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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder
Palmyra Cove Nature Park, New Jersey
August 27, 2006 (Sunday)
As I drove over the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on my way to Palmyra, I was ruing the fact that I had not cancelled the trip. In short, it was pouring! My mood was soon to change for the better. When I arrived at the Palmyra Cove parking lot, I was greeted by quite a few birders who had braved the weather. What’s more, the rain had abated.
Things got even more sanguine when my cell phone rang. It was Tom Bailey, and he had pinned down a male Golden-winged Warbler. We hurried down to the spot, and amazingly, the bird was still there. In fact, it proceeded to put on a show for 20 minutes. We had long-lasting and crippling views of a bird that was a lifer for several of those present. We actually walked away from the still-present beauty.
We enjoyed Least Flycatchers, Nashville Warblers, and a Pied-billed Grebe. Tim McFadden found an adult Red-shouldered Hawk. Tom Bailey found several good birds on his own, including Mourning Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.
We returned to the parking lot, ate lunch, and headed down to the cove. The best birds there were two White-rumped Sandpipers, which are very rare at Palmyra.
Other participants were Chris Walters, Joe Hudson, Edie Parnum, Brian Schulz, Bob Horton, Brendan MacPherson, Wendy Lenhart, Andrea Hirsh, Shaun Kass, Don Webb and Sue Killeen.
It’s amazing that we were able to find so many good birds on a cloudy day which was not ideal for migration!