Saturday, January 17, 2009

Winter Raptors of the Delaware Bayshore

The following report just came in, summarizing today's chilly but very productive trip along the Delaware Bayshore in seach of winter raptors. With the recent cold snap, it should be expected that more raptors, waterfowl and gulls will be arriving in the area from points north. Rough-legged Hawks, Common Mergansers and other more uncommon Cape May waterfowl, and white-winged gulls are all worth looking for in the days to come.

In other news, at least one of the Rufous-type Hummingbirds survived the cold and continues at 711 New England Road, and the Cackling Goose was sitting atop the ice on Lily Lake for a while during the early afternoon. Delaware Bay was frozen to at least three or four miles offshore of Reed's Beach today; however, there is some temporary relief on the way- temperatures are slowly rising overnight and will top out around 40 degrees tomorrow.

Summary of today's trip:
"A great day for raptors that ended all told with 9 BALD EAGLES and 17 RED TAILED HAWKS! Other points of interest included one DARK MORPH ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Newport Landing and 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS at Jakes to cap a chilly, but enjoyable trip. Leaders were Karen and Brian Johnson, Janet Crawford, Chuck and Mary Jane Slugg and Dave Lord."

Location: Bayside Viewing Area
Observation date: 1/17/09
Number of species: 33
Snow Goose 5500
Canada Goose 65
American Black Duck 25
Mallard 30
Bufflehead 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Dunlin 65
Wilson's Snipe 2
Ring-billed Gull 25
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 2
Marsh Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 60
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 45
Common Grackle 65

Location: Newport Landing Road
Observation date: 1/17/09
Number of species: 4
American Black Duck 25
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Dunlin 20

Location: Turkey Point
Observation date: 1/17/09
Number of species: 24
Snow Goose 150
Canada Goose 140
Mute Swan 35
Bufflehead 7
Common Merganser 65
Ruddy Duck 15
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 3
Northern Harrier 5
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Dunlin 30
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 20

Location: Jakes Landing
Observation date: 1/17/09
Notes: Short-eared were seen on a return visit.
Number of species: 20
Snow Goose 150
Canada Goose 25
American Black Duck 15
Mallard 16
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 5
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Dunlin 12
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 7
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Short-eared Owl 5
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 4
Song Sparrow 3

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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