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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer

June 6-8, 2008
Weekend at Camp Susquehannock in NE PA

Trip participants: Win Shafer (leader), Chris Walters, Tony Croasdale, Nora Hildenbrand, Susan Kileen and Kathy Klusman

Most of us rendezvoused on Friday evening with Nancy Wottrich (our guide for the weekend) and her husband Bruce McNaught who are former Bucks County Audubon members. We had a lovely dinner at the Summerhouse Grill in Montrose complemented with BOOB (bring our own booze). We set out at the cheery hour of 4:15 AM on Sat to meet Nancy at the Florence Shelly Preserve in the eastern part of the county. Several hours of birding produced some good birds including such highlights as Canada Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Winter Wren, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Waterthrush and Bobolink among many others. We then headed for Harmony Road which runs along the banks of the Susquehanna River where we added such species as Blue-winged Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Raven, Cliff Swallow and Northern Rough-wing Swallow. We finished the day around the 1000 acres of camp property. Saturday evening we dined with the locals at the Brackney Inn. Sunday morning we slept in until 5AM then birded around camp for an hour before meeting Nancy at Salt Springs State Park. We finished the day at Woodbourne Sanctuary just south of Montrose. Everyone enjoyed the rustic hospitality at Camp Susquehannock (Chris particularly enjoyed the cold showers). Our total species list for the weekend (95) is listed below:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Common Merganser
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downey Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Grey Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prarie Warbler
Black & White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Lousiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellow-throat
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tananger
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow