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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Martin Selzer

January 27, 2007
Cape May, New Jersey

The field trip started as we saw at least 3 flocks of turkeys in fields along Route 322 as we headed to our meeting place. Our first stop was at Reed’s Beach before heading into Cape May. The cold weather had iced over the swallower ponds but Lily Lake still held a great selection of waterfowl including a drake redhead, several ring-necked duck, hooded mergansers and other puddle ducks. The jetties in Stone Harbor had good numbers of ocean ducks. Next we stopped at Nummies Island were we had distant looks at oystercatchers and marbled godwits. From here we headed to Jakes Landing were we had a short-eared owl perched out in the open in broad daylight to end the day.

Species Seen
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-heron
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Mute Swan
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Brant
Mallard
American Black Duck
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwits
Ruddy Turnstones
Purple Sandpipers
Sanderling
Dunlin
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow