NJ/DE 2010 Lists and Logistics

Flights: Southwest, came to $100 roundtrip.

Car: Budget, Chevy Cobalt. Not what I really wanted but it was acceptable. Less tinny than I remember at least.

Hotels: just grabbed whatever I could find, all were acceptable without being anything extra. All had internet access so I was able to stay on top of things.

List (105 total, 61 NJ, 90 DE):

Snow Goose – thousands at Prime Hook, big flock at Gordon’s Pond, few at Bombay Hook

Brant – few at Avalon, good numbers near Indian River Inlet

Canada Goose

Mute Swan – Cape May Point State Park

Tundra Swan – 40ish at Bombay Hook

Wood Duck – 1 Bombay Hook

Gadwall – CMPSP

American Wigeon – CMPSP

American Black Duck – scattered in DE


Northern Shoveler – handful to few hundred at most Delaware stops

Green-winged Teal – 1 Gordon’s Pond, 20ish Bombay Hook

Canvasback – 50ish Silver Lake

Lesser Scaup – 2 with the Canvasback

Common Eider – few at Avalon

Scoters – all 3 species at Avalon and Indian River (mostly Black and Surf), plus a few at CHSP

Long-tailed Duck – 4 each at Avalon and Indian River Inlet

Bufflehead – small numbers at coastal DE spots

Hooded Merganser – couple at Silver Lake, Gordon’s Pond, and Bombay Hook

Red-breasted Merganser – Avalon and Gordon’s Pond

Ruddy Duck – most ponds

Red-throated Loon – hundreds at Avalon, few at Indian River and CHSP

Common Loon – few at Avalon and Indian River

Pied-billed Grebe – 2 at Gordon’s Pond, 1 at Lums Pond

Northern Gannet – hundreds at Avalon, few at DE sites

Double-crested Cormorant – 100 or so at Avalon, 50ish at Silver Lake, etc

Great Cormorant – 4 Indian River

Great Blue Heron – 1 along the Garden State Parkway was interesting

Great Egret – 1 at Prime Hook, 2-3 at Bombay Hook

Snowy Egret – 1 Gordon’s Pond

Black Vulture – 2 over the highway in Monroeville NJ, 1 over I95 in Maryland

Turkey Vulture – all over

Bald Eagle – 3 at Silver Lake, 5 together at Gordon’s Pond, 2 Prime Hook, 3 Bombay Hook

Northern Harrier – several at most appropriate spots

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 along New England Rd in Cape May

Cooper’s Hawk – flyovers along the highway in NJ and DE

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel – couple just outside Bombay Hook

American Coot – 10+ Bombay Hook, 10+ along Rt. 9 north of Bombay Hook

Killdeer – 1 along Rt. 9

American Oystercatcher – 1 past Avalon

American Avocet – 40ish at Bombay Hook

Greater Yellowlegs – 4 Bombay Hook

Willet/Hudsonian Godwit – 1 Bombay Hook

Marbled Godwit – 4 Bombay Hook

Ruddy Turnstone – 10ish Indian River

Sanderling – 1 Avalon, 10-20 DE coastal sites

Dunlin – 300+ Bombay Hook, 10ish Port Mahon Rd

Purple Sandpiper – 40ish Avalon, 3 Indian River

Long-billed Dowitcher – 20 Bombay Hook

Bonaparte’s Gull – Indian River and Gordon’s Pond (Black-headed among them there but I never got on it)

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 3 Gordon’s Pond, others had at CHSP

Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern – Indian River and CHSP

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Barred Owl – 1 Bombay Hook (Finis Pond area)

Belted Kingfisher – 1 Bombay Hook

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow – 2 Gordon’s Pond

Carolina Chickadee – Higbee, CHSP, Prime Hook, Lums Pond

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1 Avalon, 5 CHSP

Brown-headed Nuthatch – 6 CHSP

Brown Creeper – CHSP, Bombay Hook

Carolina Wren

Winter Wren – Prime Hook, Lums Pond

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Gray Catbird – Higbee

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher – Higbee

European Starling

American Pipit – 1 Bombay Hook (by the owl, likely some more in the fields just outside the refuge but I couldn’t refind them on the ground)

Cedar Waxwing – 5+ Higbee

Yellow-rumped Warbler – all over

Eastern Towhee – 2 Higbee

Field Sparrow – Lums Pond

Fox Sparrow – Higbee

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow – Higbee, Bombay Hook

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow – 5 Bombay Hook Visitor’s Center

Dark-eyed Junco

Snow Bunting – 1 Bombay Hook (Raymond Pool)

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird – 1 Bombay Hook

Common Grackle – 10,000+ along Rt. 1 near Odessa, DE, 3000 at BWI

Boat-tailed Grackle – 10+ at Indian River

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow