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2016 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
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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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2016 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
Additional trips will be posted as they are developed.

January 9th (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 30th 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
2015 Report
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 13th (Wednesday) 9:00 am - POD, Philadelphia, PA
Pennypack on the Delaware is the best place in the city to view the Delaware River. This time of year we expect to see great cormorants, canvasback, common goldeneyes, other water birds and gulls. The eagle nest will be active at this time. This meadow area is also good for kestrel, short-eared-owl, and interesting songbirds like American tree sparrow and orange-crowned warbler. The ball fields sometimes have pipits and horned larks.
Meeting Location: The entrance to Pennypack on the Delaware (Pennypack Path) is on State Road just south of Rhawn St. We will meet at the gazebo on the river.
Leader - Peter Kurtz
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

January 16th (Saturday) 7:00pm- Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
January is a great time to hear owls because Great Horned Owls are breeding, and wintering species like Saw-whet and Long-eared Owls may be present. We will have a short talk about our local owls by the fire, and then head out on the trail to visit the woods and Andorra meadow to listen for owls. Registration required. WEC@phila.gov
Meeting Location: Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree house). 300 Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA 19118. (NWern Ave does not connect from Ridge Ave to Germantown Ave. If you come in from Ridge you will have to park in the upper parking lot and walk down the trail. )
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

January 16-18 (Saturday-Monday) - Birding Eastern Ontario, Canada
A 3 day trip over Martin Luther King weekend to Eastern Ontario to look for northern passerines, owls, gulls and waterfowl. We will visit Algonquin Provincial Park hoping to find crossbills, redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker and Spruce Grouse. The remainder of our itinerary will be determined by reports of target species such us Bohemian Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Hoary Redpoll, Barrow’s Goldeneye, as well as Boreal, Northern Hawk and Great Grey Owl.
Note: you will need a valid passport to enter Canada
Meeting place and time: Park and ride near Quakertown Turnpike exchange 4:30AM Saturday January 18
Full details nearer the time
This DVOC trip is a shared expenses trip and the fee will be set by the leaders when the expenses are known.
Limited registration. Fee.
Leaders: Adrian Binns and Debbie Beer. Please contact Debbie to sign up.
2016 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

February 6th (Saturday) 10am - Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
Seeds and Sparrow Walk
(Coffee and feeder watching at 9:30)
There is still a lot to see in the winter. This walk will focus on winter plant identification and winter birds. We will identify trees by bark and buds, and herbaceous plants by seeds and fruits. The meadow is a terrific location for wintering sparrows, raptors, and bluebirds.
Meeting Location: Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree house). 300 Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA 19118. (NWern Ave does not connect from Ridge Ave to Germantown Ave. If you come in from Ridge you will have to park in the upper parking lot and walk down the trail. )
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

February 20th Saturday(Rescheduled from January 30th)
Falls Township Community Park for Gull Watching

Falls Township Community Park in the Tullytown area is one of the best locations in the region for studying gulls, and looking for rare gull species. Four common species are regularly observed: Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull. Both of the expected white-winged gulls are regularly observed at this location: Glaucous Gull and Kumlien’s Iceland Gull. Other much rarer and more unlikely possibilities for the Tullytown area include Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-headed Gull, Laughing Gull, Thayer’s Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, and Slaty-backed Gull.The trip will meet at the soccer fields of Falls Township Community Park at 8AM . This is a half-day trip that will end around noon.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/K7kWXQpcnTU2
Leader: Steve Kacir Contact Steve if you are interested in this trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
2016 Field Trip Report

February 21st (Sunday) 8am - Late Winter Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732
2016 Field Trip Report

March 12 (Saturday) 8am - BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ
Meet at the Lighthouse parking lot at 8am. This is the best location to see Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper. An assortment of ducks and loons should also be seen. The dunes hold “Ipswich” Sparrow and sometimes Snow Buntings, possibly a longspur will be lurking too. This is also a great location for photography. Bring your cameras and dress warm. Rain date is Sunday March 13. Contact the trip leader with any questions.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip leader Patty Rehn
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L161004
2016 Field Trip Report

