6/02/2009

Birding at Hoffman Park

Patrick was spot on when he commented that my next stop may be Hoffman Park in Union Township. I made a quick trip to Hoffman during the winter and I really like the habitat. Hoffman’s parking lot sits high above a sweeping meadow that transitions into forest habitat. Sunday had turned into a BEAUTIFUL day which is something pretty significant given the terrible overcast, cold and rainy weather that the North East has experienced this spring. As I made my way out of the parking lot I was alerted to a Willow Flycatcher. I scanned the hedgerow and saw a beautiful Brown Thrasher. The tone for an awesome birding stop had been set. Although I didn’t see anything majorly significant I saw a LOT of the ‘common’ birds. After leaving Hoffman I regretted not making a trip list as I saw a lot of nice birds at Hoffmann. The trip was quick but the outing to Voorhees and Hoffman was well worth it and I have a distinct feeling that Hoffman may become my ‘home’ stomping ground.
Tree Swallow

Male: Yellow Warbler

Male: Yellow Warbler

Female: Yellow Warbler

6/01/2009

Finally a birding trip!

Birding has been pretty slow on my end and I haven’t had much to post about lately. I’m not sure if anyone still checks out my blog, but just in case I’m posting something about some birding I did over the weekend. I was determined to get out and check out some birds this weekend even though my wife was on call at the hospital. With my cell phone at the ready and instructions to check in before 9 am I headed out to a local state park (Voorhees) just after 5 am.
I’m embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I’ve been to Voorhees even though I live a stone’s throw away from it. I got some tips from a local birder and started on the Observatory road first. I found a great scenic spot and made my way down a trail. Although there were a lot of birds around me I couldn’t see many of them. I guess this is pretty much par for the course when birding in a forest environment. I did manage to see a couple of Warblers including Black throated blue and a nice female American redstart. I also saw several Wood thrushes chasing each other around while making a HUGE racket.
Next stop was the park itself and I walked along a grassy field at the edge of the forest. As I was walking I saw something reddish lying in the grass. My initial thought was a fox, but when I came closer I realized it was something even cuter.


After taking some pictures I left the fawn undistributed and moved on to some more birding. I managed to tick of some more thrushes: Louisiana Waterthrush, Hermit and Swainsons thrush. Also on the list were several woodpeckers including Hairy, Red bellied, Pileated and a Flicker busily excavating a nesting cavity.



The birding at Voorhees was very rewarding combined with the incredible beauty of the surroundings.






At around 8:30 I checked in with my wife and it looked like we were going to have a call free day. I was ready to try another park and I jumped in my car headed for an entirely different habitat - more to come>>>