Willistown Winter Family Bird Walk Tomorrow Morning

Please join us tomorrow morning (January 28) from 8- 11am at Rushton Woods Preserve for some wonderful winter birding!   Adults and children of all ages welcome!

 Participants will get a chance to bird the rugged trails of the beautiful Rushton Woods Preserve as well as other private trails through pastoral scenes of Willistown not normally accessible to the public.

Dick Eales with Northern flicker
Dick Eales with newly banded Northern flicker just before release.

The walk will be led by the dynamic Dick Eales, our valued board member and head of our new Bird Conservation Committee, whose favorite past time is traveling the world on birding expeditions.  We already have quite a few people signed up, including expert birders , beginner birders and the ‘I-don’t-know-what-a-birder-is’ birders, but the more the merrier!  There is still time to sign up for this pleasant day of birding camaraderie; just email Lisa Kiziuk (lkr@wctrust.org).

We just visited the preserve this morning, and the place was teeming with birds and  MUD.  Please remember to bring your binoculars and boots!  There will be coffee and refreshments available in the farmshed after the walk.

Screech owl. Copyright Laura Erickson
Screech owl. Copyright Laura Erickson

Hope to see you in the field tomorrow! You never know what wonders winter birding may bring…


P.S.  There may be a crooked caravan of Snowy Owl enthusiasts leaving straight from the walk at 11am and heading to Shippensburg to see the Cumberland County Snowy Owl, which has been spotted in a corn field there for the past month.  On the way, we might check out the Prairie Falcon, a large falcon of the arid American West, and Townsend’s Warbler, a Pacific Northwest breeder, both of which have also been hanging out in Cumberland County.  Anyone kooky enough is welcome to tag along  to round up these rarities!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Susan Traylor says:

    Subject: Snowy Owl Change of Location Cumberland
    From: Vernon Gauthier
    From the PA Birding List
    Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:18:24 -0500

    On my way from Shippensburg to Newville I saw a group of birders on Route
    533. I stopped and asked them what they were looking at? They said the
    Snowy Owl from Mud Level Road had flown over to the fields on 533. Route
    533 is the next road south of Mud Level. Where they were situated was about
    1/2 west of the intersection of 533 and Oakville Road. Be sure to pull
    completely off the road if you look for the owl on 533 as it can be a much
    busier road than Mud Level.
    Vern Gauthier

    1. wctbirds says:

      Thanks for the info on the Snowy Owl Susan! We actually saw the owl on Saturday afternoon in his favorite field on Mud Level and Duncan Rds. He was magnificent!

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