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12/15/17 2:24 pm Karenne Snow <njwren46...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Two Rough-legged Hawks at Motts Creek, Galloway Township, Atlantic Co.
12/15/17 12:41 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Two Rough-legged Hawks at Motts Creek, Galloway Township, Atlantic Co.
12/15/17 5:10 am William Boyle <njsawwhet...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Little Egret - Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017
12/14/17 1:50 pm Linda Mack <lj.mack...> [JERSEYBI] Geese
12/13/17 7:00 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (03 Dec 2017) Raptors
12/13/17 5:30 pm Paul Guris <paulagics.com...> [JERSEYBI] Announcing Jan 27 Cape May 12-hour Pelagic
12/13/17 5:30 pm Paul Guris <paulagics.com...> [JERSEYBI] Jan 13 Belmar 8-hour Pelagic Still Has Space
12/13/17 3:31 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Little Egret - Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017
12/12/17 10:52 am Beth Goldberg <goldbug310...> [JERSEYBI] Upcoming Bergen County Audubon program
12/12/17 6:16 am Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] December 1907 CBC - New Jersey (all regions)
12/11/17 6:43 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Re: [JERSEYBI] [spam] [JERSEYBI] Forsythe's wintry day
12/11/17 3:26 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Post from ebird central on using ebird during the CBC's
12/11/17 12:56 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (01 Dec 2017) 13 Raptors
12/11/17 9:58 am Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...> [JERSEYBI] Monmouth County Audubon Meeting December 13th
12/10/17 5:19 pm Robert DeCandido PhD <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] CBC 23 December 1907 (Hudson River, Ft. Lee +)
12/10/17 4:35 pm Karenne Snow <njwren46...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe's wintry day
12/10/17 2:49 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] camden birding and cameras
12/10/17 1:10 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Birds moving after the snow storm (photos)
12/9/17 10:16 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig today
12/8/17 7:03 am Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe & Barnegat trips cancelled
12/8/17 4:46 am Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] CBC Englewood Region 22 December 1917
12/7/17 2:02 pm robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Barnegat Light Jetty
12/6/17 5:04 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] No Subject
12/6/17 4:56 pm Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...> [JERSEYBI] The ongoing Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike
12/6/17 3:10 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] 300 - the parakeets
12/6/17 2:40 pm Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] CBC Sandy Hook (22 December 1917)
12/6/17 6:53 am Robert DeCandido PhD <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] Pine Grosbeaks, American [Red] Crossbills and a Mockingbird (Historical]
12/5/17 9:44 am Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owls Morristown and Denville [Dec. 1886]
12/4/17 12:12 pm CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Hummingbirds, Sandy Hook
12/3/17 3:26 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] parakeet
12/3/17 3:09 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] camden birding
12/2/17 8:21 pm Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...> [JERSEYBI] Today's Brig trip (NJ Young Birders Club)
12/1/17 3:03 pm CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl jaunt
12/1/17 7:44 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
11/29/17 7:15 pm Fred Vir <avtrader...> [JERSEYBI] Corn Crake Harassed on 11/8/17 Wednesday - Seeking Additional Information NY
11/29/17 6:26 pm robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan
11/29/17 4:17 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Tom's post on Maryland's Gray Kingbird comes to Cape May and access to former Perigrine tower dike at Brig
11/29/17 10:41 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/29/17 3:54 am Tom Johnson <tbj4...> [JERSEYBI] Maryland's Gray Kingbird comes to Cape May
11/28/17 4:48 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - ] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
11/28/17 4:44 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] YK response, Thank you Don F. - Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/28/17 4:39 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Downy Woodpecker Excavating Roosting Hole (Video)
11/28/17 1:14 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
11/28/17 7:31 am David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County observer revision
11/28/17 6:55 am Brian Kushner <bkushner2...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/28/17 6:37 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County observer revision
11/28/17 6:10 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County
11/28/17 5:17 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (26 Nov 2017) 65 Raptors
11/28/17 5:17 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (24 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/28/17 5:17 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (25 Nov 2017) 5 Raptors
11/27/17 6:38 pm L Larson <llarson2...> [JERSEYBI] List of NJ Christmas bird counts
11/27/17 1:31 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Mizpah Christmas Bird Count - Saturday, Dec. 30
11/27/17 12:40 pm Bill Elrick <belrick...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/27/17 12:20 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (19 Nov 2017) 38 Raptors
11/27/17 12:03 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/27/17 11:56 am Lester Block <lesterblock311...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/27/17 10:28 am Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Peregrines at Brig, etc.
11/27/17 10:16 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (17 Nov 2017) 99 Raptors
11/27/17 10:08 am James O'Brien <jphillipobrien...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Brig Peregrine
11/27/17 10:04 am Mike Bisignano <000004afb414b6e1-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Brig Peregrine
11/27/17 9:15 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/27/17 8:28 am llarson <llarson2...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/27/17 6:32 am Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> [JERSEYBI] Round Valley Swimming Area, Hunterdon
11/27/17 4:01 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
11/26/17 7:55 pm Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...> [JERSEYBI] Painted Bunting; upcoming NJ Young Birders Club trip
11/26/17 5:41 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Correction on my prior comment - Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info
11/26/17 5:21 pm David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...> [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Banders
11/26/17 3:31 pm Jon Stippick <Jonstippick...> [JERSEYBI] Holgate (LBI) CBC - Birders needed! 12/31/2017
11/26/17 2:15 pm Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...> [JERSEYBI] Sunday at Brig
11/26/17 10:19 am Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Tundra swans and ducks
11/26/17 7:39 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] 1+2
11/26/17 6:06 am ernest hahn <ernestphahn...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
11/26/17 6:02 am Mike Bisignano <000004afb414b6e1-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info
11/26/17 4:46 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
11/26/17 3:09 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
11/25/17 4:05 pm David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...> [JERSEYBI] Of Western Stray Hummingbirds-No Sighting
11/25/17 4:03 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] cape may - so.many.birds
11/25/17 10:24 am David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] NORTHERN SHRIKE, Cape May - Beanery / Rea farm
11/25/17 10:02 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] Bird seed doves don't like?
11/25/17 8:06 am Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [JERSEYBI] My day trip to Forsythe and Barnegat
11/24/17 8:34 pm David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] and a Rufous makes four
11/24/17 6:03 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cape May County
11/24/17 5:16 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
11/24/17 4:45 pm Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...> Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
11/24/17 4:10 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
11/24/17 3:44 pm Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
