The final week of Trailblazers Adventure Summer Camp was the perfect conclusion to our most exciting summer to date! With four days of field trips around southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we were able to compile a high species total of some very exciting birds!
Schedule of the Week:
Monday - BSES Nature Trail & Concord Nature Trail
Tuesday - Exton Park
Wednesday - The Westtown School
Thursday - Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Friday - BSES Nature Trail
Monday was greeted with consistent and heavy rainfall all day, but that didn't keep us from getting out and enjoying nature! We spent a fair amount of time inside, but students and staff alike donned our rain gear and visited both the BSES Nature Trail and Concord Nature Trail. We have had bouts of light precipitation with Trailblazers in the past, but this was the first time we've ever had torrential rain for camp. The end of a five year streak!
Tuesday's conditions were far more inviting, leading us to Exton Park. Exton Park is a goldmine for local birding. Situated near the Exton Mall, Exton Park is host to a variety of high-quality habitats that attract waterfowl, marsh birds, and songbirds alike. As we parked at the Chester Valley Trailhead, we observed a Great Blue Heron in the parking lot's pond, which was seen by all through the scope. Then, we observed another Great Blue Heron, Indigo Bunting, and a flyover Peregrine Falcon!
Wednesday sent us right up the road to the Westtown School. This 600 acre campus is home to not only great habitat but rich ornithological history. Many early ornithologists attended the Westtown School as students including Thomas Say, John Cassin, and John Kirk Townsend. Also, Edwin B. Forsythe, a Congressman from New Jersey who has a National Wildlife Refuge named in his honor, attended the school. Here, we were treated to spectacular views of Green Heron, Wood Duck, and a family of four (potentially five) Belted Kingfishers! Also, the students were able to beat the heat with a creek walk in Chester Creek.
Thursday was our furthest field trip destination all summer as we ventured across state lines to visit Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey. Nestled under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, this area could seem like an unlikely place for great wildlife, but this trip featured some of our most exciting finds all summer! We had up-close views of Osprey, Great Egret, and a juvenile Little Blue Heron! However, the most exciting observation of the day seemed to be the opening of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge for a passing boat - Go figure!
All told, we had a super exciting summer! Thank you for your continued support of Trailblazers, and we look very forward to kicking off our 2017-2018 school year of events and activities this September!
Bird Species List for the Week (58 Species):
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow