Thursday, September 6, 2007

Some Good Birds Around Cape May........

Well it's been an interesting few days. Go figure that the one day I leave Cape May a rarity shows up. So much for trying to get a few errands done on my days off.

So given that there is little time to write up a lengthy summary of the last few days birding (from my point of view), I've included four eBird lists. At the very bottom is from Tuesday morning at the Villas WMA. A pretty quite morning that is evident by the list.

The second to last is from Wednesday morning at Higbee. The birding was not spectacular but there were bids around. We had two Philadelphia vireos and 15 Red-breasted nuthatches. All in all a good morning but you had to search out the little flocks of feeding warblers. It was another of those mornings that I probably should have headed up on the dike since I did hear good numbers of birds over head. I figured that I'd have a good chance of getting some good birding in the wood instead. I wasn't disappointed with the morning; it's been slower.

The second list is from our short trip to TNC's CMMBR to look for the Say's phoebe. We did not have any luck. Nor did we find the Lark sparrow that was reported (after we were there.) The first list posted is from last night's CMBO Twilight Watch walk. This walk is aimed at getting out and enjoying the unveiling of the evening. We watched gulls going to roost, bats coming out to hunt and as time moves along we'll anticipate the possibility of seeing some owls get up to hunt or head out on migration.

So for the time being, enjoy the following photos of the Says phoebe provided by Karl Lukens and Michael O'Brien. Two of the lucky few who got to see this beautiful bird.

(Photo by Karl Lukens) (Photo by Michael O'Brien)

Location: South Cape May Meadows

Observation date: 9/5/07
Notes: CMBO Twilight Watch walk @ TNC's CMMBR
Number of species: 44

Canada Goose 183
Mute Swan 4
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 12
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 8
Blue-winged Teal 3
Green-winged Teal 16
Hooded Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 45
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8
Least Sandpiper 20
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 4
Short-billed Dowitcher 11
American Woodcock 1
Laughing Gull 475
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 185
Royal Tern 8
Sandwich Tern 2
Common Tern 37
Forster's Tern 8
Black Skimmer 6
Mourning Dove 12
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Tree Swallow 3000
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Palm Warbler 3
American Redstart 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Song Sparrow 1
American Goldfinch 3

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Location: South Cape May Meadows
Observation date: 9/5/07
Notes: Searching for the Say's Phoebe
Number of species: 16

Mute Swan 6
Green-winged Teal 6
Tricolored Heron 1
Osprey 4
American Kestrel 4
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Laughing Gull 175
Black Skimmer 1
Carolina Wren 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 10

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Location: Higbee Beach
Observation date: 9/5/07
Number of species: 52

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Kestrel 2
Mourning Dove 8
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow/Alder Flycatcher (Traill's) 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 4
Philadelphia Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 25
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow 3
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 10
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 18
American Redstart 27
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Northern Cardinal 9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 3
Bobolink 87
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Common Grackle 4
Baltimore Oriole 15
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 4

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Location: Villas WMA
Observation date: 9/4/07
Number of species: 20

Mourning Dove 4
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Kingbird 5
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 8
Palm Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Waterthrush 3
Chipping Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 5
Bobolink 5
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 8

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