Thursday, July 31, 2014

July's Birds

Green Heron, Eno's Pond
The month started off slow, typical for the summer. It wasn't until I went to Sandy Hook on July 9, that I found a new bird for the year.

Summer is the time to concentrate on shorebirds, so I headed toward salt and brackish water as much as I could this month, with multiple trips to Brig, Great Bay Blvd, and Cattus Island. The biggest surprise of the month was the out-of-season ducks I kept stumbling across--a Common Eider at Sandy Hook, a Hooded Merganser at Eno's Pond, and a Red-breasted Merganser while canoeing with Greg out to Great Sedge Island.

Great Sedge Island also provided the highlights of the month: Within a few minutes of each other, I had my FOY Brown Pelican and my FOY (and quite possibly Year Only) American Bittern.

We made a brief weekend trip up the Berkshires to visit our friends and while there came up with a few birds that we don't normally see down here in the summer, like Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

I'm looking forward to August. We have a trip to Bombay Hook planned and the bogs at Whitesbog are draining--more on that tomorrow, weather permitting.

For the month I had 135 species, just about what I did in June, under more propitious circumstances.
Species     Location
Brant     Sandy Hook
Canada Goose     Whitesbog
Mute Swan     Cattus Island County Park
Wood Duck     Whitesbog
American Black Duck     Brigantine
Mallard     Cattus Island County Park
Common Eider     Sandy Hook
Hooded Merganser     Eno’s Pond
Red-breasted Merganser     Great Sedge Island
Wild Turkey     Whitesbog
Double-crested Cormorant     Brigantine
Brown Pelican     Great Sedge Island
American Bittern     Great Sedge Island
Great Blue Heron     Whitesbog
Great Egret     Cattus Island County Park
Snowy Egret     Cattus Island County Park
Little Blue Heron     Cattus Island County Park
Tricolored Heron     Cattus Island County Park
Green Heron     Whitesbog
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Brigantine
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     Brigantine
Glossy Ibis     Cattus Island County Park
Turkey Vulture     Whitesbog
Osprey     Cattus Island County Park
Broad-winged Hawk     Bog Pond
Red-tailed Hawk     Cattus Island County Park
Clapper Rail     Cattus Island County Park
American Oystercatcher     Brigantine
Black-bellied Plover     Brigantine
Semipalmated Plover     Forsythe--Barnegat
Piping Plover     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Killdeer     Sandy Hook
Spotted Sandpiper     Whitesbog Ocean County portion
Solitary Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Greater Yellowlegs     Brigantine
Willet     Cattus Island County Park
Lesser Yellowlegs     Brigantine
Whimbrel     Sandy Hook
Ruddy Turnstone     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Stilt Sandpiper     Brigantine
Sanderling     Great Sedge Island
Dunlin     Sandy Hook
Least Sandpiper     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Semipalmated Sandpiper     Sandy Hook
Western Sandpiper     Brigantine
Short-billed Dowitcher     Brigantine
Long-billed Dowitcher     Brigantine
Laughing Gull     Cattus Island County Park
Ring-billed Gull     Brigantine
Herring Gull     Cattus Island County Park
Great Black-backed Gull     Cattus Island County Park
Least Tern     Sandy Hook
Gull-billed Tern     Brigantine
Caspian Tern     Brigantine
Black Tern     Brigantine
Common Tern     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Forster's Tern     Cattus Island County Park
Royal Tern     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Black Skimmer     Brigantine
Mourning Dove     Cattus Island County Park
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     Cattus Island County Park
Black-billed Cuckoo     Union Transportation Trail
Great Horned Owl     Brigantine
Common Nighthawk     35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Whip-poor-will     35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift     Sandy Hook
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     35 Sunset Rd
Belted Kingfisher     Cross Place Road
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Brigantine
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     Cross Place Road
Downy Woodpecker     Brigantine
Hairy Woodpecker     Cattus Island County Park
Northern Flicker     Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Preserve
American Kestrel     Savoy Rd--Windsor
Peregrine Falcon     Brigantine
Eastern Wood-Pewee     Cattus Island County Park
Willow Flycatcher     Brigantine
Eastern Phoebe     Whitesbog
Great Crested Flycatcher     Whitesbog
Eastern Kingbird     Cattus Island County Park
White-eyed Vireo     Whitesbog
Red-eyed Vireo     Eno’s Pond
Blue Jay     Cattus Island County Park
American Crow     Brigantine
Fish Crow     Whitesbog
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     Brigantine
Purple Martin     Brigantine
Tree Swallow     Whitesbog
Bank Swallow     Sandy Hook
Barn Swallow     Cattus Island County Park
Carolina Chickadee     Cattus Island County Park
Black-capped Chickadee     Cross Place Road
Tufted Titmouse     35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd
House Wren     Cattus Island County Park
Marsh Wren     Cattus Island County Park
Carolina Wren     Brigantine
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     Whitesbog
Eastern Bluebird     Whitesbog
Wood Thrush     Union Transportation Trail
American Robin     Cattus Island County Park
Gray Catbird     Whitesbog
Brown Thrasher     Whitesbog Ocean County portion
Northern Mockingbird     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
European Starling     Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Preserve
Cedar Waxwing     Sandy Hook
Ovenbird     Whitesbog
Black-and-white Warbler     Whitesbog
Common Yellowthroat     Whitesbog
American Redstart     Sandy Hook
Yellow Warbler     Brigantine
Pine Warbler     Whitesbog
Prairie Warbler     Whitesbog
Eastern Towhee     Whitesbog
Chipping Sparrow     Whitesbog
Field Sparrow     Sandy Hook
Grasshopper Sparrow     Negri-Nepote Grasslands
Saltmarsh Sparrow     Cattus Island County Park
Seaside Sparrow     Cattus Island County Park
Song Sparrow     Whitesbog
Scarlet Tanager     Colliers Mills WMA
Northern Cardinal     Whitesbog
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Blue Grosbeak     Whitesbog
Indigo Bunting     Brigantine
Dickcissel     Negri-Nepote Grasslands
Red-winged Blackbird     Whitesbog
Common Grackle     Whitesbog
Boat-tailed Grackle     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Brown-headed Cowbird     Whitesbog Ocean County portion
Orchard Oriole     Whitesbog
Baltimore Oriole     Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
House Finch     35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch     Whitesbog
House Sparrow     Barnegat Lighthouse SP

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