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Checklist S45911642

 
Location
Liberty SP, Hudson County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Mon May 21, 2018 7:09 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 34 minute(s)
Distance:
1.387 mile(s)
Observers:
Ethan Dropkin
Comments:
Red Fox
Diamond-backed Terrapin
Meadow coke
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.36
Species
40 species total
50
Brant
3
Canada Goose
8
Gadwall
7
Mallard
2
American Black Duck
5
Mourning Dove
2
American Oystercatcher
2
Killdeer
5
Least Sandpiper
28
Spotted Sandpiper

Scattered all along the MBA beach, mudflats, and retention pond.

5
Ring-billed Gull
3
Herring Gull
1
Great Black-backed Gull
2
Forster's Tern
10
Black Skimmer
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
1
Snowy Owl

Seen around 8:20. Rare at any time of year but particularly in May. I thought it was a huge bulky gull at first as it flew towards me but then the Oystercatchers and Spotted Sandpipers on the beach went nuts as it flew over them like they would for a raptor. Huge white owl with black speckles of a first year bird, did a close flyby over the boat launch beach and west over the golf course. Attempted to roost in two trees and vocalized briefly when it was mobbed by a Red-winged Blackbird. Barn Owl is the only other possible bird that might fit the large size and blunt headed shape but the beak was black, the back and top of wings were white and marked with regular black spots like a Snowy, not mottled dun, rufous, and gray like a Barn, the regular black spots were also apparent on the breast (whereas a Barn Owl would be pure white), and when it clumsily attempted to roost in trees it’s feathered legs/feet were silhouetted clearly against the sky (not naked like a Barn Owl).

5
Willow Flycatcher
1
Fish Crow
4
Tree Swallow
12
Barn Swallow
5
Marsh Wren
25
American Robin
7
Gray Catbird
5
Northern Mockingbird
55
European Starling
2
American Goldfinch
6
Song Sparrow
1
Eastern Towhee
15
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Common Grackle
4
Boat-tailed Grackle
2
Common Yellowthroat
2
American Redstart
3
Northern Parula
1
Magnolia Warbler
6
Yellow Warbler
2
Blackpoll Warbler
3
Northern Cardinal
 

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

Yes