Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Something's changed at the State Park - Purple Martins have fledged! Young birds can now be seen congregating in flocks here and there, chattering and begging for food whenever an adult flies by. This species, that supports a multi-million dollar housing industry, is the largest breeding swallow in North America. By the end of summer these aerial insectivores will stage (gather) in huge flocks before flying south to their wintering grounds, mostly in the Amazon Basin of South America. Watch out, Dragonflies!  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Karl Lukens, and Cindy Bamford.
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  24
Mute Swan  29
Mallard  36
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  7
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  15
Laughing Gull  180
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  4
Common Tern  6
Forster's Tern  18
Sterna sp.  40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  22
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  5
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  55
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  32
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  15
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  5
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  4

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Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, July 18th, 2014

It was a lovely evening for a walk. Highlights include: a huge flock of Glossy Ibis; American Oystercatcher chicks on beach; a mixture of Least, Common, and Forster's Terns; Spotted and Least Sandpipers; Semipalmated Plover; and a small group of Chimney Swifts. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, and Michael McCabe.
45 species

Canada Goose  60
Mute Swan  10
Mallard  40
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  55
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  11
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  8
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  7
Laughing Gull  140
Ring-billed Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Least Tern  6
Common Tern  8
Forster's Tern  43
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  10
Eastern Kingbird  3
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Wren  1     heard only
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  10
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  2     heard only
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  4

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A beautiful morning for a bird walk! Highlights include: Royal Terns; Common and Forster's Terns; Least Terns; flock of Least Sandpipers in Plover Pond; Osprey taking a bath in Plover Pond; variety of swallows including Northern Rough-wing, Purple Martins, Tree, and Barn; and a large group of Glossy Ibis flying over. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
53 species

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  26
Mallard  31
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  15
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  11
American Oystercatcher  7
Killdeer  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Least Sandpiper  26
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  3
Common Tern  8
Forster's Tern  27
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  6
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Purple Martin  45
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  2     heard only
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  7
Common Yellowthroat  4
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1     heard only
Indigo Bunting  1     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  4

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

A rainy morning but some shorebirds on the move with fly-over Whimbrel, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitcher. Otherwise good looks at gulls, terns, and waders. Three immature Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the beach, as well as several American Oystercatchers. One Wilson's Storm-Petrel was seen offshore. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
43 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  25
Gadwall  12     1 & 11 young
Mallard  20
Surf Scoter  2
Black Scoter  1
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Whimbrel  5     fly-over
Least Sandpiper  30
Short-billed Dowitcher  1     fly-over
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Purple Martin  25
Barn Swallow  5
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Sparrow  5

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Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

A nice day with a number of birds including Great and Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis, Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, both yellowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitchers. These birds were both feeding and fly-overs. On the beach we had two families of American Oystercatchers with one and two chicks, at least six Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and six Royal Terns. We also had singing Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Common Yellowthroat. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, Carrie Bell, and Mike Hannisian.
55 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  10
Mallard  50
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  8     chicks 1 young, 2 older.
Semipalmated Plover  5
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  50
Least Sandpiper  25
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Short-billed Dowitcher  8     3 feeding, 5 fly-over
Laughing Gull  60
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  25     2 chicks
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  6
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  8
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  6
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  5

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American Oystercatcher chick [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Common Yellowthroat [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Royal Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Short-billed Dowitcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, July 12th, 2014

While many bird species will have two, sometimes even three broods per summer, today we saw two species on nests that typically have only one brood each. The Eastern Kingbird appears to time its nesting to insect abundance (have you noticed recently - biting flies, mosquitoes, no-see-ums?) and Cedar Waxwings often wait until midsummer to nest when other birds are already on second nests. Join us next week - we'll show you where those nests are!  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Karl Lukens, Cindy Bamford, and Deb Payson.
58 species

Canada Goose  60
Mute Swan  34
Mallard  42
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  7
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Least Sandpiper  17
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  9
Great Black-backed Gull  16
Least Tern  3
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  22
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  35
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  55
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  21
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  24
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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House Finch [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Juvenile Forster's Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, July 11th, 2014

Highlights of the walk include: Great Horned Owl perched in full sunlight; Green Heron; Black-crowned Night-Herons; Bald Eagle which forced Osprey to drop fish; Least Tern chicks; and young Willets. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, and Carrie Bell.
55 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  3
Mallard  60
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  9
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  11
Killdeer  7
Spotted Sandpiper  18     six on ground by pond closest to Cape May; small flock
flying over our heads and calling
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Willet  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Least Sandpiper  53
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  4
Laughing Gull  15
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  4
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Least Tern  20
Common Tern  6
Forster's Tern  22
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  6
Great Horned Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  6
Fish Crow  1     heard
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  8
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  15
Common Yellowthroat  3     heard only
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  3

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

Good variety of waders this morning, including Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, and Glossy Ibis. Off shore we had seven Black Scoter. Shorebirds included, American Oystercatchers, Spotted and Least Sandpiper, both yellowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitcher, some flying, some feeding. Other birds of interest were three Bank Swallows, Blue Grosbeak, and Indigo Bunting. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, and Steve Weis.
53 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  34
Mallard  10
Black Scoter  7
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  20
Osprey  5
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  4
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  20
Least Sandpiper  8
Short-billed Dowitcher  6
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  30
Common Tern  10
Forster's Tern  35
Black Skimmer  5
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  50
Tree Swallow  2
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  5

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

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

Good views from the parking lot of singing Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting. Offshore, we had dozens of Black Scoter with at least three Surf Scoters. Waders included Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Glossy Ibis and a fly-by Black-Crowned Night-Heron. Shorebirds are on the move with several Spotted Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, both yellowlegs, and over 50 Short-billed Dowitchers. On the beach we had a pair of American Oystercatchers with a young chick, and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Best bird of the day was a Sandwich Tern among the Common and Forster's on a sandy edge. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Catherine Busch, Janet Crawford, Steve Weis, and Mike Hannisian.
58 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Surf Scoter  3
Black Scoter  34
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  2
Osprey  5
Piping Plover  1     fly by-seen by a few
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Least Sandpiper  8
Short-billed Dowitcher  50
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  10
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  20
Sandwich Tern  1
Black Skimmer  4
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  4
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  5

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, July 5th, 2014

It's nice when you're in the right place at the right time. The text message read, "Mississippi Kite headed west from South Cape May Meadows." We looked up, and there it was. We had a good long look from several angles as the kite flew past, wheeled, then continued toward the lighthouse, its long pointed wings swept back in graceful flight. The swallow variety was good also with Northern Rough-winged, Barn, Bank and Tree Swallows in addition to the always-present-in-the-summer Purple Martins. Singing in the scope birds included Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat and Indigo Bunting. Leaders: Kathy Horn & Karl Lukens.
61 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  11
Mallard  42     42
Black Scoter  6
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  5
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  3
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Least Sandpiper  12
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  55
Herring Gull (American)  8
Least Tern  5
Forster's Tern  20
Sterna sp.  35
Mourning Dove  9
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  25
Tree Swallow  10
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  18
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, July 4th, 2014

A beautiful, though windy, evening. Highlights of the walk include: Roseate Tern; Black Tern; Common and Forester's Terns; Bank Swallow; young American Oystercatchers and young Willet; and ended with a great look at a Blue Grosbeak. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Kathy Horn.
49 species

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  7
Mallard  115
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  11     2 small rafts off bunker, six in one group and 5 in other,
with young Surf Scoter
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  14
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  7
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  7
Lesser Yellowlegs  15
Least Sandpiper  15
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  11
Laughing Gull  15
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Least Tern  20
Black Tern  1
Roseate Tern  1
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  22
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  4
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  4
Tree Swallow  10
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  6
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  1     heard only
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  5
American Goldfinch  2     heard only
House Sparrow  4

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Hot, sunny, humid weather with a breeze greeted walkers this morning. Highlights of the walk include: Piping Plover on nest; numerous American Oystercatchers with one chick; Black Skimmers flying by; Glossy Ibis feeding along the shore of Bunker Pond; and Least Terns nesting on the beach. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
43 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  22
Mallard  30
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  9
Piping Plover  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  21
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Least Tern  27
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  24
Black Skimmer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     seen by leader only
Eastern Kingbird  2     heard only
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  43
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  4
House Wren  2     heard only
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  4
Common Yellowthroat  2     heard only
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  3     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  4

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

A nice day and good terns with Forster's, Least, a few Common, and one each of Royal and Caspian Terns. Waders included Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret, and Glossy Ibis. On the beach were a pair of American Oystercatchers with two youngsters, a Piping Plover on Nest, and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. We also had nice views of Indigo Bunting in a scope. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Karl Lukens, Warren Cairo, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Catherine Busch.
53 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  15
Gadwall  2
Mallard  30
Surf Scoter  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  9
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Piping Plover  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  25
Caspian Tern  1
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  1
Black Skimmer  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  75
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  3     heard
Yellow-breasted Chat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  5

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Glossy Ibis [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Indigo Bunting [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Royal Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, June 30th, 2014

Again good birding from the parking lot, with nice scope views of Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Cedar Waxwing. American Oystercatchers with two fledged youngsters, and Eastern Willets with four chicks were also of note. Eight far-off Brown Pelicans were seen and then one Brown Pelican flew almost overhead. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Catherine Busch, Carrie Bell, Mary Watkins, and Mike Hannisian.
53 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  2
Mallard  30
Surf Scoter  1
Brown Pelican  9
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  9     2 almost fledged young
Killdeer  3
Willet  8     4 chicks
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  15
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  20
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     heard
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  8

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Brown Pelican [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cedar Waxwing [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, June 28th, 2014

This morning's walk provided the opportunity to study a hatch-year Pine Warbler that fed obligingly above our heads for several minutes. Lacking any hint of yellow, this can be a difficult bird to identify. But it was the same size and shape as the nearby adult male, relatively long-tailed and showing the broken eye-ring and low-contrast wing bars characteristic of the species. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Karl Lukens & Cindy Bamford.
57 species

Canada Goose  54
Mute Swan  32
Mallard  26
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  8
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  75
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  5
Forster's Tern  12
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Purple Martin  23
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  4
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  11
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  3

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Pine Warbler [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, June 27th, 2014

A beautiful evening and good birding for the small group who did the walk. Highlights include: adult Willets and a juvenile Willet takes a short flight (maybe its first!); Least Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitchers; Green Heron; huge number of molting Mallards; and a Lesser Black-backed Gull off the beach. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, and Michael McCabe.
46 species

Canada Goose  34
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  87
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  7
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  19
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  10
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Least Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  55
Least Tern  20
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  43
Black Skimmer  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  5
Eastern Kingbird  1     heard
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Wren  3     heard
American Robin  4
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Sparrow  4

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Hot and overcast day but good for birding. Highlights include: Black and Surf Scoters; Brown Pelicans sitting on water off beach; Piping Plover on nest with three eggs; American Oystercatchers with one chick; Black Skimmers; Orchard Oriole; Indigo Bunting; and Blue Grosbeak. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
59 species

Canada Goose  43
Mute Swan  24
Mallard  8
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  6     Actively feeding right off bunker; in close to shore; good
looks
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  18
Osprey  8
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  8
Piping Plover  2
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Least Tern  25
Forster's Tern  16
Black Skimmer  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Purple Martin  42
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  8     heard
Common Yellowthroat  3     heard
Yellow-throated Warbler  1     Seen by leader only
Yellow-breasted Chat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  6

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Offshore there were many Gulls and Terns working the rips, and one Great Shearwater was seen by one leader. It sat down and could not be relocated. There were also 34 Black Scoters and one Brown Pelican. Waders seen were Great and Snowy Egret, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, and Glossy Ibis. On the beach we had American Oystercatchers with at least one chick, and a Piping Plover on nest. Terns included Forster's, Common, Least, and one Royal.  Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Steve Weis, and Warren Cairo.
44 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  15
Mallard  30
Black Scoter  34
Common Loon  1
Brown Pelican  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  8
American Oystercatcher  13
Piping Plover  1     on nest
Willet  8
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  25
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  1
Black Skimmer  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  100
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  5

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Bullfrog [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Again good birds at the parking lot, with scope views of Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Eastern Kingbird. Also fly-by Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret, and Orchard Oriole. Lots of Eastern Willets flying and calling, as well as two Willet chicks on the mud flats. The beach had two families of American Oystercatchers, one with two several-week-old youngsters, and one with at least one very young chick. The beach also held three Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, and Carrie Bell.
45 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  50
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  8
Green Heron  4
Glossy Ibis  8
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  9     2 chicks, & 1 chick
Killdeer  4
Willet  9     2 chicks
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  8
Forster's Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  3
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  3
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  8
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  7
Common Yellowthroat  5
Prairie Warbler  2     heard
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  8

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American Oystercatcher with young chick [Photo by Karl Lukens]

American Oystercatcher with two nearly fledged chicks [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Willet chicks [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Breeding Birds at the Rea Farm - Saturday, June 21st, 2014

If you ever want to learn or reinforce the songs and calls of Indigo Bunting, Yellow-breasted Chat or Field Sparrow, come to the Beanery during the spring or summer. Though the Field Sparrow was visually elusive, the Chat and Buntings could be viewed in the scopes, perched and singing. Prothonotary Warblers were also heard in a few locations throughout the walk and eventually flew straight at us, across a field. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo called a few times also but not a feather of him was seen - typical cuckoo.  Leaders: Kathy Horn & Karl Lukens.
47 species

Mallard  5
Wild Turkey  1
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  9
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  18
Prothonotary Warbler  4     Two seen in flight, 2 heard separately at other locations on property
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  8

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

Blue Grosbeak [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, June 20th, 2014

A beautiful evening at The Meadows yielded some good birds starting with a Blue Grosbeak in the parking lot. Other highlights include: Willets with chicks; American Oystercatchers with chicks that look close to fledging; Cedar Waxwing both perched and flying; Black Scoter off the beach; and nesting Least Terns. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Michael McCabe, and Evelyn Lovitz.
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  68
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Black Scoter  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  6
Glossy Ibis  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  6
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1    
American Oystercatcher  9
Killdeer  3
Willet  13
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  27
Least Tern  30
Forster's Tern  18
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  18
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  1     heard
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  16
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1     heard
Yellow-breasted Chat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1     heard
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  2     heard
American Goldfinch  1     heard
House Sparrow  4

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Hot, humid weather with sun and clouds and a slight breeze. Highlights of the walk include: Breeding plumage Black Tern perched close enough to really study; Black Skimmers loafing on beach; American Oystercatchers with one chick; re-nested Piping Plover incubating eggs; Yellow-throated Warbler although the nest was not visible in the tree and a nest was found on the ground (possibly blown out by a storm); perched Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, and Red-tailed Hawk. Leaders:  Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, and Dave Lord.
56 species

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  25
Mallard  20
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  13
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  7
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  8
Piping Plover  2
Killdeer  1     heard
Willet  1
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  30
Black Tern  1
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  17
Royal Tern  1     heard
Black Skimmer  33
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1     heard
Eastern Kingbird  5
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Purple Martin  25
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  4
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  2     heard
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1     heard
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  2
House Finch  6
House Sparrow  5

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A summer-like day with good waders on the pond including Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, and Snowy Egret. On the beach we had American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, and what appeared to be a Piping Plover on nest. Cedar Waxwings were seen several times. The bird of the day was the breeding plumage Black Tern that flew around the pond and also perched on the pier railing. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Michael McCabe.
49 species

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  20
Mallard  10
Black Scoter  8
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  4
Piping Plover  1     on nest
Killdeer  3     1 chick
Willet (Eastern)  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Laughing Gull  10
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  20
Black Tern  1     adult breeding plumage
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  20
Black Skimmer  15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Purple Martin  100
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  8
House Wren  2     heard
Carolina Wren  1     heard
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  3     heard - seen briefly by a few
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  5

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Black Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Snowy Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, June 16th, 2014

A nice day and good birding. From the parking lot area, we had Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, and fly-by Green Heron and Black-Crowned Night-Heron. The pair of American Oystercatchers are still looking after one chick. A few shorebirds still remain including a couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers, a few Short-billed Dowitchers, and a pair of Willets with three chicks. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, Carrie Bell, and Mary Watkins.
56 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Black Scoter  2
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  5
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  2
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6     only 1 of previous 3 chicks
Killdeer  1
Willet  6     3 chicks
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  23     15 fly-over
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  10
Forster's Tern  10
Black Skimmer  2
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  4
Blue Jay  1     heard
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  6
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  3
Prairie Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  3     1st yr male & female at nest
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  7
House Sparrow  8

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Eastern Kingbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]