Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A very cold and breezy morning so we decided to check the feeders and ponds around the point and also the Coral Ave. dune crossover. The latter produced some good birds including two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and fly-by Pectoral Sandpiper, Willet, and Cliff Swallow. A Wilson's Snipe popped up briefly on the edge of Lighthouse Pond. A flock of Cedar Waxwings were feeding on juniper berries at Lily Lake, and at the parking lot a Merlin flew over. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Megan Crewe, and Chris Marks.
53 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  8
Green-winged Teal  3
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  1
Surf/Black Scoter  8
Long-tailed Duck  8
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
Willet  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  8
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Forster's Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
Cliff Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  20
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  30
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  15

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Cedar Waxwings [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Hidden Corners of Belleplain - Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Leaders: Karen Johnson. Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Nancy Watson.
28 species

Canada Goose  6
Double-crested Cormorant  38
Turkey Vulture  3
Laughing Gull  25
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  2     heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1     heard
White-eyed Vireo  3     heard
Fish Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Ovenbird  1     heard
Louisiana Waterthrush  3     2 heard, 1 seen
Black-and-white Warbler  10
Common Yellowthroat  2
Pine Warbler  19
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  12
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
American Goldfinch  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 14th, 2014

Numbers and variety of ducks are diminishing with Mallard, Gadwall and Northern Shovelers most common. A pair of Blue-winged Teal gave nice scope views. Off-shore, scoters, loons and Northern Gannets were seen. A few shorebirds were seen including Short-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, American Oystercatchers, and Greater Yellowlegs. Waders included one Snowy Egret and a couple of Great Egrets--the latter in high breeding plumage with bright green lores.  Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc & Lynn Breslow, and Nancy Watson.
45 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  12
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  4
Surf Scoter  30
Black Scoter  30
Red-throated Loon  5
Common Loon  3
Northern Gannet  10
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
American Coot  5
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Sanderling  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  6
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Forster's Tern  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  4
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Marsh Wren  1     heard
European Starling  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  1

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Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-throated Loon [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Spring Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, April 12th, 2014

It was a nice morning with no need for winter clothes. A few new birds for the year were seen including three Eastern Meadowlarks (2 fly-overs, 1 perched at the end of the walk), and an early Prothonotary Warbler in the back field along the water at Pond Creek Farm. We had four Black-crowned Night-Herons in the Willow Pond and a brief look as two Wood Ducks flew out. Also nice looks at very yellow Palm Warblers and 2 mating Killdeer!  Leaders: Karl Lukens, Catherine Busch, and Chris Marks.
41 species

Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  8
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  1
Killdeer  4     pair mating
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  5
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  10
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Rusty Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  5

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Mating Killdeer [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Palm Warbler [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Higbee Beach Bird Walk - Friday, April 11th, 2014

Though the fields at Higbee Beach were a little quiet, the bay bustled with great activity. The biggest Northern Gannet flight of the year so far was taking place, accompanied by a good movement of Black and Surf Scoters. Though quiet, the fields held Eastern Phoebes, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and singing Field Sparrows. Leaders:  Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, and Michael McCabe.
43 species

Mallard  2
Surf Scoter  60
Black Scoter  35
Long-tailed Duck  2
Red-throated Loon  15
Northern Gannet  200
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Snowy Egret  12
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  1
Willet  3     Flyovers
Sanderling  9
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Laughing Gull  12
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  15
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Forster's Tern  6
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Brown Thrasher  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  10
Boat-tailed Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  6

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Nummy's Island Bird Walk - Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Leaders:  Gail Dwyer, Tom Reed, Chris Marks, Bill & Lee Smythe, Patty Rourke, Michael McCabe, Lynne & Marc Breslow.
29 species

Brant (Atlantic)  85
American Black Duck  6
Black Scoter  2
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  10
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Common Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Cormorant  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  6
Northern Harrier  2
American Oystercatcher  6
Black-bellied Plover  20
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Whimbrel  5     flew in to Stone Harbor Point
Red Knot  1
Dunlin  75
Laughing Gull  800
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  20
Mourning Dove  6
American Kestrel  1
Fish Crow  12
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Boat-tailed Grackle  25

Avalon Dunes

Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 14
Mourning Dove 4
Fish Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

A nice morning with a good variety of ducks including two Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup, and Red-breasted Merganser. Unusual with the ducks on Bunker Pond was a Red-throated Loon. Off-shore were scoters, Northern Gannets and more Red-throated Loons. We also had Ospreys overhead, and a group of Black Vultures perched in a tree. There were numerous Tree, Northern Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows plus Purple Martins. Warblers included one Palm, several Pine, and a couple Yellow-rumped Warblers. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mike Hannisian, and Mary Watkins.
52 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  10
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  2
Green-winged Teal  10
Ring-necked Duck  1
Lesser Scaup  3
Black Scoter  25
Bufflehead  7
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  10
Northern Gannet  25
Double-crested Cormorant  22
Black Vulture  9
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  5
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  35
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  3
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Black Vultures [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 7th, 2014

A cloudy, cold morning with some rain drops, but there were still a few ducks to see including Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal and a pair of Blue-winged Teal. Off-shore were a few Surf, numerous Black, and four White-winged Scoters, as well as one very close Red-necked Grebe. Raptors included two Northern Harriers and one Red-tailed Hawk. A nice adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the beach, while Red-winged Blackbirds were singing in the marshes. A couple of Palm Warblers were also seen. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Mike Hannisian, Catherine Busch, and Chris Marks.
45 species

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  15
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  10
Green-winged Teal  5
Ring-necked Duck  3
Surf Scoter  5
White-winged Scoter  4
Black Scoter  20
Bufflehead  4
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  8
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  3
American Oystercatcher  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  5
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  5
Palm Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Blue-winged Teal [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-throated Loon [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Maurice River Bald Eagle Cruise - Sunday, April 6th, 2014

There were more Bald Eagles feeding eaglets in their nests, as well as many Rough-winged Swallows hunting the river. The Double-crested Cormorants were in high breeding plumage, and great amounts of Green-winged Teal were still found on the river. The highlight would have to be the Red-necked Grebe we found further down the river toward Mauricetown. Leaders: Dave Lord and Mary Watkins.
22 species

Canada Goose  45
American Black Duck  23
Green-winged Teal  210
Red-necked Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  120
Great Blue Heron  4
Snowy Egret  13
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  52
Bald Eagle  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  24
Forster's Tern  4
Belted Kingfisher  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Fish Crow  13
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  21
Tree Swallow  16
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5

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Spring Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, April 5th, 2014

A great day for Great Egrets with a total of 71 flying overhead in groups of two, five, and ten. We also had four perched Black-crowned Night-Herons and a couple of Great Blue Heron. A few interesting ducks on the willow pond included three pair of Ring-necked, and a pair of Wood Ducks. Both Tree and Barn Swallows were around the ponds. Other small birds were Golden-crowned Kinglets, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers as well as at least five Eastern Phoebes . Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, and Nancy Watson.
46 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  6
Ring-necked Duck  6
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  71
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1     calling
Wilson's Snipe  2
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
American Robin  30     1 partial leucistic
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  5
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  15

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Black-crowned Night-Herons [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Eastern Phoebe [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Higbee Beach Bird Walk - Friday, April 4th, 2014

A chilly and blustery Higbee Beach was not overly inviting this morning, but this is Cape May and the birds were there to be found! A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker eventually settled for all to get good views and three Eastern Phoebes were early migrants in the fields, but the beach and bay produced the best activity today. A Piping Plover was a nice surprise on the beach, two Horned Grebes included a nice close bird that was almost in full breeding plumage and we witnessed Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron struggling in right over our heads. Bonaparte's Gulls still hung out at the jetty and displaying Red-breasted Mergansers were a treat to watch.
41 species

Canada Goose  5
Mallard  3
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  35
Red-breasted Merganser  23
Red-throated Loon  6
Horned Grebe  2
Northern Gannet  25
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  5
Piping Plover  1
Sanderling  1
Dunlin  5
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Laughing Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Carolina Wren  X
American Robin  X
Eastern Towhee  X
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  X
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  8

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Nummy's Island Bird Walk - Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Tonight’s walk was very enjoyable. We had a number of ’new’ birders and some old friends. The weather was pleasant and we had some nice birds, perhaps the finest was a Horned Grebe in close to full breeding plumage. We also traveled to Avalon to enjoy looks at a Yellow-crowned Night-heron. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, and Shaun Bamford.
24 species

Brant  50
Canada Goose  10
Mallard  6
Black Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  18
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Red-throated Loon  6
Common Loon  12
Horned Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  40
Great Cormorant  1
Snowy Egret  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  20
Black-bellied Plover  4
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Dunlin  6
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Peregrine Falcon  2
Mourning Dove  2
American Robin  2
Song Sparrow  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  10

