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2008 World Series of Birding Scouting Notes

Coordinated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC)
Nikon / DVOC Lagerhead Shrikes

Southern New Jersey

At the South Swap Meet on Thursday evening there was a discussion about the Sandhill Crane at the Cape May County Zoo. It was learned on Friday morning that the crane that is there is part of the collection and is not countable for the WSB

 

 

Click here for notes from the South Swap Meet

Page last updated Friday, May 9, 2008 1:28 PM

DeLorme Page Numbers 59 - 73

All Page Numbers and Blocks refer to DeLorme's New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer

See General Notes at the bottom of this page.

While the verbal sharing of scouting information is doing great, the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) has created this page in an effort to make it even easier to keep up with the latest finds and re-finds. Significant help has been provided by Smithsonian Ornithology Capital Kingbirds. We hope you will help by sending your updates to:

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Color Key....
Red - on or after Wednesday May 7 (within 3 days)
Brown - between Wednesday April 30 and Tuesday May 6 (inclusive)
Green - on or before Tuesday April 29


A message from Cindy Ahern
"I will be scouting for the youth team I chaperone next Wed. May 7, covering Cape May County. If anyone would like to share a ride and join me, please contact me at songbird5212@msn.com ."

 

Route 49 is all dug up (and parts are closed) from Quinton to Bridgeton. At Ken Elkins' suggestion (Conn.Audubon) Art McMorris took rte. 626/ Jerico Rd. instead from Quinton to Bridgeton; this parallels 49. Once you get into Bridgeton, traffic crawls.

 

DeLorme Map #66

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Turkey Point Tower

5/4 Seaside Sparrows, Marsh Wrens, Virginia Rail, Great-Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Whip-poor-wills, Ken Elkins CT Audubon/Bushnell

4/29 Marsh Wrens, Seaside Sparrows, Clapper Rail - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

 

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BiValve
Birding Bivalve

5/2 20 or so GW Teal here and 1 pair of Gadwall. The Bald Eagle is visible on the nest and there was a Harrier here too. There was also a Bufflehead, a Ruddy Duck, and 2 female scaup which I think were Lesser but they were way in the back! - Mike Fritz - Nikon/DVOC

4/29 Plenty of mud flats at 12:30 pm. Both Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Green- winged Teal - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

 

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Robinstown Road area

5/4 High tide @ 8pm- 34 Green-winged teal, Orchard Oriole, Carolina Chickadee, White-rumped Sandpiper (shorebirds were in the puddles where the shell piles used to be) - Ken Elkins, Bushnell/CT Audubon

4/29 Plenty of mud flats 12:15 pm. Dunlin, Both Yellowlegs - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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Heislerville (Matts Landing)

5/2 Water still up in main impoundment; shorebirds limited to corners. 51 Black Skimmers on island in the middle. "Duck ponds" on the way out had 1000+ shorebirds roosting on the mud in the back- mainly Dunlin and Dowitchers. 5 GW Teal the only ducks. Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO

4/29 Impoundment has a fairly high level of water. Both Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, Skimmers, Ibis- Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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Glade Road salt marsh.

5/2. Peregrine, Clapper Rail, Seaside Sparrow - Tom Reed CMBO/Zeiss

 

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East Point Road

4/29 Merlin along road- Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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Thompson Beach Road

4/29 Lots of mud 1:00 pm Both Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, Semi-palm Plovers- Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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East Point Light

5/2 Ring-billed Gull Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

DeLorme Map #67

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DeLorme Map #68

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Dividing Creek

5/4 9:00-9:30am Red-breasted Grosbeak (2), Orchard Oriole (pair), Red-eyed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (many) - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

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Millville Airport

4/29 Horned Larks along Buckshuteum Road at end of runway - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

 

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Dividing Creek at Buckshutem Stream

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Rte. 553 just beyond Cedarville

5/5 (p. 68 J3), going south, there's a
house on the left with purple martins. - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

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Bevan NWR

5/7 - Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo, Brown Thrasher - Elkins & Trimble-CT Audubon/Bushnell

Shaw's Mill Rd. just before Bevans WMA:
5/5 Turkeys in field on the right. - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

5/5 white-eyed vireo, brown thrasher, YB cuckoo, field sparrow, prairie warbler, carolina chickadee, bank swallow - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

4/29 on road before lake - White-eyed vireo, Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler- Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

4/26 - the first stop on Shaws mill road just after the lake, White-eyed Vireo, Prarie Warbler, Brown Thrasher. - Rob Hynson - Team Bristlehead

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Ackley Road

5/5 (Corner of Ackley and Railroad) towhee, pine warbler, bank swallow, carolina chickadee - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

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Ackley Road

5/7 - 3 Summer Tanagers, White-eyed Vireo, Pine Warbler, Carolina Chickadees, Bank Swallows - Elkins & Trimble-CT Audubon/Bushnell

5/4 10:00-10:15am Orchard Oriole (pair), Red-throated Loon on the side of the street!! Looked in good shape. Transported it to near by lake. Started diving as soon as it got on water!! - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

Railroad Avenue/Paynters Crossing (west along tracks)

5/4 9:40-9:55am Summer Tanager, Eastern Bluebird, White-eyed Vireo - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

5/2 Summer Tanager, Yellow-throated Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. No Prothonotary. Tom Reed - CMBO/Zeiss

4/29 Prothonatary Warbler (give it plenty of room), Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Warbler Black-and-White Warbler- Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

4/26 - Ackly Road, the small pond where you cross the railroad tracks that you need to walk back along the tracks 50 - 100 yards to see, a pair of Prothonatary Warblers actively going in and out of a cavity in an old stump close to the tracks. "the stump with the cavity was pretty close to the railroad tracks, might be an idea to put a note asking people not to go to close, don't want them to be disturbed to much in the next two weeks."
- Rob Hynson - Team Bristlehead


Railroad Avenue (woods on either side)

5/6 towhee, pine warbler, bank swallow, carolina chickadee, downy WP, gnatcatcher - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

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Railroad Ave

 

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Rt 555 North of Railroad tracks

5/2 Summer Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-throated Vireo - Tom Reed - CMBO/Zeiss

 

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Dividing Creek
CR555 at white culvert south of mile marker 2

 

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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

5/5 common loon, osprey - Arthur McMorris – The Loons

 

 

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James Moore Road and Strawberry Ave

 

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James Moore Road

 

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Near the US Silica sign on the Mauricetown Bypass

 

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Turkey Point Impoundments

 

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Strawberry Road

 

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Strawberry Road north of 553

 

DeLorme Map #71

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Brigantine NWR

5/7 Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Mergansers, Gull-billed Terns, Caspian Terns, Peregrine, Chucks, White-rumped Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher - various groups

 

DeLorme Map #72

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Belleplain

5/5: Belleplain SF - Kentucky Warbler, 1 singing loudly in laurel thickey along New Bridge Rd., 1/3 mi. from "triangle" with Sunset Rd. - ~10:30AM - Scott Haber - Cornell/Swarovski Redheads

5/3 Sunset Bridge: Yellow-throated Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler
New Bridge Road: Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Summer Tanager, Hooded Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Carolina Chickadee - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

5/3 Belleplain - various locations offered a great variety of warblers including Black & White, Hooded, Prothonotary, Blue Winged, Yellow-Throated, Prairie, Black-Throated Green, Common Yellowthroat; Acadian & Great Crested Flycatchers, Summer Tanager, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole - Thunderbirds Youth Tem

5/3 @ 10am Yellow-throated Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler (Sunset Bridge), Scarlet Tanager - Voorhees Viking Vultures

4/27- 11:30-12:30 around the parking lot, and along the North Shore trail: Tufted Titmouse, Yellow Throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Ovenbird (many singing), White Eyed Vireo (many at the junction of the North Shore & Goosekill trails), Black & White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (many), Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Brown Headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Turkey Vulture. - The Thunderbirds (youth team, 6-8th grade), chaperoned by Cindy and Scott Ahern

 

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Langley Road (off Glade Rd near Rte 47)

 

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Stinson's Island Road

5/6 Black rail calling - Filemyr, Fritz - Nikon/DVOC

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Jakes Landing

5/3 Eastern Meadowlark, Seaside Sparrow, Willet, Clapper Rails, Marsh Wren, Osprey - Thunderbirds Youth Team

5/3 @ 2pm: We had MERLIN, Bald Eagle, Clapper Rails, Seaside Sparrows, Marsh Wren, Eastern Meadowlarks. This was more of a practice outing than a scouting trip as our Big Day is limited only to Voorhees Township. - Voorhees Viking Vultures

5/2 Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Harrier, Eastern Meadowlark, Seaside Sparrow - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

4/27 10:30-11:00 am : From the dike and parking lot at Dennis Creek we saw or heard Clapper Rails, Mallards, a lone Double Crested Cormorant, Herring Gull, Willets (many making quite a racket), Fish Crows chasing a Northern Harrier, Eastern Meadowlarks singing - 2, one across the creek, and one along the dike about 1/2 way from the forest edge to the parking lot, Glossy Ibis (many), Osprey appears to be on eggs, sitting low, a second flying over the creek, Forster's Terns, Snowy Egrets, Barn & Tree Swallows, Seaside Sparrows (many), Red Winged Blackbirds, Boat-Tailed Grackles, Turkey Vultures. We also heard or saw in the woods along Jake Landing Rd. from the vehicle (drive by, did not get out), Mourning Dove, American Robin, Common Grackle, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Yellow Warbler, Ovenbird, Carolina Chickadee, Brown Thrasher. - The Thunderbirds (youth team, 6-8th grade), chaperoned by Cindy and Scott Ahern

4/26 7:15-7:30pm - Eastern Meadowlark singing on other side of Dennis Creek, Eastern Phoebe, Seaside Sparrows many, Clapper Rails many - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

 

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Tamberlane Campground

5/6 Red-headed Woodpeckers seen at various locations during the day - various groups

5/5 At least two Red-headed Woodpeckers in the area of campsites S-18/23. Pat Dugan CT Audubon/Bushnell and others

 

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Timber / Beaver Swamp WMA

5/6 Eagles, Gull-billed terns (about 4 pm) - Loon, Bristleheads

5/3 2 Gull-billed Terns, Bald Eagle, Prothonotary Warbler (on parking lot side), Solitary Sandpiper - - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO

5/3 Bald Eagle chicks in the nest, Gull Billed & Forster's Tern- Thunderbirds Youth Team

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New Road, off of Glade Rd, across from Langley.

5/2 Prothonotary Warbler - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO

 

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CMBO - Goshen

5/3 4:30pm 1st yr male Orchard Oriole at parking lot - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

Goshen Landing Road

5/3 4:45-5:00pm Northern Harrier, Peregrine hunting, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wrens, Clapper Rail - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

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Avalon Campground

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Reeds Beach Road/Reeds Beach

5/3 Reed's Beach Road-Pond: nothing of note
Near pond: Cedar Waxwing, White-throated Sparrow - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

5/2 Orchard Orioles near pond Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

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John Wesley Cemetery (Mt. Olive)

5/5 Chucks calling - Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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Eastern Shore Nursing Home

5/6 Cattle Egrets seen by some grouips missed by others

5/5 Cattle Egrets - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

5/4 6 Cattle Egrets - Mike Fritz Nikon/DVOC

5/2 Nothing - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO

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Cooks Beach Road

5/2 Brown Thrasher, 30 Lesser Yellowlegs, Seaside Sparrow, Marsh Wren - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO
Red Knot on Beach

Kimble's Beach Road (Cape May NWR Headquarters)

5/3 1st field- Prairie Warbler, Carolina Chickadee - - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO

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County Zoo/Park

5/5 Snow Goose - Tony Croasdale Team Bristlehead

5/4 Snow Goose - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

5/4 Cattle Egrets - Mike Fritz Nikon/DVOC

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Ponderlodge Golf Course/ Villas WMA

5/3 6:45-7:00pm Belted Kingfisher, No Kestrel - Nick Kontonicolas/1000birds

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Woodcock Trail (Cape May NWR property)

5/3 Path on left, up to forest edge- singing Bobolink, Prairie Warbler, Carolina Chickadee - Tom Reed Zeiss/CMBO


Kimble's Beach Road (Cape May NWR Headquarters. Page 72, I5-I6): 1st field- Prairie Warbler, Carolina Chickadee

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

 

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Avalon

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Stone Harbor Blvd.

