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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder
May 10, 2009
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Nine participants met at Tinicum’s headquarters. It was a sunny but windy day, and the birding was a bit slow. Nevertheless many breeders were there, and such things as Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos and Yellow Warblers put on quite a show. There were a few Solitary Sandpipers as well, and the resident Bald Eagles were well seen. Several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, including a nicely perched male, were a nice find.
We had 12 species of Warblers, but in small numbers. The best of these were Wilson’s and Nashville Warblers, although both species were seen briefly and not by everyone. We did have very nice looks at male American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, and Northern Parulas. Perhaps the highlight of the day was a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers which were building a nest near the little boardwalk.
Participants included Denis Brennan, Dan Efroymson, Jack Fennell, Jeff Holt, Sam Perloff, Jen Pour, Pattie Rehn, and Roy Seneca, all of whom were great company.