Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Ten species of warblers, all behind the Willow Oak leaves, or the Sweet Gum leaves - we could see the leaves well. But people persisted and the birds kept coming. Black-and-white Warblers and Northern Parulas really put on a show, while the Cape May and Chestnut-sided Warblers did their best to dine in private. American Goldfinches are loving the sunflowers over there and many are already in the browns and beiges of winter. The Blue Grosbeak that sat up at the end of the walk, however, was still vibrantly blue and rust.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Cindy & Shaun Bamford, Deb Payson, and Carrie Bell.
52 species

Canada Goose  3
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  20
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
American Kestrel  1
Red-eyed Vireo  11
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  18
Northern Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  9
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  6
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Pine Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  12
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  6
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  45

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Preening Northern Parula [Photo by Roger Horn]

American Kestral eating breakfast [Photo by Roger Horn]

Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Drizzle gave way to hard rain about half way through the walk. Many birds were seen despite the rain including Belted Kingfishers, several first-year Little Blue Herons, and a Merlin. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Deb Payson.
34 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  26
Mallard  14
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  2
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Laughing Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Caspian Tern  1
Black Tern  1
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  2
Merlin  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  3     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Sparrow  3

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This week's CMBO Saturday Photo Walk at Cape May Point SP took place under overcast, somewhat threatening skies. However, this did not stop our group which was rewarded with a small but cooperative group of subjects. Most notable was the continued appearance of the third US record of Whiskered Tern. One can only guess what next Saturday will bring.

Caspian Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Familiar Bluet [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Whiskered Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Whiskered Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Falcons and accipiters are on the move and this morning's walk provided a prime opportunity to observe them both perched and in flight. A bird's wings tell you something about it's lifestyle as well as it's identity. With these birds it's fairly easy to see that falcons (Merlin and American Kestrel this morning) are relatively long-winged and short-tailed while accipiters (Sharp-shinned and Cooper's this morning) are relatively short-winged and long-tailed. Functionally this works because falcons are fast fliers that frequently dive for prey across open spaces while accipiters must maneuver through limbs and trees in the forest to capture the small birds that make up a large portion of their diet.   Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Deb Payson, and Carrie Bell.
56 species

Canada Goose  14
Mallard  7
Great Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  35
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
American Kestrel  4
Merlin  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  12
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  2
Northern Waterthrush  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  12
Red-winged Blackbird  42
Common Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  5
American Goldfinch  2

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird [Photo by Roger Horn]

American Kestral [Photo by Roger Horn]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, September 12th, 2014

Another lovely evening for a walk in The Meadows. Before we left the parking lot we had a Bald Eagle, a Merlin eating a dragonfly, and an American Kestrel. As we started on the trail, two Merlins burst through the shrubs flushing a group of House Sparrows.  On the mudflats we had a mixture of sandpipers including Solitary, Least, and Semipalmated along with Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, and Lesser Yellowlegs. A variety of ducks have come in including Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Black Duck, and Gadwall. We had a single Black-bellied Plover on the beach which was still in almost breeding plumage with some Sanderlings.
48 species

Canada Goose  18
Mute Swan  12
Gadwall  14
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  9
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  1
Great Egret  34
Snowy Egret  6
Green Heron  2     heard only
Glossy Ibis  6
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  16
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  65
Caspian Tern  2
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  18
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  5
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  8
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  6
House Sparrow  16

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 12th, 2014

Weather forecasts promised a busy day at Higbee Beach and they weren't too far wrong. A slight swing away from northwest prevented a really big fall, but there was certainly plenty for us to enjoy. Warblers put on a good show with Red-eyed Vireos accompanying them. A Philadelphia Vireo was a little brief but seen by many, while an interesting find was a Brewster's Warbler - a hybrid between Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers. Parties of Cedar Waxwings and Baltimore Orioles drifted overhead and an early trickle of raptors filtered through. Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos fed low in some Black Walnuts and Veeries checked out the ripening grapes.

