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2013 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
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DVOC offers a variety of field trips to locations in and around the Delaware Valley area. Some trips target specific species while others concentrate on birding a certain habitat or area. Our field trips are led by a number of DVOC members who eagerly share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with trip participants. Most trips are half to full day events, with some being longer excursions to more distant locations.

We offer approximately 40 field trips annually. We are always seeking new leaders and exciting destinations. DVOC field trips are open to members and non members of all skill levels. These field trips are a fun way to see birds, learn about avian behavior and meet new birders.


FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE
Win Shafer (Chair), Robert Horton
, Martin Dellwo

NOTE: PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO NOTIFY THE FIELD TRIP LEADER THAT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, AND ALSO SHOULD YOU NEED TO CANCEL.

For our winter field trips, should extreme weather be forecasted the trip may be cancelled at the leaders’ discretion. Please check the website before departure for any updates.

Contact Information for Field Trip Leaders

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2013 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

There are no more field trips scheduled for 2013. The 2014 schedule will be posted shortly.

January 5 (Saturday) – CONOWINGO DAM, MD AND PERRYVILLE, PA
Birding on the Susquehanna River where there is a nice concentration of Bald Eagles around Conowingo Dam. After birding the dam we will head north to Perryville and look for wintering waterfowl. Meet at 9 AM at Fisherman’s Park at Conowingo Dam.
Directions: From Route 1. Immediately after crossing the dam, turn left on Fisherman Park Road for .07 mile and follow signs to Fisherman’s Park.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tom Reeves cell 267.879. 0000 phone 610.361.8027
No 2103 trip report submitted
2012 trip cancelled due to weather
2011 trip cancelled due to weathe
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2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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January 12 (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 27th annual mid-winter census which highlights the incredible diversity of habitat and species found within our city borders. An average of 92 species are recorded each year including notable rarities.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Contact: Keith Russell
2013 Report
2012 Report
2011 Report
2010 Report
2009 Report
2008 Report
2007 Report
2006 Report
2005 Report
2004 Report
2003 Report

January 19-21 (Saturday-Monday) - MONTAUK (LONG ISLAND), NY
A trip over Martin Luther King weekend for winter finches, eiders, scoters, alcids and any Eurasian accidentals. Car pool from N.E. Phila at 6AM. Space is limited due to lodging constraints – first come, first served!
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
Leaders: Erica Brendel and Chris Walters

2013 Information Sheet

2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

January 19, 2013 (Saturday) Cape May, NJ
Meet 8:30AM: We will meet at the Hawk Watch Platform at the Cape May Point Lighthouse State Park at 8:30 AM and spend the bulk of the morning birding the park and the point in search of the rarities that have been there recently before heading off is search of other recent sightings. Dress for the weather and bring lunch & scopes if available. From the meeting location we will head off in search of what is around. This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members alike.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Martin Selzer
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

 

