Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | May 29, 2012

Chickadee Bowl I

‘”Chickadee Bowl 1″ (Black-Capped vs. Carolina) – The greatest battle of North vs. South in 150 years was a blast.
Recently, Rob and I created this competition as a part of our “Big Day” series. 🙂
Chickadee Bowl 1 played out in 2 parts – Bergen Cty last week, and Monmouth Cty. this past Saturday.

As you may remember, Bergen cty yielded 100 species – this year’s Monmouth County day yielded 102 cumulative (100 that we both observed.) And so we are calling it a tie (since the rules state both parties must observe each bird.)

Monmouth’s day was a peculiar one – big misses with the basics – Tree Swallow, Mute Swan, Flicker *yet again* and Fish crows that just would NOT call!  (despite standing in the parking lot of McDonald’s as four birds circled us, and I believe snickered at us under their breath.)   We had also set out uber early to target Whips and Owls with no luck!!! 

Highlights were OF COURSE – the Arctic Tern found by Scott Barnes and a possible Mississippi Kite (which we recorded as hawk sp.) flying over my township where rte. 520 intersects route 18.
I was also very pleasantly surprised when we explored Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold – We had Scarlet Tanager and Acadian Flycatcher, prompting RF to dub this spot “The Belleplain of the North”  🙂

While we only focused on two main spots, and “knocked off” early, rewarding our efforts with Surf Taco in Red Bank, a fun time was had by all!  🙂

And special thanks go to Team Monmouth’s own Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, Scott Barnes and Linda Mack! Team Monmouth definitely got to play with corked bats!   HAHAHAH.

Complete Lists as follows:
MONMOUTH COUNTY May 26, 2012
Locations Freehold : Long Branch : Marlboro : Rumson : Sandy Hook : Turkey Swamp Park Total Number of Checklists

Brant
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
hawk sp.
Peregrine Falcon
Clapper Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Killdeer
American Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Dunlin
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Forster’s Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Canada Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

BERGEN COUNTY: May 16, 2012

Locations Allendale : Bergen : Campgaw Reservation : Darlington Park, Mahwah : Franklin Lakes : Halifax Road : Meadowlands District IBA : Ramapo Valley County Reservation : The Celery Farm : White’s Pond (Waldwick) : Wyckoff

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Monk Parakeet
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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Responses

  1. I’ve had Scarlet Tanager at Turkey Swamp as well. I think they breed there. I’ve had Spotted Sandpiper there too. I think they breed there as well. We had a similar experience with Fish Crows during the WSB. It sucked.

    • …. and there she was… yelling “aaaaahhhh aahhhhh” in the parking lot of McDonald’s … with mothers grabbing children and others wondering what this wack-a-doo is up to! HAHAHAHAH

  2. Well, well, well. “Turkey Swamp, Belleplain of the North”?!?. I grew up in Freehold and I have fond memories ice skating on the pond there. I haven’t been back to Turkey Swamp in DECADES. Of course, since I turned to birding late in life, I did not appreciate Turkey Swamp’s birding potential as a kid.

    • Diane!!!! 🙂 So nice to hear from you!!!! How have you been? Was hoping I would have run into you at CM!


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