Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Birds

By far the most exciting bird of the month was the one day wonder Common Redpoll that visited our feeder on the 2nd. Even though we saw literally hundreds of them in Minnesota, it is something else to have one of them pose for you right outside your window.

I tacked on 18 birds to my year list, my favorite coming just this last weekend with the addition of American Avocet while we were in Delaware.

It was a very good month in terms of species seen--128--the most for a month so far this year. It's early. Migration starts soon (or perhaps has already started and I've just been missing it.)

I haven't been doing that well in-county, but the good thing about winter birds is that you get two shots at seeing them, so a few that I missed I can try for come November/December. But I don't want to even think about cold months right now.

Counties birded:
Delaware: Kent, Sussex
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem
Species               First Sighting
Snow Goose     Assunpink WMA
Brant     Sands Point Preserve
Canada Goose     Sands Point Preserve
Mute Swan     Sands Point Preserve
Trumpeter Swan     Assunpink WMA
Tundra Swan     Whitesbog
Wood Duck     Whitesbog--Ocean Co.
Gadwall     Poplar St Boat Launch
Eurasian Wigeon     Sylvan Lake
American Wigeon     Sands Point Preserve
American Black Duck     Poplar St Boat Launch
Mallard     Sands Point--Dock Ave
Blue-winged Teal     Brig
Northern Shoveler     Mannington Marsh
Northern Pintail     Poplar St Boat Launch
Green-winged Teal     Assunpink WMA
Canvasback     West Creek Dock Rd.
Redhead     Bayview Marina
Ring-necked Duck     West Creek Dock Rd.
Greater Scaup     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Lesser Scaup     Sands Point--Dock Ave
Common Eider     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Harlequin Duck     Barnegat Lighthouse SP

Surf Scoter     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
White-winged Scoter     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Black Scoter     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Long-tailed Duck     Sands Point Preserve
Bufflehead     Sands Point Preserve
Common Goldeneye     Bayview Marina
Hooded Merganser     Eno’s Pond
Common Merganser     Eno’s Pond
Red-breasted Merganser     Sands Point Preserve
Ruddy Duck     Sands Point--Dock Ave
Wild Turkey     Assunpink WMA
Red-throated Loon     Brig
Common Loon     Sands Point Preserve
Pied-billed Grebe     Lake Como
Horned Grebe     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Red-necked Grebe     Bayview Marina
Double-crested Cormorant     Eno’s Pond
Great Cormorant     Sands Point Preserve
Great Blue Heron     Sands Point Preserve
Great Egret     West Creek Dock Rd.
Snowy Egret     Forsythe--Barnegat
Black Vulture     Waretown
Turkey Vulture     Forked River
Osprey     Seaside Heights
Golden Eagle     Brig
Northern Harrier     Sands Point Preserve
Sharp-shinned Hawk     35 Sunset Rd
Cooper's Hawk     Poplar St Boat Launch
Bald Eagle     Poplar St Boat Launch
Red-shouldered Hawk     Pedricktown Marsh
Red-tailed Hawk     Eno’s Pond
Rough-legged Hawk     Eno’s Pond
American Coot     Assunpink WMA
American Avocet     Bombay Hook NWR
American Oystercatcher     Gull Island Park
Black-bellied Plover     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Killdeer     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Greater Yellowlegs     Eno’s Pond
Lesser Yellowlegs   Prime Hook Beach Rd.
Ruddy Turnstone     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Sanderling     Fowler Beach Rd.
Dunlin     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
American Woodcock     Crestwood Community Gardens
Bonaparte's Gull     Seven Presidents Park
Laughing Gull     Prime Hook Beach Rd.
Ring-billed Gull     Vessel Dr.
Herring Gull     Sands Point Preserve
Lesser Black-backed Gull     Assunpink WMA
Great Black-backed Gull     Sands Point Preserve
Forster's Tern     Prime Hook Beach Rd.
Rock Pigeon     Bayview Marina
Mourning Dove     35 Sunset Rd
Short-eared Owl     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Belted Kingfisher     Eno’s Pond
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Poplar St Boat Launch
Downy Woodpecker     35 Sunset Rd
Hairy Woodpecker     Whitesbog
Northern Flicker     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
American Kestrel     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Merlin     Lake Takanassee
Peregrine Falcon     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Eastern Phoebe     Whiting WMA
Blue Jay     Poplar St Boat Launch
American Crow     Sands Point Preserve
Fish Crow     Schoolhouse Rd.
Horned Lark     Sandy Hook
Tree Swallow     Whitesbog
Barn Swallow     Colliers Mills WMA
Carolina Chickadee     35 Sunset Rd
Tufted Titmouse     35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd
Brown Creeper     35 Sunset Rd
Carolina Wren     Bridge to Nowhere
Golden-crowned Kinglet     Whiting WMA
Eastern Bluebird     Colliers Mills WMA
Hermit Thrush     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
American Robin     Sands Point Preserve
Northern Mockingbird     River Walk
European Starling     35 Sunset Rd
Snow Bunting     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Pine Warbler     35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
American Tree Sparrow     Brig
Chipping Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Field Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Savannah Sparrow     West Creek Dock Rd.

Fox Sparrow     Double Trouble State Park
Song Sparrow     Bridge to Nowhere
Swamp Sparrow     Forsythe--Barnegat
White-throated Sparrow     Sands Point--Dock Ave
White-crowned Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Dark-eyed Junco     35 Sunset Rd
Northern Cardinal     Bridge to Nowhere
Red-winged Blackbird     Sands Point Preserve
Eastern Meadowlark     Bridge to Nowhere
Rusty Blackbird     Prime Hook NWR
Common Grackle     River Walk
Boat-tailed Grackle     Bridge to Nowhere
Brown-headed Cowbird     Horicon Lake
House Finch     River Walk
Common Redpoll     35 Sunset Rd
Pine Siskin     35 Sunset Rd

American Goldfinch     35 Sunset Rd
House Sparrow     Barnegat Lighthouse SP

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