Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 25 - Forsythe NWR and south

Met friends Rob F. and Simon K. along with Simon's Dad, who is visiting from England, and birded Forsythe NWR a/k/a Brigantine. We had a pair of Sora, but only I saw them, and a pair of Yellow-Headed Blackbirds that Rob spotted. Other good birds were Stilt Sandpipers, Long-Billed Dowitcher, Caspian Tern, Black Skimmer, Willet, Dunlin, Northern Shoveler, Pintail, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-Billed Grebe, Wood Ducks

A quick run down to Stone Harbor's bridge produced Caspian and Royal terns, Ruddy Turnstones but no Marbled Godwits or Pelicans. I then got a text message courtesy of Doug G. advising of an American Avocet down in Cape May Harbor. Fortunately I was close so I was able to quickly get on this bird. And also phone Simon and his Dad, which allowed the Senior Mr. King to get a life bird !

A return visit to Brig on the way home gave me fantastic looks at Hudsonian Godwit. It was missing it's left foot, which makes me wonder if this was the same footless bird seen at Cape May last week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16 - Overpeck Dickcissel continues

The Dickcissel I saw at Overpeck yesterday continues this morning.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15 - Overpeck Park and Dickcissel

I birded Overpeck Park this morning and the highlight was an immature Dickcissel. I was able to call friends Simon K. and also Steph S. and they were both able to see it & it was a life bird for both of them. And helping friends see life birds is always a lot of fun for me.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 12 - Garret and the Overpeck

Although it was kind of slow at Garret this morning, my group of Andy, Jen and Simon and I were able to pick up a Philadelphia Vireo and get nice long looks at the bird from close range. This bird was a lifer for Simon, and it's a bird I missed seeing last year. So it was productive for the short time we were there.

We then drove eat to Overpeck Park in Teaneck/Leonia and half of the group got to see a Connecticut Warbler. Unfortunately for Simon he missed this bird, as it would have been a life bird for him.

September 11 - Garret Mountain

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

September 4 - Overpeck Park surprise

Birding today with Bill & Simon we were surprised to find a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper here in Bergen County.
Typically these birds are coastal migrants, however they do turn up at inland sod-farms. I guess the soccer fields at Overpeck were a suitable substitute.

Credit: Aiden G. Kelly

Also seen today were warblers of Wilson's, Prairie,Yellow, Palm and Common Yellwothroat.