Lakehurst – June 21, 2018

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Field Trip

June 21, 2018

We have had another successful field trip to the drop zone and ponds at Lakehurst. Twenty three members and guests were met by John Joyce, the Base Conservation Officer. He escorted us through security and lead us to the drop zone. The weather was overcast with a few sprinkles, which is excellent weather for the Upland Sandpipers. Our experience has been that they seem to fly more on overcast days. John Joyce estimates there are 6 to 8 breeding pairs in the drop zone. We also had 10+ breeding pair of Grasshopper Sparrows. Other birds seen in the drop zone were Eastern Meadowlarks and Horned Larks. Unfortunately, we did not see any Nighthawks, which have been a regular in the past years.

After a few hours at the drop zone, we went to a pond and lake, which had been created for the cranberry farming done here many years ago. Our plant enthusiasts saw spatulate-leaved and thread-leaved sundews. The birds included a Bald Eagle, Orchard Oriole, Prairie Warbler and many others. A complete list can be viewed on ebird.

Our thanks again to our great host, John Joyce, the Conservation Officer for the Base.

Bob Horton