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2010 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.


FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE
Win Shafer (Chair), Robert Horton
, Martin Dellwo

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

For our winter field trips, should extreme weather be forecasted the trip may be cancelled at the leaders’ discretion. Please check the website before departure for any updates.

Contact Information for Field Trip Leaders

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2010 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

January 9 (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 24rd annual mid-winter census which highlights the incredible diversity of habitat and species found within our city borders. An average of 92 species are recorded each year including notable rarities.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Contact: Keith Russell
2010 Report
2009 Report
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 9 (Saturday) - PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP: PEACE VALLEY PARK, BUCKS COUNTY, PA
New for 2010
Meeting Location: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 N Chapman Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901 , 8:30 AM The trip will split our attention between waterfowl, gulls and passerines. We will be targeting such birds as Cackling Goose, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Fox Sparrow and other overwintering species. 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. The trip will last half a day. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2010 Field Trip Report

January 16-18 (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!
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
Leaders: Erica Brendel and Chris Walters
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
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 16 (Saturday) - CAPE MAY, NJ
Meet 9:00AM 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.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Martin Selzer
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

January 24 (Sunday) – CUMBERLAND AND CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ
This trip will search for the Sandhill Crane flock that has traditionally roosted at Husted Landing. This is supposedly a resident flock although no one seems to know where they breed. It is extremely interesting because a Common Crane and several hybrid offspring are part of this group of 18 birds. If the flock hasn't been located then this trip will end at Jake's Landing for the Short-eared Owl show. This trip will meet at noon. We will choose our itinerary and meeting place after the CBC’s. This will give us a chance to chase whatever else is around before completing the day with the dusk activity of the cranes and or owls. This trip will likely produce large numbers of Snow Geese, maybe even a Ross’s or Greater White-fronted Goose, harriers and Bald Eagles.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

January 30 (Saturday) – CONOWINGO DAM, MD AND PERRYVILLE, PA
Birding on the Susquehanna River where there is a nice concentration of Bald Eagles around Conowingo Dam. After birding the dam we will head north to Perryville and look for wintering waterfowl. Meet at 9AM at Fisherman’s Park at Conowingo Dam.
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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tom Reeves cell 267.879. 0000 phone 610.361.8027
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

January 31 (Sunday) – WINTER WATERFOWL AT ROOSEVELT PARK, PA
The lakes in this urban, south-Philly park hosts hundreds of ducks during the winter months, 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. Dress warmly; bring scope and binoculars for fairly rewarding, close-up views. We may go to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum afterwards. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Debbie Beer, 610-955-4098, debbeer@hotmail.com
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

February 7 (Sunday) – MANAHAWKIN WMA, NJ
Cancelled due to weather
The dead of winter is a splendid time to spend in salt marshes. Sometimes the "Bridge to Nowhere" is a stop on a return trip from Barnegat Light, however this spot is definitely worth a trip of its own topoorl discover what treasures it may contain. The “Bridge to Nowhere” is a bridge at the end of a newly paved road that was once supposed to lead to a failed development. This spot is notorious for Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks and has had Sedge Wren. We will also visit nearby Cedar Run Dock Road which is less wild but has access to Barnegat Bay. This is also a good spot for short-ears and rough-legs as well as diving ducks and grebes, this spot has held Red-necked Grebe before.
We will meet at the Stafford Diner on route 72 and Mermaid Drive, next to Wawa at noon. This trip is timed for Short-eared Owls at dusk; those who want to bird the whole day can do Brig or Barnegat Light in the morning.
There will be a pre-trip to Barnegat we will meet at 8:30 at the Barnegat State Park parking lot.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.

Leader: Tony Croasdale
2009 Field Trip Report

February 13-15 (Saturday - Monday) – EASTERN 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.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred
Leader: Win Shafer
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report

February 15 (Monday) – NORTH SHORE, NJ
We will hit the North Shore region of New Jersey for wintering birds. This area includes some great ocean overlooks and fantastic ponds that attract a great variety of wintering birds. We will spend time scanning the ocean and hitting the ponds to see what waterfowl is around. This trip will go in most any weeather conditions except for unsafe driving conditions. If any doubt, please call me the day before. Dress in layers and be prepared for most any weather from salt spray, to strong winds, to well below freezing temps, to rain. We will have many opportunities for bathroom breaks and buying and eating meals.
This area has produced a variety of rarities in the past depending on weather and the movements of the birds. We will chase any known rarities and hopefully find one or two of our own. Birds such as Snowy Owl, Common Redpoll, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Razorbill, Pacific Loon, Western Grebe, and Eurasian Wigeon have all been seen in the area in various years.
We will meet at the south side Shark River Inlet ocean overlook at 10:30AM.
Directions: Here's how I go from south Jersey. Take Rt. 295 north to Rt. 195 east.
Go to the end. You are now on Rt. 138. Take this to the end. Merge onto Rt.
35 north. Continue on Rt. 35 north to 10th St. Turn right - east - and continue to the "T" intersection at the ocean. Turn left - north - and continue until you come to the drawbridge over the inlet. Do NOT cross the drawbridge. Park where available and join me at the jetty. Any questions, call Sandra Keller at (856)383-2756.
2010 Field Trip Report
Leader: Sandra Keller

Cancelled February 18-22 (Thursday – Monday) – PUERTO RICO
We will fly from Phila to San Juan on Thursday evening. We will cover many of the best birding spots on the island. Our return to Phila will be Monday evening.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
Leaders: Ana Pazos and Bob Horton

February 20 (Saturday) - INDIAN RIVER INLET AND POINTS NORTH, DE
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. Meet at the parking lot on the north side of the Indian River Inlet at 9am.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader : Martin Selzer
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

February 20 (Saturday) - PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP: BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK, OCEAN COUNTY, 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. A King Eider showed up for our much-delayed trip in 2008. 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. The trip will last about half a day. In case of foul weather the trip will be rescheduled.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip meeting place: Lighthouse Parking Lot. Meeting Time: 8:00am
Leader: Steve Kacir
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

February 27 (Saturday) – DELAWARE CITY, DE
Cancelled due to weather
A morning trip around the freshwater ponds can be very productive. Meet at 8AM at Veteran's Park (Delaware River end of Clinton St) in Delaware City.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Colin Campbell
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

March 13 (Saturday) - BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ
A ½ day field trip ideally suited to NEW MEMBERS & STUDENTS (but open to all members) 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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Chris Walters
2010 Field Trip Pictures
2009 Field Trip Report
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 14 (Sunday) MIDDLE CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, PA
Birder reports, internet posts, and a scouting trip have revealed that the area remains mostly frozen over. The trip is postponed until Sunday March 14th. We will spend the afternoon into dusk. This will allow birding the ponds, woodland edges, and fields while we experience the evening fly-in of Snow Geese from nearby fields to their night roost in the reservoir.
Meeting Place: Middle Creek Visitor’s Center on Museum Road in the Wildlife Management area
Meeting time: 1:00pm
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Connie Goldman
2010 Field Trip Report

MARCH 27 (Saturday) – PINELANDS BIRDING, FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE, NJ
Franklin Parker Preserve is a relatively new reserve made up of old cranberry bogs and pinelands. New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Emile De Vito will meet us in Chatsworth and guide us through this preserve, we will actually be able to drive through the reserve instead of the usual very long hike one needs to do to explore this gem. Franklin Parker Preserve is a really unique piece of habitat. This location came to be known in birding circles for its late summer gull-billed terns and a northern shrike that spent a few weeks there two winters ago. The reserve hosts tundra swans, rough-legged hawks, harriers and bald eagles in the winter, some of which will hopefully still be around. We may also be treated to pipit, Savanna sparrows and merlin. You never know what will turn up in a spot like this.
We will meet at the Chatsworth Firehouse (corner of 563 and 532) at 9:00am and carpool into the reserve. After we are done in Franklin Parker Preserve we will try a reliable red-headed woodpecker location in the pinelands, or even go to Tuckerton in time allows.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2010 Field Trip Report

March 28 (Sunday) - 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. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Frank Windfelder
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2010 Field Trip Report
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
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April 17 (Saturday) - COASTAL DELAWARE
Looking for early migrants and lingering winter visitors. We will begin in new Castle County and head south into Kent County. Bring lunch and scopes. Contact leader the week before for meeting time and place.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Lynn Jackson
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

April 18 (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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Jeff Holt
Information on Riverwinds
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

