Date: 2/9/19 2:37 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Chasing common birds - Atlantic Co.
Yesterday, I decided to chase that sparrow-hone lark-longspur-red poll like interesting flight call notes I heard at Sahl's farm in Pomona section of the Galloway Township last Sunday (2-3-2019). Bit late to return but I had to try. Parked on the grass shoulder of
Odessa Avenue with windows down and waited. Bird god cooperated and gave me a bone and the same flight call note was heard once again, Sad, as I had expected it was horn lark. Managed to get two in view with bins. Lesson learned is when one doubts his/her bird ID more petro is burned and more time is wasted (or is it ?) in chasing common birds when those precious time could have been spent chasing truly rare birds that are posed in ebird’s billboard.
This morning I birded my Atlantic City Birding Route. Started at the Absecon Inlet from near the Golden Nugget Casino and the Coast Guard Station at the end of Huron Avenue. I was scanning very distant birds rooting in the marsh on the Brigantine Island side. By chance, an immature bald eagle flushed almost all of the roosting birds. One huge flock of American Oystercatcher was noted. I would estimate that oyster flock to be somewhere between 400 to 600, if not more. It was high tide.
Then on to Venice Lagoon section of the AC and the back bays of AC by driving along the Sunset Avenue. Nothing to brag about my duck find here and it was slow. But close view/study of Scaup. Always at least of one Common Goldeneye this time of the year and today was no different.