Today was the final day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. I went back to Haddon Lake Park; this time with my mom and sister. Haddon Lake Park is a GBBC tradition, so I’m glad I was able to go there twice this weekend.
Haddon Lake Park, Mt. Ephraim/Audubon, NJ (9 species, 245 individual birds)
90 Canada Geese
32 Ring-billed Gulls
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
40 European Starling
2 Song Sparrow
25 Red-winged Blackbird
We had the opportunity to watch a Mallard pair demonstrating a courtship display.
We observed an interesting looking Mallard. It seems like it can be a possible hybrid. Mallard mixed with Green-winged Teal or American Wigeon? The world may never know…it was interesting nonetheless. (Let me know who you think it is…)
We had an amazing Great Backyard Bird Count weekend! We saw 19 more species than 2018 as well as about 700 more individual birds. Here are the official Team BirdNation numbers for 2019:
Dave and I made our way out to the Jersey Shore today for the Great Backyard Bird Count. We went birding at two locations: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on LBI and Cloverdale Farm Park in Barnegat. We added a new bird to our life list: the Red-breasted Nuthatch. I went to Cloverdale last week with my mom and sister to look for the Red-breasted Nuthatch, but we didn’t find it (however, we did see Pine Siskins, a lifer for us!)
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light, NJ (20 species, 461 individual birds)
3 Greater Scaup (1 male, 2 females)
3 Common Eiders
15 Harlequin Ducks (mostly male)
30 Black Scoters
45 Long-tailed Ducks
13 Red-breasted Mergansers
3 Ruddy Turnstones
25 Ring-billed Gulls
136 Herring Gulls
26 Great Black-backed Gulls
1 Red-throated Loon
14 Common Loons
6 Double-crested Cormorants
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Savannah Sparrow
Bonus find: 6 Seals!
Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat, NJ (16 species,45 individual birds)
2 Mallards (male/female)
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Carolina Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
5 Eastern Bluebird
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch
16 Dark-eyed Junco
2 White-throated Sparrows
1 Pine Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
It’s always a pleasure visiting the Jersey Shore. Tomorrow is the last day of the 2019 GBBC. Stay tuned!
Day 2 of the Great Backyard Bird Count was twice as nice because we went birding at 2 locations!
It was 45 degrees with a cold breeze; much more seasonal than yesterday’s warm weather. Our first stop was Haddon Lake Park in Audubon, NJ, followed by Palmyra Cove in Palmyra, NJ. We saw 32 species today, adding 8 new species to the total GBBC so far.
At Haddon Lake, Dave spotted some banded Mallards. I was able to get some pictures of the bands and reported them at reportband.gov. This website is run by USGS (United States Geological Survey) and the link leads to Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory. We were able to learn around where the Mallard was banded, by who, and its age.
Haddon Lake Park, Audubon, NJ (10 species, 188 individual birds)
Today is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count!
We had a lovely day today in New Jersey. The temperature was around 60 degrees with a slight breeze. It was the perfect weather to kick off this year’s count. Dave and I spent our first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count at Amico Island in Delanco, NJ. We’ve been to Amico Island countless times over the years, but today we took a new trail that brought us along the water’s edge. It’s always fun discovering “new” trails at familiar parks.
Amico Island (23 species, 264 individual birds)
20 Canada Geese
3 Green-winged Teals
2 Hooded Mergansers (male/female pair)
19 Common Mergansers
2 Mourning Doves
120 Ring-billed Gulls
8 Herring Gulls
9 Great Black-backed Gulls
10 Great Blue Herons
5 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Carolina Chickadees
1 Tufted Titmouse
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Carolina Wrens
8 American Robins
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 European Starlings
4 Dark-eyed Juncos
15 White-throated Sparrows
1 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Northern Carindals
This year’s bird count is already off to a get start! Tomorrow we are heading over to Palmyra Cove.
Did you participate in the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count? Tell me about it in the comments.
Hi friends! It’s one of the best times of the year…the Great Backyard Bird Count. It’s time to get ready to count some birds.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) occurs every February for four days. This year the count is this weekend, February 15-18. Created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect bird data in real time. In 2018, over 6,4000 bird species were recorded in over 100 countries in just four days!
It’s fun and easy to participate:
Create an eBird account if you don’t already have one. It’s free and only takes a minute to set up.
Go outside for at least 15 minutes and count as many birds as you can identify. You can count anywhere as long as you want.
Submit your results on eBird.com. Or use the mobile app to submit your data in real time.
That’s it! By participating, you are helping scientists obtain data to help them track trends in bird populations before spring migration starts.
Team BirdNation participates in the Great Backyard Bird Count every year, and 2019 is no exception. We’ll be bringing you updates on the birds we find throughout the weekend. Hope you can join in the fun!
To find out more info, check out the Great Backyard Bird Count website, gbbc.birdcount.org.
Yesterday, October 6th, was the first October Global Big Day. For the past 4 years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has held an annual Global Big Day event in May. 2018 is the first year that this Big Day event was also held in autumn. With spring now in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, the Lab thought it would be great time to track the migrations around the world.
Dave and I went to Cape May for our big day. We hiked around our two favorite Cape May locations: Cape May Point State Park and South Cape May Meadows.
It seemed like everyone had the same idea about going to the Point. It was packed with birders of all ages. Many people were participating in the fall Hawk Watch, which takes place daily during the migration. Located on a prime location of the Altantic Flyway, Cape May is one of the best birding areas in the country to catch a sight of migrants, whether they are hawks, warblers, or anything in between.
Cape May Point highlights:
Tree Swallow massive flock!: We had the opportunity to observe a large flock of Tree Swallows gathering on the beach. It was amazing to watch them swirl around over the sand. Tree Swallows migrate in huge flocks that can number in the hundreds of thousands. They take about 3-4 months to migrate from their summer to their wintering grounds, leisurely stopping en route to forage, preen, and rest. Sometimes the flocks are so large that they come up on weather radar as “roost rings”.
Tree Swallows in Flight (Image by BirdNation)
Tree Swallow flock rest (Image by BirdNation)
Monarch Butterflies. It’s also migration time for the Monarch Butterfly. Cape May happens to be a fantastic place to experience their journey. We saw many as we walked the trails.
Monarch (Image by BirdNation)
Monarch on Goldenrod (Image by BirdNation)
Palm Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Warblers are now migrating through the area to their wintering grounds. There were Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting through the trees, Common Yellowthroats skulking through the bushes, and Palm Warblers zooming across the path. During fall migration, warblers adopt more drab plumage as opposed to their bright spring breeding plumage. The Palm Warblers we saw were actually the Western subspecies. The Western Palms are more numerous on the Atlantic Coast during fall migration.
South Cape May Meadows Highlights:
Atlantic Ghost Crab: Atlantic Ghost Crabs can be found from Block Island, Rhode Island south to Brazil along the coast. They are primarily nocturnal, so it was a surprising but wonderful sight to see one running along the trail.
Winter Waterfowl: The winter Waterfowl are already starting to arrive. We saw groups of Northern Shovelers and Gadwalls at the Meadows (as well as some Ruddy Ducks and American Wigeons at the Point).
Common Buckeyes. We saw a few Common Buckeye butterflies fluttering around the paths.
Overall, we saw 31 species for our October Big Day (60 species for the May Big Day at Forsythe NWR. It’s always a joy to go birding in Cape May, especially during fall migration.
Tell us some of the migrants you’ve been seeing in your area in the comment section!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology/eBird released the results of last Saturday’s Global Big Day. This year’s big day set a record of 6,899 species in a single day. Over 28,000 people in 170 countries participated in the event.
Colombia reported the most bird species for the second year in a row, with 1,546 species in 24 hours. The top ten countries by species include:
Peru – 1,491
Brazil – 1,038
Panama – 750
Mexico – 746
United States – 717
Bolivia – 700
Argentina – 695
If you want to read the full report from eBird, click this link . eBird website
eBird will be having another “big day” event on October 6, so mark your calendars! Meanwhile, this upcoming Saturday, May 12, has 2 birding events: International Migratory Bird Day and The World Series of Birding. Get you binoculars ready for another great birding weekend! 😀