Date: 6/26/18 10:41 am From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Holgate seawatch
When going birding, waking up late is typically a bad thing. Thank goodness I overslept 25 minutes because the easterlies didn't kick in, until an hour or more after sunrise. Before that, the gnats were eating my face and crawling in my ears! I nearly retreated to the car. Nearly. Once the wind took the gnats away, it was quite pleasant.
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR--Holgate (Long Beach Island), Ocean, New Jersey, US Jun 26, 2018 5:46 AM - 8:52 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Seawatch. Calm conditions briefly around daybreak, until the easterlies kicked in. 23 species (+1 other taxa)
White-winged Scoter 1 Drake. Common Loon 1 S-N. Double-crested Cormorant 3 Brown Pelican 1 Flyby N-S that sat on the water to the S for a while. Osprey 7 American Oystercatcher 6 Willet 2 Parasitic Jaeger 1 The only months this species is rare in NJ these days is Jan-Mar and July. Seen straight out from the parking lot harassing LAGU & COTE. I could not age the bird due to distance but LTJA was ruled out based on GISS, flight characteristics, and tail shape. Cape May had one on 6/23. Laughing Gull 35 Snapshot estimate. Ring-billed Gull 1 Herring Gull 100 Snapshot estimate. Lesser Black-backed Gull 5 Not unusual on NJ beaches in summer. Seen in direct comparison to GBBG. 1st cycle (1), 2nd cycle (1), adult (3). Great Black-backed Gull 45 Snapshot estimate Least Tern 1 Common Tern 50 Snapshot estimate. American Crow 3 crow sp. 1 Purple Martin 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 10 Boat-tailed Grackle 2 House Sparrow 3