January 20 (Sunday) – CUMBERLAND AND CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ
The morning trip to Villas WMA is leaving at 8:30 from Mauricetown Crossway Wawa. We will meet back at Wawa at noon but will proceed north to New Egypt for Sandhill Cranes and Northern Lapwings. The Bayshore crane flock has not been located this year. Feel free to meet us in New Egypt, contact Tony on his cell at 215-301-7940.
This trip will search for the Sandhill Crane flock that has traditionally roosted at Husted Landing. This is supposedly a resident flock although no one seems to know where they breed. It is extremely interesting because a Common Crane and several hybrid offspring are part of this group of 18 birds. If the flock is located early then this trip will end at Jake's Landing for the Short-eared Owl show. This trip will meet at noon at the Wawa on the Mauricetown Crossway and 47. We will choose our itinerary and meeting place after the CBC’s. This will give us a chance to chase whatever else is around before completing the day with the dusk activity of the cranes and or owls. This trip will likely produce large numbers of Snow Geese, maybe even a Ross’s or Greater White-fronted Goose, harriers and Bald Eagles. A pre-trip will meet at Wawa on the Mauricetown Crossway and 47 at 8:30 and head to the Villas WMA to look for birds like red-headed woodpecker.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale
No 2013 Field Trip Report submitted
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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February 10 (Sunday) - PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP: BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK, OCEAN COUNTY, NJ
This field trip will focus on getting some good photographs of wintering gulls and waterfowl at Barnegat Light. Almost no effort will be made to find rarities. We’ll plan to walk the jetty, find cooperative birds and photograph them. Target birds include Red-throated Loons, Common Loon, Long-tailed Ducks, Scoters, Purple Sandpipers, Eiders, Snow Buntings and Ipswich Sparrow -- basically whatever we find. A King Eider showed up for our much-delayed trip in 2008. Whether you're new to photography or a pro, you're welcome on this trip. I will be shooting almost exclusively with a Digital SLR and 300mm lens. Digiscopers and more traditional photographers are both welcome, and we'll do our best to find some subjects for everyone. If interested, contact Steve Kacir and let him know whether you'll be digiscoping or just using a camera. Some information about your lens will also help in planning our approach to this trip. The trip will last about half a day. In case of foul weather the trip will be rescheduled.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip meeting place: Lighthouse Parking Lot. Meeting Time: 8:00am
Leader: Steve Kacir
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

February 18 (Monday)- NORTH SHORE PRESIDENT'S DAY TRIP, NJ
New meeting location - Ocean Drive is currently closed in the vicinity
of the Shark River Inlet, so instead of meeting there, we will meet around the store at the Belmawr Marina. Same time - 10:30AM. This store is located in the center of the parking area for the marina which is at RT. 35 and 10th streets. There is a traffic signal at the entrance.
I am changing the trip a bit as many areas that access the ocean are not accessible at present. We will explore the marina and river area instead of some ocean locations. We will still hit Mannasquan Inlet and possibly Tom's River for the Pink-footed Goose near dusk. Any questions - please email or call.
Sandra Keller - sandrakeller@verizon.net (856)383-2756.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip Leader: Sandra Keller
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report

March 9 (Saturday) - BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ
A ½ day field trip ideally suited to NEW MEMBERS & STUDENTS (but open to all members) to the best location in Jersey to see Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper. Common Eider are regular here and we’ll look for King Eider. An assortment of ducks and loons should be found in the inlet. The dunes hold “Ipswich” Sparrow and usually Snow Buntings, and in good years longspurs. Dress warm. Meet at the Lighthouse parking lot at 9:00AM.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Chris Walters
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Pictures
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report (March)
2007 Field Trip Report (January)
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report

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April 20, 2013 (Saturday) Coastal Delaware
For early migrants and lingering winter visitors. Bring lunch and scopes. We will be starting this trip in southern Delaware and working our way north to Bombay Hook. Meet at Prime Hook Refuge on Rt. 16 about 40 minutes south of Dover DE. Stay on Rt 1 south to the stoplight at Rt. 16, turn left and go to 1st left hand turn which is entrance to the refuge (there is a sign). Go through the gates to the first left hand road (gravel), turn left and go to the first parking lot on right. Allow at least 2 1/2 hours from Philly especially if you want to make a gas/bathroom stop.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Lynn Jackson
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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April 21 (Sunday) – PINELANDS BIRDING, FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE, NJ
Franklin Parker Preserve is a relatively new reserve made up of old cranberry bogs and pine barrens. New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Emile De Vito will meet us in Chatsworth and guide us through this preserve, we will actually be able to drive through the reserve instead of the usual very long hike one needs to do to explore this gem. Franklin Parker Preserve is a really unique piece of habitat. This location came to be known in birding circles for its late summer gull-billed terns and a northern shrike that spent a few weeks there two winters ago. The reserve hosts tundra swans, rough-legged hawks, harriers and bald eagles in the winter, some of which will hopefully still be around. We are doing this trip later this earlier to hopefully get some of the area's breeding birds like Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, Summer Tanager etc if they are back in time.
We will meet at the Chatsworth Firehouse (corner of 563 and 532) at 9:00am and carpool into the reserve. After we are done in Franklin Parker Preserve we will try a reliable red-headed woodpecker location nearby.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip Report

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April 27 (Saturday) - WEST LAUREL HILL CEMETERY
A walk through West Laurel Hill Cemetery and part of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Meet in the parking lot of the funeral home just inside the entrance to the cemetery near Belmont and Levering Mill Road in Bala Cynwyd at 8:30 am. People are welcome to arrrive at 7:30 am and join the leader in some scouting.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with the Lower Merion Conservancy Association and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Gregg Gorton
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2007 Field Trip Report

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April 27 (Saturday) - FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA
Fort Washington State Park (FWSP) is an excellent place for spring migration. We have tallied up to twenty-eight species in prior spring migration periods. For this trip we will meet at the Hawk Watch platform at Militia Hill at 7:30 AM.
Directions to FWSP: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/fortwashington.aspx#directions
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Jane Henderson
2013 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report

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May 4 (Saturday) - JOHN HEINZ NWR AT TINICIUM, SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA, PA
One-half day trip. We will bird for passerines, but check the wet habitats as well for non-passerines. Meet in Tinicum's parking lot at 6:30 AM.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Frank Windfelder (267-251-1141)
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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Saturday Night / Sunday Morning May 4/5 RAILS AND NOCTURNAL SPECIES AT THE C&D CANAL, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE
Sunday May 5th at 3:30 AM (Saturday night for those inclined to stay awake or Sunday morning for those who take a more strict interpretation of day and time).
We'll be listening for night birds along Dutch Neck Rd and Reedy Point Rd from 3:30 AM until sunrise. We'll spend the hours before sunrise listening for calling Sora, Virginia Rail, King Rail, Marsh Wren and Sedge Wren at the 1000 Acre Marsh, adjacent Augustine Wildlife Area and nearby Grier's Pond. Though not completely necessary, tall boots may be good to have on hand. Please bring insect repellant, as Grier's Pond can be infested with Deer Ticks at times. Please make all efforts to contact Steve Kacir if you plan on attending. The trip will run through sunrise. A special post-sunrise extension of this trip is planned for 2012; contact Steve Kacir for details if you are serious about attending. In case of unfavorable weather (including high winds -- in this case 15mph is high), this trip will be rescheduled.
If you arrive late, turn left onto Dutch Neck Rd from S. Reedy Point Road where S. Reedy Point Rd ends at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Continue to drive west along Dutch Neck Rd until you see a group of birders. If you get to the intersection of Knightsbridge Rd and Dutch Neck Rd, you are too far west. Meeting Time 3:30AM Meeting place: S Reedy Point Rd at Dutch Neck Rd, South of Delaware City off Route 9.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Atlantic Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Steve Kacir, Joe Delesantro
2012 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2011 trip
2010 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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May 5 (Sunday) Belleplain State Forest, NJ
Meet 7AM at the WAWA (NJ Rts 47 and 347) for migrating warblers and other birds at the nearby State Forest. This DVOC trip is a joint trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Martin Selzer
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report

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May 13 (Monday) – GLOUCESTER COUNTY “RUN”, NJ (WEEKDAY)
We will meet at 6:30AM in the small parking area at the gate at the west end of Carpenter - this is the Rt. 47 end. We will walk Nowhere Rd. first and then Carpenter down to the old burned field.
This is a walking trip, but we will be moving slowly and concentrating on all the birds we hear and see. Bring insect repellant. Heavy rain cancels the trip. If in doubt, contact me the weekend before. Sandra Keller email - sandrakeller@verizon.net or cell - (856)383-2756.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Sandra Keller
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

May 18 (Saturday), rain date May 19 (Sunday) – TANNERSVILLE CRANBERRY BOG
The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs. Canada Warbler, Nashville Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush are among the species known to breed here, many specialized endemic plants can be found in this habitat including a number of endangered species, and the property has been designated as a Pennsylvania Important Mammal Area, providing important habitat for otters, beavers, bobcat, bears. The 150 acre wetland and bog is part of a 775 acre preserve and is surrounded by upland woods that should be productive for breeders and migrants. The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and participants for this trip are limited to 15, with preference given to students. All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the trip leader to reserve your place for this trip: Cindy Ahern songbird5212@msn.com or call or text 215-840-4010.

Following our visit to the bog, if time allows, we will make a side trip to Old Mine Rd., just a short drive from Tannersville to the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap, known to be reliable for migrating warblers, flycatchers, thrushes, and more.

The DVOC encourages participants to consider donating $5.00 to the Monroe County EEC

Meet at the Tannersville Inn at 7:30AM where we will consolidate vehicles for the short drive to the preserve.
Google map of meeting place: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Tannersville+Inn%2c+Pennsylvania+611%2c+Tannersville%2c+PA&aq=0&oq=Tannersville+Inn&sll=41.117935%2c-77.604698&sspn=4.427268%2c10.821533&vpsrc=0&t=h&ie=UTF8&hq=Tannersville+Inn%2c+Pennsylvania+611%2c+Tannersville%2c+PA&z=15&cid=17606924675814066668&iwloc=A
Leader: Cindy Ahern
2013 Field Trip Report

May 18 (Saturday) - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK, PA
For breeders and spring migrants. Expected: warblers, including Kentucky, Hooded and Louisiana Waterthrush; thrushes (possibly including Swainson's), vireos, flycatchers and many others. Meet at 6:30 AM at the Ridley Creek bridge on Gradyville Road (near Newtown Square, PA). We will bird until 11:00 or noon, depending on when the birds give out.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Win Shafer
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report

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May 19 (Sunday)– SW NEW JERSEY
This trip will track down goodies spotted during scouting for the World Series of Birding. We will likely visit Bevan's WMA, Dividing Creek, Bivalve, Heislerville WMA, Belleplain State Forest and many off the beaten track in Cumberland County and maybe into Northern Cape May County. This trip will hit many locations and will almost certainly locate over 100 species. This part of New Jersey feels very much like Virginia or coastal North Carolina. Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonatary Warbler and Yellow-throated Warblers are all breeders here. We will find huge numbers of shorebirds at Bivalve and/or Heislerville WMA. Curlew Sandpiper and White-faced Ibis have been annual in this area in the past four years.
We will meet at 7:30 am at The WaWa on CR 670/ Mauricetown-Crossway Rd near the intersection of route 47 and 347.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Please RSVP tony.croasdale@gmail.com Leader's cell: 215-301-7940
Leader: Tony Croasdale
2013 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2012 trip
2011 Field Trip cancelled

2010 Field Trip Report

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June 4 (Tuesday) – LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS, NJ
The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of Upland Sandpipers. We also expect Grasshopper, Field Sparrows, Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark and in the pine forests Pine Warbler. Each participant must be a US CITIZEN and will need a valid driver’s license or picture ID. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands will be 3 hours.
You must register with Bob Horton for this trip in advance. This trip is limited to 20 people.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Meeting time: 7AM at the Chapel of the Air parking lot in Lakehurst
Directions: Take Rte 70 to the center of Lakehurst. At the McDonald’s & gas station, turn onto Rte 547. In about a ¼ mile, on the left there is a gray chapel named the Chapel of the Air. We will car pool from this parking area under the supervision of John Joyce, the base Conservation Officer. Each car entering the base will need a registration card and proof of insurance.
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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June 7-9 (Friday to Sunday) – WEEKEND AT CAMP SUSQUEHANNOCK IN NE PA
This trip will stay in cabins at Camp Susquehannock (run by Win Shafer) and will concentrate on birding the hot spots in Susquehanna County. We will be based at the camp on 1100 acres and will also visit a number of locations in the county possibly including Salt Spring State Park (only about 7 miles away) that has a beautiful gorge with waterfalls and virgin hemlock forest; Florence Shelly Preserve (in Wayne County to the east of camp about 25-30 miles); Woodbourne Forest Sanctuary (in Dimock about 18-20 miles) listed on the PA Susquehanna River Birding Trail; and High Point Preserve at Silver Lake. We will carpool up to the camp on Fri afternoon (about 2 ¾ hrs) and bird Sat and Sun mornings with options for a variety of trips each afternoon. Lodging and some meals will be provided by the camp free of charge. Target birds include breeding Bobolinks, Winter Wrens, a good variety of breeding warblers including Blackburnian and Magnolia and possibly Grasshopper Sparrows. We may also do some evening owling. Full details on a flyer later. Please let Win Shafer know in advance if you plan to attend. Leader: Win Shafer. Contact Win Shafer ( eshafer@ea1785.org ) for further information and directions.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members. The final cost for each participant will be determined by expenses incurred.
This trip was not held in 2013
No report submitted for the 2012 trip

2011 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

June 22 (Saturday)– WHARTON STATE FOREST FOR NIGHTHAWKS, NJ
This is a half day trip that meets in the early evening. We will focus on hearing and seeing nightjars, especially Common Nighthawks performing their Booming displays. We will also make some efforts to hear and see Barred Owl and Whip-poor-will. Chuck’s-will’s-widow has also been heard calling in the area in past years, though not in recent years. The trip will meet at the Carranza Memorial (between Atsion and Chatsworth) at 6:00PM. In case of foul weather, the trip will be rescheduled.
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This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Steve Kacir
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report

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July 20, 2013 Summer Bombay Hook NWR
Please call the leader for exact details before the trip. We'll be looking for shorebirds and other migrants. Bring lunch and scopes and lots of bug juice. This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members.
Contact leader Lynn Jackson for details
No report submitted for the 2013 trip
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

August 26 (Monday) – STONE HARBOR POINT, NUMMY'S ISLAND, NJ
Our annual trip to see the terns and shorebirds as they feed and roost on the different tides will be Monday, August 26th this year.
We will meet at 7:30AM in the parking lot of the McDonald's at the intersection of Rt. 147 and New York Ave. in north Wildwood. That's also a good restroom spot!
We will take our time and hit various locations north up to maybe the Wetlands Institute as we follow the tide coming in. Low tide is 7:00AM in the region - high tide is around 12:30PM. Water levels can vary depending on moon phase and wind direction.
This trip will concentrate on finding any rarities reported in the region and also try and track down all the expected shorebirds for late August. Please see the trip reports from years' past to get an idea.
We will end at 12:30 at the latest. I need to head home then for work, but feel free to stay and walk to the tip of Stone Harbor Point. It's a long hard walk over sand, but can be very rewarding for the concentrations of terns and shorebirds at high tide.
Bad weather cancels the trip - I have no weather date planned.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856) 383-2756.
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

Monday September 2nd (Labor Day)– "CONFUSING FALL BIRDERS" AT HIGBEE BEACH WMA, NJ
Spend a morning birding the fields and forest edges looking for songbird migrants. We will sort through the fall plumages of the (hopefully) numerous migrants at this Fall hotspot. With luck we will get to see a huge fallout of birds, but there should be plenty to see regardless at this time of year. Emphasis will be on sorting out "confusing fall warblers". The warblers are not confused, we are. They know who they are, but we are the ones confused (sometimes anyway). Meet at the main lot at Higbee Beach WMA (the one at the end of the road) Cape May Point NJ at 7:30 AM
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Mike Fritz
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 trip cancelled (weather)
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

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September 15 (Sunday) – FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, FLOURTOWN, PA
For fall migrants.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-membe
Meet 8 AM at the Militia Hill Hawk Watch deck
Trip Leader: Jane Henderson
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2009 Field Trip Report

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September 18 (Wednesday)- MANAYUNK (CHESTNUT HILL) CHIMNEY SWIFT ROOST- PHILADELPHIA, PA
In autumn migration, huge numbers of Chimney Swifts roost in chimneys of certain schools in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. The birds have been going down the chimney just before dark, so people should get there around 7:00 PM when the birds begin to gather.
We will meet at 6:45 pm at the Jenks School, 8301 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia PA, 19118

This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-members

Leader: Jane Henderson
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
2010 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
Video of 2003 Roost (Six second clip in *.avi format - 436 KB. Best viewed with Windows Media Player)
Ornithological Studies Presentation on Chimney Swifts

October 6 (Sunday)-Warren Grove Gunnery Range in the NJ pine barrens
While there we will be lead by Prof. Walter F. Bien of Drexel University who coordinates the various biological research projects there.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Dave Long

November 2 (Saturday) - SAW-WHET OWL BANDING at HIDDEN VALLEY, PA
DVOC continues it's longtime tradition of visiting Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl Banding Station during the peak of Saw-whet migration. During this popular field trip, we'll get an opportunity to observe and learn from the experts, how banding Saw-whet Owls has revealed myriad information about the lives of these small birds-of-prey. Bring cameras and snacks, for an enjoyable evening! Saw-whet Owl numbers are cyclical, and each year varies. There are no guarantees, but we've seen at least one bird every year except once. Meet at the banding station at 6:30 PM, located along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain in Schuylkill County - approximately 2 hours from Philadelphia. Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants - registration required. Contact Debbie Beer, debbeer(at)hotmail.com, 610-955-4098. Provide name(s) in your party and cell phone number. First come, first served. There is often a waiting list; please make sure you show if you register. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer
2013 Field Trip Report
2012 Field Trip Report
2011 Field Trip Report
No report submitted for the 2010 trip
2009 Field Trip Report
2008 Field Trip Report
2007 Field Trip Report
2006 Field Trip Report
2005 Field Trip Report
2004 Field Trip Report
2003 Field Trip Report

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November 2 (Saturday) – CONOWINGO DAM, MD
Birding on the Susquehanna River where there is a nice concentration of Bald Eagles around Conowingo Dam. Meet at 9 AM at Fisherman’s Park at Conowingo Dam.
Directions: From Route 1. Immediately after crossing the dam, turn left on Fisherman Park Road for .07 mile and follow signs to Fisherman’s Park.
This is a joint fielod trip with the Delaware County Birding Club
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Tom Reeves cell 267.879. 0000 phone 610.361.8027

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November 30 (Saturday) – BEGINNING BIRDING TRIP TO BARNEGAT AND FORSYTHE NWR
"Our annual beginning birder trip to Forsythe will be on Saturday, November 30 this year. We will still hit Forsythe, but that will be later in the day after we hit Barnegat! The Barnegat jetty is a completely different habitat, hence different species of waterfowl. Usually, birds at Barnegat are fairly easy to view - hence good for beginners.
Bring many layers of clothing as Barnegat will be much colder than Forsythe. Also, Barnegat is all walking.
Directions - meet at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park parking lot at 10:30AM. We will leave here around 1:00PM and drive to Forsythe NWR.
We should be meeting up again in that parking lot around 2:00PM and leave at 2:15 for a drive around the loop. Plan on eating lunch sometime between
1:00 and 2:15. Both parking areas have restrooms.
In case of bad weather - and that includes very high winds - the trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact me a day or two before at sandrakeller@verizon.net."
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856) 383-2756.
2013 Field Trip Report