Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sandy Hook 9/24--Philadelphia Vireo

On Thursday Scott sent out a notice that he was doing a "flash" field trip to Sandy Hook today. The predicted winds were propitious for migration and it was supposed to be a fine autumnal day. I left the house around sunrise and it was until I was about 10 miles up the Parkway that I realized that steely skies didn't mean the dawn had stalled. And then it started to drizzle and continued as I drove into the park. I was wearing a t-shirt, still in summer mode. The temperature was 60 with a wind-chill of I'd say 40, so I was definitely underdressed. I was going to be cold and wet it seemed. Fortunately, Lisa Fanning offered me an extra rain jacket which really saved me from a miserable first few hours.

We started off on Plum Island, not really expecting much because the predicted winds hadn't panned out but we immediately started to see migrants like Blue-headed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, all month birds. A short ride up to Spermaceti Cove yielded the continuing Red-breasted Merganser hen, oystercatchers and a lone Dunlin. We walked around the bike path and the Road to Nowhere. What appeared to be a flycatcher silhouetted high in the bare branches of a tree turned out to be a female Scarlet Tanager. By this time the weather had warmed a little, the clouds dissipated, and there was a glimmer of sunlight.  By the time we'd eaten lunch conditions were 180 degrees from what we had in the morning. We all drove up to Battery Potter and walked in the garden where the warblers were starting to show themselves and then Bob found a vireo almost directly overhead which turned out to be a Philadelphia Vireo. I haven't seen one of those in 4 years. I've never seen one in NJ so I was ticking like a clock: Year bird, Jersey bird, county bird, month bird.

We moved over to the tennis courts (both these spots are heavily overgrown woodlots that, back in the halcyon days of Fort Hancock were actually a garden and tennis courts for the officers) where we tried to kick up a Connecticut Warbler (and where, a couple of weeks ago we had Mourning Warbler) but were only able to find more common warblers in ones or twos.

Finally, as the weather was sunny but cool, the remaining group made the "death march" on the fisherman's trail to the false hook, a walk of about 1/4 mile through deep sand. We were at first disappointed to have made all that effort to find high tide, non-birders in the way, and not much in the way of birds except gulls, but a little looking produced a Whimbrel and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Finally, a walk to the Salt Pond turned up a previously reported Red-headed Woodpecker, one that had flown over a group of birders earlier in the day. It was perched up in a skinny dead tree and all the group was able to get on it for about 30 seconds before it flew off north. Red-headed Woodpeckers are rare in Monmouth County. I have to admit I was a little ho-hum about it since 'round here they aren't that hard to find if you know where to look and I know where to look. Still, another Monmouth County bird for my list.

So a day that started off looking bleak turned out to be just fine. Some were disappointed in the low numbers of each species, but I take the attitude of "I only need one." I'm not trying to break any records for most parulas seen. There was much discussion on how to pronounce this bird's name and much disagreement. A cursory search of the Internet shows you can pronounce it just about any damn way you want:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMyOxnuL6C8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em0LOQsCM0g

My day list totaled 60
Canada Goose  20
American Black Duck  2
Red-breasted Merganser  1     Continuing
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  4
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  23
Black-bellied Plover  3
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  1
Whimbrel  1
Sanderling  2
Dunlin  1
Laughing Gull  50
Herring Gull  60
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Royal Tern  5
Rock Pigeon   10
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Salt Pond
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  15
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  5

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sandy Hook 9/16--Parasitic Jaeger, LARK BUNTING

LARK BUNTING
It was back to Sandy Hook for the 3rd time in 8 days this morning. My destination was determined yesterday, while walking around the Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary when Scott got a text about a rarity at Sandy Hook. You could almost see the entire group deflate--it was there and we were here. I had other things to do yesterday afternoon and it never occurred to me stop off at Sandy Hook on the way home to look for the bird. It did occur to others. Many others, including Scott. So, since there is a weekly walk there I decided to go up early this morning to try for the bird.

