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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Spring Migrants at The Rea Farm - Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Prothonotary Warblers were definitely the stars of the day! Not only could we hear at least three singing males from various locations throughout much of the walk, but they also put on a visual show. The highlight occurred when a pair landed on the path a short distance in front of us and the male proceeded to display. We were paying a lot more attention to his strutting than was the female Prothonotary - she was really playing it cool, pretending not even to see him. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, & Michael McCabe.
43 species

Canada Goose  11
Mallard  9
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  7
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow (American)  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  4
Prothonotary Warbler  4     3 males singing in separate areas ; also male observed displaying to female
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
Prairie Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  13
Rusty Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Sparrow  4

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Prothonotary Warbler displaying [Photo by Roger Horn]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, April 28th, 2017

A exciting morning when the local bird alert told us to be on the lookout for migrating Red-headed Woodpeckers. We had two brief flyovers, and one that stopped on a large oak tree to look for insects for several minutes to the delight of all, especially for those who had never seen one before. We also had good views of a singing Prairie Warbler. Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, & Catherine Busch.
43 species

Surf Scoter  2
Double-crested Cormorant  85
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  1
Sanderling  35
Purple Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Forster's Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  2     Recent arrivals
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  4
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  1
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  2
Prairie Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  11
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
American Goldfinch  4

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Shorebirds at Heislerville with Pete Dunne - Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Leaders: Pete Dunne, Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, & Pat Perkins.
24 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  20
American Black Duck  4
Red-breasted Merganser  12
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  23
Little Egret  1     Continuing bird
Snowy Egret  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  14
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  2
Dunlin  70
Short-billed Dowitcher  70
Greater Yellowlegs  50
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  40
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Forster's Tern  34
Fish Crow  1

Thompson's Beach
16 species

Canada Goose  2
Glossy Ibis  10
Osprey  18
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Clapper Rail  4
Black-bellied Plover  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  6
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Barn Swallow  14
Seaside Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  2

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Birds of Belleplain State Forest - Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon, Shaun Bamford, & Karl Lukens.
53 species

Canada Goose  7
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  2
Wild Turkey  1
Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  70
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  135
Herring Gull  4
Mourning Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  7
Fish Crow  14
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  25
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
Ovenbird  21
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  12
Prairie Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  24
White-throated Sparrow  12
Savannah Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  16
American Goldfinch  4

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Birds of Nummy Island - Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Tonight’s CMBO’s Nummy Island walk got off to a great start with a pair of Indigo Buntings that had apparently just arrived, actively feeding right next to our meeting point affording everyone a nice comparison of the male and female buntings.  There were folks from upstate NY and Vermont joining us. For some it was a first visit to South Jersey, and they desperately wanted to see a Clapper Rail. Right from the start of the walk we could hear Clapper Rails but couldn’t lay our eyes on even one. Gail took us to her favorite spot to search for them, and sure enough, we had great looks at two individuals along with close looks at Eastern Willets and Whimbrel.  Another highlight was finding three Red Knots (two in breeding plumage), another first for some of the participants.  All in all, another wonderful evening's birding on Nummy Island. Leaders; Gail Dwyer, Warren Cairo, Shaun Bamford and Bill Smythe
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  50
Brant (Atlantic)  75
Canada Goose  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  4
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  35
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Osprey  8
Clapper Rail  12
American Oystercatcher  24
Black-bellied Plover  40
Whimbrel  20
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Red Knot  3
Dunlin  50
Short-billed Dowitcher  20
Greater Yellowlegs  8
Willet (Eastern)  14
Laughing Gull  300
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Forster's Tern  6
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Boat-tailed Grackle  20

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Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Leaders:  Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, & Erin Rawls.
43 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  14
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  3
Red-throated Loon  2
Northern Gannet  12
Double-crested Cormorant  125
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  10
Killdeer  2
Whimbrel  7
Sanderling  2
Least Sandpiper  4
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet (Eastern)  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  24
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  2
Purple Martin  18
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  6
Marsh Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
Common Yellowthroat  10
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  14
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  16
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  6

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E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Leader: Catherine Busch
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  2
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  3     flyover
Willet  1     flyover
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
gull sp.  X
Forster's Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  5
Carolina Wren  7
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  5
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  6
Pine Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
White-throated Sparrow  20
Eastern Towhee  1     heard by leader
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  X
Common Grackle  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  1

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Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, April 24th, 2017

Rain was threatening and windy, but still found some good birds. Still two Blue-winged and two Green-winged Teal on the ponds with Mallard and Gadwall. Shore birds starting to show up including two Willets, three Greater and three Lesser Yellowlegs, and four Least Sandpipers on the ponds or fly overs. On the beach at least eight American Oystercatchers pairing off for nesting. Still a good number of Northern Gannets offshore. A good number of swallows were low over the ponds and included Northern Rough-winged, Tree, and Barn Swallows. Although not on the list, one person heard a Virginia Rail. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, & Pat Perkins.
41 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  9
Gadwall  4
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  2
Green-winged Teal  2
Northern Gannet  50
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  6
Least Sandpiper  4
Wilson's Snipe  2
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  4
Merlin  1
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Tree Swallow  35
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Wren  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  5
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
House Sparrow  3

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American Oystercatcher pair [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Common Yellowthroat [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Osprey [Photo by Karl Lukens]

E-Z Birding at Northwood - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

A quiet morning with unfavorable NNE winds, but participants enjoyed a lingering Red-breasted Nuthatch and several Eastern Towhees at Northwood, two fly-over Common Loons and many Yellow-rumped Warblers nicely dressed in breeding plumage along the roadways. Leaders: Mary Watkins & Jessica Schera.
Number of Taxa: 44

5 Canada Goose
1 Mute Swan
4 Mallard
6 Black Scoter
2 Common Loon
18 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
8 Glossy Ibis
4 Turkey Vulture
3 Osprey
6 American Oystercatcher
2 Killdeer
12 Laughing Gull
3 Herring Gull
2 Forster's Tern
5 Mourning Dove
1 White-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
4 Fish Crow
6 Purple Martin
14 Tree Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
15 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
10 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
34 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
7 Northern Cardinal
26 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Common Grackle
1 Boat-tailed Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
18 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow



Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Leaders: Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, Cindy Bamford, Deb Payson, Bill Boyle, & Karen Thompson.
46 species

Canada Goose  8
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  120
Glossy Ibis  42
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  16
Field Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  24
Savannah Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  12
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1

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Bird Walk for all People - Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Despite light rain on and off, we had good looks at two Palm Warblers and really good looks at two Merlins in the same tree. Leaders: Kyle Chelius & Pat Perkins.
39 species

Canada Goose  8     2 on nests
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  2
Mallard  10
Green-winged Teal  2
Double-crested Cormorant  18
Great Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  2
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  1
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  3
Forster's Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Merlin  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Purple Martin  8
Tree Swallow  24
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  8
Common Yellowthroat  4     heard
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6     several gorgeous males in almost full breeding plumage
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  3

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Belleplain Hotspots - Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Leaders: Shaun Bamford, Bert Hixon, BJ Pinnock, Chris Marks, &  Deb Payson.
37 species

Canada Goose  2
Wild Turkey  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  125
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  6
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  1
Ovenbird  9
Worm-eating Warbler  3
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  12
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  18
American Goldfinch  4

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Spring Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Some rain on and off, made for tough birding. In spite of the poor weather, we did manage to find an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat seen by a few, and good looks at several Palm Warblers. Also had a fly-over Green Heron and two Black-crowned Night-Herons in the willow pond area and nice close looks at 3 Wild Turkeys. Leaders: Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Karl Lukens, Michael McCabe, and Kyle Chelius.
38 species

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  6     fly-overs
Wild Turkey  3
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  15
Black Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     heard
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1     heard
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Prothonotary Warbler  2     heard-RR Track woods; walk thru wet woods
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1     seen by a few
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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Wild Turkey - displaying tom [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Wild Turkey - hen, subject of his attention? [Kyle Chelius]

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, April 21st, 2017

A very foggy morning, but birds were on the move! Willets were passing in large numbers and we watched a Palm Warbler arrive. White-throated Sparrows were everywhere as were the Eastern Towhees. A spectacular morning. Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Erin Rawls, & Mary Watkins.
43 species

Mallard  6
Surf Scoter  2
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  6
Osprey  4
Killdeer  1
Whimbrel  3
Sanderling  85
Willet (Eastern)  75     Migration arrivals
Laughing Gull  45
Herring Gull  26
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  4
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  6
American Pipit  2
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  25
Prairie Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  55
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  12
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  12

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Shorebirds at Heislerville - Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Leaders:  Pete Dunne, Shaun Bamford, Chris Marks, Chuck and Mary Jane Slugg.
32 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  38     Careful count
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  5
Red-breasted Merganser  15
Ruddy Duck  35     Careful count some in breeding plumage
Double-crested Cormorant  150
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  65
Snowy Egret  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  12
Glossy Ibis  12
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  24
Bald Eagle  3
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  2
Laughing Gull  36
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  150
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Forster's Tern  22
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  4
European Starling  6
Song Sparrow  2
Boat-tailed Grackle  4
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  4

Thompson’s Beach

Green-winged Teal  2
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  9
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  36     Careful count
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  1
Clapper Rail  15
Dunlin  8
Willet  4
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  16
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Boat-tailed Grackle  3

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Birds of Belleplain - Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Leaders: Shaun Bamford & Bert Hixon.
45 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  2
Wild Turkey  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1    regular annually to beach of Lake Nummy
Laughing Gull  125
Herring Gull  12
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe  8    regular annual breeding bird nesting on structures throughout Belleplain SF
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  12
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler  3
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  8
Chipping Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
American Goldfinch  2

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Birds of Nummy Island - Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Leaders:  Gail Dwyer, Shaun Bamford, & Chris Marks.
30 species

Brant  125
Canada Goose  6
American Black Duck  10
Mallard  2
Red-breasted Merganser  26
Red-throated Loon  3
Common Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  58
Great Egret  8
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Osprey  8
Clapper Rail  12
American Oystercatcher  12
Black-bellied Plover  45
Whimbrel  15
Dunlin  600
Short-billed Dowitcher  9
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet (Eastern)  5
Laughing Gull  800
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Forster's Tern  9
Mourning Dove  4
Fish Crow  12
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  28
Boat-tailed Grackle  10

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Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Erin Rawls, & Catherine Busch.
42 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  8
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  4
Bald Eagle  1     Seen by a few
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  6
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  2
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  4
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

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E-Z Birding at CMPSP - Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

A flyover Little Blue Heron started off the walk. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a White-eyed Vireo gave us good views as did at least one of the singing Common Yellowthroats.
Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
44 species

Canada Goose  24
Mute Swan  26
Mallard  12
Green-winged Teal  4
Wild Turkey  3
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  2
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  18
Osprey  6
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Laughing Gull  8
Herring Gull  6
Forster's Tern  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  32
Tree Swallow  24
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  36
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  24
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

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Hidden Corners of Belleplain - Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Leaders: Karen Johnson, Shaun Bamford and Mary Watkins.
Number of Taxa: 40

8 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
3 Wild Turkey
1 Black Vulture
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
16 Herring Gull
6 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
8 Eastern Phoebe -- Multiple birds around lake, also 2 nesting sites with male and female present.
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 White-eyed Vireo
1 Blue-headed Vireo
2 American Crow
3 Fish Crow
4 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
9 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
20 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
2 Worm-eating Warbler
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Blue-winged Warbler -- Bright yellow round headed warbler with bluish wings, black eye line, seen by 5 people.
2 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Northern Parula
5 Pine Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
14 Yellow-throated Warbler
15 Chipping Sparrow
7 White-throated Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
6 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Brown-headed Cowbird
18 American Goldfinch



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]

Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek - Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Leaders: Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, Cindy Bamford, Bill Boyle, & Karen Thompson.
35 species

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  43
Glossy Ibis  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull  8
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  24
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
American Robin  20
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  20
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Chipping Sparrow  14
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  20
Eastern Towhee  6
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  10
House Finch  1

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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]