Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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, August 5, 2021 8:30 am
End: Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:30 am

Thursday, August 12, 2021

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, August 12, 2021 8:30 am
End: Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:30 am

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Summer Resident Birds

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at lori@greatmarshinstitute.org to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. August may be the quietest time of year as breeding birds are no longer competing for or defending territories, but it certainly does not mean that there is not some good birding action to be had. GMI has recorded 76 species in August in the past and we are hoping to add to that number as coverage has been light during this month in past years. Herons and Egrets are on the move in their post breeding dispersal. We will be keeping our eyes open for Great Egret and Little Blue Herons which have made appearances in the past. Southbound shorebird migration is under way and depending upon water levels we are likely to encounter a variety.

This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Please note that the property is private but you can always visit during our planned trips.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.

Start: Sunday, August 15, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, August 15, 2021 11:00 am

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Bombay Hook NWR and Points South, DE – New Date!

For: Shorebirds, herons and summer residents

Google MapPlace: Bombay Hook NWR Headquarters

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

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 8:30 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.

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

Google MapBombay Hook NWR

Start: Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:30 am
End: Saturday, August 21, 2021 5:00 pm

Sunday, August 22, 2021

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: Sunday, August 22, 2021 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 22, 2021 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 4, 2021

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.e.lucas7@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: Saturday, September 4, 2021 8:30 am
End: Saturday, September 4, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021 – Sunday, October 3, 2021

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. Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring. 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 2, 2021 7:30 am
End: Sunday, October 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Monday, October 4, 2021

Alaska’s St. Paul Island or “I Can See Russia From Here”

Linda Widdop – President of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

While you can’t really see Russia from any point in Alaska, St. Paul Island is pretty close. Located in the Bering Sea, this island is a destination for birders who want to see birds that are blown over from Russia and other parts of Europe and Asia. We will learn about the bird species that have been found on the island recently, facts about the island and how to plan a successful trip.

Linda recently visited St. Paul Island for the first time with a group of friends including Marty Dellwo and Todd Fellenbaum. She will share stories and photos from the trip.

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

St. Paul Island Sign5

Start: Monday, October 4, 2021 7:30 pm
End: Monday, October 4, 2021 9:30 pm
Venue: Zoom

Monday, October 18, 2021

100 Birds To Be Seen In A Lifetime

Armas Hill

Start: Monday, October 18, 2021 7:30 pm
End: Monday, October 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Venue: Zoom

Monday, November 1, 2021

The Emilie Snethlage Expedition: Women Studying Birds in the Amazon Forest

Glausia Del-Rio & Anna Hiller

Museum of Natural Science

Louisiana State University

Start: Monday, November 1, 2021 7:30 pm
End: Monday, November 1, 2021 9:30 pm
Venue: Zoom

 

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