Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Cox Hall Creek WMA was ringing with the sound of Chipping Sparrows this morning. Though present year- round at CHC, they're now decked out in bright rusty caps. Recent spring arrivals included several Pine Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a single Palm Warbler. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Cindy & Shaun Bamford, Janet Crawford, Hugh Simmons, Deb Payson, and Carrie Bell.
42 species

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  3
Common Loon  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  3
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  7
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  14
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  7
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  13
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, April 11th, 2015

The varied habitat at the State Park really makes for interesting birding, perhaps especially during migration. Thirteen species of ducks are present now, along with both Common and Red-throated Loons; if you're lucky, as we were, you can see all three scoter species flying by - Surf, Black and White-winged. Purple Martins are active in the parking lot and at the martin houses there. It's the time of year to carefully look through the darting swallows, today with many Tree Swallows and a few Northern Rough-winged Swallows. We had eight Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and though their so-called "song" was inaudible to some, the Pine Warbler songs were ringing out through the pine forest at the back of the Park.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Carrie Bell, Tom Gleason, Deb Payson, Hugh Simmons, and Steve Weis.
60 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  12
Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal (American)  18
Ring-necked Duck  2
Surf Scoter  60
White-winged Scoter  2
Black Scoter  18
Bufflehead  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  4
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  45
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Killdeer  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull (American)  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  18
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  6
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Pine Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  5
Boat-tailed Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
American Goldfinch  1

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Higbee Beach Bird Walk - Friday, April 10th, 2015

A damp, foggy spring morning did not dampen our spirits or the birds that surrounded us with songs and chip notes as we explored the fields and woods of Higbee Beach. A foray to the canal gave us close looks at Purple Sandpipers, Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebes and two Bonaparte's Gulls at the water's edge. Leaders: David LaPuma, Chris Marks, Roger and Kathy Horn, Mary Watkins, and Catherine Busch.
44 species

Canada Goose  12
Mallard  4
Surf Scoter  8
Black Scoter  6
Bufflehead  4
Red-throated Loon  5
Horned Grebe  2
Northern Gannet  5
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Sanderling  26
Purple Sandpiper  5
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  14
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Hermit Thrush  3
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  14

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Midweek at the Meadows - Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Spring continues to frustrate us, but the rewards are there for those who brave the weather. Today’s walk was breezy and looked like being wet, but the rain stopped just before we started out and it stayed dry throughout. Heading out from the parking lot, we started nicely with a hunting Northern Harrier, before bumping into a Snowy Egret, then working our way through a nice selection of ducks, including incoming Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, and outgoing Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks. At least seven American Coots were still present before all chaos broke out when the first of two Bald Eagles that we were to see passed through. Ospreys paid their respects and a good flight line of Tree and Barn Swallows was flowing along the back side of the dunes. The tracks of River Otters and the delights of sniffing Sweetfern followed before we checked out the bay and watched a good passage of Northern Gannets – the gleaming white adults looking particularly sharp against the gray skies. Three Lesser Yellowlegs and a Wilson’s Snipe livened up the final leg of the walk before we all headed for a well-earned coffee! Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Steve Weiss and Mary Watkins.
45 species

Brant  2
Canada Goose  63
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  14
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  22
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  18
Green-winged Teal  48
Ring-necked Duck  6
Surf Scoter  24
Black Scoter  6
Bufflehead  12
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  12
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  6
American Oystercatcher  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  24
European Starling  4
Savannah Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 6th, 2015

A beautiful, sunny spring morning yielded a good variety of birds for our walk. Highlights include: lingering and breeding ducks such as Gadwall, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Bufflehead, and Ring-necked Ducks; both Surf and Black Scoters were seen offshore; many Northern Gannets flying over ocean; raptors such as Bald Eagles, numerous Osprey, and Northern Harriers; and a Wilson's Snipe to end our walk. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, and Shaun Bamford.
51 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  5
Tundra Swan  1     Cape May Meadows, vernal scrape toward beach on western trail
Gadwall  10
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  16
Green-winged Teal  24
Ring-necked Duck  8
Surf Scoter  15
Black Scoter  3
Bufflehead  2
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  3
Northern Gannet  30
Double-crested Cormorant  28
Snowy
Egret  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  8
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle 2
American Coot  8
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  2     heard only
Wilson's Snipe  1
Bonaparte's Gull  4
Laughing Gull  6
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Forster's Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  4
Northern Flicker  4
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  7
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1     heard only
American Robin  3
European Starling  5
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  7
House Finch  2    heard only
House Sparrow  3

