Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sandy Hook 9/16--Purple Finch

The best thing about fall* (and early winter) birding is that you get a second chance at birds you missed in the winter & spring. Red-breasted Nuthatches, which were non-existent the first 3 or 4 months of the year, are now a ho-hum bird this season. Another bird I missed earlier in the year appeared today at Sandy Hook, where Shari & I went for Scott's field trip--a Purple Finch seen in a tree next to a Scarlet Tanager. The tanager was seen well, eating a dragonfly-type insect; the Purple Finch was not seen so well by me, the tail feathers at first, then a brief silhouette, then a flying away bird. If I hadn't heard it call (a funny little warble) I probably wouldn't have even counted the bird.

Scarlet Tanager (male in basic plumage) eating an insect

While the warbler situation wasn't as dire as it had been on Friday, they were still scarce. More frustrating than anything was the report of a Connecticut Warbler which we got when we were close by the location. These warblers are hard to find under the best of circumstances--I didn't like the chances of 15 birds bushwhacking through dense shrubbery to find the bird and I was right. A few of our group saw movement, or a piece of the bird, but despite sitting there for what seemed a very long time, I didn't even see that. 

Still, a fun day with my wife and friends and a few new month and county birds for the obsessive lister aspect of my personality.
46 species
Canada Goose 43
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 4
American Oystercatcher 7 Spermaceti Cove
Black-bellied Plover 10 Spermaceti Cove
Whimbrel 1 Spermaceti Cove

Spotted Sandpiper 1 Plum Island
Greater Yellowlegs 4 Spermaceti Cove flyover
Willet 2 Spermaceti Cove
Laughing Gull 20
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Double-crested Cormorant 13
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 2 Spermaceti Cove
Snowy Egret 3 Spermaceti Cove
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1 Spermaceti Cove
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1 Spermaceti Cove
White-eyed Vireo 2 Heard
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1 Heard
Veery 1 Tennis Courts
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 1
House Finch 9
Purple Finch 1 Officer's Club with SCTA
American Goldfinch 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Seaside Sparrow 1 Plum Island
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1 Heard
Red-winged Blackbird 10 Plum Island
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 1 Officer's Club
Scarlet Tanager 1 Officer's Club
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Female, briefly seen, heard call.

*I know that technically it is still summer, but once that calendar flips over to September, it is fall to me.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sandy Hook 9/14--Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow
There's an east wind coming, Watson
                                                   --Sherlock Holmes

I don't pay much attention to wind direction since I can never really tell where the wind is coming from anyway, but when I go to Sandy Hook in the middle of migration and don't see one warbler, I know the winds are bad. The miserable weather for the last week has kept the winds coming from the east, so I'm told, and even I know that for fall migration a northwest wind is a favorable condition. 

I should have gleaned this information yesterday when I went to Island Beach and didn't find any warblers either, but even had I figured out the winds were lousy, I still would have gone up to Sandy Hook for a Half-day Friday with Scott and Company. And glad that I did, because, like our Delaware trip last month, we got the good bird out of the way early and everything else that followed was gravy.

As the group gathered in the parking lot of Guardian Park, one of our number was alerted to a rare bird up at the Hawkwatch platform--a Lark Sparrow. How this mid-western bird found its way here on unfavorable winds is a mystery. Instead of walking the bike trail and the Road to Nowhere as we usually do on these trips, we all piled into our cars and drove the five minutes up to the Hawkwatch where the birder who'd found it was still there and within a minute the bird made its appearance. While we stood there a Bobolink flew overhead and a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches were in attendance, so it was a good spot all around. We also had a couple of vireo species, but amazingly, not one warbler, not even a Common Yellowthroat.

