Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Yellowthroat

[These three Glossy Ibis fed in a flooded field along Route 47 near Goshen this morning. The feline in the background annoyingly flushed a shorebird as I pulled up, perhaps a Pectoral Sandpiper. Click to enlarge photos.]

Dave La Puma and Tom Magarian detected 6 Pectoral Sandpipers on Lehner Road near the "Pickle Factory" this morning, which grew to 7 per Tony Leukering and then 8 per Dave Lord. Probably be 20 by the time I get there. . . Two Horned Larks were also in this field. Lehner Road runs northeastward from Route 47 near Eldora towards Route 347. The birds were in a field within the triangle formed by Lehner and Paper Mill Road/Spur 550.

Common Yellowthroats were detected at Turkey Point by Pete Dunne and Peaslee WMA by Karen Johnson, who is out on CMBO's Wednesday field trip there.

Michael O'Brien heard an American Bittern over Cape May Point last night.

I cycled along the bay in the vicinity of Villas early this morning, where Northern Gannets continue to stage a show, and a Black-and-white Warbler sang from some mature oaks in a neighborhood. I didn't look closely at the gulls, but there were still plenty of Bonaparte's along the shore.

[Muskrat at nightfall, Cape May Point state park yesterday.]

Last night past sunset a Great-horned Owl hunted very visibly from treetops along the trails at Cape May Point State Park, multiple Blue-winged Teal occupied Bunker Pond, and the frog chorus, including the first Fowler's Toads I've heard this spring, was deafening.

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