Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Storm effects linger for CMBO's Two Mile Beach walk

Chuck & Mary Jane Slugg sent along the following list from today's walk at Two Mile Beach. It appears as though the group had to deal with an unusually high tide, a remnant from yesterday's massive nor'easter. I would be interested in knowing how extensively the storm affected the various beach-nesting species which were just settling in for the season, such as American Oystercatcher, Least Tern and Piping Plover. Luckily it's still early in the season, and these species will have time to re-nest.

Sam Galick and Chris Brown showed me a Least Tern they found dead along the beach in Cape May Point this morning. No doubt there's several other birds washed up along the high tide line today.

Location: Two Mile Beach
Observation date: 5/13/08
Notes: Regular CMBO Two Mile Beach walk. High tides and high water in marsh on restaurant side did not leave a lot of mud flat for foraging shore birds.
Number of species: 58
Brant 40

Canada Goose 6
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 4
Red-throated Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Glossy Ibis 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 8
Northern Harrier 1
Merlin 1
Clapper Rail X
Black-bellied Plover 3
Semipalmated Plover 16
Killdeer 1
American Oystercatcher 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 18
Ruddy Turnstone 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8
Dunlin 50
Short-billed Dowitcher 25
Laughing Gull 75
Herring Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Forster's Tern 20
Rock Pigeon 8
Mourning Dove 10
Northern Flicker 3
White-eyed Vireo 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 15
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 2
House Wren 4
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 12
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
Yellow Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Eastern Towhee 6
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 6
Boat-tailed Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 12
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 10

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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