Monday, March 31, 2014

March Wrap Up

Tree Swallows huddling together against the cold, Prospertown Lake
It is a very good month when I can get two life birds without leaving the state. As I wrote earlier, one bird--the ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK--was turning into a nemesis bird, while the other--ROSS'S GOOSE--was plopped down in a field and was found while I was still in the car. There were another 14 FOY species in March, some of them expected (Great Egret, Osprey), one early (Chipping Sparrow) one in an odd location (Black-capped Chickadee), one controversial (Trumpeter Swan) and one spectacularly rare (Eurasian Tree Sparrow). The rest fell into the about time category, including the Northern Gannet I saw today at Manasquan Inlet.

After the first week of March, Pine Warbler finally fell out of the "rare" category on eBird, so I didn't feel compelled to list it every time I saw them scarfing up the peanut butter smeared on the pine cone outside my window. But then two Tundra Swans turned up on the pond on Schoolhouse Road and those are rare for the time and location, so I've been documenting them every day and then the Redhead that arrived the same day the swans did became "rare" a few days ago. I'm curious to see how long both species will stay on our little unprepossessing pond.
Redhead with Ring-necked Ducks
Tundra Swan action shot
For the month I had 114 species in 9 counties in 2 states.
Counties birded:
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Union
New York: Kings
Species                Location
Snow Goose     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
ROSS'S GOOSE     Cape May--Sea Grove Ave.
Brant     Great Bay Blvd
Canada Goose     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Mute Swan     Bridge to Nowhere
Trumpeter Swan     Assunpink WMA
Tundra Swan     Whitesbog
Wood Duck     New Egypt fields
Gadwall     Lighthouse Pond
Eurasian Wigeon     Lighthouse Pond
American Wigeon     CMPSP Hawkwatch Platform
American Black Duck     Rahway River Park
Mallard     Crestwood Village
Blue-winged Teal     Brigantine
Northern Shoveler     Forsythe--Barnegat
Northern Pintail     Whitesbog
Green-winged Teal     Forsythe--Barnegat
Canvasback     Brigantine
Redhead     Assunpink WMA
Ring-necked Duck     Whitesbog
Greater Scaup     Barnegat Municipal Dock
Lesser Scaup     CMPSP Hawkwatch Platform
Surf Scoter     Manasquan Inlet
White-winged Scoter     Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Black Scoter     Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Long-tailed Duck     Manasquan Inlet
Bufflehead     Cattus Island County Park
Hooded Merganser     Crestwood Village
Common Merganser     Rahway River Park
Red-breasted Merganser     Cattus Island County Park
Ruddy Duck     Brigantine
Wild Turkey     35 Sunset Rd
Red-throated Loon     Barnegat Municipal Dock
Common Loon     Barnegat Municipal Dock
Pied-billed Grebe     GSP MM .5
Horned Grebe     Barnegat Municipal Dock
Red-necked Grebe     Manahawkin Lake
Northern Gannet     Manasquan Inlet
Double-crested Cormorant     Cape May--Lily Lake
Great Blue Heron     Crestwood Village
Great Egret     Brigantine
Black Vulture     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Turkey Vulture     Cattus Island County Park
Osprey     Brigantine
Northern Harrier     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Cooper's Hawk     Cape May
Bald Eagle     Great Bay Blvd
Red-shouldered Hawk     Bridge to Nowhere
Red-tailed Hawk     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
American Coot     Brigantine
American Oystercatcher     Great Bay Blvd
Black-bellied Plover     Villas--Miami Ave. beach
Killdeer     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Greater Yellowlegs     Brigantine
Willet     Villas--Miami Ave. beach
Sanderling     Villas--Miami Ave. beach
Dunlin     Villas--Miami Ave. beach
Purple Sandpiper     Manasquan Inlet
American Woodcock     Whitesbog
Bonaparte's Gull     Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Ring-billed Gull     Crestwood Village
Herring Gull     Cattus Island County Park
Great Black-backed Gull     Manahawkin Lake
Rock Pigeon     New Egypt fields
Mourning Dove     Cattus Island County Park
Snowy Owl     Bridge to Nowhere
Belted Kingfisher     Parker Run Dock St.
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Downy Woodpecker     Cattus Island County Park
Hairy Woodpecker     Assunpink WMA
Northern Flicker     Whitesbog
Peregrine Falcon     Brigantine
Monk Parakeet     Carteret--Washington Avenue
Eastern Phoebe     Great Bay Blvd
Blue Jay     Cattus Island County Park
American Crow     Cattus Island County Park
Fish Crow     Pandora Diner parking lot
Common Raven     Whitesbog
Tree Swallow     Whitesbog
Carolina Chickadee     35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee     Cape May Pt College Streets
Tufted Titmouse     Cattus Island County Park
White-breasted Nuthatch     Cattus Island County Park
Brown Creeper     Crestwood Village
Carolina Wren     Crestwood Village
Golden-crowned Kinglet     Whitesbog
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Bluebird     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Hermit Thrush     Cape May Pt SP
American Robin     Cattus Island County Park
Gray Catbird     Cape May Pt SP
Northern Mockingbird     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
European Starling     New Egypt fields
Pine Warbler     35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-rumped Warbler     35 Sunset Rd
American Tree Sparrow     Colliers Mills WMA
Chipping Sparrow     Crestwood Village
Fox Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Song Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Swamp Sparrow     Cattus Island County Park
White-throated Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
White-crowned Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Dark-eyed Junco     35 Sunset Rd
Northern Cardinal     Cattus Island County Park
Red-winged Blackbird     Cattus Island County Park
Rusty Blackbird     Prospect Park
Common Grackle     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Boat-tailed Grackle     Great Bay Blvd
Brown-headed Cowbird     Whitesbog
House Finch     35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch     35 Sunset Rd
House Sparrow     Crestwood Village
Eurasian Tree Sparrow     Cape May Pt College Streets

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