Group 1 - Leaders: Mike Crewe, Catherine Busch, Megan Crewe, and Deb Payson.
48 species (+2 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Semipalmated Plover  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  12
White-eyed Vireo  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  15
Blue Jay  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  4
Veery  4
Gray Catbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  12
Northern Waterthrush  6
Brewster's Warbler (hybrid)  1     An individual with extensive yellow below and strong black eyeline; clear golden crown patch
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  20
Northern Parula  6
Magnolia Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Baltimore Oriole  10
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

Group 2 - Leaders: David La Puma, Chris Marks, and Carrie Bell.
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Empidonax sp.  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  10
White-eyed Vireo  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  10
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  5
Veery  6
Swainson's Thrush  1     seen by a few
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
Northern Waterthrush  6
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  20
Northern Parula  6
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Baltimore Oriole  4
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  2

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Good comparisons of terns on the beach including Common, Forster's, Royal, and Caspian Terns. Great Blue, Green, and juvenile Little Blue in white plumage completed our sightings of herons; Great and Snowy Egrets were also present. Other highlights include Belted Kingfishers, Prairie Warblers, and a young turkey sitting in the middle of the trail. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, and Cindy Bamford.
53 species

Canada Goose  29
Mute Swan  26
Mallard  12
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Pintail  2
Wild Turkey  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  1     heard only
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  95
Caspian Tern  2
Common Tern  165
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  5
Black Skimmer  50
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  3
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  60
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Carolina Wren  1     heard only
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  6
Yellow Warbler  5
Palm Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  10     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Sparrow  6

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Twilight Watch at the Meadows - Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A beautiful evening at the Meadows, mild temperatures, light winds and good birds.  The highlights were in the east pool where we had many shorebirds until a Merlin flushed them again and again but we were able to get good looks at many including, Stilt, Semipalmated, Western, Pectoral and Least Sandpipers. We finished the evening with a nice sunset and two Sora. Leaders: Warren Cairo and Bill Smythe.
39 species

Canada Goose  130
Mute Swan  6
Mallard  12
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Sora  2
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  5
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Western)  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Stilt Sandpiper  5
Least Sandpiper  18
Pectoral Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  30
Western Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  75
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  15
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Forster's Tern  2
Black Skimmer  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Merlin  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  2

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A good morning for birding along the dunes and ponds. Waders provided good looks at Great Blue and Little Blue Herons, Green Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis. Odd ducks were Northern Pintail, and Blue-winged Teal. Some raptors were about including two Northern Harriers, five Osprey, a Cooper's Hawk, and at least 21 American Kestrels. Among the few shorebirds were several Solitary Sandpipers, and two Western Willets. Good looks at numerous gulls and terns and a Black Tern put in an appearance over Bunker Pond as did a Belted Kingfisher. A few Palm Warblers gave us good looks. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mike Hannisian, and Mary Watkins.
61 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  20
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Pintail  2
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  4
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  1
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Willet (Western)  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  20
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Black Tern  1     juv
Common Tern  30
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  10
Black Skimmer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  15
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Kestrel  21
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  15
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  10
Northern Waterthrush  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  5
Prairie Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  75
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  3

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Forster's, Royal, and Common Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Glossy Ibis [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Northern Pintail [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Palm Warbler (Western) [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 9th

A very windy evening at Stone Harbor Point with a little rain mixed in.  Still a good evening with good looks at Piping Plovers and a hunting pair of Peregrine Falcons.  We were able to get great looks at the falcons perched on the beach and enjoyed speculating on just what kind of yellow bird one was eating. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, and Nancy Watson.
24 species

Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  4
Black-bellied Plover  2
Piping Plover  5
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Sanderling  40
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Western Sandpiper  5
Laughing Gull  15
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  115
Lesser Black-backed Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  6
Mourning Dove  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
Tree Swallow  10
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  2

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EZ Birding - Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A storm offshore, cloudy and windy conditions, and light rain at the start of the walk did not deter our intrepid group of mostly novice birders. We started with a survey of the large numbers of gulls and terns waiting out the storm on the beach, enjoyed the buoyant flight of a continuing Black Tern over Bunker Pond, marveled at the sight of a Glossy Ibis with a white feather track along it's left wing, and were surprised to find a Black-bellied Plover on the beach with most of it's breeding plumage intact. Although it was mostly quiet in the park, a perched Merlin, and a small mixed feeding flock of warblers and vireos provided a satisfying end to our walk. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow, and Nancy Watson.
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  22
Mallard  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Blue-winged Teal  8
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  7
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Black-bellied Plover  1
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Least Sandpiper  18
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Black Tern  1
Common Tern  X
Forster's Tern  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  7
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  4
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  10
Yellow Warbler  8
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  X
Bobolink  15
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, September 8th, 2014

Some new ducks were seen this morning including Blue and Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and Northern Shoveler. Waders included Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis, and Green Heron. Many gulls were on the beach with at least two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Shorebirds were numerous with sightings of Western and White-rumped Sandpipers, and a Long-billed Dowitcher, along with the usual suspects. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, Mike Hannisian, and Catherine Busch.
65 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  2
Mallard  30
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  3
Green-winged Teal  3
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  20
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  7
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  3
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Sanderling  3
Least Sandpiper  15
White-rumped Sandpiper  2
Pectoral Sandpiper  7
Semipalmated Sandpiper  40
Western Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  6
Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  15
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Black Tern  1
Common Tern  2
Royal Tern  10
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Kestrel  3
Merlin  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Cape May Warbler  1     seen by leader
Prairie Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Bobolink  25
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  10

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Cooper's Hawk [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

Long-billed Dowitcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk - Sunday, September 7, 2014

The walk took place in the Cape May Point environs walking from the State Park through the neighborhood to Lily Lake. Sachems abounded on the giant sunflowers and zinnias. We were able to observe a number of monarch butterflies and, according to the Monarch project technicians, Lindsey Brendel and Angela Demarse, the numbers are up from last year. A few tagged individuals were observed as well as some caterpillars and eggs. Triangle Park allowed us to compare Painted Lady and American Lady Butterflies. Dragonflies were also seen throughout the route, including Rambur’s Forktails, Fragile Forktails and many Wandering Gliders. Lily Lake provided wonderful looks at Halloween Pennants in tandem and Blue Dashers. Black and Red Saddlebag Dragonflies were also numerous. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, and Catherine Busch with Monarch Project Technicians Lindsey Brendel and Angela Demarse.

Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Migration marches on. In addition to the American Redstart, Yellow, Black-and-white, and Prairie Warblers that have been common migrants these last few weeks, today we had a hint of the next wave with a Western Palm Warbler. An early spring, but late fall migrant in the East, Palm Warblers will be coming through in large numbers throughout the next several weeks. We'll see both Eastern (yellow) Palms and Western (drabber) Palms but both retain their yellow undertail coverts and both frequently pump those tails. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Shaun & Cindy Bamford, Deb Payson, and Joe Demko.
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  1
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
crow sp.  3
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  11
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  14
Black-and-white Warbler  2
American Redstart  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  45
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  300
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  25
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  4

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Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 6th, 2014

It was a hot and humid afternoon as we make our way around the State Park.  However, we did see some interesting birds, such as a Black Tern, a Green Heron, Belted Kingfishers, Gadwalls flying over, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, and a Baltimore Oriole perched in a tree surrounded by Eastern Kingbirds. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Deb Payson.
52 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  42
Gadwall  2
Mallard  16
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1     heard only
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  1     Western
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  75
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  90
Black Tern  1
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  45
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Kingbird  10
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1     heard only
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  3     heard only
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  4
Eastern Towhee  1     heard only
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Sparrow  2

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, September 6th, 2014

The people who attend the CMBO Saturday Photo Walks I lead are a diverse group. They typically  include experienced photographers new to the wildlife/nature scene, point-and-shoot photographers who want to learn what else they can do with their cameras, newbies who sometimes do not even know how to turn on their cameras, etc. I enjoy working with all of these people as I can usually see an improvement during the brief two hours we are afield each week. However, rarely am I blessed with an entire group of reasonably knowledgeable photographers who just thirst for the knowledge and associated techniques that will almost certainly form the basis of the long-term improvement they so clearly desire. This week's group was just such an assemblage, and Cape May Point State Park came through with a very nice variety of moving and perched subjects. These included American Copper, Caspian and Common Terns, Great Egret, Halloween Pennant, Little Blue Heron, and Northern Shoveler. Can't wait 'til next Saturday!

American Copper [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Caspian Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Common Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Great Egret [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Halloween Pennant [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Immature Little Blue Heron [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Northern Shoveler [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Red-eyed Vireos took the migrant high-count spot on today’s walk at the Beanery. In between Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Duck, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting and all the others, we kept seeing Red-eyed Vireos. It’s a species to filter through when you’re looking for migrant warblers and now is the time to learn their look, their chatter and their flight. Larger and slower moving than most warblers, Red-eyed Vireo migration peaks in September as they travel to their wintering grounds in South America.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Deb Payson, and Warren Cairo.
50 species

Canada Goose  16
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  4
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Herring Gull (American)  7
Great Black-backed Gull  11
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  16
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  9
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  13
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  7
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  60
Cedar Waxwing  9
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2

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Green Heron [Photo by Roger Horn]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, September 5th, 2014

It was another good Friday evening walk at The Meadows. Black Skimmers are back roosting on the beach at the Second Street jetty; great looks at a Green Heron; fantastic looks at a perched Cooper's Hawk; a variety of shorebirds including Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers; Least, Stilt, and Solitary Sandpipers with a Short-billed Dowitcher and a lone Western Willet on the beach with a flock of Sanderlings. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, and Deb Payson.
47 species

