Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | May 17, 2011

First Half of May 2011 – Birding Adventures

Birding one end of the Garden State Parkway to the other – Bergen County down to Cape May with one of New Jersey’s Best Birders (RF) has yielded an amazing bounty of May-migration birds.

Since May 1, we have covered much of the state, with an intense birding session during our “big week” of birding (May 7-15). Collective efforts since May 1 have resulted in 188 species of birds observed.

During our Big Week, three particular regions yielded amazing results:

  • Our Bergen “Pretty” Big day on Tuesday, May 10 yielded 110 species,
  • A trip to Cape May County yielded some amazing looks at Seaside Sparrow, White Faced Ibis, and many others.
  • And the Sandy Hook Century Run on May 14 yielded 116 species, including King Eider, Black Tern, Little Gull, etc..

Male King Eider at Sandy Hook

Locations: Belleplain State Forest : Bergen : Cape Island (Cape May Co. south of the Cape May canal) : Cape May : DeKorte Park : Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Brigantine Unit) : Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) : Halifax Road : Heislerville WMA : Mahwah Green Acres (Stag Hill) : NJ: Garret Mountain : NJ: Montclair Hawkwatch : Richard W. Dekorte Park : Sandy Hook : Seven Presidents Park : The Celery Farm

Species include:   

  1. Brant
  2. Canada Goose
  3. Mute Swan
  4. Wood Duck
  5. Gadwall
  6. American Black Duck
  7. Mallard
  8. Blue-winged Teal
  9. Northern Shoveler
  10. Green-winged Teal
  11. Greater Scaup
  12. King Eider
  13. Surf Scoter
  14. Black Scoter
  15. Long-tailed Duck
  16. Hooded Merganser
  17. Red-breasted Merganser
  18. Ruddy Duck
  19. Ring-necked Pheasant
  20. Wild Turkey
  21. Common Loon
  22. Horned Grebe
  23. Northern Gannet
  24. Double-crested Cormorant
  25. Least Bittern
  26. Great Blue Heron
  27. Great Egret
  28. Snowy Egret
  29. Green Heron
  30. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  31. Glossy Ibis
  32. White-faced Ibis
  33. Black Vulture
  34. Turkey Vulture
  35. Osprey
  36. Bald Eagle
  37. Northern Harrier
  38. Red-shouldered Hawk
  39. Broad-winged Hawk
  40. Red-tailed Hawk
  41. Merlin
  42. Peregrine Falcon
  43. Clapper Rail
  44. Sora
  45. Black-bellied Plover
  46. Semipalmated Plover
  47. Piping Plover
  48. Killdeer
  49. American Oystercatcher
  50. Spotted Sandpiper
  51. Solitary Sandpiper
  52. Greater Yellowlegs
  53. Willet
  54. Lesser Yellowlegs
  55. Whimbrel
  56. Ruddy Turnstone
  57. Red Knot
  58. Sanderling
  59. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  60. Least Sandpiper
  61. Dunlin
  62. Short-billed Dowitcher
  63. American Woodcock
  64. Bonaparte’s Gull
  65. Little Gull
  66. Laughing Gull
  67. Ring-billed Gull
  68. Herring Gull
  69. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  70. Glaucous Gull
  71. Great Black-backed Gull
  72. Least Tern
  73. Gull-billed Tern
  74. Caspian Tern
  75. Black Tern
  76. Roseate Tern
  77. Common Tern
  78. Forster’s Tern
  79. Black Skimmer
  80. Rock Pigeon
  81. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  82. Mourning Dove
  83. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  84. Eastern Screech-Owl
  85. Great Horned Owl
  86. Barred Owl
  87. Common Nighthawk
  88. Chuck-will’s-widow
  89. Eastern Whip-poor-will
  90. Chimney Swift
  91. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  92. Belted Kingfisher
  93. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  94. Downy Woodpecker
  95. Hairy Woodpecker
  96. Northern Flicker
  97. Pileated Woodpecker
  98. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  99. Acadian Flycatcher
  100. Willow Flycatcher
  101. Least Flycatcher
  102. Eastern Phoebe
  103. Great Crested Flycatcher
  104. Eastern Kingbird
  105. White-eyed Vireo
  106. Blue-headed Vireo
  107. Warbling Vireo
  108. Red-eyed Vireo
  109. Blue Jay
  110. American Crow
  111. Fish Crow
  112. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  113. Purple Martin
  114. Tree Swallow
  115. Bank Swallow
  116. Barn Swallow
  117. Cliff Swallow
  118. Carolina Chickadee
  119. Black-capped Chickadee
  120. Tufted Titmouse
  121. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  122. White-breasted Nuthatch
  123. Carolina Wren
  124. House Wren
  125. Marsh Wren
  126. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  127. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  128. Veery
  129. Swainson’s Thrush
  130. Wood Thrush
  131. American Robin
  132. Gray Catbird
  133. Northern Mockingbird
  134. Brown Thrasher
  135. European Starling
  136. Cedar Wawing
  137. Tennessee Warbler
  138. Nashville Warbler
  139. Northern Parula
  140. Yellow Warbler
  141. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  142. Magnolia Warbler
  143. Cape May Warbler
  144. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  145. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  146. Black-throated Green Warbler
  147. Blackburnian Warbler
  148. Yellow-throated Warbler
  149. Pine Warbler
  150. Prairie Warbler
  151. Palm Warbler
  152. Bay-breasted Warbler
  153. Blackpoll Warbler
  154. Black-and-white Warbler
  155. American Redstart
  156. Worm-eating Warbler
  157. Ovenbird
  158. Northern Waterthrush
  159. Louisiana Waterthrush
  160. Kentucky Warbler
  161. Common Yellowthroat
  162. Wilson’s Warbler
  163. Canada Warbler
  164. Yellow-breasted Chat
  165. Eastern Towhee
  166. Chipping Sparrow
  167. Field Sparrow
  168. Savannah Sparrow
  169. Seaside Sparrow
  170. Song Sparrow
  171. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  172. White-throated Sparrow
  173. White-crowned Sparrow
  174. Summer Tanager
  175. Scarlet Tanager
  176. Northern Cardinal
  177. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  178. Blue Grosbeak
  179. Indigo Bunting
  180. Red-winged Blackbird
  181. Common Grackle
  182. Boat-tailed Grackle
  183. Brown-headed Cowbird
  184. Orchard Oriole
  185. Baltimore Oriole
  186. House Finch
  187. American Goldfinch
  188. House Sparrow

HOOT!

"the masked bandit" - Common Yellowthroat at Garret Mountain

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