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Today I enjoyed a unique opportunity to bird the water treatment facility in southwest Philadelphia. Debbie and I gained special permission to access the site, which is not open to the public.
Sparrows flushed as we slowly navigated the rough dirt track – mostly White-throated, with some Song Sparrows and a handsome Fox Sparrow. A Bald Eagle and Red-tailed Hawk flew past, along with distant accipiter and small falcon.
Back near the tank ponds, we came across a large flock of Tree Swallows – some of the earliest migrants returning to the region – flying back and forth around a sunny brick building. Two Northern Rough-winged Swallows swooped among them.
Birding the urban edges of Philadelphia reveals unexpected delights. Grab binoculars and explore a quiet corner of your local city!