Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mercer Corporate Park 5/21--King Rail, Common Gallinule

King Rail
Photo: Mike Mandracchia
Once again, this nondescript corporate park, hard by I-195, inexplicably produces terrific birds. I don't have a very big Mercer County life list, but I do have a lot of choice birds on it and a great deal of them came out of the two little ponds on the property. Today, on my 2nd try of the weekend, I got two more.

Yesterday, I was there very early before I was supposed to do something else for the day. I'd heard about the two rail species that had been reported there for the last few days, but I thought only one was a real possibility. Of course, neither was, and I left disappointed.

This morning I birded FREC and Colliers Mills with Mike and after lunch, he had somewhere else to be and since I was already halfway to Mercer Corporate Park, I decided to try again. Looking at the eBird reports, I was surprised to see that the King Rail was calling and showing mid-day. King Rails are very rare in New Jersey and the last one I knew about was controversial, possibly a hybrid (with Clapper Rail) up in Bayonne. I like rarities, but I'm not driving to Bayonne for one. King Rails are also usually heard at night or pre-dawn. This one must be particularly desperate to be grunting and "kekking" all day.

Still, I didn't expect to find or hear it. My modest goal was to find the Common Gallinule that was in the first pond (site of so many cool birds: Barnacle Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Red Phalarope!). Ironically, while this bird isn't listed as "rare" in Mercer County, it should be.

I parked the car across from the first pond, which aside from some low reeds is clear of vegetation obstruction and saw only geese. I walked the length of the pond (not very big) and then around its north end, looking in the reeds for the gallinule with no luck, for the 2nd day. As I walked back to the roadway another birder pulled up and was scanning the far edge. It turned out to be, happily for me, Scott, with Linda in the passenger seat. Linda had seen the bird earlier, but Scott had missed it, so they were trying again. I asked, ruefully, about the King and Scott said, oh it was just calling a few minutes again. He said to follow them to the other pond, about 1/4 mile from where we were and before I was even out of the car I heard the King Rail calling at 2:30 PM. Pretty amazing. This was only the 2nd King Rail I've heard. The previous one was at Brig with Mike, calling along the Gull Pond road. I made a recording, which wasn't very good because of the wind roar, and we returned to the first pond to find the supposedly easier bird.

It took a half hour or so but the gallinule finally emerged from the reeds and gave us decent looks and distant photos. It took me 10 times longer to find the supposedly easy bird than the rarity. Of course, it helps to know people who know.
Common Gallinule
As my friend Peter in Brooklyn use to say, those were two "quality" birds!  I texted Mike about the two birds and their locations and he was able to get over there and find both of them.

King Rail was one of the few birds I have on my list that Shari didn't, so after dinner tonight, we decided drive over there. Mike was still there and was texting us reports as we drove up Rt 539 and through Allentown. "Faster Shari, faster, faster." When we arrived Mike was there with a group of other birders, and, as in the afternoon, the King Rail was loud and vociferous! Shari could have turned around then and ticked off the bird for her life list, but we hung around trying to actually see the bird. Of the 6 or 7 other birders there, including Shari & Mike, everyone of them, at some point, said, "There it is," or "I see it" and then described some piece of reed with a twig behind it and the opening to the right and if I'd only look there except the bird was moving to the left and now look over this bush behind the bluish-green reeds the bird is facing right and I would see it!  Mike left (it was probably too painful for him to watch me floundering for a sighting) and Shari was freezing, but I was determined to see this bird (and nightfall was an hour away) when finally, finally, it scurried out of the reeds into a big patch of mud and ran back into the phragmites and I had my look, the first King Rail I've ever seen and I may not ever see another.

We drove around to the first pool and made a desultory attempt for the gallinule but it wasn't showing and Shari doesn't care that much about her year list so we left. Shari had her lifer, I had my look and what a great way to finish the weekend.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Great Bay Blvd 5/19--Saltmarsh Sparrow

A perfect day to take a hike along Great Bay Blvd--hot as a mofo but no wind or bugs. Low tide.

There are two different theories about shorebirds regarding the tides. Some say that high tide forces the birds to concentrate in "high" places. Others say that low tide gives the birds a place to feed. It depends on the spot. At Heislerville or Jamaica Bay, high tide forces the birds into the impoundments or the East Pond. Along Great Bay Blvd, low tide creates plenty of mud flats for the shorebirds to feed.

