Monday, October 22, 2007

Report from the Meadows

This morning's CMBO Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge walk was rather sparrowy, with good numbers of Savannah, Swamp, Song and Chipping, as well as White-crowned and White-throated. A few gannets and some American Pipits were found from the beach. We missed Sanderling somehow, perhaps they were just around the corner on the beaches of Cape May City.

I had a tantalizing look at what was probably an Orange-crowned Warbler along the west path, but it will have to remain just that - tantalizing.

Winds were light and south, yet there was a strong flight of robins, meadowlarks, yellow-rumps, and House Finches. Yes, that's right, House Finches clearly engaged in morning flight, in largish flocks.

Today's full list is below:

Location: South Cape May Meadows
Observation date: 10/22/07
Notes: CMBO Monday morning meadows walk.
Number of species: 57
Canada Goose 300
Mute Swan 4
Gadwall 10
American Wigeon 10
American Black Duck 5
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 10
Northern Pintail 10
Green-winged Teal 5
Black Scoter 15
Northern Gannet 7
Double-crested Cormorant 200
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 2
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 5
Peregrine Falcon 1
Killdeer 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Laughing Gull 5
Ring-billed Gull 20
Herring Gull 50
Great Black-backed Gull 50
Royal Tern 15
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 20
Northern Flicker 10
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 20
Carolina Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 500
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler 500
Palm Warbler 15
Common Yellowthroat 2
Chipping Sparrow 10
Savannah Sparrow 25
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Eastern Meadowlark 25
Boat-tailed Grackle 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 25
House Finch 100
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 5

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