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by Bob Horton

Lakehurst Naval Air Station Trip Report
June 9, 2015

We had a great morning of birding at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, formerly Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Our target species were Upland Sandpipers as well as other grassland birds. We were all very pleased to have good looks at the Uppies flying and calling around the drop zone. We also were able to see Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Larks, Eastern Kingbirds and Eastern Meadowlarks. A small flock of turkeys were seen in the drop zone. Several people walked down to the end of the circle and found a Blue Grosbeak.

But the big surprise was the show that the Common Nighthawks put on for us. Initially we saw eight nighthawks flying and hunting out past the perimeter of the drop zone. But as time passed, they continued to hunt until they were directly over us. There were upwards of a dozen birds hunting and calling directly over our heads. A few were heard booming. None of the participants had ever seen such a great display by Common Nighthawks. It was truly amazing.

Thanks to our great host, John Joyce, the Conservation Officer for the Base.

Photographs by Bert Filemyr