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by Bob Horton

Lakehurst Naval Air Station Trip Report
June 19, 2014

The weather forecast for our trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst did not look too good. But the birding gods were with us and it didn’t rain during our trip. The sky was overcast but had we been a day earlier, we would have faced 94 degree temperatures and full sun.

We all had mediocre looks at the Upland Sandpipers until one of them took off on a flight that spiraled high into the sky and lasted over five minutes. Other birds of interested included many Grasshopper Sparrows, 6+ Eastern Meadowlarks, two American Kestrels, a Common Nighthawk, Blue Grosbeak, a pair of Eastern Kingbirds, 4 or 5 Wild Turkeys and a few Horned Larks. We also saw numerous planes and helicopters, which Al Driscoll identified for us all.

John Joyce, the base naturalist was again a great host to the 11 members who attended this trip

Photos by Brian Quindlen