We went back south and walked our normal route without finding very much if you exclude the eagle, the Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, and Green Heron. Down at Spermaceti Cove it was the same story--many of the expected birds like oystercatchers and egrets, a slightly unusual sighting of 6 Black Skimmers (all immature birds) and scores of Tree Swallows flowing overhead. The winds, again I'm told, are expected to stay easterly until sometime in the middle of next week and Hurricane Florence is not on a path to blow anything unusual up our way (not that I enjoy trying to pick out a rarity in horizontal rain), so migration may be very late this year or somewhere else.

For the day I listed 38 species. I didn't bother to take my scope today, so missed a few birds out on the sandbar at Spermaceti.

Canada Goose 55
Green-winged Teal 4 Spermaceti Cove
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 1
American Oystercatcher 8 Spermaceti Cove
Black-bellied Plover 4 Spermaceti Cove
Laughing Gull 1
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 18
Common Tern 3
Royal Tern 3 Spermaceti Cove
Black Skimmer 6
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 5
Green Heron 1 Horseshoe Cove
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 4
Bald Eagle 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Merlin 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Hawkwatch
White-eyed Vireo 2 Heard
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Tree Swallow 150
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Wood Thrush 1 Heard Guardian Park
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 25
Chipping Sparrow 10
Field Sparrow 2
Lark Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 5
Bobolink 1
Baltimore Oriole 1 Horseshoe Cove

Friday, September 7, 2018

Island Beach SP 9/7--Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit
Luck was with me today.

I've been out to Island Beach on several occasions this last month, once even in a canoe with Greg, looking for my year Marbled Godwit--supposedly rare in the county but an annual occurrence at the south end of the park--usually out on the Sedge Islands. Until today I hadn't found one, but when I saw yesterday that my friend Steve had had one on the beach, I decided to schlep out there one more time.

First I was lucky in that the tide was low out at the boat launch of the Winter Anchorage, so there was a sand bar I could scope.  More luck when it didn't take but a moment for me to find two godwits out there with a slew of oystercatchers. I digiscoped some photos and if my luck hadn't continued, one of those terrible pictures would be illustrating this entry.

So I had the bird for the year list, but what I really wanted was an up close view like Steve had, which meant a walk on the beach. The weather was cool enough for that but the prospect of looking for just one bird wasn't that enticing. Beaches can tend to be deserts. I was about to make the turn south out of the parking lot when I car slowed up and stopped. I thought he was just letting me exit but then, more luck, I saw that it was Steve himself.

Steve has a "beach buggy" permit, meaning he can drive on the beach and he invited me along. Normally, when I walk down to the inlet, I make a right a walk west for about a quarter of mile to view the rocks and beach where sometimes birds roost. I don't got farther because it is a long way back as it is. But since we drove, Steve showed me how far back you can walk and along the way we picked up some interesting birds, like my first Palm Warbler of the season, a single Black Scoter, a Common Eider, solo, the only straggler remaining of the flock of 7 that spent the summer there, and, always fun to see, 36 Brown Pelicans.

Lesser Black-backed Gull
On the way out Steve had driven high up on the beach; on the way back he drove close to the surf and along the way we had turnstones, plovers, sandpipers, and Willets (likely the western subspecies as the eastern ones migrated about a month ago) mixed in with hundreds of Sanderlings. And in the first group of Willets, almost in exactly the same spot he saw it yesterday, was another Marbled Godwit, beautifully colored cinnamon on the breast and flanks.

The last interesting bird we found was a little north of the road to the parking where we came across two adult and one immature Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Not rare, but always a good find.

New year bird, new spot to look at, beach not a desert at all...all in all a very satisfying morning of birding.

