Morning Flight Tuesday August 24, 2010

This morning saw another light flight at the Higbee dike. Highlights included several Bald Eagles (including a young bird dogging an Osprey behind the Cape May - Lewes Ferry), a flyby Worm-eating Warbler, and a neat flyby look at an adult Long-billed Dowitcher. The dowitcher was very rusty orange throughout the underparts and had big raggedy notches in the wings showing active flight feather molt. Over 250 Eastern Kingbirds also provided entertainment this morning - these active birds occasionally boiled up in a cloud over the dune forest to the south, and then just as quickly put down in the treetops, bickering and hawking bugs.

Location: Cape Island--Higbees Beach SWA--Dike
Observation date: 8/24/10
Notes: chilly, with a 10+ mph NE wind; 100% overcast; not surprisingly, another light flight
Number of species: 13

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea 9
American Robin - Turdus migratorius 2
Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum 14
Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia 11
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Dendroica caerulescens 2
Prairie Warbler - Dendroica discolor 4
Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia 5
American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla 42
Worm-eating Warbler - Helmitheros vermivorum 1
Northern Waterthrush - Seiurus noveboracensis 8
warbler sp. - Parulinae sp. 11
Bobolink - Dolichonyx oryzivorus 106
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula 1

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