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2007 World Series of Birding Scouting Notes

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Southern New Jersey

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Color Key....
Red - on or after Wednesday May 9 (within 3 days)
Brown - between Wednesday May 2 and Tuesday May 8 (inclusive)
Green - on or before Tuesday May 1

DeLorme Map #66

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Turkey Point Tower

5/9 Turkey Point Rd., at end: Yellow-crowned Night Heron.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 - 8:15 PM- 1 Great Horned Owl visible in distant tree line to East until 8:27pm; 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron with all the Black-crowns; no luck with Harrier at dusk (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

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Birding Bivalve

5/5 Quick glance at high tide - Green-winged Teal, distant shorebirds (Upper Main Line Youth Teams with Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/2 - Bivalve @ Strawberry access (high tide): 200+
Green-winged Teal (at times audible from parking lot),
4 Shovelers, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Gadwall, Spotted
Sandpiper, Bank Swallow. Yellow-breasted Chat,
Savannah Sparrow, Carolina Chickadee and Orchard
Oriole near parking lot
Robbinstown Road: White-eyed Vireo
Bivalve @ Robbinstown access (high tide):
little to
see in impoundments, but ~100 peeps where the
clamshell mountain used to be, including 1
White-rumped Sandpiper.
(Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

5/1 - Green-winged Teal (Bert Filemyr, and others - Nikon/DVOC)

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Robinstown Road area

5/10 Bivalve, Robbinstown Rd. access - first pond to the right of the cross dike: 2 B-N stilts, pair of GW teal, pair of black ducks, glossy ibis. 2 occupied osprey nests.
Robbinstown Rd. at casket mattress plant: chat, orchard oriole. (Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/10 One turkey in grass on west side of road near 553 on Berrytown. (Greenkill GNATcatchers)

5/10 marsh pools off Robbinstown/Berrytown roads, near Bivavle, Cumberland County: 2 Black-necked Stilts (continuing) 2 Stilt Sandpipers (Paul Lehman)

5/9 I just got back home at midnight, but figured folks
would be interested in knowing that there were 2
Black-necked Stilts near the Robbinstown Road access
point to Bivalve at 1:30pm Wednesday. The birds were
viewed from the cross dike that cuts to the right from
the main dike, in the first "real" pond on the right.
Birds tend to flush rather easily at this spot- please
be cautious. Ticks are extremely thick here as well.(Tom Reed)

5/8 Robbintown Road, just past Miller and Berry, manufacturers of casket mattresses, an adult White-crowned Sparrow; a Green Heron in the little pond on the right just past here. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7- 1 Ring-necked Pheasant chasing a turkey in 1st field on W side of road (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

4/29 - Robinstown Road at Route 553 at Port Norris, an American Kestrel was on a wire. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

4/29 - on Route 553 at Mile Marker 3 west of Port Norris on a small pond in the woods was a drake Wood Duck. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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Heislerville (Matts Landing)

5/10 Heislerville impoundent, Cumberland County:
1 Curlew Sandpiper (seen in PM both on 5/9 and 5/10 but at different times) 2 Black-necked Stilts (didn't stay too long) 1 White-faced Ibis (Paul Lehman)

5/10 I think the only item of interest to WSB teams would be that the Heislerville shorebird impoundment is fine. I heard it was filled. Well, it was. But the edges are perfect. Hundreds of the usual shorebirds in there at close range. Yes, I was lingering again. All those different plumages.......
A Curlew still there - no, I missed in my scanning.
Other good birds.

(Sandra Keller)

5/9 1 young male Ruddy Duck persists at Heislerville as well. 1 Curlew Sandpiper was well seen at very close range, and in great light at Heiserlville this afternoon. It was not the adult male which was around the last week, and if it is the same female-type plumaged bird that was around last Monday, it has gotten a bit redder than it had been.(Chris Vogel)

5/9 Bonaparte's Gulls, Tri-colored Heron, Ruddy Duck
and Spotted Sandpipers at Heislerville impoundments (in addition to many shorebirds, though I continue to miss the Curlew Sandpiper).(Steve Glynn)

5/7 Heislerville, at the impoundments at Matt's Landing, two Gull-billed Terns, Red Knot, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, Least Sandpiper, both Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Yellow-throated Warbler singing from the woods.
Heislerville, at the back impoundment along the dirt road, American Wigeon, Tricolored Heron, half-dozen Red-breasted Mergansers, one Bank Swallow. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 Alert from Lillian Armstrong, Director of Birding and Wildlife Trails, New Jersey Audubon Society
"Laurie Pettigrew of NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife, and my partner in crime on the Delaware Bayshore Birding and Wildlife Trails project, and I were birding Cumberland this past Saturday, and we recalled how hectic things can get at Heislerville during the World Series. Please be advised, as many of you know, Heislerville WMA is a fabulous place to see shorebirds. What many of you may not know is that due to the narrow width of the dike road and the limited number of pull-offs located along the road, major traffic jams can occur during WSB. Passing can be precarious (shoulders can be softer than they appear) if not downright dangerous.

In an effort to combat gridlock and prevent entrapment, may we suggest that everyone enter the dike road from the Matts Landing side (by the marinas) and exit onto East Point Rd. Also, rather than stopping on the dike to bird, use one of the 3 large parking areas to park and walk the short distance to views of the middle impoundment (where all the shorebirds hang out). If you must pass on the dike road, please wait and use one of the pull-offs. And also be aware that we birders share this area with fishers and crabbers, who value it as well. Thanks for being the considerate birders we know you are!"

5/6 Numerous Black Skimmers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Semi-palmated Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, and peeps (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

5/6 whistled for Screech-Owl in three spots in the WMA, and had responses at all spots. No singing nightjars, though it was only about 44 degrees and about ten PM. (Todd Day, Eric Hynes - Leupold/VSO)

5/6 - Water level is tide related. Water flows in on rising tide and out on the falling tide. Obviously not being managed. (Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/5 -All the expected shorebirds in good numbers, Least, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, 3 Ruddy Turnstone, both Yellowlegs, 3 Red Knot, Willet, several Bonaparte's Gulls, Green-winged Teal 2 Green Heron on the right where the Night Herons roost and a flyby Tricoloured Heron. One adult Bald Eagle on the mudflats eating a snake. The lake on the way out held Pied-billed Grebe, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Spotted Sandpiper.
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

5/5 Black-crowned Night-Herons, Skimmers, Dunlin, Least, Semi P Sandpipers, Semi P Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers Short-billled Dowitchers, both Yellowlegs, Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstones, (several thousand shorebirds) Water was higher in the impoundment than it has been for the past couple of days.(Upper Main Line Youth Teams with Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/1 - Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-heron, Shoveler near first large impoundment. (Bert Filemyr and others, Nikon/DVOC)

4/29 - Impoundment at the end of Matt's Landing Road has been emptied (was full to the brim when I was there 8 April). It had a few thousand shorebirds today, including Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Solitary Sandpiper, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, seventy Skimmers, one first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 40 Glossy Ibis. Black-crowned Night-Herons and a Green Heron in the island in the impoundment just north of here.
At Heislerville, at the drainage into the Maurice River from the south side of the impoundment, was a drake Northern Shoveler.
At Heislerville, at the impoundment on Page 66 of the DeLorme, block K12, two American Wigeon, ten Red-breasted Mergansers, and a pair of Belted Kingfishers. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

Impoundments at end of Matt’s Landing Road

5/7 - American Wigeon, Tri-colored Heron. (Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/5 Ruddy Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers (Upper Main Line Youth Teams with Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/1 Wigeon, Coot, Red-breasted Mergansers in second pond on the left (Bert Filemyr and others, Nikon/DVOC)

4/29 At Heislerville, at the impoundment on Page 66 of the DeLorme, block K12, two American Wigeon, ten Red-breasted Mergansers, and a pair of Belted Kingfishers. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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East Point Road

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Thompson Beach Road

5/2 - (low tide): Handful of both yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, imm. Bald Eagle (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

5/1 Osprey building nest by road, Clapper Rails (Bert Filemyr and others, Nikon/DVOC)

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East Point Light

5/2 - East Point Road/Light: nothing of note (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

