Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday Notes

"Slow birding but in the end some nice looks and a decent species list. It always seems to work out that way at Cape May."

Karl Lukens had that to say about today's walk at The Rea Farm/Beanery, which still netted over 40 species on a morning dominated by threatening skies, muggy air and a southerly breeze.

There were a few birds on the move over Cape Island this morning, notably small groups of Double-crested Cormorants and the occasional Common Loon. As Josh mentioned, it was a fine day to study Peregrines in Cape May, with several birds putting on spectacular displays directly over the hawk watch.

A late-morning jaunt with Sam Galick through the State Park trails was highlighted by a Philadelphia Vireo near the intersection of the red and yellow trails, which was home to the only real pocket of birds we hit along the way. As far as I know, there were no sightings of the Golden-winged Warbler at the Northwood Center today.

Reports from the Meadows today indicated that there were multiple Soras present, along with an American Bittern. Last evening's walk at the Meadows found ten species of waterfowl, as well as a Little Blue Heron and a Caspian Tern.

Caspian Tern was also one of few birds flying at the Avalon Seawatch late this afternoon. It was a slow day at the end of 7th Street, but I hear that Parasitic Jaeger was again recorded today. Tomorrow's west winds should bring about a better flight.

Location: The Beanery
Observation date: 10/3/09
Number of species: 47
Notes: CMBO Trip-K,CS,K&RH,BS,CB,+15.Cldy,68,SSW5.

Canada Goose 20
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 8
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 heard
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 3 heard
House Wren 1
American Robin 30
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 100
Northern Parula 1
Palm Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
Field Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 4

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