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2008 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend functions of the DVOC


DVOC offers a variety of field trips to locations in and around the Delaware Valley area. Some trips target specific species while others concentrate on birding a certain habitat or area. Our field trips are led by a number of DVOC members who eagerly share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with trip participants. Most trips are half to full day events, with some being longer excursions to more distant locations.

We offer approximately 40 field trips annually - a number that has been steadily increasing each year. We are always seeking new leaders and exciting destinations. DVOC field trips are open to members and non members of all skill levels. These field trips are a fun way to see birds, learn about avian behavior and meet new birders.

NOTE: PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO NOTIFY THE FIELD TRIP LEADER THAT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, AND ALSO SHOULD YOU NEED TO CANCEL.

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE
Adrian Binns (Chair), Robert Horton, Rob Hynson

Contact Information for Field Trip Leaders

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FULL 2008 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

January 4 (Friday) – Hudson Shelf Valley CBC Pelagic
Explore the underwater trench called the Hudson Shelf Valley that extends from near shore all the way to the Hudson Canyon. Birds of interest seen in the past include Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Black-legged Kittiwake, Iceland Gull, and Northern Gannet.
The trip sails from Belmar, NJ from 8:00 AM to approx. 4:00 PM
Cost: $90 + $5 CBC Fee (optional)
Leader: Paul Guris
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report

January 12 (Saturday) – Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census, PA (PMWBC)
Help count birds within the city limits.
Contact: Keith Russell
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 19-21 (Saturday-Monday) - Montauk (Long Island), NY
A trip over Martin Luther King weekend for winter finches, eiders, scoters, alcids and any Eurasian accidentals. Car pool from N.E. Phila at 6AM. Space is limited due to lodging constraints – first come, first served! Shared expenses.
Leaders: Erica Brendel and Chris Walters
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

January 19 (Saturday) - Conowingo Dam and Muddy Run, PA
In recent years there has been a nice concentration of bald eagles at Conowingo. After birding the dam we will head north to Muddy Run, a Pennsylvania Power and Light Reservoir for wintering waterfowl.
Meet at 9am at Fisherman’s Park at Conowingo.
Directions: from route 1. Immediately after crossing the dam, turn left on fisherman park road for .07 mile and follow signs to fisherman’s park.
Leader: Tom Reeves
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

January 26 (Saturday) - Cape May, NJ
Meet 8:30 am at the Wawa Parking Lot (Rtes 47 and 347) for seabirds and wintering waterfowl. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and scopes. We will end the day at Jake's Landing Road looking for short-eared owls.
Leader: Martin Selzer
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

February 3 (Sunday) – Winter Waterfowl at Roosevelt Park, PA
New in 2008
The lakes in this urban, south-philly park hosts hundreds of ducks during the winter ducks, including Scaup, Ring-Neck, Bufflehead, Wigeon, Shoveler, Green-Winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Redheads and there is always the possibility of Canvasback. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of the main lake at 9:00AM. Afterwards we can drive to nearby Tinicum NWR. Dress warmly; bring scope and binoculars for fairly rewarding, close-up views.
Leader: Debbie Beer. Trip will be cancelled if rain or snow.
Directions
2008 Field Trip Report

February 9 (Saturday) – Delaware City, DE
A morning trip around the freshwater ponds can be very productive. Meet 8am Veteran's Park (Delaware River end of Clinton St) in Delaware City
Leader: Colin Campbell
2008 Field Trip Report

February 16-18 (Saturday - Monday) – Algonquin Park and Amherst Island, Ontario
A 3 day trip over President’s weekend to look for winter finches, raptors and owls. In Algonquin we hope for crossbills, redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker and Spruce Grouse, while in the south the woods and fields should hold Saw-whet, Long-eared, Short-eared and Snowy Owl. If they are around we’ll also search for Boreal, Great Gray and Hawk Owl. Quality, not quantity! Limited registration. Fee.
Leader: Adrian Binns
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report

February 16 (Saturday) - Indian River Inlet (Delaware) and Points North
Join us as we search for wintering waterfowl, gulls, seabirds and other late winter visitors. 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. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and scopes. This is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon.
Meet at the parking lot on the north side of the Indian River Inlet at 9am.
Leader : Martin Selzer
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