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, April 4th, 2015

It's a great time of year for new arrivals and 'haven't-left-yets'. There are a lot of ducks left, as well as loons, Brant, Horned Grebes, Hermit Thrush and at least one lingering Tundra Swan. In the new arrivals category, Purple Martins were waiting for their houses to go up at the beginning of the walk and sitting on their 'front porches' at the end. Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows have returned in small numbers and we had our First-of-Season Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the west end of Lighthouse Pond.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Steve Weis, and Tom Gleason.
51 species

Brant (Atlantic)  1
Canada Goose  16
Mute Swan  7
Tundra Swan  1
Gadwall  22
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  14
Northern Shoveler  10
Green-winged Teal (American)  18
Bufflehead  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  2
Horned Grebe  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  2
Wilson's Snipe  8
Forster's Tern  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Eastern Phoebe  9
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  11
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  9
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  3
Pine Warbler  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  13
House Sparrow  1

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Midweek at the Meadows - Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Although a bit cold and windy, our inaugural Wednesday walk through the South Cape May Meadows Preserve gave us good looks at lingering wintering birds and new spring arrivals. Highlights included as many as five Osprey fishing at a time, a skirmish between an adult Bald Eagle and a fishless Osprey, multiple, and close Horned Grebe along the beach. We were pleased to see early spring migrants including Blue-winged Teal, Eastern Phoebe, Barn Swallow, and many singing Red-winged Blackbirds staking out their territories. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, and Mary Watkins.

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 30th, 2015

Due to rain, we birded the parking lot only at the Meadows, then moved to the Concrete Ship at Sunset beach where we could bird under cover. There, we observed a nice movement of scoters and Northern Gannets. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, and Steve Weis.
13 species

Snow Goose  8     fly over
Canada Goose  3
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  2
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  4
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
Fish Crow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
House Sparrow  1

Cape Island--Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
22 species

Snow Goose  15
Brant  6
Mallard  3
Surf Scoter  75
White-winged Scoter  2
Black Scoter  75
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Red-throated Loon  25
Northern Gannet  50
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Bonaparte's Gull  12
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  8
Mourning Dove  2
Fish Crow  1

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Herring Gull in the rain [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunday Morning at Turkey Point - Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Highlights included eight Bald Eagles and a nice assortment of ducks including Gadwall, Bufflehead and Northern Shoveler. The Bonaparte Gull show is still going on with about 150 gulls feeding in the outgoing tide at the Maple Avenue Impoundments. There were two Black-headed Gulls feeding with the Bonaparte's Gulls. Leaders: Janet Crawford, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
25 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  20
American Black Duck  12
Mallard  8
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  50
Bufflehead  200
Turkey Vulture  5
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  8
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Dunlin  50
Bonaparte's Gull  150
Black-headed Gull  2     Continuing birds
Herring Gull  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Pine Warblers and Eastern Phoebes were the birds of the day on this morning's CMPSP walk, with 20 and 22 of each respectively. The Pine Warblers were feeding on the ground and it was easy to see the variability in yellow from very bright to very dull, typical of Pine Warblers. The Pine Warbler is one of the earliest spring migrants and the only warbler that eats large quantities of seeds, mainly pine seeds. Like the early-arriving Eastern Phoebe, the Pine Warbler is a short-distance migrant, wintering mainly in the southeastern US; neither have long distances to travel to get to their breeding grounds. Other recent arrivals included a flock of 140 Laughing Gulls flying south, perhaps wondering if they'd journeyed north too soon, based on the morning's cold and blustery weather.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, and Barb Bassett.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  10
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  28
American Wigeon  8
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  20
Green-winged Teal (American)  42
Ring-necked Duck  13
Lesser Scaup  2
Surf Scoter  20
Black Scoter  4
Surf/Black Scoter  24
Bufflehead  11
Hooded Merganser  4
Red-throated Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  2
Wilson's Snipe  4
Laughing Gull  140
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  6
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Phoebe  22
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  18
Northern Mockingbird  2
Pine Warbler  20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  1

