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Birding with Mason & Dixon on White Clay Creek Preserve’s Penn-Del Trail
May 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hear ye, hear ye! This Saturday we esteemed ex-surveyors will be venturing through the darkest corner of White Clay Creek State Park, Pennsylvania, in search of wondrous fowles of the air. We will travel along the trail we first walked in the year of our lord 1765 which should give us goodly views of colorful birds, too many to describe. This gentle perambulation will start at 8 bells and last until noon, at which point you are welcome to adjourn to an ale house. Please bring field glasses, provisions and clay pipes (no muskets allowed). We meet at muddy square number 1 along London Tract Road near Landenberg (see below). No parking taxes are levied here.
We are your humble servants,
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon
And now, in modern English! Tomorrow morning Steve Cottrell and I will be leading the first ever DOS trip to the Penn-Del trail in the PA section of White Clay Creek SP. This is a gem of a trail that starts with a long straight path along the site of an old railroad track that is bordered by a dramatic cathedral of trees. Parts of this trail are believed to have been walked by Mason and Dixon themselves and I will attempt to honor their memory (to be revealed).
All are welcome to come and enjoy this really pretty trail and hopefully see some neat birds too! The drive there is also very scenic as you
encounter several striking old buildings, narrow bridges and tight curves, all set against a backdrop of picture-perfect countryside.
We will meet in parking lot no. 1 at 8am and walk until noon. The (free) parking lot is along London Tract Rd, which is just south of Landenberg (see Google map below – if you switch to the ‘earth’ view you will see the small lot). The easiest way to get there from DE is to drive west on Rte 41 (Gap-Newport Pike) then take Newark Road south. Keep going south for about 5 miles on Newark Rd until you hit the Broad Run Road intersection (which is next to a huge dairy farm), then turn right. Keep going for about 2 miles on Broad Run Road until it splits into London Tract Road (on the left) and Good Hope Rd (on the right). Turn left onto London Tract Road and you soon reach parking lot 1.
Black & White Warbler photo by Derek Stoner