EZ Birding - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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

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

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

Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Catherine Busch]

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

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

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

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Sora [Photo by Karl Lukens]

American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

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

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

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

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

Black Swallowtail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Common Whitetail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Great Blue Skimmer [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Wheelbug [Photo by Nancy Watson]

Willet [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Wild Turkey [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

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

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

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

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

Double-crested Cormorants [Photo by Michael McCabe]

Great Egret [Photo by Michael McCabe]

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

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

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

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, August 29th, 2014

This Friday's Higbee Beach walk could perhaps be considered to mark the start of the 'season', as we had a great time with migrants! Common Yellowthroats 'chacked' in the undergrowth, flocks - yes, flocks - of Baltimore Orioles careered across the treetops and a nice mix of warblers included Nashville, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Prairie and more... Highlights were also provided by a couple of Common Nighthawks that perched beautifully in full view for us. Leaders:Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Roger & Kathy Horn, and Karl Lukens.
50 species

Double-crested Cormorant  35
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Laughing Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Common Nighthawk  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  120
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  12
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  5
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  75
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  4
Black-and-white Warbler  10
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  8
American Redstart  20
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  6
Bobolink  10
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  25
House Finch  5

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A beautiful day and a large group of birders of varying ages made for an exciting walk. On the beach, we had a Whimbrel, American Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Royal Tern, and Laughing, Ring-billed, Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls.  As we walked past the ponds, we saw Belted Kingfishers, Blue-winged Teal, and Gadwalls, as well as Mallards. We also saw Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Warren Cairo.
53 species

Canada Goose  63
Mute Swan  29
Gadwall  4
Mallard  24
Blue-winged Teal  2
Double-crested Cormorant  27
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  9
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Whimbrel  1
Sanderling  25
Least Sandpiper  7
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  15
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  55
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  110
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
American Crow  9
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  20
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  8
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1     heard only
Bobolink  2     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  26
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  2     heard only
American Goldfinch  7
House Sparrow  6

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, August 27th, 201

A beautiful day for birding with lots of gulls and terns in various plumages to study. They included Caspian, Royal, Common, Forster's, and one Least Tern. Gulls were the usual suspects and at least one Lesser Black-backed Gull. We had good looks at a Northern Waterthrush as well as Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow Warblers. Overhead there was always one to two Osprey. Shorebirds included Short-billed Dowitchers, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Solitary Sandpiper. We also a nice look at a hunting Green Heron. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Chris Marks, and Mike Hannisian.
55 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  35
Mallard  18
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  1
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Sanderling  50
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Short-billed Dowitcher  66
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  12
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Least Tern  1
Caspian Tern  3
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  10
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  35
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Eastern Kingbird  6
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  150
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  15
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  7
European Starling  10
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Blue Grosbeak  1
Bobolink  30
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  25

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Bank Swallow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Blue Grosbeak [Photo by Karl Lukens] 

Lesser Yellowlegs [Photo by Karl Lukens]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Although a relatively quiet day migration-wise, we were able to find a few warblers to show our group of mostly novice birders. American Redstarts of the yellow variety fed overhead in close proximity to the group, and a Black-and-white Warbler was seen by most searching for insects on a tree trunk. Many distant Eastern Kingbirds were seen, and both adult and immature Bald Eagles soared overhead. As we walked along the marsh boardwalk, we were surprised to find a singing Blue Grosbeak atop an American Holly seemingly undisturbed by our group. At the plover ponds, we had very good looks at several shorebirds including Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Solitary Sandpiper. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow, Nancy Watson, and Mike Hannisian.
49 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  16
Mallard  16
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  4
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  20
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  6
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  10
European Starling  X
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  8
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  X

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Short-billed Dowitchers [Photo by Catherine Busch]

Solitary Sandpiper [Photo by Catherine Busch] 

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, August 25th, 2014

It was a nice birding day. We had a good variety of waders including Great Blue and Green Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis. The beach held American Oystercatchers, Sanderling, and several Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Shorebirds included Least, Semipalmated, Stilt Sandpipers, and both yellowlegs. Other birds of interest were at least 35 Bobolinks overhead (a few actually landed in the reeds), and many swallows, mostly Tree. We also had good looks at several Prairie Warblers. Leaders: David La Puma, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Marc & Lynne Breslow, Mary Watkins, and Louise Zemaitis.
64 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  35
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  5
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1     seen by leader
American Oystercatcher  14
Black-bellied Plover  1     briefly seen by leader
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  1     heard
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Stilt Sandpiper  5
Sanderling  30
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  15
Short-billed Dowitcher  12
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  15
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1     heard
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  200
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Wren  2     heard
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  1     by one leader
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  35
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  5

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Various gulls - see labels [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA Bird Walk - Sunday, August 24th, 2014

