Birding the Meadows - Monday, June 26th, 2017

A good number of gulls and terns were overhead, mostly Laughing Gulls and Forster's Terns and a few Least Terns. Most interesting were two Gull-billed Terns that flew over the Plover Pond before heading to the State Park. Also of interest were two male Orchard Orioles and one female. Birds seen or heard by one or two people were Least Bittern and Brown Thrasher.  Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Catherine Busch, Carrie Bell, & Mary Watkins.
46 species

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  6
Mallard  25
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  5
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  7
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Least Tern  5
Gull-billed Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  1
Northern Flicker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  10
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Orchard Oriole  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  2

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American Oystercatchers [Photo by Karl Lukens]

 Barn Swallow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

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

Hidden Valley: A Place for All Seasons - Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon & Michael McCabe.
44 species

Mallard  6    flyover
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  5
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  46
Herring Gull  22
Mourning Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  8
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  7
European Starling  48
Common Yellowthroat  1
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Breeding Birds at the Rea Farm - Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Two "Golden Swamp Warblers", now called Prothonotary Warblers, were singing repeatedly this morning from within the wet woods. One graced us briefly with its presence and really did look golden in the dim light of the woods. The only Eastern warbler that nests in cavities, the Prothonotary is a regular breeder at the Rea Farm which usually hosts 3-4 pair per season. More cooperative were a couple of Blue Grosbeaks and several Indigo Buntings which sat up, singing, while we got them in the scopes. A memorable sighting was of an Osprey with a stick that looked almost too big for him to carry. Though ospreys are large raptors with a wingspan of up to 6 feet, this was a really big stick, almost a log! Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Deb Payson, Cindy Bamford, & Michael McCabe.

43 species
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  10
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  5
Herring Gull (American)  1
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  7
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  9
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  9
Common Grackle (Purple)  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2

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Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Leaders:  Warren Cairo, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
44 species

Canada Goose  58
Mute Swan  14
Gadwall  2
Mallard (Northern)  12
Northern Bobwhite  2     Heard
Wild Turkey  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  4
Willet (Eastern)  1
Laughing Gull  16
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  16
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  60
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  14
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Common Yellowthroat  4
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  4
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  18
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Sparrow  2

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, June 19th, 2017

Mostly sunny and breezy. A few herons and egrets, three Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Warren Cairo, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, and Chuck Slugg.
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  20
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  3
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Willet  3
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Least Tern  X
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  6
Eastern Kingbird  1
crow sp.  2
Purple Martin  14
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  2

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Breeding Birds at the Rea Farm - Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Humid, foggy morning, very little bird activity. Several Green Herons, three Black-crowned Night-Herons, first juvenile Chipping Sparrow, two Mississippi Kites just after group dispersed. Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Cindy Bamford, Kyle Chelius, and Mike McCabe.
36 species

Mallard  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Mississippi Kite  2     Flying and perched in trees across Bayshore from the parking lot. About 5 minutes after walk ended. Medium-sized raptor with long, pointed wings, pale gray head, dark gray back. Couldn't see much detail due to fog. Regular at this site in late spring - early summer.
Laughing Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  10
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  8
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  1

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Return the Favor - Friday, June 16th, 2017

A humid, overcast morning at Highs Beach didn't deter us from rescuing 11 female and 52 male horseshoe crabs! There were a good number of other live crabs which didn't require assistance. However, the amount of demised crabs was high. We were afforded a bonus in-service on water quality monitoring around the oyster beds by a Rutgers lab employee. Leader: Mary Watkins

And there were birds....
27 species

4 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
4 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle
3 American Oystercatcher
1 Willet
450 Laughing Gull
3 Great Black-backed Gull
2 Forster's Tern
1 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Kingbird
8 Barn Swallow
2 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
2 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
3 Northern Mockingbird
26 European Starling
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
9 Red-winged Blackbird
17 Common Grackle
1 Orchard Oriole
1 American Goldfinch

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Leaders:  Warren Cairo. Chris Marks, & Mary Watkins.
39 species

Canada Goose  14
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  10
Northern Bobwhite  2     Continuing released birds
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  3
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Least Tern  8
Forster's Tern  4
Black Skimmer  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  4
Eastern Kingbird  4
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  60
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  5
House Sparrow  4

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, June 12th, 2017

A very warm morning with a few good birds. We had several singing Common Yellowthroats seen and heard, an adult male Orchard Oriole seen and heard, several Cedar Waxwings, and a Yellow Warbler perched high and singing. Many Least Terns on the Beach with eight American Oystercatchers. Leaders: Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Mary Watkins, Pat Perkins, Carrie Bell, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
40 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  1
Mallard  20
Great Egret  4
Green Heron  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  6
Virginia Rail  1     heard by a few
American Oystercatcher  8
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Least Tern  40
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  6
Willow Flycatcher  1     seen by a few
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  7
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  1
Brown Thrasher  1     seen by a few
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  6

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Green Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Least Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Return the Favor - Friday, June 9th, 2017

A beautiful afternoon at Highs Beach rescuing dinosaurs (AKA Horseshoe Crabs)! We  flipped 97 males and 48 females,  and many more needed no assistance. Leader: Mary Watkins
And by the way there were birds:
20 species

1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
1 Osprey
1 American Oystercatcher
8 Dunlin
10 Semipalmated Sandpiper
400 Laughing Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Forster's Tern
2 Mourning Dove
2 Eastern Kingbird
4 Barn Swallow
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
5 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Leaders:  Warren Cairo, Chris Marks, and Mary Watkins.
47 species

Mute Swan  18
Gadwall  1
Mallard  6
Northern Bobwhite  2     Male and female feeding along the edge of the parking lot making way up dune crossing
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Brown Pelican  1
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  4
Laughing Gull  22
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Least Tern  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  4
Downy Woodpecker  1     heard
Willow Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Purple Martin  60
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  4     2 immature
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  4     1 feeding young
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     heard
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1     heard
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  18
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Tonight's Sunset at the Meadows walk was a little bit of a surprise. Who would expect that in early June in Cape May you would need a fleece for this walk, but we did. It really wasn't really cold, just a cool ocean breeze, one that we will be begging for in a few weeks. We had great looks at most of the birds along the way, Common Yellowthroats, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers, but the highlight for many was watching the Black Skimmers skimming across a mirror-like pond which was reflecting a beautiful sunset. What a great night to be out! Leaders: Warren Cairo & Michael McCabe.
33 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  5
Mallard  10
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  4
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  30
Least Tern  20
Forster's Tern  6
Black Skimmer  8
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  6

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Breeding Birds at the Rea Farm - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Highlight was coming upon juvenile turkeys being gathered up by their mother.
Leaders: Catherine Busch, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, & Cindy Bamford.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  8
Wild Turkey  5     Adult female & young
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  6     Seen and heard
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  20
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Willow Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  5
American Crow  1
crow sp.  4
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  2

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Polyphemous Moth [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Momma Wild Turkey looking for her chicks [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, & Catherine Busch.
48 species

Canada Goose  47
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  4
Mallard  14
Blue-winged Teal  1
Black Scoter  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  2
Least Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet (Eastern)  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Least Tern  22
Forster's Tern  2
Black Skimmer  5
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  8
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 29th, 2017

Water levels high due to recent rains but still a few shorebirds such as five Semipalmated Sandpipers, two Willets, one Short-billed Dowitcher, and a Spotted Sandpiper. On the beach we had one Sanderling, several American Oystercatchers, and two Piping Plover - possible nesters. Land birds included Eastern Kingbird and Orchard Oriole. Overhead we had numerous Chimney Swifts. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Catherine Busch, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
50 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  1
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  4
Glossy Ibis  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet  2
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  35
Forster's Tern  2
Black Skimmer  3
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  40
Eastern Kingbird  2
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  2
House Sparrow  2

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Black Skimmer [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Piping Plover [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Belleplain Hotspots - Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Leaders:  Shaun Bamford, Chris Marks, BJ Pinnock & Mary Watkins.
55 species

Canada Goose  6
Wild Turkey  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  6
Laughing Gull  26
Herring Gull  6
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Wood Thrush  5
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  65     Moving in large flocks
Ovenbird  6
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  4
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3

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Spring Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Not a lot of warblers around, but great looks at Indigo Buntings and Orchard Orioles. Finally got to see two different Prothonotary Warblers and a couple Yellow Warblers. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, & Deb Payson.
35 species

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  4
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  20
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     heard
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2    heard
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4     heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  4

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Eastern Kingbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Indigo Bunting [Photo by Karl Lukens]

1st-year male Orchard Oriole [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, May 26th, 2017

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, & Barb Bassett.
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  3
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
peep sp.  5     NE
Laughing Gull  10
Forster's Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  20
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Blue Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  2

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Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, & Mary Watkins.
58 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  4
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  4
Virginia Rail  1     Heard
American Oystercatcher  5
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  3
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Least Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet (Eastern)  4
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Least Tern  20
Forster's Tern  6
Black Skimmer  2
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  14
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  6
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  12
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  2
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  3

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E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow and Marc Breslow.
55 species

Canada Goose  14
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  2
Mallard  8
Northern Bobwhite  1     Continuing
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  4
Killdeer  8
Least Sandpiper  12
Short-billed Dowitcher  8
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  4
Forster's Tern  6
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1     Seen by C Busch - slower, quieter song than Red-eyed with distinct gaps. Rounder pale gray crown, shorter bill, pale yellow underneath
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  14
Cedar Waxwing  12
Common Yellowthroat  10
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  6
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Orchard Oriole  2
House Finch  10
House Sparrow  3

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A rather birding slow day, the only ducks seen were Mallard and Gadwall. On the beach we had the usual American Oystercatchers, two sitting Common Terns, and numerous Least Terns perched and flying. Shorebirds included Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, a couple Dunlin, and Greater Yellowlegs. Swallows and Chimmey Swifts overhead. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Pat Perkins, and Janet Crawford.
46 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  6
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  10
Dunlin  2
Least Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Short-billed Dowitcher  15
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Willet  2
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Least Tern  25
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  5
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  15
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1     heard
House Sparrow  2

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Birds of Belleplain State Forest - Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Leaders:  Shaun Bamford, Chris Marks, & Catherine Busch.
45 species

Canada Goose  10
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Broad-winged Hawk  1     Seen by a few
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  25
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1     Seen by a few large flycatcher with large head white center of breast contrasting with gray sides eastern wood-pewee seen at location had more prominent wing bars and smudgy white underparts without "vested" appearance
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Acadian Flycatcher  7
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  9
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  6
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Fish Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea)  12
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  8
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  3
Ovenbird  30
Worm-eating Warbler  3     Seen by a few
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler  4
Hooded Warbler  3
American Redstart  1
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi)  5
Chipping Sparrow  12
Summer Tanager  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2

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Birds of Nummy Island - Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Tonight's walk was highlighted by great looks at Clapper Rails, Tricolored and Little Blue Herons on a beautiful evening.  Leaders: Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, Bill Smythe and Warren Cairo.
Number of Taxa: 30

4 Canada Goose
12 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
1 Little Blue Heron
2 Tricolored Heron
4 Black-crowned Night-Heron
4 Osprey
3 Clapper Rail
6 American Oystercatcher
8 Black-bellied Plover
4 Semipalmated Plover
6 Whimbrel
8 Dunlin
2 Least Sandpiper
2 Semipalmated Sandpiper
18 Short-billed Dowitcher
10 Willet (Eastern)
50 Laughing Gull
4 Herring Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
2 Least Tern
4 Forster's Tern
11 Black Skimmer
2 Mourning Dove
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 Fish Crow
2 Northern Mockingbird
10 Boat-tailed Grackle
1 Orchard Oriole

Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks
53 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  6
Mallard  10
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Wild Turkey  1
Common Loon  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Osprey  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1     Grunt
American Oystercatcher  5
Semipalmated Plover  12
Killdeer  2
Sanderling  6
Dunlin  5
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  14
Short-billed Dowitcher  65
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  8
Forster's Tern  12
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2

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E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne Breslow, & Marc Breslow.
63 species

Canada Goose  14
Mute Swan  18
Mallard  6
Northern Bobwhite  2     Continuing released birds
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  3
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  6
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Laughing Gull  24
Herring Gull  3
Least Tern  12
Forster's Tern  14
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Purple Martin  80
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  12
Tennessee Warbler  1     Olive green upper whitish underparts light colored eyebrow dark eyestripe
Common Yellowthroat  12
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  5
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  24
Common Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Orchard Oriole  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 15th, 2017

A clear, cool, and very windy morning. We had lots of swallows and many Chimney Swifts. Rain brought the water levels up and thus not much mud flats for shorebirds. We did get Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, and Killdeer. On the beach we had American Oystercatchers, Sanderling, and a fly-over Red Knot. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Janet Crawford, & Karen Thompson.
50 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  4
Mallard  12
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Egret  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  2
Red Knot  1
Sanderling  12
Dunlin  1
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  15
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  25
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  5
Bank Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  20
Cliff Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  2

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Least Sandpiper [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, May 14th, 2017

All four of the "Blues Brothers" showed up for this morning's walk: Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Blue Bird and Blue Jay. After yesterday's heavy rainstorms, we luxuriated in the sound of morning song that included Wood Thrush, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Pine Warbler, Chipping and Field Sparrows, Orchard Oriole and Great Crested Flycatcher. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, & Cindy Bamford.
Number of Taxa: 50

3 Canada Goose
14 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Egret
2 Turkey Vulture
3 Osprey (carolinensis)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
15 Laughing Gull
2 Forster's Tern
3 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Eastern Kingbird
3 White-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
2 Fish Crow
4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4 Tree Swallow
5 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
6 Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
3 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 European Starling
9 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
1 Prothonotary Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
2 Pine Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
4 Field Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
7 Northern Cardinal
8 Blue Grosbeak
6 Indigo Bunting
7 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
7 Common Grackle (Purple)
6 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 Orchard Oriole
5 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch

Belleplain Hotspots - Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Rain-shortened walk. Leaders: Bert Hixon, Shaun Bamford, BJ Pinnock & Chris Marks.
36 species

Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  4
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  9
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Ovenbird  6
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  4

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, May 12th, 2017

Group 1: Leaders: David La Puma, Catherine Busch, & Roger Horn.
37 species

Double-crested Cormorant  28
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  1
Dunlin  4
Purple Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  18
Herring Gull (American)  6
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  6
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  6
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Prairie Warbler  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  2

Group 2: Leaders: Kathy Horn, Chris Marks, & Bert Hixon.
Number of Taxa: 46

3 Canada Goose
6 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Egret
4 Snowy Egret
1 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey (carolinensis)
2 Bald Eagle
5 Laughing Gull
2 Herring Gull (American)
1 Great Black-backed Gull
3 Forster's Tern
5 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Chimney Swift
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Great Crested Flycatcher
16 Eastern Kingbird
2 White-eyed Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
5 Fish Crow
1 Purple Martin
3 Barn Swallow (American)
2 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
9 Carolina Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
4 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
3 Prairie Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
4 Field Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinal
5 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
3 Common Grackle (Purple)
4 Orchard Oriole
2 American Goldfinch

Birds of Belleplain State Forest - Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon & Shaun Bamford.
55 species

Canada Goose  11
Wild Turkey  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  35
Herring Gull  4
Mourning Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Eastern Kingbird  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  8
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  17
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  7
Prairie Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  5
Field Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  2
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5

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Exploring Cumberland - Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

A cool and sunny morning with lots of birdsong! Great looks at Orchard Orioles, Prairie Warblers, multiple Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Buntings. Also, a nice collection of shorebirds, and a gray ghost Northern Harrier. The highlight was a Louisiana Waterthrush picking insects on the roadside. Leaders: Shawn Bamford, Karen Johnson, and Mary Watkins.
Number of Taxa: 67

6 Canada Goose
3 Mallard
2 American Black Duck/Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
4 Snowy Egret
1 Green Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
3 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
1 Bald Eagle
24 Semipalmated Plover
1 Killdeer
12 Dunlin
20 Least Sandpiper
8 Semipalmated Sandpiper
18 Short-billed Dowitcher
8 Willet
2 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
9 Laughing Gull
3 Forster's Tern
3 Mourning Dove
3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4 Acadian Flycatcher
3 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Eastern Kingbird
8 White-eyed Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
4 American Crow
30 Tree Swallow
20 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
7 Tufted Titmouse
3 Marsh Wren
2 Carolina Wren
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Wood Thrush
12 American Robin
5 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher --
1 Northern Mockingbird
6 European Starling
15 Cedar Waxwing
4 Ovenbird
1 Worm-eating Warbler
2 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Blue-winged Warbler
4 Black-and-white Warbler
6 Common Yellowthroat
5 Northern Parula
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Yellow Warbler
8 Prairie Warbler --
3 Yellow-breasted Chat
6 Seaside Sparrow
4 Chipping Sparrow
8 Eastern Towhee
4 Northern Cardinal
2 Blue Grosbeak
8 Indigo Bunting
25 Red-winged Blackbird
9 Common Grackle
5 Boat-tailed Grackle
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
13 Orchard Oriole
2 American Goldfinch

Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald and Chris Marks.
52 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  4
Mallard  14
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  28
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  12
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  16
Osprey  5
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  6
Stilt Sandpiper  1     Feeding in mudflats
Dunlin  3
Least Sandpiper  45
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  18
Red-necked Phalarope  1     Feeding off east path. Previously reported
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Willet (Eastern)  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Least Tern  8
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  6
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  8
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  1

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Hidden Corners of Belleplain - Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

A chilly morning developed into a beautiful day, with walk highlights to include three perched and singing Summer Tanagers, female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeders and a male singing close by, Blue grosbeak and Indigo bunting, and great looks at a singing Black-throated Blue Warbler. Leaders: Shawn Bamford, Karen Johnson, and Mary Watkins.
Number of Taxa: 57

6 Canada Goose
1 Mute Swan
3 Wild Turkey
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Spotted Sandpiper
15 Laughing Gull
6 Herring Gull
6 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Eastern Wood-Pewee
6 Acadian Flycatcher
3 Eastern Phoebe
8 Great Crested Flycatcher
6 White-eyed Vireo
5 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
4 crow sp.
10 Tree Swallow
25 Barn Swallow
6 Carolina Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Carolina Wren
18 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5 Wood Thrush
16 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
12 European Starling
35 Ovenbird
2 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Prothonotary Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Parula
2 Yellow Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
7 Yellow-throated Warbler
4 Prairie Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
22 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
3 Summer Tanager
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
8 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Common Grackle
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Orchard Oriole
3 American Goldfinch

E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Christina Marks, Lynne Breslow, & Marc Breslow.
55 species

Canada Goose  28
Mute Swan  16
Mallard  8
Northern Bobwhite  1     Continuing released birds
Wild Turkey  2
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  6
Sanderling  3
Least Sandpiper  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  38
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Least Tern  6
Forster's Tern  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  10
White-eyed Vireo  1
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Purple Martin  45
Tree Swallow  14
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  8
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  28
Common Grackle  16
Orchard Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  4

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 8th 2017

A cold and windy day for early May but some good birds were found. On the beach we had the usual American Oystercatchers, one apparently on nest, and one Piping Plover. Shore birds on the east pond were numerous and included Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, one Greater and several Lesser Yellowlegs, Willets, a Pectoral Sandpiper seen by a few, one Stilt Sandpiper, a Wilson's Snipe, and four Solitary Sandpipers. When we got back to the parking lot, the finale was a Mississippi Kite almost overhead. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Bill Boyle, and Karen Thompson.
54 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  4
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  9
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Mississippi Kite  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1     heard by a few
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  2
Piping Plover  1
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  30
Pectoral Sandpiper  1     seen by a few
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Short-billed Dowitcher  40
Wilson's Snipe  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  8
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens] 

Mississippi Kite [Photo by Karl Lukens]
Piping Plover [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birds of Belleplain State Forest - Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Leaders: Shaun Bamford, Bert Hixon, Karl Lukens, and Carrie Bell.
54 species

Canada Goose  8
American Black Duck  2
Great Cormorant  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  55
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Eastern Kingbird  6
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  7
Horned Lark  2
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  7
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  12
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Summer Tanager  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
American Goldfinch  8

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Birds of Nummy Island - Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The Nummy Island walk got off to a windy start. The tide was in so we had good looks at close-in shorebirds the highlight being a lone breeding plumaged Red Knot. The quest for a Clapper Rail continued, with very brief looks at one with many calling but remaining hidden. Leaders: Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, Bill Smythe, Hugh Simmons, Michael McCabe and Warren Cairo.
Number of Taxa: 32

50 Brant
6 American Black Duck
2 Mallard
1 Bufflehead
2 Common Loon
18 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
1 Little Blue Heron
2 Osprey
1 Clapper Rail -- Seen briefly by a few, heard many
10 American Oystercatcher
8 Black-bellied Plover
10 Semipalmated Plover
16 Whimbrel
1 Red Knot
40 Dunlin
2 Least Sandpiper
35 Short-billed Dowitcher
2 Greater Yellowlegs
12 Willet (Eastern)
120 Laughing Gull
12 Herring Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
8 Forster's Tern
2 Mourning Dove
2 American Crow
4 Tree Swallow
1 Northern Mockingbird
8 European Starling
8 Red-winged Blackbird
12 Boat-tailed Grackle

Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Karl Lukens, & Erin Rawls.
57 species

Canada Goose  16
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  1     Male along edge of pond towards state park
Mallard  10
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  85
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  17
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  5
Virginia Rail  1     Heard grunt call
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  3
Least Sandpiper  16
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Laughing Gull  24
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  3
Forster's Tern  8
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Fish Crow  8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  8
Tree Swallow  6
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Common Grackle  4
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  4

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E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Christina Marks, Marc Breslow, Lynne Breslow, Steve Weis, & Patty Rourke.
44 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  23
Mallard  8
Northern Bobwhite  2     calling from restrooms and dunes
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  4
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Least Tern  4
Forster's Tern  8
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  7
Purple Martin  65
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1     Heard by two leaders confirmed with app. Squeaky dog toy.
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  8
Common Yellowthroat  10
Yellow Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  28
Common Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  6

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 1st, 2017

Not many ducks on the ponds, as most have left for their breeding grounds further north. American Oystercatchers were paired up on the beach and we were also fortunate enough to see a Piping Plover on the beach which have been absent the last 2 years. Hopefully it will find a partner and nest on the beach. We also had two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and three Least Terns which were FOY for many observers. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Janet Crawford, Lynne & Marc Breslow, and Warren Cairo.
54 species

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  10
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Tricolored Heron  1     fly over
Green Heron  6
Glossy Ibis  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  4
Bald Eagle  1     seen by a few after walk
American Oystercatcher  6
Piping Plover  1
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  4
Least Sandpiper  3
Wilson's Snipe  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  8
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Least Tern  3
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  1     seen by a few after walk
Eastern Kingbird  8
White-eyed Vireo  1     heard by a few before and after  the walk
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  3
House Sparrow  3

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Green Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, & Herring Gulls [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Piping Plover [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Tree Swallow [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Hidden Valley: A Place for All Seasons - Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The fields at Hidden Valley were a bit quiet, but participants enjoyed the little flock of Eastern Kingbirds that kept us company for a while, the local nesting pair of Bald Eagles, a singing male Prairie Warbler, and several handsome male Orchard Orioles. Leaders: Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Kathy Horn & Roger Horn.
25 species

Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  2     Adults
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  11
Herring Gull  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  8  
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  4
European Starling  5
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  4

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Above Par Birding at CHC WMA - Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Baltimore Orioles can really shine in the morning light and when four males appear at the top of a sunlit tree, as they did on this morning's walk, it's quite a sight. The selection of warblers was good also, with singing Blackpolls, Northern Parulas, Common Yellowthroats, Pine and Black-throated Blues. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Shaun Bamford, & Cindy Bamford.
56 species

Canada Goose  3
Mallard (Northern)  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  7
Herring Gull (American)  2
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  5
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow (American)  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  7
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  14
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  5
American Goldfinch  2

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Bird Walk for All People - Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Unseasonably hot and humid, but a good walk none-the-less. We started off with extended views of a pair of newly arrived Indigo Buntings feeding on beach grass seed heads. The swallows also put on a show hunting for insects at close range.
37 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
American Wigeon  1  
Mallard  X
Northern Gannet  3
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  9
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Forster's Tern  X
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  4
Merlin  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  X
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Field Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
American Goldfinch  X

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Belleplain Hotspots - Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon, Shaun Bamford, B.J. Pinnock, & Chris Marks.
57 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  7
American Black Duck/Mallard  2
Wild Turkey  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  7
Turkey Vulture  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  215
Herring Gull  8
Mourning Dove  18
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  12  
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  5
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  12
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  1
Ovenbird  14
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Hooded Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  8
Prairie Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  9
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  11
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  17
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  22

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