Thursday, December 31, 2015

Birds of 2015--353 Species

Photo: Shari Zirlin
I easily surpassed my personal record for most birds in a year. All the traveling we did was the reason. Had we made it down to Florida in December, I'd probably be pushing 400 species for the year but I'm satisfied with what I saw.

We added 19 life birds to our list (though they weren't all the same birds). We started the year out in Minnesota where we put 7 species on the list, although there is a very good chance we'll lose one of those when HOARY REDPOLL is merged into Common Redpoll. Apparently, despite their different appearances, the DNA of the two redpolls is virtually identical.

During spring migration we drove out to Magee Marsh in Ohio for the 2nd time and enjoyed ourselves immensely, totally 150 species for the week we were there and adding the very hard to find HENSLOW'S SPARROW as a lifer.

In late July we went on an NJ Audubon field trip to Utah & Nevada, where we had 10 species. (Shari had 11 with this species:)
CASSIN'S FINCH, Lamoille Canyon, NV
Other highlights of that trip were
DUSKY GROUSE, Lamoille Canyon, NV
The only lifer for NJ was a KING RAIL that I heard (finally), at Brig with Mike. 

I also participated in my first World Series of Birding. But probably my proudest moment was convincing one of my friends (he knows who he is) to come over to the dark side and count bird that he only heard instead of insisting on seeing them. A singing but invisible Chuck's-Will-Widow in Barnegat flipped him. Of course, he finished way ahead of me in the NJ rankings on eBird. No good deed, etc...

And now, for those who have come this far, the list:
Species                                       First Sighting
Greater White-fronted Goose     Mercer Corporate Park
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
Wood Duck     Whitesbog
Gadwall     Marshall's Pond
Eurasian Wigeon     Sylvan Lake
American Wigeon     Cape May Point SP
American Black Duck     Sandy Hook
Mallard     Lake Takanassee
Blue-winged Teal     Brig
Cinnamon Teal     Ruby Lake NWR
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/Concrete Ship
Harlequin Duck     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Surf Scoter     Monmouth Beach
White-winged Scoter     Manasquan Inlet
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

Grouse, Quail, & Allies
Ring-necked Pheasant     Bear River MBR
Ruffed Grouse     Highway 7, St Louis County
DUSKY GROUSE     Lamoille Canyon
Wild Turkey     Assunpink WMA

Loons & Grebes
Red-throated Loon     Sandy Hook
Common Loon     Sandy Hook
Pied-billed Grebe     Lake Takanassee
Horned Grebe     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Red-necked Grebe     Sandy Hook
Eared Grebe     Antelope Island SP
Western Grebe     Bear River MBR
Clark's Grebe     Bear River MBR

Northern Gannet     Sandy Hook

Cormorants & Pelicans 
Neotropic Cormorant     Demott Pond
Double-crested Cormorant     Lake Takanassee
Great Cormorant     Sandy Hook
American White Pelican     Brig
Brown Pelican     Island Beach SP

Herons, Ibis, & Allies
American Bittern     Whitesbog
Least Bittern     Brig
Great Blue Heron     Crestwood Village
Great Egret     Lake of the Lilies
Snowy Egret     Forsythe-Barnegat
Little Blue Heron     Island Beach SP
Tricolored Heron     Cattus Island County Park
Cattle Egret     Meadowedge Park
Green Heron     Bunker Hill Bogs
Black-crowned Night-Heron     Brig
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
White Ibis     Ocean City Welcome Center
Glossy Ibis     Brig
White-faced Ibis     Forsythe-Barnegat

Vultures, Hawks, & Allies 
Black Vulture     Berkeley
Turkey Vulture     Sandy Hook
Osprey     Cape May Pt
Golden Eagle     Brig
Mississippi Kite     Waretown
Northern Harrier     Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk     Marshall's Pond
Cooper's Hawk     Cape May Point SP
Bald Eagle     Sandy Hook
Red-shouldered Hawk     Brig
Broad-winged Hawk     Belleplain State Forest
SWAINSON'S HAWK     W. Forest Rd
Red-tailed Hawk     Sandy Hook
Rough-legged Hawk     Sax-Zim Bog
FERRUGINOUS HAWK     South of Jiggs

Rails, Gallinules & Allies
KING RAIL     Brig
Clapper Rail     Heislerville WMA
Virginia Rail     Maumee Bay SP
Sora     Sandy Hook
Common Gallinule     Ottawa NWR
American Coot     Lake Takanassee

Sandhill Crane     Ottawa NWR

Black-necked Stilt     Antelope Island SP
American Avocet     Bombay Hook
American Oystercatcher     Brigantine Island
Black-bellied Plover     Manasquan Inlet
American Golden-Plover     Bombay Hook
Semipalmated Plover     Heislerville WMA
Piping Plover     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Killdeer     Sands Point Preserve
Spotted Sandpiper     Colliers Mills WMA
Solitary Sandpiper     Pine Park
Greater Yellowlegs     Eno’s Pond
Willet     Brigantine Island
Lesser Yellowlegs     Prime Hook NWR
Upland Sandpiper     Lakehurst NAES
Whimbrel     Brig
Long-billed Curlew     Antelope Island SP
Hudsonian Godwit     Brig
Bar-tailed Godwit     Brig
Marbled Godwit     Island Beach SP
Ruddy Turnstone     Cape May Meadows
Red Knot     Brig
Stilt Sandpiper     Brig
Curlew Sandpiper     Brig
Sanderling     Sandy Hook
Dunlin     Maclearie Park
Purple Sandpiper     Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Baird's Sandpiper     Gordon Road Reed's Sod Farm
Least Sandpiper     Brig
White-rumped Sandpiper     Brig
Buff-breasted Sandpiper     Gordon Road Reed's Sod Farm
Pectoral Sandpiper     White's Bogs
Semipalmated Sandpiper     Brig
Western Sandpiper     Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher     Brig
Long-billed Dowitcher     Antelope Island SP
Wilson's Snipe     Brig
American Woodcock     Crestwood Community Gardens
Wilson's Phalarope     Brig
Red-necked Phalarope     Antelope Island SP
Red Phalarope     Mercer Corporate Park

Parasitic Jaeger     Avalon Seawatch

Razorbill     Manasquan Inlet

Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers
Bonaparte's Gull     Seven Presidents Park
Laughing Gull     Prime Hook NWR
FRANKLIN'S GULL     Antelope Island SP
Ring-billed Gull     Sandy Hook
California Gull     Antelope Island SP
Herring Gull     Sandy Hook
THAYER'S GULL     Duluth--Canal Park
Iceland Gull     Duluth--Canal Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull     Assunpink WMA
Glaucous Gull     Duluth--Canal Park
Great Black-backed Gull     Sandy Hook
Least Tern     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Gull-billed Tern     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Caspian Tern     Brig
Black Tern     South Fork State Recreation Area
Common Tern     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Forster's Tern     Prime Hook NWR
Royal Tern     Island Beach SP
Black Skimmer     Brig

Pigeons & Doves
Rock Pigeon     GSP Exit 0
Eurasian Collared-Dove     Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area
White-winged Dove     Cape May Pt--Coral & Yale
Mourning Dove     35 Sunset Rd

Yellow-billed Cuckoo     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Black-billed Cuckoo     Double Trouble State Park

Barn Owl     Antelope Island SP
Eastern Screech-Owl     Manahawkin WMA
Great Horned Owl     Bridge to Nowhere
Snowy Owl     Brig
NORTHERN HAWK OWL     Jean Duluth Rd
Burrowing Owl     Antelope Island SP
GREAT GRAY OWL     Sax-Zim Bog
Short-eared Owl     Mercer Sod Farm IBA

