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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Art McMorris
Saturday May 21, 2011 - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK
Twelve participants joined leader Art McMorris for a morning of birding in Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County, PA. We birded in the bridle trail area north of Gradyville Road, the most wooded portion of the park, which has fine second-growth stands dominated by American Beech and Tulip Tree. We were fortunate to have the first non-rainy day in over a week. The temperature was 55 degrees when we started out at 6:30 AM and gradually rose to 70 degrees by 11:30 when the birds got quiet and we all went our separate ways.
We started out following Ridley Creek and soon branched
off through scrub-shrub habitat which yielded such birds as Blue-winged,
Chestnut-sided and Prairie Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. We then branched
off to a small hill which usually has a couple of Hooded Warbler territories,
and we were not disappointed. The Kentucky Warblers which nest here annually
but are always a challenge to find proved to be too much of a challenge,
and we came up empty. A return along the main creek and smaller tributaries
yielded riparian species such as Acadian Flycatcher and a late-singing
Louisiana Waterthrush, probably an unsuccessful male still trying valiantly.
Other goodies included Scarlet Tanager, a migrant Swainson’s Thrush,
and good looks at at least 4 Pileated Woodpeckers. We ended the morning
with 46 species.
Birds seen and heard (46 species):
Great Blue Heron
Pictures by Bert Filemyr