While I had never heard of this particular spot--the wood dump behind the old jail--someone had posted coordinates and looking at the map I saw exactly where it was. I headed over there after parking near the ferry terminal. When I came to a broken sidewalk, I saw, standing at the other end, Pete, Bob, and a couple of other birders I knew. They were silently pointing down to the concrete--there was the bird, a LARK BUNTING, feeding on the ground. I got distant looks at it with my binoculars, then decided to walk around the other side of the grove of the tree to get where they were standing, only to find out that the path Google had mapped out didn't actually exist. By the time I walked back to my original spot, the bird had flown off. I walked down the path and visited with my friends, but the bird didn't come back. "Bummer," I thought.

Lark Bunting is a big sparrow of the mid-west plains. This is only the 8th record for New Jersey. While the males in breeding plumage are a spectacular black with white wing patches, winter plumaged males and females are much drabber--sort of like female House Finches on steroids. I'm sure that if I had seen this bird on my own I would not have thought it a rarity. Yesterday I couldn't remember if Shari & I had seen this species in Texas. We hadn't, so it was a life bird. A life bird that so far I had only crummy looks at.

When I met up with Scott's group at the parking lot of Guardian Park it became apparent that many had come just for the bunting, so we all hied back up there. I thought that there was no way the bird would reappear with an army of birders standing around and making noise (humans are incapable of standing still and shutting up if a gun is not pointed at them) but I was wrong. After a few minutes the bird came out of the brush and started jumping and hopping around. It perched up on a fallen tree trunk and even with my slow-focusing camera, I was able to get some decent shots. I have to say, there is nothing like clear, satisfying looks at a life bird early in the morning to set you up for the rest of the day.

It also makes "regular" birding mundane. We birded around the area but it was essentially dead. Fall migration and we saw one warbler, an American Redstart. We saw a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches which are having an irruption year. 2 RB Nuts, big deal. I had 7 of them walking around the Whiting WMA on Wednesday. We reassembled at Spermaceti Cover a few miles south to look for shorebirds and terns, and while we had Royal Terns, Black-bellied Plovers and oystercatchers, there was nothing there to set your heart a-throb.

Parasitic Jaeger
After the walk was over, a few of us decided to take the "death march" on Fisherman's Trail out to the tip and the tidal cut. Sometimes you can find a rare gull or tern out there and there were sure to be some shorebirds running around on the beach.

Having met some others at the parking lot who had been out there without much luck but who, after hearing how sparse the songbird pickings were decided to make the trek out again, we all gathered at the tip with our scopes and began scanning a large flock of terns and gulls to the east.

All of us except one, who, facing west and the water, thought he might have a jaeger. 8 scopes swung around 180 degrees and there, flying for a moment before settling down in the water, was a large, brown, "gullish" bird with a light colored area around its beak. We waited for a few minutes before it took off out of the water and we were all able to see it's distinguishing white fringes under the wings and pointed tail. It then flew straight at us before settling in closer to shore. By now, birding apps had been tapped to life on our phones and we were all convinced that of the 3 possible jaegers, this one was the "default" species, Parasitic Jaeger.

Parasitic Jaegers make their living harassing terns for their food and this one promptly flew over the big tern flock and got them going. I guess its strategy was to get them off the sand and hunting over the water so it would have something to steal. Its flight was acrobatic as it chased a tern, swooping and flipping around as it tried to get the tern to give up some food. Eventually it succeeded, but not before it was chased by two juvenile Laughing Gulls (turnabout is fair play) who probably didn't know its reputation as a bully. The trio flew without 20 feet of us and gave me the greatest views I've had of this species. Usually, if I see them at all, they are little flapping flecks far out over the water that you can tell are jaegers by behavior and the fleeing of terns.

This bird put on quite a show to the point where I could almost consider this my real lifer as the others were "OK" birds, as in "OK, that's a (fill in species) because you have better eyes than me."

So a relatively dull day of birding was bracketed by two terrific sightings.
My day list:
44 species
Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  2     North Pond
Wood Duck  4     North Pond
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Great Blue Heron  1     Spermaceti Cove
Great Egret  2     Spermaceti Cove
Snowy Egret  3     Spermaceti Cove
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  10     Spermaceti Cove
Black-bellied Plover  14
Semipalmated Plover  4     Tidal Cut
Piping Plover  13     Tidal Cut
Killdeer  7     Ferry grounds
Sanderling  4     Tidal Cut
Parasitic Jaeger  1     
Bonaparte's Gull  1     Tidal Cut
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  50
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Common Tern  100
Forster's Tern  1     Tidal Cut
Royal Tern  14     Spermaceti Cove
Rock Pigeon  5
Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
White-eyed Vireo  3     Heard
American Crow  1     Heard
Tree Swallow  500
Black-capped Chickadee  1     
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1     Heard
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1     Fisherman's trail
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  1     Near Garden
American Redstart  1
Field Sparrow  1
LARK BUNTING  1    
Eastern Towhee  2     Heard
Red-winged Blackbird  3     Wood dump
Baltimore Oriole  1     Wood Dump
House Finch  2     Wood dump
American Goldfinch  1     Heard M lot

