Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 17th, 2017

Still a few lingering ducks besides Mallard and Gadwall, such as pair of Blue-winged Teal, nine Green-winged Teal, one Northern Pintail, and one American Wigeon. Up to eight American Oystercatchers pairing up for beach nesting. The only shore birds were Wilson's Snipe and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. A few Northern Gannets and scoters were off shore. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Lynne & Marc Breslow, Bill Boyle, & Karen Thompson.
58 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  9
Red-throated Loon  4
Common Loon  2
Northern Gannet  12
Double-crested Cormorant  260
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  8
Cooper's Hawk  1
Sora  1     seen by a few
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  1
Whimbrel  3
Wilson's Snipe  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  8
Northern Flicker  1
White-eyed Vireo  1     heard
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  10
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  1     seen by a few
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Field Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  1     heard
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  10
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  3

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Forster's Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

E-Z Birding at Northwood - Sunday, April 16th, 2017

A beautiful spring day, new and enthusiastic birders, and a surprise rare bird made for a memorable walk around Cape May Point. A group of Brown-headed Cowbirds feeding on a lawn revealed a startling sight - a female, Yellow-headed Cowbird, a western species that occasionally is spotted in New Jersey.
26 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3
Mute Swan  20
Mallard  11
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  30
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Accipiter sp.  1
Laughing Gull  5
Herring Gull  3
Mourning Dove  10
Blue Jay  3
crow sp.  6
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  35
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Yellow-headed Blackbird  1    
Common Grackle  25
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  8
House Sparrow  X

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Yellow-headed Blackbird [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Belleplain Hotspots - Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon, Shaun Bamford, Chris Marks, & BJ Pinnock.
44 species

Canada Goose  7
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  9
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  12
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  4

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Spring Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, April 15th, 2017

 A little early and cool for warblers, however we did find a number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also had good looks at Black-crowned Night-Herons and one Green Heron. Leaders: Karl Lukens & Kyle Chelius.
34 species

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  6
Common Loon  3
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  1     heard
Laughing Gull  6
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
European Starling  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  2
House Sparrow  1

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Black-crowned Black-Heron [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Green Heron [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, April 14th, 2017

The first Higbee Beach walk of the season was filled with new arrivals of White-eyed Vireos and Prairie Warblers singing. We had great views of both a male and female American Kestrel. A Great Horned Owl answered our leader’s hoots to the delight of the group. Leaders: David La Puma, Chris Marks, & Catherine Busch.

42 species

Canada Goose  6
Mallard  6
Black Scoter  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  2
Northern Gannet  6
Double-crested Cormorant  28
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Purple Sandpiper  6
Laughing Gull  6
Herring Gull  2
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  4
Great Horned Owl  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  2
White-eyed Vireo  4     recently returned singing 3 heard 1 seen
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  2
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
Prairie Warbler  3     heard  recently returned singing
Field Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  12

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Bird of Belleplain - Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon & Shaun Bamford.
41 species

Canada Goose  4
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  4
Wild Turkey  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  7
Bald Eagle  1
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  12
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  8
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  6
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1

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Birds of Nummy Island - Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A beautiful spring evening and recent arrivals of Willet and Whimbrel were highlights of our survey of Nummy Island.  The Laughing Gulls have returned in force setting up housekeeping in the marshes. Two Little Blue Herons strutted their stuff and a Tricolored Heron had participants “oohing and ahhing.” Leaders: Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, & Chris Marks.
23 species

Brant  135
American Black Duck  6
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  15
Little Blue Heron  2
Tricolored Heron  1
Osprey  8
American Oystercatcher  8
Whimbrel  5     Recent arrivals. Slightly early
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  2     Recent arrival. Flyover
Laughing Gull  1500
Herring Gull  26
Great Black-backed Gull  14
Forster's Tern  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Barn Swallow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  26
Boat-tailed Grackle  4

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Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

