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2014 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
Tony Croasdale (Chair), Win Shafer , Robert Horton
, Martin Dellwo

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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2014 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

January 11 (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 28th 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
2014 Report
2013 Report
2012 Report
2011 Report
2010 Report
2009 Report
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 18-20 (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

2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
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 18 (Saturday) Cape May, NJ
After some consideration and a couple trips to Cape May the past few weekends to formulate a plan, our field trip will start at the parking lot at Stone Harbor Point at 8:30AM. Please note that the Port-a-Pots at the parking lot have been removed for the winter. For those of you not familiar with this spot the nearest crossroads is 2nd Avenue and 122nd Street in Stone Harbor (just keep going south on 2nd Avenue till the road dead ends, the parking lot will be on your left). From there we will work our way towards Cape May Point after stopping at Nummy Island and Two Mile Beach NWR, at least that is the current plan. This is an all day field trip.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Martin Selzer
2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

February 17 (Monday) - NORTH SHORE PRESIDENT'S DAY TRIP, NJ
Sandra Keller writes "Our annual North Shore President's Day trip will be Monday, 2-17-14 this year. We will meet as usual at the Shark River Inlet along Ocean Drive at 10:00AM.
Park south of the bridge. We will bird here a bit and then probably head north, but could head south depending on the rarities reported around. Plenty of chances for food and restroom breaks up here. Dress for the weather - which can be much colder than the Phila. region. Bad weather cancels the trip and there is no weather date. If in doubt, email me the day before at sandrakeller@verizon.net Please see previous years' trip reports for an idea of what to expect and some of the locations we could hit."
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip Leader: Sandra Keller
2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report

February 22 (Saturday) - INDIAN RIVER INLET AND POINTS NORTH, DE
Meet at the parking lot on the south side of the Indian River Inlet adjacent to the campground at 9am. Join us as we search for wintering waterfowl, gulls, seabirds and other late winter visitors. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and scopes
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader : Martin Selzer
2014 Field Trip Report
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

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

March 1 Bucks County Audubon Visitor Center Field Trip
Join us on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM at the Bucks County Audubon Visitor Center, 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 19838. Phil Witmer of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club will be leading the walk that usually lasts 1.5 hours. We will expect to see a good variety of winter birds. Extra binoculars are available at the Center. All ages and levels of experience welcome! Bird Walks are a free service of the Bucks County Audubon Society. General questions and directions call Audubon at 215-297-5880. Last minute needs on Saturday morning call the leader at 610-256-2786. Hope to see you Saturday. Walk will be held rain or shine. Dress for the weather.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Bucks County Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Phil Witmer

March 8 - 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
2013 Field Trip Report
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

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

March 8th and 9th Tussey Mountain Spring Hawk Watch
Tussey Mountain, located 7 miles SW of State College, consistently has the highest counts of golden eagles in the eastern United States. This trip will be timed for when the peak migration of these magnificent birds typically occurs. We will also be looking for other raptors, ravens, and other winter and mountain specialties. We will meet in the parking lot at 8 am on Saturday and spend the whole day on the ridgetop. The next morning will meet at the hawkwatch again at 8 and leave at noon for lunch and the drive home. Accommodations will be in State College at a hotel of your choosing. The leader will be staying in the Day’s Inn.
Directions: The hawkwatch is located in Rothrock State Forest, about 7 miles southwest of State College, Pennsylvania. Take Route 26 south from State College. Bear left at the flashing light in Pine Grove. Mills, and continue on Route 26 to the top of Tussey Mountain (locally called "Pine Grove Mtn"). Park in the large gravel lot on the right near Jo Hayes Vista. Walk about 2/3 mile on the Mid-State Trail to the southwest along the ridgetop until you get to the powerline (if the winds are from the northwest, Jo Hayes Vista is also a good spot). Pick a comfortable rock, be patient, and enjoy the view. The best time to see golden eagles is during the first three weeks of March. Be sure to bring plenty of layers because weather can be brutal on the ridgetop.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/
Leader: Tony Croasdale

April 19 (Saturday) - 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

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

April 25, 26, 27 2014 Special Times, Dates and Locations!
Two Part Warbler Workshop by Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson
"Warblers: Identifying and Learning Vocalizations"
Plus Warbler Walk at Heinz (Tinicum) NWR

