Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 17 - Warren Green Acres

Today had nice views of a pair of Orange-Crowned Warblers, and many sparrow species but no luck with Clay-Colored. Also I missed the Grasshopper Sparrows seen at first light by Kevin B.

Later on the way home I stopped at Schermann-Hoffman and got Pine Siskin at their feeders.

October 16 - Windy Hook

I came here hoping for less winds but that was not the case. It was blowing in the twenties, so after some land-birding I settled for a seawatch.

Late-season views of Common Tern, plus Royals and a Forster's, first of season Red-Throated Loon and a pair of Commons. Surf Scoters, and Gannets.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10 - Warren Green Acres

Because I did not have much time today I visited Glenhurst Meadows a/k/a Warren Green Acres. Here I met Simon and also ran into friend Jonathan K.  We had a nice variety of sparrows, and added a few more after Jonathan left.
Sparrows seen were Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-Throated, White-Crowned, Chipping, Field, Lincoln's, Towhee, Junco, and Vesper -- which was my primary target bird today. Thanks goes to Mike H. who first found the Vesper, and to Simon who had it in the scope later on. Simon also showed me an Orange-Crowned Warbler!  Other warblers were Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-Rumped, and Pine.
Along the river we saw an American Bittern, and just before leaving we had Red-Shouldered Hawk amongst the several Red-Tails and lone Coopers Hawk. A Kestrel also put on a show for us.

October 2 - Sandy Hook

I did some King-sized birding today while out with Simon and Ron King. We started at Plum Island and were able to get fine looks at sparrows of Seaside, Nelson's, & Salt-Marsh, along with White-Crowned, Song, Savannah, and Swamp.
Later at the Locust Grove warblers put on a nice show with Pine, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-Rumped, B&W, BT Green, Palm, etc