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary 9/15--Bay-breasted Warbler

I joined an Audubon walk led by Scott Barnes at this refuge carved out of the marshes around a dump in an industrial area of Linden. I have a sentimental attachment to the Linden, since my father was born there and I spent a lot of time with family there, way before my birding days.

I got there a little early and did an experiment. First I walked around to the platform in the middle of the marsh, seeing what birds I could find. Highlights: Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white Warbler, 3 Palm Warblers. Then, going out with better birders, I was curious to see what I hadn't seen. Where I found the yellowthroat a couple of Magnolia Warblers appeared. At the platform, a couple of kestrels flew by. Woodpeckers emerged for the group where I alone had not seen or heard any. And, completely unexpected, a Bay-breasted Warbler was found by Scott high in a tree, occasionally appearing against the trunk in a shaft of sunlight giving it enough contrast in order for me to say, "Okay, Bay-breasted." 3 Blue Grosbeaks, that were brown (young or female) flew over us earlier. Another "OK" bird. A decent morning of birding (sure pushed me up on the Union County top 100 list) and only a 15 minute drive to have lunch with my mother.
30 species
Canada Goose  5
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Semipalmated Plover  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  2
Blue Jay  3     Heard
Black-capped Chickadee  1     Heard
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2     Heard
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  3
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Magnolia Warbler  4
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Blue Grosbeak  3     Brown
American Goldfinch  1     Heard

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Brig 9/11--Hudsonian Godwit

Hudsonian Godwits
Finally, after at least one false alarm, Brig is, for all intents and purposes, closing tomorrow for repairs to the dikes, the water control structures, and to resurface the wildlife drive. I went there this morning for one last go-round before its months-long closure.

I have been, of late, combining walking and driving along the road. I'll park the car, walk a 1/2 mile or mile up the road with the scope, then return to the car, drive and walk. I was about 1/2 mile away from the car when I a pick up truck with two Ocean County birders I know pulled up. We compared notes, but as he was blocking traffic, he had to go. I caught up with them past the observation tower, on a stretch of the drive that now has very high grass over which it is hard to see into the very high water that usually contains nothing of interest. However, they, in their higher vehicle were able to see in the distance two godwits. I stopped along with a few others and we all focused our scopes on the relatively big birds out there. First thought was Marbled Godwit, which would have been a Jersey year bird for me, but they had no cinnamon coloring on them and, while size is very difficult to judge from a distance, didn't seem bulky enough for MAGO. After much discussion among the group we were all confident, based on the white underparts and the grayish bib and overall lack of coloration, that we had two Hudsonian Godwits, which, to my surprise, are not even considered rare at Brig this time of year. I put out an alert and more folks began to show up. More eyes confirmed the identification, although I have to say that in these situations I'm always reminded of the book title Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds.

It was a fairly good shorebird day with 5 White-rumped Sandpipers and a couple of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (some had 3), along with the more common, expected species, though no oystercatchers, and no Black-bellied Plovers to tempt us into golden plover territory.

I was struck by how few egrets of either species I was seeing until I got to the north dike. They along with Glossy Ibis and a huge flock of Laughing Gulls, were all congregated in one pool where usually you find a few birds if any. The photo below shows a small portion of the flock

I toyed with the idea of doing a second loop as the tide was going out, but the pull of the Mets game was stronger than the tide, so I left around 1. I don't know where my new "go to" place will be for the next few months. I'm thinking Sandy Hook. The drive there the last couple of days didn't seem as arduous as it sometimes does.
My final Brig list for the foreseeable future:
49 species 
Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  3
Mallard  70
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  70
Snowy Egret  20
Little Blue Heron  1     Gull Pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     South dike
Glossy Ibis  10
Osprey  7
Northern Harrier  2
Clapper Rail  1     Heard, south dike
Semipalmated Plover  3
Hudsonian Godwit  2     South dike, about a mile beyond observation tower. 
Least Sandpiper  25
White-rumped Sandpiper  5
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  2
Pectoral Sandpiper  12
Semipalmated Sandpiper  120
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs
 9
Laughing Gull  300
Herring Gull  50
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  200
Black Skimmer  30
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Heard, parking lot
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2     Heard
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  1000
Tufted Titmouse  1     Heard, parking lot
Carolina Wren  1     Heard, entrance pond
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  20
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1     Heard, Jen's Trail pond
Yellow Warbler
 2
Pine Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2     Railroad bed trail
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  100
American Goldfinch  3

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sandy Hook 9/10--Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler, the one I didn't count
I spent the last couple of days on field trips led by Scott Barnes at Sandy Hook. I avoid the hook in summer (traffic, crowds) but once migration starts up it can be a great place to be. I can't get up there as early as I would like (dawn) but I did manage to be there around 7 today to start birding before the official trip began.

Yesterday (a "Half-day Friday" trip) as the group walked along the Road to Nowhere, we came to Tom Brown's banding station. He had called Scott to tell him he had an interesting bird, which turned out to be juvenile Mourning Warbler, always a much sought-after bird in NJ. Unfortunately for me, the rules of listing forbade me from putting the bird on my year list (and county list). You can only list "free" birds. So while it was interesting to see the bird in hand, I couldn't "count" it.

The Tennis Courts
Today, however, another Mourning Warbler was discovered at the Tennis Courts in Fort Hancock. Unless you were to scrape away the dirt to find the asphalt surface, you would never know that the army officers once played tennis here because it is completely overgrown. Which makes it a great birding spot. Part of our group (including Bob Auster) found the bird while I was
with some others. I walked back with Bob, stumbling a few times in gopher holes but we couldn't scare up the bird. Later, though, the whole group made a concerted effort and finally the warbler, notoriously secretive, liking the ground more than the trees, popped up on a branch for all (or almost all) to see. Photography was not an option.

Considering the heat (which birds, unlike me, don't like) and the southwesterly winds, we did all right, traveling from Spermaceti Cove, where we had a Baird's Sandpiper fly over plus good looks at Willets (western), oystercatchers, and Royal Terns, up to Fort Hancock and then the "death march" on the fisherman's trail to the tidal cut, where we had a Caspian Tern (rare for the hook at this time) along with 14 Piping Plovers.  I had also had that Sandy Hook rarity anomaly, Black-capped Chickadee in a couple of spots. For unexplained reasons, everywhere else in Monmouth County (and now up north past the Raritan River) Carolina Chickadee is the default chickadee but Sandy Hook has an isolated population of Black-caps. With all the Carolinas I see virtually every day, it is a nice change o pace to see and hear a few Black-caps.

59 species
Canada Goose  40
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  15
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  1     Heard f/o Spermaceti Cove
Piping Plover  14
Killdeer  2
Sanderling  12
Baird's Sandpiper  1     F/O Spermaceti Cove
Least Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  50
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  1     Large tern with black cap  & huge red bill
Common Tern  100
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  5
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1     Heard
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  3
White-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  1     Heard
American Crow  2     Heard
Tree Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5     

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1     Heard
Marsh Wren  1     Heard Spermaceti marsh
Carolina Wren  2     Heard
American Robin  1     Heard
Gray Catbird  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  1     Heard
Mourning Warbler  1     Dull olive back yellow wash on chest thin eye ring
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Seaside Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  1     Heard

Least Sandpiper, tidal cut

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bird A Day: Stick a Fork in Me, I'm Done

Green Heron, Whitesbog
Double Crested Cormorants, Central Park
After 251 consecutive days, I listed the ubiquitous Carolina Chickadee yesterday as my final species in the Bird A Day competition. That is about a month deeper into the year than I have survived in the previous attempts and without trips out west in the summer and possibly a trip to Florida in the winter, there is no way I'll ever get much farther. Had I been willing to chase a few birds in Salem County I might have extended the streak by 3 or 4 days, but there was no realistic possibility of getting enough birds to take me into the winter where I could have used sparrows and ducks I "saved" earlier in the year.

