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WEST BASIN at EAST PARK RESERVOIR, Philadelphia PA
November 20, 2003

For several hours on this blustery morning the Philadelphia Water Department granted us access to what will shortly be an Audubon Urban Center. 12 members joined the field trip. The focus of our attention was the species associated with the West Basin, one of three basins and the only one with open water. Here we observed 3 Wood Ducks, 24 plus Hooded Mergansers, 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 Great Blue Herons and a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls. While standing on the dike that divided the West Basin from the North West Basin we were treated to a small raptor show, with 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks flying over, followed by a local pair of young American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Turkey Vulture.

The North West Basin had the remains of last night’s rainfall, but despite the majority of its liner being exposed there was a male Mallard, male Hooded Merganser and a female Green-winged Teal paddling in shallow water and about half a dozen Killdeer foraging about. The wind made for a poor showing of passerines, but we did manage to see several Song Sparrows and a Swamp Sparrow. Other birds seen included a fly-away flock of Cedar Waxwings and Common Grackles, several American Crows, Starlings and Rock Pigeon, and single Mourning Dove, Cardinal and Blue Jay.


 

 

 

 

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