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----- From: CHELEMER, MARC J Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:37 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal"
A website called BirdingPal.org 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.