Click here for complete information on this special event

April 26, 2014 (Saturday) Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia PA
Enjoy the beginning of peak spring migration at Historic Bartram's Garden. Retrace the footsteps of Alexander Wilson. The diverse habitats (meadow, river, woods, and wetlands), and unique plantings of Bartram's Garden create an attractive stopover for migrating birds. Surrounded by city and located on the Schuylkill River, this location has proved to be quite a good migrant trap. In addition we may get some lingering waterfowl and interesting gulls on the river. We will meet in the parking lot at 7:30am.
5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
http://www.bartramsgarden.org/
Leader: Tony Croasdale

April 26, 2014 (Saturday) Coastal Delaware
We will be meeting at 9AM at Prime Hook Refuge which is 22 miles south of Dover, DE.
From Route 1, take Route 16 east for 1.1 miles going towards Broadkill Beach; turn at the 1st left to enter the refuge, then take the first left (a gravel road) to the parking lot at Turkle Pond. Allow extra time if you want to stop for gas or restrooms. We'll spend the day working our way north.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Lynn Jackson
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

Saturday Morning May 3 at 3:30 am
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 a joint field trip with Atlantic Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Steve Kacir
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

May 12 (Monday) – GLOUCESTER COUNTY “RUN”, NJ (WEEKDAY)
Sandra Keller will be leading a trip to the Elephant Swamp
in Gloucester County. This railroad bed turned to hiking trail traverses many
different habitats from farm field to woodland to hardwood swamp. Expect
most of the same bird species as Glassboro Woods. From here we will hit another
location - probably on the Delaware River - but I will choose a spot closer to the
trip date itself.
Be prepared for insects including mosquitoes and ticks. We will be here for maybe
three to three and a half hours. Then head back to our cars to drive to the other
location. Plenty of time to stop for a snack and restroom if needed as we travel.
The trip will probably end around 12:30 or 1:00PM.
Directions - Take Rt. 55 south to exit 45 and exit onto Rt. 553 south. Exit 53 is also
for Rt. 553 - but this exit will take many minutes longer. Exit 45 is much quicker.
In a short distance you will come to the intersection with Rt. 538. Turn right. After
approximately 1.3 miles turn left into the parking area for the start of the trailhead
to the Elephant Swamp. The parking lot is quite visible and marked with a sign. The lot
is almost directly across from Railroad Ave. Meet here at 7:00AM. Bad weather
cancels, if in doubt please email me the afternoon before.
sandrakeller@verizon.net
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

May 17 (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: Leader: Win Shafer
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

May 17 (Saturday) Brandywine Creek State Park
Meet 8:00 AM in parking lot of nature center at Brandywine Creek State Park for spring migrants. State Park Fees in effect.
Leader: Martin Selzer
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
2014 Field Trip Report

May 31 (Saturday) (Rain date June 1)– TANNERSVILLE CRANBERRY BOG
The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs. Canada Warbler, Nashville Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush are among the species known to breed here, many specialized endemic plants can be found in this habitat including a number of endangered species, and the property has been designated as a Pennsylvania Important Mammal Area, providing important habitat for otters, beavers, bobcat, bears. The 150 acre wetland and bog is part of a 775 acre preserve and is surrounded by upland woods that should be productive for breeders and migrants. The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and participants for this trip are limited to 15, with preference given to students. All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the trip leader to reserve your place for this trip: Cindy Ahern songbird5212@msn.com or call or text 215-840-4010.

Following our visit to the bog, if time allows, we will make a side trip to Old Mine Rd., just a short drive from Tannersville to the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap, known to be reliable for migrating warblers, flycatchers, thrushes, and more.