11/24/17 3:24 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
11/24/17 9:06 am Ryan Risher <rrisher2...> [JERSEYBI] Greater white-fronted geese
11/24/17 8:53 am Jonathan Klizas <jcklizas...> [JERSEYBI] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk on Old Dover Rd., Parsippany (Morris County)
11/24/17 6:44 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] some nice Assunpink birds today
11/23/17 7:19 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 23 Nov - Red Crossbill, Eur. Wigeon, Cave Swallow
11/23/17 3:32 pm ALAN MART <a.mart67...> [JERSEYBI] NW Hunterdon CBC, Sunday 17-Dec
11/23/17 3:08 pm Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...> Re: [JERSEYBI] My favorite Thanksgiving Day Photo
11/23/17 2:17 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] My favorite Thanksgiving Day Photo
11/23/17 12:07 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Cumberland - sea breeze rd. impoundments
11/23/17 12:03 pm Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...> [JERSEYBI] 6 Cackling Geese at Mercer Corporate Park (nr Allentown)
11/23/17 5:34 am Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...> [JERSEYBI] The Mockingbird
11/22/17 8:01 pm Ken Walsh <woodsretreat...> [JERSEYBI] Northern Shrike at the Great Swamp NWR Overlook
11/22/17 1:50 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
11/22/17 10:26 am bmknj16 . <bmknj17...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Brant in Millstone River, Somerset Co.
11/22/17 10:26 am L Larson <llarson2...> [JERSEYBI] First draft of New Jersey Christmas Bird Count list
11/22/17 10:13 am jimmy lee <leewah...> [JERSEYBI] Brant in Millstone River, Somerset Co.
11/22/17 6:59 am Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
11/21/17 6:12 pm David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] Two Allen's Hummingbirds since September - Cape May and Ocean Counties
11/21/17 5:26 pm Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
11/21/17 4:44 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 21 Nov - Ross's Goose, White-rumped Sandpiper, Fox Sparrow arrival
11/20/17 6:31 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Monmouth County
11/20/17 6:28 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ocean County
11/20/17 6:11 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, Atlantic County
11/20/17 5:33 pm Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...> [JERSEYBI] Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike
11/20/17 4:26 pm David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May, NJ (Private Property)
11/20/17 4:01 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 20 Nov - Cackling Goose, Cave Swallow, Golden Eagle
11/20/17 2:05 pm jim wright <wrightjamesb...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Backyard
11/20/17 12:43 pm G Schuck <gschuckle5...> [JERSEYBI] Backyard
11/20/17 10:52 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Camden county waterfowl search - nothing different
11/20/17 7:13 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Troy Meadows
11/19/17 4:46 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May notes, 18-19 Nov
11/18/17 4:49 am Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Update on home yard Blue Junco
11/18/17 4:36 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Update on home yard Blue Junco
11/17/17 7:44 pm Rollin Deas <Deas.rollin...> [JERSEYBI] Brigantine Island, November 17
11/17/17 7:43 pm Fred Vir <avtrader...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blue Junco From Home
11/17/17 6:48 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blue Junco From Home
11/17/17 6:26 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Cooper's Hawk at the Feeders (Photo)
11/17/17 6:20 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] In search of Shrike and failed but juv golden at Whitesbog
11/17/17 5:31 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 17 Nov - Cave Swallows, Golden Eagle, Common Gallinule
11/17/17 4:15 pm Jeff <purplesandpiper...> [JERSEYBI] CBC Salem co.
11/17/17 2:39 pm Karenne Snow <njwren46...> Re: [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
11/17/17 2:38 pm Andrew Baksh <birdingdude...> Re: [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
11/17/17 1:54 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
11/17/17 9:07 am bmknj16 . <bmknj17...> [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes (but really about me...) and Silver Lake water level question
11/17/17 8:45 am Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes
11/17/17 7:36 am bmknj16 . <bmknj17...> [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes
11/17/17 6:32 am shayna marchese <shayna.marchese...> [JERSEYBI] Lower Hudson CBC 12/17/17 - Birders needed!
11/17/17 6:29 am Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Manky Mallards
11/17/17 5:46 am Karenne Snow <njwren46...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
11/16/17 10:00 pm Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
11/16/17 7:39 pm Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 16 Nov - Razorbill, Lapland Longspur
11/16/17 4:16 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] cave swallow chase - no
11/16/17 3:45 pm Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
11/16/17 1:50 pm Katharine Birkett <kbirkett...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
11/16/17 1:21 pm bmknj16 . <bmknj17...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/16/17 1:12 pm Alice Leurck <alice.leurck...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/16/17 12:56 pm Katharine Birkett <kbirkett...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/16/17 12:41 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
11/16/17 12:17 pm Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
11/16/17 12:15 pm Marty DeAngelo <martytdx...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/16/17 12:07 pm John J. Collins <jjcbird...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/16/17 11:18 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
11/16/17 10:19 am Mike Anderson <Mike.anderson...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
11/16/17 10:17 am Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Ravens
11/16/17 9:54 am Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/16/17 9:17 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/16/17 8:58 am Josh Emm <apistopanchax...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Corncrake - history/records in North/South America
11/16/17 8:45 am Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...> [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/16/17 7:54 am Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
11/16/17 7:26 am G Schuck <gschuckle5...> [JERSEYBI] Atco
11/16/17 5:53 am Dom <dom...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Corn Crake population increase
11/16/17 2:46 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird - pics - up and running
11/16/17 2:25 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] eBird
11/15/17 4:12 pm Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> [JERSEYBI] Corncrake - history/records in North/South America
11/15/17 2:06 pm David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] Banding winter hummingbirds in NJ
11/15/17 1:25 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Juncos (with photo)
11/15/17 11:46 am Diane C Louie <dclouie...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 11:31 am Diane C Louie <dclouie...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
11/15/17 11:15 am JOHN BRODERICK <edbroderick...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 11:08 am celticcail <0000025ed36331da-dmarc-request...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 10:31 am Marty DeAngelo <martytdx...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 10:12 am Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 10:02 am Susie R. <njt456...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 9:59 am Mike Anderson <Mike.anderson...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 9:48 am Steve Mattan <stevemattan...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 9:42 am G Schuck <gschuckle5...> [JERSEYBI] Juncos
11/15/17 8:11 am Donna Schulman <queensgirl30...> Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird question
11/15/17 7:52 am John Collins <jjcbird...> [JERSEYBI] eBird question
11/15/17 6:22 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Lake Etra Cackling Goose
11/15/17 6:19 am Linda Mack <lj.mack...> [JERSEYBI] Cornell eBird
11/15/17 6:11 am Patrick Belardo <pbelardo...> Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird photos
11/15/17 6:09 am Linda Mack <lj.mack...> [JERSEYBI] eBird photos
11/15/17 2:00 am Fred Vir <avtrader...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
 
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Date: 12/15/17 2:24 pm
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Two Rough-legged Hawks at Motts Creek, Galloway Township, Atlantic Co.
Good for you, Yong!

Since I am out this way tomorrow, I'm heading to Mott's Creek myself. Wish
me luck!

Karenne

On Dec 15, 2017 3:40 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> Since I opened my extra-large yap the other day about the lack of winter
> arriving Rough-legged Hawks in NJ, it was time to shut-up or show me the
> money. What do I mean by that ?
>
> I arrived at the back deck of Motts Creek Inn this morning dressed like a
> Pillsbury Doughboy, all layered up to fight the cold temp. I was not too
> optimistic finding a Rough-legged Hawk after window shopping on ebird last
> night to see if anyone had reported one in Atlantic County or the entire
> state for that matter.
>
> I got into Mike B.’s birding mode and kept searching. Soon after found
> one perched pretty far out in the marsh. Soon after as I put out a CMBO
> Text Alert, the bird was gone. It was eventually found again in flight
> heading over towards the Parkway. While scanning back towards the opposite
> direction, found another one perched on top of a shrub, again pretty far
> out in the marsh.
>
> Since all my view were via scope, even with the distance, the ID was not
> that difficult. If I was car birding sitting in the car with bins only,
> both those rough-legged hawks may have gone down as Buteo (assumed
> red-tailed) or Un ID raptor (assumed perched marsh hawk, etc).
>
> I am shaking like a leaf typing away (since my photos are so poor quality
> but they are for Documentary purpose), I am going to mention my Flickr for
> those beginner bird-lookers like myself who may be interested. So they too
> could begin to ID a very distant Rough-legged Hawk out in the field. Also,
> to encourage others to visit their own patch of grasslands this weekend,
> for finally, in coming rough-legged hawks in NJ.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
> 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
>


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List help: <jerseybi-request...>
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Date: 12/15/17 12:41 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Two Rough-legged Hawks at Motts Creek, Galloway Township, Atlantic Co.
Since I opened my extra-large yap the other day about the lack of winter arriving Rough-legged Hawks in NJ, it was time to shut-up or show me the money. What do I mean by that ?

I arrived at the back deck of Motts Creek Inn this morning dressed like a Pillsbury Doughboy, all layered up to fight the cold temp. I was not too optimistic finding a Rough-legged Hawk after window shopping on ebird last night to see if anyone had reported one in Atlantic County or the entire state for that matter.

I got into Mike B.’s birding mode and kept searching. Soon after found one perched pretty far out in the marsh. Soon after as I put out a CMBO Text Alert, the bird was gone. It was eventually found again in flight heading over towards the Parkway. While scanning back towards the opposite direction, found another one perched on top of a shrub, again pretty far out in the marsh.

Since all my view were via scope, even with the distance, the ID was not that difficult. If I was car birding sitting in the car with bins only, both those rough-legged hawks may have gone down as Buteo (assumed red-tailed) or Un ID raptor (assumed perched marsh hawk, etc).

I am shaking like a leaf typing away (since my photos are so poor quality but they are for Documentary purpose), I am going to mention my Flickr for those beginner bird-lookers like myself who may be interested. So they too could begin to ID a very distant Rough-legged Hawk out in the field. Also, to encourage others to visit their own patch of grasslands this weekend, for finally, in coming rough-legged hawks in NJ.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/

Yong Kong
Camden County


How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
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Date: 12/15/17 5:10 am
From: William Boyle <njsawwhet...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Little Egret - Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017
Yong, and Jersey Birders,

The Little Egret was discussed at length at the NJBRC meeting, with the main
focus being the presence of the blue spots/markings. Outside experts were
also consulted.

Except for the blue spots, the bird appears to be a perfectly normal Little
Egret. However, the pattern of the blue spots is not at all typical of a
hybrid trait, but is more likely due to environmental contamination or some
other factor. One committee member noted other species that occasionally
show dark spots. After the discussion, the committee voted unanimously to
accept the record and include Little Egret on the state list.

Bill Boyle, Secretary
NJ Bird Records Committee

-----Original Message-----
From: Yong Kong [mailto:<yklitespeed...>]
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:32 PM
To: William Boyle <njsawwhet...>; <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Little Egret - Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017

I am shaking like a Trembling Aspen leaf (perhaps whole lot of quivering to
drive my point eve more) as I am writing this post and asking a question for
fear of "causing trouble" . But I feel sharing my question here with JBird's
family members is well worth it, so we may learn something from it.

My first reaction seeing the Little Egret at H-ville was I yelled out to the
birding crowd " what is up with all that blue makings on the bird ?" No one
responded and there were some big hitter birders there.

Then as soon as some birders found out the identity of yours truly, it
seemed some of the birders took a few steps and would stay away from me by
about 3 feet or so. Then I observed the egret for a few more minutes and I
left as no one was willing to engage in any conversation with me.

If I recall, I saw blue markings on the head, plumes, and shoulder. Correct
me if I am wrong about my recollection as I am not about to review all
flicker photos and mine. Also, I recall seeing a Flickr photo that showed a
blue marking (actually a blue dot may be more accurate description) on
undertail covert.

I am dying to know if the blue markings on this very special Little Egret
were discussed as part of NJBRC meeting/discussion, and what the conclusion
was. To be crystal clear, I am NOT questioning the NJBRC or their acceptance
of this Little Egret. Just curious if those blue markings on the bird ever
came up during the committee discussion and what their consensus was.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: William Boyle
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11:36 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017

New Jersey Birders



The fall meeting of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee was held on
November 19, 2017. The results of this meeting are available on the NJBRC
web site. The document includes those votes previously posted as a "Summary
of Preliminary Results of Fall 2017 NJBRC Review." Go to
www.njbrc.com <http://www.njbrc.com> , select Lists & Annual Reports, then
scroll down to "Results of NJBRC Fall 2017 Meeting" and click on "Summary
of Results of Fall 2017 Meeting." I have also updated the NJ State List and
the NJBRC Review List. With the addition of Little Egret and the deletion of
Thayer's Gull (now considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull), the NJ State
List remains at 478.



Bill Boyle, Secretary

New Jersey Bird Records Committee







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Date: 12/14/17 1:50 pm
From: Linda Mack <lj.mack...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Geese
JerseyBirders:



For the past 2 days, flocks of Canada Geese have been flying in high over
the ocean heading west, likely a result of the heavier snow cover on Long
Island. Inland Christmas Bird Count parties might need clickers to tally
numbers, and hopefully, find some rarities. We'll be searching for Snowy
Owls along the coast and watching for Lenape who is one the move. Kudos to
Project SNOWstorm , David La Puma and Mike Lanzone for fitting 3 owls with
transmitters.



Linda Mack

Monmouth Beach, NJ



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Date: 12/13/17 7:00 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (03 Dec 2017) Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 0 4 313
Northern Harrier 0 0 74
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1155
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 212
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 69
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 624
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 40
American Kestrel 0 0 152
Merlin 0 0 110
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 67
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 71

Total: 0 13 9316
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Brian Butler, Jack McCormack

Visitors:
Hikers - 19.


(My sincere thanks go out to Jim, Brian B., and Jack for their efforts on
this last count day of the season--you deserved better!

And thank you to everyone who pitched in this fall as a counter or
observer--this team effort resulted in the highest # of count days (58) and
the second highest number of observation hours (424) in the last 17
seasons. Well done!

The migration was a mixed bag--highlights included season records smashed
for Bald Eagles and Peregrines, the second highest total count for
Broad-wings in the last 17 seasons, an awestruck day of 9 Golden Eagles, 3
Goshawks, and nearly 300 Red-tails on 10 Nov, and a season total of 9316
raptors that ranks 5th among the last 17 seasons.

On the other hand, goshawks remained rare with only 5 counted for the
season, the red-tail numbers were low, and we went a 5th season in a row
without a rough-leg.

Yes, we're counting the days until next season...thank you to all--from the
Coon crew of "Irregulars" to the many visitors and hikers--who made the
climb to spend time on that hallowed piece of rock called Raccoon Ridge.
See you on top! ... BH)




Weather:
heavy cloud cover and hazy, wind S/SE 3-6 becoming light and variable in
afternoon, temp 41 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
-0- (ZERO!!)

The day started out well with a big bear seen on the hike in, but that's
where the excitement ended. Tough migration conditions today, but as always
we were hoping for just one more raptor!

My thanks to Jack and Brian B. for their company today (misery loves
company!!).

Bird of the Day was a toss-up: BB and JT voted for the turkey sandwiches we
had for lunch. JM wanted to give the honors to all the awesome raptors that
thrilled us throughout the season and I have to agree with him!

Another season "in the books" and as Brian Hardiman mentioned, we'll be
raising the owl pole again in about 240 days...can't wait!!!!

See you next year!!!

Non-raptor Observations:
Bluebirds.
Juncos.
Crows.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (<hardimanbrian...>)


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Date: 12/13/17 5:30 pm
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Announcing Jan 27 Cape May 12-hour Pelagic
It's that time of year again when we pull together a (literal) boatload of
people and chase alcids offshore of the coast of Cape May. This trip is
your best bet in NJ to find numbers of Dovekies and there are plenty of
other target birds. Here are the trip details:

Date: Sat, Jan 27
Time: 6:00 AM - approx 6:00 PM
Cost: $180
Boat: Atlantic Star
Leaves: 6200 Park Blvd, Wildwood Crest, NJ

This is the prime time of year for Dovekie but you need to get far enough
offshore to reach the water temperatures they require for feeding. Other
possible alcids include Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Razorbill, sometimes
even Thick-billed Murre. We chum along the way to attract Gannets, Fulmars,
and gulls including Black-legged Kittiwake, Lesser Black-backed, Iceland,
and sometimes Glaucous. Fin and Humpbacked Whales are always possible,
Common Dolphins are regular, and we even sometimes see Atlantic White-sided
Dolphins or Harbor Porpoise.

Photography Advice: If you're planning on bringing a long telephoto for
alcids and other more distant birds, be sure to also bring a shorter zoom
lens. Gannets have a 6' wingspan and regularly come very close to the
boat. I've often clipped off wingtips in my pics when using my 300mm
lens. Of course there's always headshots!

If you want make a reservation or need more information, contact us at the
email or phone number below. Hope to see you aboard!


-PAG


--







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18054215-234-6805www.paulagics.com <http://www.paulagics.com>paulagics.com
<http://paulagics.com>@gmail.com <http://gmail.com><info...>
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Date: 12/13/17 5:30 pm
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Jan 13 Belmar 8-hour Pelagic Still Has Space
Our annual 8-hour pelagic out of of Belmar, NJ is scheduled for Saturday,
January 13. This is the shortest trip we schedule for the year and is a
great introduction for the pelagic curious birder. We can only take 40
people on this boat and this trip usually sells out. Here are the details:

Date: Sat, Jan 13
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $125
Boat: Suzie Girl
Leaves: Belmar Marina, 905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ


Past trips have done very well finding Common Murre and Razorbill.
Depending upon the water conditions we've also found Dovekie, Atlantic
Puffin, and rarely even Thick-billed Murre. We'll chum behind the boat to
bring in gulls and Gannets and we usually manage to attract Kittiwake,
Lesser Black-backed, Iceland, and sometimes Glaucous Gull. In some years
we have found Little and Black-headed. It's not unusual for us to see Fin
Whale, Humpbacked Whale, or Common Dolphin (more striking in pattern from
the Bottlenose Dolphins you see from the beach in summer). There are also
migrating seabirds like loons, scoters, other ducks, occasional grebes, and
Great Cormorant.

