Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, November 21st, 2016

Ducks and geese on the ponds, including Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, and Ruddy Duck. Several Northern Harriers worked the marshes. We also had two Wilson's Snipe on the wing. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Mary Watkins, and Kirsten Fuller.
33 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  20
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  60
Ring-necked Duck  3
Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  5
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Wilson's Snipe  2
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  2
Tree Swallow  5
American Robin  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Rusty Blackbird  1
House Sparrow  1

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, November 19th, 2016

A beautiful morning but a little slow birding. The Willow Pond did have about a dozen Gadwall plus a Mallard and a Northern Shoveler. We also had good looks at two Merlin, and 3-4 Eastern Bluebirds. The front "pumpkin field" hedgerow had a number of sparrows including Savannah, Field, Song, and White-throated.  Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Deb Payson, Keith & Jackie Parker, and Kirsten Fuller.
35 species

Canada Goose  50
Gadwall  12
Mallard  1
Northern Shoveler  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  2
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  4     heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Field Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  1

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Baltimore Oriole [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Eastern Bluebird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, November 14th, 2016

Lots of ducks and geese to scan by scope. One observer thought he saw a Cackling Goose when they flew in, but we could not locate it on the pond. Ducks included Mallard, Gadwall, Ruddy, American Wigeon, two Eurasian Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck. We had at least one Lesser Black-backed Gull on the beach.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Mary Watkins, Catherine Busch, Janet Crawford, Brett Ewald, Barb Bassett, and Kirsten Fuller.
44 species

Snow Goose  4     adult & 2 juvenile Blue Geese, 1 juvenile white Snow
Canada Goose  125
Mute Swan  4
Tundra Swan  1
Gadwall  25
Eurasian Wigeon  2
American Wigeon  10
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  70
Ring-necked Duck  1
Bufflehead  12
Ruddy Duck  5
Red-throated Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  6
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  18
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  35
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  4

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"Blue" Snow Goose [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Hawks, Trails and Beach - Saturday, November 12th, 2016

This was the last HTB walk of the season. Knowing the tundra swan had been observed on the third plover pond, we changed our route to include this pond and then continued onto the blue trail. We were not disappointed. The tundra swan was located along with two Eurasian Wigeons and many other duck species: Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Ring-necked, Wood, Bufflehead, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, and Hooded Merganser. A few participants viewed a late Blackpoll Warbler and a Fox Sparrow. The participants were treated to a magnificent sunset at 4:48 pm. The walk ended with a Great Horned Owl. Bert heard it calling and then one thrilled participant saw the owl fly. We were able to get the owl in the scopes for all to see and noted that there were actually two owl hooting back and forth. Leaders: Bert Hixon, Kyle Chelius, and Barb Bassett.
46 species

Snow Goose  4
Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  6
Tundra Swan  1
Wood Duck  1     Female
Gadwall  40
Eurasian Wigeon  2     Both seen at same time on Plover Pond #3
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  30
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  20
Green-winged Teal  40
Ring-necked Duck  4
scoter sp.  200
Bufflehead  7
Hooded Merganser  4
Northern Gannet  10
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  6
American Coot  4
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  4
Great Horned Owl  2     Calling to reach other. One visible.
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
crow sp.  3
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  7
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30
American Goldfinch  4

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Tundra Swan (center) with Canada Geese, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck and Northern Pintail
[Photo by Barb Bassett]

Sunset at Cape May Point State Park [Photo by Barb Bassett]


Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, November 12, 2016

A clear, cold and breezy morning. Overhead there were numerous Black and Turkey Vultures as well as several Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, a few Red-shouldered Hawks and at least one Bald Eagle. Sparrows were found here and there and included White-throated, Song, Field, and one distant Vesper Sparrow. The pond contained many Gadwall with an American Wigeon and several Northern Shovelers. We also had good views of several Palm Warblers. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Barb Bassett, Deb Payson, Brett Ewald, and Michael McCabe.
43 species

Canada Goose  150
Gadwall  30
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  4
Northern Shoveler  3
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Cattle Egret  1
Black Vulture  7
Turkey Vulture  15
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Killdeer  5
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Winter Wren  1     heard
Carolina Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  125
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1000
Palm Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  7
Vesper Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Cattle Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Turkey Vultures [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, November 7th, 2016

