Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Another beautiful August evening at the Meadows. The water level is still very high due to the recent rains but still good birding. We had at least seven Indigo Buntings in various plumages and a very cooperative Bobolink.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Karen Thompson, & Roger Horn.
47 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  16
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  10
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  2
Sanderling  28
Least Sandpiper  9
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  76
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  13
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  29
gull sp.  2
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  13
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  11
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  14
Barn Swallow  6
Barn Swallow (American)  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  4
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  17
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  7
Bobolink  1
Orchard Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  13
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  2

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Sanderling [Photo by Roger Horn]

Bobolink [Photo by Roger Horn]

Birding the Meadows - Monday, August 14th, 2017

Too much water for shorebirds, but good waders including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, with fly-over Glossy Ibis and Green Heron. Also a couple fly-over, "binking" Bobolinks. One Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sanderlings, and American Oystercatchers on the beach. We did encounter numerous Indigo Buntings, Orchard Orioles, and American Redstarts. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Janet Crawford, Karl Lukens, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, & Bert Hixon.
53 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  25
Double-crested Cormorant  11
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  3
Sanderling  6
Least Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Belted Kingfisher  2
Eastern Kingbird  9
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  50
Barn Swallow  25
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  6
Yellow Warbler  4
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  8
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  5
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

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Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, August 13th, 2017

We encountered a couple of mixed feeding flocks on this morning's first-of-season CHC walk. In addition to quite a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, there were American Redstarts, Pine and Yellow Warblers and Black-and-white Warblers, many feeding high enough to make us complain of 'warbler neck'. We felt sorry for the Chipping Sparrow feeding the larger cowbird fledgling but not nearly as bad for it as for the Purple Martin being swallowed by a very large black rat snake high in a tree! Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Cindy Bamford, & Shaun Bamford.
43 species

Canada Goose  5
Mallard  7
Osprey (carolinensis)  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  6
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  18
Barn Swallow (American)  3
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
American Robin  11
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  9
Cedar Waxwing  7
Black-and-white Warbler  4
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  6
Field Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  10
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  3
Common Grackle (Purple)  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  3

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Birding Cape May Point - Friday, August 11th, 2017

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Cindy Bamford, & Michael McCabe.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  11
Mute Swan  13
Mallard  15
Northern Bobwhite  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  5
Osprey (carolinensis)  3
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  65
Ring-billed Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  18
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  50
Sterna sp.  100
Royal Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  14
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow (American)  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  7
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  9
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  11
Common Grackle (Purple)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  7
American Goldfinch  2

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Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Leaders: Warren Cairo, Roger Horn, & Michael McCabe.
38 species

Canada Goose  7
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  14
Great Egret  4
Glossy Ibis  12
Osprey  4
Laughing Gull  170
Herring Gull  6
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Common Tern  14
Forster's Tern  4
Royal Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  17
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Purple Martin  8
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  4
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Orchard Oriole  7
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  7

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Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Roger Horn]

Northern Mockingbird [Photo by Roger Horn]

Orchard Oriole [Photo by Roger Horn]

Birding the Meadows - Monday, August 7th, 2017

We had some shorebirds on the ponds including Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, and Solitary Sandpipers. On the beach we also had American Oystercatchers and Sanderling. A good number of swallows, mostly Tree, were overhead and landing on the beach. Only one young Osprey was on the nest and it eventually took off. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Warren Cairo, Karl Lukens, Pat Perkins, & Janet Crawford.
48 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  25
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  7     fly over
Glossy Ibis  8
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  12
Least Sandpiper  3
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  8
Short-billed Dowitcher  8
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  7
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  8
Royal Tern  1
Mourning Dove  10
Eastern Kingbird  4
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  30
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  1     heard
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  2
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  1     seen by a few
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  3

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Friday, August 4th, 2017

We're getting used to being greeted in the State Park by the sound of the calling bobwhite; there are still at least three present in the area from the Coast Guard release earlier this year. Orchard Orioles, which breed in the park, have been pretty quiet in recent weeks but today we had four young or female birds chasing each other around in the back woods. The whole park is beautiful with wildflowers now, with lots of meadow beauties, rose and swamp mallows, and ripening beach plums, Arrowwood Viburnum berries and elderberry. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Kyle Chelius, Karl Lukens, Michael McCabe, & Cindy Bamford.
55 species