4/26 - 150 Whimbrel at the sight for the Peregrine, Peregrine just outside it's box. - Rob Hynson - Team Bristlehead

 

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Avalon, Lois Lane/50th Street, ocean access

5/5 No Piping Plover exclosures - Bert Filemyr Nikon/DVOC

 

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Indian Trail Road (CR 618)

 

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Shell Bay Landing

 

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Wetlands Institute

 

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Norbury's Landing

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Cape May NWR along 603

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Nummy Island

5/4 White-winged Scoter at north end, near free bridge. 4 Common Loons at south end. Whimbrel, Red Knot. - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

5/3 At high tide included a single Semipalmated Plover, Black Bellied Plovers, American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Clapper Rail, Black-Crowned Night Heron, a single Great Cormorant, Ruby Crowned Kinglet - Thunderbirds Youth Team

4/30 - The following were at Nummy this evening, between 4:30 and 6:30, around high tide:
1 Great Cormorant, 1 Tricolor, 2 Little Blues, 5 Common Loons, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 75+ Whimbrel, 150 Red Knots, 3 Bald Eagles, and 150 Brant. Also 1 Orange-crowned Warbler in the thicket on the north end, though I doubt that'll hang around long. - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

4/26 - 2 Great Cormorants on the southern end and a tri-coloured Heron. - Rob Hynson - Team Bristlehead

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Hereford Inlet

5/4 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganzers, Royal Terns, Great Cormorant, Surf Scoter, Tri-colored Heron - Mike Fritz Nikon/DVOC

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Stone Harbor Point

DeLorme Map #73

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Sea Isle City

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North Wildwood

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Avalon, 37th Street, bay side

4/26 - 3 adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. - Rob Hynson - Team Bristlehead

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Higbee Beach WMA

5/4 Higbee Beach WMA- near parking lot: Cedar Waxwings - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

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West Cape May Impoundments

5/6 Dry - Filemyr Nikon/DVOC

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Sunset Lake

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Hidden Valley/Beanery

5/3 Blue Grosbeak singing, back of 1st field - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO
5/3 Blue Grosbeak at entrance to Beanery - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

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BreezeeLee Yacht Basin Marsh

5/5 Saltmarsh (not Nelson's as previously posted) Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Seaside Sparrows - Bert Filemyr - Nikon/DVOC

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Coast Guard Ponds

5/4 Coast Guard Ponds: 3 Gadwall - - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

Two Mile Landing

5/5 (Two Mile Landing/Thorofare Island): Marbled Godwit - Connie Goldman - The Loons

5/4 (Two Mile Landing/Thorofare Island): Marbled Godwit, Common Loon, Savannah Sparrow - - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

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Cape May Point

5/7 St. Mary's jetty: hen Common Eider still present and was sitting onshore, Black Scoter off the jetty, 5 Parasitic Jaegers - Zach Baer, Bill Hubick of the MOS Yellowthroats

5/7 Brainard jetty: adult male Surf Scoter - Zach Baer, Bill Hubick of the MOS Yellowthroats

5/7 Ferry Terminal Jetty: Black Tern sitting on the jetty - Zach Baer, Bill Hubick of the MOS Yellowthroats

5/5 Areas around the point - Royal Terns, Common Eider, Least Terns, Ruddy Ducks - Bert Filemyr Nikon/DVOC

5/4 Cape May Pt. State Park: 2 Gadwall on Bunker Pond, N. Rough-winged Swallow, nesting Piping Plover visible from 2nd, possibly 1st, dune crossovers.- Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

5/4 Alexander Ave beach-access, Cape May Pt: 9 Black Scoters, 4 Surf Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Parasitic Jaeger, 1 and the same Common Eider, 1 Royal Tern, Black Skimmer, 35 Gannets, 20+ Red-throated Loons, Cedar Waxwings

5/4 An adult Roseate Tern was on the jetty at St. Pete's this afternoon around 1PM.--Scott Haber and Ben Winger, scouts for the Cornell/Swarovski Redheads

5/3 CMBO Northwoods - White-throated Sparrows - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

5/3 Coral Avenue dune crossover (one street south of St. Peter's)- female Common Eider, ad. male Surf Scoter, Parasitic Jaeger, Common Tern, Least Tern, 40 Gannets, 15-20 Red-throated Loons, 17 Purple Sandpipers, Cedar Waxwings - Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

Cape May
Lilly Lake

5/3 Ziltch

Sunset Beach (Concrete Ship)

