Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A nice group of waders were present with Great Blue Heron and many Great Egrets in the pond and flyover Green Herons, Snowy Egret, and Tricolored Heron. Fly-over shorebirds included Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Other birds of interest were Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, and a pair of Blue Grosbeaks with the male displaying on the path and the female near by. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, and Steve Weis.
54 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  30
Mallard  15
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  10
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  6
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  7
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  3
Royal Tern  3
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  60
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  30
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  15
Yellow Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  3     male displaying on path, female near by
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  5

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Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Early morning rain and overcast skies gave way to sunshine just as our 9:00 am walk began. And the sun brought out the birds! Eastern Kingbirds, Tree Swallows, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in flight, scope views of Belted Kingfisher, Orchard Oriole, Great Blue Heron, and a most accommodating Red-tailed Hawk (who maintained his perch as we filed by!) were highlights. We also had a flurry of activity by the brown gate with an assortment of warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and woodpeckers. Leaders: Catherine Busch. Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow, and Nancy Watson.
44 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  32
Mallard  24
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Forster's Tern  14
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1  heard
Eastern Kingbird  40
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  4
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1     leaders only
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  3
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  4

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Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, August 18th, 2014

A few shorebirds were around including both yellowlegs, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Sanderlings, and American Oystercatchers. Over head were lots of swallows and Purple Martins as well as Osprey. Warblers seen were Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, and Prairie. Most interesting was an Alder Fylcatcher singing "fee-bee-o," but it could not be located. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, Mike Hannisian, and Dave Lord.
56 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  7
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  3
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  1     heard
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Sanderling  35
Least Sandpiper  5
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  5
Mourning Dove  25
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Alder Flycatcher  1     heard
Least Flycatcher  1     seen
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  50
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  10
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1     heard
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  10
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  5

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American Goldfinch [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Prairie Warbler [Photo by Karl Lukens]
Solitary Sandpiper [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA Bird Walk - Sunday, August 17th, 2014

When warblers pass through Higbee WMA, as many did on north winds Thursday and Friday of this past week, where do they go? Some of them go to the Cox Hall Creek WMA to feed before continuing their southward journey. Though the parking lot was quiet, we ended up with 56 species on this morning's walk there, including eight species of warblers moving through the mature trees of this former golf course. The high-number species count was Cedar Waxwings at 45 but Chipping Sparrows were not far behind with 36. Now being with rusty cap and black eye line, some of these Chipping Sparrow will remain at CHC WMA for the winter, at this, the northern edge of their wintering grounds. It's a good place to see them in all their plumages - the streaky young, the bright birds of summer and their more subdued colors in winter. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Cindy & Shaun Bamford, and Deb Payson.
56 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  7
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  12
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  9
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  7  
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  45
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  7
Pine Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  36  
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  5
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  22
American Goldfinch  8

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American Goldfinch [Photo by Roger Horn]
Great Blue Heron [Photo by Roger Horn]

Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, August 16th, 2014

CMBO's second Saturday Photo Walk at Cape May Point SP took place two days after the first good land bird flight of the season. However, as is often the case, two days was a bit long for the birds to hang around for our Saturday Photo Walk. Be that as it may, Cape May in August almost always has goodies to shoot, and this week was no exception. The abundant Blue Dasher made itself known during the walk, as did damselflies such as the Rambur's Forktail. Also present throughout the park were Swamp Rose-Mallows. But the highlight of the day was Needhams' Skimmers which posed for us for as long as we wanted to shoot them. It's still early in the season, so next week may well be even better! Hope to see you there.

Blue Dasher [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Needham's Skimmer [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Swamp Rose-Mallow [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Cuckoos are skulkers. They often perch, motionless, for long periods of time without calling. But at the Rea Farm this morning we caught a Yellow-billed Cuckoo foraging through the canopy, perhaps looking for its favorite food, hairy caterpillars, and giving us good views. These long distance migrants will be pulling out in the next few weeks, heading toward their wintering grounds in South America. Listen for them overhead at night as they sometimes call during migration. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Michael McCabe, Warren Cairo, Hugh Simmons, and Deb Payson.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Mallard  9
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  11
Herring Gull (American)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  14
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  3
Eastern Kingbird  10
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  5
Purple Martin  6
Tree Swallow  7
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  18
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  5
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
American Goldfinch  2

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Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, August 15th, 2014

