Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Wrap Up

American Bittern, Brig
7 year birds added this month, a few of them oddballs. But as the year draws close to an end, I would expect to be only able to fill in around the edges until we take our Florida trip in a couple of weeks.

Black-headed Gull, Brig
I made more trips to Brig than I would have expected and they turned out to be fruitful with the American Bittern showing nicely twice and the Black-headed Gull lingering past Thankgiving.

The Ring-necked Pheasants I saw on the off ramp of the Parkway and the Muscovy Ducks in Ocean Grove are slightly sketchy but
a) eBird accepts them and
b) it's my list.

The Greater White-fronted Goose at Etra Lake, while not a year bird, was the one find I'd consider an accomplishment, since I went in search of rare geese and found one. Finding a Eurasian Wigeon instead of chasing one was also a positive for the month.

On the negative side are two chases that didn't work out. A couple of weeks ago I was walking around Manahawkin WMA on an extremely windy day when I got an alert that Becky had found a Harris's Sparrow at Double Trouble. In February that was a life bird. Now, it would have been a spectacular county bird to add to the list, but, it took me an hour to walk back to my car and drive up the Parkway and by that time the bird had disappeared into the brush and despite many good birders bushwhacking around the bogs it never turned up again. I went back two days later (the day after the winds were even more ferocious) but only one other birder was lucky enough to get a brief look at it.

Then on Saturday, while I was down at Brig on Mike's trip, an alert came through of a Northern Shrike at the Barnegat impoundments. I added shrike to the list this month at Sandy Hook, but this, again, would have been a county bird (though not a life county bird, since there was one a couple of years back at Whitesbog.)  It was all I could do not to abandon the trip and run up there as my phone kept pinging every other Ocean County birder's sighting of the shrike, but I didn't chase until the mid-afternoon post-trip and by then it was nowhere in sight. Nor was it the next day.

Red-tailed Hawk about to jump at Jumping Brook Preserve
Why my home county list obsesses me so I can't really say. Perhaps the "big frog in a little pond" theory.

I also added a new spot to bird, Jumping Brook Preserve, an old cranberry farm in New Egypt, smaller than Colliers Mills but similar habitat and with the advantage of no hunting.

One brief trip into NYC yielded me my FOS Fox Sparrow. Other than that, all the other birding was done in NJ. A count for the month of 136 species.

Counties birded:
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean.
New York: New York
Species                                    First Sighting
Greater White-fronted Goose   Etra Lake
Snow Goose   Brig
Brant   Sunset Lake
Canada Goose   Marshall's Pond
Mute Swan   Marshall's Pond
Tundra Swan   Bridge to Nowhere
Muscovy Duck   Fletcher Lake
Wood Duck   Lily Lake
Gadwall   Cape May Point SP
Eurasian Wigeon   Bridge to Nowhere
American Wigeon   Bridge to Nowhere
American Black Duck   Bridge to Nowhere
Mallard   Marshall's Pond
Northern Shoveler   Cape May Point SP
Northern Pintail   Cape May Point SP
Green-winged Teal   Bridge to Nowhere
Canvasback   Brig
Ring-necked Duck   Brig
Lesser Scaup   Brig
Harlequin Duck   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Surf Scoter   Avalon Seawatch
Black Scoter   Avalon Seawatch
Long-tailed Duck   Sandy Hook
Bufflehead   Assunpink WMA
Hooded Merganser   Brig
Red-breasted Merganser   Sandy Hook
Ruddy Duck   Assunpink WMA
Ring-necked Pheasant   GSP MM 48
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Red-throated Loon   Avalon Dunes
Common Loon   Sunset Lake
Pied-billed Grebe   Whiting WMA
Horned Grebe   Sands Point Preserve
Northern Gannet   Avalon Seawatch
Great Cormorant   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Double-crested Cormorant   Marshall's Pond
American Bittern   Brig
Great Blue Heron   Bridge to Nowhere
Great Egret   Bridge to Nowhere
Snowy Egret   Bridge to Nowhere
Little Blue Heron   Brig
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Bayview Ave Park
Black Vulture   Crestwood Village
Turkey Vulture   Crestwood Village
Golden Eagle   Brig
Northern Harrier   Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Bridge to Nowhere
Cooper's Hawk   Sandy Hook
Bald Eagle   Brig
Red-tailed Hawk   Marshall's Pond
American Coot   Brig
American Oystercatcher   Brigantine Island
Black-bellied Plover   Bridge to Nowhere
Semipalmated Plover   Avalon Seawatch
Killdeer   Field next to Lakewood Wawa
Marbled Godwit   Brigantine Island
Ruddy Turnstone   Avalon Seawatch
Red Knot   Avalon Dunes
Sanderling   Avalon Seawatch
Dunlin   Avalon Seawatch
Purple Sandpiper   Avalon Seawatch
Long-billed Dowitcher   Brigantine Island
Wilson's Snipe   Brig
American Woodcock   Sandy Hook
Greater Yellowlegs   Bridge to Nowhere
Willet   Brigantine Island
Lesser Yellowlegs   Brig
Parasitic Jaeger   Avalon Seawatch
Bonaparte's Gull   Forsythe--Barnegat
Black-headed Gull   Brig
Laughing Gull   Toms River
Ring-billed Gull   Riverfront Landing
Herring Gull   Riverfront Landing
Great Black-backed Gull   Riverfront Landing
Forster's Tern   Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Royal Tern   Avalon Seawatch
Rock Pigeon   Toms River
Mourning Dove   Assunpink WMA
Great Horned Owl   Sandy Hook
Belted Kingfisher   Bridge to Nowhere
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Bridge to Nowhere
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   Bunker Hill Bogs
Downy Woodpecker   Bridge to Nowhere
Hairy Woodpecker   Central Park
Northern Flicker   Sandy Hook
Merlin   Sandy Hook
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Eastern Phoebe   Jumping Brook Preserve
Northern Shrike   Sandy Hook
Blue-headed Vireo   Sandy Hook
Blue Jay   Whiting WMA
American Crow   Whiting WMA
Fish Crow   Bridge to Nowhere
Common Raven   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Tree Swallow   Cape May Point SP
Carolina Chickadee   Whiting WMA
Black-capped Chickadee   Sandy Hook
Tufted Titmouse   Assunpink WMA
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Whiting WMA
White-breasted Nuthatch   Whiting WMA
Brown Creeper   Sandy Hook
Winter Wren   Etra Lake
Marsh Wren   Forsythe--Barnegat
Carolina Wren   Lakewood
Golden-crowned Kinglet   Whiting WMA
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Brig
Eastern Bluebird   Whiting WMA
Hermit Thrush   Avalon Dunes
American Robin   Lakewood
Gray Catbird   Lily Lake
Northern Mockingbird   Lakewood
European Starling   Lakewood
Cedar Waxwing   Assunpink WMA
Lapland Longspur   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Snow Bunting   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Common Yellowthroat   Forsythe--Barnegat
Palm Warbler   Avalon Seawatch
Pine Warbler   Whiting WMA
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Bridge to Nowhere
American Tree Sparrow   Sandy Hook
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Fox Sparrow   Central Park
Dark-eyed Junco   Whiting WMA
White-throated Sparrow   Whiting WMA
Savannah Sparrow   Avalon Dunes
Song Sparrow   Bridge to Nowhere
Swamp Sparrow   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Eastern Towhee   Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Red-winged Blackbird   Assunpink WMA
Common Grackle   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Boat-tailed Grackle   Bridge to Nowhere
House Finch   Great Bay Bvld. WMA
American Goldfinch   Bridge to Nowhere
House Sparrow   Avalon Seawatch

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