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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Jeff Holt

Riverwinds and National Park Dredge Spoils
April 19, 2009

An overcast but mild morning greeted 12 attendees to this years swing through the birding environs of the Riverwinds complex in West Deptford and the National Park Dredge Spoils. At the Riverwinds nature trail, we found a few early migrants such as Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, Brown Thrasher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Also observed was a nice size flock of Wild Turkeys and a fly-over Merlin. At the impoundment, we scored Gadwall and Bufflehead.

Our stop at the Drege Spoils was somewhat disappointing. We failed to find American Coot, Common Moorhen or Pied-billed Grebe, all of which had been breeders in years past. Their absence is likely the result of an overabundance of Canada Geese and the Army Corps of Engineers decison to drain the majority of the impoundment. On the positive side, due to the sharp eyes of Bert Filemyr, we found a Horned Grebe and the "Kittiwake" on the Delaware River. Also a nice find was a pair of nesting Cooper's Hawks.

An added stop this year at the end of the morning was a visit to a nearby, new Bald Eagle nest, where, from a respectful distance, we scoped 2 eaglets, along with their parents.

Click Here for a couple of bird pictures from the trip


A "Kittywake" on the Delaware River

 

Photos by Bert Filemyr