Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, October 29th, 2017

The drizzle that graduated to rain kept most of the birds low this morning. A Belted Kingfisher was undeterred though, hitting the water often as it fished over the big back pond. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, & Deb Payson.
29 species

Canada Goose  14
Mallard (Northern)  7
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Mourning Dove  11
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  5
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren (Northern)  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  24
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  10
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  45

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Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 28th, 2017

No doubt about it, the highlight of this morning's walk was the flock of Eastern Meadowlarks that landed in a nearly shrub, calling, before they flew off. The close Orange-crowned Warbler was a treat also but couldn't outshine those meadowlarks!  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Deb Payson, Kyle Chelius, and Karl Lukens.
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Mallard (Northern)  5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern)  1
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  22
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  16
Carolina Chickadee  2
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren (Northern)  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  4
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  1
Northern Parula  2     Yellow breast,  blue-gray upper with green area on back, seen well foraging and preening
Palm Warbler (Western)  12
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  25
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  7
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  4
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  18

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Birding Cape May Point - Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Leaders: Brett Ewalds, Chris Marks and Mary Watkins.
49 species

18 Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
5 Gadwall
17 Mallard
10 Black Scoter
15 Northern Gannet
5 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
8 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
2 Killdeer
2 Parasitic Jaeger
100 Laughing Gull
15 Herring Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
50 Great Black-backed Gull
100 Forster's Tern
10 Royal Tern
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Northern Flicker
4 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
5 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
25 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Chickadee
1 Brown Creeper
2 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
100 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
40 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
250 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
9 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Northern Cardinal
35 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 House Finch
10 House Sparrow

E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Leaders: Chris Marks and Catherine Busch.
31 species

Canada Goose  85
Mute Swan  14
Blue-winged Teal  8
Northern Shoveler  6
Gadwall  85
Eurasian Wigeon  1     female
American Wigeon  22
Mallard (Northern)  36
Northern Pintail  16
Green-winged Teal  16
Redhead  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Common Gallinule  1
Greater Yellowlegs  7
Laughing Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  30
Great Black-backed Gull  250
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  100
Carolina Wren (Northern)  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  125
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
House Sparrow  6

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Good variety of ducks including American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, and Ruddy Ducks. Also had Pied-billed Grebe, 15 American Coots, a Common Gallinule, and a fairly cooperative Sora. Off shore were many gulls and terns and quite a few Parasitic Jaegers, one of which gave us good looks close to shore. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Warren Cairo, Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, & Janet Crawford.
48 species

Canada Goose  196
Mute Swan  17
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  6
Gadwall  12
American Wigeon  9
Mallard  21
Northern Pintail  8
Green-winged Teal  23
Black Scoter  87
Surf/Black Scoter  43
Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  524
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Sora  1
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  15
Black-bellied Plover  1
Sanderling  6
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Parasitic Jaeger  6
Bonaparte's Gull  14
Laughing Gull  54
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  246
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  385
Forster's Tern  287
Royal Tern  9
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler  42
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Birding Cape May Point - Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Erin Rawls.
45 species

10 Mute Swan
7 Mallard
1 Northern Pintail
8 Surf Scoter
29 Black Scoter
5 Northern Gannet
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Black-bellied Plover
21 Sanderling
6 Parasitic Jaeger
50 Laughing Gull
1 Ring-billed Gull
12 Herring Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
40 Great Black-backed Gull
35 Forster's Tern
9 Royal Tern
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
3 Eastern Phoebe
23 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
15 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
3 Carolina Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Eastern Bluebird
12 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
5 Northern Mockingbird
15 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
100 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Northern Cardinal
9 Red-winged Blackbird
11 House Finch
9 House Sparrow

E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

There was an incredible flight of hawks today making it difficult to leave the parking lot, especially when the walk started off with the Rough-legged Hawk giving us killer views as it circled overhead. This was presumably the same bird that had been trapped, banded, and released the day before. Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks were frequently in view as we progressed around the park, and the variety and numbers of ducks is increasing. Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Lynne and Marc Breslow.
48 species

Canada Goose  28
Mute Swan  12
Blue-winged Teal  8
Northern Shoveler  6
Gadwall  14
American Wigeon  8
Mallard (Northern)  32
Northern Pintail  12
Green-winged Teal  18
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  22
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  40
Cooper's Hawk  18
Bald Eagle  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  6
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Rough-legged Hawk  1     Flying over hawkwatch
Killdeer  5
Laughing Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  24
Tree Swallow  12
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Brown Thrasher  8
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  36
Savannah Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  28

