Thursday, August 14, 2014

Field Zoology: No trip to the beach... oh, yes it was

Here was our itinerary

Cape May Point State Park
 * Pond and beach for 45 minutes
Nature Conservancy Meadows
 * 15 minutes
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
 * 3-4 hours

Double-crested Cormorant
Mute Swan
Peregrine Falcon
American Kestrel
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Great Blue Heron
Glossy Ibis
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Black Tern (my first for NJ!)
Forster's Tern
Common Tern
Least Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Clapper Rail
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Stilt Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Wren
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Boat-tailed Grackle

Notable misses: other ducks, sparrows, warblers, vireos and terrestrial birds in general.

The beginning!

Barn Swallow and fledgling 

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Osprey family

Semipalmated Plover

Black Skimmer

Snowy Egret

Common Tern

Great Black-backed Gull

Sandpipers - Westerns? 
Cape May meadows filled with Hibiscus 
The end! 

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