5/5 Ruddy Turnstone - Connie Goldman - The Loons

5/3 1 imm. Great Cormorant on ship, 25 Gannets, Least Tern- Tom Reed - Zeiss/CMBO

4/27 - 2 Red Throated Loons, Double Crested Cormorant, Laughing, Herring, Greater Black Backed Gulls. The dolphins were showing off and were a major (but pleasant) distraction! - - The Thunderbirds (youth team, 6-8th grade), chaperoned by Cindy and Scott Ahern

Vernon Avenue (Cove Pond)

 

 

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Beanery

Cape May Meadows

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Cape May Harbor

5/4 Ruddy Ducks - Mike Fritz Nikon/DVOC

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Poverty Beach

5/4 Royal Terns, Surf Scoter, Great Cormorant, Red-throated Loon - Mike Fritz Nikon/DVOC

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Two Mile Beach
Birding Two Mile Beach

5/4 Two Mile Beach unit of Cape May NWR: Royal Tern, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Red Knot - - Tom Reed (Zeiss/CMBO) Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

4/29 - Today at 2-Mile beach NWR in Cape May County I had 2 Royal Terns feeding along the beach. They were the first I've seen this year. I was also priviliged to see a flock of 44 Red Knot fly in off the ocean. They were newly obviously arriving migrants and not overwintering birds and all but a few were in full breeding plumage. I couldn't help wondering how far they flew before landing at this spot.
Other birds of interest there were 34 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Great Cormorants, Lots of Gannets and Red-throated Loons and a Merlin. Bottle-nosed Dolphin where there as well, but not being birds I had to mention them last. - Mike Fritz - Nikon/DVOC

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2nd Avenue Jetty


General Notes

From Tom Johnson 4/12-13 - Cornell/ Swarovski Redheads
Sightings potentially relevant/ important to WSB (mostly residents - not including most migrants, most wintering birds, etc)

Snow Goose - 1 adult at Cape May County Zoo
Great Cormorant - 3 Champagne Island
Cattle Egret - 1 at Bayshore/ 2nd in West Cape May
Wood Duck - 3 at Fulling Mill Rd. crossing - other ducks in somewhat low numbers, but who knows what will linger? Bald Eagle - nest occupied at Beaver Swamp, several along Glade Rd. (Cumberland Co.) Northern Harrier - quite common in all extensive bayside marsh (Jakes Landing, Glade Rd., Cooks Beach, etc), likely mostly migrants American Kestrel - 1 male near nestbox at Ponderlodge Golf Course/ Villas WMA Peregrine Falcon - seen just on the PA side of the PA Turnpike/ 276 bridge at Florence/ Bristol; birds have been around the bridge allwinter Western Sandpiper - 3 photographed with 200 Dunlin along Stone Harbor Boulevard causeway through the saltmarsh... very late Pectoral Sandpiper - 3 at Heislerville WMA w/ Dunlin Purple Sandpiper - 19 at Concrete Ship (coming in at dusk w/ turnstones/ sanderling) ["Western" Willet - 1 at Heislerville w/ 2 Easterns... not terribly helpful for WSB but certainly interesting] Bonaparte's Gull - 1 at Norbury's Landing, 3 at Heislerville WMA at low tide in the tidal bay Great Horned Owl - 3 at the NW corner of Tuckahoe, 2 singing Belted Kingfisher - 1 at pond on Weatherby Rd., 1 at Ponderlodge Golf Course/ Villas WMA, 2 at Beaver Swamp Horned Lark - 5+, including singing at Cape May Co. Airport (north and south ends) Purple Martin - at boxes/ houses at Cape May Point SP, Rt. 47 in Goshen, along Goshen Landing Rd. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3 at Ponderlodge Golf Course/ Villas WMA, presumably wintering birds/ migrants White-eyed Vireo - only 2 back that we heard, but 1 along Fulling Mill Rd. at stream crossing (other way back in Belleplain SF) Yellow-throated Warbler - many near Nummy Lake in Belleplain SF, several in the vicinity of Sunset Bridge in Belleplain SF, including lots of territorial squabbling at eye level Louisiana Waterthrush - 2 interacting at Sunset Bridge Western Tanager - oh, sorry, that was in Pennsylvania (yessssss), 2.45 miles from the New Jersey border according to Google Eastern Meadowlark - Stipson Island Rd. near intersection w/ 47 House Sparrow - several nests found (details available upon request)

