Trip Report:
Heislerville And Bivalve, NJ - May 1, 2011

Chris Langman

Heislerville and Bivalve, NJ - May 1, 2011

Chris Langman

Started at the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area. This included scanning the impoundments within the area located on the eastern side of the mouth of the Mullica River. Plenty of shorebirds for scanning. Dominated by Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitchers, plovers, Yellowlegs, and others. Another freshwater impoundment offered looks at ducks and heron-like birds.

Prothonotary Warbler (heard by Al G. in route to the WMA)
Common Loon (flyover seen by Amy while chasing Isabelle around :)
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Northern Bobwhite
Glossy Ibis
Green Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret (rookery across from the flats)
Snowy Egret (rookery across from the flats)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (rookery across from the flats)
Double-crested Cormorant (rookery across from the flats)
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk (trying to have some shorebird snacks)
Peregrine Falcon (trying to have some shorebird snacks)
Clapper Rail (great views preening along the channel)
Black-bellied Plover
Semi-palmated Plover
Black Skimmer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Short-billed Dowitcher
Semi-palmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
White-eyed Vireo
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Yellow-throated Warbler (heard singing by Amy while chasing Isabelle and eventually found by my brother :)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle

Other sitings include: Pearl Crescent and Spicebush Swallowtail)

Turkeys on the way from Heislerville to Bivalve Nature Area.

Bivalve - This area is located on the western side of the Mullica River and can be seen from Heislerville (although requires a half hour of driving to get between them) Extensive marshlands and some boardwalks offer good looks (and other not-so-good looks) at thousands of shorebirds:

Canada Goose
Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Bald Eagle
Clapper Rail
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Semi-palmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Forster's Tern
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Marsh Wren
Possible Sedge Wren (thanks to Al's keen ears)
Savannah Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Other sightings include turtles and possible water snakes going out with the tide in small channels.