Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jackson 5/21--Gray-cheeked Thrush

This morning was Mike's last session of the Birds of Jackson, where we travel, over the course of the late winter and early spring, to more or less the same spots in Jackson Township (100 square miles) and survey the changing bird life. It's been a cold spring and today was no exception; the weather was cool and cloudy and just as we were ending the trip, coming out of Colliers Mills onto Rt 571, it started to rain.

Between 8 and 12:45 we accumulated around 60 species in the 9 spots (including the County Line Road Wawa) that we surveyed. Our one rarity (though they aren't so rare anymore in the county) was a Common Raven we saw as we were standing the in the Wawa Parking lot. The one new bird for the year, for me, was the Gray-cheeked Thrush we found in the woods along the Toms River at FREC. I've been looking for a Swainson's Warbler all month; Gray-cheeked is harder to find, so naturally that's the bird we come up with. The killer bird we saw today was the Hooded Warbler in those same woods. That was my second Hooded Warbler in 2 days and that's never happened to me before.

Our route today in Jackson: Jackson Memorial HS, FREC, Butterfly Bogs, Lake Enno (closed, so we just stood outside the gate for a few minutes) Wawa on County Line Road, Jackson Mills Pond (pretty much empty) Progress Road, Prospertown Lake, and Colliers Mills.

I listed:
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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