Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27 - Nassau, Bahamas

The last week of April brought me to the Caribbean Island of New Providence in the Bahamas.  Specifically the Cable Beach area of Nassau.  While this was not a birding trip & without a car, I did manage to see a few species on foot.  Notable was the Bahama Woodstar, of which an individual was seen in Pennsylvania just a few days before my trip.  Unfortunately I did not see that bird, but was able to see a few while on vacation.

Other birds seen were Red-Legged Thrush, Black-faced Grassquit, Cuban Grassquit, Banaquit, and Ruddy Turnstones.  Doves were represented by the Eurasian-Collared, Mourning, and Ground species.   I saw a Northen Parula, American Redstart and Green Heron.


Bahama Woodstar
Cuban Grassquit


So that brings us to May, the most-exciting month for birds in the northeastern US !!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 21 - East Point Marina

Today we went chasing the Ruff that had been reported on eastern Long Island the prior weekend.  Fortunately the bird has stuck around long enough for me to go for it.  After a short wait the near-breeding plumaged male Ruff made it appearance.  A terrific photo of the bird can be seen on friend Andrew Baksh's blog.

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We also saw Boat-Tailed Grackle, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, and Tree Swallows.

Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12 - Point View Reservior

A late season storm brought with it reports of several birds being seen at unusual locations in the area. Thanks to Dan Paolillo who told me about some sea-ducks that he had found on the large municipal water supply locatined in Wayne,  known as the Point View Reservoir.

I made a brief stop here after work in fading light & drizzling rainfall and was able to tally several County-Records of species that are typically found on the ocean and it's bays.  These were  Long-Tailed Duck, Red-Breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

April 7 - South Amboy and Garret Mountain

On a very chilly day due to the high winds friends Bill, Andy, and Jen accompanied me to the Rariton River waterfront in South Amboy. Here we were able to view the Black-Headed Gull that had been reported here.  This was my first sighting of this species in a few years.  Other gull species seen were Great Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-Billed Gull and Bonaparte's Gull and Laughing Gull.
Other birds seen were the spring arrivals of American Oystercatcher and Osprey.

On the way home we stopped at Garret Mountain and had some more spring returnees of Phoebe, Blue-Winged Teal, Rough-Winged Swallow, both Kinglet species, and warblers of Pine, Palm and Louisiana Waterthrush.