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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Sandra Keller
November 25, 2012
Mannington Marsh, New Jersey
Our trip to the Salem County Mannington Marsh area was a rescheduled
location since our usual spot of Forsythe was closed. We had a nice diversity
- different than Forsythe would have been. This area has a Sandhill Crane wintering
flock that is usually present - it just moves around and we had to refind. We
had nice looks at 5 from the middle bridge area. Gadwall numbers were excellent.
Three lingering Wood Ducks were found by a participant. The field areas around
the marsh complex held the usual Horned Larks and Pipits. Flight looks were
good, but a close ground look was tough in the strong winds we fought all day!
Featherbed Lane had
3 Kestrels - that's normal. An Eastern Meadowlark was seen by one participant, but again, the winds kept the passerines down and we couldn't find one perched up to put in the numerous scopes. Other numerous species included Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot - one compact flock at the middle bridge had 320 birds! - Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Bald Eagle, and Canada Goose. We twice scanned a mixed Starling - Brown-headed Cowbird flock for a Brewer's, but had no success. Any questions, please email me at email@example.com - thanks to all the participants who braved that cold wind!