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Checklist S40576684

 
Location
Island Beach SP, Ocean County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
13
Duration:
7 hour(s), 7 minute(s)
Distance:
10.76 mile(s)
Observers:
Colette Buchanan List , Linda Mack List , Scott Barnes , joe demko List
Comments:
NJ Audubon field trip with 10 participants and 3 leaders. Spent most of morning seawatching from dune crosswalk at main beach parking area. Incredible gannet show, with thousands migrating by the 100's non-stop. Plus loons (mostly Red-throated) and scoters. Found ATFL during lunch at nature center, spent some time searching for it and seeing a few landbirds in the process; then more seawatching.
Submitted from eBird Android, version 1.6
Species
61 species (+2 other taxa) total
30
Brant

Three flybys on ocean, about 28 or so on bayside at winter anchorage sandbars.

5
Wood Duck
2
Mallard

with migrating ABDU flocks on oceanside

80
American Black Duck

mostly flyover flocks on ocean; plus some on bayside.

1
Northern Pintail

female in mixed-species duck flock winging south Oceanside.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
22
Green-winged Teal

Oceanside; with scoter flocks.

12
Greater Scaup
6
Greater/Lesser Scaup
1
Common Eider
50
Surf Scoter
19
White-winged Scoter
400
Black Scoter
150
Surf/Black Scoter
18
Long-tailed Duck
150
Bufflehead
2
Red-breasted Merganser
8
Horned Grebe
20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2
American Oystercatcher

winter anchorage sandbars

10
Black-bellied Plover
50
Sanderling
10
Dunlin
5
Purple Sandpiper

Ostensibly migrants; one flock of 3, another pair-both seen winging their way south.

10
Laughing Gull
10
Ring-billed Gull
60
Herring Gull
18
Great Black-backed Gull
10
Forster's Tern
10
Royal Tern
250
Red-throated Loon
20
Common Loon
10000
Northern Gannet

Possibly the biggest southbound flight I've ever seen. Huge numbers streaming by all morning, with regular 180-degree scans tallying 300-500 birds.

1
Great Blue Heron
1
Northern Harrier
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Cooper's Hawk
1
American Kestrel
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus flycatcher with ashy-gray/brown head, pale breast, pale lemon-yellow belly, dull brown upperparts, rufous tail. Smaller bill, slimmer size, paler overall than Great Crested Flycatcher. At least one person was able to successfully chase (Chris Thomas) and thankfully get good photos of bird; already posted to eBird. Second record for Ocean County that I'm aware of (First at Barnegat Light State Park in early Dec 2011).

4
Carolina Chickadee
4
Hermit Thrush
20
American Robin
5
Gray Catbird
4
Northern Mockingbird
30
European Starling
1
American Pipit

flyover before official trip started near entrance to IBSP

3
Cedar Waxwing
8
House Finch
1
Lapland Longspur

brief look in flight w/ Snow Bunting flock-smaller size, all dark plumage from dorsal view; not a Horned Lark due to GISS and didn't have HOLA's contrasting brown body w/ obvious black tail.

20
Snow Bunting

flyover flock first detected by buzzy call notes; flew over main beach parking lot.

1
Chipping Sparrow
1
Field Sparrow

heard only

34
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
14
White-throated Sparrow
2
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich)

much paler than typical Savannah Sparrow; heard calling in dunes near main parking area/pavilion. Note leg bands.

7
Song Sparrow
1
Swamp Sparrow
1
Red-winged Blackbird
200
Brown-headed Cowbird
1
Rusty Blackbird

flyover before official trip started near entrance to IBSP

10
Yellow-rumped Warbler
3
Northern Cardinal
5
House Sparrow
Additional species seen by Linda Mack:
1
Merlin
 

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