Monday, November 30, 2015

Bunker Hill Bogs 11/30--Winter Wren & November's List

With time to kill before a doctor's appt (I'm fine), I took a walk in both Bunker Hill and Butterfly Bogs this morning. I was curious if any interesting ducks or other waterfowl had shown up--aside from Ring-necked Ducks in both places the answer was "no." It was a drab and dreary morning for most of the walk. 3 Killdeers in the back of Butterfly Bogs were noteworthy. But the significant find of the morning was in the back of Bunker Hill where a small flock of juncos and White-throated Sparrows were feeding on the trail, along with some Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting about in the bare branches. It was there, feeding beneath a bush, that I saw a tiny brown bird with a stubby tail. It quickly flew off, but I saw enough of it to know that I had, finally, my first Winter Wren of the year.

These wrens behave more like mice than birds, running around in the undergrowth and are, for me, devilishly hard to find. I'd pretty much given up on this species for the year, so I ended the month with 144 species and got the year count up to...(checking eBird)...354.

I had a fun month birding, a lot of it with Mike, as we covered a good swath of the state, and although I only added 5 year birds, one of them was a lifer and a couple of others were rarities so my list looks satisfactory to me.

I also made a couple of trips into NY, once to my beloved Prospect Park and once out to Point Lookout the day after Thanksgiving with our friends Rick & Caroline. Point Lookout yielded 3 month birds--Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, and Purple Sandpiper--the last two saving me the trouble of braving the Barnegat Light jetty for a while.

A few photos from Prospect Park:
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Shoveler (with a real Brooklyn attitude)
The month's list: ALL CAPS=lifer, Bold Italics=Year bird, Underline=rarity
Counties Birded:
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset
New York: Kings, Nassau
Species     First Sighting
Snow Goose     Brig
Brant     Avalon Seawatch
Barnacle Goose     Etra Lake
Cackling Goose     Etra Lake
Canada Goose     Assunpink WMA
Mute Swan     Assunpink WMA
Tundra Swan     Brig
Wood Duck     Avalon Seawatch
Gadwall     Brig
Eurasian Wigeon     Brig
American Wigeon     Brig
American Black Duck     Brig
Mallard     Double Trouble State Park
Blue-winged Teal     Brig
Northern Shoveler     Brig
Northern Pintail     Brig
Green-winged Teal     Brig
Ring-necked Duck     Assunpink WMA
Lesser Scaup     Lily Lake
Common Eider     Point Lookout
Harlequin Duck     Point Lookout
Surf Scoter     Avalon Seawatch
White-winged Scoter     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Black Scoter     Avalon Seawatch
Long-tailed Duck     Island Beach SP
Bufflehead     Brig
Hooded Merganser     Brig
Common Merganser     Sandy Hook
Red-breasted Merganser     Sandy Hook
Ruddy Duck     Assunpink WMA
Ring-necked Pheasant     GSP MM 48
Wild Turkey     Warren Grove
Red-throated Loon     Sandy Hook
Common Loon     Avalon 48th St Beach
Pied-billed Grebe     Assunpink WMA
Red-necked Grebe     Avalon Seawatch
Northern Gannet     Avalon Seawatch
Double-crested Cormorant     Avalon Seawatch
Great Cormorant     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Great Blue Heron     Assunpink WMA
Great Egret     Brig
Snowy Egret     Brig
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Brig
Glossy Ibis     GSP MM 48
Black Vulture     The Beanery
Turkey Vulture     Assunpink WMA
Golden Eagle     Scherman-Hoffman
Northern Harrier     Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk     Scherman-Hoffman
Cooper's Hawk     Colliers Mills WMA
Bald Eagle     Brig
Red-shouldered Hawk     Great Swamp NWR
Red-tailed Hawk     Colliers Mills WMA
KING RAIL     Brig
Clapper Rail     Great Bay Blvd
Virginia Rail     Brig
American Coot     Brig
American Oystercatcher     Avalon Seawatch
Black-bellied Plover     Avalon 48th St Beach Entrance
Semipalmated Plover     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Killdeer     Double Trouble State Park
Greater Yellowlegs     Brig
Hudsonian Godwit     Brig
Ruddy Turnstone     Avalon 48th St Beach Entrance
Red Knot     Avalon 48th St Beach Entrance
Sanderling     Avalon 48th St Beach Entrance
Dunlin     Avalon Seawatch
Purple Sandpiper     Point Lookout
Least Sandpiper     Brig
White-rumped Sandpiper     Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper     Brig
Western Sandpiper     Brig
Long-billed Dowitcher     Bayview Marina
Parasitic Jaeger     Avalon Seawatch
Laughing Gull     Avalon Seawatch
Ring-billed Gull     Assunpink WMA
Herring Gull     Avalon Seawatch
Lesser Black-backed Gull     Sunset Lake (Asbury Park)
Great Black-backed Gull     Avalon Seawatch
Forster's Tern     Avalon Seawatch
Royal Tern     Avalon Seawatch
Rock Pigeon     Avalon
Mourning Dove     35 Sunset Rd
Great Horned Owl     Brig
Belted Kingfisher     Assunpink WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Assunpink WMA
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     Colliers Mills WMA
Downy Woodpecker     Assunpink WMA
Hairy Woodpecker     Sandy Hook
Northern Flicker     Assunpink WMA
Peregrine Falcon     Brig
Eastern Phoebe     The Beanery
Western Kingbird     The Beanery
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     Brig
Blue Jay     Assunpink WMA
American Crow     Assunpink WMA
Fish Crow     Bayview Marina
Tree Swallow     Assunpink WMA
Cave Swallow     The Beanery
Carolina Chickadee     35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee     Great Swamp NWR
Tufted Titmouse     35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch     Assunpink WMA
Brown Creeper     Whitesbog
Winter Wren  Bunker Hill Bogs
Carolina Wren     Assunpink WMA
Golden-crowned Kinglet     Double Trouble State Park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Assunpink WMA
Eastern Bluebird     Double Trouble State Park
Hermit Thrush     Whitesbog
American Robin     Assunpink WMA
Gray Catbird     Brig
Northern Mockingbird     Assunpink WMA
European Starling     Assunpink WMA
Cedar Waxwing     Assunpink WMA
Snow Bunting     Whitesbog
Orange-crowned Warbler     The Beanery
Palm Warbler     The Beanery
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Assunpink WMA
Seaside Sparrow     Brig
American Tree Sparrow     Double Trouble State Park
Chipping Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow     Great Swamp NWR
Dark-eyed Junco     35 Sunset Rd
White-crowned Sparrow     Sandy Hook
White-throated Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Vesper Sparrow     Colliers Mills WMA
Savannah Sparrow     Double Trouble State Park
Song Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Swamp Sparrow     Brig
Eastern Towhee     Brig
Northern Cardinal     35 Sunset Rd
Red-winged Blackbird     Colliers Mills WMA
Eastern Meadowlark     Brig
Rusty Blackbird     Brig
Common Grackle     Great Swamp NWR
Boat-tailed Grackle     Brig
Brown-headed Cowbird     Avalon
Baltimore Oriole     The Beanery
House Finch     Avalon Seawatch
Purple Finch     The Beanery
Pine Siskin     Whitesbog
American Goldfinch     Assunpink WMA
House Sparrow     Assunpink WMA

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