A lovely summer evening for a sunset walk. Highlights include: many Osprey; Black Skimmers skimming in the ponds; many Yellow Warblers in the mallows; a large number of Stilt Sandpipers; a lone Glossy Ibis; and a huge mixed flock of terns loafing on the beach including Common, Forster's, and Royal. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, Michael McCabe, and Deb Payson.
48 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  8
Mallard  16
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  8
American Oystercatcher  7
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  14
Stilt Sandpiper  20
Sanderling  45
Least Sandpiper  9
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  85
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Common Tern  40
Forster's Tern  130
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  11
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
American Crow  2     heard only
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  1     heard only
Yellow Warbler  11
Field Sparrow  1     heard only
Song Sparrow  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  9

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, August 15th, 2014

Our first Higbee Beach walk of the season could hardly have been more perfect! We started with a dizzy bunch of birds jumping around before us, that included Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Black-throated Green, Prairie, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided and Canada Warblers, as well as the more expected species. Cedar Waxwings, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Kingbirds and Bobolinks passed overhead and we rounded off by wrestling with Acadian and Least Flycatchers. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Kathy Horn, Catherine Busch, Michael McCabe, David La Puma, and Megan Crewe.
55 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  2
Royal Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  150
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1     Heard only
Purple Martin  20
Barn Swallow  15
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  140
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  2
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Golden-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  20
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  10
Bobolink  15
Red-winged Blackbird  80
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  5
House Finch  9
American Goldfinch  16

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, August 14th, 2014

It was a beautiful morning for a bird walk! On the beach we had Royal Terns and a variety of gulls. Tree Swallows are still gathering with some sitting on the beach and some wheeling over the ponds. As we walked through the woods we could tell that there had been a definite movement of birds last night. We saw Orchard Orioles; Blue-gray Gnatcatchers; a Black-and-white Warbler; a number of Eastern Kingbirds; a group of American Redstarts; and Yellow Warblers. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Cindy Bamford.
50 species

Canada Goose  23
Mute Swan  41
Mallard  9
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  5
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  5
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  23
Least Sandpiper  6
Laughing Gull  65
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Eastern Kingbird  9
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1     heard only
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  250
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  10
House Wren  1     heard only
Carolina Wren  5     heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  8
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3     heard only
American Redstart  7
Yellow Warbler  5
Field Sparrow  1     heard only
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  2
Orchard Oriole  6
House Finch  1     heard only
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  3

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A good variety of gulls and terns on the beach allowed for a nice study of various plumages. There was also a good flight of shorebirds including some Red Knots, both Semipalmated Sandpiper and Plover, a couple of Willets, Least Sandpiper, several Greater Yellowlegs, and many Lesser Yellowlegs. A juvenile Osprey put on a show trying to catch a fish in Bunker Pond. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Steve Weis.
41 species

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  10
Mallard  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  5
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  235
Red Knot  10
Sanderling  8
Least Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Laughing Gull  50
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  4
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  8
Royal Tern  18
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  20
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  75
Barn Swallow  15
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  5

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Great Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Osprey [Photo by Karl Lukens]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

An cloudy day made for challenging light conditions, but fortunately, the threatening rain held off until after the walk. Scope views of Indigo Bunting, Cedar Waxwing, and American Oystercatcher were the highlights today along with several close hovering Osprey and swirling flocks of Tree Swallows. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, and Janet Crawford.
36 species

Mute Swan  32
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  11
Sanderling  30
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Forster's Tern  14
Royal Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  6
Eastern Kingbird  2
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  8
Cedar Waxwing  10
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  X
House Sparrow  X

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, August 11th, 2014

There were lots of gulls, terns, and shorebirds to view including two Stilt Sandpipers in the ponds and a Lesser Black-backed Gull on the beach. There were also two families of American Oystercatchers on the beach. The highlight of the trip occurred in the parking lot where a White-winged Dove flew by and landed briefly on a wire for all to see! Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Mike Hannisian, Janet Crawford, Catherine Busch, Marc & Lynne Breslow, David La Puma, Deb Payson, David Lord, and Mary Watkins.
55 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Mallard  40
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Green Heron  4
Glossy Ibis  3
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  8
American Oystercatcher  8
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Stilt Sandpiper  2     1 ad., 1 juv.
Sanderling  20
Least Sandpiper  15
Semipalmated Sandpiper  8
Short-billed Dowitcher  30
Laughing Gull  60
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
White-winged Dove  1     fly-by and distant on wire
Mourning Dove  12
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  7
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  35
Barn Swallow  10
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  8
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  5
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  8

