Time(EST) Temperature Dew Relative Wind Wind Wind Quality Solar Precipitation Fuel 10 hr Fuel Battery
Point Humidity Speed Gust Direction control Radiation accumulated Temperature Moisture voltage
F F %  mph  mph  W/m*m  in F  gm  volt
21:25 24 6.3 46 9 21 NW OK 0 1.93 21 14 12.9
20:25 26 8.1 46 9 18 NNW OK 0 1.93 24 14 13
19:25 28 12.2 51 8 18 NNW OK 0 1.93 25 15 13.1
18:25 30 15 53 8 16 NNW OK 2 1.93 27 16 13.3
17:25 32 18.5 57 10 19 NNW OK 38 1.93 31 17 13.5
16:25 35 18.3 50 10 21 NW OK 160 1.93 35 18 13.8
15:25 36 33.4 90 8 12 WNW OK 140 1.93 35 18 13.6
14:25 33 31.5 94 7 12 W OK 119 1.93 34 16 13.3
13:25 33 33 100 6 12 WSW OK 95 1.87 34 13 13.2
12:25 32 32 100 9 16 WNW OK 87 1.85 33 11 13
11:25 33 26.6 77 12 20 W OK 115 1.85 35 10 12.9
10:25 36 19.6 51 10 17 W OK 105 1.85 37 10 12.8
9:25 36 19.6 51 6 10 W OK 76 1.85 37 10 12.7
8:25 35 19.6 53 6 10 WSW OK 50 1.85 36 10 12.7
7:25 34 19.6 55 4 8 WNW OK 8 1.85 34 10 12.6
6:25 33 21 61 3 5 SW OK 0 1.85 32 10 12.6
5:25 33 18.2 54 1 5 W OK 0 1.85 32 10 12.6
4:25 34 17.8 51 3 8 WNW OK 0 1.85 33 9 12.7
3:25 35 17.8 49 5 10 NW OK 0 1.85 33 9 12.7
2:25 35 16.8 47 4 14 NW OK 0 1.85 33 9 12.6
1:25 36 18.2 48 7 16 NNW OK 0 1.85 35 9 12.7
0:25 37 18.2 46 6 17 NNW OK 0 1.85 35 9 12.7
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Bruce Peterjohn and I started our February 'Hundred on the Hook' day at 4:30am this morning by hearing 6 species of owls (Saw-whet, Great-horned, Barred, Long-eared, Screech, and finally Barn). At dawn we has several American Woodcocks, Brown Thrashers, Wood Duck and Winter Wrens. Next we headed to the Broadkill Beach, finding a Ross' Goose in the south impoundments along the way, where our first bird was a Lesser Black-backed Gull, plus Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Common Loon, Sanderling and Dunlin.

We then headed to the Refuge Headquarters area where our highlights were Pied-billed Grebe, Gray Catbird, Eastern Bluebird, and Fox Sparrow. The State Wildlife Area was next on our agenda, with American Tree Sparrows the main highlight. During our time here the snow began to fall and the winds picked up. With the snow falling we decided to switch to look for marsh and bay birds. While this seemed like a good idea, the weather had other plans as the snow dropped our viability to less than 200 yards. In the end, Prime Hook Road and the bay at Prime Hook only yielded a few new birds, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Common Merganser.

With the snow continuing to fall we decided to head for lunch at 11:30. Along the way we picked up Rock Pigeon along Prime Hook Road to get our total for the day 'on the Hook' to 87 species.

After lunch we headed to the tidal flats at Slaughter Beach (at the southern end of Bay Ave). Along the way we picked up a Merlin and a few Horned Larks. At Slaughter Beach, with the snow stopped, we picked up Western Sandpiper on the flats, and an immature Glaucous Gull and several Red-throated Loons on the bay. We then headed to Fowler Beach for our first visit for the day. Fowler Beach was mostly dead, but we did picked up a great find with a Ruddy Turnstone on the concrete structure and a second view of the Glaucous Gull that moved down from Slaughter Beach.

On the way south for our second visit to Prime Hook Beach we picked up a Cackling Goose along Cods Road, and a 2 American Coots along Prime Hook Road. At Prime Hook Beach we picked up an adult Iceland Gull (gull species number 6 for the day). (Note: This bird has been present at Fowler Beach since early December.) When I got Bruce on this bird he noted that it was just behind our Glaucous Gull that we had seen earlier at Slaughter Beach and Fowler Beach. We had both white-winged gulls in a single view, nice.

Having seen some Wild Turkeys along Deep Branch Road last Saturday we headed there next, and were rewarded with 2 flocks of Turkeys and some Ring-necked Ducks in flight.

Hoping to find some Greater Yellowlegs, we then headed to Broadkill Beach where we struck out. We also struck out finding any new birds on the bay, but did find a second Lesser Black-backed Gull. So back to the Headquarters area to look for the Blue-winged Teal that has been present along the Boardwalk Trail for the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately
we struck out there as well. On the way back to our cars we lucked out and found a Rusty Blackbird behind the Headquarters building.

We had thought this was bird number 99 for the day, but when Bruce went to add the entry to the checklist we found that we had forgot to checkoff the Brown-headed Cowbirds that we had spotted at the Headquarters area earlier in the day. So at 4:30pm, 12 hours after we started, we hit 100 species for the day on the 'extended' refuge.

With Greater Yellowlegs and Short-eared Owl still missing on our list we headed back to Fowler Beach. Along the way we had a Pileated Woodpecker fly across Rt. 1. At Fowler Beach, with the winds howling, we found 3 Greater Yellowlegs, and very little on the bay. With the winds howling we decided to skip looking for the owls and end the day at 102 species. Unfortunately, Bruce was not finished yet, as he picked up a Sharp-shinned Hawk on the way south along Rt. 1.

After 13 hours of birding, we ended the day at 5:30pm with 103 species. With 112 species on our January 'Hundred on the Hook' day we are well on our way to finding 100+ species of birds on the refuge for all 12 months.