Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Swoon

Baby bluebirds at Bright View Farm
As predicted, June was a very slow month, adding only 5 year birds and a frustrating month, missing two biggies--Upland Sandpiper at Lakehurst and Kentucky Warbler in Smithville Park . There were a few species I declined to chase because I didn't feel like driving to Cape May or into the wilds of Hunterdon County.

Horned Lark, Laurel Run Park
I spent a lot of time looking for candidates for Bird A Day--by the time the summer doldrums come around, all the "easy" birds are either used or else "in the bank" for later in the year. Yesterday was a good example of the search. I spent a very pleasant morning with Chris (of Rocky Raccoon fame) at Bright View Farm in Burlington, a place I'd never been. Bobolinks are often seen there and while we had a pretty good day, Bobolinks were not seen there yesterday. I was hoping to use Bobolink for BAD and as all the other birds I saw there were either used or "banked," I drove another 40 minutes deeper into the county, back to Laurel Run Park, where, Chris assured me, Horned Larks were still running around the parking lot. When I first arrived I didn't see any larks, and walk around the winter wheat fields didn't reveal any Dickcissels. Grasshopper Sparrow was a very small consolation prize for all the driving, I thought. But, one more walk around the stubble and gravel near the entrance found a lark beneath a tree. It, and another lark, were semi-cooperative, and I was happy to have the bird on the list because I may go a long time before I see another one.

Today, I was down at Great Bay Blvd, hoping for a pelican or a Least Tern, but came away with neither. I suspect one of the herons or egrets I haven't used yet will be "burned" to keep the list going, that is unless I see a Common Nighthawk over the house or at the Blue Claws game in Lakewood tonight.

We did have a couple of nighthawks over the house two weeks ago when we held a whip-poor-will party with Chris, Susan (who photographed Rocky) and spouses. It was wildly successful as after the appetizer of nighthawks, the whips put on a show, with probably 6 or 7 calling from every direction. It was a life bird for Susan, and Chris said he hadn't heard one in 10 or 15 years.

Other highlights of the month included my walk around Brig (for which my timing was perfect, as a week later the greenhead flies were out in all their viciousness) and our trip up to Old Mine Road.

Lowlights: the misses at Lakehurst, Smithville, and, as an omen, on the first day of the month, missing Black-bellied Whistling Duck in a nondescript park in Robbinsville. (Interestingly, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks seem to prefer out of the way bodies of water, as the dozen down in Cape May on an obscure pond confirm.)

