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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder

May 6, 2012
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA

We gathered in the parking lot at 6:30 AM, hopeful that we would see some migrants. I decided to take the group down the dike first until the light improved, although that area had been somewhat slow this year. Not so today! We were surrounded by warblers. Black-throated Green Warblers in particular put on a tremendous show. Blackpoll and Black-and-white Warblers, Warbling Vireos and Northern Parulas were numerous. There was a Cedar Waxwing. Northern Oriole males were singing and well seen. Ospreys and Great Egrets were out in the marsh. There was a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Wilson’s Snipe.

Eventually, we hit the big boardwalk and headed to the warbler woods. There we enjoyed male Scarlet Tanagers and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. There were Ovenbirds, Northern Waterthrushes, Orchard Orioles, and numerous Black-throated Blue Warblers. Some of us heard and/or saw a Blackburnian Warbler. Win Shafer and Sam Perloff heard both Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warblers.

We located a female Wilson’s Warbler low in the brush. Most saw it well, but we were to relocate the bird later, and get even better looks. A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched high on a snag. There were lots of Wood Thrushes, a heard Swainson’s Thrush, and a late Hermit Thrush. Some of us heard a first of the year Willow Flycatcher. Great-crested Flycatchers were much in evidence. We even had nice looks at Chestnut-sided and Magnolia Warblers.

Todd Fellenbaum had moved to the thrush woods where he had Cape May and Worm-eating Warblers, and another Wilson’s Warbler, this one a male. What kind of day was it? The warblers were dripping off the trees, and collectively we had an amazing 22 species.

Other participants were Gene Harris, Dennis and Anna Bert, Don Webb, Georgia & Barrie Ashby, Andrea Bennett, Jack Creighton, Don Myers, Roy Seneca and Dick Rainer. My apologies if I missed anyone’s name. What a wonderful day it was, great birds and great company.

Frank Windfelder
Philadelphia, PA