions: From the center of Lakehurst NJ reached by route 70, see a Mc Donald's and a gas station and turn onto route 547. In about a quarter mile, on the left there is a gray chapel named the Chapel of the Air. We will car pool from this parking area under the supervision of John Joyce who is the base Conservation Officer. Each car entering the base will need a registration card and proof of insurance. Each participant will need a valid drivers license or picture ID. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands area will be 3 hours. The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of the Upland Sandpipers. We will also expect Grasshopper ,Vesper,Savannah, Field sparrows and horned lark, meadowlark, Bobolinks and pine warblers. Other pine forest species will add to the list. It would be wise to call or email me to assure a spot as we are limited to 16
Leader: JoAnn Raine 215 396 2594
2005 Field Trip Report

June 18, 2005 (Saturday) - BIRDING THE NATIVE GRASSLANDS AT THE PENNYPACK TRUST, MONTGOMERY CO., PA
  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 where a map can be found.
Leaders: JoAnn Raine (215) 659-3921, Chuck Hetzel, Don Jones
2003 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
June 24-26, 2005 (Friday-Sunday) – WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA GRASSLANDS
 

For such specialty sparrow species as Henslow's, Savannah, Grasshopper, Clay-colored, and Vesper Sparrows, etc.
June 24 - Drive to Clarion, PA
June 25 - Bird the grasslands
June 26 - To be determined depending on circumstances, then return home.
Leaders: Chris Walters (215) 642-6862 and Rick Mellon (215)-493-0660
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

July 16, 2005 (Saturday) - BOMBAY HOOK NWR AND ENVIRONS, DE PART 1.
  Join us to witness the early part of the annual southbound shorebird migration spectacle. Meet at 7:30AM at the headquarters
Leader: Colin Campbell
2005 Field Trip Report

2004 Field Trip Report
July 23, 2005 (Saturday) - Annual Picnic
 

Hosted by Paul and Anita Guris
Details Here!
Hold the date! Details will be posted here.
If water levels are "good" there will also be an opportunity for shore birding at the nearby Green Lane Reservoir.
2005 Picnic Report
2003 Picnic Report

August 20, 2005 (Saturday) – BOMBAY HOOK NWR AND COASTAL DE PART 2
 

A trip to catch the later wave of the shorebird migration spectacle. Meet at 7:30AM at the headquarters.
Leader: Martin Selzer (215) 233-9090
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

August 27, 2005 (Saturday) – BRANDYWINE CREEK STATE PARK, DE
  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 (302) 792-9591
September 2, 2005 (Friday) – "CONFUSING FALL WARBLERS" 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 (609) 390-2913
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

September 3, 2005 (Saturday) – JOHNSON SOD FARM, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ
 

For an assortment of shorebirds including plovers and sandpipers. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in 2003 and Pacific Golden Plover in 2002. Meet on Grier’s Lane, just east of Rte 77 at 7:30AM
Leader: Martin Selzer (215) 233-9090
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

September 12, 2005 (Monday) – 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. Please call ahead to confirm location of the roost. Parking is limited; carpooling advisable.
Leader: Jane Henderson (215) 836-1965
2005 Field Trip Report
Video of 2003 Roost (Six second clip in *.avi format - 436 KB. Best viewed with Windows Media Player)
Ornithological Studies Presentation on Chimney Swifts

September 17, 2005 (Saturday) - 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. Palmyra Cove Nature Center Website
Leader: Ward Dasey (609) 953-1685
September 18, 2005 (Sunday) – HAWK MOUNTAIN, PA
 

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 Hawk Mountain member.
Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

October 2, 2005 (Sunday) - FALL BIRDING AT THE BAILEY TRACT, PALMYRA COVE NATURE PARK, NJ.
  Focusing on late migrating warblers and early wintering sparrows, with Clay-colored and Lincoln’s possible. Meet at 7:00 AM at car park. Palmyra Cove Nature Center Website
Leader: Ward Dasey (609) 953-1685
October 15, 2005 (Saturday) - TUCKERTON MARSHES, NJ
 

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 sharp!
Leader: Frank Windfelder (215) 673-0240
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
Summary of trips 1997-2005 (excluding 2002) (*.pdf file)

October 22, 2005 (Saturday) - BIRDING THE NATIVE GRASSLANDS AT THE PENNYPACK TRUST, MONTGOMERY CO., PA
  Tour the native grasslands at Pennypack Trust for sparrows and other grassland birds. Notable recent finds there include Dickcissel, Lapland Longspur, Orange-crowned Warbler and Vesper Sparrow. Savannah Sparrows are abundant. The area is also good for raptors. Meet at the Creek Road entrance off Terwood Road, 1.2 miles south of Edgehill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Telephone leader for driving instructions or go to their web site where a map can be found.
Leaders: JoAnn Raine (215) 396-2594 and Paul Driver
2005 Field Trip Report
November 5, 2005 (Saturday) - 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.
Directions
Map
Leaders : Frank Windfelder (215) 673-0240 or Chris Walters (215) 642-6862
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

November 12, 2005 (Saturday) – 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 until 11PM. Limited to 15 participants.
Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

November 19, 2005 (Saturday) - BUCKS COUNTY PA / FLORENCE NJ GULL TRIP
  Cherry Island landfill is closed to the public so we will
have to do this trip in Bucks County PA / Florence NJ.
Meet at Florence boat ramp. 9 am.
Directions
Leader: Matt Sharp (215) 299-1069
Matt writes" Since access to the local landfill in both Bucks Co. and Delaware is restricted and since the location of the feeding/roosting flock at Florence moves around
and can often settle in inaccessible locales, this trip will be somewhat exploratory. We will hope to find large numbers of birds easily visible from Florence, but may have to check some other locations in Bucks Co. including several of the known hang-outs on lakes and reservoirs."
2005 Field Trip Report

November 28-30, 2005 (Monday-Wednesday) - NIAGARA FALLS GULL AND WATERFOWL EXTRAVAGANZA
 

To watch the gull spectacle on the Niagara River at a time when they congregate in tremendous numbers. There is good chance of a dozen species, as we search for California, Thayer’s, Little, Black-headed and one never knows even the possibility of a Ross’. Large numbers of waterfowl can also be seen. Leave in the early hours of Monday and return late evening Wednesday. Shared expenses.Leader: Adrian Binns (215) 364-4407
2005 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report


December 30, 2005 (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
Further information at See Life Paulagics website.
Dec 2005 Field Trip Report
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