Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sun. 1/20: Barnacle Goose and Snow Buntings in Cape May Pt., Rough-leg and Short-ears at Jake's Landing, Kittiwake report

The continuing Barnacle Goose (pictured at left) was easy to find early this afternoon on Lily Lake, roosting with a flock of Canada Geese in the northwest corner of the lake. The bird was occasionally vocalizing as well- a call that could be likened to a nasal, lower-pitched Canada Goose. Both the Redhead and Canvasback were missing in action while I was there.

A stop at Cape May Point State Park produced a flock of 25 Snow Buntings on the beach, and the trails provided a vocal Winter Wren, a brief fly-by Red-shouldered Hawk, and a flyover Pine Siskin. Additionally, a Black-legged Kittiwake was seen from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry this morning by Tony Leukering.

Several hardy folks (pictured here behind a very effective two-car windblock) came out for this evening's Nightfall at Jake's Landing program, which ran from 4pm til dusk at the end of Jake's Landing Road. The temperature at the start of the walk was 26 degrees, with a wind chill hovering around 10 degrees. Mercifully, the winds dropped down for a little while around sunset and allowed 3 Short-eared Owls to give excellent views to those who remained. Other highlights included 3 Bald Eagles, and a distant but very distinctive Rough-legged Hawk, hover-hunting for a brief time southwest of the parking area.

A complete list from Jake's is included-

Location: Jake's Landing
Observation date: 1/20/08
Notes: CMBO Nightfall at Jake's Landing program, led by Karen Johnson, Janet Crawford and BJ Pinnock
Number of species: 23
Snow Goose 2500
Canada Goose 30
American Black Duck 25
Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal 75
Hooded Merganser 5
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 3
Northern Harrier 18
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Clapper Rail 1
Dunlin 55
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 25
Short-eared Owl 3
American Pipit 2
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 115
Eastern Meadowlark 8

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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