Saturday, February 27, 2010

Field Trip

Today the Lehigh Gap Naturalists Club went on a field trip. The first location was Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is an Important Bird Area near Kleinfeltersville, Lebanon County, PA. Every year, large congregations of geese and swans fill the reservoir.

This year, although the numbers of the usual Snow Geese and Tundra Swans were low, we did see some neat species.

Here is our bird list from Middle Creek:

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
European Starling
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow

After Middle Creek, we headed up to Parryville Dam, a decent waterfowl spot. We were disappointed by the overall lack of birds, but we did get to see a male Bufflehead. The final stop was along the Lehigh River. We did not see any new birds, but we did find several Allocapnia stoneflies crawling on the snow.

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