Common Nighthawk     Ottawa NWR
Chuck-will's-widow     Bryant Park
Eastern Whip-poor-will     35 Sunset Rd

Chimney Swift     Brig

Ruby-throated Hummingbird     35 Sunset Rd
Black-chinned Hummingbird     Oasis
Broad-tailed Hummingbird     Wasatch NF Spruce Campground
Rufous Hummingbird     Oasis

Belted Kingfisher     Cape May Point SP

LEWIS'S WOODPECKER     Lamoile Canyon
Red-headed Woodpecker     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Red-bellied Woodpecker     Cape May Point SP
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     35 Sunset Rd
Red-naped Sapsucker     Wasatch NF Spruce Campground
Downy Woodpecker     35 Sunset Rd
Hairy Woodpecker     Sax-Zim Bog
Northern Flicker     Assunpink WMA
Pileated Woodpecker     Old Vermillion Trail

American Kestrel     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Merlin     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Peregrine Falcon     Seven Presidents Park

Monk Parakeet     Carteret

Tyrant Flycatchers, Pewees, Kingbirds, & Allies
Western Wood-Pewee     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Eastern Wood-Pewee     Wells Mills Park
Acadian Flycatcher     White's Bogs
Alder Flycatcher     McClure's Marsh
Willow Flycatcher     Christy Farm Nature Preserve
Least Flycatcher     Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Gray Flycatcher     Pequop
Dusky Flycatcher     Harrison Pass Rd
CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Eastern Phoebe     Whiting WMA
Say's Phoebe     Oasis
Great Crested Flycatcher     Colliers Mills WMA
Western Kingbird     Hampton Inn SLC Airport
Eastern Kingbird     Double Trouble State Park
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     Brig

Loggerhead Shrike     Antelope Island SP
Northern Shrike     Sax-Zim Bog

White-eyed Vireo     Brig
Yellow-throated Vireo     Jackson Memorial HS
Blue-headed Vireo     Central Park
Warbling Vireo     Colliers Mills WMA
Red-eyed Vireo     Bridge to Nowhere

Jays, Magpies, Crows, & Ravens
GRAY JAY     Sax-Zim Bog
Steller's Jay     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Blue Jay     Crestwood Village
Black-billed Magpie     Sax-Zim Bog
CLARK'S NUTCRACKER     Big Cottonwood Canyon
American Crow     Sandy Hook
Fish Crow     Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Common Raven     Sandy Hook

Horned Lark     Sandy Hook

Northern Rough-winged Swallow     Cattus Island County Park
Purple Martin     Brig
Tree Swallow     Sandy Hook
Violet-green Swallow     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Bank Swallow     Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Barn Swallow     Colliers Mills WMA
Cliff Swallow     Maumee Bay SP
Cave Swallow     The Beanery

Tits, Chickadees & Titmice
Carolina Chickadee     35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee     Old Vermillion Trail
Mountain Chickadee     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Tufted Titmouse     35 Sunset Rd
Bushtit     Ruby Lake NWR

Red-breasted Nuthatch     Old Vermillion Trail
White-breasted Nuthatch     35 Sunset Rd

Brown Creeper     Manasquan Reservoir IBA

Rock Wren     Big Cottonwood Canyon
House Wren     Norbury's Landing
Winter Wren     Bunker Hill Bogs
Marsh Wren     Forsythe-Barnegat
Carolina Wren     Cape May Point SP

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     Spruce Run Reservoir

American Dipper     Wasatch NF Spruce Campground

Golden-crowned Kinglet     Double Trouble State Park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Cape May Point SP

Eastern Bluebird     Double Trouble State Park
Mountain Bluebird     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Veery     Stafford Avenue
Gray-cheeked Thrush     Ottawa NWR
Swainson's Thrush     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Hermit Thrush     Manahawkin WMA
Wood Thrush     Belleplain State Forest
American Robin     Cape May Point SP