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  9
Gadwall  14
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  85
Blue-winged Teal  7
Northern Shoveler  13
Green-winged Teal  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  4
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  1     Western
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Stilt Sandpiper  2
Sanderling  12
Least Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  65
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  75
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  70
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  7
Black Skimmer  45
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  19
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  2
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2     heard only
House Sparrow  4

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 5th, 2014

Higbee Beach was nothing if not interesting this morning! Despite poor overnight winds for migration, there was a surprising number of some species - all the more apparent given that - in contrast - there was hardly any warblers. Most obvious were Red-eyed Vireos, which trawled through the Higbee hedgelines in roving flocks. Alongside them came a number of Scarlet Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo added nicely to species diversity and we finished with a busy group of Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Kathy Horn, Catherine Busch, Karl Lukens, and Deb Payson.
50 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Snowy Egret  4
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Sanderling  15
Laughing Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  35
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  6
Veery  6
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  120
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  5
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  5
Prairie Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  9
Blue Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Baltimore Oriole  10
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  2

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Hot, humid weather with a slight overcast and no breeze!  There was still an abundance of birds on beach and trails. Surveying the beach, we had Royal and Forster's Terns and along Bunker and Plover Ponds there were Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks in the dune scrub; Green Herons; Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal with a number of Mallards; and Solitary Sandpipers and Greater Yellowlegs. Flying over us were Glossy Ibis and Double-crested Cormorants; and the sky was filled with Bobolinks. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Hugh Simmons.
52 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  29
Mallard  14
Northern Shoveler  2
Green-winged Teal  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  5
Glossy Ibis  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1     heard only
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  1     heard only
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  65
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  70
Forster's Tern  7
Royal Tern  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  14
Mourning Dove  11
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     heard only
Eastern Kingbird  11
White-eyed Vireo  1     heard only
Philadelphia Vireo  1     seen by leader only
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  7
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  6
Black-and-white Warbler  5
American Redstart  18
Northern Parula  1     seen by leader only
Yellow Warbler  1     seen by leader only
Eastern Towhee  1     heard only
Song Sparrow  1
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  185
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Common Grackle  2
House Sparrow  7

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Bunker Pond held one early Green-winged Teal and some good waders including Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, three Little Blue Herons, and fly-over Glossy Ibis and Black-crowned Night-Heron. Shorebirds included Short-billed Dowitcher, both yellowlegs, a Western Willet, Semipalmated, Least, and Solitary Sandpipers, a fly-over Black-bellied Plover and the highlight, an American Golden-Plover. Other birds of interest were Royal Terns, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blue Grosbeak, and many swallows. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Mike Hannisian, and Catherine Busch.
66 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  35
Mallard  20
Green-winged Teal  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Black-bellied Plover  1
American Golden-Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  2
Solitary Sandpiper  6
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet (Western)  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  20
Sanderling  35
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  8
Laughing Gull  150
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  40
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  75
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  75
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  4
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  20
Red-winged Blackbird  60
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  5

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Solitary Sandpiper [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

It was a hot and humid evening at Stone Harbor Point, but a steady breeze made for an enjoyable evening of birding at Stone Harbor Point. High tide brought many birds in close for great looks at large flocks of Sanderlings with a couple still in breeding plumage. Highlights included close looks at a group Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a pair of Peregrine Falcons. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, and Hugh Simmons.
33 species

Double-crested Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  12
Black-bellied Plover  6
Semipalmated Plover  75
Piping Plover  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet (Western)  10
Marbled Godwit  1
Ruddy Turnstone  20
Red Knot  20
Sanderling  250
Least Sandpiper  6
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50
Western Sandpiper  20
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  20
Lesser Black-backed Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Caspian Tern  2
Forster's Tern  40
Royal Tern  8
Black Skimmer  3
Mourning Dove  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
Tree Swallow  2
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  3

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EZ Birding - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The second of two hot days with few new migrants, we nonetheless witnessed the passage of migrating groups of Lesser Yellowlegs and heard many Bobolink far overhead. We found the expected warblers-- Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart--and admired the continued gathering of Eastern Kingbirds. We had several Solitary Sandpiper (individually of course!), and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds whizzed around through-out our walk. Close encounters with two of our largest birds were highlights:  an adult male Wild Turkey who fed unconcernedly as we watched, and an adult Red-tailed Hawk perched in the shade in the heat of late morning. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow, Nancy Watson, Mike Hannisian, and Carrie Bell.
50 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  63
Least Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Forster's Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  X
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  9
Northern Mockingbird  15
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  10
Yellow Warbler  9
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  2
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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Up close and nearly personal with a Wild Turkey [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, September 1st, 2014

We had some clouds, some sun, and a few rain drops and good birding. Waders included a couple of Great Egrets, a Glossy Ibis, Green Herons, and one feeding and one fly-over immature Little Blue Heron. Shorebirds included a Willet, both yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Highlights were two individual Soras and good scope views of an American Golden-Plover. Leaders: Mike Hannisian, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, and Carrie Bell.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  50
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  2
Sora  2     adults
American Oystercatcher  6
American Golden-Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  5
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  35
Least Sandpiper  20
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Western Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Laughing Gull  75
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  30
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  8
Black Skimmer  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  5
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Common Yellowthroat  3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  5

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Sora [Photo by Karl Lukens]

American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA Bird Walk - Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The bird was saying something about beer...was it "quick, get me a beer" without the "chick" or was it "quick, three beers?" We couldn't be sure if we were listening to the song of an Olive-sided Flycatcher or a partial song of a White-eyed Vireo. We'll never know for sure because we never found the bird before it stopped calling but it reminded us how valuable it is to listen so as not to miss those rarities, and how difficult it can be to identify birds that are not doing their most typical call. CHCWMA is a great place for migrating Olive-sided Flycatchers because they love to sit on snags at the top of dead trees and CHC has lots of snags. Birds we DID see sitting on snags included Scarlet Tanager, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Bluebirds, woodpeckers, and an Osprey eating his fishy breakfast. Probably one day this fall, we'll have an Olive-sided up there, too.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Shaun & Cindy Bamford, and Steve Weis.
53 species WITHOUT an olive-sided flycatcher

Mallard  12
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Osprey  3
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  3
Mourning Dove  11
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  11
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Purple Martin  7
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  32
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  4
Yellow Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  15
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Blue Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  9
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The last Saturday Photo Walk of August was greeted with a fair amount of sun and some nice high, thin clouds. The latter are always appreciated as they provide a flattering, soft light. But photography without subjects can be disappointing, but that was not the case this week! We had a nice variety including butterflies (Black Swallowtail and Zabulon Skipper), dragonflies (Blue Dasher, Common Whitetail, and Great Blue Skimmer), damselflies (Familiar Bluet and Rambur's Forktail), other insects (Wheelbug), plants (Cattail), and Birds (Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and Willet). But the highlight was a adult and mostly grown young Wild Turkey that walked within 5 feet of us, feeding the whole while! Given the time of year, next week may be even better. Leaders: Mike Hannisian and Nancy Watson.

Black Swallowtail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Common Whitetail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Great Blue Skimmer [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Wheelbug [Photo by Nancy Watson]

Willet [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Wild Turkey [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The willow pond at the Beanery in late summer is often a good place to study Black-crowned Night-Herons, when both juveniles and adults roost around the pond edges. That was the case this morning, with two adults and four immatures hunched close to the water's edge. Both Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons typically feed at night, in part because they are often dominated by other herons and egrets by day and, unlike most other heron species, the immatures look very different from the adults. Though no Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were seen for comparison, we had good looks at the distinguishing features of the Black-crowned juveniles: yellow in the bill, shorter legs and neck, no white edges to the greater coverts and large white spots on the back. We also saw a young Yellow-breasted Chat preening quietly a couple feet off the ground which led to our typical speculation about whether a chat is really a warbler at all - but that's a topic for another day. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, and Michael McCabe.
57 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  8
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  6
Black Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  14
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  11
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  15
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  70
Cedar Waxwing  11
Northern Waterthrush  3
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  5
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Baltimore Oriole  11
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  50

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Immature Black-crowned Night-Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Double-crested Cormorants [Photo by Michael McCabe]

Great Egret [Photo by Michael McCabe]

Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, August 29th, 2014

A beautiful evening and a gorgeous sunset as we made our way around the Meadows this evening. Highlights include: Black Skimmers skimming; a Sora in the cattails; a mix of shorebirds including Killdeer; Semipalmated Sandpiper; Least Sandpiper; Spotted Sandpiper; White-rumped Sandpiper; Short-billed Dowitcher; and Lesser Yellowlegs. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy & Roger Horn, and Michael McCabe.
44 species

Canada Goose  85
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  8
Mallard  35
Northern Shoveler  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  2
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  9
Killdeer  5
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  20     Flock flew over The Meadows heading toward Cape May at dusk
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Sanderling  24
Least Sandpiper  18
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  40
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  130
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  6
Black Skimmer  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  26
American Crow  1     heard only
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  6
Marsh Wren  1     heard only
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  14

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