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DVOC Field Trip Report
by JoAnn Raine

June 9, 2005


Eleven birders met at Lakehurst N.J. and were escorted to the Parachute Jump circle by Conservation officer, John Joyce. From 8 to 10 am we watched upland sandpipers jump and display, fly over our heads and give their “Wolf Whistle” call. An additional treat were two courting common nighthawks that flew, called and displayed their distinctive white bars on the wings. Grasshopper sparrow was seen well by all, as it was captured in a Questar scope. Horned Larks were plentiful but meadowlarks were lying low. On the way out of the base we heard singing chats and prairie warblers. Don Jones and his “magic tape recorder” produced great views of prothonotary, worm eating and hooded warblers at Hawkins Road.

JoAnn Raine