If you just logged on, be sure to scroll to read Jason's and Bob's excellent thoughts about the approaching storm.
It was of course a very slow day at both Morning Flight and the Hawk Watch, although a Blue Grosbeak performed beautifully at the Morning Flight platform at Higbee Beach WMA, and an Orchard Oriole flew past, a good bird for September, given that most move in August. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo put in an appearance, and a remarkable flock of 16 Black Terns flew south along Delaware Bay, all seen from Morning Flight.
At the hawk watch, both Buff-breasted (see photos below) and Baird's Sandpipers on Bunker Pond entertained, as did the four other peep, numerous Black Terns, and a Caspian Tern. There's a Western Sandpiper at Bunker Pond with a broken leg, probably soon to be Merlin food. There is no waste in nature. One of the White-rumpeds also has a limp - they are hurt on different legs, but I lost track of which species is hurt on which leg.
This shorebird discussion could become moot tomorrow - if we get enough rain, the shorebird habitat at Bunker Pond may be flooded out, at least for a while.