April 18 (Sunday) - RAILS AND NOCTURNAL SPECIES AT THE C&D CANAL, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE
New for 2010
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. 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. The trip will run through sunrise. In case of unfavorable weather (including high winds), this trip will be rescheduled.
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. Meeting Time 3:30AM Meeting place: S Reedy Point Rd at Dutch Neck Rd, South of Delaware City off Route 9 Google Map:
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2010 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

April 24 (Saturday) - 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 8AM.
Directions to FWSP: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/fortwashington.aspx#directions
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Jane Henderson
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

April 25 (Sunday) - BIRDING, BANDING and BRUNCH - A SPECIAL TOUR OF RUSHTON FARMS, WILLISTOWN, PA."
"Unfortunately, the DVOC tour of Rushton Farms Preserve on April 25 is cancelled. Due to injury, Master Bander Doris McGovern is unable to do any banding, and the station cannot operate without a licensed Master Bander. Rushton Farms remains committed to their goal of launching the banding station, and looks forward to banding in the Fall. We will advise a new date when available."
DVOC members have been specially-invited by Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) to tour Rushton Farm Preserve, and witness in action their newly-established Banding Station, the launching of which was significantly supported by DVOC's 2009 Conservation funds last year.

Located in Chester County, Rushton Farms serves as a model for sustainable agricultural practices, promotes the values of open space and natural resource protection, and builds mutually-supportive relationships among community farmers, consumers and land-owners. Audubon Pennsylvania has identified the Rushton Woods as an important migratory and nesting habitat for birds, and a critical part of the Ridley/Crum Important Bird Area. The new bird banding station established on the property augments an ongoing monitoring program, plays an important role in documenting species occurance, underscores the value of preserving habitat, and perhaps most importantly, introduces scores of visitors to the wonders of nature - many of whom never saw a bird up-close before.

WCT is very grateful for DVOC's support, and would like to host DVOC for a morning birding tour, banding demonstration led by Doris McGovern, and refreshments. Meet at 7:00 AM in the Rushton Farms Parking Lot. Directions from Rte 476: travel west on Rte 3 through Newtown Square and Edgemont (approx 7 miles). Turn right onto Delchester Road. Rushton Farms is on right-hand side, just before the intersection with Goshen Road. This trip is free, open by special invitation to DVOC members only. Please register to Debbie Beer, 610-955-4098, by April 23.

April 30 - May 2 (Friday-Sunday) - BIRDING SOUTHERN DELAWARE and into MARYLAND
New Format for 2010!
We shall be having a change this year, says leader Colin Campbell, moving more to the coastal areas so as to cover a wider range of habitats and therefore species. We provisionally aim to base campers at Cape Henlopen State Park; for details see http://www.destateparks.com/camping/cape-henlopen/index.asp. This is a very popular campsite and reservations will need to be made in advance. Motellers to be advised later. Of interest in this area will be a night search for goatsuckers and owls and a visit to the DOS/Sussex Bird Club operated Hawkwatch. New areas to search for warblers will be Thompson's Island and the newly re-opened Burton's Island. The traditional 'gourmet' part of this weekend will need to be re-worked - stay tuned. Daily entrance fees for coastal DE state parks are $4 for DE residents, $8 for out-of-staters. Those planning on visiting DE state parks at other times should be aware of the annual pass ($27/$54) and other discounts for seniors, Martians etc. Please contact me if interested. Home phone 302-792-2506, e-mail: delawaretwitcher@verizon.net.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Click Here for an updated information sheet on this trip
Leader: Colin Campbell
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

May 8 (Saturday) – PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP: SHOREBIRDS & MIGRANTS AT HEISLERVILLE WMA, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ
Heislerville WMA has been an excellent location for shorebird viewing in the past years. This photography trip will focus on getting some good photos of shorebirds, but we will also be paying attention to other migrants and breeding species in the area. We won’t necessarily look for any specific species, but will try to find wildlife engaged in interesting behaviors at distances that will allow us to compose some good photographs. 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. This trip will run for basically half a day. In case of foul weather the trip will be rescheduled. Meeting Time: 6:00AM Meeting Place: The impoundment at Heislerville WMA Google Map.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2010 Field Trip Report

May 9 (Sunday) - JOHN HEINZ NWR AT TINICIUM, SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA, PA
One-half day trip. We will bird for passerines, but check the wet habitats as well for non-passerines. Meet in Tinicum's parking lot at 6:30 AM.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141)
2010 Field trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

The NJ Audubon's World Series of Birding is Saturday May 15

May 15 (Saturday) BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE, PA
Will a Veery walk across your shoe? Will a hummingbird buzz your ear? Will you be able to locate the Red-eyed Vireo that seems to be singing from a foot away? Will you see a Yellow Lady Slipper? Even if none of these occurs, you are sure to enjoy this walk along the beautiful wildflower trails at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. We will view birds in the brushy entrance field, watch and listen for wood warblers along the trails and see which species visit the Pidcock Creek and woodside ponds for water. There is NO fee for the bird walk! If you would like to stay afterward and visit the bird observatory/feeding station from inside the visitor center, see the exhibit of birds, nest and eggs, and/or go along on their 2pm wildflower walk, there will be a $5.00 charge. A half-day field trip is estimated. We will meet at 7:00am at the lower picnic area just inside and to the left of the entrance sign at River Road. This picnic area is BEFORE entering the iron gates leading to the preserve. Please try and let me know if you are coming – the preserve staff would appreciate knowing our numbers.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Connie Goldman (215-355-9310) ‘See you Saturday!
2010 Field Trip Report

MAY 17 (Monday)– GLOUCESTER COUNTY “RUN”, NJ (WEEKDAY)
The Gloucester County Kentucky Warbler run will meet at the Glassboro Woods WMA parking are along Carpenter Rd. at the Rt. 47 end at 7:30AM. For those who arrive early to bird at dawn, please be back at the parking area at 7:30 as I might have us drive a short distance to another entrance. All of this will depend on my scouting the week before. From some preliminary walks around a couple of locations, I have noticed that mosquitoes are probably the worst they have been in any spring that I recall. Unfortunately! Please bring bug spray. Because of this insect horde and many wet trail locations, I won't be taking us to a couple areas. Perhaps next year. This year's trip will focus on Glassboro Woods and Scotland Run.
Feel free to call me on my cell the week before or even the morning of the trip if any questions or if anyone is running late. The trip will go to very early afternoon. There will be many opportunities to buy food for those who desire. There are no restroom facilities at Glassboro Woods. The trip goes in a light rain or showers, but if a heavy, all day rain, I will probably cancel so please call me if any doubts as to weather.
Directions: The parking area where we will meet is located about 1.7 miles south of the southern most Rt. 47 and Rt. 322 intersection. Stay on Rt. 47 heading south.
Turn left onto Carpenter and park in the dirt parking area by the gate. Glassboro Woods wildlife management area is on the map at GoogleMaps for those who want to get individual directions from their houses."
Sandra Keller (856)383-2756
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

May 22 (Saturday) - 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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Art McMorris
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

MAY 23-25 (Sunday-Tuesday)– BIRDING TRIP TO THE LOWER POCONOS, PA (WEEKDAYS)
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This a special offer and a private opportunity for DVOC members. All arrangements are being made by Phil Witmer, Wildside Nature Tours and Greystone Preserve. There is a fee for this trip which is not set by DVOC. If the trip is not filled by club members it may be opened to non-members.
For more information contact Phil Witmer at 610.446.1312 or pnw@themissionworksllc.com
2010 Field Trip Report

May 23 (Sunday)– SW NEW JERSEY
This trip will track down goodies spotted during scouting for the World Series of Birding. We will likely visit Bevan's WMA, Dividing Creek, Bivalve, Heislerville WMA, Belleplain State Forest and many off the beaten track in Cumberland County and maybe into Northern Cape May County. This trip will hit many locations and will almost certainly locate over 100 species. This part of New Jersey feels very much like Virginia or coastal North Carolina. Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonatary Warbler and Yellow-throated Warblers are all breeders here. We will find huge numbers of shorebirds at Bivalve and/or Heislerville WMA. Curlew Sandpiper and White-faced Ibis have been annual in this area in the past four years.
We will meet at 7:30 am at The WaWa on CR 670/ Mauricetown-Crossway Rd near the intersection of route 47 and 347.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Please RSVP tony.croasdale@gmail.com Leader's cell: 215-301-7940
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2010 Field Trip Report

May 23 (Sunday) - CARPENTER'S WOODS FOR SPRING MIGRANTS, PHILADELPHIA, PA
We will meet at the bus stop at Sedgwick St. and Wayne Ave (W. Mt. Airy) at 6:30 AM. We'll look and listen in and around the Woods for newly arrived and/or nesting warblers, thrushes, vireos, tanagers, flycatchers, etc. There are two pairs of nesting Screech Owls in the Woods now who may or may not put in an appearance. We usually run out of birds about noon.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Erica Brendel and John Goschke, co-sponsored by Friends of Carpenter's Woods.
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

June 9 (Wednesday) – LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS, NJ
The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of Upland Sandpipers. We also expect Grasshopper, Field Sparrows, Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark and in the pine forests Pine Warbler. Each participant must be a US CITIZEN and will need a valid driver’s license or picture ID. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands will be 3 hours.
You must register with Bob Horton for this trip in advance. This trip is limited to 20 people.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Bob Horton
Meeting time: 7AM at the Chapel of the Air parking lot in Lakehurst
Directions: Take Rte 70 to the center of Lakehurst. At the McDonald’s & gas station, turn onto Rte 547. In about a ¼ mile, on the left there is a gray chapel named the Chapel of the Air. We will car pool from this parking area under the supervision of John Joyce, the base Conservation Officer. Each car entering the base will need a registration card and proof of insurance.
2010 Field Trip Report
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June 11-13 (Friday to Sunday) – WEEKEND AT CAMP SUSQUEHANNOCK IN NE PA
This trip will stay in cabins at Camp Susquehannock (run by Win Shafer) and will concentrate on birding the hot spots in Susquehanna County. We will be based at the camp on 1100 acres and will also visit a number of locations in the county possibly including Salt Spring State Park (only about 7 miles away) that has a beautiful gorge with waterfalls and virgin hemlock forest; Florence Shelly Preserve (in Wayne County to the east of camp about 25-30 miles); Woodbourne Forest Sanctuary (in Dimock about 18-20 miles) listed on the PA Susquehanna River Birding Trail; and High Point Preserve at Silver Lake. We will carpool up to the camp on Fri afternoon (about 2 ¾ hrs) and bird Sat and Sun mornings with options for a variety of trips each afternoon. Lodging and some meals will be provided by the camp free of charge. Target birds include breeding Bobolinks, Winter Wrens, a good variety of breeding warblers including Blackburnian and Magnolia and possibly Grasshopper Sparrows. We may also do some evening owling. Full details on a flyer later. Please let Win Shafer know in advance if you plan to attend. Leader: Win Shafer. Our guides for the weekend will be Nancy Wottrich and Bruce McNaught. Nancy and Bruce are former members of Bucks County Audubon and Bruce was the Director there for 25 years. Contact Win Shafer ( eshafer@ea1785.org ) for further information and directions.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
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June 26 (Saturday) – WHARTON STATE FOREST FOR NIGHTHAWKS, NJ
This is a half day trip that meets in the early evening. We will focus on hearing and seeing nightjars, especially Common Nighthawks performing their Booming displays. We will also make some efforts to hear and see Barred Owl and Whip-poor-will. Chuck’s-will’s-widow has also been heard calling in the area in past years, though not in recent years. The trip will meet at the Carranza Memorial (between Atsion and Chatsworth) at 6:00PM. In case of foul weather, the trip will be rescheduled.
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This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
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July 10 (Saturday) STONE HARBOR POINT, NJ
Unfortunately this trip has been cancelled
Come and take a long walk on the beach in the hot hot July sun, and carry a scope for the best looks! The birding makes it worth the effort! Be careful you don’t step on that Piping Plover! Mid-summer birding here can offer views of nesting terns, skimmers and plovers. Looks at juveniles are possible. A variety of shorebirds are found along the tide line at the beach. Nummy Island and adjacent marshland are likely to hold waders, shorebirds and sparrows preferring marsh habitat.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Connie Goldman

