Calendar of Events

Please contact trip leader in advance if you are planning to go on a field trip.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hawk Watch Big Sit, Bucktoe Preserve, Kennett Square, PA

For: Fall migrants

Place: Bucktoe Preserve parking, 9:30 a.m.

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

Note:  A Big Sit is an all day affair, but everyone is welcome to come and go as they please. It is usually a fun time to see how many birds can be spotted while not moving out of a 15 foot circle.

Note: The watch goes everyday from September 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can come and go as they want and are welcome to join Larry any of the days he is at the hawk watch.

Directions:  From Kennett Square, take Union Street south out 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 Creek Preserve

Start: Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:30 am
End: Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Chambers Lake Big Sit, Hibernia Park, Coatesville, PA

For: Fall migrants

Place: The South side of Chambers Lake, 8:00 a.m.

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

Note: A Big Sit is an all day affair, but everyone is welcome to come and go as they please. It is usually a fun time to see how many birds can be spotted while not moving out of a 15 foot circle. Great fun, with plenty of food and camaraderie, like tailgating.

Directions: From Coatesville, PA (in western Chester County): From the Rt. 30 By-pass north of Coatesville, take Rt. 82 exit north. Turn left at the 4-way stop sign (Rt.340) and go 1.3 miles to Wagontown Rd. Turn right on Wagontown Rd. and continue on this winding hill for 1.5 miles (you will pass the Hibernia Park entrance on your right). Continue up the hill and the lake will become visible on the right. If attending the “Big Sit”, continue a couple of tenths of a mile further along Wagontown Rd. past the lake parking lot and to the western dike of the lake. Carefully pull off the road and park in the grass near the dike. You will see us sitting on the dike near the road.

Chambers Lake

Start: Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:00 am
End: Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 am
End: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:30 am

Monday, October 7, 2019

Hawkwatching: The Delaware Valley’s Greatest Airshow

This presentation by Holly Merker will cover the ecology of hawk migration, where to go hawkwatching, when to visit migration sites, as well as many tips on how to ID hawks in flight.

Start: Monday, October 7, 2019 7:30 pm
End: Monday, October 7, 2019 9:30 pm
Venue: West Chester Friends' Meeting House
Address:
425 N High St, West Chester, PA, 19380, United States

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Sunday, October 6, 2019

Cape May, NJ

For: Fall migrants, warblers, shorebirds and waterfowl

Google MapPlace for Saturday: Cape May Point State Park Lighthouse parking lot, 7:30 a.m.

Google MapPlace for Sunday: Higbee Beach parking lot, 7:00 a.m.

Leaders: Barry Blust (610-458-5616, BarryBlust@comcast.net), and John McNamara (610-383-0979, JMcNamara@wcupa.edu)

Note: Contact Barry for details. Please make your own reservations if you plan on staying overnight.

Note: This trip involves considerable walking, 2 to 4 miles each day, over relatively flat terrain, but some walking in sand will be involved. Please join us both days or either day.

Cape May Bird Observatory

Cape May Point State Park

Start: Saturday, October 5, 2019 7:30 am
End: Sunday, October 6, 2019 5:00 pm

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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: Thursday, October 3, 2019 8:30 am
End: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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: Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:30 am
End: Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:30 am

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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: Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 am
End: Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:00 pm

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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: Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:30 am
End: Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:30 am

Monday, September 16, 2019

Auction (6:30pm set-up; 7:30pm start)

Auctioneers Mr. Rick Wolf and TBA

Start: Monday, September 16, 2019 6:30 pm
End: Monday, September 16, 2019 9:30 pm
Venue: West Chester Friends' Meeting House
Address:
425 N High St, West Chester, PA, 19380, United States
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