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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Martin Selzer

September 2, 2006 (Saturday)
Johnson Sod Farm, Cumberland County, NJ

Image by Bert Filemyr

Leader: Martin Selzer
Participants: Bert Filemyr, Jane Henderson, Tom and Margot Sutherland, Bill Keim, tropical depression Ernesto

I believe it is Snoopy who starts his literary tales with it was a “dark and story night” well it was a dark and stormy morning. No matter how much we tried to convince ourselves that the sky was brightening up, it really wasn’t! Still in between rain and wind bands we managed to find most of the target species one hopes to see at the Johnson Sod Farm. We had a good number of pectoral sandpipers, a half-dozen American golden-plovers, and 3 buff-breasted sandpipers as well as least and semipalmated sandpipers, killdeers, black-bellied and semipalmated plovers and horned larks. By the time we had found the buff-breasted sandpipers the wind and rain was steady so we headed over to the Delea Sod Farm hoping that during the drive the rain at least would ease up. It didn’t and we were forced to admit that it really was too wet and too windy to scan the fields here.

Martin Selzer

Species seen

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
American Kestrel
American Golden-Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
American Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Crow
European Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird

Images by Bert Filemyr