Friday, September 30, 2016

September Summary

Black-throated Blue Warbler, Sandy Hook
Any month with a life bird (LARK BUNTING) has to be considered a success and doubly so when that lifer is found in NJ. Along with that bird I managed to add 8 additional year birds to the list, some of them, like Parasitic Jaeger and Winter Wren tough ones (for me). 

With the closing of Brig and fall migration underway, I spent a fair amount of time at Sandy Hook and though I never hit a huge warbler fall out I did manage to add some from that family to the year list as well as getting my first NJ Philadelphia Vireo there. 

Since I finally ran out of birds to list for Bird A Day earlier in the month, the birding has been a bit more, shall we say, relaxing. I haven't done any birding for the last two days because of long lingering rainstorm that seems to want to stay into October. My last foray was on Wednesday at Island Beach where, while the birding tended to be sparse, I did manage to get another look at our local mega-rarity, the Reddish Egret, which will occasionally show itself dancing around the sand bar that can be viewed from the winter anchorage. A very poor digiscope is to the left. I also came across a small flock of White-throated Sparrows along the Spizzle Creek trail which officially closes out summer and can even be considered the end of the beginning of migration. 

This month I also added a new yard bird to our list (bringing us up to 93). The other day I heard a lot of noise on the roof and just as I was about to get up to investigate I saw a vulture fly down onto the ground. That isn't that unusual, but this bird happened to be a Black Vulture. There were a few of them mixed in with the much more common Turkey Vultures. I went outside to take pictures of the flock, which was moving around from rooftop to rooftop, but kept a certain distance as their defense mechanism consists of projectile vomit. Even though they are harmless (aside from the vomit), they are inescapably creepy, especially when roosting 'round your roof.
Turkey Vulture at sunset on Sunset Rd.
 For the month I had 158 species, all in NJ.
Counties birded: Atlantic, Burlington, Monmouth, Ocean, Union
Species                     First Sighting
Canada Goose   Forsythe-Barnegat
Mute Swan   Lake of the Lilies
Wood Duck   Colliers Mills WMA
American Black Duck   Whitesbog
Mallard   Whitesbog
Northern Shoveler   Forsythe-Barnegat
Red-breasted Merganser   Sandy Hook
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Common Loon   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Pied-billed Grebe   Double Trouble State Park
Double-crested Cormorant   Island Beach SP
Brown Pelican   Island Beach SP--Winter Anchorage
Great Blue Heron   Whitesbog
Great Egret   Island Beach SP
Snowy Egret   Island Beach SP
Little Blue Heron   Brig
Tricolored Heron   Island Beach SP
Reddish Egret   Island Beach SP--Winter Anchorage
Green Heron   Cloverdale Farm
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Brig
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Glossy Ibis   Great Bay Blvd
Black Vulture   Sandy Hook
Turkey Vulture   35 Sunset Rd
Osprey   Island Beach SP
Northern Harrier   Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Sandy Hook
Cooper's Hawk   Gordon Road Reed's Sod Farm
Bald Eagle   Whitesbog
Red-tailed Hawk   Crestwood Village
Clapper Rail   Sandy Hook
Common Gallinule   Lake of the Lilies
American Oystercatcher   Sandy Hook--Spermaceti Cove area
Black-bellied Plover   Sandy Hook
Semipalmated Plover   Great Bay Blvd
Piping Plover   Sandy Hook
Killdeer   Whitesbog
Whimbrel   Sandy Hook
Hudsonian Godwit   Brig
Sanderling   Island Beach SP
Dunlin   Sandy Hook
Baird's Sandpiper   Sandy Hook
Least Sandpiper   Whitesbog
White-rumped Sandpiper   Brig
Buff-breasted Sandpiper   Gordon Road Reed's Sod Farm
Pectoral Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Whitesbog
Western Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
Short-billed Dowitcher   Whitesbog
Wilson's Phalarope   Holmdel-Willowbrook Rd
Spotted Sandpiper   Cloverdale Farm
Solitary Sandpiper   Cloverdale Farm
