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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer

October 20, 2012
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA

Due to a scheduling conflict the trip was moved from Sun 10/21 to Sat 10/20 and run by Win Shafer who replaced Dennis Brennan.

We had a about a dozen of us who gathered in the parking lot at 8AM. Although there had been no big migratory movement we had a nice assortment of birds. As always the sunny edges of the dike provided a good assortment along with a decent variety on the impoundment. Unfortunatelly they had recently let water into the impoundment raising the level which resulted in many of the dabbling ducks that had been there previously to move elsewhere. Our bst bird of the day was probably a singing Marsh Wren in the reeds at the dike end of the boardwalk. The bird popped into view several times giving us decent looks. We also had a Winter Wren skulking in the brush giving us only fleeting views. On the impoundment were a reasonable assortment including several remaining Great Egrets, a lone Snow Goose, Coots, Shovlers, Am Widgeon, Wood Ducks and many Malards. Overhead was saw Red-tails, a Sharpie and a pair of calling Red-shoulder Hawks. The weather was cooperative and a good time was had by all!

Trip List

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, US-PA
Oct 20, 2012 7:50 AM - 11:42 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1
46 species

Snow Goose 1
Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 4
American Wigeon 6
Mallard 60 Everywhere!
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 10
Green-winged Teal 2
Wild Turkey 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 12
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 2
American Coot 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 400 Large group over the impoundment
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 Seen and heard. DVOC field trip
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1 Singing and seen in reeds by the dike end of the boardwalk
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 50
Cedar Waxwing 1
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Purple Finch 1 Adult male
House Finch 2
Pine Siskin 20 Seen and heard
American Goldfinch 2