For the month I had 128 species, all in New Jersey.
Counties birded: Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean
Species              First Sighting
Canada Goose   Wells Mills Park
Mute Swan   Forsythe-Barnegat
Wood Duck   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
American Black Duck   Forsythe-Barnegat
Mallard   Wells Mills Park
Northern Shoveler   Forsythe-Barnegat
Wild Turkey   Old Mine Road IBA
Common Loon   Great Bay Bvld
Double-crested Cormorant   Island Beach SP
Great Blue Heron   Assunpink WMA
Great Egret   Forsythe-Barnegat
Snowy Egret   Forsythe-Barnegat
Little Blue Heron   Forsythe-Barnegat
Tricolored Heron   Island Beach SP
Green Heron   Old Mine Road IBA
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Island Beach SP
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Island Beach SP
Glossy Ibis   Island Beach SP
Black Vulture   Union Transportation Trail
Turkey Vulture   Assunpink WMA
Osprey   Island Beach SP
Mississippi Kite   Waretown
Bald Eagle   Brig
Red-tailed Hawk   W. Bay Ave--Barnegat
Clapper Rail   Great Bay Bvld
American Oystercatcher   Brig
Black-bellied Plover   Island Beach SP
Piping Plover   Island Beach SP
Killdeer   Old Mine Road IBA
Spotted Sandpiper   Old Mine Road IBA
Greater Yellowlegs   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Willet   Island Beach SP
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Island Beach SP
Laughing Gull   Forsythe-Barnegat
Ring-billed Gull   Lakehurst NAES
Herring Gull   Island Beach SP
Great Black-backed Gull   Great Bay Bvld
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Island Beach SP
Common Tern   Brig
Forster's Tern   Island Beach SP
Black Skimmer   Brig
Rock Pigeon   Toms River
Mourning Dove   Wells Mills Park
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   Old Mine Road IBA
Black-billed Cuckoo   Cloverdale Farm
Common Nighthawk   Lakehurst NAES
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   West Lake Park
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Cloverdale Farm
Belted Kingfisher   Old Mine Road IBA
Red-headed Woodpecker   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Cloverdale Farm
Downy Woodpecker   Wells Mills Park
Hairy Woodpecker   Walnford Park
Northern Flicker   Assunpink WMA
American Kestrel   Lakehurst NAES
Peregrine Falcon   Island Beach SP
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Wells Mills Park
Acadian Flycatcher   Assunpink WMA
Willow Flycatcher   Island Beach SP
Least Flycatcher   Old Mine Road IBA
Eastern Phoebe   Wells Mills Park
Great Crested Flycatcher   Wells Mills Park
Eastern Kingbird   Cloverdale Farm
White-eyed Vireo   Wells Mills Park
Yellow-throated Vireo   Old Mine Road IBA
Warbling Vireo   Assunpink WMA
Red-eyed Vireo   Wells Mills Park
Blue Jay   Wells Mills Park
American Crow   Wells Mills Park
Fish Crow   Wells Mills Park
Common Raven   Old Mine Road IBA
Horned Lark   Laurel Run Park
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Assunpink WMA
Purple Martin   Lakehurst NAES
Tree Swallow   Cloverdale Farm
Barn Swallow   Forsythe-Barnegat
Carolina Chickadee   Wells Mills Park
Black-capped Chickadee   Old Mine Road IBA
Tufted Titmouse   Wells Mills Park
White-breasted Nuthatch   Wells Mills Park
House Wren   Cloverdale Farm
Marsh Wren   Forsythe-Barnegat
Carolina Wren   Old Mine Road IBA
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Wells Mills Park
Eastern Bluebird   Colliers Mills WMA
Veery   Old Mine Road IBA
Wood Thrush   Assunpink WMA
American Robin   Cloverdale Farm
Gray Catbird   Wells Mills Park
Brown Thrasher   White's Bogs
Northern Mockingbird   West Lake Park
European Starling   Wells Mills Park
Cedar Waxwing   Assunpink WMA
Ovenbird   Wells Mills Park
Black-and-white Warbler   Wells Mills Park
Common Yellowthroat   Wells Mills Park
Hooded Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
American Redstart   Old Mine Road IBA
Cerulean Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Parula   Old Mine Road IBA
Yellow Warbler   Assunpink WMA
Pine Warbler   Wells Mills Park
Prairie Warbler   Wells Mills Park
Black-throated Green Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Grasshopper Sparrow   Colliers Mills WMA
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Great Bay Bvld
Seaside Sparrow   Great Bay Bvld
Chipping Sparrow   Cloverdale Farm
Field Sparrow   Assunpink WMA
Song Sparrow   Forsythe-Barnegat
Eastern Towhee   Wells Mills Park
Scarlet Tanager   Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Cardinal   Wells Mills Park
Blue Grosbeak   Union Transportation Trail
Indigo Bunting   Assunpink WMA
Dickcissel   Laurel Run Park
Red-winged Blackbird   Cloverdale Farm
Eastern Meadowlark   Lakehurst NAES
Common Grackle   Cloverdale Farm
Boat-tailed Grackle   Island Beach SP
Brown-headed Cowbird   Cloverdale Farm
Orchard Oriole   Old Mine Road IBA
Baltimore Oriole   Old Mine Road IBA
House Finch   Cloverdale Farm
American Goldfinch   Island Beach SP
House Sparrow   West Lake Park
Common Yellowthroat, Assunpink

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