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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ FIELD TRIP, June 7-8, 2003

On June 7-8, DVOC did its first overnight field trip to Sussex County, NJ-- exploring the Jersey side of the upper Delaware Valley. 12 members participated and Chris Walters led. Areas birded were the Wantagh grasslands, the High Point and Stokes State Forests, and the Walpack Valley. Despite the bad weather (rain nearly all day Saturday and no sun either day), the group found nine species of flycatchers and (on Sunday) nineteen species of nesting warblers, as well as grassland birds such as Savannah Sparrow, Bobolinks, and Meadowlark. Highlights were the Olive-sided Flycatcher (seen), Alder Flycatcher (seen singing at close range), Golden-winged Warbler (heard), Cerulean Warblers (seen), Magnolia Warbler (seen), and Cliff Swallows (seen). Total species could be said to be 100 (if one counted the active Broad-wing Hawk and Red-breasted Nuthatch nests we saw, but without seeing the birds!). One in the group (Martin Selzer) also spotted one of the Peregrines that is nesting above the Arrow Island Overlook, our Saturday morning rendezvous point. This Overlook is on the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap, two miles south of where I-80 crosses the Delaware

Chris Walters