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Northwood and Beyond - Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A merry band of folks met up at the Northwood Center – despite a frosty start to the day. Though we started with a rather quiet Lake Lily, the streets were busy with singing House Finches and Carolina Wrens, while parties of Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings initiated all sorts of discussions about these birds. At Coral Avenue, we were greeted by the sight of a Peregrine Falcon, eating a Horned Grebe right on the beach – quite the Serengeti feel! A handful of waterbirds including courting Black Scoters and good views of Northern Gannet, Long-tailed Duck, many Red-throated Loons and a somewhat more lively Horned Grebe. A male Northern Harrier breezed over the rooftops as the local vultures rode the thermals.

Our return took us via Lighthouse Pond, where a wide array of ducks showed off their various feeding techniques, and a male Downy Woodpecker fed on the ground just a few feet away from us. The finale was provided by a boisterous party of some 40 Fish Crows that tumbled and called overhead in their pre-breeding courtship flights. Leaders:  Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, and Steve Weis.

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 23rd, 2015

It was a very chilly morning, but we had a good variety of ducks on the ponds and along the beach. The latter had fairly close Surf and Black Scoters resting on the water, fly-by Red-breasted Mergansers, as well as Red-throated Loons, and several Horned Grebes. First of year (FOY) for many were Osprey and Blue-winged Teal. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Janet Crawford, and Scott Whittle.
50 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  6
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  8
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  25
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  12
Canvasback  2
Ring-necked Duck  30
Surf Scoter  15
Black Scoter  15
Bufflehead  6
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  5
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1     FOY for many
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  2
American Oystercatcher  3
Wilson's Snipe  5
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  5
Merlin  1     /p adult male eating a warbler.
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  3

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First-of-the-year (FOY) Osprey! [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunday Morning at Turkey Point - Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

We saw 17 Bald Eagles, mostly immatures. We had a lot of Dunlin, Green-winged Teal and Bufflehead, along with two Common Merganser males at Maple Avenue. Also at Maple Avenue was a huge flock of Bonaparte's Gulls, who have been feeding when the tide is running. Leaders: Janet Crawford, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
32 species

Snow Goose  80
Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  3
American Black Duck  9
Green-winged Teal  250
Bufflehead  150
Common Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  8
Northern Harrier  4
Bald Eagle  17
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Dunlin  200
Bonaparte's Gull  80     The feeding frenzy has begun. Many Bonaparte's observed when the tide is running at the Maple Avenue impoundments.
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  35
Mourning Dove  10
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  7
Fish Crow  1
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  2

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Loons and Shorebirds Cruise - Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Today was the first Loons & Shorebirds Cruise on The Osprey!  It was a beautiful day for a boat trip through the back bays. Our local Osprey were not seen, but we had great looks at everything else. A Bald Eagle provided a great photo opportunity as did Common Loons, Great Cormorants and American Oystercatchers.  Leaders; Chuck & Mary Jane Slugg and Warren Cairo.
24 species

Brant  300
Canada Goose  7
American Black Duck  20
Long-tailed Duck  40
Bufflehead  150
Red-breasted Merganser  50
Common Loon  12
Horned Grebe  20
Red-necked Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Cormorant  8
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  10
Ring-billed Gull  20
Herring Gull  30
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  16
Boat-tailed Grackle  20

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 21st, 2015

While migrants are starting to trickle in - today we had Osprey and Eastern Phoebe - perhaps the birds to enjoy now are the ones that will be leaving soon, most notably the ducks. Very few ducks breed in Cape May County. Most travel far north and west of here to breed in the Prairie Pothole region of the U.S. and Canada or shallow wetland areas of the northern North American boreal forest; some travel even farther to the Arctic tundra. But now's the time to enjoy their pre-nuptial antics as they practice their displays and vocalize on our ponds and coast.  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Steve Weis, and Tom Gleason.
52 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  9
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  18
American Wigeon  15
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  18
Green-winged Teal (American)  25
Lesser Scaup  1
Surf Scoter  28
Black Scoter  12
Long-tailed Duck  12
Bufflehead  8
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  2
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  4
Killdeer  2
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull (American)  10
Mourning Dove  14
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  25
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
Song Sparrow  14
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  9
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  11
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 16th, 2015

A cold morning with a good variety of ducks, including scoters along the beach as well as Red-throated Loons and one very close Red-necked Grebe. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Janet Crawford, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
41 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  4
Tundra Swan  4
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  25
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal  4
Canvasback  1
Ring-necked Duck  26
Surf Scoter  15
Black Scoter  20
Bufflehead  10
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  10
Red-necked Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1     seen by a few
Black Vulture  1     seen by leader
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  1
American Oystercatcher  11
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  4
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Savannah Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
House Sparrow  2

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Tundra Swan [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Sunday Morning at Turkey Point - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Spring was in the air, although it was cold and windy. We had 24 Bald Eagles, including several pairs who were flying together and tumbling. The Wild Turkeys were displaying and the Red-winged Blackbirds were "conkareeing". We also had a nice selection of ducks, including Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Bufflehead and Green-winged Teal. Leaders: Janet Crawford, Chris Marks and Mary Watkins.
34 species

Snow Goose  250
Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  32
American Black Duck  12
Mallard  6
Northern Pintail  7
Green-winged Teal  15
Ring-necked Duck  1
Bufflehead  70
Common Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Wild Turkey  4
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  14
Bald Eagle  24
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Clapper Rail  1
Killdeer  1
Dunlin  35
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  50

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Winter Evenings at the Meadows - Friday, March 13th, 2015

Finally a nice, but chilly, spring evening for a walk! We had a nice variety of ducks including Northern Shovelers, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Gadwalls, Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, and, on the ocean, a Long-tailed Duck. A Tricolored Heron circled over us twice and then landed to feed in the marsh. We also saw Sanderlings and Tundra Swans. We ended our walk with a Great Horned Owl land on a post about 10 feet away from us. As we reached the parking lot we had displaying Woodcock "peenting" away. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Kathy Horn.
26 species

Canada Goose  65
Mute Swan  5
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  15
American
Black Duck  1
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal 20
Ring-necked Duck  10
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  10
Hooded Merganser  1
Tricolored Heron  1     Seen clearly by both leaders; flew over twice; belly white all the way to tail; one has been seen off and on nearby
Cooper's Hawk 1
Sanderling  2
American Woodcock  5
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Great Horned Owl  1
American Crow  1     heard only
American Robin  10  
heard only
European Starling  3
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  9
Northern
Cardinal  5     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  10

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Northwood and Beyond - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Despite some annoying sea fog that played havoc with visibility, our inaugural Northwood & Beyond walk turned up some interesting birds, and some interesting discussions. Despite the pea-souper, there was clearly bird movements taking place, as little trips of American Oystercatchers trickled along the tideline and frantic groups of Sanderling played Canute in the surf. Perhaps our best surprise was the first Piping Plover of the season, first found for us moments before by the ever diligent Tom Reed. And it was perhaps very fitting that, by the time we saw the bird, Chris Davis of Fish & Wildlife’s shorebird team was already on site and studying the bird. From Chris, we learned that pink markers have been put on a few birds during the winter in The Bahamas, so we encourage everyone to keep an eye out for those and report them should you find any – it will help us have a better understanding of where the various wintering grounds are for the various breeding populations.

Somewhat sadder, but still eliciting much discussion, was the discovery of a dead Red-necked Grebe and a Horned Grebe on the beach. A number of other waterbird species have been found washed up in the area in recent days and it is possible that we are seeing some of those that simply didn’t make it through the worst of the winter weather.

A great walk, with some good birds, good discussion, and good coffee afterwards. Leaders:  Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, and Catherine Busch.