Saturday, May 3, 2008

More birds than I'd have thought....

Given the wind direction last night, there were certainly more birds around than I'd have thought there would be in the woods today.

The Steiner/CMBO Northwood Nightjars were out early this morning trying to find a few species that we have not been so lucky in locating so far. While we did have some luck in the wee hours of the morning, the fog over the ocean pretty much killed our hopes at getting some sea watching in before we hit the woods.

Interestingly, my prediction of Orchard Orioles and Blue Grosbeaks being more in evidence today, well, it came true. While the number of Blue Grosbeaks was relative to the numbers in the past few days (we had 2 at a couple of locations where there had previously were none and I heard about a few more at other locations we did not hit), it was the Orchard Orioles which seemed to have doubled in number over night. Hidden Valley held no less than 7 Orchards and I am thinking that we had one or two more that I neglected to include in my eBird list.

So now what's next? Well, for me it's continuing to get up well before dawn no matter the migration conditions. For you, I suggest checking out David La Puma's Birding Forecast. He indicates that there should be a good amount of migration overnight tonight. Check out the new At-A-Glance Forecast! I cannot guarantee that you will have a great day of birding, but, I can guarantee that getting out to do a little birding will make you a little happier.

A partial list of today's birds is below.

Location: Cape Island
Observation date: 5/3/08
Number of species: 85

Canada Goose X
Mute Swan X
Wood Duck 1
Mallard X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 5
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Semipalmated Plover 1
Piping Plover 2
Killdeer 4
American Oystercatcher 1
Least Sandpiper 5
Short-billed Dowitcher 6
Laughing Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 14
Forster's Tern X
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Chimney Swift X
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) X
Great Crested Flycatcher X
Eastern Kingbird X
White-eyed Vireo X
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Fish Crow X
Purple Martin X
Tree Swallow X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
Carolina Wren X
House Wren X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin X
Gray Catbird X
Northern Mockingbird X
European Starling X
Nashville Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) X
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Pine Warbler X
Prairie Warbler X
Black-and-white Warbler X
Prothonotary Warbler X
Worm-eating Warbler X
Ovenbird X
Northern Waterthrush X
Common Yellowthroat X
Hooded Warbler X
Eastern Towhee X
Field Sparrow X
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X
Northern Cardinal X
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Orchard Oriole 7
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

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