DeLorme Map #67

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4/29 off the beaten path in Cumberland County on Route 628 (Tattletown-Jericho Road), DeLorme 67, block B-22, where a small stream crosses the road, a Kentucky Warbler was calling from suitable breeding habitat. . (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

DeLorme Map #68

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Millville Airport

5/6 Pair of Horned Larks (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

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Dividing Creek at Buckshutem Stream

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Bevan NWR

5/10 brown thrasher, indigo bunting, YB cuckoo, field
sparrow, etc.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/9 Yellow-throated Vireos and Summer Tanagers at Bevan
WMA (RR Tracks (Steve Glynn)

5/7- White-eyed vireo, Brown Thrasher, Orchard Oriole, Carolina Chickadees, (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/5 -2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, White-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Prairie Warbler and Indigo Bunting.(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

5/2 - Shaws Mill: Blue Grosbeak, Brown Thrasher (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Ackley Road

5/9 Shaw's Mill Rd., field on right just after crossing rte. 629: Turkey.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Shaw's Mill Rd./Ackley Rd., sand roads to the east of pond: brown thrasher, Y-B cuckoo, indigo bunting, field sparrow, etc.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Ackley Road, several spots, Bank Swallows overhead. At the Railroad Tracks at Ackley, Yellow-throated Warbler. Two Worm-eating Warblers north of the tracks. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 -wet area near dirt entrance to Bevan
- 2 Worm-eating warblers, White-eyed vireo (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/2 - Ackley Road (between Railroad/Shaws Mill): White-eyed
Vireo, Wood Thrush (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Ackley Road

5/6 – Bank swallows, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Summer Tanagers, Broad-winged Hawk flyover (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

5/5 -Ackley road at the turn off to the dirt road.
Worm-eating Warbler, Scarlet and Summer Tanager, Blue Grosebeaks and 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo.(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

Railroad Avenue/Paynters Crossing (west along tracks)

5/7- 2 Yellow-throated warblers, 1 Summer Tanager, 4 Carolina Chickadees, 1 Worm-eating warbler, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/6 – Bluebird, Summer Tanager, Pine Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo (south side), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

5/6 -Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird. Further along after the trains at the yellow gate on the right were two Bluebirds again.
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian TurnerBristleheads/Kowa)

5/5 -No Prothonatary Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, Summer Tanager and Bank Swallows overhead. Further down the road there were 2 Bluebirds.(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

Railroad Avenue (woods on either side)

5/10 Railroad Ave. from Ackley to RR tracks: several summer tanagers, carolina chickadee, towhee, pewee, bank swallow, gnatcatcher, GC flycatcher(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/9 Acadian Flycatcher; several summer tanagers and YT
warblers on RR Ave. between Ackley and train tracks.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/2 - Railroad Ave:
-Paynters Crossing: Worm-eating Warbler,
Yellow-throated Warbler, Summer Tanager (on south side
of road).
-Between Paynters/Ackley: 2 Worm-eating Warblers,
Summer Tanager, Blue-winged Warbler, Pine Warbler,
flyover Broad-winged Hawk (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Railroad Ave

5/9 Railroad Ave. at rte. 555: towhee, scarlet tanager. 1 White-
throated Sparrow present yesterday, not seen today.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Railroad Ave.: bank swallow, gnatcatcher, carolina chickadee, worm- eating warbler, GC flycatcher, ovenbird, etc.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

4/29 Orchard Oriole 50 yards east of the plant (Nick Kontonicolas)

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Rt 555 North of Railroad tracks

5/10 Railroad Ave. & rte. 555:YB cuckoo, black-throated blue warbler, summer tanager, scarlet tanager, gnatcatcher, pewee (Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Route 555 at the Railroad Tracks, Summer Tanager singing, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-throated Vireo.(Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/5 -Summer Tanager and flyby Kestrel.(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

4/29 Black-billed Cuckoo (Nick Kontonicolas)

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Dividing Creek
CR555 at white culvert south of mile marker 2

5/10 Turkey (Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/9 Kentucky warbler (distant).(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Mile-marker 2 on 555, Yellow-throated Warbler.
Route 555 at White Culvert, Yellow-throated Warbler.
(Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/6 – Pair of Prothonotary Warblers (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

5/6 -2 possible Kentucky Warblers to the left of the culvert
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian TurnerBristleheads/Kowa)

5/2 - Route 555 @ white culvert: Yellow-throated Warbler,
Worm-eating Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Black-throated
Blue Warbler (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Dividing Creek, lake on south side of Turkey Point Rd (Rt 664)
Dividing Creek, lake on north side of Turkey Point Rd (Rt 664)

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Dividing Creek, lake on east side of 555, north of town

5/10 Haleyville Road near 1 mile mark east of Dividing Cree:. Many Wild Turkey in grass field across from house with horses near woods Also Orchard Orioles, Red-tailed Hawk, Y-Thr. Warblers (Greenkill GNATcatchers)

5/9 common loon.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/6 – 2 Great Blue Herons (Knot Just Peeps, MOS Youth Team)

5/6 - Common Loon (Bert Filemyr NIKON / DVOC)

5/5 -Lake on 555 south of Ackley road. 3 Common Loon all to the left and a Green Heron straight across the lake.(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

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James Moore Road and Strawberry Ave

5/10 Orchard orioles, blue-winged warblers, prairie warblers, yellow-billed cuckoo (Greenkill GNATcatchers)

5/8 James Moore Road, at the small stream in the woods just before it opens up near the intersection with Strawberry Ave [DeLorme 68, Block M-11] at about 8:45AM, Kentucky Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hairy Woodpecker,
Strawberry Ave at James Moore Road, still a Yellow-billed Cuckoo party, more Orchard Orioles, Blue-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers, Brown Thrasher, but we didn't find any Blue Grosbeaks. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 -2 Blue Grosbeaks (the male never sang, but chip note heard frequently), Brown thrasher, Indigo bunting, Yellow-billed cuckoo, Orchard Orioles (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/7 Strawberry Ave and James Moore Road, a few Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Prairie Warblers, Black-throated Blue, Orchard Orioles. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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James Moore Road

5/10 James Moore Rd. at sharp turn to the left, east of Dragston Rd: orchard oriole, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, gnatcatcher. James Moore Rd. at the dip and stream: prothonotary warbler, yellow- throated warbler, acadian flycatcher, YB cuckoo, GC flycatcher. (Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/10 Kentucky Warbler (back in woods), Prothonotary Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, B/W Warbler, RT Hummingbird (Greenkill GNATcatchers)

5/8 -1 Pronthonotary Warbler, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, all heard only a few times over 20 minutes (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/2 - 2 Prothonotary Warblers, White-eyed
Vireo. No Bobwhite (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Near the US Silica sign on the Mauricetown Bypass

5/10 Kentucky warbler. (Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 US Silica, the Kentucky Warbler was singing off in the distance at the typical spot, albeit sounding a little like a Carolina Wren. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 The US Silica Kentucky Warbler was heard chipping in the late afternoon. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 - Kentucky Warbler calling (Bert Filemyr - NIKON / DVOC)

5/6 - Kentucky Warbler heard chipping (Mike Fritz NIKON / DVOC)

5/2 - No Kentucky Warbler at 11:30am (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

5/1 No sound from the Kentucky Warbler 2:00 pm (Bert Filemyr and others, Nikon/DVOC)

4/29 the Kentucky Warbler fondly called by some KEWA One, near the US Silica sign on the Mauricetown Bypass (DeLorme 68, block M-13) was not singing at three PM. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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Turkey Point Impoundments

5/10 Maple Ave. causeway: 3 bufflehead, BB cuckoo
Turkey Point Rd.: marsh wren, seaside sparrow, harrier, peregrine perched in the distance. Lots of BT grackles at the end.
(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/9 3 buffleheads, osprey.
Turkey Point Rd., at end: Yellow-crowned Night Heron.(Art McMorris - Four Loons)

5/8 Turkey Point impoundments from Maple Ave [Map 68, Block N-8], a pair of Northern Harriers, one adult Bald Eagle, three Bufflehead (two hens and a drake), Common Loon. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

4/21 - male Harriers, a boat load of Boat-tailed Grackles and a clicking Clapper Rail. (Tony Croasdale - Bristlehead / Kowa)

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Strawberry Road

5/8 Strawberry Ave near the parking area for Bivalve: Blue Grosbeak and Yellow-breasted Chat singing. Shorebirds along the boardwalk included Short-billed Dowitcher, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, both Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Black-bellied Plover, and a Peregrine shuffling the cards. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 - 8:15 PM- 4 Bufflehead have reappeared (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/8 - 12:30-1:30pm- 5000+ shorebirds as tide was coming in, mud flats disappeared about 1:10pm
2 White-rumped Sandpipers, lots of Green-winged teal, 1 Blue-winged Teal, Peregrine Falcon (Ken Elkins- Bushnell/CT Audubon)

5/7 - Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, YB Cuckoo (Bert Filemyr - NIKON / DVOC)

5/2 - Strawberry Ave: Blue Grosbeak near intersection with
James Moore Rd. White-eyed Vireo, Black-and-white
Warbler on north side of Rte 553, Baltimore Oriole on
south side. (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Strawberry Road north of 553

4/29 on Strawberry Road at Port Norris, on the north side of Route 553, about a quarter-mile on the east side a Cattle Egret was working a field. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

DeLorme Map #71

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Brigantine NWR

5/10 Least Bittern, Caspian Terns, Skimmers, Red-breasted Mergs, Ruddy Ducks, Greater Scaup (Bert Filemyr - NIKON/DVOC)

5/10 The following are highlights from today 5/10 and some sightingsthis past week.
Snow Goose 1 NW pool
Mute Swan
Wood Duck several in ponds @exit bridges
Green-winged Teal
Northern Bobwhite heard from Jen's trail
Least Bittern Gull pond
Cattle Egret East pool
Black-crowned Night-Heron Gull pond
Glossy Ibis
Peregrine Falcon tower @ cross dike
Virginia Rail heard from Jen's trail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper Gull pond
Spotted Sandpiper SW pool
Whimbrel only 1! @ G-11
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe gull pond
Gull-billed Tern N of Gull pond
Caspian Tern NW pool
Least Tern SW pool
Black Skimmer
Blue Grosbeak reported in uplands near "Experimental pond"
(Joe Delesantro)

5/10 Another Curlew Sandpiper was found today (Thursday), this one a bright bird at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR by Cameron Cox et al. It was seen in the late afternoon with good numbers of Dunlin and dowitchers in the general southeast corner of the East Pool area. Cameron said there were gobs and gobs of shorebirds at Brig, but as is often the case, many were too far away to identify. (Paul Lehman)

5/9 Blue-winged Teal (Cornell)

5/9 3 Gadwald. Very, very foggy at dusk limiting visibility to minimums. Woodcock and Whips calling (Cornell and Nikon / DVOC) .

5/8 an injured Snow Goose was along the north side of the wildlife loop. A Greater Scaup was in the big body of water most-easily seen from the northwest corner. Some forty Ruddy Ducks were seen. Scores of Whimbrel, hundreds of Brant. Two drake Northern Shovelers. White-rumped Sandpiper. At least four Gull-billed Terns. Twenty or so Green-winged Teal. A couple pairs of Gadwall. Peregrine Falcon. Wood Duck, Green Heron. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 Gull-billed Terns, White-rumped Sandpipers, Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Gadwald (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

5/7 Shoveler, Ruddy Ducks, Gull-billed Terns, White-rumped Sandpipers. (Cornell)

5/6 there is an injured Snow Goose (broken wing) at the Brig. I’ve seen it as late as a week ago and Art Weber who is a member of our team and is also the Director of Visitor Services at Brigantine NWR said that it was seen over the weekend. (Nick Kontonicolas)

4/30- Gull Pond area: Gull-billed Tern, Bank Swallow, Little
Blue Heron
South dike: Gull-billed Tern, 150+ Brant, 8
Green-winged Teal
North dike: 2 Gadwalls, male Northern Harrier, Orchard
Oriole at entrance to Jen's Trail
Last pond: 5 American Coots, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 1
female Bufflehead (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

DeLorme Map #72

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Belleplain is thick with Hooded Warblers and
Worm-eating Warblers it seems, and a Kentucky was
singing most cooperatively right where it has been,
which is precisely where he was last year. The other
typical breeding birds in that neighborhood are not
too hard to find, either. A Blackpoll, and fair
numbers of Butterbutts were the only Boreal migrants I
saw there today though.(Chris Vogel)

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Langley Road (off Glade Rd near Rte 47)

5/9 A very cooperative Blue Grosbeak can oftentimes be
seen in the evening on the wire near the intersection
of Langley and and Glade, ie on the way to
Heislerville, by the way. (Chris Vogel)

5/7 Langley Road, near Heislerville, off of Glade Road, Yellow-breasted Chat singing, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Orchard Oriole. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/2 - White-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, 2 Eastern Bluebirds (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Stinson's Island Road

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Jakes Landing

5/7 Jake's Landing, Seaside Sparrows singing everywhere. American Bittern calling, Clapper Rail bonanza. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/6 We had multiple eastern screech returning calls near jake's landing road/woods. (James Maloney)

5/3 - American Bittern, 3 Northern Harriers,
Eastern Meadowlarks, 7 Black-crowned Night-Herons. Whip-poor-will calling close to road, about 1/4 mile from Rte 47.
(Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

4/21 Jake's Landing was awesome, Clapper Rails starting their engines, Marsh Wrens singing, good looks at a singing Seaside Sparrow, Meadowlarks, Willets, Harriers, Osprey on nest, a Short-eared Owls was even flying about. A muskrat was walking around the parking lot. After sundown but with still a bit light we had a Peregrine Falcon take a whack at a flying Snowy Egret. The Peregrine flew off but the egret dropped away from the three others it was flying with and landed close to the dyke, definitely injured. On the way out we heard a Whip-poor Will give its call once. (Tony Croasdale - Bristlehead / Kowa)

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Tamberlane Campground

5/10 Several Red-headed Woodpecker (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC))

5/9 Several Red-headed Woodpecker (Cornell)

5/9 Several Red-headed Woodpecker (Wicked Witchities)

5/9 Several Red-headed Woodpecker (Bristlehead / Kowa )

5/8 Several Red-headed Woodpeckers (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

5/7 - Several Red-headed Woodpeckers (Cornell)

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Timber / Beaver Swamp WMA

5/10 Beaver Swamp WMA, near Goshen, Cape May County: 1 White-faced Ibis (Paul Lehman)

5/9 White-faced Ibis (Bristlehead / Kowa )

5/7 Beaver Swamp, at least one Gull-billed Tern, a brown clump of feathers on the Bald Eagle nest, Pied-billed Grebe, Prothotnotary Warbler (across the dyke into the wooded area), Yellow-throated Warbler, and a bunch of Glossy Ibis.. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/5 - 2 Gull-billed Terns to the right of the Eagles nest. One young Bald Eagle still on the nest and one adult flying about.
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

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CMBO - Goshen
Goshen Landing Road

5/7 - Green-winged Teal (Bert Filemyr - NIKON / DVOC)

5/6 - Green-winged Teal (Mike Fritz - NIKON / DVOC)

5/5 - Goshen landing from 21:00 Only Clapper Rails and Marsh Wren heard, 2 adult Black-crowned Night Herons seen feeding.
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

4/30 - Dusk: Plenty of Clapper Rails, Marsh Wrens, Seaside
Sparrows and Willets. 50+ Green-winged Teal, 20+
Black-crowned Night Herons, 1 Spotted Sandpiper. No
Virginia Rails. (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Avalon Campground

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Reeds Beach Road/Reeds Beach

5/6 At reed's beach we had scoters off in the distance in a flock but not close enough to get a valid identification. (James Maloney)

5/2 - Reed's Beach Road pond: 4 Solitary Sandpipers, 2
Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Orchard Orioles, 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons
Reed's Beach Road: male Northern Harrier

(Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

5/1 - 2 Great Horned Owls calling at 12:30am along marsh
edge on south side of road. (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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John Wesley Cemetery (Mt. Olive)

5/8 John Wesley Cemetery, Whip-poor-will and Chuck-wills-widow started calling at about 20:20.
(Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 - Chuck at 8:29, Whip at 8:34 (distant)(Bert Filemyr - NIKON / DVOC)

