Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | January 16, 2011

Recap: CMBO’s winter specialties weekend

“WINTER SPECIALTIES
Sat, Jan 15, 2011 — Sun, Jan 16, 2011,
Leader:  Mike Crewe

Meets 8:00 a.m. at Cape May Point State Park

Winter is far from the doldrums in Cape May.  We’ll target hard-to-find winter specialties like Purple Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Harlequin Duck and many others. Ocean-watching means a chance for all three scoters, eiders, loons, and Northern Gannets or something really unusual, like an alcid or a special gull.  Perhaps winter finches like Red Crossbills will appear at Cape May Point.  Perhaps we’ll have a chance at a lingering rarity found during the Christmas Bird Counts.  Day one of this workshop will focus on the Cape May area. Day two may explore either up the Delaware Bayshore to Cumberland County or up the coast to Atlantic County, depending on the conditions and what’s being seen.  We’ll include an indoor session on tough winter identifications.”

FOR MIKE CREWE’S NOTES, Click here

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REPORT DETAILS

Date Range: Jan 15, 2011- Jan 16, 2011

Total # of Species: 74 (Jan 15 – 53) (Jan 16 – 48)  Total # of Checklists: 13

Location(s):   Avalon8th St. Jetty; CMBOCenter for Research and Education; Cape IslandCM Pt.Lily Lake; Cape Island CM Pt.St. Mary’s dune crossing; Cape IslandCape May Point SP (CMPSP); Cape IslandThe Beanery (Rea Farm); Cape IslandWest Cape May Impoundments; Cape May NWR; Cape May- Cove Pool; Corbin City McNamara WMA; Jakes Landing; Stone Harbor Point; Tuckahoe McNamara WMA

Species Name

Snow Goose
Brant
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
American Woodcock
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow   (L)
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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