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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Chris Walters

September 8, 2007
LIVE BIRD BANDING AND FALL WARBLERS - EAST PARK RESERVOIR, PHILADELPHIA

The unruly mob of 30 field trip participants at East Park Reservoir suddenly became quiet as a church mouse, as Doris McGovern pulled from her bag the first of the birds (a Gray Catbird) to be banded there on September 8. Doris ably explained the banding operation to her attentive listeners: a joint effort supported by PA Audubon and US Fish and Wildlife in an effort to document migration in urban America. (Another such project is ongoing in New York City). Doris and her assistant (Alice Severaid doing the honors on this day) will be spending 20 days this fall doing banding at East Park Reservoir.

After seeing three birds banded, the group moved on and picked up five shorebird species, Black-crowned Night Herons, Pied-billed Grebe, Warbling Vireo, a few Redstarts, Green Herons, Cedar Waxwings, and a couple other modest finds before heading to the zoo for the Club's 10 am informal meeting there. As this report suggests, there was NO migration going on to enliven the proceedings further. (Note: the following week Doris banded a Connecticut Warbler at this spot!).