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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Tony Croasdale
May 23, 2010 (Sunday)
Southwest New Jersey
On May 23rd two DVOC members and 8 non-members converged on the Mauricetown Wawa near where 47 and 347 split. Could this be the most birder visited Wawa?
Because of the tide conditions we started off at Heislerville. We were hoping for the curlew sandpiper. However we found only a few dunlin and no curlew sandpiper. We did have a nice look at a white-rumped sandpiper amongst hundreds of semipalm and least and a few dozen short-billed dowitchers. An adult bald eagle come in low for a nice look. We had nice looks at eastern towhee and brown thrasher on our way out.
After Heislerville we headed to the Milleville Airport to look for grasshopper sparrow. The racetrack next door was just two loud to listen for the sparrows but we had a fantastic look at a male blue grosbeak. We then headed to Bevans WMA to the traditional summer tanager spot at Dividing Creek road and Railroad Ave. We struck out on that tanager but had good looks at scarlet tanager and prothonatary warbler.
Vincent really wanted to see a summer tanager so we headed to “the triangle” at Belleplain State Forest. We were successful in seeing a young male summer tanager as well as good looks at a male hooded warbler.
We decided to end the day at Reeds Beach since it was late May and horseshoe crab nesting season. The beach was crowded with birds, mostly laughing gulls and semipalm sandpipers but there were dozens of rudy turnstones and maybe 30 or 40 red knots. A nice way to end the day.