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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Martin Selzer

May 5, 2013 (Cinco de Mayo)
Belleplain State Forest, NJ

About 20 people joined me on a slightly chilly spring morning (some people on the trip would contend it was cold) as we visited Belleplain State Forest along Narrows Road, Sunset Road and Pine Swamp Road. By the time we left a few hours later we had seen or heard many of the key breeding warblers of the area plus many other birds.

Highlights of the days birding included:
• Multiple at Yellow-throated Warblers everywhere we stopped
• Although we heard Hooded Warbler at a few stops we only glimpsed a singing individual out in the open briefly
• Worm-eating Warblers were also a secretive today perhaps less inclined to sing by the chill in the air
• We found Prothonotary Warbler at the bridge at Sunset Road and at the Beaver Pond.
• Pine Warblers were conspicuous as were a few Black and White Warblers.
• Several White-eyed Vireos were heard and at least one was seen perched well out in the open proclaiming their territories.
• Ovenbirds were heard calling throughout the day wherever we stopped; however only one or two birds were glimpsed briefly.
• We also had Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, and Eastern Phoebe

And the day ended with a Scarlet Tanager along Pine Swamp Road as we were heading home to prove that good things come to those who drive around with their car windows down listening.
Martin Selzer