At this time of the year, many of the ducks are heading to their breeding grounds. Mallards, Black Ducks, and Gadwall as well as Green- and Blue-winged Teal are still present. American Oystercatchers were observed actively defending territory and setting up nests. Two Lesser Black-backed Gull were compared with immature Great Black-backed Gulls.. The resident Osprey were on the platform and we were able to observe the male bringing a stick to add to the nest. Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, & Mary Watkins.
42 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  4
Tundra Swan  2     Long staying
Gadwall  10
American Black Duck  8
Mallard  16
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  2
Green-winged Teal  6
Black Scoter  65
Bufflehead  5
Red-throated Loon  3
Common Loon  6
Northern Gannet  85
Double-crested Cormorant  125
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  46     Large kettle. Careful count
Osprey  12
Killdeer  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Greater Yellowlegs  8
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  8
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Mourning Dove  4
American Kestrel  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 10th, 2017

A few lingering ducks besides the usual Mallards, Black Ducks, and Gadwall. Those included Green- and Blue-winged Teal, and a Ruddy Duck. American Oystercatchers and three Sanderling were on the beach as well as two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Of interest were the two Osprey on the platform where they raised two young last year. The male brought a fish in to the female and she was eating it on the nest. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, and Barb Bassett.
51 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  10
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  15
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  25
Blue-winged Teal  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Surf Scoter  15
Black Scoter  30
Bufflehead  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  5
Common Loon  3     fly overs
Northern Gannet  100
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  8     pair back on nest eating fish
Northern Harrier  1
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  4
Sanderling  3
Wilson's Snipe  1     seen by a few
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  10
Herring Gull  8
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Sparrow  1

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Osprey with fish [Photo by Karl Lukens]
Song Sparrow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, April 9th, 2017

It looked, felt and sounded like Spring today at Cox Hall Creek. While the Pine Warblers that breed there were not very cooperative, the Palm Warblers made up for it, especially the one that posed for a couple of minutes, singing while we watched him in the scopes. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have really come in and were seen in several locations throughout the walk; Laughing Gulls, too, are back in full-force. A small number of Chipping Sparrows typically make it through the winter at CHC WMA but today we heard them in higher numbers, trilling from the treetops.  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Cindy Bamford, Karen Thompson, and Bill Boyle.
39 species

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  3
Herring Gull (American)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  3
Tree Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
American Robin  11
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  4
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Chipping Sparrow  11
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  2

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Chipping Sparrow [Photo by Roger Horn]

Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

The Purple Martins are back! Most martins travel about 5000 miles to their wintering grounds in Brazil each year and return to breed in the U.S. in late March or early April. The Cape May Point State Park is a great place to study and enjoy these colonial nesters as they set up housekeeping in the martin houses along the edge of the parking lot there. Other recent returnees seen on today's walk included Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Barn Swallow, Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warbler.  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, and Kyle Chelius.
Number of Taxa: 58

20 Canada Goose
14 Mute Swan
11 Gadwall
13 American Wigeon
1 American Black Duck
10 Mallard
9 Northern Shoveler
24 Green-winged Teal (American)
6 Bufflehead
5 Hooded Merganser
1 Pied-billed Grebe
7 Northern Gannet
5 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Egret
3 Turkey Vulture
4 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 American Oystercatcher
2 Killdeer
5 Greater Yellowlegs
15 Laughing Gull
6 Herring Gull (American)
2 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Forster's Tern
7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
7 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Merlin
2 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
5 Purple Martin
15 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow (American)
4 Carolina Chickadee
6 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
12 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
4 Palm Warbler (Yellow)
5 Pine Warbler
13 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2 Field Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
4 Northern Cardinal
10 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 House Finch
6 House Sparrow

Palm Warbler [Photo by Roger Horn]

Pine Warbler [Photo by Roger Horn]

Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Photo by Roger Horn]

Great Egret [Photo by Roger Horn]

Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Migration is in full swing at the Meadows this morning.  Duck numbers are dwindling but Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, recently arrived, were present in good numbers. Large numbers of Glossy Ibis and Double-crested Cormorants were moving in large flocks. Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, & Mary Watkins.
 45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  26
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  19
American Black Duck  4
Mallard (Northern)  12
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  8
scoter sp.  27
Bufflehead  6
Hooded Merganser  3
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  85
Double-crested Cormorant  46
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  8
Glossy Ibis  39
Black Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  24
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  8
Wilson's Snipe  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  14
Mourning Dove  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  8
Marsh Wren  1     Heard
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Field Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  3