March 15 (Saturday) – Photography Trip at Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat, NJ
This field trip will focus on getting some good photographs of wintering gulls and waterfowl at Barnegat Light. Almost no effort will be made to find rarities. We’ll plan to walk the jetty, find cooperative birds and photograph them. Target birds include Red-throated Loons, Common Loon, Long-tailed Ducks, Scoters, Purple Sandpipers, Eiders, Snow Buntings and Ipswich Sparrow -- basically whatever we find. Whether you're new to photography or a pro, you're welcome on this trip. I will be shooting almost exclusively with a Digital SLR and 300mm lens. Digiscopers and more traditional photographers are both welcome, and we'll do our best to find some subjects for everyone. If interested, contact Steve Kacir and let him know whether you'll be digiscoping or just using a camera. Some information about your lens will also help in planning our approach to this trip. In case of foul weather the trip will be rescheduled.
Field Trip meeting place: Lighthouse Parking Lot
Meeting Time: 8:00am
Leader: Steve Kacir
2008 Field Trip Report

March 16 (Sunday) - Barnegat Light, NJ
A ½ day field trip for NEW MEMBERS and STUDENTS to the best location in 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 9:00AM
Leader: Chris Walters
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report (March)
2007 Field Trip Report (January)
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

March 29 (Saturday) - Southwest New Jersey (Pedricktown and Mannington Marsh, NJ
For possible winter stragglers such as Ross' Goose, Eurasian Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Rusty, Brewer's and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and any early migrants (Ruffs have previously been seen on this trip) as well as being a good time of the year for Cackling Goose, Sandhill Crane, Winter Wren, American Woodcock, Fox Sparrow, Bald Eagle, and any early shorebirds.
Meet at the Center Square location no later than 6:15 AM or the Pedricktown Road location at the foot of the causeway at 7:30 AM.
Click Here for directions and map
Leader: Frank Windfelder
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
Summary of trips 1999-2008 (*.pdf file)

April 13 (Sunday) – John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, PA
Highlights possible include Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Great Egret, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow and Rusty Blackbird.
Meet at: Cusano Environmental Education Center at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia at 8AM
Leader: Denis Brennan
Official John Heinz NWR website
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

April 20 (Sunday) - Riverwinds and National Park Dredge Spoils, NJ
A spring morning is planned at Riverwinds and later at the National Park Red Bank Dredge Spoils, both adjacent to Philadelphia in Gloucester County. Jeff has personally seen over 130 species at Riverwinds alone and the dredge spoils is an excellent place for over wintering waterfowl and nesting marsh species. Targets for the morning will be early migrants and nesting bitterns, rails, Moorhen, Coot and Pied-billed Grebe. Meet at 7AM at Riverwinds
Leader: Jeff Holt
Information on Riverwinds
Directions
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

April 26 (Saturday) – Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Rail Trip, DE
We'll be listening for night birds along Dutch Neck Rd from 3:30 am until the birds stop calling. We'll spend the hours before sunrise listening for calling Sora, Virginia Rail, King Rail, Marsh Wren and Sedge Wren at the 1000 Acre Marsh and Grier's Pond. Depending on our success, we may try some additional night birding in the area. After the sun has risen, an optional extension to the trip will involve birding our way south to Bombay Hook NWR or hitting Salem County in NJ. Though not completely necessary, tall boots may be good to have on hand. Please bring insect repellant, as Grier's Pond is infested with Deer Ticks. Please make all efforts to contact Steve Kacir if you plan on attending.
Field Trip meeting place:
S Reedy Point Rd at Dutch Neck Rd
South of Delaware City off Route 9
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
Location on Google Maps
Meeting Time: 3:30 AM
If you arrive late, turn left onto Dutch Neck Rd from S. Reedy Point Road where S. Reedy Point Rd ends at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Continue to drive west along Dutch Neck Rd until you see a group of birders. If you get to the intersection of Knightsbridge Rd and Dutch Neck Rd, you are too far west.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

May 4 (Sunday) - Fort Washington State Park, Montgomery County, PA
Fort Washington State Park (FWSP) is an excellent place for spring migration. We have tallied up to twenty-eight species in prior spring migration periods. For this trip we will meet at the Hawk Watch platform at Militia Hill at 7:30 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact Bill and Naomi at ndmurphy3 at hotmail.com.
Leaders: Bill and Naomi Murphy
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

May 9-11 (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. Let me know in advance if you intend to come. Alternate contact (April 12-May 4): Bob Horton
Leader: Colin Campbell
Alternate contact (April 12-May 4): Bob Horton
2008 Trip Information (*.pdf)
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

The New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding is Saturday May 10

May 17 (Saturday) - Carpenter's Woods, Philadelphia, PA
Spring migrants in Carpenter's Woods. Please meet at 6:30 AM at the
intersection of Wayne Ave. and Sedgwick St. (the bus stop). We'll
walk around and through the Woods until 11:00 or 12:00, or until we
run out of birds.
Leader: Erica Brendel
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

May 18 (Sunday) - Ridley Creek State Park, PA
For breeders and spring migrants. Expected: warblers, including Kentucky, Hooded and Louisiana Waterthrush; thrushes (possibly including Swainson's), vireos, flycatchers and 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
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

MAY 19 (Monday) – Gloucester County "Run", NJ - Weekday!
We will spend most of the morning at Glassboro Woods WMA looking for southern swamp breeders such as Kentucky, Prothonotary, and Hooded Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher and Scarlet Tanager.For the afternoon, we will hit a couple "off the beaten" path areas in the county for additional breeding birds.
We will meet at 7:00AM at Glassboro Woods WMA on Carpenter - the west (Rt. 47) end. Pull into the parking area by the gate.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2008 Field Trip Report

May 29 - June 1 (Thursday - Sunday) –North Carolina “Surf & Turf Specialties”, Manteo, NC
New in 2008

June 6-8 (Friday to Sunday) – Weekend at Camp Susquehannock in NE PA
New in 2008

June 28th (Saturday) – Wharton State Forest for Nighthawks, NJ New in 2008
For Nighthawks (booming) and Whip-poor-wills (calling) and Chuck-will's-widow (unlikely). For Nighthawks (booming) and Whip-poor-wills (calling) and Chuck-will's-widow (unlikely). The trip will meet at the Carranza Memorial (between Atsion and Chatsworth) at 6:00PM.
Google map of Meeting Spot
Satellite view of Meeting Spot
Leader: Steve Kacir
Other resources
http://www.post11.org/carranza/carranza8e.html
http://www.post11.org/carranza/carranza0e.html
http://www.post11.org/carranza/
2008 Field Trip Report

July 12 (Saturday) - Bombay Hook NWR And Environs, Delaware
Join us to witness the early part of the annual southbound shorebird migration spectacle. Meet at 7:30AM at the headquarters
Leader: Martin Selzer
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

August 3 (Sunday) – 6th Annual Potluck Picnic
Click Here for details
2008 Picnic Report

August 9 (Saturday) – Shorebirds at Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery County, PA
Join Steve Kacir on his Montgomery County Big Year for shorebirds at Green Lane Reservoir. This is one of the best locations in eastern PA for shorebirds. This will
probably be a half day trip. However, if any participants want to continue to
bird Montgomery County through the day with me, they will be welcome. Meeting Time: 7:00am Meeting Place: Church Rd Parking Lot at Green Lane Reservoir
Directions: From the Northeast Extension of I-476, take Exit 44 for PA 663
towards Quakertown/Pottstown. Take PA 663 South towards Pottstown. PA 663
starts as John Fries Hwy and becomes Pottstown Ave. Turn right onto Schoolhouse Rd. Turn left onto Church Rd. Follow Church Rd for less than a mile.
Immediately before the intersection of Church Rd and Hock Rd, turn left into the
parking area that borders Green Lane Reservoir. If you get to Kutztown Rd, you
have gone too far.
Intersection of Church Road and Hock Road on Google Maps.
Leader: Steve Kacir

August 16 (Saturday) – Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (aka Brigantine), NJ
A trip to catch the later wave of the shorebird migration spectacle. Meet 8:00 am at the refuge headquarters.
Leader: Martin Selzer
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

August 31 (Sunday) – Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ
We will bird for passerines, then go to the cove for waterbirds. It’s a good time for early fall migrants, such as golden-winged and mourning warblers, yellow-bellied, least and olive-sided flycatchers. These are rare of course, but we're bound to find something good.
Meet in the parking lot at 6:45 am
Leader: Frank Windfelder
2008 Field Trip Report

