Morning Flight - 9 October 2014

BIG TIME! Over 5,000 warblers of 20 species

Weather and time: partly cloudy; 58-67 ºF; winds NW at 8-10 mph; 15% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0703 sunrise; 4.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals 
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1     south
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  190
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  29
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  5
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  681
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  14
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  18
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  25
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  502
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  9
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  48
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  18
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  7
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)  5
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  41
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  7
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  307
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  20
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  63
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  92
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1220
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2034
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  53
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  1810
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  19
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  26
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  3
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  63
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  18
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  6
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  181
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  30
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  22
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  31
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  40

1 comment:

  1. It was my first visit to Cape May. The week before this amazing morning was still amazing to this Massachusetts girl. I explored as much as I could, even in the relentless southern winds. The community of birders was outstanding. I wish I had connected more.

    When I learned the weather pattern was changing, I opted to stay an additional night and was privileged to stand up on that embankment before the sun rose. An unimaginable peak life experience.

    The following morning I took the earliest ferry so I could get to my destination in Virginia to dog sit. I admit that I took out the pink lens to photograph the lighthouse and sunrise. When I viewed the image on the large Mac I noticed pellets swarming the lighthouse, and waves of birds trailing off towards the ocean. I am posting it here, but if you like, I'd love to DropBox you the original sized image. I'm not sure that the waves of birds will show up in a low res phot

    My email is lucylens at gmail dot com.