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Field Trip Report
by Adrian Binns

JOHNSON SOD FARM TRIP REPORT
Saturday Sept 13, 2003

Temp: low 70's
Wind: slight breeze out of the north east
Weather: overcast with on off drizzle and showers
Visibility: good

A small group of shorebirds was located at the eastern end of Griers Lane on the north side. Amongst the dozens of Killdeer, 2 Buff-breasted and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers as well 4 Black-bellied Plovers (2 adults and 2 juveniles) were feeding in a field of emerging winter wheat. An alfalfa field at the intersection of Burlington & Olivet had at least 500 Tree Swallows feeding on insects just over the crops. Heading west on Olivet Lane, the last field on the south side just before Rte 77 had hundreds of Laughing Gulls including a 2nd year Lesser Black-backed Gull, and the detention basin had several Lesser Yellowlegs and a juvenile American Golden Plover.

Great Egret - 1 on Rte 77 between sod farm and Rte 40
Cooper's Hawk - 1 juvenile
American Kestrel - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 4, 2 adults and 2 juveniles
American Golden Plover - 1 juvenile
Killdeer - about a hundred
Lesser Yellowlegs - 3
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 2
Laughing Gull - 200 plus
Herring Gull - 11
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 2nd year
Great Black-backed Gull - 1
Rock Dove - 9
Mourning Dove - 100 plus
American Crow - 2
Horned Lark - 2
Tree Swallow - 500 plus
Barn Swallow - 20
European Starling - hundred plus

~ Adrian Binns