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Mariton: Birding in Bucks

May 12, 2011

This week the Bird Group returned to Bucks County.  We started out birding at Paunacussing Preserve.  This is a Natural Lands Trust preserve located in Buckingham Township.  Over the last few years, NLT has mounted an ambitious restoration of a farm pond  into wetlands; and agricultural fields into forest.

We saw some interesting birds, including a first year, male, Orchard Oriole.  The pond yielded Killdeer and sandpipers along with swallows and ducks.  Here is a photo of a Solitary Sandpiper.

And a Spotted Sandpiper.

Here is a female Eastern Bluebird in one of the nest boxes.

From there, we drove to Peace Valley Nature Center, a great spot run by Bucks County.  There, we saw Black-billed Cuckoos.  We saw Common Yellowthroats, Blue-winged Warblers and Yellow Warblers.  We also saw an Osprey.  We saw about 40 species at the two areas.  Next week we go to Jacobsburg State Park, in hopes of finding the elusive Yellow-breasted Chat. All photos by Carole Mebus.

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