A Busy Saturday in Tacony Creek Park

Julie Slavet
May 16, 2014

Last Saturday, the Tacony Creek Park gateway at I and Ramona was busting with activity for Love Your Park week.

Early in the morning, a group of birders met up with expert Keith Russell of the Audubon Society for a bird walk in the park. Keith said that the day was “certainly one of the best, if not THE best day of the entire spring migration with lots of birds to be seen everywhere.” We saw 53 species of birds during the walk, and Keith spotted an additional 18 species of birds after the walk was complete!

TCP Bird Walk & Spring LYP Day 2014

Here’s the list of birds:

Canada Goose (4), Mallard (1), Double-crested Cormorant (25), Great Egret (1), Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull (6), Mourning Dove (12), Chimney Swift (25), Red-headed Woodpecker (1 rare), Red-bellied Woodpecker (3), Downy Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (3), Great Crested Flycatcher (3), Warbling Vireo (6), Red-eyed Vireo (2), Northern Rough-winged Swallow (4), Barn Swallow (8), Blue Jay (4), White-breasted Nuthatch (2), Carolina Wren (2), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2), Swainson’s Thrush (1), Wood Thrush (1), American Robin (40), Gray Catbird (25), Northern Mockingbird (1), Cedar Waxwing (6), European Starling (30), Ovenbird (1), Worm-eating Warbler (1), Black-and-white Warbler (4), Nashville Warbler (3), Common Yellowthroat (2), Northern Parula (10), Magnolia Warbler (1), Bay-breasted Warbler (1), Blackburnian Warbler (1), Blackpoll Warbler (4), Yellow-rumped Warbler (10), Black-throated Green Warbler (2), Chipping Sparrow (4), Song Sparrow (6), Scarlet Tanager (1), Northern Cardinal (10), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5), Indigo Bunting (2), Red-winged Blackbird (6), Common Grackle (12), Brown-headed Cowbird (5), Orchard Oriole (1),Baltimore Oriole (10),American Goldfinch (10), House Sparrow (30)

Interested in birding again this spring or summer? Be sure to mark Sunday, June 29 on your calendar!

In addition, under the direction of Luke Rhodes of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, PowerCorpsPHL members planted 8 American elm trees to welcome park users. Fun Fact: These trees were grown from seeds of other trees in parks across the city, thanks to a special Philadelphia Parks & Recreation initiative.

Bird Walk & S'14 LYP Day in TCP

More planting pictures here.

Be sure to make a trip to the I and Ramona gateway sometime soon to check out the beautiful new trees and enjoy a walk in the park!




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