Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Cox Hall Creek WMA is one of the better local birding spots to see and hear nuthatches. Both White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches were heard on this morning's walk there, causing some speculation as to what this winter may bring in terms of irruptive species. Irruptive migration occurs in response to irregular changes in food supply. If food supplies in the north are low, some species move outside their usual range in search of food; sometimes, they come here. Red-breasted Nuthatches are among those species as are redpolls, crossbills and Pine Siskins. Does this presence of Red-breasted Nuthatches foretell anything about this winter's irruptions? We'll have to wait and see.
Group 1 - Leaders: Kathy Horn, Shaun & Cindy Bamford.
50 species

Canada Goose  16
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  42
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  38
Merlin  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  9
Brown Thrasher  2
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  3
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  3
Chipping Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  21
House Sparrow  2

Group 2 - Leaders: Roger Horn, Deb Payson, and Steve Weis.
41 species
Canada Goose  11        
Mallard  42          
Great Blue Heron  1          
Osprey  1        
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2          
Cooper's Hawk  1          
Laughing Gull  2          
Herring Gull  3          
Mourning Dove  3          
Belted Kingfisher  1          
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2          
Downy Woodpecker   1        
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  20        
Merlin  1        
Eastern Phoebe  1          
Red-eyed Vireo  3        
Blue Jay  25          
American Crow 12          
Carolina Chickadee   8        
Tufted Titmouse  12          
White-breasted Nuthatch  1          
Carolina Wren  3          
Eastern Bluebird  12          
American Robin   3        
Gray Catbird  3          
Northern Mockingbird  1        
European Starling  15        
Cedar Waxwing  11          
Black-and-white Warbler  2          
Common Yellowthroat  3        
American Redstart   2        
Northern Parula  1          
Pine Warbler  1          
Black-throated Green Warbler   1        
Chipping Sparrow  12          
Scarlet Tanager  1          
Northern Cardinal  7        
Red-winged Blackbird  3          
Common Grackle   5        
Baltimore Oriole  2          
American Goldfinch  5

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Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 27th, 2014

It was great weather for afternoon birding! There were not a lot of birds in the State Park today but we had some unique experiences. We watched a Red-tailed Hawk consuming a rabbit ten feet off the Red Trail. His crop looked like it was ready to burst! Right past the hawk we had a tom Wild Turkey right off the Red Trail. He looked at us while we looked at him! There was a good raptor movement including all three falcons (Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine); Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks; and Northern Harrier. We had a mystery warbler that further research suggests as a female Hooded Warbler (splotchy, black head and a black chin). Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Deb Payson.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  55
Mute Swan  34
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  15
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  3
Blue-winged Teal  15
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  4
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Cooper's Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  3
Merlin  7
Peregrine Falcon  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3     heard only
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  1     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  5
American Goldfinch  4     heard only
House Sparrow  6

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The "Big Sky" at the Beanery allows for good hawk watching and, though we broke into three groups for this morning's walk, all of us had good looks at the falcons and accipiters that are now coming through in migration. The American Kestrels really put on a show, with two perched and others in flight. Kestrels are the smallest and most colorful of our falcons and today's males clearly showed the broad black subterminal band on their orange tails as they wheeled overhead. Formerly known as "sparrow hawks," kestrels are secondary cavity nesters that can benefit from nest box programs. And they'd make a great 'yard bird' for anyone with suitable property!
Group 1 - Leader: Kathy Horn
47 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  11
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  2
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  35
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  25
American Kestrel  3
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay  19
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  30
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  10
American Redstart  7
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Palm Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  3
Bobolink  2
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

Group 2 - Leaders: Karl Lukens and Deb Payson.
45 species

Canada Goose  5
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  15
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  25
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  50
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  50
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1     heard
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  20     fly over before walk
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  7
Palm Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  1
House Sparrow  2

Group 3 - Leader: Roger Horn
47 species

Canada Goose  9
Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Black Vulture  3
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  7
Laughing Gull  3
Herring Gull  4
Mourning Dove  45
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  25
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  16
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  18
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  6
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  10

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American Kestral [Photo by Roger Horn]

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

Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, September 26th, 2014

Beautiful sunset, cool, light breeze----perfect conditions for a walk if the gnats had stayed away! The Meadows was filled with a variety of birds. Duck species were abundant including Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Black Duck, and Mallards. The mix of shorebirds included Solitary, Semipalmated, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, and Sora. Other birds of interest included Black Skimmers and Royal Terns. We also watched a Sharp-shinned Hawk try to pick off one of the Solitary Sandpipers. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy & Roger Horn, Warren Cairo, and Deb Payson.
45 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  14
Gadwall  1
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  10
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  12
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sora  1
Killdeer  3
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  11
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  7
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  40
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  200
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  12
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3     heard only
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  4
Savannah Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
House Sparrow  7

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Wilson's Snipe [Photo by Roger Horn]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 26th, 2014

Higbee Beach was a little quiet by Higbee standards, but still gave us an inspiring morning. It was noticeable that mid- to late-season migrants were starting to appear, with Common Loon, Wood Duck, Eastern Phoebe and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers being first-of-seasons for our Higbee walks. A Pine Siskin was a surprise fly-over, heading north toward the dike.
Group 1 - Leaders: Mike Crewe and Megan Crewe.
56 species

Wood Duck  1
Mallard  2
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  6
Black Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Sanderling  12
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  12
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  12
Tree Swallow  30
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  10
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  65
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  2
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  5
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  6
Bobolink  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  3

Group 2 - Leaders: Kathy Horn, Chris Marks, and Catherine Busch.
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  7
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  16
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  21
Blue Jay  8
crow sp.  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  9
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  16
Brown Thrasher  9
Cedar Waxwing  25
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  9
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  5
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A dreary, drizzly day in the State Park made our British walkers feel right at home and didn't bother the birds. We started with a Rusty Blackbird at Bunker Pond, several juvenile Little Blue Herons, Blue-winged Teal, and Mallards. As we moved behind the dune we saw a Belted Kingfisher and Palm Warblers, Gadwalls, and a juvenile Snowy Egret. Moving through the wooded areas we had some large pockets of mixed flocks including all three mimids: Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, and Northern Mockingbirds; American Goldfinches; Carolina Chickadees; Red-eyed Vireos; Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warblers; and great looks at a beautiful, perched Red-tailed Hawk. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
58 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  34
Gadwall  7
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  18
Blue-winged Teal  20
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  6
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  85
Common Tern  5
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  10
Belted Kingfisher  2
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  3     heard only
American Crow  7
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  1     heard only
Carolina Wren  4     heard only
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  25
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  8
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  6     hear only
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Rusty Blackbird  1     Right side of Bunker Pond on mudflat
by Bill Boyle and Tom Reed.
American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  3

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Twilight Watch at The Meadows - Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

It was a very windy evening at The Meadows but we had some really nice birds. We started with good looks at a Sora and a Stilt Sandpiper, then as we crossed the dune we had a Peregrine Falcon come in and hold his position into the wind directly over us. Many photos were taken. We had a close in Parasitic Jaeger and a few people got to see it through the scope too. The non-bird highlight tonight was that we finished before it started to rain. Leader: Warren Cairo.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  4
Ruddy Duck  2  
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Least Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Western Sandpiper  2
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  8
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Common Tern  1
Royal Tern  8
Black Skimmer  X     On the beach in Cape May, distant look
Mourning Dove  5
Peregrine Falcon  1
Tree Swallow  10
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  8
sparrow sp.  3
Common Grackle  8

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A nice variety of gulls and terns in various plumages to study on the beach. There were more ducks in number and variety on the ponds, including American Wigeon, numerous Blue and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Northern Pintail. There was also a Pied-billed Grebe in the mix. Most interesting were two Little Blue Herons, each eating a large frog. It was like a National Geographic film moment which was neat to watch. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Karl Lukens, Mike Hannisian, Steve Weis, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
61 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  35
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  100
Blue-winged Teal  20
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  10
Green-winged Teal (American)  20
Surf Scoter  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  8
Cooper's Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Semipalmated Plover  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ruddy Turnstone  4
Sanderling  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  15
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  300
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  20
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  100
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  50
Royal Tern  15
Black Skimmer  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  25
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
American Pipit  2
Palm Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  2

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Herring and Ring-billed Gulls [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Immature Little Blue Heron and frog [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A pleasant evening at Stone Harbor with good looks at Western Sandpipers and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  We left the point and had a quick look on Nummy Island and were entertained by a pair of Tricolored Herons.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, and Nancy Watson.
23 species

Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  1
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  30
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  120
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Western Sandpiper  16
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull (American)  20
Lesser Black-backed Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  70
Caspian Tern  6
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  4
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  8
Savannah Sparrow  6

Nummy Island
16 species

Double-crested Cormorant  70
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  12
Snowy Egret  12
Tricolored Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Clapper Rail  2
Semipalmated Plover  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Western Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  14
Peregrine Falcon  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Boat-tailed Grackle  14

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Tri-colored Heron [Photo by Warren Cairo]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

It was a beautiful morning for a walk with a good flight of hawks overhead including Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Broad-winged, and Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and Osprey. Although warblers were few, we did get a good look at a male Black-throated Green, both eastern and western Palm, and Black-and-white Warblers. A Phildelphia Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and and some close feeding Green-winged Teal were special treats along with our now resident Wild Turkey male. We also had the first Red-breasted Nuthatch and Brown Creeper of the season. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Nancy Watson, Lynne & Marc Breslow, and Mike Hannisian.
64 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  86
Mute Swan  34
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  X
Blue-winged Teal  10
Green-winged Teal (American)  8
Wild Turkey  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  6
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  6
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  20
Cooper's Hawk  8
Bald Eagle  3
Broad-winged Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Sanderling  X
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  4
Royal Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  20
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Gray Catbird  10
Northern Mockingbird  6
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  6
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  4
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  8

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Green-winged Teal [Photo by Catherine Busch]
Great Egret [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Duck numbers and varieties are increasing with both Blue and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Northern Pintail being seen. Waders included Great and Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and Green Heron on the ponds. A few shorebirds were also seen with several fly-by Pectoral Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Plover and Sandpipers on the ponds, as well as Killdeer and a Lesser Yellowlegs. Among the gulls we found two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Mike Hannisian, Janet Crawford, Mary Watkins, and Catherine Busch.
57 species

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  4
Mallard  50
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  11
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  4
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  12
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1     heard
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Stilt Sandpiper  9
Pectoral Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  20
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  12
Royal Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1     heard
American Kestrel  20
Merlin  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  1     heard
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  100
Cedar Waxwing  1
Palm Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  5

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Green Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Semipalmated Sandpiper [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, September 21st, 2014

An almost-autumn morning like today, after several consecutive days of south and east winds, makes clear the benefit of learning birds' songs, calls and chips. Some, of course, are more easily learned than others; some are heard year-round, others just seasonally. A seasonal sound that's pretty easy to learn is the 'Bink' of the overhead Bobolink - some hear it as 'Pink'. Now on their way to wintering grounds in southern South America, Bobolinks can be heard overhead daily though they're not always visible. They provide us with good practice in listening to the bird, and other, sounds around us. If you're interested in learning to identify more birds by ear, there's no better way to do it than by taking 'Things That Go Seep in the Night' on October 4-5 with the guy who has the best ears in the country, Michael O'Brien. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Shaun & Cindy Bamford, Joe Demko, and Deb Payson.
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  6
Royal Tern  1
Mourning Dove  12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  24
Merlin  1
Least Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  9
European Starling  9
Cedar Waxwing  3
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  2
Chipping Sparrow  5
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  12
House Sparrow  2

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Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 20th, 2014

The weather was partly cloudy and cool, with a light breeze. The birds in the State Park were very quiet this afternoon. On Bunker Pond the only ducks were Mallards and a few Blue-winged Teal. We saw immature Little Blue Herons, Great Blue Herons, and both Great and Snowy Egrets. The only highlights in the woods were a Red-eyed Vireo, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and an Osprey dining on a large fish. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Deb Payson.
39 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  19
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  25
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  18
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  1     heard only
Laughing Gull  55
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  16
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  7
Tree Swallow  25
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  4     heard only
European Starling  6
Palm Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  8
American Goldfinch  6     heard only
House Sparrow  3

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, September 20th, 2014

After a number of weeks with good sun, today's walk was greeted with mostly overcast weather and a fairly strong southerly breeze. However, it is late September in Cape May so there were subjects to shoot. These included some old faithfuls such as Canada Goose, Ring-billed Gull, and Familiar Bluet. Also present for our photographic pleasure were the ever increasing in number Lesser Black-backed Gull and some early fall colors. Next week should be even better!

Canada Goose [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Familiar Bluet [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Poison Ivy [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Ring-billed Gull [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 20th, 2014

As one participant put it, there was a Flicker Festival at the Beanery today! Northern Flickers have a wide range, from Alaska to Nicaragua, occupying almost any habitat with trees. The ones from the far north - Canada and Alaska - are highly migratory, traveling east and south by day to get to warmer climes for the winter. Most of the migratory species that we see during the day in Cape May are nocturnal migrants so we don't actually observe any significant portion of their migration though we certainly see the evidence of it during daytime birding. Not so with Northern Flickers which, as diurnal migrants, will be streaming above us in the weeks ahead.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Deb Payson, and Carrie Bell.
39 species

Wood Duck  1
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  18
Great Egret  1
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  35
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  25
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  3
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  9
European Starling  17
Cedar Waxwing  5
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Sparrow  8

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Northern Flicker [Photo by Roger Horn]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, September 19th, 2014

It was a nice, cool, but windy, evening for a walk. There were a variety of ducks including:  Mallards; Gadwall; Northern Shoveler; Northern Pintail; and both Green- and Blue-winged Teal. Shorebirds included Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs; sandpipers such as Stilt, Least, Semipalmated, and Pectoral. There was a movement of raptors including Merlin, American Kestrels, Osprey, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. The group also had decent looks at two different Sora. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, Carrie Bell, Mike McCabe, and Deb Payson.
44 species

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  11
Gadwall  3
Mallard  23
Blue-winged Teal  12
Northern Shoveler  7
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  8
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  3
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  3
Sora  2
American Oystercatcher  2
Black-bellied Plover  2
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Stilt Sandpiper  7
Least Sandpiper  7
Pectoral Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  35
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  75
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  9
Tree Swallow  3
Gray Catbird  2     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  1
Red-winged Blackbird  9
House Sparrow  3

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 19th, 2014

Group 1:  Higbee Beach provided some fine birding this morning as a blustery but favorable wind pushed a nice number of birds our way. The first decent Northern Flicker flight of the season was under way and we teased two Philadelphia Vireos out of the larger number of Red-eyed Vireos that were around. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was a nice bonus for the walk, while a highlight of the morning was the sight of three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and two Baltimore Orioles sharing the same tree top and posing for good scope views. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Mary Watkins, and Deb Payson.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  25
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  4
Tree Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  45
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  10
American Redstart  10
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  6
American Goldfinch  2

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Group 2: There were a few pockets of birds here and there, mainly at the first field concrete platform. There were good looks for most of the group of Eastern Wood-Pewee, and lots of American Redstarts. Some got good looks at Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-and-White and Black-throated Blue Warblers. Northern Flickers and Sharp-shinned Hawks were always overhead. Leaders: David La Puma, Karl Lukens, Catherine Busch, and Mike Hannisian.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  15
Cooper's Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  35
American Kestrel  3
Merlin  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  30
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  1     by leader only
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  12
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  3
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  10
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  4

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Eastern Wood-Pewee [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Sunny, cool, and a light breeze--it was a beautiful fall day for a bird walk. We started with a Black Tern over Bunker Pond where we also enjoyed Great Egrets, white juvenile Little Blue Herons, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Northern Pintail Ducks. There was a good raptor flight including Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a number of Peregrine Falcons. We also had good looks at a female Orchard Oriole, American Redstarts, many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow Warblers, and a Common Yellowthroat. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Cindy Bamford, and Warren Cairo.
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  36
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  16
Blue-winged Teal  10
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  10
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  55
Common Tern  1
Royal Tern  2     heard only
Black Skimmer  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1     heard only
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Peregrine Falcon  7
Empidonax sp.  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6     heaqrd only
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  45
Carolina Chickadee  5
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  7
Brown Thrasher  2     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  7
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  7
Yellow Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  10     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  17
Orchard Oriole  1     At head of Red Trail in State Park
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  6

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Twilight Watch at the Meadows - Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

