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DVOC Field Trip Report
by JoAnn Raine

June 18, 2005
BIRDING THE NATIVE GRASSLANDS AT THE PENNYPACK TRUST, MONTGOMERY CO., PA

Ten DVOC members walked the grasslands at the Pennypack Trust this cool and delightful morning. No birds but the expected ones but we had several encounters that proved nesting and fledging young for the Breeding Bird survey. The pair of Kestrel had 2 young birds out on the bushes and were feeding and teaching them hunting techniques. Much kiting and low pursuit of dragonflies. Along the floodplain, we located Orchard Oriole and Baltimore nests along with a mobbing session that flushed a Cooper's Hawk from the mature forest.

JoAnn Raine


Fledged kestrels and their mouse dinner (Photo by Harris Brown)