Piney Hollow Fall Birding

I had the chance to visit Piney Hollow natural area again today. (Sunday-October 2 , 2016)There were many more birds here today  compared to yesterday.  I reported over 500 migrants in my Ebird report  with 350 of those birds being unidentified passerines.  About 175 were identified as migrants of over 30 species. I  would guess that I was only able to get a good enough look to identify about one 1 of 3 birds. At times that ratio was 1 of 10. Considering those numbers I’d estimate  that I encountered over 500 migrants  in less than 1 mile. That’s a noteworthy observation for a place in the center of South Jersey, especially in the middle of the day.  You know the birding is good when it takes you over two hours to go less than half of a mile.

Here’s my full list

Piney Hollow Preserve, Gloucester, New Jersey, US
Oct 2, 2016 10:46 AM – 1:16 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: The place was FULL of migrants. I estimate over 500 total migrants. Nonstop actions. Too many went unidentified. Biggest migrant flick I’ve encountered in the central portion of South Jersey. Some totals are estimates but are very accurate.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 3
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 6
Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker 9
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 5                      Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 17
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Carolina Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson’s Thrush 3
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 4
Black-and-white Warbler 7
Common Yellowthroat 8
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 1
Northern Parula 9
Magnolia Warbler 7
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 12                  Black-throated Blue Warbler 10
Pine Warbler 23 At least 5 in full song
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 9
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 4
passerine sp. 350 – Many many birds among migrant flocks that went unidentified. I would say I was able to get good enough looks to ID, at most, 1 out of 3 birds of the migrant flocks. At times it was 1 out of 10.




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