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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

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, April 30, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:30 am

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Birding by Ear, Hibernia Park, Coatesville, PA

For: More advanced practice at birding by ear

Place: Hibernia Park parking lot by pond on Lion Head Rd., 8:30 a.m.

Leaders: John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com) and Judy White (610-429-1409, jwhite133@comcast.net).

Note: This trip is geared for everyone who would like to practice and improve their birding by ear skills. We start the day with a walk along the creek to picnic tables where we will review the birds heard. Then we will walk back along the creek listening for birds again. The total walking is about .4 miles, but the session can take up to two hours or more depending on the number of birds heard.

Directions: From Downingtown, take Route 30 bypass to Route 82 north (left turn). At the next left, turn onto Route 340 west. Go about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Wagontown Road. Follow Wagontown Road around to Park Road. (Be careful, at one point it seems Wagontown ends in a tee, but it continues to the right. Turn right onto Lyons Head Drive (between the pillars with lion faces on them.) Follow Lyons Head Drive until you see the pond on the right, the parking area is after the pond.

Hibernia Park

Start: Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30 am
End: Saturday, May 2, 2020 12:00 pm

Sunday, May 3, 2020

ChesLen Preserve (formerly Embreeville County Park) and Embreeville Mill Property, 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: Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:00 am
End: Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:00 pm

Monday, May 4, 2020

Birding beyond the Roaring Forties – The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

Dorothy Bedford, club member.

Start: Monday, May 4, 2020 7:30 pm
End: Monday, May 4, 2020 9:30 pm
Venue: West Chester Friends' Meeting House
Address:
425 N High St, West Chester, PA, 19380, United States

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stroud Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

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

Google Map

Leaders: Armas Hill (302-529-1876, Armas@focusonnature.com)

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

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 162 west for about 2 miles and turn left onto North Creek Road. The parking lot is on the right.

Stroud Preserve

Start: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:00 pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

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, May 7, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:30 am

Saturday, May 9, 2020

White Clay Creek, Newark, DE

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Wedgewood Rd. parking lot, 7:45 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: Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:45 am
End: Saturday, May 9, 2020 12:00 pm

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Ramsey Road, Wilmington, DE

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Parking lot off of Ramsey Rd., 8:00 a.m.

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

Note: A walk along the Brandywine Creek in Delaware. The walk is about 2 miles over fairly even terrain with one stream crossing.

Directions: Route 202 South to Rt. 92 just over the state line. Turn right onto Route 92 then follow it to the left. Take the first right on to Ramsey Rd. Look for the parking area on the right.

Start: Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:00 am
End: Sunday, May 10, 2020 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Coventry Woods, Chester County, PA

For: Spring migrants/possible Gray-cheeked Thush. On second walk: Hooded Warbler and possible Kentucky Warlbler

Place: Fernbrook parking lot, 8:00 a.m. For GPS use 1954 St. Peters Road Pottstown, PA

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

Note: Coventry Woods is part of Hopewell Big Woods, and 153 species of birds have been recorded at this site in just the last five years.  The trails are unpaved and some are steep.  This walk of about 3-4 hours will cover 1-2 miles.  If there is interest, there is the possibility of a second walk of similar duration and distance to follow at a different location within the 660-acre park, which usually yields some additional species.  A portable restroom is on site at the Fernbrook parking lot.
Directions: From West Chester, take Route 100 north about 20 miles bear left onto W. Hoffecker Road. Go .5 miles, turn right on Laurelwood road. Go .1 miles, turn left on to Temple Road. Go 1 mile, bear left onto St. Peters Road. In 1.1 mile turn left to stay on St. Peters Road.

Coventry Woods

Start: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:00 am
End: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:30 pm

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

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, May 14, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, May 14, 2020 10:30 am
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