A typical day has us run north up the beach, swing out to an area of
underwater structure, work our way offshore, and then back to home. We
often don't even leave sight of land and almost never go further than 20
miles out. We chum the whole way to try to pull in birds in from far away.

If you've got a camera the opportunity for Gannet shots can be amazing.
They have 6' wingspans, often fly very close, and even plunge dive into the
chum to feed. If you're planning on bringing a long telephoto for alcids we
suggest also bringing a shorter zoom lens for the Gannets. I've had days
where using my 300mm fixed aperture lens had me clipping off wingtips in my
images.

If you want make a reservation or need more information, contact us at the
email or phone number below. Hope to see you aboard!


-PAG

--







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18054215-234-6805www.paulagics.com <http://www.paulagics.com>paulagics.com
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Date: 12/13/17 3:31 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Little Egret - Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017
I am shaking like a Trembling Aspen leaf (perhaps whole lot of quivering to
drive my point eve more) as I am writing this post and asking a question for
fear of "causing trouble" . But I feel sharing my question here with JBird's
family members is well worth it, so we may learn something from it.

My first reaction seeing the Little Egret at H-ville was I yelled out to the
birding crowd " what is up with all that blue makings on the bird ?" No one
responded and there were some big hitter birders there.

Then as soon as some birders found out the identity of yours truly, it
seemed some of the birders took a few steps and would stay away from me by
about 3 feet or so. Then I observed the egret for a few more minutes and I
left as no one was willing to engage in any conversation with me.

If I recall, I saw blue markings on the head, plumes, and shoulder. Correct
me if I am wrong about my recollection as I am not about to review all
flicker photos and mine. Also, I recall seeing a Flickr photo that showed a
blue marking (actually a blue dot may be more accurate description) on
undertail covert.

I am dying to know if the blue markings on this very special Little Egret
were discussed as part of NJBRC meeting/discussion, and what the conclusion
was. To be crystal clear, I am NOT questioning the NJBRC or their acceptance
of this Little Egret. Just curious if those blue markings on the bird ever
came up during the committee discussion and what their consensus was.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: William Boyle
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11:36 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Results of NJBRC Review of First Half 2017

New Jersey Birders



The fall meeting of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee was held on
November 19, 2017. The results of this meeting are available on the NJBRC
web site. The document includes those votes previously posted as a "Summary
of Preliminary Results of Fall 2017 NJBRC Review." Go to
www.njbrc.com <http://www.njbrc.com> , select Lists & Annual Reports, then
scroll down to "Results of NJBRC Fall 2017 Meeting" and click on "Summary
of Results of Fall 2017 Meeting." I have also updated the NJ State List and
the NJBRC Review List. With the addition of Little Egret and the deletion of
Thayer's Gull (now considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull), the NJ State
List remains at 478.



Bill Boyle, Secretary

New Jersey Bird Records Committee







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Date: 12/12/17 10:52 am
From: Beth Goldberg <goldbug310...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Upcoming Bergen County Audubon program
Join BCAS on Weds.December 20, as we recap another tremendously successful
year and welcome the holidays with our annual celebration and presentation
of our Harold Feinberg Conservation Awards to Gabrielle Bennett-Meany and
George Reskakis. Our refreshment table will be enhanced by anything you
choose to bring. Brief business meeting at 7:30 with award presention
immediately thereafter. Refreshments to follow. Meetings are free and open
to public and held at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck.

Beth Goldberg
Fair Lawn


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Date: 12/12/17 6:16 am
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] December 1907 CBC - New Jersey (all regions)
Bloomfield and Newark, N.J. 25 December 1907; 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Clear; ground bare; wind southwest, light; temp., 30f to 46f. Herring Gull, 2; Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1; Crow, 3; Starling, 92; White-throated Sparrow, 6: Tree Sparrow, 7; Song Sparrow, 3; Goldfinch, 2. Total, 8 species, 116 individuals. LOUIS S. KOHLER.

Passaic, N.J. 25 December 1907; 9.30 A.M. to 12 M.; 2 to 4.30 P.M. Clear; ground bare; wind south, light; temp., 36f. Downy Woodpecker, 3; Blue Jay, 7; Crow, 5; Purple Grackle, 200; Starling, 107; Goldfinch, 1; Tree Sparrow, 15; Junco, 12; Song Sparrow, 1; Myrtle Warbler, 6; Brown Creeper, 2; White-breasted Nuthatch, 4; Chickadee, 16. Total, 13 species, 380 individuals. GILBERT H. TRAFTON and EDWARD UEHLING.

Morristown, N.J. 25 December 1907; 9 to 11 A.M. Fair; ground partly bare, with some patches of snow; wind west, light; temp., 45f; Red-shouldered Hawk, 1; Hairy Woodpecker, 2; Downy Woodpecker, 2; Blue Jay, 13; Crow, 25; Starling, 1; Purple Finch, 4 (1 singing); Goldfinch, 2; Tree Sparrow, 12; Song Sparrow, 2; Junco, 2; Brown Creeper, 1; White-breasted Nuthatch, 4; Chickadee, 19; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 16. Total, 15 species, 106 individuals. R. C. CASKEY.

Trenton, N.J. 25 December 1907; 10 A.M. to 12 M. Fair; wind southwest; temp., 40f. Hairy Woodpecker, l; Downy Woodpecker, 2; Blue Jay, 20; Crow, 9; Goldfinch, 10; Tree Sparrow, 2; Junco, 10; Song Sparrow, 4; Cardinal, 3; Brown Creeper, 8; Chickadee, 12; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 20. Total, 12 species, 83 individuals. W. L. Dix.

Moorestown, N.J. 25 December 1907; 6.37 A.M. to 12.45 P.M. and 2 to 6.15 P.M. Clear; ground bare; wind west, southwest, becoming fresh; temp., 32f. Herring Gull, 5; Red-shouldered Hawk, 1; Hairy Woodpecker, 3; Flicker, 3; Meadowlark, 33; Tree Sparrow, 17; Towhee, l; Winter Wren, 2; Tufted Titmouse, 5; Turkey Vulture, 7; Sparrow Hawk [Kestrel], 3; Downy Woodpecker, 5; Blue Jay, 19; Goldfinch, 4; Junco, 29; Cardinal, 4; Brown Creeper, 1; Chickadee, 8; Red-tailed Hawk, 3; Screech Owl, 1; Red-headed Woodpecker, 2; Crow, about 500; White-throated Sparrow, 2; Song Sparrow, 16; Carolina Wren, 1; White-breasted Nuthatch, 3. Total, 26 species, about 678 individuals. WILLIAM B. EVANS.

