Monday, April 14, 2008

Hooded Warbler at Northwood, a few new Meadows Birds

A quick note in case anyone is stopping by the Northwood Center: I pulled up to the fence by the parking area at Northwood and was greeted by a male Hooded Warbler feeding at eye level!

A chilly Cape May Meadows walk this morning featured Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Chimney Swift, and 6 Blue-winged Teal amidst a nice mix of species for the participants, including a couple from the U.K. for whom no species was to be taken for granted, since most were new or at least seldom seen except as vagrants to places like the Scillies.

Several Piping Plovers were on the beach, including one that seems to have found its nest site. It was also great to hear a Common Yellowthroat in full song. The list is below:

Location: South Cape May Meadows
Observation date: 4/14/08
Number of species: 63
Canada Goose 10
Mute Swan 6
Gadwall 6
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 6
Northern Shoveler 10
Green-winged Teal 10
dark-winged scoter sp. 20
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 10
Northern Gannet 50
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 5
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 5
Bald Eagle 2
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 5
Piping Plover 5
Killdeer 2
American Oystercatcher 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Sanderling 15
Least Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 20
Purple Martin 5
Tree Swallow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Palm Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 5

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