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, October 16th, 2017

Moved from Meadows because of Rain. Good movement of Royal Terns plus one Caspian Tern as well as a few Scoters, 2 Northern Gannets, and gulls. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Janet Crawford, Pat Perkins, & Mary Watkins.
15 species

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  2
Surf Scoter  2
Black Scoter  8
Northern Gannet  2
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Osprey  1
Laughing Gull  7
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  1
Royal Tern  15
American Kestrel  1
Palm Warbler  1

Group then moved to the Hawkwatch platform. Fair movement of Merlin, Kestrel, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Spectacular show of Great Blue Herons, both on the ground and overhead.
34 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  7
Blue-winged Teal  7
Northern Shoveler  5
Mallard  10
Common Loon  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  160
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  10
Cooper's Hawk  2
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  100
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
American Kestrel  8
Merlin  7
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  18
Yellow-rumped Warbler  35
Red-winged Blackbird  7
House Sparrow  10

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek WMA - Sunday, October 15th, 2017

With ten species of warblers and six species of sparrows, it sure seemed like fall, despite the summery temperatures. Two White-crowned Sparrows were among the many Palm Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the brushy fields and a first-of-season Junco was seen, along with Brown Creeper and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Group 1 Leaders: Kathy Horn, Deb Payson, & Cindy Bamford.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mallard (Northern)  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  16
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  35
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  11
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  12
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  4
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  20
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  18
Chipping Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  4
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  16

Group 2 Leaders: Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, & Shaun Bamford.
44 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  14
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Tree Swallow  42
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  16
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  13
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  8
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Parula  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  15
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  4
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  80
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
Savannah Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  4
sparrow sp.  20
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  2

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Hawks,Trails and Beaches - Saturday, October 14th, 2017

An overcast afternoon made for great sky watching, and we were rewarded with 12 active Merlins on a mission to rid the area of dragonflies! Also good Parasitic Jaeger activity over the feeding flock on the rips. The amazing flight and roost of Great Blue Herons continues. Leaders: Bert Hixon, Mary Watkins, Dave and Lynn Pollard.
42 species

35 Canada Goose
6 Mute Swan
6 Northern Shoveler
14 Mallard
1 Pied-billed Grebe
40 Double-crested Cormorant
75 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
5 Turkey Vulture
4 Osprey
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper's Hawk
4 American Coot
4 Parasitic Jaeger
200 Laughing Gull
15 Herring Gull
10 Great Black-backed Gull
20 Forster's Tern
5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
12 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon
2 Blue Jay
6 American Crow
30 Tree Swallow
4 Carolina Chickadee
8 Carolina Wren
5 Gray Catbird
7 Northern Mockingbird
13 European Starling
6 Cedar Waxwing
6 Palm Warbler
50 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2 Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
18 Red-winged Blackbird
3 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Beautiful in their deep gray-blue and rust even on such an overcast morning, Swamp Sparrows were everywhere at the Beanery this morning, more common even than the Yellow-rumped Warblers that constantly chipped around us. White-throated Sparrows are also back and the far hedgerow held Savannah Sparrows and a first-winter White-crowned Sparrow. Mixed warbler flocks seemed to be hanging around the wet woods areas and a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak perched briefly for some of us to view.

Group 1 Leaders: Kathy Horn, Deb Payson
49 species

Canada Goose  11
Mallard (Northern)  13
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  14
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Mourning Dove  16
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  7
Merlin  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren (Northern)  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  18
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  6
American Redstart  2
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Palm Warbler (Western)  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  35
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  7
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  45
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  25
Common Grackle (Purple)  2

Group 2 Leaders: Roger Horn, Kyle Chelius
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  18
Great Blue Heron  9
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  24
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  7
Merlin  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  7
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  8
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Cape May Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  8
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  40
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1     Heard
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  17
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  2

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A Meadows Afternoon - Friday, October 13th, 2017

We had a great Merlin show. Also, after being patient, the participants saw the Common Gallinule and Sora. The Virginia Rail called frequently but never showed. On the beach, several species of gulls and terns were spotted. Many scoter flew by and there was one Semipalmated Plover and a couple of Sanderlings. The ponds held a nice variety of ducks. Leaders: David La Puma, Barb Bassett.
49 species

