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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Denis Brennan

September 16, 2007
John Hienz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA


On Sunday, September 16th, 2007, members of the DVOC & several guests totaling thirteen met at Tinicum for a field trip. At 8 am the weather was fair at 52 degrees with a North wind at thirteen mph. We decided to walk the pipeline trail to take advantage of the sunlight behind us. From there we proceeded to the frog pond field area and retraced our way back across the large boardwalk to the observation tower where the field trip finished up shortly after 11 am.

Highlights of the trip; six Warblers including, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart. Other Highlights included Caspian Tern, Hooded Merganser female, Snowy Egret, Red-shouldered Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk.

Doris McGovern and Frank Windfelder were on the field trip. When the birding was slow or we saw something interesting Doris and Frank kept our attention as they filled us in on information. It was like having an outdoor classroom of Ornithology at Tinicum.

Pictures by Denis Bennan


Species List
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser female
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Phoebe
Brown Thrasher
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Crow
Blue Jay
Common Grackle
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow