Lane Reservoir and Unami Creek Valley Field Trips
For the DVOC Youth Birding Celebration & Informal Summer
Leaders: Andy Curtis, Joe Greco, Paul Guris, Joe
Hudson, Steve Kacir and possibly Steve Grunwald and Bo Grunwald.
Field Trip Meeting Time and Place:
Meet at the Snyder Rd Pavilion of Green Lane Park at 7:00AM
on 9 Aug 2014 for the morning field trips. From there, participants
will caravan or carpool to the field trip locations chosen
by the leaders. Afterwards, leaders and participants will
return to the pavilion for lunch, proceeds from which will
support the DVOC Youth Birding Scholarship and the DVOC Photography
Meet at the Snyder Rd Pavilion of Green Lane Park at 1:00PM
on 9 Aug 2014 for an afternoon field trip led by Steve Kacir
and possibly other leaders. Come earlier and grab lunch at
the picnic pavilion – proceeds will support the DVOC
Youth Birding Scholarship and the DVOC Photography Contest.
Steve Kacir, Joe Hudson and Joe Greco will lead a
field trip section that meets at 7:00AM that will travel up
past the Unami Creek Valley to Lake Skymount, also known as
Maple Run Reservoir, with late summer ducks, dispersing terns
and migrating shorebirds on the target list. From there, the
field trip will move to Whites Mill Preserve where the leaders
will look for herons in their post-breeding dispersal, lingering
breeding passerines and early migrants. Afterwards, the field
trip will explore Unami Creek for local passerines and early
migrants. The final destination will be Knight Lake at Green
Lane Park (aka Upper Perkiomen Park), which can be good for
shorebirds, early waterfowl and other early migrants.
Guris and Andy Curtis will lead a field trip section that
meets at 7:00AM and focuses on Green Lane Reservoir hot spots.
The exact itinerary will be determined by local conditions,
but will likely feature such destinations as the Walt Rd area,
the Church Road Bird Sanctuary, Knight Lake and Upper Perkiomen
Park, Goschenhoppen Church Rd and other Green Lane destinations.
Most of these spots can be world-class shorebird locations
when the water levels fall and expose extensive mudflats,
especially Church Road. However, all of these locations can
attract early migrants and birds in the post-breeding dispersal
phase of their annual movements, including shorebirds, terns,
herons, raptors and passerines.
Kacir and possibly some other leaders will lead a field trip
section that meets at 1:00PM and will revisit some of the
sites covered by Paul & Andy’s field trip section
as well as some Montgomery County grassland sites. The specific
itinerary will depend on local conditions, but will feature
the Church Road Bird Sanctuary, Knight Lake, Walt Road or
the Knight Rd overlook (depending on sun conditions), and
the Palm grasslands which have been known to attract Dickcissel
and Blue Grosbeak on occasion. If time allows, the trip may
also hit the Hill Rd Day Use Area of Green Lane Park and the
old Visitor Center Area – both are good spots for Pileated
Woodpecker. The field trip will end at the Snyder Road Pavilion
at 2:50PM, just in time for the Scholarship Award
Ceremony that starts at 3:00PM.
August, date to be determined- MANAYUNK (CHESTNUT HILL) CHIMNEY
SWIFT ROOST- PHILADELPHIA, PA
Annual Field Trip to local Chimney Swift Roost Mid August
date, This year’s location to be determined, depending
on where the birds are. Check the Wyncote Facebook page and
Web Page for updates or contact: Jane Henderson 215-836-1965
or email@example.com for location and the exact date.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote
Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and
Leader: Jane Henderson
(Date to be announced) – STONE HARBOR POINT, NUMMY'S
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
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
2014 Field Trip Schedule