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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder

October 6, 2012

Summary of trips 2003-2012 (*.pdf file)

This trip was originally scheduled for Sunday, but a predicted cold rainy day forced my hand. As it was, we enjoyed good weather, but…only 5 people showed up, including myself. For those who didn’t check the website for the change, I apologize for any inconvenience.

Anyway, Steve Kacir, Brian Henderson, George Wood, Gene Harris and me headed out into the marsh. There we found about 20 Sharp-tailed Sparrows, 3 Seaside Sparrows and only one Nelson’s Sparrow. However, we had fabulous looks at that bird, which was probably an alterus. Steve’s photos will have the final say on the ID. There were also Forster’s and a few Royal Terns flying about, and we saw four Brown Pelicans.

When we got back to our cars, George had to leave, and Steve and Brian decided to stick around the marsh area. They were to go to Brigantine later in the day, and give me an update on what they saw there and at Tuckerton. Gene and I birded our way out. Just beyond the first bridge going back, we had excellent looks at a Lapland Longspur, surely one of the day’s highlights. We also saw an adult Little Blue Heron and a young Peregrine Falcon perched on a pole.

The two of us headed to Brigantine, and frankly, it was pretty slow there. However, there was an impressive contingent of about 150 Snowy Egrets. We also found a large concentration of shorebirds including 1,000 Dunlin, 300 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Sanderlings and a Ruddy Turnstone. We also had poor looks at about 10 dowitchers. It was windy and the birds were hunkered down, but my best guess is that they were Short-billeds.

Steve and Brian had a Marbled Godwit at Tuckerton after we left, and a Purple Finch and American Bittern later at Brigantine.

Frank Windfelder
Philadelphia, PA