 

From Tom Reed 5/4

The following while scouting with:
Andy Bankert (MLC Highland Hawks) and
Phil Chaon (Nikon Youth Team - Blue Oystercatcher Cult)

Alexander Ave beach-access, Cape May Pt: 9 Black Scoters, 4 Surf Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Parasitic Jaeger, 1 and the same Common Eider, 1 Royal Tern, Black Skimmer, 35 Gannets, 20+ Red-throated Loons, Cedar Waxwings

Cape May Pt. State Park: 2 Gadwall on Bunker Pond, N. Rough-winged Swallow, nesting Piping Plover visible from 2nd, possibly 1st, dune crossovers.

Higbee Beach WMA- near parking lot: Cedar Waxwings

Two Mile Beach unit of Cape May NWR: Royal Tern, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Red Knot

Sunset Lake: 9 Common Loons

Two Mile Landing/Thorofare Island: Marbled Godwit, Common Loon, Savannah Sparrow

Coast Guard Ponds: 3 Gadwall

Nummy Island: White-winged Scoter at north end, near free bridge. 4 Common Loons at south end. Whimbrel, Red Knot.

Indian Trail Road/CR 618: Worm-eating Warbler (from 5/3)

Cape May County Park: Snow Goose

Eastern Shore Nursing Home: Still nothing

Goshen farmfields: nothing of note / no Cattle Egrets

Stipson's Island Road: Northern Harrier, Glossy Ibis (40), Wild Turkey, White-eyed Vireo

Langley Road: Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo, Prairie Warbler, Carolina Chickadee

5/3-6 Tom Johnson - Cornell/ Swarovski Redheads - General Notes for Cape May County

Snow Goose – 5/5 Beanery (1), 5/6 CM County Zoo (1)
Wood Duck – 5/5 Beaver Swamp
Gadwall – 5/5 Meadows, CMP State Park, Coast Guard Ponds, 5/6 Meadows (several pairs) American Wigeon – 5/4 free bridge Nummy Island (1) Blue-winged Teal – 5/5-5/6 Meadows (1 male) Green-winged Teal – 5/5-5/6 several locations including five at Cove Pool 5/6, 2 at Coast Guard Ponds 5/5, 2 at main impoundment at Tuckahoe Common Eider – 5/5-5/6 female at Cape May Point, 5/6 two males at Higbee Beach later seen flying east past Cape May City Black and Surf Scoter – 5/5- 5/6 many off Norbury's Landing, small flocks off Cape May Point White-winged Scoter – 5/5 one off Cape May Point, 5/6 2 off Sea Isle City beach Hooded Merganser – 5/6 one at Cove Pool Red-breasted Merganser – 5/4 four at free bridge Nummy Island, 5/5 three at free bridge Nummy Island Ruddy Duck – 5/5 two in Cape May Harbor at Delaware Ave., 5/6 six off Pierce's Point Rd. in Delaware Bay Great Cormorant – 5/4 two in Hereford Inlet Least Bittern – 5/5 six at Tuckahoe Cattle Egret – 5/6 one to four at Eastern Shore Nursing Home (front lawn) Green Heron – 5/6 one on wooded pond along Seashore Rd. on Cape Island Black-crowned Night-Heron – 5/5 Nummy Island (five), 5/6 pond at Holmes Landing off parkway north (between 10 and 11 going north) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron – 5/5 six at 37th St. Avalon Mississippi Kite – 5/5 one at Beaver Swamp at 1:30 PM Northern Harrier – 5/5 singles at Jakes Landing, Stone Harbor Boulevard, 5/6 one at Goshen Landing Rd. Cooper's Hawk – 5/5 one or two at Cape May Point SP Red-shouldered Hawk – 5/5 one calling at Beaver Swamp at 1:30 PM Bald Eagle – 5/4-5/5 nest with 2+ young at Beaver Swamp Merlin – several migrants around the peninsula American Kestrel – 5/5 one migrant coming in off ocean at Cape May Point Peregrine Falcon – 5/5 one at tower north of Stone Harbor Blvd., 5/6 one at tower north of Sea Isle Blvd. Common Moorhen – 5/5 one at Jakes Landing (from parking lot) calling early AM King Rail – 5/5 one giving typical grunting close to Tuckahoe dike, also many Clapper-type calls here further out Virginia Rail – 5/5 three at Tuckahoe Black Rail – 5/5 two or three singing at Jakes Landing early AM Piping Plover – 5/5 two between the Meadows and Cape May Point SP (near exclosure) Solitary Sandpiper – 5/5 one at Beaver Swamp, 5/6 three along Sunset Blvd. in Meadows in the evening Spotted Sandpiper – 5/5 one at Lily Lake, one at Sunset Lake, 5/6 one at Meadows American Woodcock – 5/5 three at Meadows peenting early AM Wilson's Snipe – 5/6 two at Cove Pool, one along Meadows trails Parasitic Jaeger – 5/5 six off Cape May Point, 5/6 one off Cape May Point Bonaparte's Gull – 5/5 one off Cape May Point Royal Tern – 5/5 twenty-four at Hereford Inlet, five at Poverty Beach (on pilings) Roseate Tern – 5/4 one on St. Peter's Jetty in the afternoon Gull-billed Tern – 5/4 two at Beaver Swamp mid-afternoon Black Skimmer – 5/5 one at Cape May Point Great Horned Owl – 5/5 one at Tuckahoe, two at Jakes Landing Barred Owl – 5/5 two at Tuckahoe Eastern Screech-Owl – 5/5 one at Tuckahoe Chuck-will's-widow – 5/5 at Stipson Island Rd., Beaver Swamp Whip-poor-will – 5/5 Tuckahoe and Jakes Landing Red-headed Woodpecker – 5/5 Cedar Bridge Rd., Belleplain SF by electric fence, 5/6 two at Tamerlane Campground near site 18S Horned Lark – 5/4 one at Bohm Sod Farm (Rt. 47) Red-breasted Nuthatch – 5/5 several, including CMP State Park, Seagrove Ave. – Cape May Point, 5/6 Miami Ave. in Villas Savannah Sparrow – 5/5-5/6 Tuckahoe dike, several, 5/5 one at Jakes Landing Rusty Blackbird – 5/5 two between Beanery and Stimpson Lane along Bayshore Rd. Purple Finch – 5/5 one at Cedar Bridge Rd., Belleplain SF

From Tom Reed 5/7

Reed's Beach- 40 Red Knots
Shell Bay Landing- 35 Whimbrel
Scotch Bonnet, Stone Harbor Blvd- Tricolored Heron, Whimbrel, Peregrine
Stone Harbor Pt- Gannets, Common Loon
Nummy- imm. male Common Eider, 250 Whimbrel, 24 Royal Terns (Champagne Isl), 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, Red Knot
Pierce's Point- 9 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Surf Scoter
Norbury's Landing- multiple Surf and Black Scoters
Villas WMA- Nashville Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch singing at entrance
Stevens Street at Rea Farm: Horned Lark, Blue Grosbeak, flyover Bonaparte's Gull
Fulling Mill Road- Kentucky Warbler
Cove Pool- Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal

 

From Tom Reed 5/8

SCM Meadows- Lesser Black-backed Gull (3rd yr), White-rumped Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Black Skimmer, Piping Plover, Common Loon, flyover Pipit, Snow Goose (at dawn)
Bayshore Road, north of Hidden Valley extension- Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole
Beanery- Blue Grosbeak
Stevens Street- 3 American Pipits, Horned Lark, Snow Goose (same bird as in Meadows)
Cove Pool- female Hooded Merganser, 4 Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Solitary Sandpiper, N. Rough-winged Swallow
Belleplain, 12-1:30pm:
Headquarters- Yellow-throated Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Worm-eating Warbler
First corner- Acadian Flycatcher
At bench along Lake Nummy- Yellow-throated Warbler
Intrepretive Center- Cedar Waxwing, White-breasted Nuthatch
North side of Lake Nummy- Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Warbler, E. Wood-Pewee
Frank's Road, south of cut- Summer Tanager
New Bridge Road- Kentucky Warbler, other usual suspects
Shell Bay Landing- Peregrine Falcon
Mt. Olive Cemetery- Chuck-will's-widow