Mill Creek seems to be the place to be these days. At low tide, there are Sandpipers by the thousands … lots of Yellowlegs and a few Dowitchers if you look closely enough. There are a lot of recently fledged Mockingbirds and Cedar Waxwings as well. I also came across at least a dozen Snowy Egrets and one terribly cooperative Yellow-crowned NIght Heron. He didn't seem to mind me watching him eat his crab lunch.
Ray Duffy Reports:
I had a Caspian Tern flyover with a fish in its mouth on Sunday at Mill Creek Point. I've had some least sandpipers perching/feeding in the flooded lawns at high tide at the point and had three semipalmated plovers on one of the softball fields.
Carole Hughes reports:
Led a NJ Audubon All Things Birds trip on Sundayday around the De Korte Environmental Center. We got lucky with the weather. It was overcast enough to keep it from being blazingly hot… but we had no rain!
Highlights from the trip were:
Northern Waterthrush – great look on the boardwalk Caspian Tern – close flyover
1 Common Gallinule – in pond along rail road tracks Marsh Wren – many singing and 1 that sat up for group, 1 carrying what looked like more nesting material
3 American Kestrels
Black-crowned Night Heron
1 Ruddy Duck
Willow Flycatcher – singing from along Valley Brook Yellow Warblers – very active in multiple locations
2 Least Sandpipers – had a good side-by-side comparison with a semi-palmated sandpiper to show the group Spotted Sandpipers - seemed like they were everywhere!
Semi-Palmated Sandpipers – predominant shorebird on the mud flats
Western Sandpiper – a few scattered through the Semi-palmateds
Indigo Bunting – multiple singing males