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Checklist S40472960

 
Location
Cape Island--CMPSP (Cape May Point SP), Cape May County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 10 minute(s)
Distance:
1.75 mile(s)
Observers:
Angelo Angelis , Inara Angelis List
Comments:
All birds sighted were in trees or ponds along the Yellow Trail except those that were spotted on the beach (as noted). We returned at 2:00 pm for 45 minutes when the light was better specifically to search for the Saw-Whet Owls in the stand of red cedars near the beginning of the Yellow Trail.
Species
17 species total
15
Canada Goose
8
Mute Swan
2
Northern Shoveler
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
41
Gadwall
2
American Wigeon
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
8
Northern Pintail
1
American Coot
1
Great Egret
29
Turkey Vulture
1
Short-eared Owl

Rose up out of the dunes on the beach near the homestretch of the Yellow Trail. Flew low over the ground and dropped down suddenly. Rose up again a few minutes later, circled closer to us, then turned and flew in the direction of the lighthouse before dropping down and out of sight. Back was dark with a few lighter-yellowish spots showing. Underside was pale (off white) with some faint striping along
the chest. The tail was short and the wings were long in proportion to the body and broad. The underside of wings was pale with some black on the tips and near the shoulder. The upper side of the wings had lighter edges and a yellowish-buff area on the ends

2
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Spotted inside a stand of red cedars near the beginning of the yellow trail on our return trip in the afternoon. The first owl was neatly camouflaged inside the Y-joint of a branch. The second was located nearby on the same level near what appeared to be an older nest or a nest in progress. The white face and yellow eyes were the features that caught our attention. The first bird, which stood more in profile, had a dark back with some white spots and a white chest. The second owl which was facing us showed the same face, white chest and also brown striping or streaking.

1
American Kestrel

Sighted on beach near main parking lot and watch tower.

1
Eastern Phoebe
1
Carolina Wren
1
Dark-eyed Junco
1
Cape May Warbler

Clearly different from the Yellow-rumped Warblers in the same area. Adult male in non-breeding plumage that still showed some aspects of breeding colors. Faded brownish-gray upper body with some white markings on coverlets; yellow neck; some faint yellow on flanks; pale gray/off white belly with some striping from the neck down. The most distinguishing mark was the face, which was pale yellow with some remaining rufous coloring on the cheeks and a darker brown crown.

4
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 

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Yes