The day list:
Common Eider   1
Black Scoter   1
Mourning Dove   3
American Oystercatcher   25
Black-bellied Plover   16
Semipalmated Plover   6
Marbled Godwit   3
Ruddy Turnstone   10
Sanderling   500
Semipalmated Sandpiper   5
Spotted Sandpiper   2
Willet   15
Laughing Gull   60
Ring-billed Gull   1
Herring Gull   70
Lesser Black-backed Gull   3
Great Black-backed Gull   40
Caspian Tern   6
Common Tern   50
Forster's Tern   100
Royal Tern   6
Double-crested Cormorant   84
Brown Pelican   40
Great Egret   3
Osprey   7
Northern Flicker   1
Merlin   1
White-eyed Vireo   1
Marsh Wren   1
Carolina Wren   1
Gray Catbird   3
Northern Mockingbird   2
American Goldfinch   2
Song Sparrow   5
Palm Warbler   1

Monday, September 3, 2018

Brig 9/3--Year Birds for Shari

Hudsonian Godwit (front) with Short-billed Dowitcher
Since Shari missed Saturday's spectacular field trip, the goal today was to go back to Brig with her and get her some year birds. We wound up recreating the trip in miniature, because at the observation tower on the south dike we ran into Scott, Linda, and Jason and tagged along with them.

Before that fortuitous meeting we had already seen four (up from three on Saturday) Wilson's Phalaropes at Marker 4, and had caught a brief glimpse of a Hudsonian Godwit flying at Marker 5. The godwit was a state year bird for us--we'd seen one in Delaware last month. But up at the observation tower cove there was another godwit giving much better views of itself and we lingered there for a bit with Linda and other birders we knew.

We then followed them up around the drive, intending to check out an ibis flock after the turn at the dogleg. But at the NE corner, a message on the South Jersey Birders GroupMe app appeared saying that a Swarovski scope had been left behind at the observation tower. I had a sinking feeling, looked in the back seat and realized I was the dope who'd pulled the classic bonehead move of abandoning thousands of dollars of optics on a dirt road. We had to wait while my friend, who'd put the message out, gathered up the scope and drove it up to me. Thanks be to the miracles of modern communication. But by this time Scott, Linda, and Jason were miles ahead of us.

White Ibis with Glossy Ibis and Snowy Egret
When we finally caught up with them, Linda was waving at us to hurry up. Not only did they have the adult White Ibis (year bird for Shari) that had been seen off and on for the last few days, but in with the 40 or so Glossy Ibis (which at this time of year ain't so glossy) there was a White-faced Ibis (yet another year bird for Shari) standing out from the other ibises with its red eye and facial skin--it was easy to locate as it was the only ibis there that was iridescent. As I said in the last post--wanna see good birds? Hang out with good birders.

On our second trip around (where again we saw the phalaropes and one of the godwits) we also had a single Tricolored Heron which somehow had eluded Shari's list until today. So, all targets were hit and the White-faced Ibis was a bonus bird.

Our list is shorter than Saturday's because the weather (and flies) weren't conducive to hanging out in one spot for long periods of time, picking through peeps and other difficult to identify birds. Still, it's a very satisfying day list.
50 species
Canada Goose 32
Mute Swan 35
Wood Duck 3
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 9
Mallard 1
American Black Duck 5
Mourning Dove 1 Visitor's Ctr
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 100
Hudsonian Godwit 2
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 200
Western Sandpiper 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 10
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull 300
Herring Gull 150
Least Tern 2
Gull-billed Tern 1 Big black bill. Juvenile
Caspian Tern 16
Forster's Tern 50
Black Skimmer 70
Double-crested Cormorant 215
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 60
Snowy Egret 50
Tricolored Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
White Ibis 1 Adult with large pink curved bill, after the turn at dogleg
Glossy Ibis 42
White-faced Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 9
Bald Eagle 1
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 525
Barn Swallow 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard parking lot
Gray Catbird 1 Heard Refuge Overlook
European Starling 125
Cedar Waxwing 4
American Goldfinch 8
Red-winged Blackbird 3

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Brig 9/1--Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope (digiscope)
Like hitting for the cycle in baseball, or getting a hat trick in hockey, today I (along with everyone else on Scott's NJAS field trip at Brig) accomplished a rare birding feat; a Peep Sweep. In one day we found all 5 of the difficult to tell apart shorebirds: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper in ascending order of difficulty. In addition, we had 8 other shorebird species, including two rarities, Wilson's Phalarope and Red-necked Phalarope.