I have my routine for birding GBB alone. First I stop at Holly Lake and check it for herons and shorebirds--there were a few there today, but the only one I didn't see later was Killdeer. Then I stop at the mitigation bulwark at the north end of the road, where the WMA starts. Here, on the mud flats, you'll often find Black Skimmers in spring and I did. There were also plenty of shorebirds to sort through, including a household favorite, Ruddy Turnstones.

Then I slowly drive down the road, tallying egrets until I get to a big sandy parking lot where I scan for herons and shorebirds. Today there were a couple turnstones right on the pier and my only Tricolored Heron of the day out in the marsh. After that, I stop at the first wooden bridge, check the marsh and count the Barn Swallows that nest in the marina across the road.

Red Knots
At the north end of the 2nd wooden bridge I stop and check the mud flats to the east and west, plus the grove of trees on either side. Plenty of shorebirds there plus a Willow Flycatcher. Then, over the bridge and down to the inlet itself. I don't really look too much along this stretch of road since I know I'm going to cover it later in my walk. Today, the inlet was the place to be. I was looking for Saltmarsh Sparrow, and found a couple on the mud flats, one running around like a mouse. I wasn't quick enough to photograph it. But the real highlight for me was the big flock of Red Knots that were feeding imperturbably. There were some Dunlin, turnstones, and Least Sandpipers mixed in, but it was mostly knots. Not the thousands that come to feed on horseshoe crab eggs in along the Delaware Bay in Cape May, but still, a very impressive, happy sight for me.

Red Knots with Dunlin in breeding plumage
Seaside Sparrow


As I was walking back, Seaside Sparrows were buzzing and one was posted up long enough for me to fumble around with camera and get a picture. It seems to me I'm more interested in taking pictures of birds that I more often hear than see. The Willow Flycatcher that I found at the inlet path is another example.

Willow Flycatcher just north of the inlet
After I've done the inlet the exercise portion of the day starts. It is an approximate 3.7 mile round trip from the inlet to the southern edge of the first wooden bridge. The habitat can get a little monotonous--acres and acres of salt marsh, but today there were enough shorebirds in the marshes to keep my interest. I was surprised at how long it took me to find a couple of Greater Yellowlegs. The only birds I "should" have gotten that I didn't were oystercatchers and Little Blue Heron. Very often, I'll take a second look at the inlet, but today I didn't as I had run into Pete & Chris and they hadn't had anything there since I'd looked earlier.

I drive north fairly slowly, hoping for something that has been overlooked, but today I only added to the numbers of birds already seen. 1 year bird and 5 county birds for the day.
37 species
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Egret 20
Snowy Egret 5
Tricolored Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 8
Osprey 7
Clapper Rail 6 Heard
Black-bellied Plover 15
Semipalmated Plover 30
Ruddy Turnstone 25
Red Knot 125 Large flock at inlet, a few scattered in the marshes along the road
Stilt Sandpiper 1 boat launch before 2nd wood bridge
Dunlin 35
Least Sandpiper 50 conservative estimate
Semipalmated Sandpiper 15
Short-billed Dowitcher 30
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Willet 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Laughing Gull 40
Herring Gull 20
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Least Tern 3
Forster's Tern 7
Black Skimmer 16
Willow Flycatcher 2 One just north of 2nd wooden bridge, one at inlet path
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 35
Gray Catbird 3
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow Warbler
2
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2
Seaside Sparrow 8 scattered all along the drive and at the inlet
Song Sparrow 8
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Boat-tailed Grackle 75


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Island Beach SP 5/17--Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Chestnut-sided Warbler

Finally a warm day. I know it's a cliche; every year we go from winter to summer and "there was no spring." I don't care. I'd rather have July in May than March in May. So there was plenty of sun and heat to bring out the bugs to bring out the birds along Reed's Road, the blind trail across from the main parking lot, and Spizzle Creek. Not as many warblers as I'd have like (there never are) but enough to keep me engaged. I added 3 year birds today (one at each location I birded) plus 3 county birds.

Along Reed's Road I found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I was expecting the black-billed variety (because one had been sighted yesterday) but this one was clearly yellow-billed. I may have seen the black-billed cuckoo at the bowl up the bay, but I never got a decent look at it. Apparently I arrived at the bowl a little too early, because another birder I spoke to who birded it after I did had a lively time there, while my time was pretty much spent pishing to no avail.

Swainson's Thrush
Along the unnamed blind trail about a mile south of Reed's Road, I was happy to find my county Swainson's Thrush. Miraculously, I got one picture of it. I bring new meaning to the phrase "point and shoot." I tried to get a photo of my FOY Chestnut-sided Warbler that I also found on this short trail, but all I got was leaves and branches.

Spizzle Creek was busy; I finally got a Black-crowned Night-Heron for the county, there were a couple of oystercatchers, a couple of very nice, full breeding plumage Black-bellied Plovers, and a female Scarlet Tanager that it took a while for the penny to drop for identification. The Marsh Wrens were loud, as were the many blackbirds. So loud that I almost missed the "fitz-bew" of a couple of Willow Flycatchers calling in the marsh. It took a few moments to realize I was hearing what I was hearing.

For my travels I tallied 56 species. It felt good to have sun block on. It didn't feel good to have Off on, but, having learned my lesson along Reed's, the stuff really worked at Spizzle. Another month or so and that trail will be unwalkable, Off or no Off.

1 Brant
1 Canada Goose
1 Mallard 
3 Double-crested Cormorant 
6 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret 
1 Little Blue Heron 
1 Tricolored Heron 
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron 
8 Glossy Ibis
11 Osprey 
2 American Oystercatcher 
2 Black-bellied Plover 
11 Spotted Sandpiper 
4 Willet 
18 Laughing Gull 
7 Herring Gull 
1 Great Black-backed Gull 
3 Forster's Tern
4 Mourning Dove 
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Chimney Swift 
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 
2 Willow Flycatcher
9 Great Crested Flycatcher 
2 Eastern Kingbird 
1 White-eyed Vireo 
1 American Crow 
2 Fish Crow 
1 Tree Swallow 
1 Carolina Chickadee 
3 Marsh Wren 
1 Swainson's Thrush 
2 American Robin
45 Gray Catbird 
1 Brown Thrasher 
2 Northern Mockingbird 
11 Common Yellowthroat 
1 American Redstart
1 Northern Parula 
1 Magnolia Warbler 
7 Yellow Warbler 
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler 
3 Blackpoll Warbler 
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
 
3 Song Sparrow
7 Eastern Towhee

1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Northern Cardinal
20 Red-winged Blackbird 
1 Common Grackle 
2 Boat-tailed Grackle
2 American Goldfinch 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

East Point Lighthouse 5/14--Red Knot

East Point Lighthouse
One of the birders on our trip, who lives up in north Jersey, really wanted to see a Red Knot today, as it would be a life bird for her. Mike & Pete were pretty confident in getting one; me, not so much. The sub-species of Red Knot that arrives on the shores of the Delaware Bay in May is endangered because their main food, the eggs of Horseshoe Crabs, have been in decline for years. I didn't think the impoundments of Heislerville were a likely place to spot one (and if there was one, good luck finding it in the thousands of Dunlins and dowitchers feeding on the mud). There wasn't one there, so we pushed on to East Point Lighthouse a couple of miles away. The tide was high and there was little beach. There were small flocks of dowitchers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Ruddy Turnstones, but not knots.

We drove over to the lighthouse itself and looked on the beach, only to find more of the same shorebirds. Disappointing. Then, proving my theory, yet again, that you have to truly give up on the bird before you see it, just as everyone was turning away from the beach, Pete cried out that a knot had flown by. It landed about 50 yards away on the beach, affording all a great look at the bird and getting at least one birder there a lifer. A year bird for me. I told her my theory, but she disagreed, as she had never given up on the bird. So perhaps a modification of the theory is in order: Larry has to truly give up on the bird before it will be seen.

17 species
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Osprey 4
Semipalmated Plover 15
Ruddy Turnstone 15
Red Knot 1
Dunlin 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 50
Short-billed Dowitcher 10
Laughing Gull 25
Herring Gull 10
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Forster's Tern 5
Barn Swallow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Boat-tailed Grackle 4

Belleplain SF 5/14--Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager

I went with Mike & Pete on their trip to Belleplain State Forest and over to the Delaware Bay area in Cumberland County. I was looking for year birds today--specifically I was hoping for Prothonotary Warbler (which I've missed a couple of times this year) and Summer Tanager (a difficult bird to get north of Belleplain). We got both, in multiples, but they were "heard only" birds, not terribly satisfying as they are pretty birds to look at. There's a push/pull of birding with a large group in a forest. On the one hand, with experts, you're gonna get good birds. On the other, there isn't time to linger in an area and seek out a sighting of the bird.

The other year bird that I got today was one I had forgotten about and this one we actually saw (though my attempts at photography were pathetic): Acadian Flycatcher, which seemed to be all over, crying (singing is not the word) "Pizz-A."

List below shows how much ear birding I wound up doing. Fortunately, I'm at the point where I can recognize these songs. Unfortunately, I'm still not at the point where I wouldn't rather see them. [The count of 40 Ovenbirds is probably low. It is a joke among us how many there are in Belleplain]
52 species
Canada Goose 4
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Laughing Gull 15
Mourning Dove 1 Heard
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard
Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Heard
Acadian Flycatcher 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5 Heard
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 10 Heard
Red-eyed Vireo 2 Heard
Blue Jay 1 Heard
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 10
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1 Heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Heard
Eastern Bluebird 1 nesting
Wood Thrush 6 Heard
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 1
Ovenbird 40 Heard
Worm-eating Warbler 1 Heard
Black-and-white Warbler 3 Heard
Prothonotary Warbler 2 Heard
Hooded Warbler 3 Heard
Pine Warbler 6 Heard
Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Heard
Prairie Warbler 3 Heard
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 1 Heard
Summer Tanager 2 Heard
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Blue Grosbeak 1 Heard
Indigo Bunting 1 Heard
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1 Heard
Baltimore Oriole 2 Heard
American Goldfinch 1 Heard
House Sparrow 1

Friday, May 12, 2017

Brig 5/12--Black-necked Stilt, Common Tern

Black-necked Stilt
Photo: Mike Mandracchia
Mike and I went down to Brig today, 5 days after our epic big day for the World Series of Birding. Naturally, the week after the WSB the rarities started showing up at Brig, so we wanted to see if we could refind them.

As usual this month, the day was gray, cold, and windy--a typical March day in May. We walked in the woods and down to the Gull Pond to start and, very much like Saturday, by the time we started on the wildlife drive, we had over 50 species. But, though we drove slowly and looked carefully, the two species we were hoping for were not seen.

Black-headed Gull
We did see, yet again, the long-staying Black-headed Gull, which continues to molt into alternate plumage. We were wondering if it might hang around to mate (gull hybridize shamelessly), perhaps with a local Laughing Gull.

We also relocated a Stilt Sandpiper by the observation tower, another supposed rarity. A birder friend of ours we met there had nine of them; we stopped sorting through the dowitchers and yellowlegs after we found one--no need to stand in the wind longer than necessary.

Common Tern
Our first year bird was found at the north east corner of the driver, the normal place to find Common Tern instead of the much more common Forster's (or Forester's as we saw it spelled in the sightings book today--Subaru sponsors those birds). Ever since Brig went through it's rebuilding over the fall and winter, there has been mild speculation about whether the Common Terns would return to that spot, now that the water control structure has been fixed. This was the affirmative answer.

With our first trip around we had well over 70 species. We stopped into the visitor's center and saw that early this morning someone had listed Black-necked Stilts, one of the rarities we were seeking. We had passed the spot listed probably 30 or 45 minutes later and didn't see them. The prospect of another 8 mile ride was not tempting, but the location on the drive was close enough for us to walk, so we just left the center and proceeded up the drive. We saw a couple of birders scoping up ahead about a quarter of a mile (they turned out to be folks we know) and once we were close enough a quick look through the binoculars found the birds. Great. Yay.

You tell me
Photo: Mike Mandracchia
Now came "Adventures in Identification." For the past few days a Ruff, a Eurasian rarity, has also been reported, same place and the stilts had been seen associating with it. (The bird is actually a female, called a Reeve, which leads to all kinds of confusion.) A male Ruff in breeding plumage is unmistakable. They have the eponymous ruff. A female is a much more difficult identification. They look sort of like Lesser Yellowlegs, sort of like Stilt Sandpipers, sort of a like a medium-sized generic shorebird. We saw a bird, it looked, under cloudy conditions with a stiff wind in our face, like a Reeve. Mike took some pictures of it. I listed it. Then, once we got home, I looked at his photo, looked at the photos of the bird taken previously and the pictures didn't match. And the problem is, we still can't really figure out what shorebird it is. It has to be something, but what? My first reaction is Willet, but it is too small (when seen with the dowitchers it was with). Or is it a Stilt Sandpiper? Bill doesn't curve. Not a yellowlegs, we're pretty sure. As Mike says, "Birds in molt are a pain."