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

White-winged Dove [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA Bird Walk - Sunday, August 10th, 2014

This morning's walk at the Cox Hall Creek WMA didn't produce any rarities but there were a lot of birds and a nice variety. Besides a smattering of warblers - Yellow, Pine and American Redstart - there were many Cedar Waxwings. Primarily feeding on berries and small fruits throughout the year, these birds were sallying out, and sometimes hovering, catching insects on the wing. Cedar Waxwing young are fed a diet of insects for just a few days after hatching and, as late breeders, adult birds may have been gathering small flying insects to bring back to nests. CHCWMA is also a reliable place to hear and see Eastern Wood Peewees; their plaintive pee-o-wee call is one that the new birders with us on today's walk now know!  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Cindy Bamford, Janet Crawford, and Deb Payson.
47 species

Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  12
Mourning Dove  9
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  7
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  24
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  28
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Pine Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  8
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  9
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  5

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, August 9th, 2014

CMBO's first Saturday Photo Walk was greeted with wonderful weather and lots of photo subjects. It's August in Cape May, so there birds posing for us, including Great and Snowy Egrets, a singing Song Sparrow, and a Field Sparrow. Odes (dragonflies and damselflies) were represented by the likes of Blue Dasher and Needham's Skimmer. We were also rewarded with a handsome, well lit Bullfrog and, of course fields of Swamp Rose-Mallow. With any luck, this was just the first of many successful Saturday Photo Walks from now until the New Jersey Audubon Autumn Weekend in late October.

Blue Dasher [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Bullfrog [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Field Sparrow [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Great Egret [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Needham's Skimmer [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Snowy Egret [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Song Sparrow [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Swamp Rose-Mallow [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, August 9th, 2014

"When should we start the Beanery walks? The State Park can still be so good at this time of year." This is the kind of discussion you'd hear if you attended the quarterly meetings of the CMBO Volunteers' group as we try to plan on the best places to bring people on our walks each season. We again had that discussion as we started this morning's first-of-season walk at the Beanery since it seemed a little quiet. But as we rounded the corner at the back of the willow pond, the boldly marked face of a Lark Sparrow was seen perched on a snag. We got this rare fall migrant in the scopes before he flew across the field and out of sight. The rest of the walk turned out to be pretty good, too - several singing Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, a couple American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers and a Black-and-White Warbler and the finale -- a Great-Horned Owl that flew out of the wet woods in front of us as we came down the path. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, and Michael McCabe.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Semipalmated Plover  68
Killdeer  9
Least Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  15
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  9
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  6
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  4
Yellow Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Lark Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  8
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  35
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  9

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Lark Sparrow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Ruby-throated Hummingbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, August 8th, 2014

It was a beautiful evening in The Meadows with Black Skimmers skimming everywhere and a Great Horned Owl sitting in its usual perch. We started with a great look at an Indigo Bunting in the parking lot; had good looks at a cooperative Green Heron; and ended with two Merlins flying over us. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, Michael McCabe, and Beth & Don Freiday.
52 species

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  9
Mallard  24
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  4
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  23
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Sanderling  17
Least Sandpiper  25
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  11
Short-billed Dowitcher  26
Laughing Gull  83
Ring-billed Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  58
Common Tern  8
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  19
Black Skimmer  15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  13
Great Horned Owl  1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Merlin  2  
American Crow  3
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  1     heard only
Carolina Wren  1     heard only
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  2     heard only
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  75
Common Grackle  50
American Goldfinch  17
House Sparrow  12

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, August 8th, 2014

It was a beautiful summer morning in the State Park. Tree Swallows were gathering on the beach near the Bunker with a few Barn Swallows mixed in. Sharing the beach were Royal Terns, Common and Forster's Terns; Laughing Gulls; and several good flights of Glossy Ibis. Walking through the park, we encountered an Indigo Bunting, Black and White Warbler, Orchard Orioles, and Cedar Waxwings. Raptors included Red-tailed Hawks, a Bald Eagle, and many Osprey. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
55 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  42
Mallard  16
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  22
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  10
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  7
Sanderling  10
Least Sandpiper  3
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  35
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  38
Least Tern  2
Common Tern  9
Forster's Tern  31
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  175
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  4
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3     heard only
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1     heard only
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  28
Common Grackle  3
Orchard Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  5

