Date: 9/30/18 6:58 pm From: Ian Stewart <istew...> Subject: [de-birds] DOS trip report, Fowles of the air
10 of us had a fun morning walking in Mason and Dixon's footsteps along the Penn-Del trail in WCCSP.
Interestingly, nearly all of our birds were in the first half-mile of track where we encountered several good-sized warbler flocks. The very first flock we saw seemed to be circling around an immobile object spotted by Kris Benarcik which we eventually identified as a nighthawk roosting along a branch. It's certainly strange seeing them just sitting there rather than in flight but quite remarkable how well they blend in!
We ended up with 11 species of warbler including great looks at a Cape May perched above us, plus a few warblers we never saw well enough to ID. Other good birds were red-breasted nuthatch, purple finches, blue and rose-breasted grosbeaks, and a large flock of crows mobbing a red-shouldered hawk in a tree by the trail. Remarkably, not a single sparrow (apart from a towhee). The sun came out and it was a great day all around, especially as this was a new spot