Fauna of the Refuge
Flocks of Red-winged
Blackbirds feeding, eagles nesting, Osprey mating, Red-tailed Hawks soaring,
egrets migrating, Great Blue Herons wading, and thousands of
Tree Swallows diving to gobble up mosquitoes, are just a few of
the over 296 species of birds that have been recorded at the
refuge. Duck "hunting" (with a camera) is encouraged. Northern
Pintails, Northern Shovelers, and Green-winged Teal make their
fall migratory stops at the refuge impoundment. It may be cold
outside, but winter is the best time to see the refuge's owls.
Great Horned Owls nest under I-95, heedless to the booming
In the spring, the sounds
of thousands of Tree Frogs, Spring Peepers, Southern Leopard
Frogs, and Bullfrogs fill the air in southwest Philadephia with
their calls for a mate. The frogs sing in orchestral harmony in
the summertime and many species of turtles can be seen sunbathing. Threatened Red-bellied
Turtles can be found along the shores of Darby Creek. Butterflies come in abundance to feast in the
refuge fields and along roadsides.
Fall is a good time to spot deer,
muskrats, and foxes with binoculars or a camera as the refuge
resident mammals prepare for winter.