Calendar of Events › Field Trips

May 5, 2018

White Clay Creek, Newark, DE

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Wedgewood Rd. parking lot, 7:30 a.m.

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

Note: The walk will be on an abandoned railroad bed, along the banks of White Clay Creek, which forms a section of the Mason-Dixon trail. We will cover a total distance of about 3 miles. There will be bathroom facilities at the Nature Center, which is at the midpoint of the walk. We will finish up before noon.

Note: The park charges a fee of $8 per vehicle.

Directions: Call leader for directions if not carpooling.

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

White Clay Creek

Start: May 5, 2018 7:30 am
End: May 5, 2018 12:00 pm

May 3, 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: May 3, 2018 8:30 am
End: May 3, 2018 10:30 am

April 29, 2018

Springton Manor Farm, Chester County, PA

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Manor House 860 Springton Rd, Glenmoore, PA, 7:30 a.m.

Leaders: Kris Debolt and Peter Wade (215-219-5637, wadeb@verizon.net)

Note: This will be a 3 to 4 hour walk. This walk is in conjunction with BCDC.

Directions: Take Rt. 322 West through Guthriesville, take a soft right onto Springton Road at traffic light, Cross Highspire Road, continue .5 miles to to park entrance on right.

Springton Manor Farm

Start: April 29, 2018 7:30 am
End: April 29, 2018 12:00 pm

April 28, 2018

Binky Lee Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Migrants and resident birds

Google MapPlace: Parking lot on Pikeland Road just off Route 113, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Bob Pierce (610-594-0625, rwp61@verizon.net)

Note: This will be a 3 to 4 hour walk covering about 2.5 miles with a decent grade at one point. We will be looking for resident and migrating birds including Bobolinks, Yellow-breasted Chats and sparrows in grass fields and shaded woodland paths.

Directions: Call or email the leader for directions or use the link below.

Binky Lee Preserve

Start: April 28, 2018 8:00 am
End: April 28, 2018 12:00 pm

April 26, 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: April 26, 2018 8:30 am
End: April 26, 2018 10:30 am

April 22, 2018

ChesLen Preserve (formerly Embreeville County Park), PA

For: Early migrants

Google MapPlace: Newlin Township Maintenance Building, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Judy Ford (610-486-6061, RareJBird@verizon.net) and Mike Gardner (484-880-7083, birdnerd@zoominternet.net)

Note: There will be some walking involved, about 1 to 2 miles over mostly flat, marshy terrain. Waterproof boots or shoes a must. After the marsh, we’ll bird along the Brandywine around Embreeville.

Directions: The Twp Bldg parking lot (1751 Embreeville Rd Coatesville PA 19320) is west of West Chester, on PA Rte 162, directly across from the marsh. This is a half-day trip.

Cheslen Preserve

Newlin Township Building map

Start: April 22, 2018 8:00 am
End: April 22, 2018 12:00 pm

April 21, 2018

George Lorimer Nature Preserve, Malvern, PA

For: Vireos, warblers and other passerines

Google MapPlace: Lorimer Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

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 north of Paoli, 0.4 miles north of Swedesford Road between Route 29 and Route 252.

George Lorimer Preserve

Start: April 21, 2018 8:00 am
End: April 21, 2018 12:00 pm

April 19, 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: April 19, 2018 8:30 am
End: April 19, 2018 10:30 am

April 15, 2018

Struble Lake and Marsh Creek State Park, PA

For: Waterfowl, snipe

Google MapPlace: Struble Lake Parking lot, 7:00 a.m.

Leader: Jim Russell (610-399-1580)

Note: This is a half day trip. There is minimal walking involved.

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: April 15, 2018 7:00 am
End: April 15, 2018 12:00 pm

April 14, 2018

Beginner Bird Walk at Exton Park Pond, Chester County, PA

For: Wetland specialties, early migrants and local birds.

Google MapPlace: Swedesford Rd. gravel parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

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

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. Dress for weather and bring binoculars and ID books. May be muddy. Children and beginners welcome.

Note: This is a good trip for beginners to learn and sharpen their birding skills.  All skill levels are welcome.

Directions: See directions for weekly walk.

Exton Park

Start: April 14, 2018 8:00 am
End: April 14, 2018 12:00 pm
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