Back to Business at Brigantine

Hopefully now that fall migration is settling down, I can catch up with the blogging. (Ha) I’ve been doing things, bird things even, but it’s hard to write with binoculars or a bird in the the hand. Though I hear that’s worth two in the bush!

In mid-September I had the opportunity to join the Montclair State University ornithology class on their first trip. Destination: Brigantine.

The conditions were rubbish for photography, but we saw decent birds.  It was windy, cloudy, and high tide!

Mute Swan only, no Tundra this trip.   We had a fair showing for ducks in September.  I may have picked up Green-winged and blue-winged Teal for year.  So, since it’s two months late, no more words, enjoy photos and bird lists!

Blustery day at high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Blustery day at high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Mute Swans swim through the rushes and reeds of the  freshwater interior. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Mute Swans swim through the rushes and reeds of the freshwater interior. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Lone Double-crested Cormorant at high tide. Brigatine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Lone Double-crested Cormorant at high tide. Brigatine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Semipalmated Sandpipers nice and close because it's high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Semipalmated Sandpipers nice and close because it’s high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Equally close Least Sandpiper at high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Equally close Least Sandpiper at high tide. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Ospreys have similar problems to people.  I'm pretty sure that it's feathe Brigantine / Forsythers are blowing in its eyes. NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Ospreys have similar problems to people. I’m pretty sure that it’s feathers are blowing in its eyes. Brigantine / Forsyther. NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Boat-tailed Grackle. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.Boat-tailed Grackle. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Seaside or Saltmarsh Sparrows abound. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Seaside Sparrows abound. Brigantine / Forsythe NWR, NJ. Photo taken on September 13, 2014.

Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Black Skimmer
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
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4 thoughts on “Back to Business at Brigantine

    • Brigantine was actually the ship; Brigandine, however was the fashion trend to which you refer…. though know the inability of anyone to spell before the advent of spell-checker it’s impossible to determine which is actually which. So I will grant you this one.

  1. Missing a few usual suspects for Sept. — Willets, Fish crows. Geese. Would expect rails too.
    Well, the snow geese should be coming in soon if they’re not there already. We’ll go the weekend of 11/22, so we’ll see!

    • We had so many Willets in May I think people were secretly delighted to not have them in September.

      I’m headed back to Brig on Saturday. There and LBI. Hopefully at LBI we’ll pick up the Purple Sandpipers – they were a cool find last year.

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