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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer
June 10-12, 2011
Weekend at Camp Susquehannock in NE PA
Win Shafer and 6 participants joined forces at Camp Susquehannock in Brackney PA (18 miles south of Binghamton NY) on Fri eve. We adjourned to the Lake View Inn nearby for a delicious sampling of the local fare including many varieties of wings and Lake Views famous “Garbage Burgers”.
Early on Saturday we drove to the Florence Shelley Preserve in the Northwestern corner of Susquehanna County which has a wonderful variety of habitats including a large bog. Despite getting thoroughly doused by an early morning shower we had good success locating such northern breeding species as White-throated Sparrow, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Brown Creeper and Winter Wren. We then moved on to Harmony Road which runs along the Susquehanna River and State Game Land #32 which lies between New Milford and Great Bend PA to the east of Interstate 81. There we picked up many additional species highlighted by: Worm-eating Warbler, Black throated blue and green Warblers, Blue winged Warbler, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting and many more. From there we returned to camp to see the numerous breeding Bobolinks in the fields adjacent to the camp.
On Sunday we drove to nearby Salt Springs State Park which contains a beautiful gorge with multiple waterfalls and a section of huge virgin hemlock. Here we were able to add such species as Blackburnian Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrow and Louisiana Water thrush. We ended the day and our trip at Woodbourne Sanctuary in Dimock PA, the first preserve established in PA containing a beautiful beaver swamp and hemlock forest.
Below is listed our total species for the weekend:
Pictures by Stu Beltz