Wednesday, August 15, 2007

White Ibis at Sunset Lake and Cape May Point Birds

Bob Carlough, Captain of the Skimmer, just called and reported an immature White Ibis, seen from his boat, at the Sunset Lake Rookery between Wildwood and Wildwood crest. It's conceivable this bird could be relocated from land - Sunset Lake is off New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood Crest and the rookery itself is on an island on the west side of Sunset Lake,(Delorme Atlas K-8), too far to view well from land. It might be worth checking any "heron-y" looking access points in the vicinity, such as Nummy Island. Or check out one of the CMBO-sponsored Skimmer tours, held every August Monday at 10:00 and on Sundays and Mondays in September.

Karl Lukens reports that, "There is still good variety of shorebirds at the Bunker Pond, including Stilt, Western, White-rump, Semis and Least Sandpipers, Semi-plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer. Nice close-up Cooper's Hawk. Land birds still scarce." The list from this morning's CMBO walk, provided by Karl, is below:

8/15/2007 ~ in Cape May Point ~ New Jersey Checklist ~ 59 seen

Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Mute Swan 4
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 20
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Semipalmated Plover 30
Killdeer 8
Piping Plover 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 10
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 25
Western Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 40
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Stilt Sandpiper 8
Great Black-backed Gull 20
American Herring Gull 15
Laughing Gull 100
Royal Tern 14
Common Tern 15
Forster's Tern 12
Least Tern 20
Black Skimmer 1
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Purple Martin 8
Tree Swallow 15
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 10
Cedar Waxwing 4
Carolina Wren 6
House Wren 1
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
European Starling 10
House Sparrow 10
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 6
Yellow Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 1 /h
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 8

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