Saturday, October 18, 2008

Great Egg Harbor: Eagles and Kingfishers

CMBO's annual Great Egg Harbor River cruise today met with some stiff northeast winds, but over 30 hardy participants enjoyed extraordinary views of 6 adult and at least 6 immature Bald Eagles. Belted Kingfishers were another interesting presence, with at least 10 seen on the trip. It was a high high tide thanks to the east wind and recent full moon, so shorebird habitat was not available. The full list for the trip is below.

Location: Great Egg Harbor River
Observation date: 10/18/08
Notes: CMBO's Great Egg Harbor River cruise.
Number of species: 37
Brant 200
Canada Goose 100
American Black Duck 50
Double-crested Cormorant 75
Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egret 20
Snowy Egret 10
Black-crowned Night-Heron 20
Turkey Vulture 15
Osprey 5
Bald Eagle 12
Northern Harrier 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Dunlin 4
Laughing Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Forster's Tern 2
Royal Tern 1
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Belted Kingfisher 10
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow X
Fish Crow X
Tree Swallow X
European Starling X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Boat-tailed Grackle X
House Sparrow X

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