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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Art McMorris

Saturday May 22, 2004 and Thursday May 27, 2004 - RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK

We ran this field trip twice: on Saturday May 22 and again on Thursday May 27. Two participants joined the leader, Art McMorris, on the Saturday trip, and 8 participants came on Thursday, indicating that there is good interest in the club for mid-week trips. We started each day at 6:30 AM and continued until about 11 AM.

Ridley Creek State Park is a 2600-plus acre park in Delaware County, PA. It has large stands of mature mixed hardwood forest interspersed with fields and old fields. We birded the bridle trail in the northernmost portion of the park, north of Gradyville Road. The area we covered was mostly wooded and followed Ridley Creek and the small streams feeding it. We also spent some time in scrub-shrub and field habitat.

Migration was pretty much over, and most if not all of the birds we saw are local breeders. The totals were 46 species on Saturday and 43 on Thursday, with a total of 54 species for the two days combined. Highlights included Yellow-billed Cuckoo (heard only), Acadian Flycatcher; three vireos including Yellow-throated; 10 species of warbler including Kentucky, Hooded, Blue-winged and Chestnut-sided; Scarlet Tanager; Baltimore Oriole and Indigo Bunting.

Trip list (seen and heard, both days combined):

Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Prairie Warbler
American Redstart
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch