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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Art McMorris
Saturday May 29, 2012 - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK
Eighteen participants joined leader Art McMorris on a glorious morning for birding in the bridle trail area of Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County, PA. This section of the park has a mixture of habitats including maturing second-growth deciduous forest, scrub/shrub, fields and hedgerows, along Ridley Creek and its tributaries and upland. At this time of year most of the breeders are on territory, while some late migrants are still coming through. The trip started at 6:30 AM and continued until the birds quieted down at mid-day. The temperature started out in the low fifties and warmed to the mid-sixties under a clear sky.
Fifty-four species were seen and heard. Good (and
sometimes unexpected) birds included an Osprey (seen by part of the group
at the end of the trip), Barred Owl, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler and
Yellow-breasted Chat. Especially good looks were had of Acadian Flycatcher,
White-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and a mated
pair of Scarlet Tanagers.
Birds seen and heard (54 species):
Great Blue Heron