July 17 (Saturday) - BOMBAY HOOK NWR, DE
We'll be looking for returning shorebirds and other migrants. Bring lunch and scopes and lots of bug juice.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Contact leader Lynn Jackson for details
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August 14 (Saturday) – PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP: BOMBAY HOOK NWR AND PORT MAHON, KENT COUNTY, DE
Cancelled
This trip will focus on migrant shorebirds and a few late breeders. Depending on the state of the impoundments at Bombay Hook, we will either spend most of high tide at the refuge or focus on Port Mahon and surrounding areas where the tides might be more productive. 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. Meeting Time: 6:30AM Meeting Place: Bombay Hook Visitor Center Parking Lot
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
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August 28 (Saturday) – JOHNSON SOD FARM FOR GRASSPIPERS, SALEM COUNTY, NJ
A field trip to the Johnson Farm’s sod fields for an assortment of shorebirds including plovers and sandpipers. Target birds include Upland Sandpiper, American Golden-plover, Baird’s Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Sharp- tailed Sandpiper was seen here in 2003 and Pacific Golden Plover in 2002. This is basically a half day trip. Meeting Time: 7:30AM Meeting Place: On Grier's Lane just past the intersection of Grier's Lane and Route 77
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This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Steve Kacir
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August 29 (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 & 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
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
MAXIMUM: 10 participants - email Frank to register
Leader: Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141)
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September 2 (Thursday) – "CONFUSING FALL BIRDERS" AT HIGBEE BEACH WMA, NJ
Spend a morning birding the fields and forest edges looking for songbird migrants. We will sort through the fall plumages of the (hopefully) numerous migrants at this Fall hotspot. With luck we will get to see a huge fallout of birds, but there should be plenty to see regardless at this time of year. Emphasis will be on sorting out "confusing fall warblers". The warblers are not confused, we are. They know who they are, but we are the ones confused (sometimes anyway). Meet at the main lot at Higbee Beach WMA (the one at the end of the road) Cape May Point NJ at 7:30 AM
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Mike Fritz
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September 11 (Saturday) – FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, FLOURTOWN, PA
For fall migrants.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-membe
Meet 8 AM at the Militia Hill Hawk Watch deck
Trip Leader: Jane Henderson
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September 12 (Sunday)– STONE HARBOR POINT, NUMMY'S ISLAND, NJ
We will meet at 11:30AM (note this time) in the parking lot of the Wetlands Institute which is located along Rt. 657 - Stone Harbor Blvd.
We will follow the birds from their high tide roosts to their favorite medium and low tide feeding areas enjoying good studies and hopefully a rarity or two. Even though shorebirds will be the focus, this area is also good for herons and egrets, terns, and depending on the winds, maybe some migrant passerines.
Bring a scope, bird id books, suntan lotion, insect repellant, and snacks. There will be plenty of opportunities for restroom breaks or even to hit a store for food if desired. You can always catch up with the group at any time. We will hit 4 or 5 locations for shorebirds - none of which are far from the Wetlands Institute.
For a more detailed list of possible species we could see, please see last year's trip report. Feel free to call my cell a few days before or even the day of the trip if needed - (856)383-2756.
The trip will probably go until 5:00PM or so. Very bad weather will cancel, but a light rain could actually be good for the birding. Check the web site a couple days before if any questions on the weather.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856) 383-2756.
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September 15 (Wednesday) - MANAYUNK CHIMNEY SWIFT ROOST- PHILADELPHIA, PA
In autumn migration, huge numbers of Chimney Swifts roost in chimneys of certain schools in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. 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.
Location:
Shawmont School
535 Shawmont Ave.
Philadelphia 19128
Parking is available in school lot.
Click Here for location of the school
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Jane Henderson
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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 17 (Friday )
Philadelphia Night Migration

An early-AM birding trip this Friday, September 17, to listen for Bicknell's Thrushes and other migrants. Meet near the SW end of Spring Lane in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia at 5:00 AM. Park across the street from the urban gardens. Click Here for a map of the meeting place: 100 Spring Ln Philadelphia, PA 19128 .
Leader: Ted Floyd, Editor of ABA's "Birding" magazine. Co-leader: Art McMorris, 610-220-6566.
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September 24 - 26/28 (Friday to Tuesday)
Shearwaters, Kittiwakes and Spruce Grouse, MAINE


