The Substitute

With a poor weekend forecast and a statewide birding festival, the counters took the weekend off.  This is not to say that migration would be put on hold for us.  Early Saturday morning, the winds shifted for a brief period and a decent 3,000+ flight occurred.  Fortunately for the counters and fortunately for the birds, a longshore counter of equal caliber, as well as holder of several of our site record high counts took over in our place.  For the short migration window offered Saturday, our substitute, Jeff “magic eyes” McCoy did an outstanding job.

3,295 birds flew by the Longshore Dune on Saturday.  Jeff added two new species for our season count.  Red Crossbill and Clay-colored Sparrow.  Check out the entire list from Saturday below, as well as a great recent photo taken in the dunes.

Canada Goose 9
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 1
Red-breasted Merganser 7
RED-THROATED LOON 12
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 21
Osprey 2
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 7
Red-tailed Hawk 9
American Kestrel 1
MERLIN 2
Killdeer 9
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 140
Ring-billed Gull 180+
Herring Gull 30+
Caspian Tern 29
Forster’s Tern 1
Mourning Dove 14
Chimney Swift 37
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 12
Blue Jay 640
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 120
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 17
Bank Swallow 11
Barn Swallow 72
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 7
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11
Eastern Bluebird 67
American Robin 26
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD 1 (feeding on the seed pile)
Euopean Starling 70+
AMERICAN PIPIT 4
Yellow Warbler 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 59
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 17
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 1
Field Sparrow 4
LARK SPARROW 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 3
Bobolink 7
Red-winged Blackbird 550
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 90
Brown-headed Cowbird 140+
Baltimore Oriole 21
House Finch 4
RED CROSSBILL 2
PINE SISKIN 23
American Goldfinch 689
House Sparrow 3

Blackpoll Warbler seen recently in the Dunes.  Photo courtesy Pete Grube.
Blackpoll Warbler seen recently in the Dunes. Photo courtesy Pete Grube.
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