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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Bob Horton

Lakehurst Naval Air Station Trip Report
June 10, 2009


We had a very successful trip to Lakehurst Naval Air Station. There were 18 club members and 2 guests. Three of the members are past presidents of DVOC, Ron French, John Harding and Colin Campbell. Another past president was going to attend but had to cancel due to a busy work schedule. I guess it pays to be retired.

All participants had good looks at the Upland Sandpiper and we all enjoyed his unique “wolf-whistle” song. We also enjoyed Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Kingbirds, Horned Larks and others. In addition to visiting the open grassland habitat, we enjoyed a walk around a pond at the air station. An immature Blue Grosbeak was the highlight of this walk. The lowlight were the many ticks we found on our clothes.

After leaving Lakehurst, 4 participants visited Brightview Farms. The birds included Eastern Bluebirds, Chipping, Field and Grasshopper Sparrows, Bobolinks, Tree Swallows and Eastern Meadowlarks.

Bob Horton