Newfield, N.J. 25 December 1907; 10 A.M. to 3.30 P.M. Clear; wind south, light at starting out becoming brisk later; ground bare; temp., at start 40f at return, 47f. Crow, 3; Blue Jay, 3; Meadowlark, 1; Tree Sparrow, 10; Junco, 7; Chickadee, 6; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 4. Total, 7 species, 34 individuals. WM. W. FAIR.

Hackettstown, N.J. 25 December 1907; 8.15 to 11.35 A.M. and 2.20 to 4.50 P.M. Foggy in morning; mostly clear in afternoon; light, southeast wind; temp., 38° at 8.15 A.M. Downy Woodpecker, 1; Flicker, 1; Blue Jay, 2; Crow, 16; Purple Finch, 6; Tree Sparrow, 12; Junco, 2; Brown Creeper, 1; White-breasted Nuthatch, 2; Chickadee, 2; Kingfisher, 1; Total, 11 species, 146 individuals. MARY PIERSON ALLEN.

Ocean Grove, N.J. 27 December 1907; 9 A.M. to 12 M. Clear; ground bare; wind south, brisk; temp., 45f to 50f. Herring Gull, 20; Downy Woodpecker, 1; Song Sparrow, 2; Junco, 7; Myrtle Warbler, 15. Total, 5 species, 45 individuals. EMMA VAN GILLUWE.

Pensauken Township, Camden County, N.J. 25 December 1907; 10.45 A.M. to 4 P.M. Clear; ground bare; wind southwest, strong; temp., 48f. Herring Gull, 57; Dove, flock of 36; Red-tailed Hawk, 2; Sparrow Hawk, 3; Crow, 400; Fish Crow, 1; White-throated Sparrow, 16; Tree Sparrow, 14; Junco, 8; Song Sparrow, 8; Fox Sparrow, l; Cardinal, 4; Winter Wren, 1; Tufted Titmouse, 2; Chickadee, 1; Robin, 1; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 4. Total, 17 species, 559 individuals. RICHARD F. MILLER.

One Hundred and Thirtieth Street Ferry, New York, to Coytesville, South Englewood, Leonia and Palisades Park, N. J. 22 Dec. 1907; 9.45 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. Clear; ground mostly bare; wind southwest, light; temp., 35f at start. Herring Gull, 500; Red-tailed Hawk, 7; Sparrow Hawk, 2; Hairy Woodpecker, 1; Blue Jay, 1; Crow, 7; Starling, 35; Meadowlark, 1; Purple Finch, 1; Tree Sparrow, 10; Junco, 42; Song Sparrow 3; Winter Wren, 2; Chickadee, several. Total, 14 species, about 620 individuals. G. E. HIX and C. H. ROGERS.

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Date: 12/11/17 6:43 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] [spam] [JERSEYBI] Forsythe's wintry day
Thank you to Karenne for her post and for keeping me grounded as a
bird-looker that I would like describe myself.

Due to ebird influence, those expert birders consistently nabbing 70 plus
species every time out birding, and those who pick out a rare bird out of a
hat with so much ease, I may have became a target bird-looker during
sometime 2016 and 2017. Also I rarely run my home town patch birding route
anymore.

Looking at the NJ ebird data of Rough-legged Hawks for 2017, it appears
there were only 3 ebird reports in NJ during the month of November. Two
birds at Brig (11-10 and 11-18) and one in Sussex Co. on 11-10. Can I
assume the one I saw and took photos at Leeds Point (near Brig) on 11-12 is
the same bird that had been reported at Brig on 11-10 ? Also there was one
reported at Cape May that was not entered in ebird. There were none
reported in December in NJ

I was not aware of the ebirds facts above until last night. Now I feel so
silly in that I have been looking for another Rough-legged hawk in Atlantic
Co., Motts Creek, Brig and Leeds Point, and Port Republic, thinking more are
on the way. Last time I checked the field guide, Rouoghlegs do not look
white so I typically do not look at large white birds at Brig.

To my defense, I was somewhat hopeful based on the recent irruption of snow
owls in NJ and the frequency chart on NJ ebird. I do not recall the date
when NJ Audubon used to run field trips to the black dirt fields up in
North Jersey. Perhaps, I am too early in the season in search of one of my
favorite raptors. Perhaps, after the anticipated snow storm in the northern
states.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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From: Karenne Snow
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:35 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [spam] [JERSEYBI] Forsythe's wintry day

When I'm in the area, I enjoy making the drive around Forsythe. I don't
always expect anything unusual; in fact, I like studying the usual suspects.

It is finally Snow Geese time and they sure didn't disappoint. Tundra Swans
are in town, too, though I saw them in Burlington County earlier. The third
big white bird of the day turned out to be a White Pelican, soaring above
the west pool as we were on the southern dike.

Nice day!
Karenne
Medford


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Date: 12/11/17 3:26 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Post from ebird central on using ebird during the CBC's
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebird-mobile-for-your-cbc/ <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebird-mobile-for-your-cbc/>

I have the home page of ebird central bookmarked. That’s how I get all these new posts.
When I come home from birding, I triple check all my lists for errors on the computer. That’s
hard to do on the phone.

Was around Mannington today with friends. Lots of stuff around. Including 3 cranes. I am
on a hunt for the big flock.

Hardly any coots here today - now where did they go??? That’s usually a spot to see hundreds.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller
<sandrakeller...>

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Date: 12/11/17 12:56 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (01 Dec 2017) 13 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 4 4 313
Northern Harrier 0 0 74
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1155
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 212
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 69
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 8 8 624
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 40
American Kestrel 0 0 152
Merlin 0 0 110
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 67
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 71

Total: 13 13 9316
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Jack McCormack

Observers:

Visitors:
Hikers - 3.





Weather:
mostly cloudy to mixed sun & clouds to mostly sunny, wind NW-NNW 5-10+,
temp 39-46 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 11:10I, 1:20I, 1:32I, 2:05A. (9 other BE seen but not counted).

Jack's Bird of the Day: "Goes to the big accipiter I spooked on the
trail...really thinking it was a Gos. Unbelievable the way it flew through
the trees."



Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - one group of 14.
BV - 8.
Juncos.
Cedar Waxwings.
Flickers.
Bluebirds.


(Many thanks to Jack for his solo watch today! BH)
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Date: 12/11/17 9:58 am
From: Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monmouth County Audubon Meeting December 13th
Jerseybirders

Join Wildlife Rehabilitator Giselle Chazotte Smisko when she presents her program "Avian Rehabilitation- or How to LIve With a Loon in Your Bathtub" at the next Monmouth County Audubon meeting on Wednesday December 13th at 8PM. Meetings take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fair Haven at 200 Fair Haven Road. The public is welcome and admission is free.

A fuzzy ball of a bird has just fallen 30 feet from its nest and now sits in your hands. What do you do ? Many people have faced this dilemma and found themselves feeling more helpless than the bird. Giselle Smisko's presentation will discuss this situation and many others that confront wildlife rehabilitators. Practical information will be offered on how people can prevent many of the problems that threaten our wildlife.

Giselle Chazotte Smisko is a naturalist, photographer, wildlife rehabilitator and master bird bander. Prior to founding the Avian Wildlife Center in Sussex County with her husband John Smisko in 1990, Giselle over the course of more than 30 years had worked as an educator for the Morris County Park Commission, the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, The Raptor Trust and the Wallkill River NWR. Her knowledge of birds comes from many years of rehabilitating several thousand injured and young birds and conducting research of wild populations in cooperation with NJ's Nongame and Endangered Species Program,The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For directions to the meeting place or more information about Monmouth County Audubon go to www.monmouthaudubon or like us at
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Wendy Malmid
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Date: 12/10/17 5:19 pm
From: Robert DeCandido PhD <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] CBC 23 December 1907 (Hudson River, Ft. Lee +)
One Hundred and Thirtieth Street Ferry, New York, to Fort Lee, Coytesville, South Englewood, Leonia, etc. N.J. 23 December 1907: time, 10.10 A.M. to 4.55 P.M. Weather, fine; brisk northwest wind; temp., about 21f. Herring Gull, 20; Red-shouldered Hawk, 1; American Rough-legged Hawk, 1; Barred Owl, 1 (dead); Downy Woodpecker, 2; Crow, 1; Red-shouldered Blackbird, 1; Pine Grosbeak, 12; American Crossbill, 1; White-winged Cross-bill, 14; American Goldfinch, 9; White-throated Sparrow, 3; Tree Sparrow, 20; Field Sparrow, 2; Junco, 7; Song Sparrow, 3; Swamp Sparrow, 1; Northern Shrike, 1; Brown Creeper, 1; White-breasted Nuthatch, 3; Chickadee, 10. Total, 20 live species, 113 individuals. CHARLES H. ROGERS


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Date: 12/10/17 4:35 pm
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe's wintry day
When I'm in the area, I enjoy making the drive around Forsythe. I don't
always expect anything unusual; in fact, I like studying the usual suspects.

It is finally Snow Geese time and they sure didn't disappoint. Tundra Swans
are in town, too, though I saw them in Burlington County earlier. The third
big white bird of the day turned out to be a White Pelican, soaring above
the west pool as we were on the southern dike.

Nice day!
Karenne
Medford


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Date: 12/10/17 2:49 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] camden birding and cameras
Hello,
Lake George in Sicklerville is my main inland lake. That lake could
probably have anything! Tundra Swan would be nice! Alas, no, but
2 Horned Grebes was nice. Not a big year bird, but nice to see again!
Lake George is big. Theres only 2 places to scan from also. Its ringed
by houses. There actually are areas where birds can hide! Friends
chased the Horned Grebes. Had one! Birds also fly out. I was driving
home this way a couple hours later or so. And hundreds of geese were in
low flight over the road. One would think they would roost on the lake?!

The Winslow WMA Oak field area was next. Loaded with birds. But
nothing new for my big year. Like Tree Sparrow. Or Pipit.

Cameras - I am going to get another Sony - the HX400. I love my Sony!
All the new model cameras like this size are probably mostly the same.
Best Buy did have a Canon sx530 to try. Thats the sx50 with wi fi added.
But it didnt close focus. I have the same close focusing problem with
my current broken Sony hx300. All the new model cameras I looked at -
not dslr - I can zoom in on my boot. And focus. This bodes well for
butterfly and dragonfly shots. I set all the cameras to the same settings -
as much as I could - and took some shots. And then compared. To be
honest, if I hadnt of compared side by side the Sony 400 and the Canon
60, I doubt I would have noticed much. The Sony had a slightly sharper
image. The Canon has truer colors. These were all indoor shots. Gee,
not much else different! I chose Sony because I know it. I am going to
have enough issues trying to learn new features. I already know where
all the functions are for the Sony. Just a lot of new stuff to figure out.
Like what on earth is tracking focus?? I think both had that. The new camera
will be here for Christmas!
Nikon p900 notes - wow! I was looking at this again also. I set it up correctly
this time. Wow! That 85x optical zoom is nice! pictures are sharp. This
camera also close focuses quite well. Its a bigger camera and heavier,
so I nixed it again. I have talked to four people now who either have
that camera and love it, or who were seriously weighing it over a dslr.
its worth a look for those thinking of a new camera.

Good birding all. I was hoping that Western Flycatcher would be refound
so I can chase Monday! I like a good empi study, even if it isnt determined
to be one or the other of this split.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 12/10/17 1:10 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birds moving after the snow storm (photos)
In my yard in Somerset County, there was some movement today after yesterday's snowstorm. A HUGE flock of Red-winged Blackbirds showed up at the feeders today (mostly 1st winter males with a few females). Photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/27190699669/

Also, two flocks of Snow Geese flying overhead.

Expected feeder birds this weekend included Hairy Woodpecker. Photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/38249824574/

Also at the feeders yesterday was a flock of Bluebirds. Photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/38945171531/

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Date: 12/9/17 10:16 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig today
The main purpose of my trip to Brig this morning was to look for Yellow-rumped Warblers feasting on Eastern Red Cedars berries. Reason ?

