Thursday 10 May 2018

World Series of Birding - Scouting Week

Selected highlights of scouting for the World Series of Birding in Cape May County, New Jersey, USA.

Belleplain State Forest - Louisiana Waterthrush, Summer Tanagers, Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Pine, Kentucky, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated and Hooded Warblers. Veery and Swainson's Thrush and evening Whip-poor-will and calling Great Horned Owl.

Cape Island - Swainson's Warbler, Red-headed Woodpecker, (Kumlien's) Iceland Gull, White-throated Sparrow, Arctic Skuas, Surf and Black Scoters plus Red-throated and Great Northern Divers and flybys from Peregrine, Broad-winged, Red-tailed and Cooper's Hawks.

Jakes Landing Road - Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Peregrine and an unexpected flyby of a pair of Gull-billed Terns.

Atlantic Marshes and Shore - Yellow-crowned Night Herons as well as Tricoloured, Little Blue and Great Blue Herons, shorebirds and a flyby Peregrine. Single Piping Plover and 10 Purple Sandpipers at Stone Harbour and Avalon respectively.

Miscellaneous - Eastern Bluebird (Cook's Beach Rd by Rte 47) and evening Chuck-will's Widow (nr Dias Creek). Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (CMBO Goshen).