Date: 7/3/18 3:08 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal"
Marc is the most giving birder I know. I am on the opposite end.
I saw him in action once at Cape May Hawk Watch a few years ago. He was so
patient to a beginner birder giving tips on the raptor ID and willing to
share his optics.

On other note, my homewoods barred owl(s) isbe showing his/her/their
presence once again like a clock work during the month of July. I usually
hear them during the early in the breeding season at some distance. Then
come late March or April he/she/they go silent.

Then came July, they visit my back yard woods and the homewoods beyond. My
bet is they may be attracted to a small pond in the back yard-woods, where
multiple owls go nuts and calling. I am assuming parents and the newly
fledged chicks.

Sad part is I have not seen one perched in the back yard/lawn or perched on
an oak/poplar branch that hangs over my street in several years now.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:37 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal"


A website called has existed for some time. It allows
birders who are traveling to places they're not familiar with to request to
meet birders in that area. I've used it to enhance my birding in Birmingham
(UK), Colorado, Florida, Venice (IT), Utah, and Hawaii. I've met really
nice people and seen/heard wonderful birds which I would have been unlikely
to find without these companions.

Paying it forward, I've listed my name on BirdingPal for New Jersey. In the
past few years, I've been contacted by a woman from Spain, whom I took to
Sparta Mountain WMA, and who I introduced to another birder whose native
language was Spanish (I'm sure it's nice to hear one's mother tongue while
traveling); a fellow from the Netherlands, who I never met, but who spent a
few days with great birders I introduced him to in Cape May; and, just last
week, by a former New Jerseyan who became a birder only after she departed
our state's borders for Florida.

G wanted to find passerines near Eatontown where she was staying, so we
spent three hours or so this morning, in the haze and heat of the rising
sun, at Thompson Park. What's wonderful about birding with someone who's
either new to one's geography, or new to the hobby, is the thrill of helping
that person enjoy a lifer, or a State-r, or just a really good look at a
bird they've only glimpsed in the past. Today, I helped G get a good look
at a Lifer Warbling Vireo, and we got a fleeting glimpse of a Lifer Willow
Flycatcher after hearing it sing. At some point in our birding lives, each
of these was a Lifer, too, and today I was privileged to share that
excitement once again.

We saw or heard four swallows, three woodpeckers, three "blue" birds
(Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting), three "yellow" birds (Yellow
Warbler, Yellowthroat, Goldfinch), both orioles, and much more, 48 species
in all. G will return to Florida having heard birdsongs no one in that
state hears (because it's a wintering ground, she hears calls, but no
singing) and having enjoyed a taste of her state's heat and humidity right
here in Monmouth County.

Good birding all.

Marc Chelemer

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