Kick Off Your Year List - Sunday, January 1st, 2017


We KICKED the year off right on our January 1st field trip. Twenty-five enthusiastic birders covered a number of sites around the Cape May area, including Cape May Point State Park, Lake Lily, Northwood Center, Sunset Beach, Meadows, Two Mile Beach, and Sunset Lake. We turned up 78 species for the day, including Tundra Swan, 16 species of duck, Red-throated and Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Red-shouldered Hawk, Purple Sandpiper, Barred Owl, and Yellow-breasted Chat. An unexpected treat was a lingering Monarch Butterfly. A great day to be out!!!!!! Leaders: Brett Ewald, Catherine Busch, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Warren Cairo, and Steve Weis.

Cape Island--Cape May Pt.
60 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  9
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
American Black Duck  30
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  9
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  X
Black Scoter  12
Long-tailed Duck  5
Bufflehead  X
Hooded Merganser  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Red-throated Loon  X
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1     Immature
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  1
Ruddy Turnstone  4
Sanderling  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  7     In flight over dunes towards DE - id'ed in scope by Brett Ewald
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  1     Seen by a few chased by crows across lake
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  X
Carolina Chickadee  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     Seen across lighthouse pond east through scope. Presumably same bird seen by Scott Whittle on 12/29
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1     heard only
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  X
House Sparrow  X

Cape Island--CMP--CMBO Northwood Center
22 species

Canada Goose  X
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Ring-necked Duck  X
Greater Scaup  1
Hooded Merganser  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Cooper's Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  X
Purple Finch  2     seen by a few
American Goldfinch  1

Cape Island--Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
8 species

Black Scoter  X
Red-throated Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Sanderling  X
Purple Sandpiper  3
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X

Cape Island--CMMBR (Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (Meadows))
27 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Black Scoter  X
Bufflehead  X
Hooded Merganser  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  X
Ruddy Turnstone  X
Sanderling  X
Bonaparte's Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
House Sparrow  X

Cape Island--Cape May Harbor--Delaware Ave.
5 species

Brant (Atlantic)  X
Bufflehead  X
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Common Loon  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X

Cape May NWR--Two Mile Unit
16 species

Surf Scoter  X
Black Scoter  X
Long-tailed Duck  X
Common Loon  X
Great Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Sanderling  X
Dunlin  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
American Robin  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X

Sunset Lake
14 species

Brant (Atlantic)  X
American Black Duck  X
Bufflehead  X
Hooded Merganser  X
Common Loon  X
Horned Grebe  4
Red-necked Grebe  1    Long neck & bill, pale cheek and flanks.
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4     exact count - flying together through scope view
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Herring Gull (American)  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, Dec 17th, 2016

The cold, windy weather may have been the reason nineteen Great Egrets were on the move this morning. Most egrets are long gone, having migrated to warmer climes well before this. These late lingerers have been scattered around the area marshes and have somehow found each other to continue their journey south. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn.
27 species

Gadwall  3
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  9
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal (American)  5
Black Scoter  7
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  19    
Turkey Vulture  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  11
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  16
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  7
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Baltimore Orioles are late lingerers around Cape May this month; we had two feeding along the Red Trail on this morning's walk and several have been reported recently at the Rea Farm. We also saw both Red and White-breasted Nuthatches, neither of which are common at the Point but nice to compare when both are present. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, & Kyle Chelius.
53 species

Canada Goose  65
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  13    
Gadwall  11
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal (American)  42
Surf Scoter  5
Black Scoter  19
Bufflehead  7
Hooded Merganser  10
Red-throated Loon  3
Northern Gannet  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  2
Purple Sandpiper  3
Herring Gull (American)  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Merlin  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  9
Carolina Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  28
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  18
Cedar Waxwing  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Common Grackle  15
Baltimore Oriole  2    
House Finch  15
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  25
House Sparrow  3

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Sundays at Northwood - Sunday, December 11th, 2016

It was a very birdy morning behind the Northwood Center with multiple White-breasted Nuthatches, a single Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finches, White-throated Sparrows, and at least seven beautiful Fox Sparrows seen well below the feeders. After admiring the restored habitat, trails, and bird blind, we ventured out along Lake Lily to view ducks and were surprised by a close Wilson's Snipe that took flight nearly at our feet! We went to St. Peter's crossover where there were few birds flying, but had good looks at a close adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Finally, as we walked back to the Northwood Center, we followed a murder of American Crows calling urgently in the vicinity of a large pine tree where we could see the silhouette of a Great Horned Owl before it took flight to escape it's harassers. Join us next Sunday morning at the Northwood Center in Cape May Point for our next excursion around town! Leaders: Bert Hixon, Mary Watkins, and Catherine Busch.

Harlequin Romance - Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.

Barnegat Lighthouse SP, Ocean, New Jersey
22 species

Mallard  4
Common Eider  25
Harlequin Duck  6
Surf Scoter  4
Black Scoter  75
Long-tailed Duck  15
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Red-throated Loon  3
Common Loon  8
Northern Gannet  10
Great Cormorant  5
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Ruddy Turnstone  12
Dunlin  18
Purple Sandpiper  3
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  125
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Snow Bunting  14
Northern Cardinal  1

Barnegat Inlet, Ocean, New Jersey
13 species

Long-tailed Duck  4
Bufflehead  1
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Bald Eagle  1
Herring Gull  7000     Estimate, nearly endless, huge flock of gulls took flight from behind Sedge Island when a Bald Eagle passed over
Great Black-backed Gull  50
American Crow  4
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Northern Cardinal  4
Boat-tailed Grackle  35

High Bar Harbor, Ocean, New Jersey
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic)  300
American Black Duck  55
Mallard  4
Northern Pintail  35
Bufflehead  80
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Dunlin  50
shorebird sp.  2
Herring Gull  500
Great Black-backed Gull  100
Peregrine Falcon  1

Harvey Cedars--Sunset Park, Ocean, New Jersey
13 species

Brant  110
Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  16
Bufflehead  75
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Herring Gull  60
Great Black-backed Gull  4
American Crow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  15
Savannah Sparrow  5

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A flock of Cave Swallows swirling over the parking lot was a good start to this morning's walk. The trick to birding today was to find birds hunkered down, feeding out of the wind. A couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches were quite obliging, calling almost constantly as they fed. The Northern Goshawk that went down as fast as he'd come up didn't provide much of a view but the Baltimore Oriole did, allowing us to sex him as a first-year male and showing off his beautiful color.  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, and Kyle Chelius.
46 species

Mute Swan  5
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  21
American Wigeon  5
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal (American)  110
Black Scoter  9
Hooded Merganser  6
Northern Gannet  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Northern Goshawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Herring Gull (American)  8
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  4
Cave Swallow  20    
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  25
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  36
Cedar Waxwing  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  18
White-throated Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  30
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  12
American Goldfinch  23
House Sparrow  6

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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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