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Fish Hawks Tally 144 Sightings in World Series of Birding
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Fish Hawks Anthony "Tony" Klock, Kathy Michel, Mary Watkins (captain), and James "Jim" Blumenstein pose for a team selfie with the East Point Lighthouse in the background.
Fish Hawks Anthony "Tony" Klock, Kathy Michel, Mary Watkins (captain), and James "Jim" Blumenstein pose for a team selfie with the East Point Lighthouse in the background.
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MAURICE RIVER TWP. — If one needs to be reminded of the abundant wildlife this portion of the Garden State has been blessed with, then all he or she needs to do is observe the number of bird sightings recorded by the Fish Hawks team during the Annual World Series of Birding.

The team finished the competition tallying 144 sightings of different bird species.

Members of the Fish Hawks team are Anthony “Tony” Klock, of Port Norris; Kathy Michel, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Mary Watkins (captain) of Bridgeton; and James “Jim” Blumenstein of Audubon. The team confined its search to Cumberland and Cape May counties, proving the diversity of the Delaware Bayshore and associated forests.

As for the sightings, the first bird was a clapper rail. The final bird to be identified was a grasshopper sparrow. The Fish Hawks finished fourth in the Category 1 Boundless Birding in the Level 1 Bird Conservation Challenge. The top team recorded 207 sightings. Here is a list of the spotted birds:

Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Wild Turkey, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel,

And, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Black Skimmer, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher,

And, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler,

And, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Grasshopper Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow.
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