40 Canada Goose
3 Mute Swan
6 Northern Shoveler
14 Gadwall
6 American Wigeon
40 Mallard
2 American Black Duck
4 Northern Pintail
18 Green-winged Teal
4 Surf Scoter
20 Black Scoter
100 Surf/Black Scoter
4 Double-crested Cormorant
60 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
3 Glossy Ibis
2 Turkey Vulture
4 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper's Hawk
1 Virginia Rail -- Heard
1 Sora
1 Common Gallinule
4 American Coot
1 Semipalmated Plover
2 Sanderling
2 Wilson's snipe
400 Laughing Gull -- Along beach and in rips
2 Ring-billed Gull
50 Herring Gull
75 Great Black-backed Gull
30 Forster's Tern
2 Royal Tern
2 Mourning Dove
2 American Kestrel
8 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon
200 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
7 European Starling
2 Common Yellowthroat
30 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
3 Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)
4 Swamp Sparrow
4 House Sparrow

Birding Cape May Point - Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Leaders: Bret Ewald, Chris Marks, & Mary Watkins.
64 species

5 Mute Swan
1 American Wigeon
7 Mallard
40 Black Scoter
1 Common Loon
1 Double-crested Cormorant
11 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
7 Turkey Vulture
4 Osprey
2 Cooper's Hawk
6 Killdeer
2 Ruddy Turnstone
6 Sanderling
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
75 Laughing Gull
6 Herring Gull
15 Great Black-backed Gull
4 Common Tern
30 Forster's Tern
2 Royal Tern
0 Black Skimmer
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
6 Mourning Dove
2 Belted Kingfisher
3 Northern Flicker
3 American Kestrel
11 Merlin
0 Merlin (Taiga)
6 Peregrine Falcon
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
600 Tree Swallow
5 Carolina Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Gray Catbird
2 Brown Thrasher
3 Northern Mockingbird
14 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Tennessee Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
2 Cape May Warbler
6 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
150 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Dark-eyed Junco
9 White-throated Sparrow
4 Swamp Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
0 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Indigo Bunting
2 Bobolink
4 Red-winged Blackbird
3 House Finch
2 House Sparrow

Twilight at the Meadows - Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Leaders:  Chris Marks, Bill Smythe, Dave and Lynn Pollard.
26 species

Canada Goose  85
Mute Swan  12
Blue-winged Teal  6
Northern Shoveler  8
Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  14
Mallard (Northern)  28
American Black Duck  3
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  16
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  4
Herring Gull  26
Great Black-backed Gull  150
Mourning Dove  2
Merlin  2
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  120
Savannah Sparrow  1

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Sunset at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Leaders: Shaun Bamford, Barb Bassett, and Michael McCabe.
24 species

1 Surf Scoter
120 Black Scoter -- Several groups
1 Double-crested Cormorant 
2 Great Egret 
1 Turkey Vulture 
1 Osprey 
3 American Oystercatcher 
1 Semipalmated Plover 
3 Ruddy Turnstone 
250 Sanderling 
4 Dunlin 
40 Western Sandpiper 
2 Laughing Gull 
6 Ring-billed Gull 
20 Herring Gull 
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull 
30 Great Black-backed Gull 
6 Black Skimmer 
1 Gray Catbird 
1 Northern Mockingbird 
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 
2 Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 
1 Song Sparrow 
1 House Sparrow 

E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
44 species

Mute Swan  8
Blue-winged Teal  3
Mallard (Northern)  4
Green-winged Teal  2
Ruddy Duck (Ruddy)  5
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern)  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Laughing Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Merlin (Taiga)  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  45
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren (Northern)  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  4
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  5
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  48
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  18
American Goldfinch  6

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, October 9th, 2017

Cloudy, breezy, and threatening rain. Passerines were hard to come by, but some nice varieties of ducks including both Teal, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, and Mallard. Lots of gulls on the beach as well as at least 12 Royal Terns. A Little Blue Heron was feeding in the east pond. A Sora and a Virginia Rail were either seen or heard by many in the group. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Mary Watkins, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
41 species

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  4
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  12
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  30
American Black Duck  2
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  2
Black Scoter  30
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Virginia Rail  1
Sora  1
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  15
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Caspian Tern  1
Royal Tern  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  1

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek - Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Leaders:  Kathy Horn,  Janet Crawford, & Shaun Bamford
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
Mallard  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  6
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  16
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  13
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  1
American Redstart  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  3
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  25
Common Grackle  25

Group 2 Leaders: Roger Horn, Deb Payson, & Cindy Bamford.
24 species

6 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
14 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle
2 Herring Gull (American)
3 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
16 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 American Crow
24 crow sp.
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
7 Carolina Wren
5 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
5 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Swamp Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Bobolink
1 House Finch
3 American Goldfinch

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Group 1 Leaders:  Kathy Horn and Michael McCabe.
40 species

Mallard  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  7
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  7
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  9
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  24
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  8
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  10
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  9
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  2

Group 2 Leaders: Roger Horn, Deb Payson, and Karl Lukens.
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  3
Snowy Egret  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
shorebird sp.  5
Herring Gull (American)  2
Mourning Dove  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  9
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  8
Carolina Wren  6
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  30
Savannah Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  10
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Red-winged Blackbird  9
American Goldfinch  4

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A Meadows Afternoon - Friday, October 6th, 2017

Leaders: Barb Bassett, Catherine Busch, Mary Watkins, and Erin Rawls.
33 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  2
Blue-winged Teal  6
Northern Shoveler  4
Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  40
American Black Duck  2
Green-winged Teal  8
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1     Immature
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  2     Heard only
Laughing Gull  200
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  3
Mourning Dove  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  20
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Savannah Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Finch  3

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Birding Cape May Point - Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, and Erin Rawls.
41 species

5 Mute Swan
0 American Wigeon
9 Mallard
3 Black Scoter
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Snowy Egret
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Parasitic Jaeger
250 Laughing Gull
2 Ring-billed Gull
25 Herring Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
25 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Caspian Tern
5 Common Tern
20 Forster's Tern
9 Royal Tern
4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
8 Mourning Dove
1 Northern Flicker
2 Merlin
2 Peregrine Falcon
12 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
3 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
8 Northern Mockingbird
21 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Palm Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Northern Cardinal
4 Red-winged Blackbird
3 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
12 House Sparrow

Twilight Watch at The Meadows - Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Bill Smythe, Dave Pollard and Lynn Pollard.

40 species

110 Canada Goose
12 Mute Swan
2 Northern Shoveler
6 Gadwall
5 American Wigeon
30 Mallard
1 American Black Duck
1 Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
8 Northern Pintail
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Pied-billed Grebe
17 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
1 Black Vulture
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Virginia Rail
1 Common Gallinule
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Parasitic Jaeger
35 Laughing Gull
25 Herring Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
40 Great Black-backed Gull
3 Royal Tern
23 Black Skimmer
2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Merlin
1 Carolina Wren
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Palm Warbler
2 Field Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
4 Red-winged Blackbird

E-Z Birding - Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  8
American Wigeon  2
Mallard (Northern)  14
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Ruddy Duck  2
Northern Bobwhite  1
Wood Stork  1     Seen by a few flying high
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Common Tern  8
Forster's Tern  2
Royal Tern  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  15
Merlin (Taiga)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  14
Tree Swallow  250
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren (Northern)  5
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  28
Common Yellowthroat  6
Palm Warbler (Western)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  14
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  14

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Good passerine activity at the beginning of the west path which included Gray Catbirds, Northern Parula, Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireo, and Philadelphia Vireo. Raptors included Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawks, and Broad-winged Hawk. Along the beach we had a Caspian Tern and several Royal Terns. Ducks included Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Shoveler. Overhead were "loads" of Tree Swallows. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, Janet Crawford, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
55 species

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  11
Wood Duck  2     fly-by. seen by a few
Northern Shoveler  12
Mallard  25
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  3
Common Loon  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  15
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Caspian Tern  1
Royal Tern  5
Mourning Dove  6
Northern Flicker  7
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  700
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
Northern Parula  1
Palm Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
House Sparrow  4

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek - Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Sometimes, a few days after a favorable migration front that drops a lot of birds at Cape May's tip, birds settle in to feed for a few days a bit further up the bayshore, making Cox Hall Creek WMA the place to be. That seemed to be the case today, with eleven species of warblers, many kinglets and a variety of vireos. One of the Blue-headed Vireos was especially kind to us, posing in good light as we admired its fine plumage. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford, Cindy Bamford, Deb Payson, & Joe Demko.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Laughing Gull  1
Mourning Dove  15
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  18
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  11
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  7
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  12
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Palm Warbler (Western)  22
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  7

