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Location
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Atlantic County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 17, 2017 7:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
9 hour(s)
Distance:
16.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Patrick McGill
Comments:
First time here and it was amazing!! So many birds every where you look. Got a lot of Lifers today. Spent all day there, drove the loop twice. Cant wait to go back.
Species
85 species total
1
Snow Goose

One solo goose. May be injured. It was alone the first time I drove past but the second time it was with a flock of Canada Geese.

7
Brant

I watched 5 fly in. They stayed for a bit and then flew out towards the ocean. Then I noticed there were still two further down that stayed.

40
Canada Goose

multiple pairs with fledglings

6
Mute Swan

one pair had fledglings

1
Wood Duck

I was watching a Glossy Ibis and a male Wood Duck popped his head up out of the grass. I didn't even know it was there.

25
Mallard
45
American Black Duck
6
Bufflehead

They were all females. I have pics. will post

4
Mourning Dove
10
Clapper Rail

Lifer!!! They were very vocal. Once the tide would go down they would run across the mud flat to the other side and eventually across the road. Got great looks at a couple of them right off the road. They would run so fast they would trip over their own feet sometimes.

3
Virginia Rail

Lifer!!! Spotted one first alone. Bright orange beak. Then further down I spotted two together again both with bright orange beaks. Got really good view of all. So cool!!!

1
Common Gallinule

Lifer!!! I parked at that tower on Gull Pond Road and I walked around the edge of the parking area and the Gallinule ran from the edge away from me. It took cover in some reeds and lucky for me it wasn't dense at all so I got great looks at it!! Bright red beak shield!! it was beautiful. I turned my head for one second and I couldn't find it again...and I looked for a good 15 min.

5
American Oystercatcher

Lifer!! Spotted them in pairs and then one solo sitting in the middle of all the Skimmers. Such a cool looking bird. And when they flew they would make the coolest call. Pics will follow.

50
Black-bellied Plover

Lifer!! Spotted a group of 8 at first and then just kept seeing more and more. Jet black belly was beautiful.

250
Semipalmated Plover

Lifer!! Could be a low count. Love the markings and little orange beak.

20
Whimbrel

Lifer!! First loop I spotted 4 right by the end. They were bathing. Then the second loop around there was 16 more on the island the Skimmers were on.

500
Ruddy Turnstone
7
Red Knot

Lifer!!

7
Stilt Sandpiper

Lifer!! Thanks to Harvey for pointing this and many more out to me!!

8
Sanderling
1000
Dunlin

Lifer!! they were everywhere!!! little black patch on belly. some had red tone to them.

6
Purple Sandpiper

They were on the same side of the mud flat on the outside of the loop. Orange beak. Weaving in and out of the grass clumps. Bobbing their tails up and down.

1000
Least Sandpiper
8
White-rumped Sandpiper

Lifer!! Another pointed out by Harvey. Saw more later too.

200
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Lifer!! Probably a low count.

200
Short-billed Dowitcher

Lifer!! Another pointed out by Harvey. Thanks!!

8
Greater Yellowlegs

Lifer!! I was lucky enough to see some in the same group with Lesser so the difference was obvious.

75
Willet

Lifer!!! Very vocal. Low count. Striping on wings and back very noticeable when in flight.

6
Lesser Yellowlegs
1
Black-headed Gull

Second year bird. Got good looks at it.

© Patrick McGill

© Patrick McGill

© Patrick McGill

© Patrick McGill

100
Laughing Gull
10
Ring-billed Gull
8
Herring Gull
5
Great Black-backed Gull
4
Gull-billed Tern

All black cap and black bill.

6
Caspian Tern
25
Forster's Tern

Very vocal.

75
Black Skimmer

Lifer!! Spotted 4 at first flying up the channel skimming the water at low tide, making lots of noise. Further down the loop there was a whole flock of them sitting on a island. pics to follow.

20
Double-crested Cormorant
6
Great Blue Heron
6
Great Egret
10
Snowy Egret
2
Tricolored Heron
12
Glossy Ibis
2
Black Vulture
7
Turkey Vulture
10
Osprey

multiple nesting pairs with chicks right along loop.

1
Northern Harrier

Saw towards the north end of the park where it is more grasslands. It was sitting on a dead tree snag.

2
Bald Eagle

Saw one snap a branch and carry it to a tree that they are building a nest in toward the end of the loop.

1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Peregrine Falcon

Flying low over mud flats causing all the birds to fly up.

1
Olive-sided Flycatcher

I heard it calling from the tree line towards the end of the loop. It was very loud and sounded like it was right above me but I could not spot it and then a car came so I kept moving and it kept calling. It was doing the "three beers" call very loudly.

1
Willow Flycatcher

Right at the start of the loop but the first observation deck. Making fitz-bew cal.

5
Eastern Kingbird
4
American Crow
1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
23
Purple Martin
5
Tree Swallow
15
Barn Swallow
3
Carolina Chickadee
5
Tufted Titmouse
2
House Wren
4
Marsh Wren
1
Carolina Wren
5
American Robin
3
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
4
European Starling
4
House Finch
5
American Goldfinch
3
Chipping Sparrow

They up by visitor center.

12
Seaside Sparrow

Lifer!! As soon as I got there I heard on calling from the grasses and spotted it. Little bit of yellow by beak and very dark coloring all over. Almost dirty looking. They seemed to be calling along the whole loop.

1
Saltmarsh Sparrow

Lifer!! orange coloring on face was very prominent. I got to watch it for a while.

4
Song Sparrow
1
Eastern Towhee
1
Orchard Oriole

male

30
Red-winged Blackbird
8
Brown-headed Cowbird
8
Common Grackle
15
Boat-tailed Grackle
12
Common Yellowthroat
8
Yellow Warbler
2
Northern Cardinal
3
House Sparrow
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes