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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Stroud Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Spring migrants, butterflies, etc.

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

Google Map

Leader: Barry Blust (610-458-5616, barryblust@comcast.net)

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, April 27, 2021 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 1, 2021

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 1, 2021 8:30 am
End: Saturday, May 1, 2021 12:00 pm

Sunday, May 2, 2021

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 2, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, May 2, 2021 12:00 pm

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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 4, 2021 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 8, 2021

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: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm 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.

White Clay Creek

Start: Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:45 am
End: Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00 pm

Sunday, May 9, 2021

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 9, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 15, 2021

E.B. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, NJ

For: Shorebirds & herons

Place: Forsythe NWR Headquarters, 8:00 a.m. Google Map

Leaders: Bruce Piecukonis (610-354-9471, Pterodroma@comcast.net) and Tony Fernandes (610-647-7868, jets741@verizon.net)

Note: Meet at Forsythe at 8:00 a.m. Minimal walking involved. Bring a lunch, this is an all day trip.

Directions: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if carpooling is occurring. Call leaders for trip details, carpooling and directions.

E. B. Forsythe

Start: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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 18, 2021 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Bucktoe Kite and Shorebird Watch, Kennett Square, PA

For: Migrating kites and shorebirds

Place: Bucktoe Preserve parking lot, Kennett Square, PA, 3:00 p.m.

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

Note: Join Larry as he searches the skies for migrating kites and shorebirds. The watch goes
every day from May 17 thru June 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The club will join
Larry on May 19. People can come and go as they want and are welcome to join Larry any of
the days he is at the 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 Preserve

Start: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 3:00 pm
End: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

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

Leaders: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.e.lucas7@gmail.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 3 East. After passing Route 926, at the next light (DelChester Road) make a u-turn and come back to the Okehocking Parking lot.

Okehocking Preserve

Start: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:00 pm
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