Friday, August 29, 2008

Higbee Notes: Protho, Dickcissel, Bald Eagle

Higbee Beach WMA was admittedly slow (by Higbee in fall standards), especially in the warbler department, which featured a small flock in the parking lot at the start of the walk, which contained Black-and-white and Black-throated Blue Warblers, and a briefly seen Prothonotary at the south end of the second field. A near-adult Bald Eagle sailed over, a Cooper's Hawk acting local and several Ospreys acting like migrants were other highlights. And the 100's of Eastern Kingbirds, Bobolinks and Cedar Waxwings, and multiples if not multitudes of Blue-gray gnatcatchers added some fun too. We also found a Warbling Vireo, not an easy bird in Cape May, and briefly glimpsed a flyby Black-billed Cuckoo. The list follows. Sam Galick added a Dickcissel from his perch at Morning Flight.

Location: Higbee Beach
Observation date: 8/29/08
Notes: CMBO Friday walk
Number of species: 50
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Osprey 5
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
peep sp. 5
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Laughing Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Forster's Tern 10
Mourning Dove 5
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 300
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 10
Purple Martin 10
Tree Swallow 200
Barn Swallow 50
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 10
Carolina Wren 15
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 15
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 5
Brown Thrasher 3
Cedar Waxwing 75
Yellow Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Ovenbird 1
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Bobolink 25
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 10
Baltimore Oriole 5
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 5

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