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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Sandra Keller

November 28, 2010
BRIGANTINE (FORSYTHE NWR), NJ

Our trip to Forsythe NWR and vicinity enjoyed cool weather, sunny skies, and light winds. The impoundment part of the trip - the drive around the dikes - was what we all expected. Lots of waterfowl species. HOODED MERGANSERS were probably everyone's favorite. A close HORNED GREBE in that cove off the south dike gave everyone a good scope view. A lingering AMERICAN AVOCET was spotted in the east impoundment.

Very nice. Many NORTHERN HARRIERS hunting. A pair of PEREGRINES were dive-bombing the DUNLIN near the dogleg. We stopped to enjoy that for a bit!

Mott's Creek - Landing is a great overlook to watch birds coming and going to roost and one of the best spots in south Jersey to see SHORT-EARED OWLS - especially early in the season when they are still migrating south. We had 4 with 2 in scopes at various times for participants.

If any questions, or for a complete trip list, please email me at sandrakeller@verizon.net Thank you all for a great day!"

Sandra Keller