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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder
Palmyra Cove Nature Park, New Jersey
August 31, 2008 (Sunday)
My hopes were high as I approached the parking lot at Palmyra. Apparently I was not alone in that feeling, as I was greeted by a very large group in the order of twenty-five people. A cold front had passed through during the nighttime hours, usually a good omen. My experience though has been that if the front starts through too late, it’s usually the following day that has the big fallout.
Unfortunately, that proved to be the case. Warblers were a bit hard to come by. Thirteen species were reported, but anyone who was on the trip and is reading this will wonder how that happened. As usual, DVOC groups don’t stay together for long. People wandered off here and there. Bill Reaume had a Prairie Warbler. Ward Dasey had a Blue-winged Warbler and a couple of Tennessees. Several of us saw Chestnut-sided Warbler and Northern Waterthrush. Dave Larsen saw a Veery.
We did find some very good birds. There were at least 2 Least Flycatchers. Ward had a Yellow-bellied. There was a Peregrine on the bridge and an Osprey in the air. A number of participants, including several not familiar with Palmyra, got to see the cove itself at low tide. A Belted Kingfisher, a Great Egret, and some Killdeer were there.
To say the least, it was a very pleasant group. I think everyone understood that the birds are not always dripping off the trees.
Baby Snapping Turtle by Scott Fraiser