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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Chris Walters
March 11, 2007
Barnegat, New Jersey
Lead by Frank Windfelder and Chris Walters
Attending were Brian Raicich, Sally Leathersich, Brian Quindlin, and Cindy Ahern, plus about a dozen high school birders, some from the Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY), and others who came with Cindy. We all enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in the mid-50’s.
Strongly in evidence off
the Barnegat jetty were 30+ Harlequins, some 200 Purple Sandpipers, several
dozen Common Loons, one Red-throated Loon, hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks (Oldsquaw),
Surf and White-winged Scoters, Great Cormorant, Bonaparte’s Gull, Oystercatchers,
and Ruddy Turnstones. Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Mergansers and (yes) Yellow-rumped
Warblers rounded out the picture. The 80+ Common Elders present there earlier
in the winter were apparently now all gone – doubtless edging north as
the spring approaches. All in all, the group had a great trip.