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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