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DVOC Field Trip Report

April 24, 2010 (Saturday)
Fort Washington State Park

Leader: Jane Henderson

Twelve people took part in the Wyncote Audubon / DVOC field trip on Saturday, April 24 at Fort Washington State Park, PA. It was a beautiful sunny day. Temperatures ranged from 40F when we started out to 65F when we finished up.

It's still early spring, and in this part of the world very few migrants have made an appearance.

We began the field trip at the Flourtown Day Use area on West Mill Road in Flourtown. We met in the parking lot, and heard Chipping Sparrow when we got out of the cars. We made our way toward the pavilion, where, in past years, Eastern Phoebes have nested. Not so this year for reasons unknown to us. We walked a short loop around the park, past Wissahickon Creek and past the houses that border the park. We saw Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice, and assorted woodpeckers. Song Sparrows, Carolina Wrens and Northern Cardinals accompanied us all the way around.

We walked past the wetland, which is not wet at all now, and across the field to the path that leads to the wooden bridge. As we made our way past the backyards, we saw Red-bellied Woodpeckers at a nest hole, and Northern Flickers copulating. Bert Filemyr got pictures. (This has been a good area for woodpeckers, including Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, all this spring.) From the bridge we heard and saw Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Cedar Waxwings and White-throated Sparrows. An Osprey flew overhead.

When we had completed our rounds of that part of the park, we formed a car caravan and set out for Militia Hill. We heard and saw Yellow-rumped Warblers from the parking lot. We saw Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned hawks, as well as Black Vulture as we made our way up Ridge Road. On our loop around this part of the park we saw more White-throated Sparrows, and got a great look at an Eastern Towhee.

Some of the participants were experienced birders, others were new at it, and everyone pitched in to help the new people get on the birds. It was a very nice morning.

Pictures by Bert Filemyr