Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Finale

Wood Stork, Anhinga, Double-crested Cormorants, Brown Pelican, White Ibises
Sanibel Island
It was an excellent month for birding, with our trip to Florida giving us a little respite from the cold weather that I find more wearisome each year. The Florida trip has been exhaustively reported. The last couple of weeks since our trip have not, for the most part, been all that productive. I've had a hard time motivating myself to get out and bird. On the one hand, all my usual places I've been finding the usual birds and on the other hand, chasing birds in different parts of the state hasn't been all that appealing--in fact, it has seemed rather silly of late.

Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow
The best day of birding I've had in the last couple weeks was a week ago when I made a trip to Long Beach Island. I was specifically seeking goldeneyes, which I did eventually find in the last place I looked but I also was very happy when a walk on the jetty at Barnegat Light (something I rarely do nowadays) turned up Snow Buntings, Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrows, a single drake Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpipers.

Harlequin Duck
Purple Sandpiper
I've birded Whitesbog but aside from Tundra Swans the place is dead (and cold). I'm hoping things pick up for the 2nd Pinelands Survey next month as that's my territory. I walked the Union Transportation Trail with no surprises and even braved a walk at Colliers Mills (where the hunting seems to have subsided) but found nothing of note.

Still, with Florida's birds on the list I had the 2nd most number of species (173) of any month this year, exceeded only by April's staggering 290 total which was inflated by our trip to Trinidad & Tobago.

It all starts again tomorrow. I wish all the other slates could be wiped as clean as my bird list.
Counties birded:
Florida: Charlotte, Collier, Lee
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean
New York: Nassau, Queens
Species                  First Sighting
Snow Goose   Cattus Island County Park
Brant   Brig
Canada Goose   Cattus Island County Park
Mute Swan   Cattus Island County Park
Tundra Swan   Brig
Muscovy Duck   Fort Myers-McGregor Blvd
Gadwall   Marshall's Pond
American Black Duck   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Mallard   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Mottled Duck   Ding Darling
Blue-winged Teal   Ding Darling--Bailey Tract
Northern Shoveler   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Northern Pintail   Brig
Green-winged Teal   Brig
Ring-necked Duck   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Greater Scaup   Sandy Hook
Lesser Scaup   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Common Eider   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Harlequin Duck   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Surf Scoter   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
White-winged Scoter   Sandy Hook
Black Scoter   Sandy Hook
Long-tailed Duck   Sandy Hook
Bufflehead   Cattus Island County Park
Common Goldeneye   LBI Bayside--24th St
Hooded Merganser   Marshall's Pond
Red-breasted Merganser   Harvey Cedars--Sunset Park
Ruddy Duck   Cattus Island County Park
Wild Turkey   New Egypt--W. Millstream Rd
Red-throated Loon   Sandy Hook
Pacific Loon   Sandy Hook
Common Loon   Sandy Hook
Pied-billed Grebe   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Wood Stork   Harns Marsh
Magnificent Frigatebird   East Gulf Drive
Northern Gannet   Sandy Hook
Great Cormorant   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Double-crested Cormorant   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Anhinga   Ding Darling
American White Pelican   Ding Darling
Brown Pelican   Sanibel Beach
American Bittern   Babcock-Webb WMA
Great Blue Heron   Cattus Island County Park
Great Egret   Brig
Snowy Egret   Ding Darling
Little Blue Heron   Ding Darling
Tricolored Heron   Ding Darling
Reddish Egret   Ding Darling
Cattle Egret   Harns Marsh
Green Heron   Ding Darling
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Bayview Ave Park
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Ding Darling
White Ibis   Ding Darling
Glossy Ibis   Harns Marsh
Roseate Spoonbill   Ding Darling
Black Vulture   Harns Marsh
Turkey Vulture   Crestwood Village
Osprey   Sanibel Beach
Snail Kite   Harns Marsh
Northern Harrier   Brig
Cooper's Hawk   Cattus Island County Park
Bald Eagle   Ding Darling
Red-shouldered Hawk   Harns Marsh
Short-tailed Hawk   Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Red-tailed Hawk   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Rough-legged Hawk   Great Bay Bvld. WMA
Common Gallinule   Ding Darling--Bailey Tract
American Coot   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Limpkin   Harns Marsh
Sandhill Crane   Harns Marsh
American Avocet   Little Estero Lagoon
American Oystercatcher   Little Estero Lagoon
Black-bellied Plover   Sanibel Beach
Wilson's Plover   Bunche Beach
Semipalmated Plover   Ding Darling
Piping Plover   Bunche Beach
Killdeer   Ding Darling
Marbled Godwit   Bunche Beach
Ruddy Turnstone   Sanibel Beach
Red Knot   Bunche Beach
Sanderling   Sandy Hook
Dunlin   Ding Darling
Purple Sandpiper   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Least Sandpiper   Ding Darling
Western Sandpiper   Bunche Beach
Short-billed Dowitcher   Ding Darling
Spotted Sandpiper   Ding Darling
Greater Yellowlegs   Ding Darling
Willet   Sanibel Beach
Laughing Gull   Ding Darling
Ring-billed Gull   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Herring Gull   Sandy Hook
Lesser Black-backed Gull   Sanibel Beach
Great Black-backed Gull   Sandy Hook
Common Tern   Bunche Beach
Forster's Tern   Point Ybel Lighthouse Beach Park
Royal Tern   Point Ybel Lighthouse Beach Park
Sandwich Tern   Sanibel Beach
Black Skimmer   Point Ybel Lighthouse Beach Park
Rock Pigeon   Toms River
Eurasian Collared-Dove   Sanibel
Common Ground-Dove   Sanibel Captiva Rd
Mourning Dove   Cattus Island County Park
Eastern Screech-Owl   Sanibel Inn
Burrowing Owl   Pelican Blvd. Baseball Fields
Belted Kingfisher   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   35 Sunset Rd
Downy Woodpecker   Cattus Island County Park
Northern Flicker   Cattus Island County Park
Pileated Woodpecker   East Gulf Drive
American Kestrel   East Gulf Drive
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Monk Parakeet   Pelican Blvd. Baseball Fields
Eastern Phoebe   Ding Darling--Bailey Tract
Great Crested Flycatcher   Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Loggerhead Shrike   Babcock-Webb WMA
White-eyed Vireo   Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Blue-headed Vireo   Point Ybel Lighthouse Beach Park
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Fish Crow   Union Transportation Trail
Horned Lark   Sandy Hook
Tree Swallow   Harns Marsh
Cave Swallow   Sandy Hook
Carolina Chickadee   Cattus Island County Park
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Brown Creeper   Cattus Island County Park
House Wren   Sanibel Beach
Marsh Wren   Naples Botanical Garden
Carolina Wren   Cattus Island County Park
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   East Gulf Drive
Golden-crowned Kinglet   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Union Transportation Trail
Eastern Bluebird   Babcock-Webb WMA
Hermit Thrush   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
American Robin   Manasquan Reservoir IBA
Gray Catbird   East Gulf Drive
Northern Mockingbird   Union Transportation Trail
European Starling   18 Aberdeen Avenue
Snow Bunting   Sandy Hook
Black-and-white Warbler   Manatee Park
Orange-crowned Warbler   Cattus Island County Park
Common Yellowthroat   Sanibel Beach
Northern Parula   Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Palm Warbler   Point Ybel Lighthouse Beach Park
Pine Warbler   Babcock-Webb WMA
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Yellow-throated Warbler   East Gulf Drive
Prairie Warbler   Ding Darling--Bailey Tract
American Tree Sparrow   Cattus Island County Park
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Marshall's Pond
Fox Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Dark-eyed Junco   35 Sunset Rd
White-throated Sparrow   Cattus Island County Park
Savannah Sparrow   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Song Sparrow   Cattus Island County Park
Swamp Sparrow   Cattus Island County Park
Eastern Towhee   Babcock-Webb WMA
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Red-winged Blackbird   Cattus Island County Park
Eastern Meadowlark   Babcock-Webb WMA
Common Grackle   East Gulf Drive
Boat-tailed Grackle   Bayview Marina
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   35 Sunset Rd
House Sparrow   Long Branch Rt 36

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