Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | April 10, 2013

New Places: John Heinz NWR at Tinicum (Philadelphia)

Occasionally, OCD birders do “normal” things, like go to a baseball game during opening weekend.. so when Rob and I scored tickets to see the Phillies, the next logical question to follow was:

“Where are we birding before the game?”

Granted, we kicked around birding locally before taking off for the game or even going to Cape May beforehand, but why not take the opportunity to explore a new spot? and then the AH HA!  John Heinz NWR.

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I had always passed it on my way to the Philadelphia airport. I attempted to bird there once (when a message came about my lifer White Ibis at Brig).. and had to cut that visit short. But now is the perfect time.

Even more perfect, was the fact that a volunteer-guided bird walk was scheduled with Edie Parnum (who regularly leads walks at Heinz) and friends (thanks Edie, Michael and Denis!)

What a great opportunity – see some great birds, welcome back spring and meet new friends who can teach us about a wonderful new location!

Our walk began with Wild Turkeys putting on a show at the feeders viewable from the visitor's center

Our walk began with Wild Turkeys putting on a show at the feeders viewable from the visitor’s center

We met our group at 9am and walked the boardwalk and trails and tallied 48 species. (Many of which were welcome signs of spring!)  (see eBird report below)

Not to be missed are: Feeder views from the Visitors’ center, the nesting Bald Eagles, the Marsh Trail and..well.. everything in between! 🙂

One of the many water features that makes Heinz a great place to view waterfowl!

One of the many water features that makes Heinz a great place to view waterfowl!

Tree Swallows are a sure sign of spring

Tree Swallows are a sure sign of spring

If you ever have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it. What a wonderful birding location, right in the middle of an urban setting. The diverse habitat is great for seeing many different kinds of birds! I’m sure we will be back!

John Heinz NWR at Tinicum (IBA), Philadelphia, US-PA
Apr 7, 2013 8:48 AM – 11:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     field trip
48 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  3
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Northern Pintail  X     several–good scope looks
Green-winged Teal  X
Bufflehead  4
Wild Turkey  15
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  X
Bald Eagle  2     ad. + nest
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Ring-billed Gull  X
Caspian Tern  2
Great Horned Owl  2     nest w/ ad. + Juv.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     fem
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Fish Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  X
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Rusty Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

As for the Phillies game, we saw a great game (despite the Phillies’ loss) and tallied a decent 7 species for our “Ballpark List” (Proof that birders never really take time off from their passion!)

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, US-PA
Apr 7, 2013 12:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Incidental list during Royals vs. Phillies Game

7 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Common Grackle  X
House Sparrow  X

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MODOs on a wire – Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

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