Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Wrap-up

Killdeer chick in the field next to the Lakewood Wawa
The month's birding started off cold and rainy at Brig and ended today hot and sunny in the cranberry bogs off Dover Road. In between, I participated in the World Series of Birding, saw a couple of rarities, like Fork-tailed Flycatcher and White Ibis and added 36 birds to the year list. Nothing like April of course but then, there was international travel involved with all its attendant aggravations and annoyances.

My favorite birds of the month are the beautiful ones like Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, & Baltimore Oriole. My biggest accomplishment of the month was tracking down the elusive Yellow-breasted Chat at Assunpink. The serendipitous moment of the month was the Summer Tanager at Horicon Lake I found with a remote assist from Pete.

June is a notoriously slow month for birding, so I don't anticipate adding many new birds to the year list, and thus, not as many posts as this month. Today was the 152nd consecutive day I listed a bird (Orchard Oriole) on Bird A Day. If I don't get sick of doing it, I think I have decent shot at 300 days in a row.

I wandered all over the state and listed 171 species, not counting the Chukar in Colliers Mills or the weirdo ducks down on Great Bay Blvd.
Counties birded: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean (somehow I managed to skip Burlington this month)
Species   Location
Snow Goose   West Creek Dock Rd.
Brant   Island Beach SP
Canada Goose   Brig
Mute Swan   Assunpink WMA
Wood Duck   Brig
American Black Duck   Forsythe-Barnegat
Mallard   Brig
Green-winged Teal   Brig
Bufflehead   Assunpink WMA
Hooded Merganser   Lakehurst Railroad Tracks
Ruddy Duck   Assunpink WMA
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Common Loon   Prospertown Lake
Double-crested Cormorant   Wawa County Line Rd
Great Blue Heron   Brig
Great Egret   Brig
Snowy Egret   Brig
Little Blue Heron   Island Beach SP
Tricolored Heron   Cattus Island County Park
Green Heron   Island Beach SP
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Great Bay Blvd
White Ibis   Forsythe-Barnegat
Glossy Ibis   Brig
Black Vulture   W. Bay Ave--Barnegat
Turkey Vulture   Colliers Mills WMA
Osprey   Brig
Cooper's Hawk   Colliers Mills WMA
Bald Eagle   Brig
Broad-winged Hawk   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-tailed Hawk   Cloverdale Farm
Clapper Rail   Brig
American Coot   Brig
American Oystercatcher   Brig
Black-bellied Plover   Brig
Semipalmated Plover   Brig
Killdeer   Butterfly Road
Spotted Sandpiper   Assunpink WMA
Solitary Sandpiper   Cloverdale Farm
Greater Yellowlegs   Brig
Willet   Brig
Lesser Yellowlegs   Brig
Whimbrel   Brig
Ruddy Turnstone   Island Beach SP
Red Knot   Great Bay Blvd
Sanderling   Great Bay Blvd
Dunlin   Brig
Least Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Wilson's Snipe   Brig
Laughing Gull   Brig
Ring-billed Gull   Barnegat Municipal Dock
Herring Gull   Brig
Great Black-backed Gull   Brig
Least Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Brig
Common Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Forster's Tern   Brig
Black Skimmer   Great Bay Blvd
Mourning Dove   35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   FREC
Black-billed Cuckoo   Colliers Mills WMA
Eastern Screech-Owl   Beach Ave
Great Horned Owl   35 Sunset Rd
Barred Owl   Beach Ave
Chuck-will's-widow   Beach Ave
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Lake Enno
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Colliers Mills WMA
Belted Kingfisher   Assunpink WMA
Red-headed Woodpecker   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Downy Woodpecker   Cattus Island County Park
Hairy Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Northern Flicker   Assunpink WMA
Merlin   Manahawkin WMA
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Colliers Mills WMA
Acadian Flycatcher   Taylor Ln
Willow Flycatcher   Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Preserve
Eastern Phoebe   Cloverdale Farm
Great Crested Flycatcher   Cloverdale Farm
Eastern Kingbird   Assunpink WMA
Fork-tailed Flycatcher   Assunpink WMA
White-eyed Vireo   Assunpink WMA
Yellow-throated Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Blue-headed Vireo   Oxycocus Bog
Warbling Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-eyed Vireo   Island Beach SP
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   Assunpink WMA
Fish Crow   Brig
Common Raven   Prospertown Lake
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Cloverdale Farm
Purple Martin   Assunpink WMA
Tree Swallow   Brig
Bank Swallow   Prospertown Lake
Barn Swallow   Brig
Carolina Chickadee   Assunpink WMA
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
House Wren   Assunpink WMA
Sedge Wren   Manahawkin WMA--Beach Ave
Marsh Wren   Manahawkin WMA
Carolina Wren   35 Sunset Rd
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Assunpink WMA
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Colliers Mills WMA
Eastern Bluebird   Cattus Island County Park
Veery   35 Sunset Rd
Gray-cheeked Thrush   FREC
Swainson's Thrush   Baldpate Mt
Wood Thrush   Assunpink WMA
American Robin   Brig
Gray Catbird   Assunpink WMA
Brown Thrasher   Assunpink WMA
Northern Mockingbird   Forked River
European Starling   35 Sunset Rd
Cedar Waxwing   Colliers Mills WMA
Ovenbird   Assunpink WMA
Worm-eating Warbler   Baldpate Mt
Louisiana Waterthrush   FREC
Blue-winged Warbler   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Black-and-white Warbler   Lakehurst Railroad Tracks
Common Yellowthroat   Brig
Hooded Warbler   Island Beach SP
American Redstart   Island Beach SP
Northern Parula   Island Beach SP
Magnolia Warbler   Island Beach SP
Blackburnian Warbler   William Warren County Park
Yellow Warbler   Brig
Chestnut-sided Warbler   Lakehurst Railroad Tracks
Blackpoll Warbler   Island Beach SP
Black-throated Blue Warbler   Manahawkin WMA
Palm Warbler   Assunpink WMA
Pine Warbler   Cloverdale Farm
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Assunpink WMA
Prairie Warbler   Lakehurst Railroad Tracks
Black-throated Green Warbler   Island Beach SP
Canada Warbler   Cattus Island County Park
Wilson's Warbler   Lakehurst Railroad Tracks
Yellow-breasted Chat   Assunpink WMA
Grasshopper Sparrow   Colliers Mills WMA
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Manahawkin WMA
Seaside Sparrow   Brig
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Assunpink WMA
White-crowned Sparrow   Assunpink WMA
White-throated Sparrow   Brig
Savannah Sparrow   Brig
Song Sparrow   Brig
Swamp Sparrow   Bunker Hill Bogs
Eastern Towhee   35 Sunset Rd
Summer Tanager   Horicon Lake
Scarlet Tanager   Island Beach SP
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   35 Sunset Rd
Blue Grosbeak   Colliers Mills WMA
Indigo Bunting   Union Transportation Trail
Red-winged Blackbird   Brig
Rusty Blackbird   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Common Grackle   Brig
Boat-tailed Grackle   Island Beach SP
Brown-headed Cowbird   35 Sunset Rd
Orchard Oriole   Assunpink WMA
Baltimore Oriole   Colliers Mills WMA
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
Pine Siskin   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   35 Sunset Rd
House Sparrow   Wawa Rt 70 & CR 530
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great Bay Blvd

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