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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer
November 13, 2011
Kirkwood Preserve and Rushton Farm Field Trip Report
Eight stalwart birders joined Debbie Beer and me for the first field trip to the Willistown Trust’s preserves at Kirkwood and at Rushton Farms. The two preserves are only a few miles apart off of Goshen Road in Chester County. Both feature a nice mix of open fields and woods along streams. We began the morning at Kirkwood, walking through a large expanse of open meadow and saw a nice variety of field and forest birds highlighted by a Americal Kestrel just as we were about to leave. We also had great looks at a hunting Red Fox. After a nice walk through Kirkwood we headed to Rushton Farms where we walked through the farm fields, past the banding station and into the woods. A flock of several thousand Grackels that we had spotted in the air on our drive between the two preserves joined us at Rushton. The noise they can make and the sound of their wings as they took flight from drinking at the stream were quite impressive.
Our cumulative list of birds from the morning
are as follows: