Monday, August 31, 2009

August 30 - Brigantine NWR

Late August brings the highest diversity of birds to the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge and yesterday was full of different birds to enjoy. Over 80 species of birds were seen today, including some rare & uncommon birds.

I took the pre-dawn drive of two hours with my friend Bill and we were both rewarded with a fantastic day.
Highlights included the vagrant, but long-staying Roseate Spoonbill. Some of you may remember that this species made a visit to Brigantine back in 2007.

Other exciting birds seen were the Hudsonian Godwit, Baird's Sandpiper and Buff-Breasted Sandpiper.
credit: Tim Studebaker

Here is the full list:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Clapper Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch