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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Martin Selzer

August 18, 2008
Edwin Forsythe NWR at Brigantine, New Jersey

Twelve people joined me for this trip to enjoy the continued shorebird migration. It was a great day weather wise at the refuge and we had lot of good birds. Our day started out with some chipping sparrows, American goldfinches, tree and barn swallows around the headquarters area before we set off around the auto route.

Our stop at Gull Pond produced our first real surprise with a least bittern, some wood ducks, black-crowned night-herons, yellow warblers, white-eyed vireos and great crested flycatchers. It was then time to hit the main ponds. Shorebird numbers were very good. I believe reports for the day were of 22 species seen on the refuge. We did not do quite that well but we did manage to find killdeer, black-bellied and semi-palmated plovers, whimbrels, white-rumped, least, western, semi-palmated, stilt and spotted sandpipers, short-billed dowitchers, one red-necked phalarope, greater and lesser yellowlegs, American oystercatcher, willet, and a dunlin. The white pelican was very cooperative as were several Caspian Terns, 2 or 3 least terns, 6+ Black Terns, and a truck load of roosting Black Skimmers. Long-legged waders were well represented by great and snowy egrets, great blue and little blue herons. We scanned the ibis flocks for something other than glossy but were unsuccessful searching for the immature white ibis that had been reported recently.

All in all we had a lot of fun working through the various shorebirds and improving our identification skills which was my focus for the day.