Cold and breezy with a good number and variety of ducks including two Eurasian Wigeon, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks. On the beach we found one Lesser Black-backed Gull with several Northern Gannets off shore. Flying, we saw several species of raptors including two Bald Eagles and a distant Sandhill Crane. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Mary Watkins, and Kirsten Fuller.
52 species

Snow Goose  4     fly over - 1 Blue adult, 2 Blue juvenile, 1Snow juvenile
Canada Goose  150
Mute Swan  7
Tundra Swan  1
Wood Duck  6     fly-over
Gadwall  15
Eurasian Wigeon  2
American Wigeon  12
Mallard  15
Northern Shoveler  15
Northern Pintail  10
Green-winged Teal  95
Ring-necked Duck  2
Ruddy Duck  5
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  12
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  7
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  4
Sandhill Crane  1     flying
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  15
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  15
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, November 5th, 2016

A clear chilly morning with loads of American Robins overhead and in the trees. There were numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers. Sparrows included Song, Savannah, Field, and White-throated as well as Juncos, Purple and House Finch, and American Goldfinch. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Barb Bassett, Deb Payson, and Michael McCabe.
50 species

Canada Goose  150
Gadwall  20
Mallard  4
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  1
Herring Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1     heard
Winter Wren  1     heard
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  120
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  2
Palm Warbler  8     * hypochrysea (Yellow) * palmarum (Western)
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15
Field Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  10
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  1

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Carolina Wren [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Downy Woodpecker [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Amazing feeding frenzy over the rips off Coral Avenue with hundreds of Northern Gannets plunge-diving and Parasitic Jaegers double-teaming the terns and gulls. Also large numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls. Leaders: Brett Ewald, Kirsten Fuller, and Mary Watkins.
53 species

Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  28
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  5
Northern Pintail  1
Ring-necked Duck  9
Surf Scoter  3
Black Scoter  110
Northern Gannet  300
Double-crested Cormorant  80
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Black-bellied Plover  2
Killdeer  16
Sanderling  9
Parasitic Jaeger -- Feeding frenzy over rips off Coral Avenue  12
Bonaparte's Gull -- Feeding frenzy over rips off Coral Avenue  300
Laughing Gull  50
Herring Gull (American)  42
Great Black-backed Gull  16
Forster's Tern -- Feeding frenzy over rips off Coral Avenue  200
Royal Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  35
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  5
crow sp.  3
Tree Swallow  150
Carolina Chickadee  10
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  45
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  70
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  120
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird   80
Common Grackle  30
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  32
Purple Finch  20
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  7

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, October 31st, 2016

Cold and breezy with lots of ducks including Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Ruddy Ducks and Wood Ducks. At least one Cackling Goose with many Canada Geese. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the beach and a few Northern Gannets off shore. Shorebirds included Semipalmated Sandpipers, a White-rumped Sandpiper, three Pectoral Sandpipers, and two Long-billed Dowitchers.  Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Janet Crawford, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, Brett Ewald, and Scott Whittle.
57 species

Snow Goose  4     1 adult and 2 juvenile Blue Geese, 1 juvenile Snow
Cackling Goose  1
Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  6
Wood Duck  5
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  15
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  3
Green-winged Teal  50
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  3
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  3
Killdeer  3
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Long-billed Dowitcher  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  15
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  3
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  1     heard
Carolina Wren  1     heard
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  150
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Dickcissel  1     heard
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Ruddy Duck [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Wood Duck [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Chilly until the sun rose a little and then some good bird activity, including Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Field and Song Sparrow, Savanah Sparrow later on, as well as Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, with Blue Jays overhead. Of interest is the bird I originally called a female Bobolink which I later decided was actually a Grasshopper Sparrow. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, Deb Payson, and Karen Thompson.
43 species

Gadwall  10
Mallard  4
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  4
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  4     heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Palm Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Grasshopper Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  12

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Palm Warbler [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Savannah Sparrow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The duck numbers appear to be increasing daily since Cape May is a wintering ground for a variety of species.  Many of the male ducks (drakes) are getting their breeding plumage which serves to attract prospective mates. Leaders:  Chris Marks, Karl Lukens, Michael McCabe, & Hugh Simmons.
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  12
Gadwall  24
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  18
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  32
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  16
Green-winged Teal  10
Lesser Scaup  1
Surf/Black Scoter  45
Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  2
Cattle Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  8
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Mourning Dove  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
European Starling  22
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  66
Swamp Sparrow  6
American Goldfinch  3

