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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Sandra Keller
November 25, 2007
Edwin Forsythe NWR at Brigantine, New Jersey
Our trip today saw 74 bird species with the highlights being a CAVE SWALLOW perched about 10 to 15 ft. away from us (see below). Super looks at it before it took off to feed. Other highlights were the literally thousands of BRANT in the impoundments and their calling mingling with the calls of the SNOW GEESE and TUNDRA SWANS.
The warmish weather and calm winds made viewing conditions excellent and we took full advantage including walking a couple of trails for passerines. Jen's Trail near the end of the driving loop and the road to the Gull Pond Tower were the birdiest with loads of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, the usual Sparrows, and a lone male PURPLE FINCH.
Our second trip around the impoundments led to some shorebirds as the tide was receding and some mud flats were now exposed. The majority were DUNLIN, but a lone winter plumage DOWITCHER was studied intently to no avail. It went down as a DOW sp. NORTHERN HARRIERS were everywhere. I estimate 18 around the refuge. A lone SNOW BUNTING along feeding along the north dike allowed us close looks as we drove slowly past in our vehicles.
I welcome phone calls and/or email about next year's trip and perhaps getting some youth birding clubs involved. My timing is flexible with some weekday availability in addition to one weekend day.
Photo by Mike DeBonis