This Week in Birding 37

Charlotte Wasylik|

This Week in Birding

:: A new study by scientists at Environment Canada has found that more than 270 million birds are killed in Canada every year from human-related activity :: The Plain-pouched Hornbill in Malaysia is facing extinction because of logging, poaching, and being hunted as food for humans :: Mercury levels are increasing in the eggs of water birds that nest downstream from Canada’s tar sands region :: A new species …


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The King of Cape May Point

Alex Lamoreaux|

Immature male King Eider at Cape May Point. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

For over a month now, an immature male King Eider has been hanging out along the beach at Cape May Point. It is most often seen foraging around the jetty at the St. Mary’s dune crossing – that is where my friends and I were able to catch up with it on the evening of January 2nd. The eider was …


Close Encounter of the Peregrine Kind

Alex Lamoreaux|

The Peregrine has always been one of my favorite birds, and to have one fly past us this close was unbelievable! (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After enjoying Delaware’s 1st Anna’s Hummingbird on the morning of January 2nd Josh Lefever, Mark Mizak, and I drove towards Cape May, NJ. Our primary goal for the day was to spend some time birding Stone Harbor Point, one of my favorite birding locations in New Jersey. Stone Harbor Point rarely disappoints and more-often-than-not, we find species there that we don’t see …


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Cape May’s Weird Grebe

Alex Lamoreaux|

Western Grebe and its buoy in Cape May Harbor. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

For whatever reason, this year has been better than average for vagrant Western Grebes on the East Coast. From northern Massachusetts to northeastern Tennessee, there have been a record number of sightings this past fall and so far this winter. Many sightings represent only the 2nd or 3rd time a Western Grebe has ever been recorded in some of these eastern states! …


Black-headed Gull – Hunt Valley, MD

Alex Lamoreaux|

Black-headed Gull - Adult at Hunt Valley Town Center, Maryland (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On January 31st Mark Mizak, Josh Lefever, and I left on a 5 day birding trip for New Years. Our first target of the trip was to the Black-headed Gull at Hunt Valley Town Center near Baltimore, Maryland. This is the third year in a row that an adult Black-headed Gull has over-wintered with Ring-billed Gulls in this parking lot. We …