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Checklist S8742057

 
Location
Cape Island--Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship, Cape May County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:00 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
17
Duration:
1 hour(s)
Observers:
David La Puma List , Glen Davis List , Louise Zemaitis List , Michael Fritz List , Michael O'Brien List , Samuel Paul Galick List , Tom Johnson List , Tony Leukering
Comments:
Hurricane Irene; other observers included MO, VE, DL, SW, SG, MF, GD, KK, and TJ.
Species
25 species total
10
1

TL only (?)

1

Pix at flickr.com/photos/bonxie88; Around 2:24 pm, I [TL] was standing in the parking lot in front of the Sunset Grille when I noticed a dark, long- and narrow-winged bird north of the gift shop across the parking lot from the Grille that I first thought was a small falcon. However, I quickly realized that it was a SWIFT. Wow, a two-swift day! I turned and shouted for everyone to "GET ON THIS BIRD!" This big, apparently-all-dark swift with very long wings that were pinched in at the base, an attenuated rear end, and a flaring and notched tail exhibited wingbeats that were quite slow and deep for a swift as it was drifted north away from us by the wind. [Addendum: Post-hurricane, opinion quickly settled on Black Swift, and not on White-collared or an Apus, due to size, shape, and lack of white on the neck anywhere. The record was accepted by the NJBRC as a first state record of Black Swift, probably of Caribbean origin, since the hurricane blasted through that form's range on its way to Cape May.]

© Tom Johnson

© Tom Johnson

Average Quality
1
70
18
1
6
3
2
18
6
1
47
2
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 2
4
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 4
1
39
2
1
1
1

© Tom Johnson

© Tom Johnson

© Tom Johnson

ML130608471

© Michael O'Brien

2
7
23
Additional species seen by Glen Davis:
1
large swift sp.
Additional species seen by Louise Zemaitis:
1
large swift sp.
Additional species seen by David La Puma:
1
large swift sp.
Additional species seen by Michael Fritz:
1
large swift sp.
 

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

Yes