Thursday, August 14, 2008

Baird's and White-rumped Sanpipers at Cape May Point State Park

Thursday's CMBO Bird Walk for All People thoroughly enjoyed a concentration of 500+ Tree Swallows which perched tamely on the dune crossover snow fence when not foraging or drinking from Bunker Pond. A Baird's Sandpiper continues in the second plover pond, and three White-rumped Sandpipers flew by. Some songbird movement was evident, with several Northern Waterthrushes and Yellow Warblers passing overhead - CMBO's Morning Flight count at Higbee Beach begins tomorrow under the eyes of Sam Galick, who counted the flight lastyear. The full list from the Thursday walk is below.

Location: Cape May Point SP
Observation date: 8/14/08
Number of species: 49
Canada Goose 25
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 25
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 5
Semipalmated Plover 5
Piping Plover 2
Killdeer 5
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Willet (Western) 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 20
Least Sandpiper 10
White-rumped Sandpiper 3
Baird's Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Laughing Gull X
Herring Gull X
Least Tern 10
Gull-billed Tern 1
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 25
Black Skimmer 25
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Kingbird 5
American Crow 1
Purple Martin 25
Tree Swallow 500
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 25
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 10
European Starling 20
Yellow Warbler 5
Northern Waterthrush 3
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 10

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