Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Flight There Was, and Swainson's Photo du jour

[The Swainson's Hawk was seen by many hunting some kind of small insect along Stevens Street today. Photo by Don Freiday, click to enlarge.]

Mike Crewe reports: "I was at the Meadows this morning and witnessed the biggest American Robin flight I've seen this fall; not massive, but several thousand birds. Accompanying them, a great assortment of American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Rusty Blackbird, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird - a real treat! I also heard a Dickcissel which may have been the bird later seen at the state park."

Mike's report is of interest, because at Hidden Valley this morning I did not notice a particularly large flight of anything. This is actually typical in Cape May - sometime there are birds evident in one part of the peninsula but not others.

Kathy Horn reports from the CMBO Villas WMA walk this morning, "Two brightly-colored Baltimore Orioles and a couple large mixed flocks of ground-feeding Dark-eyed Juncos, Eastern Bluebirds, American Goldfinches, and Chipping, Field and Song Sparrows were highlights of this morning's Villas WMA walk. The large pond in the back held Ring-necked Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mallard and a Double-crested Cormorant."

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