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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder
May 8, 2011
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Clear skies overnight, light winds and a forecast high of 77 degrees all boded well for a great day. Practically the first bird we saw was a male Indigo Bunting. When you soon get great views of both Blackburnian and Bay-breasted Warblers, you know things are going well. By the way, Sam Perloff should get credit for both of these birds, with his ability to hear their high-pitched songs.
We ended up with 17 species of warblers, but perhaps the best was a singing male Black-throated Green Warbler that we couldn’t shoo away. Terri Kirk was thrilled to get crippling views of what was a lifer for her. Did I mention the great views of Magnolia and Black-throated Blue Warblers, American Redstart, Northern Parula and Northern Waterthrush? We all heard a Hooded Warbler singing its primary song, and three people managed to see it. Some of us saw a Blackpoll Warbler. We had to settle for heard only Chestnut-sided and Wilson’s Warblers.
There were lots of other goodies, like the pair of eye-level male Scarlet Tanagers and a late Blue-headed Vireo. A pair of Bank Swallows flew over, and an Osprey hunted the impoundment. A late Ruddy Duck swam behind a pair of Wood Ducks. We saw Solitary, Spotted, and Least Sandpipers, and a Greater Yellowlegs. A couple of us saw a Veery.
Other participants were Sandy Grimwade, Jack Creighton, Roy Seneca, Bob Brezak, Georgia & Barrie Ashby, Dave Burns and Pat Johnson. Just a great morning! We had 72 species.