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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Sandra Keller

May 11, 2009

Eight participants enjoyed some Gloucester County breeders and migrants on a cloudy and cool day. We started at Glassboro Woods and leisurely walked Nowhere Rd. for 2 hours picking up some breeders like HOODED and WORM-EATING WARBLERS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, OVENBIRDS, and a lone RUBY-THROATED HUMMER.

Migrants have been scarce the previous couple of days and this morning was no exception! We did have a HERMIT THRUSH, REDSTARTS, PARULAS, and a couple MAGNOLIA and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS.
The migrants were actively feeding in the more open areas along Nowhere Rd.

Since only one KENTUCKY WARBLER was heard here, we walked Carpenter up to the burned area. I tried calling a KENTUCKY in at a known location. We succeeded somewhat. It was interesting to hear the bird get closer and closer to us, but it never showed itself and finally started heading back deeper into the wet undergrowth where it is probably nesting this year far from the road. We had a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH here along with a lingering PINE SISKIN.

After lunch, some of the group headed to Cape May Point to try for the three Swallow-tailed Kites that were seen that morning! Alas the birds weren't seen again this day. The rest of the group hit Wiggins Pond in Greenwich Township to see what might be there. No migrants were found in the trees and brush surrounding the pond, but three BALD EAGLES were enjoyed as they flew overhead. 2 GREAT EGRETS and a lone GREEN HERON were nice. The trip ended at 1:45PM with a total of 77 species recorded.