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Hawks,Trails and Beaches - Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Leaders : Mary Watkins,  BJ Pinnock and Virginia Rettig.
40 species

24 Canada Goose
6 Mute Swan
1 Gadwall
2 American Wigeon
18 Mallard
1 American Black Duck
2 Northern Pintail
4 Green-winged Teal
4 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
3 Turkey Vulture
3 Osprey
2 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper's Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Killdeer -- Heard
6 Laughing Gull
3 Ring-billed Gull
6 Herring Gull
11 Great Black-backed Gull
5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker
12 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
12 Tree Swallow
3 Carolina Chickadee
6 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- Heard
1 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
5 American Redstart
3 Northern Parula
3 Palm Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 30th, 2017

During migration, you really need eyes in the back of your head, and eyes on top of your head. On a day like today, if you took your eyes off the sky, you'd miss a falcon or an accipiter. If you took your eyes off the shrubs, you'd miss the flit of a kinglet or a warbler. These are days that make us glad we're birders!
Group 1 Leaders: Kathy Horn & Deb Payson.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  70
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Black Vulture  11
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Herring Gull (American)  1
Mourning Dove  16
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  15
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  9
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  9
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  10
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  11
Common Grackle (Purple)  1

Group 2 Leaders: Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, & Michael McCabe.
45 species

Canada Goose  62
Mallard  3
Snowy Egret  3
Black Vulture  15
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Great Black-backed Gull  11
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  70
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  13
American Kestrel  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  80
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Prairie Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Bobolink  11
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  5
House Sparrow  3

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A Meadows Afternoon - Friday, September 29th, 2017

Leaders: Barb Bassett, Catherine Busch, and Erin Rawls.
43 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  12
Wood Duck  4
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  3
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  20
American Black Duck  1
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  1
Green-winged Teal  25
Black Scoter  30
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1     Immature
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  3     1,2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  30
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  10
gull sp.  400     In rips
Common/Forster's Tern  200     In rips
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Common Yellowthroat  3
Northern Parula  2
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20

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Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 29th, 2017

Group 1- Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Catherine Busch, & Mary Watkins.
42 species

Canada Goose  9
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Egret  3
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  2
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  75
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  3
Cedar Waxwing  100
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  7
Cape May Warbler  5
Northern Parula  15
Magnolia Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Scarlet Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  6
Bobolink  10
American Goldfinch  6

Group 2 - Leaders: Kathy Horn, Hugh Simmons, Lynn Pollard & Dave Pollard.
45 species

Mallard  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  75
Alder Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Red-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  11
Cedar Waxwing  55
Black-and-white Warbler  9
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)  3
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  9
American Goldfinch  2

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Birding Cape May Point - Thursday, September 28th, 2017

 Leaders:  Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, & Erin Rawls
48 species

Mute Swan  7
Mallard  8
Surf Scoter  2
Black Scoter  3
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Sanderling  7
Laughing Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  10
Lesser Black-backed Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Royal Tern  57
Black Skimmer  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
American Kestrel  8
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  75
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  12
Ovenbird  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  100
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  10

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Twilight Watch at The Meadows - Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

A beautiful evening at the Meadows, ‘So Many Merlin’s’. Yes, tonight was clearly a falcon evening, Merlins flying around us almost continuously only to be interrupted by a Peregrine or two. At the dune crossing they were flying by within twenty feet of us. All those falcons and a beautiful sunset. Another great evening in Cape May! Leaders: Warren Cairo, Bill Smythe.
32 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  20
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  5
Gadwall  6
Mallard  16
American Black Duck  2
Green-winged Teal  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  8
Snowy Egret  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Caspian Tern  6
Forster's Tern  24
Royal Tern  5
Black Skimmer  30     Distant look
Mourning Dove  2
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  10
Peregrine Falcon  4
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Wren  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Savannah Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12

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Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

A very windy evening at Stone Harbor Point tonight but lots of interesting birds. We began with a very large group of American Oystercatchers and a lone Red Knot. Then a very large flock of shorebirds were put to flight further up the beach. They circled around and around and finally settled down right in front of us providing great looks at Western Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers.  On the return from the beach, while searching out Savannah Sparrows, we were buzzed by a very low flying Peregrine Falcon. A fun night. Leaders: Shaun Bamford, Warren Cairo, Michael McCabe and Chris & Gerry Dewaghe.
18 species

Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Semipalmated Plover  30
Ruddy Turnstone  6
Red Knot  1
Sanderling  130
Semipalmated Sandpiper  20
Western Sandpiper  40
Laughing Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  15
Herring Gull  6
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Caspian Tern  4
Mourning Dove  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Savannah Sparrow  3

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E-Z Birding - Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Leaders: Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
25 species

Canada Goose  38
Mute Swan  8
Mallard (Northern)  6
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  8
Great Black-backed Gull  175
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  8
American Kestrel  2
Blue Jay  2
Tree Swallow  200
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  12

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Birding the Meadows - Monday, September 25th, 2017

A few scattered warblers were in the bushes including Common Yellowthroat, Palm and Yellow Warblers, as well as a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Some raptors were seen such as American Kestrel, Merlin, Cooper's Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk. Ducks included Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, and Mallard. Wilson's Snipe was also seen and a Virginia Rail may have been heard. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Karl Lukens, Janet Crawford, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Mary Watkins, Chuck Slugg, and Warren Cairo.
45 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  25
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Shoveler  4
Gadwall  2
Mallard  15
Green-winged Teal  2
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Bittern  1     fly by seen by a few
Great Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Laughing Gull  30
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  70
Royal Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  10
Northern Flicker  12
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  150
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  15
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
House Sparrow  2

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Little Blue Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Hawks,Trails, and Beach - Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Leaders: Bert Hixon & Mary Watkins.
31 species

23 Canada Goose
7 Mute Swan
4 Mallard
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
7 Osprey
3 Northern Harrier
2 Cooper's Hawk
7 Laughing Gull
6 Herring Gull
36 Great Black-backed Gull
4 Forster's Tern
2 Mourning Dove
9 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
4 American Kestrel
6 Merlin
4 American Crow
7 Carolina Chickadee
1 House Wren
5 Carolina Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
2 Palm Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler -- Seen by some
3 Field Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle

Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm - Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Leaders: Barb Bassett, Kyle Chelius, Karl Lukens, Deb Payson & Michael McCabe.
40 species

8 Mallard - FO
18 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
3 Black-crowned Night-Heron
4 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
6 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
30 Laughing Gull
6 Herring Gull
25 gull sp.
25 Mourning Dove
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Downy Woodpecker
15 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) - FO
5 American Kestrel
1 Red-eyed Vireo
15 Blue Jay - FO
5 American Crow
10 crow sp.
50 Tree Swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
4 Carolina Wren
5 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
10 European Starling
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 American Redstart
2 Savannah Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Baltimore Oriole
6 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle

Male American Kestrel [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

Immature Red-tailed Hawk [Photo by Kyle Chelius]

A Meadows Afternoon - Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Leaders: Barb Bassett & Catherine Busch.
36 species

40 Canada Goose
4 Mute Swan
8 Blue-winged Teal
1 Northern Shoveler
6 Gadwall
20 Mallard
2 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
1 Green Heron
2 Glossy Ibis
2 Turkey Vulture
6 Osprey -- One being chased buy BAEA
1 Northern Harrier
3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle -- Adult. Chasing OSPR for fish
2 Solitary Sandpiper - FO -- One in east pond. One FO, calling.
100 Laughing Gull
4 Ring-billed Gull
20 Herring Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
40 Great Black-backed Gull
100 Sterna sp. -- In rips and roosting on Second Ave. Beach
50 Black Skimmer -- Fly by and roosting on Second Ave beach
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4 Mourning Dove
10 American Kestrel
4 Merlin
10 crow sp.
2 Carolina Wren
1 Northern Mockingbird
20 European Starling
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Cardinal
10 Red-winged Blackbird

Higbee Beach Birding - Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Group 1 Leaders: David La Puma, Kyle Chelius, Sharon Meeker, Gerry & Chris Dewaghe.
25 species

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Osprey  8
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  2
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  75
American Kestrel  4
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  5
Cedar Waxwing  15
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  8
Bobolink  75

Group 2 Leaders: Chris Marks, Catherine Busch & Mary Watkins.
28 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  2
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  85
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  12
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Gray Catbird  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  8
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Bobolink  24
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  3

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