Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Recap--Migration Begins

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Ocean City Welcome Center
Shorebirds and warblers started to come in this month. This is the time of the year that no matter where I am birding, I feel like I should be someplace else, especially when my phone starts pinging with alerts.

I ranged widely over the state in April, trying for departing as well as arriving birds. Of all the places I went, though, I think my favorite was the Ocean City Welcome Center, which overlooks a night-heron rookery. I went there twice, two days in a row. The first time I was wowed by the number of nesting herons. The second time, when I went back with Shari, I spent my time appreciating the butter yellow crowns of the night-herons and made a game of finding the Black-crowned Night-Herons that tucked in, here and there, with their supposedly rarer relatives.

Brig got a number of visits, Heislerville two, and I spent more time in Double Trouble this month than I have in a couple of years. In all I listed 162 species for the month and added 51 years birds to the list. There were a few so-called rarities (really just early birds for the most part) though the American Golden-Plover was extremely unusual for the spring and the Black-headed Gull counts as a continuing rarity at Brig. Alas, the one true rarity of the month, the Little Egret at Heislerville, I missed.

Counties birded: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset
Species               First Listing
Snow Goose   Shelter Cove Park
Brant   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Canada Goose   GSP MM 88
Mute Swan   Lake Takanassee
Wood Duck   Great Swamp NWR
Gadwall   Manasquan-Brielle Rd
American Black Duck   Great Swamp NWR
Mallard   GSP MM 88
Blue-winged Teal   Brig
Northern Shoveler   Silver Lake
Northern Pintail   Heislerville WMA
Green-winged Teal   Great Swamp NWR
Ring-necked Duck   Great Swamp NWR
Greater Scaup   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Lesser Scaup   Silver Lake
Surf Scoter   Sandy Hook
Black Scoter   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Long-tailed Duck   Island Beach SP--South Beach to Inlet
Bufflehead   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Hooded Merganser   Great Swamp NWR
Red-breasted Merganser   Allenhurst--Corlies Ave
Ruddy Duck   Silver Lake
Wild Turkey   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-throated Loon   Great Bay Blvd
Common Loon   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Pied-billed Grebe   Silver Lake
Horned Grebe   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Northern Gannet   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Double-crested Cormorant   Sylvan Lake
American Bittern   Brig
Great Blue Heron   Great Swamp NWR
Great Egret   Wreck Pond
Snowy Egret   Holly Lake
Little Blue Heron   Island Beach SP
Tricolored Heron   Cattus Island County Park
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Ocean City Welcome Center
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Ocean City Welcome Center
Glossy Ibis   Shelter Cove Park
Black Vulture   Great Swamp NWR
Turkey Vulture   Great Swamp NWR
Osprey   Osborn Pond
Northern Harrier   Brig
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Sandy Hook
Cooper's Hawk   Belleplain State Forest
Bald Eagle   Double Trouble State Park
Red-shouldered Hawk   Great Swamp NWR
Broad-winged Hawk   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Red-tailed Hawk   Osborn Pond
Clapper Rail   Brig
American Coot   Lake Takanassee
American Oystercatcher   Island Beach SP
Black-bellied Plover   Island Beach SP
American Golden-Plover   Brig
Semipalmated Plover   Heislerville WMA
Killdeer   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Whimbrel   Brig
Stilt Sandpiper   Heislerville WMA
Sanderling   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Dunlin   Island Beach SP
Least Sandpiper   Brig
White-rumped Sandpiper   Heislerville WMA
Pectoral Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Heislerville WMA
Short-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Wilson's Snipe   Shelter Cove Park
Spotted Sandpiper   Double Trouble State Park
Solitary Sandpiper   Cloverdale Farm
Greater Yellowlegs   GSP MM 88
Willet   East Point Lighthouse
Lesser Yellowlegs   Island Beach SP
Black-headed Gull   Brig
Laughing Gull   Deal Lake
Ring-billed Gull   Seven Presidents Park
Herring Gull   Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Great Black-backed Gull   Seven Presidents Park
Least Tern   Heislerville WMA
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Brig
Forster's Tern   Island Beach SP
Black Skimmer   Heislerville WMA
Mourning Dove   Great Swamp NWR
Eastern Screech-Owl   Cattus Island County Park
Chuck-will's-widow   Collinstown Rd
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Brig
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   35 Sunset Rd
Belted Kingfisher   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Great Swamp NWR
Downy Woodpecker   Great Swamp NWR
Hairy Woodpecker   Double Trouble State Park
Northern Flicker   Great Swamp NWR
Pileated Woodpecker   Belleplain State Forest
American Kestrel   Mettlers Rd. (Franklin Twp.)
Merlin   Cranberry Bogs--Dover Rd
Peregrine Falcon   Island Beach SP
Eastern Phoebe   Great Swamp NWR
Great Crested Flycatcher   Brig
Eastern Kingbird   Double Trouble State Park
White-eyed Vireo   Double Trouble State Park
Blue-headed Vireo   Double Trouble State Park
Warbling Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Blue Jay   Great Swamp NWR
American Crow   Great Swamp NWR
Fish Crow   Wawa, Jackson
Common Raven   CR 539 near Bombing Range Rd
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Sandy Hook
Purple Martin   Brig
Tree Swallow   Colliers Mills WMA
Bank Swallow   Sandy Hook
Barn Swallow   Brig
Carolina Chickadee   35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee   Great Swamp NWR
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Colliers Mills WMA
White-breasted Nuthatch   Great Swamp NWR
House Wren   Sandy Hook
Marsh Wren   Heislerville WMA
Carolina Wren   Great Swamp NWR
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Whitesbog
Golden-crowned Kinglet   Great Swamp NWR
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Whitesbog
Eastern Bluebird   Great Swamp NWR
Hermit Thrush   Belleplain State Forest
Wood Thrush   Collinstown Rd
American Robin   35 Sunset Rd
Gray Catbird   Collinstown Rd
Brown Thrasher   Brig
Northern Mockingbird   Seven Presidents Park
European Starling   Wawa, Jackson
Cedar Waxwing   Island Beach SP
Ovenbird   Belleplain State Forest
Louisiana Waterthrush   Belleplain State Forest
Black-and-white Warbler   Colliers Mills WMA
Common Yellowthroat   Brig
Hooded Warbler   Double Trouble State Park
Yellow Warbler   Amasa Landing Rd.
Palm Warbler   Whitesbog
Pine Warbler   Colliers Mills WMA
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Double Trouble State Park
Yellow-throated Warbler   Belleplain State Forest
Prairie Warbler   Colliers Mills WMA
Seaside Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Chipping Sparrow   Great Swamp NWR
Field Sparrow   Great Swamp NWR
Fox Sparrow   Double Trouble State Park
Dark-eyed Junco   Great Swamp NWR
White-throated Sparrow   Colliers Mills WMA
Savannah Sparrow   Sandy Hook
Song Sparrow   Great Swamp NWR
Swamp Sparrow   Brig
Eastern Towhee   Island Beach SP
Northern Cardinal   Great Swamp NWR
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   Island Beach SP
Indigo Bunting   Island Beach SP
Red-winged Blackbird   Great Swamp NWR
Rusty Blackbird   Great Swamp NWR
Common Grackle   Great Swamp NWR
Boat-tailed Grackle   Great Bay Blvd
Brown-headed Cowbird   Great Swamp NWR
House Finch   Seven Presidents Park
Purple Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   Island Beach SP
House Sparrow   Wawa, Jackson

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