Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Wrap-up

"Sedge" seemed to be the theme of the month. We had our lifer SEDGE WREN at Bombay Hook this month and I made 3 canoe trips with Greg to Great Sedge Island off Island Beach. I'm not even sure what sedge is even after reading up on it a little--apparently it is a grass with triangular stems and spiraling flowers and there are 5500 varieties of it so I'm sure I've stumbled on some this month.

The month started off with me going to Whitesbog almost every day. The bogs were drained and for a little under 2 weeks abounded in shorebirds. Then the water got too low and the birds disappeared.
Pectoral Sandpiper, Whitesbog
But for a while there, we had a mini-Brig only 15 minutes away from the house.

We had a good trip to Delaware, adding 5 year birds there, and we made a number of trips to Brig. Shorebirds there, at Barnegat, on the sandbars around Sedge Island...we even got shorebirds on dirt when we birded the sod farms in Monmouth County.

There was also productive birding around the house, surprising for summer. A Merlin made an early appearance, counting as a rarity, and continued to perch for a number of nights at the top of the same dead tree in the drainage basin.

One night last week I went out to take pictures of it and found 6 Common Nighthawks flying overhead, while a pewee called from another branch in the tree. Then, after the Merlin flew off, a Cedar Waxwing came in to take it's place.

Cedar Waxwing

For the month I had 145 species, including 10 year birds.
Counties birded
Delaware: Kent, Sussex
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean
New York: New York
Species                First Sighting
Snow Goose     Bombay Hook
Canada Goose     Whitesbog
Mute Swan     Brigantine
Tundra Swan     Bombay Hook
Wood Duck     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Gadwall     Cape May Meadows
American Black Duck     Whitesbog
Mallard     Whitesbog
Northern Shoveler     Bombay Hook
Green-winged Teal     Great Sedge Island
Black Scoter     Port Mahon
Ruddy Duck     Bombay Hook
Northern Bobwhite     Bombay Hook
Wild Turkey     Whitesbog
Pied-billed Grebe     Whitesbog
Double-crested Cormorant     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Brown Pelican     Great Sedge Island
Great Blue Heron     Whitesbog
Great Egret     Whitesbog
Snowy Egret     Forsythe-Barnegat
Little Blue Heron     Whitesbog
Tricolored Heron     Great Sedge Island
Green Heron     Whitesbog
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Brigantine
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     Brigantine
Glossy Ibis     Forsythe-Barnegat
Black Vulture     Whitesbog
Turkey Vulture     Whitesbog
Osprey     Forsythe-Barnegat
Northern Harrier     Brigantine
Cooper's Hawk     Brigantine
Bald Eagle     Prime Hook NWR
Red-tailed Hawk     Brigantine
Clapper Rail     Brigantine
Black-necked Stilt     Prime Hook NWR
American Avocet     Bombay Hook
American Oystercatcher     Great Sedge Island
Black-bellied Plover     Whitesbog
American Golden-Plover     Reed's Sod Farm--CR 526
Semipalmated Plover     Whitesbog
Piping Plover     Great Sedge Island
Killdeer     Whitesbog
Spotted Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Solitary Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Greater Yellowlegs     Forsythe-Barnegat
Willet     Great Sedge Island
Lesser Yellowlegs     Whitesbog
Whimbrel     Brigantine
Marbled Godwit     Great Sedge Island
Ruddy Turnstone     Great Sedge Island
Red Knot     Great Sedge Island
Stilt Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Sanderling     Great Sedge Island
Least Sandpiper     Whitesbog
White-rumped Sandpiper     Jarvis Sound
Buff-breasted Sandpiper     Brigantine
Pectoral Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Semipalmated Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Western Sandpiper     Brigantine
Short-billed Dowitcher     Whitesbog
Long-billed Dowitcher     Brigantine
Laughing Gull     Forsythe-Barnegat
Ring-billed Gull     Great Sedge Island
Herring Gull     Forsythe-Barnegat
Great Black-backed Gull     Forsythe-Barnegat
Least Tern     Brigantine
Gull-billed Tern     Whitesbog
Caspian Tern     Great Sedge Island
Black Tern     Brigantine
Common Tern     Great Sedge Island
Forster's Tern     Forsythe-Barnegat
Royal Tern     Great Sedge Island
Black Skimmer     Brigantine
Rock Pigeon     Berkeley--Pinewald-Keswick Rd
Mourning Dove     Whitesbog
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     Double Trouble State Park
Black-billed Cuckoo     35 Sunset Rd
Common Nighthawk     Whitesbog
Eastern Whip-poor-will     35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift     Double Trouble State Park
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     35 Sunset Rd
Belted Kingfisher     Cattus Island County Park
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Double Trouble State Park
Downy Woodpecker     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Northern Flicker     35 Sunset Rd
Merlin     35 Sunset Rd
Peregrine Falcon     Brigantine
Eastern Wood-Pewee     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Eastern Phoebe     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Great Crested Flycatcher     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Eastern Kingbird     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
White-eyed Vireo     Whitesbog
Red-eyed Vireo     Bombay Hook
Blue Jay     Whitesbog
American Crow     Whitesbog
Fish Crow     Whitesbog
Horned Lark     Whitehall Crossroads - Leipsic
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     Whitesbog
Purple Martin     Whitesbog
Tree Swallow     Whitesbog
Bank Swallow     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Barn Swallow     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Carolina Chickadee     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Tufted Titmouse     Double Trouble State Park
White-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd
House Wren     Whitesbog
SEDGE WREN     Bombay Hook
Marsh Wren     Bombay Hook
Carolina Wren     Whitesbog
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Eastern Bluebird     Whitesbog
American Robin     35 Sunset Rd
Gray Catbird     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Brown Thrasher     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Northern Mockingbird     Island Beach SP
European Starling     Brigantine
Cedar Waxwing     35 Sunset Rd
Ovenbird     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Northern Waterthrush     Central Park
Black-and-white Warbler     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Common Yellowthroat     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
American Redstart     Double Trouble State Park
Yellow Warbler     Brigantine
Pine Warbler     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Prairie Warbler     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Eastern Towhee     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Chipping Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow     Brigantine
Saltmarsh Sparrow     Great Sedge Island
Seaside Sparrow     Great Sedge Island
Song Sparrow     Whitesbog
Swamp Sparrow     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Northern Cardinal     Whitesbog
Blue Grosbeak     Brigantine
Indigo Bunting     Bombay Hook
Bobolink     Bombay Hook
Red-winged Blackbird     Whitesbog
Common Grackle     Whitesbog
Boat-tailed Grackle     Brigantine
Brown-headed Cowbird     Clara Barton rest stop
Orchard Oriole     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
Baltimore Oriole     Whitesbog  (Ocean Co.)
House Finch     35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch     Whitesbog
House Sparrow     Clara Barton rest stop

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