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

There were lots of terns in various plumages to study including several Royal Terns. However, there were no unusual terns this morning. We had several fly-over Sandpipers, Willets, and Killdeer. Numerous Yellow Warblers and one or two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were working the shrubs. Throughout the walk, there were Ospreys over head with large numbers of Tree Swallows. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mike Hannisian, and David La Puma.
53 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  20
Gadwall  13
Mallard  20
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  2
Tricolored Heron  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     heard
Glossy Ibis  20
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  7
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  3
Solitary Sandpiper  1     fly-over
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  3
Sanderling  3
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  50     plus swarms in the rips
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  4
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  30
Royal Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  20
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  200
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  20
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  4
Yellow Warbler  12
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  250
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  8

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Laughing Gull and Royal Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Three Tricolored Herons behind the ever-present Mute Swans [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Back Bay Sundowner by Boat - Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

On this week's CMBO Sundowner Cruise aboard the M.V. Osprey, there was a great show of shorebirds. We also had many yellow-crowned night-herons and a stunning clapper rail display. Leaders: Warren Cairo and David Lord.
35 species

Canada Goose  32
Mallard  4
Black Scoter  2
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  14
Snowy Egret  11
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  4
Glossy Ibis  11
Osprey  45
Clapper Rail  6
American Oystercatcher  21
Black-bellied Plover  9
Semipalmated Plover  20
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Whimbrel  2
Ruddy Turnstone  5
Sanderling  14
Least Sandpiper  35
Semipalmated Sandpiper  61
Short-billed Dowitcher  24
Laughing Gull  1750
Herring Gull  29
Great Black-backed Gull  17
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  47
Forster's Tern  22
Royal Tern  2
Black Skimmer  9
Mourning Dove  14
Belted Kingfisher  1
Barn Swallow  12
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Boat-tailed Grackle  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, August 4th, 2014

We had excellent views of perched and singing Indigo Bunting as well as Eastern Kingbird. On the beach we had Lesser Black-backed Gull, several families of American Oystercatchers, and many Sanderlings. Tree Swallows were numerous both perched and overhead. The bird of the day was an immature White Ibis trailing a group of 22 fly-over Glossy Ibis. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Mike Hannisian, Janet Crawford, Catherine Busch, Carrie Bell, Deb Payson, and David Lord.
58 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  1
Mallard  15
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  4
White Ibis  1     immature, fly-over
Glossy Ibis  22
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  7
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  10
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Sanderling  30
Least Sandpiper  4     fly-over
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Least Tern  3
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  4
Royal Tern  1
Black Skimmer  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1     heard
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Eastern Kingbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Indigo Bunting [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

This was a day for photos but, since it was raining when we started, we didn't have our cameras! The 1st photo op presented itself when a singing Indigo Bunting was joined in a leafless tree by two Yellow Warblers and then a Great Egret - all in one scope-view. Later, male and female Common Yellow-throats perched atop cattail stalks, chattering away at us at eye level just a few feet away.  With 16 Yellow Warblers seen today, and many more this past week, it's obvious that warbler migration is underway. Join us next Saturday for the first-of-season walk, Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm, as we look for other early fall warblers such as Northern Waterthrush and Mourning and Canada warblers. Leaders: Kathleen Horn and Deb Payson.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  36
Mallard  16
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Least Sandpiper  21
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  9
Royal Tern  5
Mourning Dove  11
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  5
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  28
Tree Swallow  14
Barn Swallow  9
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  18
Cedar Waxwing  18
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  16
Pine Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  5
Bobolink  1, heard
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
Orchard Oriole  3
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, August 1st, 2014

A drizzly evening didn't keep the birds from appearing. Highlights include: good looks at an Indigo Bunting; close flyovers by Chimney Swifts; Orchard Orioles; Yellow Warblers; Royal Terns; and a feeding flock of Glossy Ibis. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, and Michael McCabe.
46 species

Canada Goose  32
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  9
Mallard  16
Black Scoter  1
Great Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  8
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  10
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Sanderling  14
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Short-billed Dowitcher  11
Laughing Gull  45
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  5
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  4
Royal Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Fish Crow  2     heard only
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  4     heard only
Yellow Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  3
Orchard Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  3

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