Category Archives: DVOC

A Spring Bird Walk at Ridley Creek SP

Enjoyed a lovely spring walk this morning, on the DVOC field trip, through Ridley Creek State Park (above).  Though this is one of Delaware County’s best spots to to witness the spectacle of spring migration, however we found only a few including Gray-cheeked Thrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler and several singing Blackpolls.

There was plenty of activity by the breeders. We heard the beautiful song of many Wood Thrushes and Veery’s as well as a Pileated Woodpecker calling loudly nearby, but were unable to locate it. This was one of 5 woodpecker species for the day. The sounds of Red-eyed Vireo (above), Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Ovenbird, American Redstart and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were steady companions during our walk. Indigo Bunting was often heard but eluded us as did a Yellow-throated and White-eyed Vireo. It was a treat to hear Acadian Flycatchers and a Louisiana Waterthrush in the riparian habitat along Ridley Creek.

Among the highlights were several Blue-winged Warblers singing along the edge of the open area; we finally got a good look at one perched in a tangle of vines. While following the call of a Hooded Warbler a male Scarlet Tanager alighted above our heads. An unexpected find was a Brown Bat clinging to the base of a large Beech tree. The biggest bird of the trip, in many ways, was a stunning Barred Owl (above). We first saw it perched low along the edge of the path being mobbed by Blue Jays. It flew into an open spot giving everyone excellent views of this rarely encountered local breeder.

all photos © adrian binns

Nikon/DVOC Lagerhead Shrikes win World Series of Birding

Lagerhead Shrikes logo © Adrian Binns Congratulations to the NIKON/DVOC Lagerhead Shrikes – Paul Guris, Mike Fritz, Bert Filemyr and Zach Baer – on tying for 1st place in the World Series of Birding with 228 species. This is a 24 hour birding event that is held in New Jersey and it is the 10th time inContinue Reading

TANZANIA 2010: February Safari

I returned to the glorious wildlife-rich countries of Kenya and Tanzania in February with a wonderful small group of friends from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC), and joined Ben in leading another outstanding safari. Erica, Alison, Scott and Colin enjoying photographing the antics of Vervet Monkeys at Ol Tukai Lodge Over the course ofContinue Reading

Avian Art Exhibit

I was delighted to attend a gallery opening, entitled “For Those To Come”, organized by DVOC members and artists Josh Robeson with help from Tony Croasdale. The exhibit features 82 bird-themed works of art, in all mediums and styles, by 47 artists from around the country. The exhibit is being held at Bennas Cafe, onContinue Reading

Steve Carell reports on the 2000 World Series of Birding

Here is an amusing moment from the world of competitive sports that has finally made its way from the small screen to the internet. Back at the turn of the century before he became really famous, Steve Carell was a correspondent for Jon Stewart on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show. Little did we know thatContinue Reading

Ontario – Part 1: Summary

I have just returned from having led a DVOC field trip with 10 members to Eastern Ontario. It was my second such Canadian jaunt in as many months where the northern owls and winter passerines continue to put on a wonderful show. For a change we had 3 gorgeous days of bright sunshine which madeContinue Reading