I had 81 species for the day, which is pretty good for once around (instead of our 4 times around on Saturday). Mike had a few more that I missed--hearing and eyesight more acute than mine. Happy to get two year birds. Mystified by one.
Snow Goose 2 Probably injured
Canada Goose 20
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 3
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Wild Turkey 1
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 12
Snowy Egret 7
Glossy Ibis 25
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Clapper Rail 2
Black-necked Stilt 2 Long bubblegum legs, b&w birds with needle-like bills
American Oystercatcher 3
Black-bellied Plover 40
Semipalmated Plover 110
Whimbrel 12
Ruddy Turnstone 12
Stilt Sandpiper 1 Continuing. Prominent supercilium, slightly curved bill, barred flanks.
Dunlin 70
Least Sandpiper 210
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 175
Short-billed Dowitcher 35
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Willet 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Black-headed Gull 1 Continuing. Hood really starting to come in. Red bill and legs.
Laughing Gull 15
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Least Tern 2
Common Tern 2
Forster's Tern 25
Black Skimmer 30
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard
Peregrine Falcon 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Heard
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 20
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 40
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 2 Heard
Marsh Wren 1 Heard
Carolina Wren 1 Heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 Heard
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 10
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow Warbler
3 Heard
Pine Warbler 1 Heard, parking lot
Seaside Sparrow 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 5
Northern Cardinal 1 Heard
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 10
Boat-tailed Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Heard
Orchard Oriole 1 Heard
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Middlesex County 5/11--Swainson's Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Scarlet Tanager

Once a year I like to go up to Middlesex County for Scott's trip to two parks in Woodbridge (my old hometown): William Warren CP and the Oros Preserve. Both these spots have birds that hard to find down in Ocean County.

The day began well with a brilliant Scarlet Tanager in the parking lot of William Warren. The birding, for me, immediately slowed down after that. There were a number of birds being called out, but my birding by ear skills diminish when I'm in a crowd of people, so I had to let a few warblers go unlisted. I did manage to get decent looks at a Nashville Warbler and I was able to hear, at least, the distinctive warble of the Black-throated Green Warbler. With a Swainson's Thrush at the end of the trip, that made for a decent number of year birds. Seeing a Baltimore Oriole building its pendulous next was something I'd never experienced before.

Then it was on to the Oros Preserve, about 3 miles away to the north. This is an ongoing reclamation project of a once phragmite-choked marsh. It is almost unrecognizable from the first time I visited it 3 or 4 years ago. I wish I'd known about this place back in 2011 when I spent 3 months in Iselin, caring for my parents. It would have been a great place to unwind.

Downy Woodpecker
There weren't too many warblers there but the two I did see were new for the year: Cape May Warbler (that's a hard bird for me) and Blackpoll Warbler. Least Sandpipers picking in the mud were a surprise (and the first ones I've seen in the county); but again, nest-building was the highlight here again, this time we watched a Downy Woodpecker (oblivious to its audience) excavate a hole in a dead tree. He was really working it and spitting sawdust in copious quantities.

Woodpeckers are the house builders of the woods. They use their home for one season, then other birds, like chickadees and nuthatches move in the next year. They do a little redecorating, but the home is already there.

I was hoping for more warblers and some new flycatchers, but, as there always seems to be when I'm out during migration, there is a "blocking front" keeping most of the birds south of here. The winds are wrong. About once a season, it seems, you get the big "fallout" of birds and the rest of the time you grouse. What I've never understood, though, is why the birds that were here are no longer around--the wrong direction winds don't seem to prevent them from migrating further north. Another conundrum.

William Warren CP
24 species
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Heard
Warbling Vireo 1 Heard
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1 Heard
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1 Heard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Heard
Scarlet Tanager 1 parking lot
Northern Cardinal 1 Heard
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 3 scattered around
American Goldfinch 1 Heard
House Sparrow 1


Oros Preserve
23 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 20 with goslings
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Least Sandpiper 8
gull sp. 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2 excavating nest
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Heard
Warbling Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 10
House Wren 1 Heard
Carolina Wren 1 Heard
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 1
Cape May Warbler 1 singing
Blackpoll Warbler 1 not singing
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Orchard Oriole 2 in same tree--paired up?
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 3