Date: 2/9/18 3:43 pm From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sandhill Cranes in Franklin Township + more crane habitat lost? Plus loss of Chimney Swift habitats.
Regarding your comments about chimneys being taken down that host migrating Chimney Swifts. When I lived in Bloomington (IN) they had a similar problem with the Fairview Elementary School that was demolished along with a large chimney. There was a big community effort to build a chimney swift tower on the site (I contributed $1,000). Here's an article about it from the local paper there:
On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 6:07 PM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...> wrote:
> I saw 4 SANDHILL CRANES at the Zaraphath corn fields and 3 more SANDHILLs > in > the corn field at Schoolhouse Road in Franklin Township (Somerset County) > this afternoon. I was very disappointed to see an excavator and numerous > holes being made in the corn field on Randolph Road which is one of the > favorite fields for the Sandhills when corn has been planted there. What > is > going on there? > > Recently here in Raritan Borough, the Washington School has been taken > down, > along with its chimney which was host to breeding CHIMNEY SWIFTS and to > hundreds of CHIMNEY SWIFTS in the fall season. Also demolished recently > was > another chimney (a square one) the swifts used at a location on Orlando > Drive by the Raritan River - a result of the town suing to have the > building > demolished (the chimney was part of same) as a result of a fire at that > location a while back. I suspect there will be less swifts in town next > season? > > John J. Collins > Raritan, NJ > <jjcbird...> > "God desires that all the world be pure in his sight. > The earth should not be injured. > The earth should not be destroyed." (St. Hildegard of Bingen) > "I will sing to the Lord all my life; > I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33) > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/ > reporting-rare-birds/> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >