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2012 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. 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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2012 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

More trips will be posted when available

January 7 (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 26th 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
2012 Report
2011 Report
2010 Report
2009 Report
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 14 -16 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
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 21 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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January 21 (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 8:30 AM 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
2012 trip cancelled due to weather
2011 trip cancelled due to weathe
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2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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January 22 (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 is located early then this trip will end at Jake's Landing for the Short-eared Owl show. This trip will meet at noon at the Wawa on the Mauricetown Crossway and 47. 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. A pre-trip will meet at Wawa on the Mauricetown Crossway and 47 at 8:30 and head to the Villas WMA to look for birds like red-headed woodpecker.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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February 5 (Sunday) – MANAHAWKIN and BARNEGAT LIGHT STATE PARK, NJ
This will be a quick trip to Barnegat Light State Park. We hope to see harlequin ducks, scoters, eiders, gannets, great cormorant and some beach birds like horned larks, Savannah sparrow (Ipswich ssp) and snow bunting and maybe even some harbor seals. Then we will head to nearby Manahawkin. 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 to 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.
This trip will run in two segments: will meet in the Barnegat State Park at 8:30 am and then we will meet at the Stafford Diner on route 72 and Mermaid Drive, next to Wawa at noon.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale Cell: 215-301-7940
2012 Field Trip cancelled
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip cancelled due to weather
2009 Field Trip Report

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February 5 (Sunday) – DELAWARE CITY, DE
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. Please be aware that this is primarily a freshwater trip so if there is a major freeze and the trip needs to be cancelled there will be a post on Saturday night.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Colin Campbell
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip cancelled due to weather
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

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February 18 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
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

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February 20 (Monday) - NORTH SHORE PRESIDENT'S DAY TRIP, NJ
The North Shore President'S Day trip will meet at 11:00AM at the south side of the Shark River Inlet
This year has been lean on rarities to chase - so far - so we will concentrate on exploring the area from here south to Mannasquan Inlet where we will end around 5:00PM. Plug in Shark River Inlet to Google Maps for directions. I will be parked along Ocean Drive at the inlet there. Any questions - please call my cell (856)383-2756 any time. The trip will go in most any weather except dangerous driving conditions and/or a steady hard rain as this area of New Jersey can be excellent in bad weather. For those who want to start earlier - I suggest Allaire State Park and that Western Tanager - assuming it is still being reported. I don't know that area well, so just follow what has been posted on the web re directions. There are plenty of chances for food and restroom breaks while on the trip. For a list of possible bird species, please see previous trip reports on the DVOC web site - but keep in mind this warm winter has affected the usual bird species in the area. The trip is appropriate for any level of birder from beginner on up.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip Leader: Sandra Keller
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report

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February 26 (Sunday) - 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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

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MARCH 4 (Sunday) – 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
2012 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip Report

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March 10 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
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

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Special Trip to Cuba for DVOC members - March 22 - April 2, 2012
This is a special offer and a private opportunity for DVOC members and members of other Delaware Valley bird clubs. All arrangements are being made by Gary Markowski of the Caribbean Conservation Trust, which has a long history of managing bird conservation programs in Cuba. There is a fee for this trip which is not set by DVOC.
Trip dates are March 22 – April 2, 2012, with an optional 1 night extension in Havana. Join DVOC field trip chair Win Shafer, and Cuban ornithologist Dr. William Suarez, Curator, Cuba’s National Museum of Natural History on this exclusive, US. Government authorized trip, which is part of an ongoing bird conservation project in Cuba.
For details Click Here, or contact Win Shafer

April 7 (Saturday) Spring Birding Adventure for Young Birders! E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at 10:30AM
See the flyer for full details.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Edie Parnum and Sandra Keller

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April 15 (Sunday) - WEST LAUREL HILL CEMETERY
A walk through West Laurel Hill Cemetery and part of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Meet in the parking lot of the funeral home just inside the entrance to the cemetery near Belmont and Levering Mill Road in Bala Cynwyd at 8:30 am. People are welcome to arrrive at 7:30 am and join the leader in some scouting.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with the Lower Merion Conservancy Association and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Gregg Gorton
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2007 Field Trip Report

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April 21 (Saturday) - COASTAL DELAWARE
Looking for early migrants and lingering winter visitors. We will begin at Prime Hook NWR and work our way north. Bring lunch and scopes. We will meet along the Turkle Pond Access Road in Prime Hook NWR at 9 am.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Lynn Jackson
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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Friday Night/Saturday Morning April 28 RAILS AND NOCTURNAL SPECIES AT THE C&D CANAL, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE
We'll be listening for night birds along Dutch Neck Rd and Reedy Point Rd from 3:30 AM until sunrise. 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, adjacent Augustine Wildlife Area and nearby Grier's Pond. Though not completely necessary, tall boots may be good to have on hand. Please bring insect repellant, as Grier's Pond can be infested with Deer Ticks at times. Please make all efforts to contact Steve Kacir if you plan on attending. The trip will run through sunrise. A special post-sunrise extension of this trip is planned for 2012; contact Steve Kacir for details if you are serious about attending. In case of unfavorable weather (including high winds -- in this case 15mph is high), 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.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2012 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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April 28 (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
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

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April 29 (Sunday) Belleplain State Forest, NJ
Meet 7AM at the WAWA (NJ Rts 47 and 347) for migrating warblers and other birds at the nearby State Forest. This DVOC trip is a joint trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Martin Selzer
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report

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May 6 (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)
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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May 19 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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MAY 14 (Monday)– GLOUCESTER COUNTY “RUN”, NJ (WEEKDAY)
Our spring Gloucester County trip will again be to Glassboro Woods WMA on Monday, May 14 this year. For those interested, please meet the group at the parking area on the west side of Carpenter off of Rt.
47 at 8:00AM. We will not be walking Nowhere Rd. this year, but a loop from Carpenter to the open field area back to Moore, some of Stanger, and ending at Lincoln. I would like to try and arrange a couple cars to park at Lincoln so we can carpool back to the rest of the cars after the trip is done - which I am hoping will be around noon. As before, please call me that Sunday afternoon on my cell - (856)383-2756 - if any questions or to arrange for parking at Lincoln Ave. The trip will go in most weather except a steady rain. Again, please call me Sunday if in doubt as to the weather.
For more information on what species to expect, please see previous years'
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller

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May 20 (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
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2011 Field Trip cancelled

2010 Field Trip Report

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June 2 (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.
Click Here for a Google Map
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

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June 8-10 (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. 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.
2011 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

June 12 (Tuesday)– 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
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.
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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August 11 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

August 13 (Monday) – STONE HARBOR POINT, NUMMY'S ISLAND, NJ
The annual trip to the Stone Harbor - Nummy's Island region of New Jersey will be on Monday, August 13 this year. We will be concentrating on the terns to be found in the area - especially Sandwich Tern - but that is rare. One has been reported already from the Hereford Inlet though.
Please meet at 11:00AM in the McDonald's parking lot along Rt. 147 and New York Ave. We will be concentrating on Hereford Inlet and Champagne Island at low tide. We will take a break and hit that sandbar at the north end of Nummy's Island and return to Hereford Inlet to see what changes the incoming tide will do to the terns there. I will probably hit the Wetlands Institute at the end on my way home for those interested. I will not be walking out to the end of Stone Harbor Point - but anyone is welcome if so desired.
The terns do congregate at high tide at the tip there, but it is a long, hard walk out on sand! Be prepared. Weather date is Tuesday - August 14. Same timing.
Any questions - please call me on my cell at (856)383-2756 that Sunday afternoon before. I will have a scope for the group to use. There will be plenty of restroom and food opportunities and very little walking on my portion of the trip. I will have my cell with me that Monday if anyone needs to call.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856) 383-2756.
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

September 2 (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)
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

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September 4 (Tuesday) – "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
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

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September 5 (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 7:00 PM when the birds begin to gather.
Location is

John Story Jenks Elementary School (in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia)
8301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
Location of the John Story Jenks Elementary School
Arrive in school yard at 7:00 PM. Suggestion: Bring folding chair
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Jane Henderson
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
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 8 (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
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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October 6 (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. Meet at the end of 7 Bridges Road at 7:00 am sharp!
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Leader: Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141)
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
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
Summary of trips 2003-2012 (*.pdf file)

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October 13 (Saturday) – ASHLAND NATURE CENTER (near Hockessin, Delaware)
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 20 (Saturday) - 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: Win Shafer
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October 27 or 28 (Saturday or 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 9:00 AM and bring lunch.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leaders : Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141) and Chris Walters
2012 Trip cancelled
2011 Trip cancelled
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November 3 (Saturday) - SAW-WHET OWL BANDING at HIDDEN VALLEY, PA
DVOC continues it's longtime tradition of visiting Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl Banding Station during the peak of Saw-whet migration. During this popular field trip, we'll get an opportunity to observe and learn from the experts, how banding Saw-whet Owls has revealed myriad information about the lives of these small birds-of-prey. Bring cameras and snacks, for an enjoyable evening! Saw-whet Owl numbers are cyclical, and this year is expected to be good. Meet at the banding station at 6:30 PM, located along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain in Schuylkill County - approximately 2 hours from Philadelphia. Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants - registration required. Contact Debbie Beer, debbeer(at)hotmail.com, 610-955-4098. Provide name(s) in your party and cell phone number. First come, first served. There is often a waiting list; please make sure you show if you register. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer
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Sunday November 25 - MANNINGTON MARSH, NJ (was BRIGANTINE (FORSYTHE NWR)
The November trip to Forsythe for waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows will be switched to Mannington Marsh in Salem County this year because of the closure of Forsythe from storm-damage. Mannington won't have the diversity of Forsythe, but can be quite good now with its own variety of birds. The Blackbird numbers now are off the charts! I was just down there and was amazed. This is a sight to see in itself and we will scan for Yellow-headed. I intend to stay in the greater Mannington area, so we won't be driving much. This trip is also appropriate for beginning birders.
Directions - meet at the super Wawa at the intersection of Rts. 45 and 40 in Woodstown. We will start at 11:00AM and go to 3:00PM - maybe longer if many flocks around to scan through. If any questions, please email me anytime or call my cell at (856)383-2756 that weekend. Sandra Keller - sandrakeller@verizon.net - The trip is cancelled if a steady rain and/or
snow actually coming down. A little bit of snow on the ground already would be good - it forces the birds to the road edges. Again, call me if any questions re the weather
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Leader: Sandra Keller
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December 27 (Thursday) - PEACE VALLEY PARK, BUCKS COUNTY, PA - WEEKDAY TRIP FOR STUDENTS DURING HOLIDAY BREAK
9:00 AM

This trip will be geared towards students and will focus on waterfowl, gulls, raptors, and winter specialties. Dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars, field guide, and spotting scope if available, and lunch or snacks.
Please note that this is a weekday trip. Although this trip is geared for students, all are welcome to attend. Students of all ages and experience are welcome; students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
MEET AT PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER PARKING LOT AT 9:00AM
Trip leaders: Cindy Ahern, Tony Croasdale
Contact Cindy Ahern, email songbird5212ATmsn.com or text/call 215-840-4010
This trip is free for members and non-members.
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2012 trip cancelled due to weather