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

A cool, crisp fall morning was a great time to wander Cape May Point State Park. Highlights included 10 duck species and 8 raptor species as well as a variety of passerines. Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Barb Bassett, Mary Watkins, & Kirsten Fuller.
62 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3
Mute Swan  18
Gadwall  40
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  25
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  30
American Black Duck/Mallard  1
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  45
Green-winged Teal  14
Ring-necked Duck  19
Ruddy Duck  3
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  50
Osprey  1
Golden Eagle  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  14
Cooper's Hawk  12
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Broad-winged Hawk  6
Red-tailed Hawk  5
American Coot  1
Killdeer  3
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  1500
Carolina Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Gray-cheeked Thrush  1     Called several times, "pseer"
American Robin  30
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  20
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  20
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  15
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  15
Purple Finch  4
American Goldfinch  4

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, October 24th, 2016

Cool and windy with lots of Sharp-shinned Hawks over head as well as a couple of Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon. Nice variety of ducks including two Wood Ducks seen by some, one Eurasian Wigeon, and lots of Green-winged Teal. On the beach we had one Lesser Black-backed Gull and possibly another. Two shorebirds of note were a Semipalmated Sandpiper and one Long-billed Dowitcher. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Janet Crawford, & Carrie Bell.
42 species

Snow Goose  4
Canada Goose  60
Mute Swan  6
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  10
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  1
Green-winged Teal  20
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Turkey Vulture  11
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  20
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Sanderling  15
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Laughing Gull  12
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  15
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  10
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  1
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Fish Crow  20
Tree Swallow  15
American Robin  200
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  8

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Sanderling [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Cloudy with fog made it difficult to find birds especially when the fog became heavy. Overhead we did have Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, and several Northern Harriers. The only warbler we saw was Yellow-rumped, but there were many of those.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, & Pat Perkins.
38 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  8
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal  20
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  4
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The highlight of the walk this morning was watching Parasitic Jaegers harassing gulls and terns in the “rips”. The parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) is so named for its habit of stealing food from other birds, a behavior known as ‘kleptoparasitism.’  Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, & Kirsten Fuller.
49 species

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  12
American Wigeon  5
Mallard  8
Northern Pintail  1
Surf Scoter  6
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  8
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  36
Parasitic Jaeger  4
Laughing Gull  36
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Caspian Tern  1
Forster's Tern  8
Royal Tern  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  26
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  47
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  14
House Finch  10
Purple Finch  5
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  18

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Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Tonight's Sunset at Stone Harbor Point was another beautiful evening's walk with strong SW winds. The birds were pretty good too with great looks at Lesser-black Backed Gulls and Black-bellied Plovers. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford and Sam Wilson.
21 species

Brant  200
American Wigeon  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Osprey  1
Black-bellied Plover  6
Semipalmated Plover  3
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  X
Least Sandpiper  2
Western Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  15
Herring Gull (American)  X
Lesser Black-backed Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Caspian Tern  2
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
House Finch  3

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E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

A few days after the last big migratory flight of birds, we had many Yellow-rumped Warblers and a scattering of other migrants including Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Northern Flicker, and Blue Jays. Highlights included an Eurasian Wigeon on Bunker Pond, close views of preening Green-winged Teal, and three flyover Eastern Meadowlarks. Throughout the walk, we enjoyed good views of hunting Sharp-shinned Hawk and perched Osprey. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Sam Wilson, Marc and Lynne Breslow.
42 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  14
Gadwall  8
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  1
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  8
Black Scoter  18
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  22
Osprey  8
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  16
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  32
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  26
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1     Heard
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  36
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Meadowlark  3
American Goldfinch  3     Heard

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, October 17th, 2016

Nice weather and a good variety of ducks including American and one Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, both Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and one Ring-necked Duck. On the beach we had the usual gulls and one Lesser Black-backed Gull. Overhead we had Sharp-shinned Hawks and one Bald Eagle. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Mary Watkins, Pat Perkins, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
46 species

Canada Goose  18
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  10
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  12
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  7
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  20
Ring-necked Duck  1
Common Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Bald Eagle  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  4
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  35
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  50
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Sanderling [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Cox Hall Creek WMA - Saturday, October 16th, 2016