The DVOC encourages participants to consider donating $5.00 to the Monroe County EEC

Meet at the Tannersville Inn at 7:30AM where we will consolidate vehicles for the short drive to the preserve.
Google map of meeting place: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Tannersville+Inn%2c+Pennsylvania+611%2c+Tannersville%2c+PA&aq=0&oq=Tannersville+Inn&sll=41.117935%2c-77.604698&sspn=4.427268%2c10.821533&vpsrc=0&t=h&ie=UTF8&hq=Tannersville+Inn%2c+Pennsylvania+611%2c+Tannersville%2c+PA&z=15&cid=17606924675814066668&iwloc=A
Leader: Cindy Ahern
2013 Field Trip Report
2014 Field Trip Report

June 7, 2014 (Saturday) Birding, Flipping and Tagging - Delaware Bayshore, NJ

Threatened Red Knots and many other shore birds depend on Horse Shoe Crab eggs to replenish fat stores on their long journey north. Horseshoe crabs mate and lay eggs along the Delaware Bay shoreline in May and June and many die due to being overturned by the surf, which reduces the number of eggs and future crabs. Join us for an evening flipping stranded crabs over to increase this vital resource for the birds. We will meet at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor at 12:00 PM for shore birds, moving on to Beaver Dam Road and other local spots. We will end our birding at Reed’s Beach at 4:00 PM and join Celebrate Delaware Bay staff for flipping and tagging. Afterwards it’s off to dinner and then home.This trip is sponsored by DVOC and Celebrate Delaware Bay. DVOC members and non-members are welcome. There is no charge except paying for your dinner. You may join us for the birding, the flipping and/or dinner. Be sure to bring insect repellent and/or netting. This is necessary at this time of year.Trip Leaders: Philip Witmer and Linda Widdop. Contact Philip to let him know if you plan to participate – 610.256.2786

June 14 (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
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

June 13-15 (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.
This trip was not held in 2013
No report submitted for the 2012 trip

2011 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

June 19 (Thursday)– LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS, NJ
Important: Participants MUST sign up by Tuesday June 3. Please provide Bob Horton with your full name, drivers license number and state, and date of birth. To grant access to the base, the military needs this this information two full weeks before the trip
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.
2014 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

July 19 (Saturday) Summer Bombay Hook NWR
This trip will meet at the refuge headquarters at 9 am. We'll be looking for 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
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

August 9th - Green Lane Reservoir and Unami Creek Valley Field Trips
For the DVOC Youth Birding Celebration and Informal Summer Meeting


Leaders
: Andy Curtis, Joe Greco, Paul Guris, Joe Hudson, Steve Kacir and possibly Steve Grunwald and Bo Grunwald.
Field Trip Meeting Time and Place:
Meet at the Snyder Rd Pavilion of Green Lane Park at 7:00AM on 9 Aug 2014 for the morning field trips. From there, participants will caravan or carpool to the field trip locations chosen by the leaders. Afterwards, leaders and participants will return to the pavilion for lunch, proceeds from which will support the DVOC Youth Birding Scholarship and the DVOC Photography Contest.
Meet at the Snyder Rd Pavilion of Green Lane Park at 1:00PM on 9 Aug 2014 for an afternoon field trip led by Steve Kacir and possibly other leaders. Come earlier and grab lunch at the picnic pavilion – proceeds will support the DVOC Youth Birding Scholarship and the DVOC Photography Contest.
Itineraries:
Steve Kacir, Joe Hudson and Joe Greco will lead a field trip section that meets at 7:00AM that will travel up past the Unami Creek Valley to Lake Skymount, also known as Maple Run Reservoir, with late summer ducks, dispersing terns and migrating shorebirds on the target list. From there, the field trip will move to Whites Mill Preserve where the leaders will look for herons in their post-breeding dispersal, lingering breeding passerines and early migrants. Afterwards, the field trip will explore Unami Creek for local passerines and early migrants. The final destination will be Knight Lake at Green Lane Park (aka Upper Perkiomen Park), which can be good for shorebirds, early waterfowl and other early migrants.
Paul Guris and Andy Curtis will lead a field trip section that meets at 7:00AM and focuses on Green Lane Reservoir hot spots. The exact itinerary will be determined by local conditions, but will likely feature such destinations as the Walt Rd area, the Church Road Bird Sanctuary, Knight Lake and Upper Perkiomen Park, Goschenhoppen Church Rd and other Green Lane destinations. Most of these spots can be world-class shorebird locations when the water levels fall and expose extensive mudflats, especially Church Road. However, all of these locations can attract early migrants and birds in the post-breeding dispersal phase of their annual movements, including shorebirds, terns, herons, raptors and passerines.
Steve Kacir and possibly some other leaders will lead a field trip section that meets at 1:00PM and will revisit some of the sites covered by Paul & Andy’s field trip section as well as some Montgomery County grassland sites. The specific itinerary will depend on local conditions, but will feature the Church Road Bird Sanctuary, Knight Lake, Walt Road or the Knight Rd overlook (depending on sun conditions), and the Palm grasslands which have been known to attract Dickcissel and Blue Grosbeak on occasion. If time allows, the trip may also hit the Hill Rd Day Use Area of Green Lane Park and the old Visitor Center Area – both are good spots for Pileated Woodpecker. The field trip will end at the Snyder Road Pavilion at 2:50PM, just in time for the Scholarship Award
Ceremony that starts at 3:00PM.