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A beautiful birding day. Numbers and variety of ducks has diminished, but we still had Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, and Bufflehead on the ponds, as well as Black and Surf Scoter off shore. A few Tree Swallows were over head. First of year for several people were Snowy Egret and Glossy Ibis. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Steve Weis, Warren Cairo, Pat Perkins, and Marc & Lynne Breslow.
50 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  11
Wood Duck  2     fly-over before walk
Gadwall  10
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  25
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  8
Surf Scoter  7
Black Scoter  18
Bufflehead  2
Red-throated Loon  15
Common Loon  1     fly-over before walk
Northern Gannet  200
Double-crested Cormorant  60
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  1
American Coot  3
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  1
Wilson's Snipe  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  1
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Field Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  1

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Laughing Gulls [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Northern Gannet [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-winged Blackbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Snowy Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

E-Z Birding at Northwood - Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

It was a beautiful spring morning for a walk around Cape May Point. We headed first along Lake Lily (where we startled a Wilson's Snipe) to Coral Avenue dune crossover to observe and learn about the Springwatch volunteer migration count. Northern Gannets were in abundance, and we also had Bonaparte's Gull, Ruddy Turnstone, American Oystercatcher, and Red-throated Loon at close range. We witnessed a single Osprey arriving from Delaware. Lighthouse Pond and Lake Lily yielded a variety of ducks as well as the first Tree Swallows of the season. We ended by surveying the newly restored backyard habitat behind Northwood. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, and Carrie Bell.
51 species

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal  2
Ring-necked Duck  20
Bufflehead  6
Red-throated Loon  2
Northern Gannet  X
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Osprey  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  X
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  6
House Sparrow  X

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Northern Gannets have been on the move all week and were putting on quite a show as we watched from the top of the dune at the state park this morning. Elegant in stark white and black, a cloud of them fed not far from shore. Gannets winter off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and are now making their way north to breed off the extreme northeastern coast of Canada. A couple small flocks of Glossy Ibis were first-of-season birds and Ospreys and Eastern Phoebes are on the move. Leaders: Kathy Horn and Michael McCabe.
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  6
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  11
American Wigeon  9
Mallard (Northern)  8
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal (American)  23
Surf Scoter  6
Black Scoter  13
Surf/Black Scoter  10
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-throated Loon  2
Northern Gannet  428
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  11
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Northern Harrier (American)  1
Killdeer  3
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull (American)  7
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  21
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  32
Field Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4
White-throated Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  2

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POOR MAN'S PELAGIC - March 25, 2017

Thirty participants turned out for a very rewarding Special Field Trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Ably led by Karen Johnson, Brian Johnson, Janet Crawford and Barb Bassett, there was lots to see and the weather was beautiful. There were many highlights, including hundreds of Black and Surf Scoters, lines of Northern Gannets passing, Red-throated Loons, Iceland Gull, American Oystercatchers, Purple Sandpipers, Peregrine Falcon, seals, dolphins, and more!!! A full list of the 36 species observed appears below.

For those looking to see more of the same, join the Springwatch counters at the Coral Ave. dune crossing in Cape May Point, every morning into May, follow the count at Trektellen.org, or sign up for the Cape May School of Birding Springwatch Workshop with Tom Reed on April 15 - Cape May School of Birding.


Black Scoters

Northern Gannets

Surf Scoter
Northern Gannets

Harbor Seal and Great Black-backed Gulls

Cape May Inversion
Field Trip Checklist:
Brant - 28
Mute Swan - 1
American Black Duck - 3
Surf Scoter - 500+
Black Scoter - 500+
Bufflehead - 9
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Red-throated Loon - 50+
Common Loon - 3
Horned Grebe - 3
Northern Gannet - 100+
Double-crested Cormorant - 37
Great Blue Heron - 3
Great Egret - 1
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 26
Osprey - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
American Oystercatcher - 2
Sanderling - 2
Purple Sandpiper - 2
Bonaparte's Gull - 9
Laughing Gull - 38
Ring-billed Gull - 3
Herring Gull - 250+
Iceland Gull - 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1
Great Black-backed Gull - 35
Rock Pigeon - 17
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Fish Crow - 5
Tree Swallow - 2
Carolina Wren - 1
European Starling - 10
House Sparrow - 2





Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 27, 2017

Still a good variety of ducks both on the ponds and offshore. At least three pairs of American Oystercatchers were on the beach. First of the year for many were an Osprey hovering over the ponds and two breeding plumage Laughing Gulls. Also had three Wilson's Snipe. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Warren Cairo, and Chuck Slugg.
46 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  8
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  60
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  10
Surf Scoter  6
Black Scoter  10
Bufflehead  2
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  48
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  3
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  4
Wilson's Snipe  6
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  8
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  1
House Sparrow  6

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Birds were on the move overnight and the State Park was hoppin'! Golden-crowned Kinglets seemed to be everywhere, with little groups of them feeding in budding trees, calling and flitting close to us. An American Woodcock was seen briefly before it walked out of sight behind a shrub and we scared up three Wilson's Snipe along the boardwalk. A Merlin, perhaps having recently crossed the bay, rested on the beach long enough to give good scope views, then took off in typical merlin fashion to harass the pigeons. Last night's favorable conditions also brought us Pine Warblers and they could be both seen and heard throughout the park. The Northern Gannet show was pretty good, with several close birds wheeling over the water in the morning light. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, and Michael McCabe.
Number of Taxa: 52

11 Canada Goose
3 Mute Swan
6 Gadwall
6 American Wigeon
2 American Black Duck
10 Mallard
4 Northern Shoveler
1 Northern Pintail
9 Green-winged Teal (American)
7 Surf Scoter
9 Black Scoter
8 Northern Gannet
37 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
1 Great Egret
2 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
3 Killdeer
3 Wilson's Snipe
1 American Woodcock
3 Herring Gull (American)
7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Merlin
4 Eastern Phoebe
2 Blue Jay
7 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
4 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
8 Carolina Wren
13 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (heard)
1 Hermit Thrush
17 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 European Starling
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
7 Pine Warbler
18 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Chipping Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal
10 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 House Finch

Hermit Thrush [Photo by Roger Horn]

Merlin [Photo by Roger Horn]

Golden-crowned Kinglet [Photo by Roger Horn]

Pine Warbler [Photo by Roger Horn]

Great Egret [Photo by Roger Horn]

Pine Warbler [Photo by Roger Horn]

Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, March 20th, 2017

Nice numbers and variety of ducks including two flyover Wood Ducks. Red-winged Blackbirds were sitting up and singing. Over the ocean we saw Northern Gannets, Black and Surf Scoters as well as a Red-throated Loon and a Common Loon. The usual gulls were seen and one Bonaparte's Gull flew very close for a good view. Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers were also present. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Barbara Bassett, and Chuck Slugg.
44 species

Canada Goose  11
Mute Swan  9
Tundra Swan  1
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  15
Ring-necked Duck  1
Surf Scoter  4
Black Scoter  8
Bufflehead  12
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  10
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
American Coot  1
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  1
Wilson's Snipe  2
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  4
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  4
House Sparrow  2

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Red-winged Blackbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bayshore Birds - Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Spring was in the air and so were the Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers.  After exciting views of the raptors, we moved to the upland area of Jake’s Landing to witness the nuptial flight of the American Woodcock. Leaders:  Chris Marks, Bert Hixon, BJ Pinnock, & Mary Watkins.
22 species

Snow Goose  1500     not unusual
Canada Goose  8
Gadwall  12
American Black Duck  18
Mallard (Northern)  6
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  85
Hooded Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck (Ruddy)  2
Great Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  5
Bald Eagle  8     careful count  multiple pairs with one observed on nest
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  2
Dunlin  38
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  8
American Robin  18
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  26

Jake's Landing--forest/upland, Cape May, New Jersey, US

American Woodcock  4
Great Horned Owl  1
American Robin  35
Brown Thrasher  1
White-throated Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  12

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Purple Finches have been few and far between this winter but a pair of females showed up on this morning's walk. Though easily overlooked, female Purple Finches have a broad light eyestripe that contrasts strongly with their solid ear-patch; they're a bit bulkier than our more common House Finch, too. Purple Finches are an irruptive species so we only see them in winters when their northern conifer cones are in short supply. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lykens, Kyle Chelius, and Michael McCabe.
44 species

Canada Goose  21
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  10
Ring-necked Duck  10
Black Scoter  6
Bufflehead  1
Northern Gannet  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  18
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull (American)  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  8
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  26
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Common Grackle  36
House Finch  12
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  8

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