Sunday, September 2, 2007

Higgbee; of Redstarts and Red-eyes

I was surprised when I turned on the t.v. this morning and the winds were listed a N @ 2 mph. Though, all other locations surrounding Cape May/Atlantic City were reporting NNE. Still as long as there is a primary northerly component to the wind we still should see some birds. Also, I find there always seems to be at least a trickle of birds the day after a good flight.

As for the birding, it was better than I expected. Plenty of Redstarts and red-eyed vireos. I do think it might have been a better day to be at Morning Flight since there were numerous birds flying over head all morning. The funny part was that the movement through the trees seemed to just stop, for the most part, about 8:20-8:30. Once I arrived back at the parking lot, there were still birds around but not many. Lots of Bobolink heared but not many counted due to the fact that I couldn't see them against the powder blue sky. in fact it was that way with many of the zeets and zips over head.

A highlight for me would be the number of Veeries calling in the woods. My count of 13 is conservative in my opinion. Birds not seen by me but reported via personal communication; Cape May warbler, 2 Golden-wined warbler, Philadelphia vireo, Nashville warbler, Blackburnian, Blue-wined warbler, Magnolia warbler, Black-throated blue warbler and Black-billed cuckoo. So all in all it seems that there are still a good number of birds to be found in the woods.

Location: Higbee Beach
Observation date: 9/2/07
Number of species: 41

Northern Harrier 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Willow/Alder Flycatcher (Traill's) 3
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 12
White-eyed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 45
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Tree Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
Carolina Wren 8
Veery 13
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 45
Tennessee Warbler 1
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 6
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
American Redstart 35
Northern Waterthrush 5
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 4
Bobolink 60
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 8
House Finch 4

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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