It was a very pleasant evening walk at the Meadows where we had close looks at Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers.  We searched in vain for the Sora without success, but just as we were about to call it a night, one of the participants asked, "What's that bird?".  It was a Clapper Rail in a fresh water pond! Then, while everyone was enjoying great views of the Clapper Rail, the Sora appeared right next to it! We finished on that high note and a beautiful sunset.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Mike Hannisian, and Nancy Watson.
36 species

Canada Goose  75
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  12
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal  8
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  8
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  1
Clapper Rail  1
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Stilt Sandpiper  5
Least Sandpiper  6
Pectoral Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Western Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  16
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Forster's Tern  1
Black Skimmer  12
Mourning Dove  8
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Fish Crow  4
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Waterthrush  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
Savannah Sparrow  1

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A busy morning at the beach and offshore, with a seething mass of young Laughing Gulls indicating a great breeding season for the species. Large numbers of Tree Swallows are starting to gather and the first 'winter' ducks are now arriving on the ponds. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, and Mike Hannisian.
54 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  30
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  18
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Pintail  5
Green-winged Teal  35
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  3000
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Common Tern  6
Forster's Tern  50
Royal Tern  8
Black Skimmer  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  3000
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Palm Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  10
Red-winged Blackbird  60
American Goldfinch  3

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Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 16th

Another beautiful evening at Stone Harbor Point!  We had great looks at Lesser Black-backed Gulls in various plumages. The question arose of where the name Red Knot originated.  I didn't know the answer but here's what I found;  knot is a derivative from the birds latin name "canutus" (full name calidris canutus rufa).......so it seems plausible that canutus was shortened to cnut (as in king cnut), quite incorrectly because canutus means grey (as in grey winter plumage of the Knot).  Oddly and equally plausible is the fact that british knots originate via Denmark where King Cnut is known to have come from...so somewhere in history the canutus (grey) became distorted with the danish king "Cnut" which then translated to English usage of Knot. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, and Nancy Watson.
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Scoter  1
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  17
Black-bellied Plover  2
Semipalmated Plover  28
Ruddy Turnstone  5
Red Knot  25
Sanderling  50
Dunlin  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50
Western Sandpiper  25
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  18
Lesser Black-backed Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Caspian Tern  6
Royal Tern  8
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Tree Swallow  115
sparrow sp.  3

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EZ Birding - Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The early morning rain stopped in time for the walk. We started with a search for the Whiskered Tern on the beach. While scanning, it flew over us to Bunker Pond where we were able to watch its' distinctive flight style and compare it to a Black Tern also in view. Other highlights included good looks at Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a Virginia Rail heard by some of the group, a Wild Turkey male on a fence, and a small flurry of feeding warblers near the end of the walk. Leaders: Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Lynne & Marc Breslow, and Janet Crawford.
50 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  24
American Wigeon  12
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  X
Blue-winged Teal  10
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  14
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  2
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1     heard by some
American Oystercatcher  3
Semipalmated Plover  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Parasitic Jaeger 1 seen by leaders
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Black Tern  1
Whiskered Tern  1
Forster's Tern  X
Royal Tern  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  X
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Bobolink  3
American Goldfinch  2

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Wild Turkey [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, September 15th, 2014

A few different duck showed up including Blue and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, and a single adult Black Scoter. Waders were the usual Great and Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Heron, and a low flying American Bittern seen by a few. A Sora showed briefly for all to see. On the beach we found at least four Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Shorebirds included Semi-palmated, Least, Western, and six Stilt Sandpipers. A few warblers were seen, including many Common Yellowthroats, several Northern Waterthrushes, several Palm Warblers, a couple of Northern Parulas, and at least six Yellow Warblers. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Catherine Busch, Janet Crawford, Mike Hannisian, and Carrie Bell.
64 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  2
Mallard  50
Blue-winged Teal  8
Northern Shoveler  15
Green-winged Teal  2
Black Scoter  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
American Bittern  1     Flew and landed. seen by a few
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  6
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Semipalmated Plover  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  12
Stilt Sandpiper  6
Sanderling  10
Least Sandpiper  15
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Western Sandpiper  1     seen by a few
Laughing Gull  150
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  10
Black Skimmer  6
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1     seen by a few
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  3
Merlin  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Barn Swallow  3
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Northern Waterthrush  4
Common Yellowthroat  15
Northern Parula  2
Yellow Warbler  6
Palm Warbler  4
Savannah Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  10
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sora [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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]