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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Bert Filemyr

September 2, 2005
CONFUSING FALL WARBLERS at HIGBEE BEACH WMA, NJ

 

Ten club members and non-members joined trip leader Mike Fritz and his wife Jeanne for a three hour walk at Higbee’s Beach. The birding started right in the parking lot and never let up. The trees were alive with a huge fallout of Baltimore Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos and American Redstarts. Overhead there were flocks of Bobolinks and Cedar Waxwings.

The walk was spent sorting through the orioles, vireos and the redstarts to find and enjoy other species. The final field trip list included 14 species of warblers (plus 18 species of butterflies. Species of note included Blue Grosbeak, Philadelphia Vireo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Veery, Mourning Warbler (brief glimpse), Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, and Alder Flycatcher.

It was a good morning to be in Cape May.

Pictures by Bert Filemyr