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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Mike Fritz

September 8, 2009
CONFUSING FALL WARBLERS at HIGBEE BEACH WMA, NJ

 

Six DVOC members, 2 guests, and myself all braved an aweful weather forecast and were reward with a surprisingly good migration. The rain mostly held off, and we worked the out of the wind pockets to turn up lots of migrant flocks. Veery's were seemingly everywhere there were a couple of Swainson's and a Grey-cheeked Thrush feeding on Sassafras fruit at the parking lot before we even started. We found really good numbers of Common Yellowthroats, Am. Redstarts, Black & White Warblers, and Eastern kingbirds and the Red-eyed Vireos were abundant. We spiced things up with a pair of Philadelphia Vireos, a Warbling Vireo, Worm-eating Warblers, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and N. Waterthrush. We also had several "Trail's" and Least Flycatchers and a Great Crested Flycatcher. A Merlin flew right over us eating a dragonfly and we also had a Broad-winged, Cooper's, Sharp Shinned Hawk and several Ospreys to keep things interesting . Another birder alerted us to where he "just had" a female Connecticut Warbler and we spent a good half hour without success trying to see it. We did hear it chipping in the woods, but it wouldn't come into view. Despite this frustrating miss, we had a really good morning and saw a lot of birds. The Northeast winds didn't seem to be a problem for the birds, and migration was overall pretty good.

Mike Fritz

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Location: Cape Island--Higbees Beach SWA
Observation date: 9/8/09

Notes: This was the annual DVOC fieldtrip I lead to Higbee Beach. Winds were NE 10-20mph and off and on rain, but still lots of migration. Huge numbers of Veery's were calling everywhere, and we also heard a probable Connecticut Warbler chipping along the second field, but it would not come into view despite trying for over 1/2 hour.

Number of species: 47
Mallard 5
Osprey 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
peep sp. 80
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's) 4
Least Flycatcher 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 80
White-eyed Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 50
Blue Jay 4
Purple Martin 4
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 6
Carolina Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Veery 150
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 10
Northern Mockingbird 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 40
American Redstart 70
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Northern Waterthrush 3
Common Yellowthroat 25
Field Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 30
Bobolink 5