Friday, August 10, 2007

No Cheetah seen by me but other good birds around.

Finally getting a chance to get a post about what was seen today. Sorry for the delay, noting earth shattering. I birded the Beanery and then headed over to the Cape May Point State Park for a little check on the shorebird situation at Bunker pond.

Nothing extraordinary was seen but good numbers of birds feeding at Bunker pond. My pick of the day would the be the Louisiana waterthrush that flew in to the wet woods railroad trail at the Beanery. This bird sat for quite some time and afforded excellent views of exactly why it was a Louisiana (buff flanks with diffuse streaking, bold white supercillium especially behind the eye, less dense streaking on the breast...)instead of a Northern. Love those pink legs! I am not sure if banding measurements would support this but it always seems to me that Louisiana has a more than slightly larger beak than Northern. Maybe it just my eyes as well, they just seem to have a pretty big honking beak. Sibley indicates "with longer bill", but I wonder how much longer? Anyone with measurements or ideas feel free to email.

Anyway since I'm posting two lists I'll let the sightings speak for themselves.

Location: The Beanery
Observation date: 8/10/07
Number of species: 30
Green Heron 2
Osprey 1
Laughing Gull 12
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 3
Purple Martin 4
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 8
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 13
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 82
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 6
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 16
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 18
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Location: Cape May Point SP
Observation date: 8/10/07
Number of species: 37
Mallard 12
Great Blue Heron 4
Snowy Egret 3
Green Heron 4
Osprey 2
Semipalmated Plover 23
Killdeer 6
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 48
Least Sandpiper 27
Stilt Sandpiper 13
Short-billed Dowitcher 12
Laughing Gull 35
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 15
Common Tern 4
Forster's Tern 10
Least Tern 45
Rock Pigeon 4
Mourning Dove 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
American Crow 2
Purple Martin 12
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 26
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 16
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 12
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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