September 8 (Monday) - Manayunk Swift Roost - Philadelphia, PA
In autumn migration, huge numbers of Chimney Swifts roost in chimneys of certain schools in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. The best site this year seems to be the chimney of John Story Jenks School at 8310 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia (Germantown and Southampton Avenues in Chestnut Hill). The birds have been going down the chimney just before dark, so people should get there around 6:45 PM when the birds begin to gather. There is some street parking behind the school, as well as a parking lot (free in the evening) next to the Verizon building across Germantown Avenue from the school. Swifts can be viewed from the rear of the school playground or from across Germantown Avenue near Southampton. Jane will be in the playground.
This is a joint field trip with the Wyncote Audubon Society
Location of the John Story Jenks Elementary School
Leader: Jane Henderson
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
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 14 (Sunday) - John Heinz NWR at Tinicum , PA
For Bald Eagle, lingering shorebirds, Blue-winged Teal, Bobolink and fall warblers – Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Redstart...... Meet at 8 AM at the Cusano Environmental Education Center
Leader: Denis Brennan
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

September 19-21 (Friday - Sunday) - Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingman's Ferry, PA
New in 2008
We will travel up to Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and arrive for dinner around 6. There can be a social hour which would require you to BYOB after dinner.
Birding will begin on Saturday and we will bird all day. Looking for fall warblers and even taking a trip over to Sunrise Mountain for observing migrating raptors. We will have all of our meals at PEEC's new environmentally friendly dinning hall. Sunday will consist of birding all morning then coming back for lunch and checkout. There is a charge for the event and will be around $90 a person, which will include 6 meals and two nights lodging on PEEC's campus.
We need 10 people to sign up for this trip. Contact trip leader James Maloney ( ) if you are interested.

October 4 (Saturday) – Sharp-tailed Sparrows at Tuckerton Marshes, NJ
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
Directions
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
Summary of trips 1998-2007 (*.pdf file)

November 2 (Sunday) - 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.
Leaders : Frank Windfelder, Bill Murphy and Chris Walters
Directions
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report
Click Here for a summary of 2005-2008 trips

November 8 (Saturday) - Saw-whet Owl Banding at Hidden Valley, PA
Visit Scott Weidensaul’s 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 till 11pm.
Limited to 15 participants.
Leader: Adrian Binns
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

November 22 (Saturday) - Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR, NJ
Forsythe NWR November is the time of year for waterfowl, but sparrows won't be overlooked and last year on this trip we had a Cave Swallow which is rare for this location. This trip is geared towards beginning birders - both adult and young. The birds we will see this time of year are great to start out with as they are easily visible, large, and they usually stay put for excellent observations. Sandra Keller will also guide participants on starting flight id. Again, the species this time of year make for an excellent study.
The trip will be mostly driving as we circle the dikes probably 2 times, but we may walk a trail for a short distance. Bring lunch or buy at one of the many stores and/or restaurants along Rt. 9. Bring binoculars, scopes, field guides, cold weather clothing - layers work best - and plenty of food and drink.
Sandra will have many field guides and a scope for general use.
Meet in the parking lot by the restrooms at 11:30AM. We will probably go until 4:30 or 5:00PM depending on whether Short-eared Owls are being seen.
Sandra may have to change the start time on this trip, so be sure and check the web site a few days before. Inclement weather cancels, but Sandra may switch to Sunday. Again, keep an eye on the web site. Directions to Forsythe NWR are simple and are posted on many web sites and written up in many books.
Bill Boyles "Guide to Bird Finding in New Jersey" has a good set of directions.
Googlemaps and Mapquest are also excellent alternatives for driving directions.
If any specific questions about the trip, please contact Sandra at (856)383-2756.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2008 Trip Report

November 28 (Friday) Hawk Migration at Racoon Ridge, NJ
New in 2008
Do you find yourself with nothing to do on the day after Thanksgiving? Want to get out and burn off some of that turkey? Or pumpkin pie? Come join us at Racoon Ridge for a day of hawk watching. This late in the season usually bring in Golden Eagles, Goshawks and other late migrants. We will meet at the Blairstown Diner in Blairstown, NJ at 8:30 AM and proceed to the AMC's Mohigan Lodge and hike along the Appalachian Trail for about two miles to Racoon Ridge. It will be COLD! Dress warmly with many layers. Bring lunch and a pad to sit on. Meeting time is 8:30 AM. If you are going to attend, please let Bob know in advance by email. He will try to arrange car pools.
Leader: Bob Horton
The Blairstown Diner is marked on the Warren County Birding Map
2008 Field Trip Report