Of those 251 species the distribution is heavily weighted to NJ (not surprisingly) but to show the diversity of the county I live in, more than half the birds (140) came from Ocean County.

The counts are:
New Jersey: 231
Trinidad & Tobago: 12
New York: 4 (Doctor appts for me or Shari)
Delaware: 2
Pennsylvania: 1 (Trip to the Barnes Museum)
Florida: 1 (Stop-over on the way to T&T)

I'm going to finish 7th out of 98 participants. The winners usually live in Australia and Texas.
Solitary Sandpiper, Cloverdale Farm

Fortunately for my sanity, it did feel more like a game this year than the job it sometimes resembled in the past. Still, today was the first day I didn't spend any time wondering where I might find a "useful" bird and I didn't mind it at all. I doubt I'll do the competition in the future unless there is a lot of travel planned and I hate traveling.

I am pleased that I saw it through as far as I could go instead of getting sick of it & quitting prematurely as has happened in the past. There is a fine line between being Stubborn & Stupid and with Bird A Day I found myself teetering on the line. I think I fell over onto the Stubborn side; Shari might think differently.

The full list can been viewed here.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Willowbrook Road 9/4--Wilson's Phalarope

Willowbrook Road sod farm
So far the post tropical depression cyclonic whoop-dee-do named Hermine, churning around in the mid-Atlantic has been a spectacular nothing, so this morning, instead of rain and wind and patio furniture blowing around the yard, I awoke to a pleasant, breezy morning. I decided to do a little sod farming since yesterday's attempt produced nothing and then get my walking in on the Union Transportation Trail's northern end. 

The first two sod farms I checked again had nothing on them (if you exclude Starlings) but the third one, on Old York Road, had, in the back, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper along with dozens of Killdeers and a few Least Sandpipers, along with a Merlin and a Cooper's Hawk, each of which kept everything shuffling around the field.

The fourth field was also devoid of birds, so I drove around it to the parking lot of the UTT and walked my 4 miles (2 down, 2 back), with Blue Grosbeaks being the only notable birds of my jaunt. Before I got in the car I checked the alerts and saw that a Wilson's Phalarope was still being seen on yet another sod farm, one I'd never been to in central Monmouth County. My path was clear even if the driving directions Google gave me weren't. It took me on the most haphazard route I could imagine but I arrived at the eBird coordinates without making any wrong turns. There was no one around and a huge, desolate looking field in front of me. 

A minute later a car pulled up with a couple of birders and we began to scan the seemingly empty field. It wasn't, of course. It was full of birds: Killdeer, Killdeer, Killdeer, Killdeer, Killdeer,  Killdeer, crow, crow, crow, Killdeer... I looked east, they looked west, west looked better, so we walked down the road a piece and before long one of those guys called out that he had the bird. 

Part of the reason I went was that the report said the phalarope was feeding close to the road. Now it was about as far back as it could get, in with a bunch of Buffies, beyond the large flock of Killdeers, but, with a scope, obviously a Wilson's Phalarope. Phalaropes are know to feed crazily in the water, spinning around to stir up food. Finding a phalarope on dry (very dry) land is exceptional. Yet, the bird was still quite active, running in a frenzy back and forth, stirring up, I guess, bugs, and quashing any possibility of digiscoping it. 

So I survive in the Bird A Day competition one more day with this rarity. I actually have 3 birds to go if nothing unusual shows up this week. Tomorrow is not going to be a wash out but it would still have to be a great bird for me to chase very far. 

My little list for the day
    27 species
Turkey Vulture   10
Cooper's Hawk   1
Red-tailed Hawk   1
Killdeer   76
Least Sandpiper   4
Buff-breasted Sandpiper   7
Wilson's Phalarope   1
Rock Pigeon   20
Mourning Dove   26
Red-bellied Woodpecker   1
Merlin   1
Blue Jay   2
American Crow   29
Fish Crow   3
Carolina Chickadee   5
White-breasted Nuthatch   1
Carolina Wren   1
American Robin   4
Gray Catbird   4
Northern Mockingbird   1
European Starling   250
Common Yellowthroat   1
Chipping Sparrow   2
Song Sparrow   1
Blue Grosbeak   3
Red-winged Blackbird   5
American Goldfinch   10