Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | January 16, 2011

CMBO- Winter Specialties: Day 2

Day 2 of the Winter Specialties workshop weekend with CMBO’s Mike Crewe was just as amazing as yesterday’s session. Both days “flew by” (pardon the pun.) And I can’t wait for the next multi-day event.

We started off the day slowly at Stone Harbor where the stars of the show were about 50 snow buntings. Also up on the rocks were the usual suspects, including 2 American Oystercatchers, several Ruddy Turnstones and a purple sandpiper. There were some ducks and gulls as well, but nothing notable.

The next stop was the 3rd Ave Bridge, where at least 9 oystercatchers were hanging out with some Dunlin and other shorebirds.

Then was our impromptu “come in out of the cold” at the local WAWA in Avalon, where I learned that “WAWA” is the native American name for Canada Goose (and hence the logo.) While we stood outside, and sipped our coffees and snacked, Mike gave a lesson on the etymologies, histories and cultural (European vs. American) differences of some bird names. Really good stuff!

Next stop – Avalon, where we got a real treat. There were hundreds of ducks, including Common Eider, Black and Surf Scoter, Pintails, Red-throated and Common Loon, Greater Scaup, Horned Grebe, and a male Harlequin Duck in all his glory!

For our last two stops of the day, we travelled up to Atlantic County, where we stopped at Tuckahoe WMA and Corbin City (McNamara.)

At Tuckahoe, the highlight was dozens of Tundra Swan, Mute Swan, and Pintail congregated in a small patch of unfrozen lake. A Harrier flew over the reeds in search of a meal, two wood ducks flew over, and we encountered a rather skinny-looking Great Blue Heron just standing on a rock.

The weekend ended on a high note at Corbin City (McNamara) with a Red-Tailed Hawk, some Tree and Song sparrows, different species of ducks, a colorful male Ring-necked Pheasant just standing on the side of the road and a flyover by an adult Bald Eagle.

WHAT A WEEKEND! 🙂 Truly a great sampling of Winter Birds, combined with the experience of being in Cape May and with a great leader – how can you top that?

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