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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder
Palmyra Cove Nature Park, New Jersey
September 6, 2009 (Sunday)
This year I decided to limit the trip to 10 participants, but somehow we ended up with 17 anyway. Nice Try! The good news was that everyone stayed together, unusual for a DVOC trip. If only the warblers had cooperated. OK, it was slow! We finally did hit a nice flock of warblers, but we could only tally 7 species for the day.
All was not lost. There was a White-eyed Vireo, a Veery, some Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a couple of Indigo Buntings and 3 Baltimore Orioles. No one complained.
At about 10:00 AM, we went back to the parking lot to freshen up and snack. Afterwards, 10 of us made the hike down to the cove. There was a flock of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, along with a single Pied-billed Grebe. A low tide enabled us to see numbers of Killdeer and Least Sandpipers, along with single Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpipers.
There was also an Osprey, a Cooper’s Hawk, and a young Bald Eagle. Together with earlier sightings of Peregrine Falcon and Red-tailed Hawk, it was not a bad raptor day. We were backing the parking lot at 12:30PM, and the trip was over.