March 12 (Saturday) 10:00am - John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge A morning walk will be held at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for those who wish to make a full day of birding in Southwest Philadelphia. This is a great time of year to observe the bald eagle nest as well as abundant waterfowl and sparrows. A great horned owl nest is often viewable at this time of year and often American bittern can sometimes be seen as well.
Meeting Location: 8601 Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19153
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

March 12 (Saturday) 6:00pm- Eastwick, Philadelphia, PA
Eastwick (meet at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge) We will time our visit an hour before sunset to observe the flight displays of American woodcock at dusk. Eastwick is a city-owned property consisting of old wet fields adjacent to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Meeting Location: 86th & Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19153. Park at the dead end of Lindberg Boulevard (next to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge).
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

March 19th (Saturday) Green Lane Reservoir and Beyond
Late winter birding in Upper Montgomery County, PA can turn up a few surprises. This trip will begin at Green Lane Park’s Church Road Bird Sanctuary, focusing on waterfowl. From there, the trip will explore other hotspots around Green Lane Reservoir these may include any of the following: the Walt Road Day Use Area, Ward Road Overlook, Hill Road Day Use Area, Goschenhoppen Church Road & Trout Fishing Area, Deep Creek Lake, and Knight Lake. Additional sites that might be explored include Skymount Lake, White’s Mill Preserve, and the Palm Grasslands.
The trip will meet at the Church Road Bird Sanctuary Parking Lot in Green Lane Park at 7:30AM.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NYqHTz4iXmC2
Leader: Steve Kacir Contact Steve if you are interested in this trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.

April 16 (Saturday) 10:00am - Awbury Arboretum (Awbury and Waterview Recreation Centers), Philadelphia, PA
Awbury Arboretum is an under birded green space in Germantown. This spot has turned up interesting birds in the past.
Meeting location: One Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

April 23 (Saturday) 7:30am - Sedgley Woods, Philadelphia, PA
Sedgley Woods is an under-birded gem of East Fairmount Park, with secluded forest fragments (no road access), thick understory shrubs, and an open meadow - a great place to find migratory passerines. The disc golf course and its tributary trails meander through woodlands, and tall trees surround a secluded meadow where we can explore the graffiti-ridden ruins of the Cliffs, the 18th century home of Joshua Fisher. We will walk around the property in the early morning, and look for migrants before the disc golfers arrive!
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members, and is in partnership with the Friends of Sedgley Woods.
Meeting location: The parking lot for Sedgely Woods Disc Golf Course is shared with the adjacent ball-golf driving range. It is located on Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park, between the Smith Playground and N 33rd St.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Matt Halley

April 24 (Sunday) 7:30am - Harper’s and Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
This walk will go to Harper’s Meadow along the Wissahickon Creek. This area has a large stand of river birch on a wet area near the creek. Both waterthrushes are possible. This is a great area for warblers. The trip will also visit nearby Andorra Meadow which is great for open country birds like bluebirds and field sparrows.
Meeting location: Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree house). 300 Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA 19118. (NWern Ave does not connect from Ridge Ave to Germantown Ave. If you come in from Ridge you will have to park in the upper parking lot and walk down the trail. )
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Martin Selzer

April 24 (Sunday) 7am - Early Spring Migration Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732
2016 Field Trip Report

April 30 (Saturday) 11:00am - Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, PA
Bartram’s Garden Historic Bartram’s Garden is perhaps the best 40 acres of birding in Philly! With river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental plantings, this spot has an amazing diversity of bird-attracting habitat. We expect to see late wintering waterfowl with early arriving breeders and migrants like warblers and orioles (both species).
Meeting Location: 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: George Armistead

April 30 (Saturday) - CYNWYD HERITAGE TRAIL AND WEST LAUREL HILL CEMETERY, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Meet 7:30AM at parking lot at east terminus of East Levering Mill Rd., just one hundred yards downhill from the stoplight at the Belmont Avenue/Levering Mill intersection. (Go to Google Maps "Cynwyd Heritage Trail," to find it, if you like.) We will walk the CH Trail northward and out onto the newly-renovated Manayunk Bridge; then return to go up into the Cemetery. Figure about 3 hours. We should see Peregrine Falcon, and have chances for Louisiana Waterthrush and other warblers and migrants. Habitats include streamside woods, riverside overlooks, rolling hills, deciduous trees, weedy fields, shrubs, and good vistas for scanning the horizon for Bald Eagle, vultures, gulls, ducks, whatever. 45-50 species likely.
This DVOC field trip is free for members and non-members.
Leader: Gregg Gorton - HomoAves [at] gmail.com
2016 Field Trip Report
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22924267 (checklist from 2015)

May 2 (Monday) 7:00am - Waterworks/ Lloyd Hall, Philadelphia, PA
7:00am We will meet at the Fairmount Water Works for cormorants and wood ducks on the Schuylkill River and will check out nearby “silt island” for warblers and orioles
Meeting location: 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 3rd (Tuesday) & 4th (Wednesday) Elephant Swamp Trail, Gloucester and Salem Counties (NJ)
Two rails to trails walks, flat, about two miles each, round-trip, through woods and farm fields.
Tuesday 3 May will begin in Gloucester County and we’ll walk south to Reed Branch stream. Google map to the small parking lot near the intersection of Railroad Av. and Elk Rd [County Route 538], Elk Township NJ.
Wednesday 4 May will begin in Salem County and we’ll walk north to Reed Branch. Google map to the parking lot behind the Monroeville Fire Company at intersection of Three Bridge and Monroeville Roads, Monroeville NJ. Both walks begin at 8:30 AM.
These DVOC trips are free to members and non-members.
Leader: Jack Mahon

May 6 (Friday) 6:30-8:30 pm- Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, PA
A special field trip collaboration with Bartrams Garden. Low tide will coincide with the setting sun, and we’ll get a unique opportunity to glide along the shoreline in kayaks and canoes and scope out mudflats and wooded riverbanks for bird life. Life jackets and boats will be provided. Snacks and cool beverages will be available.
LOCATION
The Community Boathouse at Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Phila, PA 19143. (Follow the path from the parking lot through the Meadow, downhill to the Boathouse.)
FEE
Bartram’s Garden members: $5
Non-members: $10

May 7 (Saturday) - 7 am to 9 am
Bird Banding at Rushton Farm Preserve, PA

Come join us to band neo-tropical migrants – this means warblers! It is an excellent opportunity to see migrants in their beautiful spring breeding plumage. Learn how birds are banded while getting up close and personal. Bird banding activities began at the Ruston Farm Preserve in late fall of 2009 with funds donated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.
Meet at Park Rushton Woods Preserve parking lot, located at the SE corner of Goshen and Delchester Roads, with the entrance on Delchester Road. If you come late: walk towards the hedgerows opposite the parking lot and follow the path to the right which eventually turns left and cuts through the hedgerow. Take the left path and follow until you see the banding station or contact the trip leader.
Contact the trip leader with any questions.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip leader Patty Rehn
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1157732

May 7 (Saturday) 8:00am - Valley Green, Philadelphia, PA
Early May in the Wissahickon is excellent for early arriving warblers like Louisiana waterthrush, redstart, parula, as well as wood thrush and courting wood ducks. We will meet at Valley Green and walk along Forbidden Drive, stopping at bridges to search for waterthrush.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 8 (Sunday) 9:00am - City Hall, Philadelphia, PA - Cancelled
This walk is timed to observe the peregrine falcons that nest on the City hall clock tower. The trees around City Hall can also host migrating song birds.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 8 (Sunday) 7:00am - John Heinz NWR at Tinicum
Mother's Day Migrants. The birdiest spot in Philly during the birdiest time of the year.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Jack Creighton