This trip will include a fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor, Maine sponsored by Maine Audubon, www.habitat.maineaudubon.org. Group will drive to Bar Harbor on Friday in time for a good night's sleep for Saturday's trip aboard the Friendship V, a 112 foot water-jet powered catamaran covering about 100 miles. 2010's trip witnessed the spectacle of five whale species and thousands of shearwaters.
After arriving back at the docks on Saturday we will drive to Lubec for the night. Local information has one of Maine's best spot for Spruce Grouse nearby for Monday morning. We will then decide to continue birding for kittiwakes near Quoddy or begin the return trip home. This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
Leader: Vincent Nichnadowicz
The cost of the pelagic trip is $150.00 and needs to be received by Vincent Nichnadowicz by 23 July to reserve boat spaces.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
Contact Vincent Nichnadowicz at for details.
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October 10 (Sunday) – 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!
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141)
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October 16 (Saturday) – ASHLAND NATURE CENTER (near Hockessin, Delaware)
New for 2010
We will visit the Hawk Watch and look for late migrants in the vicinity
Meet at the Center's parking lot at 8am.
The area is owned by the Delaware Nature Society. There is no fee, but they'd love you to join!
For more info: www.delawarenaturesociety.org
Directions to Ashland Nature Center

From Wilmington: Take Route 52 North to Route 82. Make a left on Route 82. Make a left on Barley Mill Road, proceed through the covered bridge, and the entrance is on the right
From I-95 at Newark: Proceed north on I-95 to the Newport exit - Route 141 north. At Route 48, make a left and proceed through the merge with Route 41. Make a right at Brackenville Road where there is a light. Continue past Old Wilmington Road and the intersection with Barley Mill Road. The entrance is on the left before the covered bridge.
From Kennett Square: Take Route 82 south into Delaware. Proceed through the village of Yorklyn. Make a right on Barley Mill Road. Proceed through the covered bridge, and the entrance is on the right.
From Hockessin: At the intersection of Route 41 and Yorklyn Road, proceed east on Yorklyn Road. Yorklyn Road becomes Route 82 south in the village of Yorklyn. Make a right on Barley Mill Road. Proceed through the covered bridge, and the entrance is on the right.
GPS Coordinates
39.797889 N, 75.660152 W

This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Colin Campbell
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October 24 (Sunday) - JOHN HEINZ NWR AT TINICIUM, SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA, PA
This trip will search for early waterfowl and late passerine and shorebird migrants, as well as local residents.
Meet in Tinicum's parking lot at 8:00 AM.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Denis Brennan (267) 408-2569
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October 30 (Saturday) - 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 8:30 AM and bring lunch.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leaders : Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141) and Chris Walters
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Click Here for a summary of 2005-2010 trips

November 6 (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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer
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November 13 (Saturday) – OKEHOCKING PRESERVE, CHESTER COUNTY, PA
This important green space is part of the Upper Ridley / Crum IBA. The varied habitat, including meadows, woods, ponds and riparian area along Ridley Creek, host myriad bird species. We will look for sparrows, raptors and any early winter finches.
Meet at the main parking lot on Rte 3 (West Chester Pike) at 8:00AM
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Debbie Beer
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November 26 (Friday) – HAWK MIGRATION at RACCOON RIDGE , NJ
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 Raccoon 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 AMC's Mohigan Lodge near Blairstown, NJ and hike along the Appalachian Trail for about two miles to Raccoon 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 me know in advance by email.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Bob Horton
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November 28 (Sunday) - BRIGANTINE (FORSYTHE NWR), NJ
Please meet at the refuge parking lot at 11:00AM on Sunday, November 28, 2010.
We will explore Forsythe NWR for waterfowl mainly, but whatever else happens to be around. This refuge is one of the best around for ducks, swans, geese, sparrows, eagles, etc. and is a great place for beginning birders of any age. Bring a scope if you have one - but I will have one that the group is welcome to use. Bring binoculars, field guides - again, I will have several for group use, lunch, camera, etc.
We will end at either Mott's Creek to the north of the refuge for (hopefully) Short-eared Owls, or another area just to the north of the refuge - whatever is best from reports.
Be prepared to buy a hot drink and sit out on the observation platform for 45 minutes or so until past dusk if we end at Mott's Creek.
The trip is weather dependant with no weather date. If in doubt about the conditions, please call me the afternoon before. Very high winds will cancel the trip as will a hard, steady rain.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller
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