Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | January 2, 2014

Kicking off our 2014 year list

Last year did not yield the kinds of numbers I had hoped for as a crazy birder, but it came with good reasons, getting married, lots of adventures (birding and non-birding) and adjusting to a brand new life with my amazing husband.

So this year, I resolved that I would try to once again reach the goal of 300 species in NJ (with my sights set on 325.)

Yes, I know how lucky I am to have Rob by my side, one of the best birders and teachers I know (but then again, I am biased.) So I am really looking forward to a great year! What’s even more exciting is that a good friend of ours who wants to learn more will be joining us in hopes of reaching her goal of 200 NJ Year Birds! That makes me over-the-moon.

Well, we all got off to a great start yesterday. Rob and my first definite ID’d bird was a flock of flying Common Mergansers over the Garden State Parkway, on our way to pick up our friend to head down to Cape May.

Once we got to Cape May, we ran into many birders kicking off THEIR year lists, and joined CMBO’s Kick off your year list walk.

Highlights include:
Pre-walk (and during the walk,) we were able to get great looks at the White-winged Dove and Rufous Hummingbird.

A young male (Green type) Painted Bunting in the dunes off Harvard Ave.

A Snowy Owl sitting high in the dunes at Two Mile Beach

Redheads at Lighthouse Pond.

A great day with great friends and great birds! Cheers to 2014 – May there be more great days with great friends and great birds! 🙂

Complete list follows:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Purple Sandpiper
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Snowy Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
House Sparrow



  1. Great start Lisa! I wish I had been able to join up with you guys. I made it down today, and saw many great start birds, but missed on the Painted Bunting. I hope we catch up and join forces in our pursuits of NJ 300.

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