Upcoming Trips:

May 26, 2018
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May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

Join Navin Sasikumar for the end of spring migration and the beginning of the breeding season for many song birds. This is a good time for shorebirds and warblers.


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May 27, 2018
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May 27, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Todd Fellenbaum & George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

Just north of Havre de Grace, MD, along the banks of the  Susquehanna River, is Susquehanna State Park.  The park, with its pristine forest and open areas hosts a large number of breeding birds, including 14 species of warblers.  We will hope to see and hear Louisiana Waterthrush, Cerulean, Kentucky, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated Warblers, among others.

Due to the birding/habitat we would like to limit this to a max of 12 participants. Please contact George Armistead if you will be joining the trip. armistead.george at gmail.com

Meet at the Lapidum Boat Launch parking lot at 7:00 AM


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June 21, 2018
ANNUAL LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS - NEW DATE
June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Trip Leader: Bob Horton

Free to all members and non-members

Join Bob Horton on this annual pilgrimage to see Upland Sandpipers at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of Upland Sandpipers. We also expect Grasshopper and Field Sparrows, Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark and in the pine forests Pine Warbler.

Important: Participants MUST sign up by Wednesday, May 16. 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. Each participant must be a US CITIZEN and will need a valid driver’s license or picture ID to enter the base. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands will be 3 hours.
You must register with Bob Horton for this trip in advance. Email Bob at: horton633@verizon.net. 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.


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2018 Trips:

January 14, 2018
Winter Birds II
January 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6069151

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

Meet Martin Selzer at 8:30 a.m. at the Wissahickon Environmental Center’s Tree House at 8:30am. The morning will begin by enjoying the activity at the Tree House’s feeders before exploring Andorra Meadow and Forbidden Drive as the conditions per permit.


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January 20, 2018
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January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L732494

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This event marks BirdPhilly’s 3 year anniversary! We will start by birding Pennypack on the Delaware then head to Sweet Lucy’s Barbecue for lunch. We may bird Glenn Foerd and Pleasant Hill Park after.


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January 21, 2018
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January 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members
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Sandra Keller will lead a monthly field trip in Burlington County, NJ. Burlington is one of the better known counties for birding in south Jersey – but only for certain areas – mainly Palmyra. These trips will concentrate on other hotspots in the county. The schedule will include Palmyra if something rare is reported. We will explore for the seasonal birds to be expected. Since Burlington is such a large county, we will explore the western half one month, then the central and eastern half the next.
Trips will be scheduled on Sunday during hunting season and may switch to Saturday later in the year. I am going to try and keep the trips to the third weekend of the month, but please check every month as I have travel commitments that might interfere. If that happens I’ll change to the second weekend of the month. The meeting place, time, and plan for each month will be posted at the start of the month. This gives us flexibility to start somewhere in the east when needed. These trips are geared to all levels and interests in birding – photography, listing, beginners, experts, those looking to learn Burlington better, etc. Anyone is welcome to join for only part of the day if that works for your schedule. I will be submitting lists to ebird for each location and will share those lists for those participants who use ebird if desired. I also plan on writing a longish trip report covering the whole year! I am intrigued on how many species we can see for the year.

First Date – Sunday – January, 21, 2018. 7:30AM.
January’s trip will start at Taylor’s Wildlife Preserve in Cinnaminson. Please meet at 7:30AM at the parking lot on Taylor’s Lane right at the start of River Rd. It will be on the right hand side as you pull in. We will be searching for owls, sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, corms, etc. We will hit one or two river spots after here. Then maybe a spot for gulls if I scout out a good area. Then head “inland” a bit to one of the local parks that Burlington has created around the county. Again, depending on what is being seen, we can head somewhere a dusk watch. If any doubt about the weather, please email me a couple days before hand.

Sandra Keller – sandrakeller at verizon.net


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February 04, 2018
Barnegat Light for Winter Ducks and Seabird Photography (Rain Date!)
February 04, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L161004

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Hi Folks – Jan 28th is rained out. Rescheduled to Saturday Feb 4th. We really need good weather for this trip and it looks like we will finally get that on Saturday. Forecast is sunny and 34 degrees.

Barnegat Lighthouse and jetty are famous for wintering ducks including Harlequin, Long-tail ducks and Eiders. In addition, we often see Northern Gannets diving close to shore and walk amongst Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin and other shorebirds on the jetty. We also have a good chance to see Ipswich race of Savannah Sparrow and maybe even a Snowy Owl along the dunes.

Bring your camera for up close photographs of some of these species. We will linger at the jetty and have plenty of time to capture a few outstanding shots.

Meet in the lighthouse parking lot at 7:30 AM so that we can get out to the jetty in good light. Or, meet us later out on the jetty. If we have time, we can also peruse the back bay coves along LBI.

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop – look for green Fiat 500X

This trip is free to all. Please note that we will reschedule if weather forecast is bad. Please check this posting the day before the trip for update.


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February 18, 2018
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February 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

This trip will start with a gull study. Florence still sees a good variety of gulls – with both Iceland and Glaucous being seen last month. Sunday might be a bit iffy as the dump is not in operation then, and the gulls might not stick around. That’s also why the early start.

We will hit one or two spots after here depending on what I find while scouting.

If in any doubt with the weather, please contact me the day before.

Sandra Keller – sandrakeller@verizon.net


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February 25, 2018
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February 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1145863

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

February 25th and March 4th Meet Martin Selzer at 5:30 pm at Houston Playground (900 Graykin Avenue) to experience the sounds and sights of the Timberdoodle. Come on one or both walks. There will be no weather dates. Contact Martin if the weather is questionable on either evening.


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March 02, 2018
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March 02, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will meet at CCCEC and walk to Whitby Meadow to see woodcocks display and hopefully see a red fox on the way there and hear owls on the way back.


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March 17, 2018
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March 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

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Join Navin Sasikumar for a walk around Heinz looking for late wintering birds and early spring arrivals. Highlights may include rusty blackbird, a variety of waterfowl and fox sparrow singing!


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March 18, 2018
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March 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Explore Franklin Parker Preserve searching for early migrants. Expect a lot of walking on fairly well maintained trails. Franklin Parker Preserve comprises 9,770 acres of pine woods south of Chatsworth lake. The Preserve is New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s largest, encompasses 16 square miles in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It is accessible by a network of sandy roads that wind though pitch pine forest and blueberry fields, and run along the preserve’s cedar swamp, shallow lakes and pristine tributaries of the West Branch of the Wading River.

Meet at the “Speedwell” parking area on Rt 563 at the south end of the preserve. See photo for exact location.  http://njconservation.org/preserves/FPPDirectionsrevisedSpeedwellEntrance.pdf

 


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April 14, 2018
Kick Start Spring at Belleplain State Forest - Rescheduled!
April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Let’s get into the swing of spring by touring Belleplain State Park in search of early spring migrants and breeding birds. We will listen and look for specialties such as Summer Tanager, Worm-eating Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and more. Many of these species are at the northern limit of their range but show up early to establish breeding territories.

Meet at the Park Visitor Center where we will try to carpool for the rest of the trip. We will end by noon.


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