Next Trip:

April 1, 2017
  • East Park Reservoir

    April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    33rd St & Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    BirdPhilly/DVOC is participating in Audubon PA's event to showcase the site of their new center with Outward Bound. Bird walks every hour starting at 10am (bins and guides provided), food, music, climbing wall, resources. No registration required. In case of bad weather, we’ll spread the word about cancellation via social media.

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January 7, 2017
January 14, 2017
  • FDR Park

    January 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Get directions 1500 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

    FDR is legendary in Philly birding for the abundant waterfowl that winter on "The Lakes" every winter. We will meet at the boat house and scope the water for ducks, gulls, geese, grebes, and coots, then take a walk looking for other birds like rusty blackbirds and purple finches.

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January 24, 2017
  • Birding Philadelphia Lecture at Andorra Library

    January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Andorra Shopping Center, 705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128, Philadelphia, PA

    The Andorra Library, in partnership with the Wissahickon Environmental Education Center, will be hosting Birding Philadelphia. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in learning the basics of birding in Philadelphia. Tony Croasdale will discuss area birding locations, characteristic birds, and a little of the history of Philadelphia's role in American Ornithology.

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January 28, 2017
  • Houston Meadow

    January 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 29, 2017 12:00 am
    Houston Playground, 900 Grakyn Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA

    This walk will be for both winter botany and birding. The grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs of Houston Meadow attract a variety of birds that feed on the seeds and fruits, especially sparrows. We should also see goldfinches and bluebirds.

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February 4, 2017
  • Pennypack on the Delaware

    February 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    State Rd & Pennypack Trail, Philadelphia, PA 19136

    Pennypack on the Delaware is a phenomenal place to bird in the winter. The bald eagle nest is active and visible due to the lack of leaves. Great cormorants, common goldeneyes, canvasbacks, and other deep water birds are seen in the river. The fields host a diversity of sparrows, and something unusual is not so unusual to find at this 'hotspot' We will meet at the gazebo next to the river.

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February 11, 2017
  • Shark River Inlet

    February 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Ocean Ave & 1st Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

    Saturday - February 11, 2017 - meeting time 10:00AM

    Location - the Shark River Inlet - the south end. Ocean and 1st Ave.

    Details - We will hit various areas up here at the North Shore chasing whatever is around and scanning
    the ocean and lakes for waterfowl. If any doubt about the weather, please contact me ahead of time to see
    if the trip is still going. Any hint of ice or snow cancels. A little rain can be birded through. This area has plenty
    of restaurants to buy food and use the restrooms when needed. I am thinking we head north from here to explore.
    This area is so vast, that 2 days are needed to cover north and south properly. Although is a rarity is south of
    us around Manasquan Inlet - we will chase.
    Leader: Sandra Keller
    sandrakeller@verizon.net

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February 21, 2017
  • Birding Philadelphia Lecture at Andorra Library

    February 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Andorra Shopping Center, 705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128

    The Andorra Library, in partnership with the Wissahickon Environmental Education Center, will be hosting Birding Philadelphia. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in learning the basics of birding in Philadelphia. George Armistead, author of 'Birds of Pennsylvania', and 'Better Birding' will give a talk on birding basics.

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February 25, 2017
  • Shark River Inlet

    February 25, 2017
    Ocean Ave & 1st Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

    Saturday - February 25, 2017 - meeting time 10:00AM

    Location - the Shark River Inlet - the south end. Ocean and 1st Ave.

    Details - We will head south from here to explore other areas of the North Shore than 2 weeks ago.
    Same info and weather concerns apply.
    Leader: Sandra Keller
    sandrakeller@verizon.net

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March 4, 2017
  • Sod Farms and Short-Ears

    March 4, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    1988 Jacksonville Jobstown Rd Mount Holly, NJ 08022

    March 4 (Saturday) Short-eared Owls

    As the sun goes down, the owls come out. Burlington County Fairgrounds AKA Mercer Sod Farm is a great location for Short-eared Owls. This location can also be good for horned lark, woodcock, bald eagle and harriers. We will bird the fairgrounds for a short time near the parking lot, but most of the time will be spent scanning the fields for owls and other fowl​​. The fairgrounds close at dusk, so we must leave after it gets dark. Since there are a pair of nesting Bald Eagles in the field, we are confined to the area around the parking lot. Dress warm and bring a scope if you have one. Please contact trip leader with any questions​.

    ​Meeting Time: Any time after 5:30 pm
    ​Meeting location:
    1988 Jacksonville Jobstown Rd
    Mount Holly, NJ 08022
    ​Trip Leader​s​: Patty Rehn​ & Steve Mattan​

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March 11, 2017
  • Andorra Meadow Walk and Bluebird Box Workshop

    March 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

    Bluebird Hike
    Saturday, March 11 11:00 am
    We will take a walk through the woods and meadow to observe cavity nesting birds like Carolina chickadees and Eastern bluebirds. Bring a lunch if you plan on staying for the bird box workshop.

    Bird Box Building Workshop
    Saturday, March 11 1:00 pm
    Assemble a bird house for bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens. Whether you have a yard big enough for bluebirds or a row house; you can have native birds nest on your property. Bird house kits will be available to assemble with provided tools and hardware. Registration required by 4/7. $15. per kit. Limited to 15 participants.

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  • CANCELED: Woodcocking at White's Bog

    March 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    120 W Whites Bogs Rd # 34, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

    Woodcocking at White's Bog

    March 11 @ 5:30pm-7pm
    Historic White's Bog Village
    120 W Whites Bogs Rd # 34, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

    In March Woodcocks do their mating flight display. Come to Historic White's Bog to witness this event. This is a joint event with DVOC and White's Bog. Please contact trip leaders with questions.

    Trip Leaders: Patty Rehn & Steve Mattan

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March 18, 2017
  • Barnegat Light in Winter

    March 18, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey 08006, USA

    Walk the jetty and beach to view wintering waterfowl including Harlequin Ducks and Common Eiders. We will also look for Loons and Alcids near shore. Barnegat is a winter tradition for DVOCers. Dress warm. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one and a camera if you want to photograph the scene or the birds. Meet in the State Park parking lot at 8:30 AM
    Trip Leader - Linda Widdop

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March 21, 2017
April 1, 2017
  • East Park Reservoir

    April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    33rd St & Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    BirdPhilly/DVOC is participating in Audubon PA's event to showcase the site of their new center with Outward Bound. Bird walks every hour starting at 10am (bins and guides provided), food, music, climbing wall, resources. No registration required. In case of bad weather, we’ll spread the word about cancellation via social media.

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April 8, 2017
April 22, 2017
April 30, 2017
  • Hawkins Road

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
    Hawkin Road Pipeline Trail

    April ​30 (S​un​day) Hawkin Road for Warblers
    Come to the Pinelands for the warblers. ​We have good chances to get Blue-winged, Prairie, Hooded and Prothonotary warblers since they nest in the area. ​We will go to 2 locations on Hawkin Road. ​Since parking is limited, we may need to carpool. Contact trip leader if you plan to attend​, so we can sort out the parking and if you have any questions​.
    Meeting time​:​ 7am
    Meeting Location: Hawkin Road Pipeline trail
    Trip Leader​s​: Patty Rehn ​​& Steve Mattan​
    pattyrehn5@gmail.com

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May 6, 2017
  • Peaslee Wildlife Management Areas

    May 6, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    1711 E Main St, Millville, NJ 08332, USA

    Meet at Wawa Market, East Main St & Wade Blvd, MILLVILLE NJ 08332 MAP LINK
    Everyone scouts Belleplain State Forest in the week before the World Series of Birding. Peaslee is probably less well known, but has similar habitats. Spring 2016 found Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, & Red-headed Woodpecker. In fact, the place almost looks managed for Red-headed Woodpeckers. Leader: Jack Mahon
    This will be in conjunction with the Salem County Nature Club and is free to members and non-members.

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May 13, 2017
  • Wissahickon Wood Duck and Warbler Fest

    May 13, 2017
    Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

    A full day of birding events in Wissahickon Valley Park

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  • Cape May in May

    May 13, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Higbee Beach, New Jersey 08204, USA

    We will start at Higbee Dike and fields for warblers/passerines. This is the best time to for eye candy. We will head over to Cape May State Park to walk the trails. Break for lunch at a local restaurant and then head to the bayshore for shorebirds and finishing at my house in Villas for a BBQ and drinks. (I think the drinks will make it worth the trip ). Bring scopes and money for lunch. Bugspray and a change of clothes are also recommended.

    You don't have to join us for the full day. Feel free to jump in and out when you can. I will provide my cell phone number for communication throughout the day.

    Meet at Higbee Beach parking lot at 7 AM
    Trip Leader - Linda Widdop

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May 27, 2017
  • Glassboro WMA

    May 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
    200 Carpenter Ave, Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA

    We’ll explore this area, looking for nesting Hooded and Worm-eating Warblers, and hopefully see the elusive Kentucky Warbler that has nested there in the past. There’s another place that we can go to find the Kentucky Warbler if we don’t see one there, about 5 minutes away. It can be muddy, so wear rain boots. We’ll meet in the parking area at 200 Carpenters Ave. Glassboro NJ at 7:30am. Trip leader- [dvoc-memeber name="Annie Reeves"] (609-440-0513)

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May 28, 2017
  • White Clay Creek State Park

    May 28, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
    White Clay Creek State Park

    White Clay Creek State Park (WCCSP), Newark, DE
    Trip Leader: Matthew Halley

    May 27, 2017 — 7:00 AM
    DVOC is excited to offer for the first time, a field trip to observe color-banded Veeries (Catharus fuscescens) at the long-term study site of Dr. Christopher Heckscher, professor at Delaware State University (DSU). Halley is the Editor of DVOC, and a Ph.D. student and ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. He completed his MS degree under Heckscher at DSU from 2011–14.
    Several surprising discoveries have been made at the WCCSP site in recent years, including the first documentation that Veeries are not socially monogamous, but rather practice a rare cooperative mating system called flexible polygynandry (Halley et al. 2016). The discovery that the species has a third component to its annual migratory cycle — an intratropical migration (i.e., within South America) that was previously unknown — was made via analysis of data from light-level geolocator tracking devices deployed and retrieved by Heckscher, Halley, and their research assistants at WCCSP (Heckscher et al. 2015). DVOC members will have the unique opportunity to tour the study site with Halley (and maybe Heckscher, depending on scheduling), to learn about past and ongoing scientific research at the site, and to observe first-hand some of the color-banded individuals that have taught us so much about their species.

    References
    Halley, M. R., Heckscher, C. M., and V. Kalavacharla. 2016. Multi-generational kinship, multiple mating, and flexible modes of parental care in a breeding population of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens), a trans-hemispheric migratory songbird. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157051. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157051
    Heckscher, C. M., Halley, M. R., and P. Stampul. 2015. Intratropical migration of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens) in South America with implications for migration theory. Journal of Tropical Ecology 31:285–289.

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June 2, 2017
June 3, 2017
  • Birding by Bike along upper Pennypack

    June 3, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Lorimer Park - https://goo.gl/maps/ZzCGrPRkHER2

    Let’s explore the newly developed trail along Pennypack creek in Montgomery County. The trail starts in Rockledge and goes upstream to Byberry Rd. The trail is basically flat made of finely crushed gravel. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot at Lorimer park on Moredon Rd and take a slow ride out to Byberry Rd and back stopping for birds along the way. Acadian Flycatchers, warblers, Tanagers and other birds should be easy to hear as we cruise along. We will finish up back at the Lorimer parking lot before noon.

    Bring your own bike and helmet, bottled water and binoculars.

    Meet at Lorimer Park parking lot on Moredon Rd
    Trip Leader - Linda Widdop

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June 10, 2017
  • Maine Field Trip

    June 10, 2017 - June 14, 2017
    Bangor, ME 04401, USA

    This five-day, four-night field trip arranged by Cindy Ahern, will target Maine specialties in the Baxter State Park and Downeast regions of the state.

    The first few days will be spent in the Baxter State Park area targeting boreal species including Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Philadelphia Vireo, Purple Finch; warblers including Blackpoll, Bay-breasted and Mourning; northern flycatchers including Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, Least, and Alder; and Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows. Moose are also expected. Lodging at the Big Moose Inn just outside of Baxter State Park.

    Next, we head to Downeast Maine, with a home base at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, located on the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park. This part of the trip will include a chartered pelagic around Petit Manan in the Gulf of Maine for Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds. Likely species include Razorbill, Common Murre, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Arctic and Common Terns, and possibly Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Great Cormorant and Roseate Terns. Whales are common, with possibilities of Minke, Humpback and occasionally Fin, along with Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, Gray and Harbor Seals, and Harbor Porpoise.

    Cost is all inclusive beginning from the start date meeting location to departure, and includes meals, lodging, transportation (passenger van from the meeting location), snacks and water. Alcoholic beverages not included. You must arrange your own transportation to the meeting location in Bangor, Maine.

    Trip fee is $1120 per person, with a 50% deposit due by March 15, and final payment due May 10.

    Register early, this trip is limited to10 participants.

    Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne (Founder of the Maine Birding Trail) and Seth Benz (Director - Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab)

    Additional information forthcoming.

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June 17, 2017
  • Steve Kacir Memorial Nighthawk Trip to Wharton State Forest

    June 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    08088, Vincentown, NJ 08088, USA

    This annual trip will be to memorialize the life of beloved former DVOC president Steve Kacir. Steve ran a trip to this spot in the NJ Pine Barrens to see the flight displays of common nighthawks for many years. We will meet at the Carranza Memorial parking lot for a picnic dinner. We will bird the nearby bog and forest before heading to the field at sunset to see the nighthawks perform their booming overhead flights. We should also hear whip-poor-wills, pine barrens tree frogs, carpenter frogs, and see many Eastern towhees and pine warblers.

    Please enjoy a past trip report written by Steve, it really captures his essence:
    http://www.dvoc.org/FieldTrips/FieldTrips2010/FTReports2010/Nightjars2010.htm

    To the Carranza Memorial:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Carranza+Memorial/@39.7802133,-74.636426,15z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xaae9ea32e9444dfc!2sCarranza+Memorial!8m2!3d39.7773643!4d-74.6323601!3m4!1s0x0:0xaae9ea32e9444dfc!8m2!3d39.7773643!4d-74.6323601

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September 4, 2017
  • Labor Day in Cape May

    September 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Higbee Beach, New Jersey 08204, USA

    We will start at Higbee Beach for early migrants. We often find the best birds early in the season before the crowds arrive including Golden-wing, Cerulean, Worm-eating and other warblers,. Bring your dog for a good romp too. Meet at Higbee parking area 7 AM. Continue up the bayshore in search of returning shorebirds. We will station ourselves along the beach at Villas with scopes to scan for banded Sanderling and Semi-palmated Sandpipers at high tide.
    Bring bugspray, binoculars and scope if you have one.
    Feel free to jump in and out during the day. I will provide my cell phone number for communication and location.

    Meet at Higbee Beach parking lot at 7 AM
    Trip Leader - Linda Widdop

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