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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Art McMorris
Sunday May 17, 2009 - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK
Three members and 6 non-members joined Art on an overcast morning for birding in the bridle trail area of Ridley Creek State Park. The region where we birded is maturing woodland dominated by large tulip trees and American beeches, with some areas of woods edge and scrub-shrub habitat. The morning started out warm with light showers, and then it cooled down and the wind picked up as a front came through. The best birds were Acadian Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Chestnut-sided Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers which gave us excellent looks, and a migrant Swainson’s Thrush which gave us close leisurely looks but never vocalized. We heard at least a half-dozen Hooded Warblers in the distance but none came into view. Kentucky Warblers, which have been hanging on here in spite of severe degradation of the understory by white-tailed deer, could not be found in their traditional nesting areas.
Birds seen and heard (46 species)