Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Wrap-up

Marbled Godwit, digiscoped, Winter Anchorage, Island Beach SP
As the year progresses, it obviously gets harder to add year birds (unless you travel outside your territory) so by adding 9 this month, including the lifer WHISKERED TERN, I feel pretty good about the month's forays. At the same time, there was a lot of frustration this month looking warblers and other migrants. I felt like I was slogging all month, picking up one or two birds at a time instead of a slew of them in a "fall out." My timing always seemed off. I spent a lot of time walking up and down Reed's Road (including today, when I added my last bird of the month, a Brown Creeper), hoping to replicate that one great day I had in the spring when the road and the bowl just to the north were full of birds.

We also ranged a little farther afield than usual making 2 trips to North Jersey (hic sunt leontes), doing a day at Chimney Rock Hawk Watch in Somerset County and finally getting to the Celery Farm in Bergen County. The former was frustrating; someone with my eyesight has a hard time distinguishing the hawks from the floaters. The Celery Farm was great and much more extensive than I imagined it.

Another frustration this month was missing the two American Avocets that were briefly at Forsythe-Barnegat; it was the day we went to the hawk watch. I tried for them the next day (twice) but they were gone. Avocets are always fun to see and I need them for my county list.

Greg & I canoed out to Great Sedge Island 3 times and consistently found Marbled Godwits, which pleased us immensely, along with lots of pelicans, birds that somehow just seem incongruous no matter where you find them. If the weather stays warm, we may continue the trips in October. Greg's already found an Eared Grebe in Barnegat Bay today, so who knows what kind of interesting waterfowl could be hiding in plain sight out there?

For the month I managed 152 species.
Counties birded: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset.
Cooper's Hawk, Whitesbog

Species               Location

Canada Goose     Brig
Mute Swan     Brig
Wood Duck     Brig
Gadwall     Cape May Point SP
American Black Duck     Brig
Mallard     Brig
Blue-winged Teal     Brig
Northern Shoveler     Forsythe-Barnegat
Northern Pintail     Sandy Hook
Green-winged Teal     Brig
Common Eider     Great Sedge Island
Hooded Merganser     Eno’s Pond
Wild Turkey     Whitesbog
Pied-billed Grebe     Brig
Double-crested Cormorant     Brig
Great Cormorant     Great Sedge Island
Brown Pelican     Holgate
Great Blue Heron     Brig
Great Egret     Brig
Snowy Egret     Brig
Little Blue Heron     Great Sedge Island
Tricolored Heron     Great Sedge Island
Green Heron     Great Sedge Island
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Brig
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     Brig
Glossy Ibis     Brig
Black Vulture     Union Transportation Trail
Turkey Vulture     Brig
Osprey     Brig
Northern Harrier     Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk     Chimney Rock Hawk Watch
Cooper's Hawk     Whitesbog
Bald Eagle     GSP MM 48
Red-shouldered Hawk     Chimney Rock Hawk Watch
Broad-winged Hawk     Sandy Hook
Red-tailed Hawk     Sandy Hook
Clapper Rail     Brig
Common Gallinule     Cape May Point SP
American Oystercatcher     Brig
Black-bellied Plover     Brig
American Golden-Plover     Holgate
Semipalmated Plover     Brig
Killdeer     Whitesbog
Spotted Sandpiper     Great Sedge Island
Greater Yellowlegs     Brig
Willet     Brig
Lesser Yellowlegs     Brig
Marbled Godwit     Great Sedge Island
Ruddy Turnstone     Holgate
Red Knot     Great Sedge Island
Sanderling     Holgate
Dunlin     Brig
Least Sandpiper     Brig
Buff-breasted Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Pectoral Sandpiper     Whitesbog
Semipalmated Sandpiper     Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher     Brig
Wilson's Phalarope     Brig
Laughing Gull     Brig
Ring-billed Gull     Brig
Herring Gull     Brig
Great Black-backed Gull     Brig
Gull-billed Tern     Brig
Caspian Tern     Brig
Black Tern     Great Sedge Island
WHISKERED TERN     Cape May Point SP
Common Tern     Holgate
Forster's Tern     Brig
Royal Tern     Holgate
Black Skimmer     Brig
Rock Pigeon     Sandy Hook
Mourning Dove     Holgate
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     Brig
Black-billed Cuckoo     Bunker Hill Bogs
Eastern Screech-Owl     35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Whip-poor-will     35 Sunset Rd
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     35 Sunset Rd
Belted Kingfisher     Great Sedge Island
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Bunker Hill Bogs
Downy Woodpecker     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
Northern Flicker     Whitesbog
American Kestrel     Chimney Rock Hawk Watch
Merlin     35 Sunset Rd
Peregrine Falcon     Brig
Olive-sided Flycatcher     The Celery Farm
Eastern Wood-Pewee     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher     Sandy Hook
Least Flycatcher     Colliers Mills WMA
Eastern Phoebe     Whitesbog
Great Crested Flycatcher     Bunker Hill Bogs
Eastern Kingbird     Brig
White-eyed Vireo     Bunker Hill Bogs
Warbling Vireo     The Celery Farm
Red-eyed Vireo     Chimney Rock Hawk Watch
Blue Jay     Brig
American Crow     Brig
Fish Crow     Forsythe-Barnegat
Common Raven     Chimney Rock Hawk Watch
Purple Martin     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
Tree Swallow     Brig
Barn Swallow     Great Sedge Island
Carolina Chickadee     Brig
Black-capped Chickadee     The Celery Farm
Tufted Titmouse     Brig
Red-breasted Nuthatch     Wells Mills Park
White-breasted Nuthatch     Bunker Hill Bogs
Brown Creeper     Reed’s Road
House Wren     35 Sunset Rd
Carolina Wren     Brig
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     Reed’s Road
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Reed’s Road
Eastern Bluebird     Whitesbog
American Robin     Brig
Gray Catbird     Brig
Brown Thrasher     Whitesbog
Northern Mockingbird     Holgate
European Starling     Brig
Cedar Waxwing     Brig
Northern Waterthrush     Reed’s Road
Black-and-white Warbler     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
Nashville Warbler     Reed’s Road
Common Yellowthroat     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
American Redstart     Bunker Hill Bogs
Northern Parula     Sandy Hook
Magnolia Warbler     Reed’s Road
Blackburnian Warbler     Eno’s Pond
Yellow Warbler     Great Bay Blvd
Black-throated Blue Warbler     Wells Mills Park
Palm Warbler     Cape May Point SP
Pine Warbler     Whitesbog (Ocean Co.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Brig
Prairie Warbler     Spizzle Creek
Black-throated Green Warbler     Reed’s Road
Eastern Towhee     Brig
Chipping Sparrow     Colliers Mills WMA
Savannah Sparrow     Great Bay Blvd
Saltmarsh Sparrow     Brig
Seaside Sparrow     Great Sedge Island
Song Sparrow     Great Bay Blvd
Swamp Sparrow     Spizzle Creek
White-throated Sparrow     Eno’s Pond
Northern Cardinal     Bunker Hill Bogs
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     Sandy Hook
Indigo Bunting     Union Transportation Trail
Bobolink     Reed’s Road
Red-winged Blackbird     Brig
Common Grackle     35 Sunset Rd
Boat-tailed Grackle     Brig
Brown-headed Cowbird     Brig
House Finch     35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch     Brig
House Sparrow     Holgate

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