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DVOC Field Trip Report

September 9, 2006 (Saturday)
John Heinz NWR (aka Tinicum)

Leader: Denis Brennan

Participants 16
Weather 68 degrees F
Clear/Calm

Starting at the Heinz HQ we checked the woods for migrating Warblers with little success. We headed across the large boardwalk and down the dyke trail to the observation tower. Along the way we saw Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black-crowned Night Heron imm, Northern Harrier, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Arriving at the observation tower we saw a raft of Blue-winged Teal. The best part of the walk was watching 20+ Black Terns in various plumages at close range that moved across our view several times. Chris Walters and Frank Windfelder entertained us with stories about birding at Tinicum in the past. We birded our way back to the parking area and finished at 11 AM.

Species seen

Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-billed Gull
Black Tern
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Green Heron
Killdeer
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Chimney Swift
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
American Redstart
Yellow Warbler
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow