Friday, April 24, 2009

Swallow-tailed RE-redux, Higbee walk

Apparently all you have to do to see a Swallow-tailed Kite in Cape May is stand next to Mark Garland, whose group had one AGAIN this morning over the state park.

CMBO's Higbee walk this morning featured nice looks at territorial White-eyed Vireos and a Barred Owl that flew right in front of the group along the cedar-lined path that heads south towards "catbird corner" next to the tower field. We also had nice looks at Black-and-white Warbler, glimpsed several Blue-headed Vireos, and heard an Indigo Bunting flying over. The Common Yellowthroat that sings two-noted phrases "witchy-witchy-witchy-witchy-witchy" is back again this year, or one with his song, near catbird corner. A nice little flight of herons was underway this morning, too. The full list is below.

Bob Fogg just poked his head in and mentioned he had a Blue-winged Warbler at the south end of the third field at Higbee, and a Northern Waterthrush at Davey's Lake.

Location: Higbee Beach
Observation date: 4/24/09
Notes: CMB0 Friday walk. Pine Warbler heard before walk.
Number of species: 53
Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 75
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 10
Glossy Ibis 3
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
Black-bellied Plover 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Willet 1
Laughing Gull 20
Herring Gull 10
Mourning Dove 5
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 20
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 10
Carolina Wren 20
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Pine Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 10
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 25
American Goldfinch 10

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