Catbirds, Mockingbirds, & Thrashers
Gray Catbird     Brig
Brown Thrasher     Villas WMA
SAGE THRASHER     Antelope Island SP
Northern Mockingbird     Sandy Hook

European Starling     Cape May Point SP

American Pipit     Sands Point Preserve

Bohemian Waxwing     1740 W Knife River Road
Cedar Waxwing     Island Beach SP

Snow Bunting     Highway 7, St Louis County

Wood Warblers
Ovenbird     Belleplain State Forest
Worm-eating Warbler     Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail
Louisiana Waterthrush     Belleplain State Forest
Northern Waterthrush     Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Blue-winged Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Black-and-white Warbler     Central Park
Prothonotary Warbler     Belleplain State Forest
Tennessee Warbler     Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
Orange-crowned Warbler     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Nashville Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Connecticut Warbler     Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
Mourning Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Common Yellowthroat     Brig
Hooded Warbler     Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail
American Redstart     Island Beach SP
Cape May Warbler     Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Cerulean Warbler     Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Parula     Colliers Mills WMA
Magnolia Warbler     Bunker Hill Bogs
Bay-breasted Warbler     Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Blackburnian Warbler     Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Yellow Warbler     Belleplain State Forest
Chestnut-sided Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Blackpoll Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Black-throated Blue Warbler     Collinstown Rd
Palm Warbler     Colliers Mills WMA
Pine Warbler     35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Cape May Point SP
Yellow-throated Warbler     Belleplain State Forest
Prairie Warbler     Heislerville WMA
Black-throated Gray Warbler     Ruby Lake NWR
Black-throated Green Warbler     Island Beach SP
Canada Warbler     Island Beach SP
Wilson's Warbler     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Yellow-breasted Chat     Assunpink WMA

Grasshopper Sparrow     Colliers Mills WMA
HENSLOW'S SPARROW     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Nelson's Sparrow     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Saltmarsh Sparrow     Brig
Seaside Sparrow     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
American Tree Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Chipping Sparrow     35 Sunset Rd
Clay-colored Sparrow     Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Field Sparrow     Brig
Lark Sparrow     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Fox Sparrow     Bayview Ave Park
Dark-eyed Junco     35 Sunset Rd
White-crowned Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
White-throated Sparrow     Cape May Point SP
Vesper Sparrow     South Fork State Recreation Area
Savannah Sparrow     Brig
Song Sparrow     Assunpink WMA
Lincoln's Sparrow     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Swamp Sparrow     Bridge to Nowhere
Spotted Towhee     Harrison Pass Rd
Eastern Towhee     Brig

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies
Scarlet Tanager     Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Western Tanager     Ruby Lake NWR
Northern Cardinal     35 Sunset Rd
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     35 Sunset Rd
Black-headed Grosbeak     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Blue Grosbeak     35 Sunset Rd
Lazuli Bunting     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Indigo Bunting     Colliers Mills WMA
Dickcissel     Island Beach SP

Bobolink     Harder grasslands
Red-winged Blackbird     Brig
Eastern Meadowlark     Bridge to Nowhere
Yellow-headed Blackbird     Antelope Island SP
Rusty Blackbird     Prime Hook NWR
Brewer's Blackbird     Hampton Inn SLC Airport
Common Grackle     Assunpink WMA
Boat-tailed Grackle     Bridge to Nowhere
Great-tailed Grackle     Hampton Inn SLC Airport
Brown-headed Cowbird     New Egypt
Orchard Oriole     Bunker Hill Bogs
Baltimore Oriole     Lake Enno

House Finch     Sandy Hook
Purple Finch     Sax-Zim Bog
Cassin's Finch     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Red Crossbill     Big Cottonwood Canyon
Common Redpoll     Old Vermillion Trail
HOARY REDPOLL     1740 W Knife River Road
Pine Siskin     Old Vermillion Trail
Lesser Goldfinch     Lamoile Canyon
American Goldfinch     35 Sunset Rd
Evening Grosbeak     Sax-Zim Bog

Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow     Cape May Pt

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