Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cape May Point State Park to be CLOSED WEDNESDAY; Golden Eagle; additions from Higbee

Cape May Point State Park will be closed for at least part of the day tomorrow, Wednesday 10/8/08, beginning in the morning. The Hawk Count will be conducted from the observation platform at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge until the park re-opens.

A Golden Eagle is apparently heading towards the hawk watch right now, according to Dan Berard. I believe this is the first of the season.

The Wetlands Institute Hudsonian Godwit was seen again yesterday.

CMBO's morning walk at Higbee today was, according to the leaders, the best so far this fall, with good views of interesting species, notably Philadelphia Vireo. Two Common Loons flew over the walk as well. The full list follows:

Location: Higbee Beach
Observation date: 10/7/08
Notes: The highlight of the walk was the large number of ospreys overhead, many carrying fish. Yellow-rumped warblers are in, along with good looks at black-throated blue warblers, a Philadelphia vireo, and a scattering of sparrows.
Number of species: 51
Canada Goose 1
Common Loon 2
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 40
Bald Eagle 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 20
Cooper's Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 35
Eastern Phoebe 3
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 10
Tree Swallow 100
Carolina Chickadee 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 12
Brown Thrasher 6
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 20
Cape May Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Palm Warbler 5
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Baltimore Oriole 1

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