It's always a sign of good birding when we don't cover much ground on a walk, when we don't know what to look at first. Today it was the sparrows - Lincoln's, White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp, Field, Chipping and Song - that kept us spellbound in one spot for awhile. The warblers had the same effect as we sorted out Pine from Yellow-rumped, then Black-throated Green and Palm Warblers. Ah, to be a Cape May birder in the fall! Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, Cindy Bamford, Joe Demko, and Karen Thompson.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Herring Gull (American)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  8
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  14
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  7
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  4
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  7
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The ebb and flow of migration was very evident at the Rea Farm this morning, with the dull chip of Yellow-rumped Warblers and the flitting wings of Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets all around us. Palm and Blackpoll Warblers are still coming through and sparrows have started to show up in numbers. Group 1 Leaders: Kathy Horn & Deb Payson.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  7
Mallard  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  16
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  58
Cedar Waxwing  9
American Redstart  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  10
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  45
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  9
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  3

Group 2 Leaders: Karl Lukens & Roger Horn.
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  7
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  44
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  9
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  15
Carolina Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  12
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  12
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  11
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  30
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  2

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Eastern Phoebe [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, October 14th, 2016

Group 1 Leaders: Roger Horn & Catherine Busch.
39 species (+4 other taxa)

Surf Scoter  5
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  1
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
American Robin  11
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  6
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  30
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  11
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  25
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  120
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  10
Eastern Towhee  6
sparrow sp.  12
Northern Cardinal  7
blackbird sp.  14
House Finch  11
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  9

Group 2 Leaders: Kathy Horn & Karen Thompson.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Scoter  8
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  2
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  9
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  11
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  7
European Starling  5
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  6
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  55
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
White-throated Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  24
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  1
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  7

Group 3 Leaders:  David La Puma, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, & Barb Bassett.
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  6
Double-crested Cormorant  18
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  4
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  12
Eastern Phoebe  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  10
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  6
Tennessee Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  6
Palm Warbler (Western)  4
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  24
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  2
Lincoln's Sparrow  1     Seen by a few
Swamp Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  5
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  14

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Birding for all People - Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A rather quiet birding morning. An interesting highlight was the appearance of two Eurasian Wigeon drakes with an American Wigeon drake on Bunker Pond, giving us very good views. Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers were all along the trails. Leaders: Warren Cairo and Karl Lukens.
38 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  8
Eurasian Wigeon  2
American Wigeon  12
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  8
Lesser Scaup  2
Double-crested Cormorant  200
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper's Hawk  3
Laughing Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Royal Tern  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  7
Northern Flicker  4
Merlin  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  60
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Magnolia Warbler  1     seen by a few
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

American Wigeon and 2 Eurasian Wigeons [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Twilight at the Meadows - Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

It was a very pleasant evening for a birding walk tonight! We were treated to great looks at Peregrine Falcon cruising just above us in the parking lot even before the walk had begun. The highlight of the evening was seeing the Common Gallinule. Not one we get to see too often. Leaders: Warren Cairo, and Bill Smythe.
34 species

Snow Goose  2
Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  5
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  8
Northern Shoveler  5
Northern Pintail  5
Green-winged Teal  20
Black Scoter  30     Very distant view
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  40
Great Egret  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2     One perched, nice view
Common Gallinule  1
American Oystercatcher  2
Sanderling  20
Laughing Gull  8
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Caspian Tern  2     Distant view
Royal Tern  1
Mourning Dove  2
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Savannah Sparrow  2

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Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Sharp-shinned Hawks continue to amaze in their numbers while some passerines took time from their migration south to feed in and around Lake Lily. Short-distance migrants are growing in numbers as evidenced by the large flocks of Blue Jays. Leaders: Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, and Kirsten Fuller.
48 species

Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  1
Mallard  8
Common Eider  1
Black Scoter  6
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  22
Cooper's Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  36
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Common Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  18
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  46
Carolina Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  18
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  24
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  28
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  14
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  14

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Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The Sunset at Stone Harbor was spectacular and so were the birds. We had great looks at American Oystercatchers, Lesser-black Backed Gulls and a lone Piping Plover. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford and Catherine Busch.
31 species