7/31
"Dragonflies & Damselflies of Green Lane: A Beginner's Tour" led by Paul Guris. This afternoon field trip will walk along the shore of Deep Creek Lake, looking for as many species of dragonflies and damselflies as possible. Halloween Pennants, a flashy dragonfly species, should be around, so join Paul to build up a good list of Odonates, and who knows, maybe add a lifer or two? This field trip leaves after lunch and will return in time for the scholarship ceremony. Meet at the Snyder Road Pavilion for lunch and listen for Paul to announce when the trip will start.

Google map of Green Lane Park Birding hotspots as provided by Steve Kacir
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/edit?mid=ztz3xJriVkCw.kwNZiSTRpm10

August 25 (Monday) – STONE HARBOR POINT, NUMMY'S ISLAND, NJ
The annual Stone Harbor - Nummy's Island trip will be slightly different this year as we will start by walking out to the tip of Stone Harbor. This is a long, hard walk over sand, but can be quite birdy at and near high tide as many species come in to roost before heading out to feed again on the outgoing tide.
High tide is 9:07AM - so we need to start early. Please meet me in the parking lot at Stone Harbor Point - before Nummy's Island - at 8:00AM. We will be walking for three hours or so. Then we will hit a couple other spots depending on how the tide is.
Bad weather cancels. If any doubts about the weather - this includes high wind - or other general question, please email me at sandrakeller@verizon.net - Sandra Keller

This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856)287-2732.
2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

September 12 (Friday)– "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
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 trip cancelled (weather)
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

Click Here for a Google Map of the meeting place for this field trip

September 17 (Wednesday)- MANAYUNK (CHESTNUT HILL) CHIMNEY SWIFT ROOST- PHILADELPHIA, PA
Annual joint WAS / DVOC field trip to chimney swift roost will be held this year at the Shawmont School, 535 Shawmont Avenue, in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.
Coordinates: 40.051030, -75,238843
Arrive 6:45 PM in parking lot behind school. Bring a chair.
Hard rain cancels.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-members

Leader: Jane Henderson

2013 Field Trip Report
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

October 18 (Saturday) - TUCKERTON SPARROWS
This trip is Tony Croasdale and Steve Kacir’s attempt to recreate the magic of Frank Windfelder’s legendary field trips to see Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrows. Bring your Wellies or Muck Boots as we will walk out in to the marsh in hopes of finding Nelson’s Saltmarsh, Seaside, and Savannah Sparrows. The scrubby vegetation along the road has also held good migrants in the past and we will keep an eye out for the usual saltmarsh suspects. After Tuckerton we will head to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Divison for more marsh madness.
Meet at 7:30 am at the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton, NJ.
Leader: Tony Croasdale

November 1 (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 each year varies. There are no guarantees, but we've seen at least one bird every year except once. 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
2014 Field Trip Report
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2010 trip
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

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November 29 (Saturday)– BEGINNING BIRDING TRIP TO BARNEGAT AND FORSYTHE NWR
Our annual trip for waterfowl will again start at Barneget Inlet on Saturday, November 29. We will walk out the jetty to search for Eiders and the Harlequins. Plus whatever else we encounter. We will then drive to Forsythe NWR for a different variety of duck. The Forsythe part might start around 12:30 but that timing will be based on when we finish up at Barneget. Inclement weather will cancel the trip.
If any doubts, or for any other questions, please email me.
We will meet in the Barneget Lighthouse State Park parking lot at 9:00AM. Figure two to 2 1/2 hours here. Then we will drive to Forsythe meeting there about 1 hour and 15 minutes after leaving Barneget. This leaves time for everyone to eat lunch.
I will have a scope for participants to use. Please see previous trip reports for an idea of what to expect.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856)287-2732.
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