Greater Yellowlegs   Whitesbog
Willet   Sandy Hook
Lesser Yellowlegs   Forsythe-Barnegat
Parasitic Jaeger   Sandy Hook
Bonaparte's Gull   Sandy Hook--Spermaceti Cove area
Laughing Gull   Island Beach SP
Ring-billed Gull   Sandy Hook
Herring Gull   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Lesser Black-backed Gull   Sandy Hook
Great Black-backed Gull   Island Beach SP
Caspian Tern   Sandy Hook
Common Tern   Sandy Hook
Forster's Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Royal Tern   Sandy Hook
Black Skimmer   Brig
Rock Pigeon   Gordon Road Reed's Sod Farm
Mourning Dove   35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   Sandy Hook
Black-billed Cuckoo   Cattus Island County Park
Common Nighthawk   35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Colliers Mills WMA
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   35 Sunset Rd
Belted Kingfisher   Forsythe-Barnegat
Red-headed Woodpecker   Cloverdale Farm
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Whitesbog
Downy Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Hairy Woodpecker   Cloverdale Farm
Northern Flicker   Forsythe-Barnegat
American Kestrel   Forsythe-Barnegat
Merlin   Whitesbog
Peregrine Falcon   Great Bay Blvd
Eastern Wood-Pewee   35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Phoebe   Whitesbog
Great Crested Flycatcher   Cloverdale Farm
Eastern Kingbird   Brig
White-eyed Vireo   Sandy Hook--Spermaceti Cove area
Yellow-throated Vireo   Sandy Hook
Blue-headed Vireo   Sandy Hook
Philadelphia Vireo   Sandy Hook
Warbling Vireo   Island Beach SP
Red-eyed Vireo   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Fish Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Purple Martin   Whitesbog
Tree Swallow   Whitesbog
Bank Swallow   Island Beach SP
Barn Swallow   Great Bay Blvd
Carolina Chickadee   35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee   Sandy Hook
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
White-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
House Wren   Colliers Mills WMA
Winter Wren   Ocean County Parks Offices
Marsh Wren   Sandy Hook
Carolina Wren   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Cloverdale Farm
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Sandy Hook
Eastern Bluebird   Cloverdale Farm
Veery   Sandy Hook
Swainson's Thrush   Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary
American Robin   Whitesbog
Gray Catbird   Whitesbog
Brown Thrasher   Horicon Lake
Northern Mockingbird   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
European Starling   Whitesbog
Cedar Waxwing   Sandy Hook
Northern Waterthrush   Sandy Hook
Black-and-white Warbler   Brig
Nashville Warbler   Sandy Hook
Mourning Warbler   Sandy Hook
Common Yellowthroat   Whitesbog
American Redstart   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Northern Parula   Sandy Hook
Magnolia Warbler   Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Bay-breasted Warbler   Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Yellow Warbler   Brig
Black-throated Blue Warbler   Sandy Hook
Palm Warbler   Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Pine Warbler   Whitesbog
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Sandy Hook
Prairie Warbler   Island Beach SP--Reed's Road
Black-throated Green Warbler   Cloverdale Farm
Wilson's Warbler   Sandy Hook
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Seaside Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Sandy Hook
White-throated Sparrow   Island Beach SP
Savannah Sparrow   Sandy Hook
Song Sparrow   Whitesbog
Eastern Towhee   35 Sunset Rd
Scarlet Tanager   Sandy Hook
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Blue Grosbeak   Union Transportation Trail--North
Bobolink   Island Beach SP
Red-winged Blackbird   Great Bay Blvd
Common Grackle   Cattus Island County Park
Boat-tailed Grackle   Great Bay Blvd
Baltimore Oriole   Colliers Mills WMA
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   35 Sunset Rd
House Sparrow   Wawa Rt 70 & CR 530

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