Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Wrap-up

Pine Siskin, outside Duluth
Photo: Shari Zirlin
Any month in which you can get seven life birds has to get SUCCESS rubber stamped in big letters across the calendar page. The trip to Minnesota we took mid-month accounted for all those lifers and is well-documented in previous posts. The rest of the month found us birding mostly in Ocean and Monmouth counties, where we managed to encounter a few rarities (underlined in the list below), like the Ross's Goose and Cackling Goose that were at Marshall's Pond on New Year's Day, as unprepossessing a spot as you can imagine--a retention pond on the side of a shopping center in front of Marshall's Department Store, though it has attracted rarities before--Pink-footed Goose a couple of years ago.

Because it was colder in New Jersey for most of the month than it was while we were in Duluth, I did a lot of backyard birding. We have two birds considered winter rarities turning up at our feeders regularly--a Chipping Sparrow and a Pine Warbler. We also had our first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of the year during the recent snow. In all, we tallied 24 different species in the backyard (or overhead in the case of geese, gulls, and vultures), enough variety to keep me constantly checking what's going on outside.

Big misses this month were King Eider (try again tomorrow at Barnegat Light) and American Oystercatcher (they stick around we just haven't been where they are). In all I had 127 species this month beating last year's January total by 14 species--all of which could be attributed to Minnesota.

The complete month list:
Counties birded:
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean
New York: New York
Minnesota: Lake, St. Louis
Wisconsin: Douglas

Species               First Sighting
Snow Goose     Harry Wright Lake
Ross's Goose     Marshall's Pond
Brant     Sandy Hook
Cackling Goose     Marshall's Pond
Canada Goose     Crestwood Village
Mute Swan     Sandy Hook
Trumpeter Swan     Assunpink WMA
Tundra Swan     Cape May Point SP
Gadwall     Marshall's Pond
American Wigeon     Cape May Point SP
American Black Duck     Sandy Hook
Mallard     Lake Takanassee
Northern Shoveler     Cape May Point SP
Northern Pintail     Cape May Point SP
Green-winged Teal     Marshall's Pond
Canvasback     Riverfront Landing
Redhead     Cape May Meadows
Ring-necked Duck     Cape May Point SP
Greater Scaup     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Lesser Scaup     Riverfront Landing
Common Eider     Sunset Beach
Harlequin Duck     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Surf Scoter     Monmouth Beach
Black Scoter     Sandy Hook
Long-tailed Duck     Sandy Hook
Bufflehead     Cape May Point SP
Common Goldeneye     Duluth--Canal Park
Hooded Merganser     Lake Takanassee
Common Merganser     Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Red-breasted Merganser     Sandy Hook
Ruddy Duck     Cape May Point SP
Ruffed Grouse     Highway 7, St Louis County
Red-throated Loon     Sandy Hook
Common Loon     Sandy Hook
Pied-billed Grebe     Lake Takanassee
Horned Grebe     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Red-necked Grebe     Sandy Hook
Northern Gannet     Sandy Hook
Double-crested Cormorant     Lake Takanassee
Great Cormorant     Sandy Hook
Great Blue Heron     Crestwood Village
Great Egret     Lake of the Lilies
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Forsythe--Brigantine Unit
Black Vulture     Dover Road, Berkeley
Turkey Vulture     Sandy Hook
Osprey     Coral & Yale, Cape May
Northern Harrier     Forsythe--Brigantine Unit
Sharp-shinned Hawk     Marshall's Pond
Cooper's Hawk     Cape May Point SP
Bald Eagle     Sandy Hook
Red-tailed Hawk     Sandy Hook
Rough-legged Hawk     Sax-Zim Bog
American Coot     Lake Takanassee
Black-bellied Plover     Manasquan Inlet
Ruddy Turnstone     Cape May Meadows
Sanderling     Sandy Hook
Dunlin     Maclearie Park
Purple Sandpiper     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Razorbill     Manasquan Inlet
Bonaparte's Gull     Seven Presidents Park
Ring-billed Gull     Sandy Hook
Herring Gull     Sandy Hook
THAYER'S GULL     Duluth--Canal Park
Iceland Gull     Duluth--Canal Park
Glaucous Gull     Duluth--Canal Park
Great Black-backed Gull     Sandy Hook
Rock Pigeon     GSP Exit 0
White-winged Dove     Coral & Yale, Cape May
Mourning Dove     35 Sunset Rd
Snowy Owl     Forsythe--Brigantine Unit
NORTHERN HAWK OWL     Duluth--Jean Duluth Rd
GREAT GRAY OWL     Sax-Zim Bog
Belted Kingfisher     Cape May Point SP
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Cape May Point SP
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     35 Sunset Rd
Downy Woodpecker     35 Sunset Rd
Hairy Woodpecker     Sax-Zim Bog
Northern Flicker     Assunpink WMA
Pileated Woodpecker     Old Vermillion Trail
Merlin     Great Bay Bvld WMA
Peregrine Falcon     Seven Presidents Park
Northern Shrike     Sax-Zim Bog
GRAY JAY     Sax-Zim Bog
Blue Jay     Crestwood Village
Black-billed Magpie     Sax-Zim Bog
American Crow     Sandy Hook
Common Raven     Sandy Hook
Tree Swallow     Sandy Hook
Carolina Chickadee     35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee     Old Vermillion Trail
Tufted Titmouse     35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch     Old Vermillion Trail
White-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd
Brown Creeper     Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Carolina Wren     Cape May Point SP
Golden-crowned Kinglet     Double Trouble State Park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Cape May Point SP
Eastern Bluebird     Double Trouble State Park
Hermit Thrush     Manahawkin WMA--Beach Ave
American Robin     Cape May Point SP
Northern Mockingbird     Sandy Hook
European Starling     Cape May Point SP
Bohemian Waxwing     1740 W Knife River Rd
Snow Bunting     Highway 7, St Louis County
Pine Warbler     35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Cape May Point SP
American Tree Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Chipping Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Savannah Sparrow     Forsythe--Brigantine Unit
Song Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
White-throated Sparrow     Cape May Point SP
White-crowned Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Dark-eyed Junco     35 Sunset Rd
Northern Cardinal     35 Sunset Rd
Red-winged Blackbird     Forsythe--Brigantine Unit
Common Grackle     Assunpink WMA
Boat-tailed Grackle     Bridge to Nowhere
House Finch     Sandy Hook
Purple Finch     Sax-Zim Bog
Common Redpoll     Old Vermillion Trail
HOARY REDPOLL     1740 W Knife River Rd
Pine Siskin     Old Vermillion Trail
American Goldfinch     35 Sunset Rd
Evening Grosbeak     Sax-Zim Bog
House Sparrow     Coral & Yale, Cape May

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