Brant  75
Surf Scoter  6
Black Scoter  240
Double-crested Cormorant  40
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  2
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  20
Black-bellied Plover  2
Piping Plover  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  100
Western Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  20
Lesser Black-backed Gull  10     Seen well and close!
Great Black-backed Gull  30
Caspian Tern  20     Seen well
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  1
Merlin  1
Tree Swallow  50
Palm Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  4
Red-winged Blackbird  12
House Finch  8

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E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Relatively quiet in the woods, but we were able to find a few migrants including a single Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper, and Swamp Sparrow. Brown Thrashers were calling everywhere but not visible, A variety of raptors overhead, a smattering of ducks, and a small flock of Tree Sparrows dipping down to Bunker Pond to drink were appreciated by all. Leaders:  Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc and Lynne Breslow.
38 species

Canada Goose  32
Mute Swan  12
American Wigeon  14
Mallard  26
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal  2
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  26
Cooper's Hawk  6
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Blue Jay  17
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  125
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Brown Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  32
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, October 10th, 2016

Cold and very windy from the North. Many raptors on the move with numerous Sharp-shinned Hawks as well as Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawk, and two Bald Eagles. Also numerous Northern Flickers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers in the air and perched. We did see two Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the beach. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, Carrie Bell, and Marc & Lynne Breslow.
45 species

Canada Goose  60
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  5
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  15
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  12
Double-crested Cormorant  50
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  65
Cooper's Hawk  5
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  12
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Forster's Tern  3
Royal Tern  1
Mourning Dove  8
Northern Flicker  8
American Kestrel  12
Merlin  2
Eastern Phoebe  1     seen by a few
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  40
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
American Pipit  1     heard by a few
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  1
House Sparrow  1

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Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, October 9th, 2016

It really rained, and rained, and rained. And, it was windy. But, as one intrepid participant said, "There's no bad weather, just bad clothing." And raingear we had. A lot of the birds were hunkered down but we did have a beautiful Black-throated Blue Warbler and recently- returned kinglets, both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned. Any day is a good day to bird! Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, & Deb Payson.
10 species (+1 other taxa)

Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  1
crow sp.  25
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Gray Catbird  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Dreary, rainy afternoon. Birds were scarce except for Tree Swallows swirling overhead wherever we looked. We saw several Peregrine Falcons and two perched Merlins. Leaders: Chuck Slugg and Bert Hixon.
31 species

Canada Goose 18
Mute Swan 8
Mallard 9
Blue-winged Teal 3
Double-crested Cormorant 28
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 1
Osprey 1
American Oystercatcher 2
Laughing Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 6
Great Black-backed Gull 30
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 2 heard
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 5
American Crow 2 heard
Tree Swallow 350
Carolina Chickadee 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard
Carolina Wren 3 heard
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 heard
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Myrtle
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2 heard

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Warblers are always appealing, and the treeful we had that included Northern Parula, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers and American Redstart might have been the walk's highlight except for the Wilson's Snipe that fed and bobbed along the edge of a recently-formed pond long enough for everyone to get their fill in the scopes. Nearby a Solitary Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs also enjoyed this new landscape. Group 1 Leaders: Kathy Horn, Deb Payson, and Michael McCabe.
42 species

Canada Goose  7
Mallard  13
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  7
Cooper's Hawk  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull (American)  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  6
American Kestrel  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  45
Nashville Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  6
Palm Warbler (Western)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Bobolink  4
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  1

Group 2 Leaders: Karl Lukens and Roger Horn.
30 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  11
Wilson's Snipe  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull (American)  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  27
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  5
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  27
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  7
American Goldfinch  2

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, October 7th, 2016

The signs of later fall have arrived with numerous White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers appearing.  Blue Jays were seen everywhere, each carrying a nut as well as many Northern Flickers.  Sharp-shinned Hawks were actively hunting over the fields.  Brown Thrashers were also counted in high numbers. Group 1 Leaders:  David La Puma and Chris Marks.
45 species

Double-crested Cormorant  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  8
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Sanderling  22
Laughing Gull  8
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  4
Great Black-backed Gull  38
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  12
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  14
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  14
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  14
Cedar Waxwing  18
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  10
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  3

Group 2 Leaders: Kathy Horn and Catherine Busch
44 species

Canada Goose  6
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  10
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  19
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  8
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  65
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Nashville Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  12
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  14

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