Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Birding Results

Pectoral Sandpiper, Whitesbog
In the month of August I went to Whitesbog 23 times and made 8 excursions to Brig. That's where the birds were that were reasonably close, so that's where I went. I could have possibly added some species this month had I been willing to "sod farm" down in Salem & Cumberland counties but the drive down there just seemed too long for no guarantees.

With Mike I made a trip to Cape May which was fairly dead and with Shari & Bob I spent a weekend in Delaware which was productive. But I found Whitesbog pretty much irresistible this month. It's quiet. It's calm. There are birds in the bogs, there are birds along the trail and there are birds in out of the way places that only the hard-core birders go. More than 1/2 of the 144 species I listed this month I had at Whitesbog.

Bobolink, Great Bay Blvd
Today, I managed to tear myself away from the bogs and took my 2nd ride of the month down Great Bay Blvd. The first one was in search of a White Ibis (which I found, though White Ibis is becoming a common rarity if you'll forgive the oxymoron) and today's trip was a search for shorebirds, of which there were a fair amount, but none, aside from a Pectoral Sandpiper, that I wouldn't expect this time of year. However, at the end of the road, just as I had started walking north, I came across a bird that said "Dickcissel" to me. Had I not been able to get some photographs, I would have called it that but something didn't sit right with me about the bird, so I didn't immediately list it. The two birds, out of their breeding togs look devilishly close to one another despite being in different families. Looking more closely at my photos at home and looking at different guidebooks, I saw that what I had was not a rarity, but an alternate-plumaged Bobolink. With the Pec, that made 2 county birds for the year, bringing the Ocean County list up to 227. (The extraordinarily rare Reddish Egret  [thanks Greg!] brought my life county list up to 276.)

The full list for the month:
Species                      First Sighting
Canada Goose   Whitesbog
Mute Swan   Cape May Point SP
Wood Duck   Brig
American Black Duck   Whitesbog
Mallard   Whitesbog
Blue-winged Teal   Bombay Hook
Northern Shoveler   Bombay Hook
Hooded Merganser   Whitesbog
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Pied-billed Grebe   Bombay Hook
Double-crested Cormorant   Great Bay Bvld
Brown Pelican   Island Beach SP
Great Blue Heron   Whitesbog
Great Egret   Whitesbog
Snowy Egret   Great Bay Bvld
Little Blue Heron   Brig
Tricolored Heron   Great Bay Bvld
Reddish Egret   Island Beach SP
Green Heron   Whitesbog
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Brig
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Brig
White Ibis   Great Bay Bvld
Glossy Ibis   Whitesbog
Black Vulture   Bombay Hook
Turkey Vulture   Whitesbog
Osprey   Great Bay Bvld
Northern Harrier   Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Drained Pond,  Schoolhouse Rd
Cooper's Hawk   Whitesbog
Bald Eagle   Brig
Broad-winged Hawk   Whitesbog
Red-tailed Hawk   Lower Township
Clapper Rail   Brig
Black-necked Stilt   Bombay Hook
American Avocet   Brig
American Oystercatcher   Cape May Point SP
Black-bellied Plover   Brig
Semipalmated Plover   Whitesbog
Killdeer   Whitesbog
Whimbrel   Brig
Marbled Godwit   Bombay Hook
Ruddy Turnstone   Brig
Stilt Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Sanderling   Ted Harvey WMA
Dunlin   Bombay Hook
Baird's Sandpiper   Brig
Least Sandpiper   Whitesbog
White-rumped Sandpiper   Brig
Buff-breasted Sandpiper   Brig
Pectoral Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Western Sandpiper   Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher   Great Bay Bvld
Long-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Spotted Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Solitary Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Greater Yellowlegs   Whitesbog
Willet   Great Bay Bvld
Lesser Yellowlegs   Whitesbog
Laughing Gull   Whitesbog
Ring-billed Gull   Brig
Herring Gull   Great Bay Bvld
Great Black-backed Gull   Great Bay Bvld
Least Tern   Great Bay Bvld
Gull-billed Tern   Whitesbog
Caspian Tern   Brig
Black Tern   Brig
Common Tern   Great Bay Bvld
Forster's Tern   Great Bay Bvld
Royal Tern   Cape May Point SP
Black Skimmer   Great Bay Bvld
Mourning Dove   35 Sunset Rd
Black-billed Cuckoo   Cloverdale Farm
Common Nighthawk   35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Belted Kingfisher   Whitesbog
Red-headed Woodpecker   Cloverdale Farm
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Whitesbog
Downy Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Northern Flicker   Whitesbog
Merlin   Whitesbog
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Olive-sided Flycatcher   Cloverdale Farm
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Whitesbog
Willow Flycatcher   Great Bay Bvld
Eastern Phoebe   Whitesbog
Great Crested Flycatcher   Whitesbog
Eastern Kingbird   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
White-eyed Vireo   Whitesbog
Red-eyed Vireo   Bombay Hook
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   Whitesbog
Fish Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Horned Lark   Leipsic
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Purple Martin   Whitesbog
Tree Swallow   Whitesbog
Bank Swallow   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Barn Swallow   Whitesbog
Carolina Chickadee   Whitesbog
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Whitesbog
White-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
House Wren   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Marsh Wren   Brig
Carolina Wren   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Whitesbog
Eastern Bluebird   Whitesbog
American Robin   Whitesbog
Gray Catbird   Whitesbog
Brown Thrasher   Whitesbog
Northern Mockingbird   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
European Starling   35 Sunset Rd
Cedar Waxwing   Whitesbog
Ovenbird   Brig
Northern Waterthrush   Whitesbog
Black-and-white Warbler   Whitesbog
Common Yellowthroat   Whitesbog
American Redstart   Whitesbog
Yellow Warbler   Whitesbog
Pine Warbler   Whitesbog
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Whitesbog
Prairie Warbler   Whitesbog
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Great Bay Bvld
Seaside Sparrow   Brig
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Brig
Savannah Sparrow   Whitesbog
Song Sparrow   Whitesbog
Eastern Towhee   Whitesbog
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Blue Grosbeak   Cranberry Bogs, Dover Rd
Indigo Bunting   Cape May Point SP
Bobolink   Great Bay Bvld
Red-winged Blackbird   Whitesbog
Eastern Meadowlark   Bombay Hook
Common Grackle   35 Sunset Rd
Boat-tailed Grackle   Great Bay Bvld
Brown-headed Cowbird   Bombay Hook
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   Whitesbog
House Sparrow   Wawa Rt 70 & CR 530

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