Sunday, July 22, 2007

Higbee Beach WMA

This morning I decided to see what passerines the northerly winds over night might have blown down to the Cape. One thing I found out; the deerflies are still thick in areas of Higbee, especially around the pond.

The bird of the morning has to be the Great horned owl that flushed from the east side of the second field. It was a tail end view the whole way but the bird flew the length of the field affording me the ability to study a seldom seen view of this species.

Other nature notes:

Butterflies, in no particular order;
- Common wood-nymph, Monarch, Variegated fritillary, Summer azure, Spicebush swallowtail, Tiger swallowtail, Cabbage white, Red-spotted purple, Sachem and at least one other Skipper sp., Horace's duskywing, Eastern comma, Red admiral, Common buckeye.

Dragonflies, in no particular order. In fact I know even fewer dragonflies so the list is short.
- Green darner, Swamp darner, Common whitetail, Twelve-spotted skimmer, Black saddlebags, Halloween pennant.

Location: Cape May County, NJ, US
Observation date: 7/22/07
Notes: Higbee Beach WMA
Number of species: 37
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 50
Mourning Dove 14
Great Horned Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 7
American Crow 1
Purple Martin 6
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 22
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
American Robin 12
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Field Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 6
Blue Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 7
Red-winged Blackbird 28
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 45
Orchard Oriole 1- carrying food
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 2
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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