May 10th (Tuesday) 7:00AM - Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
Let’s see what birds we can find in the most urban of our city’s parks. I bet we find some good migrants here.
Meeting location: 18th and Walnut.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 14 (Saturday) 7:30am - Carpenter’s Wood’s, Philadelphia, PA
Mid-May is the best time for migrating warblers, and Carpenter’s Woods is Philadelphia’s warbler hotspot. We will meet at the Wayne Avenue entrance.
Meeting Location: Wayne Ave and Mt. Pleasant Road, Philadelphia, PA 19119
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 15 (Sunday)- Houston Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
This newly restored meadow is a great place for field and scrub loving birds like bluebirds and American tree sparrow. Pileated woodpecker and black-billed cuckoo have been seen here on previous trips.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Martin Selzer

May 16 (Monday) 7:00am - Fisher Park, Philadelphia, PA
This small wooded park is known to produce good migrants.
Meeting location: 600 W Spencer St, Philadelphia, PA 19120
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Keith Russell

May 21(Saturday) 7:00am - Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
Mount Moriah Cemetery located along Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia has a unique mosaic of habitats. This brushy secondary growth is perfect habitat for mourning warblers that migrate in late spring.
Meeting Location: 62nd Street and Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 22(Sunday) 7am - Peak Spring Migration Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732

May 28 (Saturday) 10:00am - Cobbs Creek/ Morris Park, Philadelphia, PA
We should still find some late migrants like blackpoll warbler and observe breeding birds in full song such as wood thrush and Baltimore oriole.
Meeting location: Papa Playground 6839 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

June 4 (Saturday) 8:00am- Houston Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
Bird & Botany Walk. We will meet at Houston Playground to look for bluebirds, brown thrasher and nesting raptors like Cooper’s hawk. This will also be a joint walk with the Philadelphia Botanical Club to learn about the beautiful wildflowers in the meadow.
Meeting Location: Houston Playground, 900 Grakyn Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19128
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

(Note the date change) June 8 (Wednesday) LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS, NJ
Important: Participants MUST sign up by Thursday May 19. 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 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 McDonalds and gas station, turn onto Rte 547. In about a 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.

June 11 (Saturday) 7:30am - Fox Chase Farm, Philadelphia, PA
Meet at the Pine Road entrance of Pennypack Park. We will walk along the creek to Fox Chase Farm where we hope to see some open country birds like eastern bluebirds and forest birds such as pileated woodpecker.
Meeting Location: Pine Road and Pennypack Trail parking lot, Philadelphia, PA. (Not the Farm)
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Peter Kurtz

June 11 (Saturday) 11:00am - Pennypack Lecture, Philadelphia, PA
The morning’s walk at Fox Chase Farm will be followed by a lecture at Pennypack Environmental Center by local ornithologist Matthew Halley.
Meeting Location: 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

July 29 (Friday) 8:00am - Heinz NWR, Philadelphia, PA
Late July is the start of southbound shorebird migration and the time that wading birds disperse from their breeding colonies. This is a good time of year for interesting birds like pectoral sandpiper and tricolored heron.
Meeting location: 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard. Philadelphia, PA 19153
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

August 27 (Saturday) 7:00am - Pennypack Environmental Center, Philadelphia, PA
As far as birds are concerned fall starts at the end of July. By late August migration is in full swing but this is an under birded time. This is a great time for cuckoos and interesting warblers.
Meeting location: Pennypack Environmental Center 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Peter Kurtz

September 11 (Sunday) 7am - Fall Migration I Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732

September 17 (Saturday) 7:00am to 4:00pm- Participating in Cradle of Birding Festival at Heinz NWR, Philadelphia, PA
BirdPhilly (DVOC and Philly Parks & Recreation) will be leading a walk and tabling this one day festival at john Heinz National Wildlife refuge. This is a great time for shorebirds and warblers!
Meeting location: 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard. Philadelphia, PA 19153
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

September 17 (Saturday) - 7 am to 9 am
Bird Banding at Rushton Farm Preserve, PA

Come join us to band neo-tropical migrants – this means warblers! It is an excellent opportunity to see migrants in their beautiful spring breeding plumage. Learn how birds are banded while getting up close and personal. Bird banding activities began at the Ruston Farm Preserve in late fall of 2009 with funds donated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.
Meet at Park Rushton Woods Preserve parking lot, located at the SE corner of Goshen and Delchester Roads, with the entrance on Delchester Road. If you come late: walk towards the hedgerows opposite the parking lot and follow the path to the right which eventually turns left and cuts through the hedgerow. Take the left path and follow until you see the banding station or contact the trip leader.
Contact the trip leader with any questions.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip leader Patty Rehn
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1157732

September 24 (Saturday) 8:00am - Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA
This often-productive migrant trap. Is a great place to look for migrating warblers.
Meeting Location: I street and Ramona Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Around the corner from Ferko Playground.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Keith Russell


October 1 (Saturday) 7:00am - Concourse Lake/ West Park, Philadelphia, PA
We will check out to see what migrants are lurking in the native plants along the shores of Concourse Lake.
Meeting location: Carousel House 4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

October 8 (Saturday) 5:00am-7:00pm - BigSit! At Pennypack on Delaware, Philadelphia, PA
We will be participating in bird Watcher’s Digest 2016 BigSit! We will be indentifying birds all day from one fixed location. In this case it will be the bridge over the mouth of the Pennypack Creek. This was chosen as we believe it is the best location in the entire Philadelphia Parks and Recreation system to observe the most species of bird. From the bridge we can scan the Delaware River, Pennypack Creek, tidal lagoon, fields, and meadows. Look for us set up on the bridge.
Meeting Location: The entrance to Pennypack on the Delaware (Penypack Path) is on State Road just south of Rhawn St. We will be set up on the bridge over the creek mouth.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

October 9 (Sunday) 7am - Fall Migration II Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732

October 29 (Saturday) 10:00am - Hunting Park, Philadelphia, PA
This large green space in North Philadelphia is little birded. We aim to see what we can find there.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

(Date to be determined) Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding at Rushton Farm Preserve, PA
Space is limited contact trip leader if you would like to attend.
Come join us to learn about the Saw-whet Owl research taking place at Rushton Farm. It is an excellent opportunity to learn how the owls are banded while getting up close and personal looks at these beautiful small creatures. Bird banding activities began at the Ruston Farm Preserve in late fall of 2009 with funds donated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.
Meet at Park Rushton Woods Preserve parking lot, located at the SE corner of Goshen and Delchester Roads, with the entrance on Delchester Road.
Contact trip leader with any questions.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip leader Patty Rehn
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1157732

October 30 (Sunday) 7am - Fall Migration III Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT verizon.net (856)287-2732

November 12 (Saturday) 6:00pm -Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
We know that Andorra Meadow has great horned and screech owls, but what other owls can we find here?
Meeting Location: Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree house). 300 Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA 19118. (NWern Ave does not connect from Ridge Ave to Germantown Ave. If you come in from Ridge you will have to park in the upper parking lot and walk down the trail. )
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

December 3 (Saturday) 9:00am - Benjamin Rush State Park, Glenn Foerd, and POD, Philadelphia, PA
The day will begin with a walk at Benjamin Rush State Park and search the fields and woods for song birds. Then we will heard to Pennypack on the Delaware to observe the bald eagle nest, sparrows, and waterfowl. Expected birds include common goldeneye, canvasback, scaup, great cormorant, and American tree sparrow. POD has also turned up notable birds such as long-tailed duck, short-eared owl, and clay-colored sparrow.
After POD (optional trip), we will travel by car to Glen Foerd and Pleasant Hill Park, great spots to look for unusual gulls such as Iceland and lesser-black backed.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

 


BirdPhilly is a yearly series of free guided bird watching programs in Philadelphia. We do at least one event per month, more in migration. We provide binoculars for loan during the walks.
Go to BirdPhilly.org or 215-685-9285, Tony.croasdale@phila.gov for schedule and information