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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer
Saturday May 18, 2013 - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK
Trip leader Win Shafer (pinch hitting for Art McMorris who was returning from banding Perigrine Falcons in Western PA) was joined by five stalwarts on a cool cloudy morning. Although the trees were certainly not dripping warblers we had a good morning with a total of 58 species of birds. Our best bird was a Barred Owl that flew across the trail and perched giving us great close looks. Although many of the warblers were singing high in the tree tops we did manage to see or hear 13 species. We did get excellent views of Scarlet Tanangers and Veerys as well a a female Wood Duck with 8 young swimming up the creek. Although Kentucky Warbler had been previously reported we were unable to find one.
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.
Birds seen and heard (58 species):
Photos by Kate Fahey