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September 16, 2018

Brittany Commons, Nottingham, PA (Restricted Access Area)

For: Fall migrants

Place: 116 Canterbury Court Nottingham, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Host: Sabrena Boekell (717-529-1155, sabrena68@verizon.net )

Note: The walk is about 1.5 to 2 miles on maintained even ground and will take about 2.5 to 3 hours. This is a limited access area and is therefore limited to 10 people. You must sign up in advance for this trip, by contacting Sabrena Boekell at the above phone or email.
Habitat includes creek, open ground, mixed woodlands and swamp.

Directions: From Rt 1, take the Rt 272 exit, turn right. Go about 3 miles over Octoraro Creek, turn left onto Kirk’s Mill Rd. Go to 2nd stop and turn left, go about half mile, turn right onto Griest Rd. Sign for Brittany Commons is on right. Turn right onto Canterbury Court. Park on cul-de-sac at end of road.

Start: September 16, 2018 8:00 am
End: September 16, 2018 12:00 pm

September 15, 2018

Beginner Bird Walk, Black Rock Sanctuary, Phoenixville, PA

For: Fall migrants

Google MapPlace: Black Rock Sanctuary, 8:30 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com) and
John Nicholson (484-883-2295, jjnich53@gmail.com)

Note: Half day trip. The walk is about 2 miles on a paved walkway and will take about 2 to 2.5 hours. This trip is open to all levels of birders, but will focus on helping the beginning birders improve their skills.
The Sanctuary is an important habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds and contains acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows dedicated to wildlife habitat and public use.
Directions: Black Rock Sanctuary is located at 953 Black Rock Road about 1 mile north of Phoenixville on Route 113 between Riverwalk Drive and Winding River Boulevard.

Black Rock Sanctuary

Start: September 15, 2018 8:30 am
End: September 15, 2018 5:00 pm

September 13, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: September 13, 2018 8:30 am
End: September 13, 2018 10:30 am

September 8, 2018

Willisbrook Preserve, Willistown, PA

For: Fall migrants

Place: Willisbrook Preserve Parking lot, Line Road, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.lucas@comcast.net)

Note: Owned by Natural Lands Trust, it includes over 20 acres of Serpentine Barrens. We will explore the diverse variety of birds and plants. This is a half day trip with about 2 miles of walking over fairly flat terrain.

Directions: From Routes 202 and Paoli Pike, take Paoli Pike east between 3.5 and 4 miles to Line Road. Turn right on Line Road. Go past the soccer field parking to the preserve parking, about ½ mile.

Willisbrook Preserve

Start: September 8, 2018 8:30 am
End: September 8, 2018 12:00 pm

September 6, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: September 6, 2018 8:30 am
End: September 6, 2018 10:30 am

August 26, 2018

Bucktoe Common Nighthawk Watch, Kennett Square, PA

For: Migrating Nighthawks

Place: Bucktoe Preserve parking lot, Kennett Square, PA, 5:00 p.m.

Leader: Larry Lewis – Early Bird Tours (484-340-7672, earlybirdtours@comcast.net)

Note: The Bucktoe Common Nighthawk watch goes from Aug 23 to September 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring picnic dinner and drinks and enjoy the show.

Directions: From Kennett Square, take Union Street south of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. The entrance is on the left at 432 Sharp Road. Look for the “BCP” sign. Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see. Follow gravel road to the pavilion and parking area.

Bucktoe Preserve

Start: August 26, 2018 5:00 pm
End: August 26, 2018 8:00 pm

August 11, 2018

Bombay Hook NWR and Points South, DE

For: Shorebirds, herons and summer residents

Google MapPlace: Bombay Hook NWR Headquarters, 8:30 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com) and Denice Hardtmann (484-678-8409, dhardtmann@comcast.net)

Note: This is an all day trip that will start at Bombay Hook and go South as far as we can get before we stop for dinner at a local restaurant and head home. Bring lunch this is an all day trip. Minimal walking involved.

Directions: Meet at NWR, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 at 8:30am. 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.

Carpooling: Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of Routes 1 and 202. Departure time: 7:00am.

Google MapBombay Hook NWR

Start: August 11, 2018 8:30 am
End: August 11, 2018 5:00 pm

July 14, 2018

Bombay Hook NWR and South to Port Mahon, DE

For: Shorebirds, herons and summer residents

Google MapPlace: Bombay Hook NWR Headquarters, 8:30 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com) and Denice Hardtmann (484-678-8409, dhardtmann@comcast.net)

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

Directions: Meet at NWR, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 at 8:30am. 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.

Carpooling: Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of Routes 1 and 202. Departure time: 7:00am.

Google MapBombay Hook NWR

Start: July 14, 2018 8:30 am
End: July 14, 2018 5:00 pm

June 30, 2018

WCBC Annual Summer Picnic

For: Good times!

Place: 3 Lucas Lane Malvern, PA, 6:00 p.m.

Host: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.lucas@comcast.net )

Note: Covered dish picnic. Bring food to share, tableware and lawn chair.
Call or email Sue if you plan to attend.

Directions: Call for directions.

Start: June 30, 2018 6:00 pm
End: June 30, 2018 9:00 pm

June 16, 2018

Chino Farms IBA, MD

For: Dickcissel and other sparrows

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

Leader: Bob Murray (610-644-5440, rmurray@murraymicro.com)

Note: Chino Farms is a privately owned tract of land near Chestertown, MD which has been restored to a native grassland. Nesting bird species include Northern Bobwhite, Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel. Bob will also stop along the way home in other locations in Delaware depending on what is being seen. This is mostly a walk of about 2 miles on a flat field.
Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.

Carpooling: Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of US Routes 1 and 202. Departure time 7:00 a.m

Chino Farms IBA

Start: June 16, 2018 7:00 am
End: June 16, 2018 5:00 pm
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