Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | March 5, 2012

Loon-y Cape May

Originally having planned a weekend in Cape May (just because it’s March…) RF and I extended our weekend to do some Friday birding upon hearing of the newly id’d (First for NJ) Broad-tailed Hummingbird. The bird has been around since November but was thought to be a Rufous until it hit “hummingbird puberty.”


The continuing Western Grebe eluded us on Saturday when we set up a 2 hour seawatch at the Concrete Ship, but on a tip from two very nice birders, we checked the dunes off Whildin Ave (after an easy spot of the courting Eurasian-collared Doves.) It was one of those blessed moments where I put the scope down, put my eye to the eye piece and VIOLA! A Western Grebe. Of course, still the amateur, I did ask RF for his “expert opinion” but I knew there was something snaky about the neck, and I did catch yellow-ish on the bill.

The digiscoped shot below is just a record shot.. but I’ll take it! Proof of lifer #352


Other highlights included:

  • Night birding at Higbee (heard distant GHO, Towhee and Woodcock display)
  • A very close Common Loon at Avalon – best ever looks (here, a gull decides to get in on the fame)
  • And our grand finale at Brig on the way home… with a flyover Short-eared Owl as we exited.

Overall, the weekend tallied 96 birds (97 for RF who saw an Eastern Meadowlark at Brig)

Here’s the final weekend list (sans Meadowlark):

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Greater/Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
scoter sp.
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
American Woodcock
shorebird sp.
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
gull sp.
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
House Sparrow


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