Friday, June 30, 2017

June and Its Supposed Doldrums

Black Skimmer, Brig
The objective correlative of June birding
June is notorious for its birding doldrums. Migration is over and the birds that are here are breeding and quiescent. Your choices are basically two: take long walks in the cool of the morning for the pure enjoyment of finding what you can, or chase rarities. I did both.

The rarities have been written about below--in that regard it was great month, with LITTLE GULL, Little Egret, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Purple Gallinule, and Black-bellied Whistling Duck among the rare birds chased and found. Little Gull, along with the GREAT SHEARWATER I saw at Cape May, were lifers, so a number of "interesting" days were interspersed with the walking around days. Actually, I think the best day I had was the 2nd day of the month when I took a long trek through Colliers Mills and found all the colorful and/or localized birds to be found there: Red-headed Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, and Grasshopper Sparrow. I ended the month there today and only found the last two.

June is also the one  month that I bird NJ top to bottom--a couple of trips up to the Delaware Water Gap and a couple of trips down to Cape May. All that traveling, plus a couple of day trips to the state of Delaware, brought my month list to 160, which is impressive, since, according to eBird, for the previous 4 Junes I have averaged only 134 species per month. Doldrums indeed!

Counties Birded
Delaware: Kent
New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Sussex, Warren

Species                                      First Sighting
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck   Shunpike Rd. pond
Canada Goose   Stanley H. 'Tip' Seaman County Park
Mute Swan   Forsythe-Barnegat
Wood Duck   Colliers Mills WMA
American Black Duck   Old Mine Road IBA
Mallard   Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Shoveler   Ocean City Preserve
Black Scoter   Cape May Point SP
Common Merganser   Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Bobwhite   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Red-throated Loon   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Double-crested Cormorant   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Brown Pelican   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Least Bittern   Mercer Corporate Park
Great Blue Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Great Egret   Holly Lake
Little Egret   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Snowy Egret   Holly Lake
Little Blue Heron   Forsythe-Barnegat
Tricolored Heron   Great Bay Blvd
Green Heron   Lakehurst NAES
Black-crowned Night-Heron  
Glossy Ibis   Great Bay Blvd
Black Vulture   Old Mine Road IBA
Turkey Vulture   Great Bay Blvd
Osprey   Great Bay Blvd
Northern Harrier   Smyrna Leipsic Rd
Cooper's Hawk   Forest Resource Education Center
Bald Eagle   Old Mine Road IBA
Red-shouldered Hawk   Old Mine Road IBA
Broad-winged Hawk   Old Mine Road IBA
Red-tailed Hawk   Colliers Mills WMA
King Rail   Mercer Corporate Park
Clapper Rail   Great Bay Blvd
Purple Gallinule   Ocean City Preserve
Black-necked Stilt   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
American Avocet   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
American Oystercatcher   Great Bay Blvd
Black-bellied Plover   Brig
Semipalmated Plover   Great Bay Blvd
Piping Plover   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Killdeer   Colliers Mills WMA
Upland Sandpiper   Lakehurst NAES
Ruddy Turnstone   Great Bay Blvd
Dunlin   Great Bay Blvd
Least Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
White-rumped Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Holly Lake
Short-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Greater Yellowlegs   Great Bay Blvd
Willet   Great Bay Blvd
Lesser Yellowlegs   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Black-headed Gull   Brig
LITTLE GULL   Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Laughing Gull   Holly Lake
Ring-billed Gull   Brig
Herring Gull   Great Bay Blvd
Great Black-backed Gull   Great Bay Blvd
Least Tern   Great Bay Blvd
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Brig
Common Tern   Brig
Forster's Tern   Holly Lake
Black Skimmer   Great Bay Blvd
Rock Pigeon   Union Transportation Trail
Mourning Dove   Holly Lake
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   Colliers Mills WMA
Black-billed Cuckoo   Colliers Mills WMA
Barred Owl   Lakehurst NAES
Common Nighthawk   Lakehurst NAES
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Mercer Corporate Park
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Old Mine Road IBA
Belted Kingfisher   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-headed Woodpecker   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Downy Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Hairy Woodpecker   Cattus Island County Park
Northern Flicker   Colliers Mills WMA
Pileated Woodpecker   Old Mine Road IBA
American Kestrel   Lakehurst NAES
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Great Bay Blvd
Acadian Flycatcher   Barnegat Lighthouse SP
Alder Flycatcher   Great Bay Blvd
Willow Flycatcher   Great Bay Blvd
Least Flycatcher   Old Mine Road IBA
Eastern Phoebe   Old Mine Road IBA
Great Crested Flycatcher   35 Sunset Rd
Eastern Kingbird   Great Bay Blvd
Fork-tailed Flycatcher   Cape May Point SP
White-eyed Vireo   Brig
Yellow-throated Vireo   Old Mine Road IBA
Warbling Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-eyed Vireo   Colliers Mills WMA
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   Old Mine Road IBA
Fish Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Horned Lark   Lakehurst NAES
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Old Mine Road IBA
Purple Martin   Brig
Tree Swallow   Great Bay Blvd
Bank Swallow   Delaware Water Gap NRA
Barn Swallow   Great Bay Blvd
Carolina Chickadee   35 Sunset Rd
Black-capped Chickadee   Worthington State Forest
Tufted Titmouse   35 Sunset Rd
White-breasted Nuthatch   35 Sunset Rd
House Wren   Old Mine Road IBA
Marsh Wren   Forsythe-Barnegat
Carolina Wren   Colliers Mills WMA
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Colliers Mills WMA
Eastern Bluebird   Colliers Mills WMA
Veery   Old Mine Road IBA
Wood Thrush   Colliers Mills WMA
American Robin   Stanley H. 'Tip' Seaman County Park
Gray Catbird   Great Bay Blvd
Brown Thrasher   Colliers Mills WMA
Northern Mockingbird   Cattus Island County Park
European Starling   35 Sunset Rd
Cedar Waxwing   Colliers Mills WMA
Ovenbird   Colliers Mills WMA
Worm-eating Warbler   Worthington State Forest
Louisiana Waterthrush   Worthington State Forest
Blue-winged Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Black-and-white Warbler   Colliers Mills WMA
Common Yellowthroat   Great Bay Blvd
Hooded Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
American Redstart   Old Mine Road IBA
Cerulean Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Northern Parula   Old Mine Road IBA
Blackburnian Warbler   Stokes Forest
Yellow Warbler   Great Bay Blvd
Chestnut-sided Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Pine Warbler   Old Mine Road IBA
Prairie Warbler   Colliers Mills WMA
Grasshopper Sparrow   Colliers Mills WMA
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Seaside Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Chipping Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Field Sparrow   Colliers Mills WMA
Song Sparrow   Holly Lake
Eastern Towhee   35 Sunset Rd
Scarlet Tanager   Colliers Mills WMA
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   Old Mine Road IBA
Blue Grosbeak   Colliers Mills WMA
Indigo Bunting   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-winged Blackbird   Holly Lake
Eastern Meadowlark   Lakehurst NAES
Common Grackle   Colliers Mills WMA
Boat-tailed Grackle   Great Bay Blvd
Brown-headed Cowbird   35 Sunset Rd
Orchard Oriole   Colliers Mills WMA
Baltimore Oriole   Colliers Mills WMA
House Finch   35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch   Colliers Mills WMA
House Sparrow   Stanley H. 'Tip' Seaman County Park
Ruddy Turnstone, Brig

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