Canada Goose  19
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  14
Northern Bobwhite  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Great Egret  5
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  14
Short-billed Dowitcher  7
Laughing Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  13
Least Tern  9
Common Tern  9
Forster's Tern  19
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  3
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  28
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow (American)  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  9
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  11
Common Grackle (Purple)  2
Orchard Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  3

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Swamp Rose Mallow [Photo by Kathy Horn]
Common Yellowthroat [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Leaders:  Warren Cairo, Chris Marks
37 species

Mute Swan  6
Mallard (Northern)  12
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  3
Osprey (carolinensis)  3
Bald Eagle  1
Sanderling  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Laughing Gull  36
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  2
Common Tern  12
Forster's Tern  16
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  3
Chimney Swift  2
Purple Martin  65
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  12
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  10
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2

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Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

After a little confusion as to the start time we headed out on a wonderful evening for a walk, warm but not hot, partly cloudy with a light breeze.  We were able to see and enjoy good looks at many of the birds.  Leaders: Warren Cairo, Roger Horn and Michael McCabe.
49 species

Canada Goose  38
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  53
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  1
Sanderling  12
Least Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  74
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  6
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  6
Forster's Tern  12
Royal Tern  1
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  21
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  3
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  6

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, July 31st, 2017

Water levels high due to recent heavy rains. Still a good number of Common Yellowthroats singing, as well as Indigo Buntings. Purple Martins still here with a few Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and at least one Northern Rough-winged Swallow. On the beach we had gulls, terns, including Royal and 1 one Lesser Black-backed Gull. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Janet Crawford, Mary Watkins, & Carrie Bell.
48 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  20
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  7
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  4
Sanderling  7
Least Sandpiper  4     fly over
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  50
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  1
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  7
Sandwich Tern  1   post juvenile
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  7
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  15

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Common Yellowthroat [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Gray Catbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Friday, July 28th, 2017

The Purple Martins have fledged! The volume of 'ank, ank' calls has moved from the parking lot and calls can now be heard almost constantly throughout the park, with groups of young birds perched on snags, waiting hopefully for parental feedings. A lot of terns have appeared recently in the park as well, with many of them perching on the railings on Bunker Pond. This is the time of year to study them, sorting the Commons from the Forsters, and checking for other, less common terns. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, & Cindy Bamford.
53 species

Canada Goose  24
Mute Swan  27
Mallard  33
Northern Bobwhite  1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  11
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  4
Great Black-backed Gull  9
Least Tern  6
Common Tern  14
Forster's Tern  55
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Purple Martin  45
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow (American)  11
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  8
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  9
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  17
Common Grackle (Purple)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5

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Northern Bobwhite [Photo by Karl Lukens]
Bullfrog [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Great Egret [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Leaders:  Chris Marks, Mary Watkins
38 species

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  6
Mallard (Northern)  12
Northern Bobwhite  2     heard calling continuing released birds
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  8
Least Sandpiper  12
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Laughing Gull  125
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Least Tern  14
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  85
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  2
Purple Martin  65
Tree Swallow  40
Bank Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  8
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The heat and humidity was down, making this evenings walk a real pleasure. We had a small group trying birding for the first time. The birds put on a pretty good show for them. Common Yellowthroats, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Egrets, American Oystercatchers all showed off their beauty and song. The sunset was spectacular with many clouds to reflect sunlight and the lighthouse in the background. Leaders: Roger Horn and Michael McCabe.

45 species

Canada Goose  32
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  26
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
White Ibis  6     Continuing
Glossy Ibis  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  2
Sanderling  16
Least Sandpiper  9
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull (American)  4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii)  1
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Least Tern  9
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  22
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  3
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  12
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4

American Oystercatcher [Photo by Roger Horn]

Birding the Meadows - Monday, July 24th, 2017

Lots of shorebirds to view including numerous Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated  and Least Sandpipers, a Stilt Sandpiper, numerous Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Plover. Waders included Great Blue Heron, 1 juvenile Little Blue  Heron, Green Heron, Snowy and Great Egrets, Glossy Ibis and 2 juvenile White Ibis. On the beach, we had several Sanderlings and at least 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Janet Crawford, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, & Bert Hixon.
60 species

Canada Goose  80
Gadwall  1
Mallard  25
Northern Bobwhite  1     heard by some
Brown Pelican  1     fly by
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
White Ibis  2     juv.
Glossy Ibis  2
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  4
Semipalmated Plover  5
Killdeer  2
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Sanderling  8
Least Sandpiper  15
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Short-billed Dowitcher  32
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  9
Laughing Gull  50
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  6
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  18
Black Skimmer  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  25
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  18
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  6
Prairie Warbler  1     heard by a few
Field Sparrow  2     heard
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1     heard by a few
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  12
Orchard Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  5

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Immature Brown Pelican [Photo b Karl Lukens]

Lesser Black-backed Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Juvenile White Ibis [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Friday, July 21st, 2017

Cape May Point State Park ponds are ideal for shorebird feeding right now, with lots of good, muddy edges just in time for hungry shorebird arrival. In  one area where these muddy edges are close to the trail, we had really good looks at a very handsome Pectoral Sandpiper, a first-of-season bird for most of us. The "pec" was feeding alongside a Least Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs so we had an excellent opportunity to compare these similar shorebirds. Indigo Buntings are still sitting up singing and a Prairie Warbler was so busy feeding in a cedar tree on the Yellow Trail, it paid little heed as we watched it moving among the branches. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Michael McCabe, Karl Lukens, & Cindy Bamford.
Number of Taxa: 52

41 Mute Swan
42 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
2 Great Egret
5 Osprey (carolinensis)
7 American Oystercatcher
3 Killdeer
21 Least Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Greater Yellowlegs
14 Lesser Yellowlegs
25 Laughing Gull
2 Herring Gull (American)
4 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Common Tern
25 Forster's Tern
1 Black Skimmer
5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
7 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Eastern Kingbird
2 Fish Crow
28 Purple Martin
9 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow (American)
4 Carolina Chickadee
7 Carolina Wren
7 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
3 Cedar Waxwing
7 Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinal
5 Indigo Bunting
15 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
1 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)
2 Common Grackle (Purple)
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 House Finch
6 American Goldfinch

Prairie Warbler [Photo by Roger Horn]

Pectoral Sandpiper [Photo by Roger Horn]

Garter Snake [Photo by Roger Horn]
Great Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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

Canada Goose  28
Mute Swan  12
Mallard (Northern)  26
Northern Bobwhite  3     Continuing birds calling
Wild Turkey  1
Brown Pelican  1
Great Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  18
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  5
Least Sandpiper  10
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  32
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Least Tern  4
Forster's Tern  32
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  4
Purple Martin  60
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  8
Common Yellowthroat  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, July 17th, 2017

A hazy, humid morning with some good birds. Shorebirds consisted of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, numerous Lesser Yellowlegs and two flyover Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and a Solitary Sandpiper. On the beach we had the usual American Oystercatchers, two Royal Terns, and at least six Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Perched Common Yellowthroats, and an Indigo Bunting gave us good looks. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Mary Watkins, Pat Perkins, Barb Bassett, Janet Crawford, Bill Boyle, & Karen Thompson.
46 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  1
Mallard  20
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  2
Osprey  5
Virginia Rail  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Sanderling  1
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Laughing Gull  120
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  3
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Northern Flicker  1
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  20
Barn Swallow  8
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  4

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Royal Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Virginia Rail juvenile [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Friday, July 14th, 2017

Leaders: Barb Bassett, Karl Lukens, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, & Cindy Bamford.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  25
Gadwall  6
Mallard  30
Northern Bobwhite  2     Continuing
Brown Pelican  21     Exact count, flying in V formation from Point towards Second Ave jetty
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  8
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  6
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  4
Whimbrel  1
Least Sandpiper  5
peep sp.  23     8-+15
Short-billed Dowitcher  14     8 + 6
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Laughing Gull  40
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Least Tern  2
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  5
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Willow Flycatcher  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  50
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  20
Northern Mockingbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  3
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  10
Orchard Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Brown Pelicans [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Tree and Barn Swallows [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Leaders:  Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, & Mary Watkins
44 species

Canada Goose  26
Mute Swan  28
Mallard  18
Northern Bobwhite  2     Released birds foraging in park
Great Egret  6
White Ibis  1     Juvenile feeding with glossy ibis second plover pond
Glossy Ibis  18
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  2
Least Sandpiper  4
Short-billed Dowitcher  13
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  32
Black Skimmer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  60
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2     Heard
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  8
Common Grackle  6
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

It was a good night for rare sightings at the Meadows. Cattle Egret - providing a nice size comparison close to the Snowy and Great Egrets,  groups of Great Blue Herons crossing overhead, the Virginia Rail out in the open after a few minutes of holding our breaths and watching the grasses move, the Common Gallinule, and finally the three young White Ibises, looking far more brown than white that were almost obscured by the fading light and surrounding Glossy Ibises. A good night, and a lucky group... Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn.
53 species

Canada Goose  55
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  3
Mallard  68
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  9
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  3     Young birds, larger than nearby glossy ibis,  brown back and chest, white edge at shoulder,  white underwing visible when stretching.
Glossy Ibis  15
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  4
Virginia Rail  1
Common Gallinule  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  18
Short-billed Dowitcher  9
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  9
Laughing Gull  32
Herring Gull (American)  7
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  6
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  7
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  3
Barn Swallow (American)  4
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  7
Common Yellowthroat  8
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  17
Orchard Oriole  2
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  2

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, July 10th, 2017

A nice variety of birds were seen and heard this morning. We had singing and flyover Indigo Buntings, flyover Orchard Oriole and American Goldfinch. On the beach we had two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and four American Oystercatchers. A few shorebirds are beginning to show up including Short-billed Dowitchers, a few least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and about eight Lesser Yellowlegs. The highlight was a Virginia Rail in a fairly open area only 15-20 feet away. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Janet Crawford, Barb Bassett.
47 species

Canada Goose  60
Mallard  20
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  10
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  2     1 seen, 1 heard
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  7
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  3
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  15
Barn Swallow  5
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  4
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  5

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Common Yellowthroat [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Virginia Rail [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Birding Cape May Point - Friday, July 7th, 2017

It's easy to see the season passing at Cape May Point. The breeders are on their territories and many of them are singing. The Common Yellowthroats, the Yellow-breasted Chats, Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeak all gave their positions away before we could see them. Shorebirds are starting to arrive, moving south already after their short but intense breeding season in the far north; Short-billed Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers are again feeding along the muddy pond edges. It's a nice time to bird in Cape May, but when isn't? Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, and Kyle Chelius.
51 species

Canada Goose  48
Mute Swan  14
Mallard  25
Northern Bobwhite  2     Continuing, believed to be from Coast Guard facility release.
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  8
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  7
Least Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  14
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  13
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow (American)  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  8
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  16
Common Grackle (Purple)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

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Great Egret [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Northern Bobwhite [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, July 6th, 2017

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

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  26
Mallard (Northern)  24
Black Scoter  1
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  2
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  2
Killdeer  6
Least Sandpiper  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  18
Herring Gull  3
Forster's Tern  8
Black Skimmer  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  40
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  3
Pine Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  28
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Good scope views of Common Yellowthroat, and adult male Orchard Oriole. Also brief views of Indigo Bunting, Field Sparrow, and Song Sparrow. Up to eight American Oystercatchers on the beach with the usual gulls. Numerous Osprey overhead and two young in the nest. About eleven flyover Glossy Ibis. Leaders: Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, & Mary Watkins.
38 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  1
Gadwall  5
Mallard  18
Brown Pelican  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  11
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  9     2 young in nest
American Oystercatcher  8
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  25
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Forster's Tern  8
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Osprey with young [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Bird Walk for All People - Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Leaders:  Chris Marks, Shaun Bamford, and Mary Watkins.
34 species

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  16
Mallard  14
Great Egret  2
Glossy Ibis  3
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  5
Willet (Eastern)  3
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Eastern Kingbird  2
Fish Crow  6
Purple Martin  30
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  12
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  5

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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