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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Chris Walters

March 15, 2009
Barnegat Light / Brigantine NWR, New Jersey

Lead by Chris Walters

Click Here for bird pictures from the trip by Bert Filemyr

Highlights for the "New Members" Barnegat/Brigantine Trip were Red-necked Grebe (2), Short-eared Owl (1), American Bittern (1), American Pipit (1), Harlequin (35), Redhead (4), Canvasback (250), and Wood (4) Duck, Surf (50) and Black (1) Scoter, Northern Gannet (12), Great Cormorant (4), and Purple Sandpiper (50). The Harlequins, Grebes, Cormorants, Scoters, Gannets, and Purple Sandpipers were at Barnegat Light inlet; the other highlighted finds were at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR.

Once again defying the weather Gods, who predicted some rain, fifteen adventurers enjoyed an utterly windless, if overcast, day--and dry in all relevant respects. They were led by Club past president Chris Walters and Brian Raicich of the Upper Main Line YMCA. The Y contingent ultimately swelled to 11, while current DVOC royalty -- in the person of our Treasurer Bert Filemyr--graced the Barnegat part of the trip.

While DVOC veterans stumbled on some of our highlights, it was actually sharp-eyed Cody from the Y (his fourth year on these forays) who spotted the elusive American Pipit for the rest of us, and it was a YMCA duo who found the group the well-camoflaged American Bittern. Kudos deservedly go to them. Brig's Short-eared Owl put on a wonderful display for everybody, perching up multiple times and hunting all around our vehicles, while the Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequins made the long trek out the Barnegat jetty easier for us all to take.

As one participant concluded: "This was a blast!". Indeed it was. Our proceedings adjourned about 3 pm.

Photos by Bert Filemyr