I got onto the Wildlife Drive about an hour before the trip was scheduled to start, having seen that the Wilson's Phalaropes (3) were at Marker 4, where most of the interesting birds have been this year. Because I didn't want to drive the entire circuit, I parked my car at the beginning & walked up to Goose Marker 4, about a 1/4 of a mile. There were two other birders there and just as I set down my scope, one of them cried out, "There they are, there they go!" and I saw 3 pale sandpipers fly away. I did not despair. First of all, I had seen enough of them to know they were phalaropes and secondly, I figured the chances of them returning were pretty good.

When the trip officially got under way, we didn't dawdle too long at the Gull Pond, which, this year has been peculiarly uninteresting, but instead made our way up to the current hot spot. There was a good mix of sandpipers on the flat (though nothing to compare with Bombay Hook last week) and we spent some time separating the semis from the least from the westerns  from the white-rumps until the 3 Wilson's Phalaropes made their appearance.

It took us a good 4 hours or more to make our way around the dikes and I, by the end of the first loop, I had about 55 species on my list--not a huge count, but there were a lot of good lessons regarding the various peeps. It was the 2nd trip around, where theoretically we go a little faster, just stopping for new day birds, that cemented the day as one of the year's best.

I always say, that if you want to see good birds, go out with good birders, and we had some fantastic eyes with us today, including Jason who seems to be able to magically pick out the rarity from the dross. But the first cool bird we had on the 2nd loop was a Least Bittern, hidden in the phrags that Scott somehow was able to pick out. It took a while for everyone to get on the bird, which like most bitterns, kept itself well hidden, but eventually everyone saw at least part of the bird. I was lucky in that I was able to see face, eye, beak, and chest. Some only saw flanks and feet.

Back at marker #4 the Wilson's were still running around like pale, crazy yellowlegs, but then Jason found the Red-necked Phalarope that had been reported since yesterday. Not a year bird for me (Shari & I had one in Delaware in May) but a state year bird and much better looks than the one in May which we saw in a driving rainstorm. I wish my photos were better, but that's the best I can do digiscoping.

Baird's Sandpiper
We drove another 1/4 mile almost up to marker #5 where there was again a fairly large flock of sandpipers. We were discussing grasspipers and I said that this pool wasn't a great habitat for them because they usually don't like to get their feet wet (hence the name) when Jason said, "And I've got a Baird's." You gotta be kidding was my reaction, but sure enough, Scott took a look and confirmed it, and even better put it in my scope (Jason and Scott are both way taller than me and without a step stool I can't use their scopes). I was able to see the scaly back, the brownish back and head, the black legs. We observed it for 5 minutes or so and then it got up and flew, seemingly toward Atlantic City.

Not that you'd know it but the Baird's is the flying bird. 
We moved on up to Marker #5 which right over one of the sluice gates. More peeps and then Jason called out "There it is, right in front of us." This time the Baird's was only a few yards away instead of across the pool and everyone was scrambling to either get their bins on it, scope it, or photograph it. I tried all 3 simultaneously at the same time and saw it briefly before it flew again and managed one picture of it flying. Having the Baird's completed the sweep and also eased the pressure to go sod farming this month to look for one. The only grasspiper I "need" for the year is Buff-breasted and I think there are other, more pleasant spots, where I may find one.

The last bird of the day, for me, was in the parking lot, when the trip was over--there was a Baltimore Oriole in the cedars near the disgusting outhouses. Some saw it, others, like me, only heard it. The oriole was my 60th bird of the day. It was a very good way to start off the month.

