CANCELLED: April 22 2012 Field Trip to the Dismal Swamps


This should be a great one! Bob Ake will lead us into (and hopefully out of!) the one and only Dismal Swamp in prime warbler time.  We can expect to see prothonotaries, prairies, palms, common yellowthroats and more.  Bob advises that our trip is also in prime time for a chance to see and hear the grail bird for the Swamp - the elusive and sought-after Swainson's warbler!

You will recall Bob's recent presentation to our club on his sensational Big Year.  Bob is not only a premier birder, he is a true expert on the Swamp, which is not far from his home.  He recommended a Sunday trip, so we will have the warblers more to ourselves, since they are in spring migration plumage and voice and the Swamp will be jammed with other birders on Saturday.  So Sunday it is!

We will begin by birding Jericho Ditch, an area which has yielded spectacular sightings for us in the past.  Bob will continue after the first area, for those who are inclined to see more of the Swamp's treasures, to lead us through either Washington Ditch or Railroad Ditch.  Bob will be up to date on what we can expect to see and hear in those other reaches of the Swamp.  Don't overlook your favorite mosquito repellent for the early hours.
We will depart from Colony Square at 6:00 on the morning of 22 April and carpool down to Jericho Ditch.

Please pack lunch and beverages, as there are no places nearby to purchase those.  There are restrooms at our stops in the swamp.  For anyone planning to come on your own, please meet us at the gate for the entrance road to Jericho Ditch no later than 7:00.  The number of cars permitted is limited and we will have a group pass for the day.

This should be an excellent day's birding!  No need to RSVP and no limit on numbers of our members who may participate.  Feel free to contact Geoff Giles for any questions via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone at 757-645-8716.  Hope to see you there!


Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:36

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