"I've never seen so many warblers at one time!" said one of the participants after today's Cox Hall Creek walk. And they were streaming through, picking insects from leaves, circling limbs, probing clumps of hanging dead leaves. Early fall migrant warblers, traveling in mixed flocks with local chickadees and titmice, were busy stocking up on the fuel they'll need for their long journey south. This week we saw Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Blue-winged, Worm-eating, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, and Prairie Warblers, and American Redstarts. It's good to have mornings like this since they really gives us a sense of the wave-like progression of migration. You're not going to see Yellow-rump Warblers in August and you're not going to see Worm-eating Warblers in October. Field marks are important to learn but so are aspects of bird status and distribution that help you know what's expected at a given time and what's very unlikely. Join us for the next wave!  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Cindy & Shaun Bamford, Joe Demko, and Steve Weis.
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  10
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  8
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  12
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  2
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Eastern Bluebird  5     Not a high number for this breeding site
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  7
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  10
American Redstart  14
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  18
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  9
House Finch  12
American Goldfinch  5

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Photo Walks with Mike Hannisian - Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Our third Saturday Photo Walk of the season was greeted with mixed skies which may have accounted for only three participants showing up. However, as I have noted before such lighting can result in less harsh shadows and thus more pleasing images. Be that as it may, the time of year is such that migrant birds and post breeding wanderers are arriving. This week, it included Caspian Terns and Great Egret. Also, our Odes (dragonflies and damselflies) were present including Eastern Pondhawk and Rambur's Forktail. With any luck, next week will be even better. Leaders: Mike Hannisian and Nancy Watson.

Caspian Tern [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Eastern Pondhawk [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Great Egret [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

We had so many orioles at the Beanery this morning, that eBird flagged it! Especially nice was the fact that both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles were there, in the treetops, overhead and in the shrubs, making for nice comparisons from all angles and in flight. Both oriole species are known to be early fall migrants, often leaving their breeding grounds in late July or August after raising one brood here. Researchers studying songbirds that use stopovers in Mexico to molt before proceeding to their wintering grounds in Central America were surprised to find that some of 'our' orchard orioles re-breed during that stopover. This southbound migratory breeding was first reported in 2009 by researchers from the University of Washington in an area of western Mexico. Besides Orchard Orioles, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Hooded Orioles, Yellow-breasted Chats and Cassin’s Vireos were found to be re-breeding there. Amazingly, both first Orchard Oriole broods from the U.S. and second Orchard Oriole broods from Mexico find the same wintering area in Central America, though they get there by completely different routes!  Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, and Karl Lukens.
48 species

Canada Goose  24
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  19
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Killdeer  4
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  9
Mourning Dove  13
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  12
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  22
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  95
Cedar Waxwing  9
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Bobolink  30
Red-winged Blackbird  42
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  18
Orchard Oriole  7
Baltimore Oriole  8
American Goldfinch  3

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Orchard Oriole [Photo by Roger Horn]

Solitary Sandpiper [Photo by Roger Horn]

Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Spitting rain met us in the parking lot but the sun reappeared for a nice evening walk. Highlights include: a good mix of shorebirds including Pectoral, Spotted, Stilt, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitchers; Semi-palmated Plover; Sanderlings; Tree and Barn Swallows; and American Oystercatchers on the beach. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Kathy Horn.
44 species

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  30
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  13
Semipalmated Plover  8
Killdeer  1     heard
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Sanderling  35
Least Sandpiper  16
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  30
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Laughing Gull  70
Herring Gull  6
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  55
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  40
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  21
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  20
Carolina Wren  3     heard
Gray Catbird  1     heard
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  4     heard
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
American Goldfinch  12
House Sparrow  15

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, August 21st, 2014

This morning's walk included several young people who were enthusiastic about seeing a variety of birds. Highlights include: a plethora of mute swans who, unfortunately, seem to have taken over Bunker Pond; good looks at Common and Forster's Terns, with a few Royal Terns flying by; several   Lesser Yellowlegs; a scattering of Least Sandpipers with a few Semipalmated Sandpipers mixed in; and close looks at Ospreys fishing in Bunker Pond. Leaders: Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, and Deb Payson.
46 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  37
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  5
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  1     heard only
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  6
Laughing Gull  35
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Eastern Kingbird  5
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1     heard only
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  35
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  4     heard only
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  4     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  7
Common Yellowthroat  1     heard only
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1     heard only
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  5

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

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

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

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Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

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

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Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Catherine Busch]

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

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

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

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American Goldfinch [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Dasher [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Needham's Skimmer [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

Swamp Rose-Mallow [Photo by Mike Hannisian]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, August 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Great Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Osprey [Photo by Karl Lukens]

EZ Birding - Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

White-winged Dove [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

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

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

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