World Series of Birding 2015

Number of species: 141
Area covered: Cape May County
Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan & Marc

We started our Cape May county run at Jakes Landing where we had Virginia Rail and Bob called in a Screech Owl which was cool. Stipson Island Rd. was next and the target bird called as soon as we were getting our of our car: Black Rail was the bird of the day! We added Great Horned Owl and had yet another Screech Owl. A drive through Bellplain where we called in a Barred Owl and checked off Whip-poor-will. Cedar Swamp Creek produced a Least Bittern, a Chuck’s and another Barred Owl. A couple of stops did not produced what’s becoming our nemesis bird; American Woodcock. We were upbeat as we had a very good tally for night birds.

Higbee Beach was our dawn location and it was very quite aside from the scouted Purple Sandpiper, Chat, Hooded Warbler and another Barred Owl. Nearby locations added Hairy Woodpecker and Painted Bunting but no Kingfisher. Beanery was a good stop as we added Blue Grosbeak, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Green Herons but migrants were nowhere in site. A Brown Thrasher finally called as we were about to give up at the Magnesite Plant area and we added Solitary Sandpiper before we left Cape Isl. It was clear that we would have to work hard for every single bird but we were up for it.

We arrived at the Villas at 8:10a and added scouted White-breasted Nuthatch and Prothonotary Warbler in 20min but nothing else of note. We connected with most scouted birds at Bellplain including Bobolink, Meadowlark & Acadia Fly. We had our customary Horned Lark on our way back to Stipson Isl. were we had a breeding pair of Northern Harriers and Bald Eagle.

The rest of the day produced a few surprises (Horned Grebe, Bank Swallow) and we had to work harder than usual for some others (Eastern Bluebird, Kingfisher) but we ended up with a respectable total of 141 birds just a few behind second place for Cape May county. Our 10th run was in the history books and WSB 2016 was already in our minds!

Checklist

Brant (Branta bernicla)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans)
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus)
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Chuck-will’s-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis)
Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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