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

There was some good offshore viewing with numerous Northern Gannets, Surf and Black Scoter, Red-throated Loons, and a fly-over Common Loon. The ponds contained two Tundra Swans, as well as Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, one Northern Pintail, and ten Green-winged Teal one of which was an Eurasian Teal. A good number of Great Blue Heron were seen, either fly-overs or in the ponds, with one Little Blue Heron on Bunker Pond. In with the Tree Swallows were a couple of Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a Purple Martin. The back woods contained at least four Pine Warblers--some of them singing. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Megan Crewe, Steve Weis, Warren Cairo, Chris Marks, and Hugh Simmons.
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  10
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  10
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1
Ring-necked Duck  5
Lesser Scaup  3
Surf Scoter  15
Black Scoter  15
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  5
Red-breasted Merganser  1     female type
Red-throated Loon  10
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  12
Double-crested Cormorant  50
Great Blue Heron  20
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1     adult
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  15
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  10
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  5

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Tundra Swan [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 31st, 2014

Not so nice weather, but good birding. Still a good variety of ducks, five species of gulls, and at least three FOY (first of year) birds for many. The latter were Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Piping Plover. Three pair of American Oystercatchers were on the beach probably looking to set-up nesting sites. Several groups of Wilson's Snipe flying over were nice to see. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Warren Cairo, and Mike Hannisian.
54 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  6
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal  2
Canvasback  1
Redhead  3
Ring-necked Duck  2
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  30
Long-tailed Duck  3
Bufflehead  2
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  4
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Oystercatcher  6
Piping Plover  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Dunlin  6
Wilson's Snipe  18
Bonaparte's Gull  3
Laughing Gull  4
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker  3
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
European Starling  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3

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Winter Evenings at the Meadows - Friday, March 28th, 2014

Still good for ducks which included two Canvasbacks, three Redheads, two Buffleheads, and a Ruddy Duck. Finished the evening at the parking lot with at least three peenting American Woodcock and one displaying overhead. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mike Hannisian, and Tom Baxter.
29 species

Brant  6
Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  40
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  10
Canvasback  2
Redhead  3
Ring-necked Duck  2
Lesser Scaup  2
Black Scoter  10
Bufflehead  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Northern Gannet  20
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  2
American Oystercatcher  4
Sanderling  20
American Woodcock  3
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker  2
European Starling  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1

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American Oystercatchers [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 24th, 2014

A cold and breezy morning with some ducks on the ponds and some scoters off shore. Among the ducks we had four Canvasbacks, two Redheads, and a couple of Buffleheads. Along the beach there were two Horned Grebes--one fairly close. An Osprey caught a small fish in one of the ponds. Leaders: Karl Lukens and Steve Weis.
38 species

Canada Goose 15
Mute Swan 6
Tundra Swan 2
Gadwall 50
American Wigeon 10
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 15
Northern Shoveler 15
Green-winged Teal 10
Canvasback 4
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 2
Black Scoter 20
Bufflehead 2
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Horned Grebe 2
Northern Gannet 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
American Coot 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Herring Gull 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 2
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 5
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 2

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Sunday Morning at Turkey Point - Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Highlights include three Black-headed Gulls among the Bonaparte's Gulls, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, two Horned Grebes going into breeding plumage, eleven Bald Eagles and singing Marsh Wrens. Leaders: Karen Johnson, Janet Crawford, and Dave Lord.

Glades Wildlife Refuge--Turkey Point, Cumberland
31 species

Snow Goose  8
Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  30
American Black Duck  5
Northern Pintail  7
Green-winged Teal  200
Lesser Scaup  5
Bufflehead  50
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  6
Horned Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  10
Bald Eagle  6
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Greater Yellowlegs  10
Dunlin  65
Bonaparte's Gull  40
Black-headed Gull  3     continuing birds
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  10
Great Horned Owl  1
Short-eared Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Marsh Wren  5
Red-winged Blackbird  12

Hansey Creek Road, Cumberland
19 species

Snow Goose  300
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  4
Bald Eagle  5
Herring Gull  60
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
Marsh Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Lighthouse Pond West held a large number of ducks including Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Northern Shovelers, and the continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Green-winged Teal. Off-shore there were Black and Surf Scoter, and fairly close Northern Gannets. Four American Oystercatchers were also along the beach. An Osprey was seen over Lily Lake and we had a brief look from the parking lot at a fly-by Eurasian Collared-Dive. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kathy & Roger Horn, Steve Weis, Mike Hannisian, and Carrie Bell.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  60
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  30
Mallard  25
Northern Shoveler  20
Green-winged Teal  15
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1
Ring-necked Duck  5
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  2
Surf Scoter  6
Black Scoter  15
Bufflehead  2
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  10
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1     fly-by at parking lot
Mourning Dove  10
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  5
Purple Finch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Winter Evenings at the Meadows - Friday, March 21st, 2014

A good variety of ducks were on the ponds, including two Canvasbacks and two Redheads along, with two Tundra Swans, and scoters off shore. A Great Horned Owl was seen to the west flying and then to the east. The walk ended at the parking lot with several woodcock peenting and also flying. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kathy & Roger Horn, Shaun & Cindy Bamford, and Tom Baxter.
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  4
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  50
American Wigeon  15
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  20
Green-winged Teal  10
Canvasback  2
Redhead  2
Ring-necked Duck  2
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  15
Bufflehead  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
American Woodcock  3     Peenting and fly-over
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Great Horned Owl  1     fly-by to west and to east
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  1
European Starling  20
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Lots of ducks on the various ponds including Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked, Buffleheads, Canvasback, and one Eurasian Green-winged Teal. No unusual sparrows were found, although we did get a Fox Sparrow and a couple of Field Sparrows. Multiple crows, both Fish and American, were present and a fly-over Bald Eagle put all the ducks in the air. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, and Mike Hannisian.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  40
American Wigeon  40
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  2
Green-winged Teal  15
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1
Canvasback  1
Ring-necked Duck  2
Lesser Scaup  4
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  25
Bufflehead  10
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  10
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  9
Carolina Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  50
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  5
House Sparrow  10

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 17, 2014

The first of Pete's Meadows walks for the year.  6-8" of snow and north winds!
26 species

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  8
Tundra Swan  1
Gadwall  35
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  8
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal  20
Canvasback  1
Redhead  3
Ring-necked Duck  1
Lesser Scaup  2
Black Scoter  20
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Wilson's Snipe  5
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  8
House Finch  2

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Sunday Morning at Turkey Point - Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The highlight of the walk was a Black-headed Gull at the Maple Avenue impoundments. We also saw twenty-two Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans, a couple Brown Thrashers and lots of really colorful Red-winged Blackbirds displaying. Leaders Janet Crawford, Brian Johnson, Karen Williams, Paul Kosten.
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  7
Tundra Swan  6
American Black Duck  12
Mallard (Domestic type)  5
Northern Pintail  10
Green-winged Teal  50
Bufflehead  40
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  5
Bald Eagle  22
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  7
Bonaparte's Gull  40
Black-headed Gull  1     
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  11
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  10
Brown Thrasher  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 15th

Nice weather and lots of ducks with good variety to scan. Amongst the ducks we found the drake Eurasian Wigeon and drake Eurasian Green-winged Teal. The continuing juvenile Painted Bunting was located in the shrubs behind the back yard feeder at 101 Lincoln Ave. From St. Peters dune crossover we had scoters, Northern Gannets, and Red-throated Loons. While scanning there, we found two early Purple Martins. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kathy & Roger Horn, and Steve Weis.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  50
Eurasian Wigeon  1     drake-Lighthouse Pond West
American Wigeon  50
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  20
Green-winged Teal  30
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1     drake-drake-Lighthouse Pond West
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  4
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  25
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  5
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-throated Loon  5
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  8
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1     adult
American Coot  1
Bonaparte's Gull  4
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  15
Mourning Dove  15
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  50
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Painted Bunting  1     continuing- feeder yard 101 Lincoln
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  10
House Sparrow  20

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Winter Evenings at the Meadows - Friday, March 14th, 2014

A cold and windy evening but there were some waterfowl to be seen. Along the way we flushed a Wilson's Snipe for an OK look. Smaller birds were scarce, probably honkered in out of the wind. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kathy and Roger Horn.
25 species

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  2
Tundra Swan  1
Gadwall  30
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  21
Northern Shoveler  22
Green-winged Teal  8
Redhead  3
Lesser Scaup  1
Black Scoter  2
Bufflehead  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  25
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  3
House Sparrow  2

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