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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Warwick County Park, Chester County, PA

For: Rusty Blackbird, Swamp Sparrow and Hermit Thrush

Place: Last parking lot on the left, 9:00 a.m.

Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, pattyww@comcast.net and John Werth 215-859-1148)

Note: Due to Covid concerns, please check with the leaders to confirm if a participant limit is in effect. The 535-acre Warwick County Park in northern Chester County includes dense hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, and riparian areas along a section of French Creek, an “exceptional value” stream. This diversity provides excellent habitat for birds. This 1.5 to 2 hour walk on mainly flat (and possible muddy) terrain on unpaved trails will cover approximately 2 miles. A modern restroom is on site.

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 100 and 23, proceed west on Route 23 for 3.4 miles. Turn left onto County Park Road (entrance is somewhat hidden) and continue 0.3 miles to the entrance to Warwick County Park, on the left. Follow the drive to the last parking lot on the left.

Warwick County Park

Start: Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:00 am
End: Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Great Backyard Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Your feeders and your yard, all day.

Coordinator: Carol Majors (610-399-1509, carolmajors@gmail.com)

Note: Count birds at your feeder, in your yard or any site of your choosing.  Although the bird count is Feb. 12 to 15, only lists for Feb. 13 will be counted in the report. Input data into eBird.org and send to coordinator. All results must be sent to Carol by February 22. For more information, see website at Great Backyard Bird Count.

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Bombay Hook NWR and North

For: Waterfowl and other late winter visitors

Google MapPlace: Painters Crossing, 7:00 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Note: Minimal walking involved.  Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.

Directions: Meet at NWR, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 at 8:30 a.m. Do not leave the HQ; depending on birding on Whitehall Neck Rd, we may arrive to the HQ after 8:30. Please contact leader if you will meet the group at Bombay Hook. We will bird Bombay Hook and head north to various spots in Delaware.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if carpooling is occurring. Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of Routes 1 and 202. Departure time: 7:00 a.m.

Google MapBombay Hook NWR

Start: Saturday, February 20, 2021 7:00 am
End: Saturday, February 20, 2021 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Evening Woodcock Walk, Marsh Creek State Park, PA

For: American Woodcock

Place: Park & Ride Route 113N, 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Holly Merker (610-733-4392 , HCybelle@aol.com)

Google MapNote: This is a joint trip with BCDC. Please check with leader in advance regarding weather conditions.

Directions: Meet at Park & Ride, Lionville, PA. Look for Park & Ride signs after turning from Route 100 onto 113 North. Turn right into Park & Ride.

Marsh Creek State Park

Start: Sunday, March 7, 2021 6:30 pm
End: Sunday, March 7, 2021 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Waterfowl of Western Chester County, Marsh Creek State Park

For: Migrants & residents

Google MapPlace: Marsh Creek State Park, Park Road parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Dorothy Bedford (609-658-1894, db@bt9.org)

Note: We will start out at Marsh Creek State Park and continue to Struble Lake, Chambers Lake, Coatesville Reservoir and other birding areas, ending up back at Marsh Creek. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip. Minimal walking involved. Covid protocols apply, please confirm attendance and bring your mask. Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring.

Directions: The park is located 2 miles west of Eagle Village off of PA 100. The address is 675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA. Meet at the main parking lot by the (closed) snack bar.

Marsh Creek State Park

Start: Sunday, March 21, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Westtown Lake, PA

For: Wildflowers and migrating and resident birds

Google MapPlace: Westtown School cabin parking lot, 8:30am.

Leaders: Tim and Janny Sterrett (484-678-8528, timsterrett@gmail.com)

Note: This is a half-day trip. This is a walk that will cover about 2 miles over some hilly areas and take around 3 hours.

Directions: From West Chester, follow Route 3 east to Westtown Way road, turn right. Take the next left, follow Walnut Hill Road until you see Westtown School entrance. Turn right then park in first parking lot on the right.

Westtown School

Start: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:30 am
End: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Beginner Bird Walk at Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Local birds and early migrants

Place: Okehocking Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Bob Murray (610-644-5440, rmurray@murraymicro.com) and Lisa Tull (610-935-0817, pygmynut@comcast.net)

Note: Trip is an approximately two- to three-hour walk covering about 2 miles with some moderate hills.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 3 East. After passing Route 926, at the next light (DelChester Road) make a u-turn and come back to the Okehocking Parking lot.

Okehocking Preserve

Start: Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, April 10, 2021 12:00 pm

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Birding by Ear for Beginners, Hibernia Park, Coatesville, PA

For: Learning the basics of birding by ear

Place: Parking lot by Pavilion #5 at Hibernia Park, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Note: This trip is geared to beginner birders who would like to start to learn how to improve their birding skills by birding by ear. There will be a discussion of the basics followed by a short .6 mile walk over even terrain followed by a refresher of the birds heard on the walk. Trip will be between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Directions: From Downingtown, take Route 30 bypass to Reeceville Road exit (Brandywine Hospital). Turn left at end of exit ramp, thrn right onto Reeceville Road. Follow Reeceville Road until it crosses Route 82 and becomes Cedar Knoll Road. Follow Cedar Knoll Road to the second park entrance on the left. Turn left. Pavilion 5 is the first pavilion on the left.

Hibernia Park

Start: Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:30 am

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Struble Lake and Marsh Creek State Park, PA

For: Waterfowl, snipe

Google MapPlace: Struble Lake Parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Jim Russell (610-399-1580, jrussell73@verizon.net)

Note: This is a half day trip. There is minimal walking involved.  Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring.

Directions: From Downingtown, take Route 322 west about 7 miles then take a slight right onto Chestnut Tree Road (after Sunoco gas tanks.) In about 3 miles bear left at stop sign onto Morgantown Road. The parking area for Struble Lake is 0.5 miles on the left.

Struble Lake

Marsh Creek State Park

Start: Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:00 am
End: Thursday, April 15, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 17, 2021

George Lorimer Nature Preserve, Malvern, PA

For: Vireos, warblers and other passerines

Google MapPlace: Lorimer Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m. Rain date: April 25, 2020.

Leaders: Grant Lashbrook (610-883-6807) and
Dean Lashbrook (610-213-0602, forestgreen39@hotmail.com )

Note: Half-day trip. This is a fairly easy walk of about 2 miles that goes down and back up a slight grade that will take around 3 hours

Directions: Turn into gravel driveway off North Valley Road, about 0.4 miles north of Swedesford Road between Route 29 and Route 252.

George Lorimer Preserve

Start: Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, April 17, 2021 12:00 pm
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