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DVOC Field Trip Report

April 30, 2011 (Saturday)
Fort Washington State Park

Leader: Jane Henderson

The field trip began at 7:45 AM in the Militia Hill parking lot with several Baltimore Orioles and three Scarlet Tanagers, all in good view. The twenty or so participants lingered around that area for a while, and then headed up Ridge Road to see what we could see. Our route took us past the campgrounds, across Joshua Road and then back through the lower park entrance. Chimney Swifts and Tree Swallows circled overhead. Gray Catbirds kept us company most of the way. It's nice to see them back. Other notable birds included Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Indigo Bunting, and several warblers species: Black-throated Green, Northern Parula, Black-and White, American Redstart, and Ovenbird. On our walk back to the parking lot on Park Avenue we found the Eastern Screech-Owl peeking out of his favorite tree.