Birding the Meadows - Monday, September 17, 2018

Good day for water birds, with 5 species of herons/egrets. Also 5 species of ducks. And we swept the falcons with a peregrine, a Merlin and 3 kestrels. Not to mention the Wilson's snipe and Virginia rail!

Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Janet Crawford,  Mary Watkins, Pat Perkins 
49 species

Canada Goose  43
Mute Swan  4
Blue-winged Teal  11
Northern Shoveler  3
Gadwall  1
Mallard  18
Green-winged Teal  3
Black Scoter  5
Mourning Dove  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Virginia Rail  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Parasitic Jaeger  2
Laughing Gull  35
Herring Gull  6
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  52
Caspian Tern  2
Common Tern  3
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  3
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  12
Carolina Wren  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
American Goldfinch  1
Bobolink  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, September 16, 2018

The number of Ospreys and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is really dwindling now as the fall migration season progresses. Northern Flickers and a Merlin represented the start of another push of species making their way south on a beautiful morning at CHC WMA. 

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Shaun Bamford, Cindy Bamford, Joe Demko, Deb Payson
32 species

6 Mallard
7 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4 Laughing Gull
1 Great Egret
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey (carolinensis)
1 Accipiter sp.
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Merlin
3 Empidonax sp.
1 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
28 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
7 Carolina Wren
3 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Baltimore Oriole
9 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
3 Common Grackle
2 Black-and-white Warbler
3 American Redstart
7 Northern Cardinal
 

Hawks, Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 15, 2018


Highlights of the walk include:  a sky filled with Merlin; a large number of Osprey; juvenile Little Blue Heron; American Kestrel hovering overhead; and a juvenile Yellow-billed Cuckoo eating caterpillars as a finale.

Leaders:  Chuck Slugg, Bert Hixon, Dave Pollard, and Deb Payson.
40 species

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  38
Blue-winged Teal  11
Mallard  15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Forster's Tern  4
Royal Tern  2     heard
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Osprey  11
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1     heard by leader
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     heard
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  19
Least Flycatcher  1
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  65
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  4
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  4
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  2

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Fall Migrants at The Rea Farm - Saturday, September 15, 2018

This morning we watched five Osprey circling high overhead, trying to imagine what they were "thinking". Maybe something like this? 
"It's getting to be about time to go."
 "I don't know, I'd like to stay at least another day. It's nice here, good fishing."
 "It's been awhile since I saw mom & dad, I'd like to get started." 
"We're on our own now."
"See that stretch of water over there? We'll have more fish than we can eat!" 
"The winds aren't very good."
 "Who cares? We can do this." 
"It's going to be a long flight."
"No matter - we'll get to see a bit of the world, try other fish and be back here next year."

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe, Deb Payson
40 species

15 Mallard
8 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
11 Mourning Dove
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Laughing Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
18 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Black Vulture
4 Turkey Vulture
5 Osprey (carolinensis)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)
1 American Kestrel
2 Least Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
3 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
6 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Chickadee
8 Carolina Wren
6 Gray Catbird
3 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
5 American Goldfinch
2 Bobolink
9 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
6 Common Grackle
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
5 American Redstart
2 Northern Parula
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting 

A Meadows Afternoon - Friday, September 14, 2018


34 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal  30
Northern Shoveler  10
Mallard/Mexican Duck  50
American Black Duck  2
Green-winged Teal  10
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Least Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  20
Short-billed Dowitcher  4
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Laughing Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  6
Royal Tern  6
Black Skimmer  5     5 adults, 1 juvenile
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Merlin  2
Tree Swallow  50
Barn Swallow  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Bobolink  7


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EZ Birding - Thursday, September 13, 2018


42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3
Mute Swan  25
Blue-winged Teal  1
Mallard  5
Wild Turkey  10
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Least Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  11
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  30
Forster's Tern  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  2
Osprey  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Blue Jay  1
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  200
Barn Swallow  100
Carolina Chickadee  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  9
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
American Goldfinch  2
Field Sparrow  1
Common Grackle  34
Northern Waterthrush  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1

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Twilight Walk at the Meadows - Wednesday, September 12, 2018


42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  47
Blue-winged Teal  3
Mallard  23
American Black Duck  2
Green-winged Teal  9
Mourning Dove  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Sora  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Killdeer  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  7
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  32
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Common Tern  10
Forster's Tern  1
Common/Forster's Tern  8
Royal Tern  2
Black Skimmer  10
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  42
Brown Pelican  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  6
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Merlin  4
Peregrine Falcon  2
American Crow  1
Carolina Wren  2
Gray Catbird  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  1

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Migration at the Point - Tuesday, September 11, 2018


We walked the state park trails due to the fog, and were rewarded with a wonderful warbler show! Highlights include 12 Northern Waterthrush, 9 Northern Parula, 4 Yellow, 2 Common Yellowthroat and a Black-and -White Warbler.... plus 6 Baltimore Oriole and 4 Green Heron!

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Mary Watkins, Bernie Hodgson 
48 species

Mute Swan  33
Mallard  7
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
American Oystercatcher  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  9
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  22
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  125
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  4
Osprey  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  4
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  11
Carolina Chickadee  8
Carolina Wren  11
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  7
Cedar Waxwing  2
Field Sparrow  3
Bobolink  6
Baltimore Oriole  6
Common Grackle  2
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  12
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  9
Yellow Warbler  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek - Sunday, September 9, 2018

Considering the weather and our low expectations, we had a really good walk this morning. We came across a couple of interesting mixed flocks, to find Pine and Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo and Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Bobolinks called fairly steadily overhead, despite the wind and rain.

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn
38 species

4 Wood Duck
4 Mallard
2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
6 Mourning Dove
2 Laughing Gull
1 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey (carolinensis)
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
6 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
9 Tree Swallow
3 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
2 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 House Finch
2 Chipping Sparrow
25 Bobolink
2 Baltimore Oriole
30 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
1 Common Grackle
2 Northern Waterthrush
4 Black-and-white Warbler
9 American Redstart
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Pine Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal


Hawks, Trails and Beach - Saturday, September 8, 2018


48 species

Canada Goose  31
Mute Swan  31
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  1
Gadwall  12
Mallard  15
American Black Duck  1
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
American Oystercatcher  1
Semipalmated Plover  3
Sanderling  6
Least Sandpiper  4
Short-billed Dowitcher  6
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  1
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  1
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  13
Great Egret  9
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Kingbird  25
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     ID by voice by Chuck Slugg
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  3
American Goldfinch  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  7
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 8, 2018

On today's walk, we came across a group of feathers lying on the ground, along with some skeletal debris. Using US Fish & Wildlife's "Feather Atlas," it looks as if they were Wild Turkey feathers.  Wild Turkeys are common on Cape Island today but for many years, they were gone from the island. Check out the Feather Atlas! https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Kyle Chelius, Michael Mcabe 
43 species

12 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
4 Mourning Dove
3 Chimney Swift
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 American Oystercatcher
5 Killdeer
7 Greater Yellowlegs
5 Laughing Gull
1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
7 Great Egret
2 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey (carolinensis)
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
45 Tree Swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
8 Carolina Wren
1 Veery
4 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
2 European Starling
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch
4 Chipping Sparrow
7 Bobolink
9 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Common Grackle
1 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
2 Yellow Warbler
6 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting 
Wild Turkey feathers photo by Kathy Horn


Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 7, 2018


33 species (+1 other taxa)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
peep sp.  22
Laughing Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  12
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Carolina Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Veery  1
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  90
American Goldfinch  1
Bobolink  70
Baltimore Oriole  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  120
Common Grackle  2
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  3
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  9

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Migration at the Point - Thursday, September 6, 2018


35 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  27
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  1
Mallard  20
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Royal Tern  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  3
Osprey  4
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Goldfinch  5
Field Sparrow  4
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  2

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Migration at the Point - Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Large bobolink migration this morning, also nice numbers of red-breasted nuthatch. Juvenile little blue heron and green heron on Lake Lily.

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Mary Watkins, Bernie Hodgson

51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  2
Mallard  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  24
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Killdeer  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  23
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  24
Common Tern  4
Forster's Tern  9
Royal Tern  6
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  28
Cedar Waxwing  30
House Finch  12
American Goldfinch  4
Bobolink  275
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  8
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  4
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  1
House Sparrow  4

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, September 3, 2018

A good day for herons and egrets , including Great Egret, Green Heron, Little Blue Heron and Black-Crowned Night Heron. Also, a Bald Eagle fly-by, and various shorebirds.

Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens,  Mary Watkins,  Steve Weis, Pat Perkins 
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  19
Mute Swan  3
Blue-winged Teal  6
Northern Shoveler  1
Gadwall  3
Mallard  17
Mourning Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Semipalmated Plover  8
Killdeer  1
Sanderling  24
Least Sandpiper  12
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  15
Short-billed Dowitcher  7
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Laughing Gull  4
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  16
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  8
Royal Tern  7
Black Skimmer  9
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
crow sp.  7
Purple Martin  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
American Goldfinch  5
Song Sparrow  3
Bobolink  7
Baltimore Oriole  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1

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Viceroy photo by Karl Lukens

Green Heron photo by Karl Lukens