First, H'ppy H'days to all JBirds subscribers !! Especially putting up with my *endless* non-sense posts, and not sending me a notice that I have been shut-out.
Second, five stars to David B's report with much-enjoyed birding humor. But his comment about * Thirty five folks participated including fifteen first timers, an infusion of new blood due mostly to Alan Mart’s monthly Spruce Run walks* was also so cool. Yup, we need many more non-gray hair birders for sure.
My second high-light birding of the day was tracking down Bill E. at Brig after striking out at the Atlantic City Jetty looking for Seabirds. Always so stoked to learn about birding by following Bill's foot steps like a lost kid. Looks like that Juv Redhead Woody Bill initially found may stick around in the woods near Acker's trail vicinity.
My first high light of the day was seabird watching at AC Jetty and I sucked. I practically memorized Harvey T's Brown Booby ID notes that he reported to his CBC and Ebird, and headed over to the A C Jetty (opposite side of north end of Brig Island) this morning, hoping for my own seabirds. Perhaps I got there too late, well after 11 AM, after birding the home yard-woods first.
Several hundred scoters, way far out. Nothing else to write home about, except the damaged Jetty has been all rehabbed. The finish work was impressive. All storm damaged jetty have been filled with cement after those huge boulders have been re-aligned. Nice-n-smooth walk all the way to the end.
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-----Original Message----- From: David Bernstein Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 5:08 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Northwest Hunterdon CBC
The Northwest Hunterdon CBC took place last Sunday, December 15. Thirty five folks participated including fifteen first timers, an infusion of new blood due mostly to Alan Mart’s monthly Spruce Run walks. Although the wind was irritating, our teams had a nice day in the field and managed to score an impressive 94 species. Another 4 species were added during the count week.
Highlights included the continuing pair of Red necked Grebes at Round Valley, Phoebe at Echo Hill Park, a light phase Rough legged Hawk at Hoffman Park, a wintering Wilson’s Warbler in High Bridge, some decent duckage, Pintail, Redhead, Long tailed Duck, Shoveler, 18,500 Snow Geese and eight Red shouldered Hawks.
A funny anecdote from your’s truly. Shared this story on Facebook. I was at my first stop, a very productive road that I like to walk in Pittstown. I usually turn around when I reach a very old farmhouse with some feeders. While updating my checklist, a family group of Carolina Wren(5) became very disturbed with my presence. They flew next to the front door of the farmhouse and made an incredible amount of noise. The homeowner, either awakened or disturbed, ran onto the porch shouting “What’s going on here??” She looked at me and said, “it’s only a birdwatcher.” She then went back inside not giving me the chance to compliment her on her burglar alarm. Must train my wrens to do this.
Thanks to to everyone who joined us this year either in the field or watching feeders and a big thank you to Alan for compiling.