Join David Trently on a search for birds, and other wildlife, through the woodlands and wetlands of the Florence Shelly Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property one mile north of the borough of Thompson, on Route 171, in rural Susquehanna County. Meet at the Stack Road entrance to the preserve by 8:00 a.m. For directions and more information about the Preserve, please see the following website: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/pennsylvania/placesweprotect/florence-shelly-preserve.xml
The walk is open to all – young and old, regardless of wildlife viewing experience – and will involve relatively easy, slow-paced walking of a little more than a mile along the trails. A portion of the walk will be uphill, but it is along a gentle slope. Binoculars and cameras are recommended, and you should bring water along as well.
At this time of year, most of the nesting species should be actively maintaining their nests, so there should be plenty of birds to see and hear. Some of the species we will be looking for include Black-capped Chickadee, Alder Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Swamp Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink and Purple Finch. In addition, there are several species of warblers (small songbirds that are a real treat for birders to watch) that nest here, including Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Canada Warbler. As we walk the trails, there is always a good chance we could see Ruffed Grouse, as well as White-tailed Deer.
During the walk, David will also point out other interesting wildlife, like butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers.
Here are just a few of the many colorful birds we may see!