Canada Goose 35
Mute Swan 77
Wood Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 4
Mallard 25
American Black Duck 1
Green-winged Teal 4
Ruddy Duck 1 Been here most of the summer. Small duck with white cheeks, blue bill.
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Clapper Rail 1
Virginia Rail 1
Semipalmated Plover 100
Stilt Sandpiper 5
Baird's Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 25
White-rumped Sandpiper 4
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 250
Western Sandpiper 4
Short-billed Dowitcher 15
Wilson's Phalarope 3 Continuing. Pale back, thin bill
Red-necked Phalarope 1 Active. thin bill and black eye patch. Red streaking.
Greater Yellowlegs 22
Lesser Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull 275
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 50
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Least Tern 8 Exact count
Caspian Tern 7
Forster's Tern 70
Black Skimmer 50
Double-crested Cormorant 350
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 11
Great Egret 100
Snowy Egret 80
Tricolored Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
Glossy Ibis 27
Osprey 6
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 Road to Gull Pond.
American Crow 2 Heard
Fish Crow 14 Undercount. These are just the ones over the parking lot during lunch
Tree Swallow 50
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Wren 2 Heard
European Starling 25
American Goldfinch 6 Feeder
Baltimore Oriole 1 Heard parking lot
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Pine Warbler 1 Heard parking lot
Blue Grosbeak 1 Top of tree on the side of visitor's center

Friday, August 31, 2018

August Wrap Up

Greater Yellowlegs, Upper Reservoir, Whitesbog
Green Heron, Dogleg Bog, Whitesbog
At the beginning of the month, I thought August was shaping up to be a disappointment since the 3 front bogs at Whitesbog were not going to be drawn down. Every year I look forward to circling those bogs taking in the mixed flocks of shore birds along with egrets, herons, and the occasional gull or tern. Rarities always seem to sneak in. This year I still found myself going there a lot but my routine was quite different than previous years. I spent almost all my birding time on the Ocean County side, beyond the fabled double-laned road. In that section, I was able to find some shorebirds, mostly on the Upper Reservoir, which is about 2/3 drained since this winter's breach, but also on a little bog near the dogleg that I usually don't pay much attention to except in the winter since I have occasionally seen Rusty Blackbirds feeding there. For some reason mud flats emerged on this bog over the course of the month and I was able to find shorebirds on it--nothing rare, nothing special, but there were enough there to keep me interested. It also had plenty of swallows--I had 5 different species during the month there, and every once in a while a Green Heron would make an appearance.

The only rarity I found at Whitesbog this year was the Black Tern over Union Pond on the Burlington County side. A couple of days ago I was surprised to find five of them feeding on the Upper Reservoir--that made them year county birds. And on that side of the county line they're not rare--surprising, but not rare.

I did as much "sod farming" as I could stand and did well with the American Golden Plovers. I took one canoe trip with Greg out to Great Sedge Island but unfortunately, for me, the Marbled Godwits delayed their arrival there until a week after we went, so I still need that for the year.

Our weekend trip to Delaware netted (not literally) 4 year birds and my only trip to Brig this month got me Cattle Egret and two new shorebirds. For the month I added 10 species to the year list.

eBird has come out with the updated taxonomic order which I am having a hard time getting used to. Suddenly pigeons and doves, cuckoos, swifts, and hummingbirds are all more "primitive" than the shorebirds, the warblers have advanced over the icterids, and cardinals, grosbeaks and buntings are more modern than they used to be. And next year they'll shake it up again. Glad I'm not writing a field guide.

134 species for the month.
Counties birded:
Delaware: Kent, Sussex
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean

Species               First Sighting
Canada Goose   Great Bay Blvd
Mute Swan   Holly Lake
Wood Duck   Brig
Blue-winged Teal   Bombay Hook
Northern Shoveler   Bombay Hook
American Wigeon   Bombay Hook
Mallard   Great Bay Blvd
American Black Duck   Whitesbog
Northern Pintail   Bombay Hook
Common Eider   Island Beach SP
Black Scoter   Island Beach SP
Northern Bobwhite   Bombay Hook
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Rock Pigeon   Great Bay Blvd
Mourning Dove   35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   Whitesbog
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   W. Cape May
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   35 Sunset Rd
Clapper Rail   Great Bay Blvd
American Avocet   Bombay Hook
American Oystercatcher   Cape May Point SP
Black-bellied Plover   Great Bay Blvd
American Golden-Plover   Reed Sod Farm 526 Spur
Semipalmated Plover   Great Bay Blvd
Piping Plover   Cape May Point SP
Killdeer   Cape May Point SP
Whimbrel   Brig
Hudsonian Godwit   Bombay Hook
Ruddy Turnstone   Great Bay Blvd
Stilt Sandpiper   Brig
Sanderling   Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Least Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
White-rumped Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Pectoral Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
Western Sandpiper   Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher   Great Bay Blvd
Long-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Spotted Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
Solitary Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Greater Yellowlegs   Great Bay Blvd
Willet   Island Beach SP
Lesser Yellowlegs   Great Bay Blvd
Laughing Gull   Great Bay Blvd
Ring-billed Gull   Cape May Point SP
Herring Gull   Great Bay Blvd
Great Black-backed Gull   Great Bay Blvd
Least Tern   South Cape May Meadows
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Brig
Black Tern   Whitesbog
Common Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Forster's Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Royal Tern   Cape May Point SP
Black Skimmer   Great Bay Blvd
Double-crested Cormorant   Great Bay Blvd
Brown Pelican   Island Beach SP
Great Blue Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Great Egret   Great Bay Blvd
Snowy Egret   Great Bay Blvd
Little Blue Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Tricolored Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Cattle Egret   Brig
Green Heron   Brig
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Glossy Ibis   Great Bay Blvd
Black Vulture   Cape Island--Sea Grove Ave.
Turkey Vulture   Crestwood Village
Osprey   Great Bay Blvd
Cooper's Hawk   Union Transportation Trail
Bald Eagle   Great Bay Blvd
Red-tailed Hawk   GSP MM 36
Belted Kingfisher   Whitesbog
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Great Bay Blvd
Downy Woodpecker   Whitesbog
Pileated Woodpecker   Bombay Hook
Northern Flicker   Whitesbog
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Brig
Eastern Phoebe   Whitesbog
Great Crested Flycatcher   Cape May Point SP
Eastern Kingbird   Cape May Point SP
White-eyed Vireo   Whitesbog
Warbling Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-eyed Vireo   Double Trouble State Park
Blue Jay   GSP MM 24
American Crow   Brig
Fish Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Horned Lark   Reed Sod Farm
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Whitesbog
Purple Martin   Cape May Point SP
Tree Swallow   Great Bay Blvd
Bank Swallow   Whitesbog
Barn Swallow   Great Bay Blvd
Carolina Chickadee   35 Sunset Rd
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Whitesbog
White-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
Brown-headed Nuthatch   Big Stone Beach
House Wren   Cape May Point SP
Sedge Wren   Woodland Beach
Marsh Wren   Brig
Carolina Wren   35 Sunset Rd
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Whitesbog
Eastern Bluebird   Brig
American Robin   35 Sunset Rd
Gray Catbird   Great Bay Blvd
Northern Mockingbird   35 Sunset Rd
European Starling   Great Bay Blvd
Cedar Waxwing   Cloverdale Farm
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   35 Sunset Rd
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Magnesite Plant
Seaside Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Island Beach SP
Song Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Swamp Sparrow   Whitesbog
Eastern Towhee   35 Sunset Rd
Bobolink   Woodland Beach
Red-winged Blackbird   Great Bay Blvd
Brown-headed Cowbird   Whitesbog
Boat-tailed Grackle   Great Bay Blvd
Black-and-white Warbler   Whitesbog
Common Yellowthroat   Great Bay Blvd
Yellow Warbler   Great Bay Blvd
Pine Warbler   Whitesbog
Prairie Warbler   Whitesbog
Northern Cardinal   Great Bay Blvd
Blue Grosbeak   Brig
Indigo Bunting   South Cape May Meadows
House Sparrow   Ocean View Rest Stop

Short-billed Dowitcher, Upper Reservoir, Whitesbog