5/5 - At 20:13 first Chucks calling, we had one fly over our heads twice while we were there. It was heard from the far left corner. No Whips heard.
(Rob Hynson, Mike McGraw and Brian Turner - Bristleheads/Kowa)

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Eastern Shore Nursing Home

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Cooks Beach Road

5/7 Cook's Beach, Seaside Sparrow, Red-breasted Merganser, Red Knot, but no other waterfowl or loons seen on the bay. . (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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County Zoo

5/7 - Snow Geese (Mike Fritz NIKON / DVOC)

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Goshen farmfields on Route 47 (~1 mile south of CMBO

5/2 - 1 Cattle Egret behind pond on east side of road, near
house w/ Purple Martins nesting.

(Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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5/8 Avalon, 37th Street, Bayside, several Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, at least one on a nest, others nest-building. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

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Stone Harbor Blvd.

5/10 Distant Peregrine on Tower (Bert Filemyr - NIKON/DVOC)

5/3 - 6 Whimbrel fly-over (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Avalon, Lois Lane/50th Street, ocean access

5/10 Piping Plover in exclosure, but can be seen unless waling out along the beach (third post from the corner, first with sign on it). Bird is on nest near the front right corner of the exclosure. Four minute walk each way. (Wicked Witchities)

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Indian Trail Road (CR 618)

4/30 - Powerline cut, 8:15pm-8:30pm: Whip-poor-will calling
on north side. No Chuck-will's-widow. (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Shell Bay Landing

5/7 Shell Bay Landing, two Gull-billed Terns roosting, about 100 Brant, two American Oystercatchers seen across the bay to the southeast. Thousands of shorebirds seen on the west side of Nummy, but out of reach of our scopes. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 Whimbrel (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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Wetlands Institute

5/6 2 marbled godwits behind the wetlands institute, where we spent the night. There were a ton of whimberel around the wetlands institute where we also had a great cormerant flyover. (James Maloney)

5/1 - 2 Gadwalls, 1 Green-winged Teal, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Norbury's Landing

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Cape May NWR along 603

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Nummy Island

5/10 Little Blue Heron, Red-breasted Merganser (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/10 Whimbrel and Tri-colored Heron at north end. Common Loons at both bridges. Red-throated Loon flyover (Wicked Witchities)

5/9 Common Loon - Very foggy most of the day (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/9 Peregrines and Great Cormorants have been cooperative
in the Hereford Inlet/Nummy's Island neighborhood, and
at least one Marbled Godwit is still to be found
around Nummy's.(Chris Vogel)

5/9 Sam Galick reports a Marbled Godwit on Nummy Island near the Free Bridge on the right side as you head northbound.(Don Freiday)

5/8 Oldsquaw (Cornell Youth Team)

5/8 Nummy Island, at around seven PM, two Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loon, Tricolored Heron, a dozen Whimbrel, Oystercatchers, and Marbled Godwits seen (but not by us).. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 Great Cormorant, Scoters, Marbled Godwit (Mike Fritz - Nikon/DVOC)

5/1- 2 Marbled Godwits, 3 Tricolored Herons, 1 Little Blue
Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Whimbrel,
Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Hereford Inlet

5/10 Hereford Inlet - Piping Plover, no exclosure (Wicked Witchities

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Stone Harbor Point

5/10 Piping Plover, no exclosure (Wicked Witchities)

5/1- From base of point: 3 Piping Plovers, 1 Great
Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 1 Red-throated Loon, 2 Common
Loons, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, Black Skimmer,
Common Tern
Offshore: 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Surf Scoters, 5 Black
Scoters, 30+ Northern Gannets, 1 Red-throated Loon (Tom Reed - MLC Eagles)

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Sea Isle City

5/10 Common Eider near shore, flight of sea ducks (likely scoter) too far out to identify, both loons flying by, purple sandpipers on jetties (Wicked Witchities)

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North Wildwood

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Avalon, 37th Street, bay side

5/10 Hereford Inlet - Yellow-crowned Night Herons, a nest (barely) visible toward ritght end of island: look for tallest tree at the right end, follow down to hole to the left of the trunk in a cedar; best viewed by walking out on the pier a few feet (spot marked) (Wicked Witchities)

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Higbee Beach WMA

5/10 Red-headed Woodpeckers seen by many, missed by a few. Last seen near dusk. (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/9 The Red-headed Woodpecker at the last house on the right on New England Road on the way to Higbee's is now a pair.(Don Freiday)

5/9 The Red-headed Woodpecker was seen at 8:30 am (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/8 At Seven AM, the Red-headed Woodpecker was on one of the maple trees in front of the last house on the right on New England Road (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/8 Red-headed Woodpecker still at 525 New England Road (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

5/7 Red-headed Woodpecker continues at 525 New England Road (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

5/6 Red-head woodpecker continues (Karl and Judy Lukens)

5/5 the most interesting bird around the
Island today was thanks to Tom Macpharland and Bill
Roach, who tipped me off to a Red-headed Woodpecker on
New England rd.
The bird is in the front yard of the last house on the
right before the car-park of Higbee's Beach. It was
foraging in the " helicopters" of a Maple in the front
yard, chickadee like, when I saw it. Hanging upside
down and sidways, probing into the new growth and
seeds like a Worm-eating Warbler. It occasionally
dropped down to the sidewalk, or gave a red-belly a
run for its money. I hear tell that the bird has
actually been present for several days, and has been
drumming on metal-defintely worth keeping an eye on,
as the habitat is absolutely perfect for a nesting
pair of Red-headeds. I think our boy has prescious
little chance of actually attracting a mate, though,
but vamos a ver...
Funny, I have never noticed that a Red-headed
Woodpecker has distinctly white outer edges to its
outer retrices before. But then again, they usually
don't hang upside down like a tit, either-at least in
my experience with the critters. (Chris Vogel)

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West Cape May Impoundments

5/7 About 40 shorebirds, Dunlin. Semi P Plover, Semi P Sand, Dowitchers, Least Sandpiper (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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Sunset Lake

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Hidden Valley

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BreezeeLee Yacht Basin Marsh

5/9 Saltmarsh Sharptail, Seaside Sparrows (Judy and Karl Lukens)

5/8 Saltmarsh Sharptail, Seaside Sparrows (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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Coast Guard Ponds

5/8 Green-winged Teal, Gadwald (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

Two Mile Landing

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5/9 Two Piping Plover exclosures set up (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

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Cape May Point

5/10 Roseate Tern at St. Peter's Beach (Mike Lyman - Four Loons)

Cape May
Lilly Lake

5/7 CMBO Bookstore, there was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet around, doing a little singing, and a couple White-throated Sparrows. . (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

Sunset Beach (Concrete Ship)

5/9 Purple Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Parasitic Jaeger, Gannets (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/7 From Sunset Beach (and later from dunes at Alexander Road), at least two Parasitic Jaegers working the tern flock. Terns were largely Forster's, with only a couple of Commons. Steady-but-distant Gannets most of the time we were viewing. We saw zero Purple Sandpipers anywhere. . (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

Vernon Avenue (Cove Pond)

5/10 Gadwald , Green-winged Teal (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/9 In the meadows, Green-winged Teal (Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC)

5/8 No Piping Plover seen from end of boardwalk. In the meadows, Green-winged Teal and Kingfisher (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

5/7 From the boardwalk at the end of Mt. Vernon (near Cove Pond, probably also known as 2nd Avenue Jetty), two Piping Plovers seen by looking west. They were not in an exclosure, but just wandering around. One Common Loon flew by. No waterfowl at all seen at Cove Pond or at the parts of Cape May Meadows that you can see from there. (Todd Day - Leopold/VS0)

5/7 Two Gadwald in Pond. Looking out over the ocean, both loons, jaeger, gannets, Common, Least and Forester's Terns (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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Cape May Meadows

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Cape May Harbor

5/8 Red-breasted Mergs, Common Loon, Brant (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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Poverty Beach

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Two Mile Beach
Birding Two Mile Beach

5/8 Piping Plover. No exclosures set up yet (Bert Filemyr - Nikon / DVOC)

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2nd Avenue Jetty