Monday, July 31, 2017

July Wrap-up--Mostly Brig

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Brig
I went to Brig 9 times this month--more than twice a week by a fraction. I went by myself, with Shari, with Mike, with Bob, and on a couple of NJ Audubon field trips. Most of the birds I saw this month, I saw at Brig and all but one of my year birds were found at Brig this month. Doing the arithmetic, that means 128 miles of birding at Brig. Summer birding in NJ.

I did go other places, particularly early in the month when warblers and other passerines were still somewhat vocal, but once the weather gets really warm, it is hard in the woods to hold up your binoculars and swat away bugs at the same time.

While I had 143 species for the month, a respectable number, I only added 5 birds to the year list, my worst month so far by far. And I won't even go into the incredibly frustrating saga of the Roseate Spoonbill that spent two days eluding all but a handful of birders in Ocean County. And what did everyone say when we couldn't find it in Ocean County? "Oh, it'll probably turn up at Brig."

Counties Birded: Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean
Species                  First Sighting
Snow Goose   Brig
Canada Goose   Brig
Mute Swan   Brig
Wood Duck   Brig
American Black Duck   Brig
Mallard   Brig
Blue-winged Teal   Brig
Green-winged Teal   Brig
Red-breasted Merganser   Island Beach SP
Wild Turkey   35 Sunset Rd
Pied-billed Grebe   Brig
Double-crested Cormorant   Brig
Brown Pelican   Island Beach SP
Least Bittern   Brig
Great Blue Heron   Baldpate Mt
Great Egret   Brig
Snowy Egret   Brig
Little Blue Heron   Brig
Tricolored Heron   Island Beach SP
Green Heron   Union Transportation Trail
Black-crowned Night-Heron   Brig
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   Brig
White Ibis   Brig
Glossy Ibis   Brig
Black Vulture   Baldpate Mt
Turkey Vulture   Brig
Osprey   Brig
Mississippi Kite   GSP MM 69
Cooper's Hawk   Rt 539 New Egypt
Bald Eagle   Brig
Red-tailed Hawk   NJ-29 S, Trenton
Clapper Rail   Brig
Common Gallinule   Brig
American Avocet   Brig
American Oystercatcher   Brig
Black-bellied Plover   Brig
Semipalmated Plover   Brig
Piping Plover   Island Beach SP
Killdeer   Brig
Whimbrel   Brig
Marbled Godwit   Brig
Ruddy Turnstone   Great Bay Blvd
Stilt Sandpiper   Brig
Sanderling   Island Beach SP
Least Sandpiper   Brig
White-rumped Sandpiper   Brig
Pectoral Sandpiper   Brig
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Brig
Western Sandpiper   Brig
Short-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Long-billed Dowitcher   Brig
Spotted Sandpiper   Great Bay Blvd
Greater Yellowlegs   Brig
Willet   Brig
Lesser Yellowlegs   Brig
Laughing Gull   Brig
Ring-billed Gull   Brig
Herring Gull   Brig
Great Black-backed Gull   Brig
Least Tern   Brig
Gull-billed Tern   Brig
Caspian Tern   Brig
Black Tern   Brig
Common Tern   Island Beach SP
Forster's Tern   Brig
Royal Tern   Island Beach SP
Black Skimmer   Brig
Mourning Dove   Brig
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   Brig
Black-billed Cuckoo   Crosswicks Creek Park
Eastern Whip-poor-will   35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift   Baldpate Mt
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Brig
Red-headed Woodpecker   Colliers Mills WMA
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Baldpate Mt
Downy Woodpecker   35 Sunset Rd
Northern Flicker   Baldpate Mt
Peregrine Falcon   Brig
Eastern Wood-Pewee   Baldpate Mt
Willow Flycatcher   Brig
Eastern Phoebe   Bright View Farm
Great Crested Flycatcher   Brig
Eastern Kingbird   Brig
White-eyed Vireo   Baldpate Mt
Yellow-throated Vireo   Baldpate Mt
Warbling Vireo   Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Red-eyed Vireo   Baldpate Mt
Blue Jay   35 Sunset Rd
American Crow   Brig
Fish Crow   35 Sunset Rd
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Brig
Purple Martin   Brig
Tree Swallow   Brig
Bank Swallow   Brig
Barn Swallow   Brig
Carolina Chickadee   35 Sunset Rd
Tufted Titmouse   Brig
White-breasted Nuthatch   Baldpate Mt
House Wren   35 Sunset Rd
Marsh Wren   Brig
Carolina Wren   Brig
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   Baldpate Mt
Eastern Bluebird   Bright View Farm
Veery   Baldpate Mt
Wood Thrush   Baldpate Mt
American Robin   Brig
Gray Catbird   Brig
Brown Thrasher   Brig
Northern Mockingbird   Mercer Sod Farm IBA
European Starling   Wawa-Jackson
Cedar Waxwing   Baldpate Mt
Ovenbird   Baldpate Mt
Blue-winged Warbler   Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve
Black-and-white Warbler   Baldpate Mt
Common Yellowthroat   Brig
Hooded Warbler   Baldpate Mt
Yellow Warbler   Baldpate Mt
Chestnut-sided Warbler   Baldpate Mt
Pine Warbler   Whitesbog
Prairie Warbler   Whitesbog
Grasshopper Sparrow   Juliustown Rd
Saltmarsh Sparrow   Great Bay Blvd
Seaside Sparrow   Brig
Chipping Sparrow   Brig
Field Sparrow   Brig
Song Sparrow   35 Sunset Rd
Swamp Sparrow   Whitesbog
Eastern Towhee   35 Sunset Rd
Northern Cardinal   35 Sunset Rd
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   Baldpate Mt
Blue Grosbeak   Crosswicks Creek Park
Indigo Bunting   Baldpate Mt
Dickcissel   Juliustown Rd
Red-winged Blackbird   Brig
Eastern Meadowlark   Mercer Sod Farm IBA
Common Grackle   Brig
Boat-tailed Grackle   Brig
Brown-headed Cowbird   Brig
Orchard Oriole   Brig
Baltimore Oriole   Baldpate Mt
House Finch   Brig
American Goldfinch   Brig
House Sparrow   Wawa-Jackson
Green Heron, Union Transportation Trail

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