Yesterday along the cedar trees to the Gull Pond tower, I decided to put a bin on each and every one of the YRWA jus to punish myself. Eventually I got a quick look at a very odd looking YRWA feeding along the grass strip under the cedar trees. It immediately stood out amongst all the YRWA in that this bird had a very dark slate blue to black look to it as compared to those garden variety of YRWA we typically see during this time of the year. I do not recall seeing the yellow-throat during the few seconds of live-view action. Instead of trying to confirm the ID of this bird via eye balls and bins, I reached into my camera bag for documentation purpose, then a biker came by and flushed the bird.

Of course I was unable to find the same YRWA this morning. However, the consolation prize was finding peeps at various places along the entire drive. About 10 may be under estimate. I am not sure if it was the lighting conditions this morning (very cloudy to very light snow) or if the shorebird flocks were closer to the dike, it appeared that these peeps would emerge amongst the dunlin flock if my truck was turned off and bins were directed at their direction for several minutes or more. I am assuming all the peeps I saw were Western Sandpipers.

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Camden County


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Date: 12/8/17 7:03 am
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe & Barnegat trips cancelled
Jerseybirds,

The NJ Audubon field trips to Forsythe NWR and Barnegat Light this weekend are cancelled due to the weather.

Scott Barnes


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Date: 12/8/17 4:46 am
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] CBC Englewood Region 22 December 1917
Englewood Region, N. J. (Palisades Park, to Nordhoff, to Teaneck, through Englewood to Englewood Cliffs, and along foot of Palisades to Edgewater). 22 Dec. (1917); 8 a.m. to 4.30 P.M. Clear; 8 in. of snow; wind northwest, brisk; temp. 30f to 40f. Fifteen miles on foot. Herring Gull, 300; American Merganser, 4; Black Duck, 15; Marsh Hawk, 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1; Red-tailed Hawk, 1; Duck Hawk [Peregrine], 1; Hairy Woodpecker, 1; Downy Woodpecker, 10; Flicker, 1; Blue Jay, 11; Crow, 15; Starling, 90; Red-winged Blackbird, 1 female; Meadowlark, 6; Goldfinch, 3; White-throated Sparrow, 23; Tree Sparrow, 21; Junco, 15; Song Sparrow, 33; Fox Sparrow, 3; Brown Creeper, 10; White-breasted Nuthatch, 1; Tufted Titmouse, 1; Black-capped Chickadee, 3; Robin, 1; Bluebird, 2. Total, 27 species, about 574 individuals. Clark L. Lewis, Jr., and Edward G. Nichols.

A TORPEDO CAUGHT AT SANDY HOOK [December 1886]. Last Monday a cod fisherman at Sandy Hook hauled up a large torpedo or Cramp fish on his trawl, and was partly stunned while landing it. The fish is an unusual one about New York Harbor, and is on exhibition at Mr. Blackford's. Its weight is 150lbs. and it is the second one that has come to Fulton Market in twenty years. In a few days it will be dissected and the electric batteries in its head exposed to view.

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Date: 12/7/17 2:02 pm
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Barnegat Light Jetty
I was at the tip of the jetty around 7AM today. It was a clear and
beautiful late fall day. Very mild winds and relatively calm seas. Some
avian goodies included 8 Harlequin ducks (6 males), many Gannets, about 100
to 150 Common Eiders (including a dozen or so adult males). 2 Snow Buntings
first spotted on the rocks and then moved to the sand. Dunlin and Purple
Sandpiper.
A few Scoters. I did not see a Pacific Loon or King Eider.
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 12/6/17 5:04 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] No Subject
Thank you to Dr. Robert D. for his recent posts on historical perspectives on 1886 Snowy Owl irruption and 1917 Sandy Hook CBC, just to mention two of his recent posts.

I want to be a copy cat to Dr. D and would like to share a certain publication from Birding Community E-bulletin. When I read the article below, I can come up with a hand full of NJ birders which inspired me to go birding and share. To be biased, I would put Harvey T. on top of that list. I am forever thankful to Harvey for my keen interest in shorebirds. Mike B. for my interest in Roughlegs and its life history. I have my fingers crossed, someday, I could convince another birder about the awesome world of shorebirding.

BTW, there is a December ebird accepted Semipalmated Sandpiper in Delaware Bay NJ, which I think it is just as (well, almost) significant as this years Snowy Owl irruption.

Yong Kong
Camden County


http://refugeassociation.org/2012/03/birding-community-e-bulletin-march/#tip

TIP OF THE MONTH: “BECOMING A BETTER BIRDER”
It’s March, and birders across North America are looking forward to having some grand birding experiences this spring. Accordingly there’s lots going on in the way of dusting off equipment, checking out field guides, listening to recorded bird sounds, and making travel plans.

There’s great advice on “becoming a better birder” everywhere you look these days. Most field guides start with valuable advice on how to do just that. Indeed, there are entire books available on the subject, and they are packed with excellent suggestions on how to observe birds, how to use structure/shape, behavior, comparative sizes, and color to identify birds, how to age and sex species, how to appreciate avian molt, how to listen for birds, how to learn when and where to go birding in your region, how to record field notes, and, hopefully, appreciating the role of birding ethics when in the field.

All this is great advice and all of it is very important.
But most of these recommendations overlook two absolutely essential elements in “becoming a better birder.” These are 1) learning to share your birds with others, and 2) doing something to help save birds.

Being a “better birder” is not simply a personal, individual thing. It may start there, but it should not end there.

Sharing your birds and engaging in activities to save birds, of course, need not dominate your birding, any more than should an obsession over taxonomy and nomenclature. But sharing and saving birds really should become part of your birding skill-building. Drawing attention to these twin pursuits is our tip of the month.


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Date: 12/6/17 4:56 pm
From: Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The ongoing Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike
A few new photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/

Very close views are possible at the overlook lot.

Regards,

Jim Gilbert

Bernardsville


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Date: 12/6/17 3:10 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] 300 - the parakeets
Done! Mission accomplished! Thanks all! I won’t be hitting Carteret again. 2 there this time.
I thank everyone for your advice. Carteret is the closest to me if coming from my house in south
Jersey. And easy. Straight up the turnpike. I have saved the other locations you all sent for next year!

I’ll start early. I would like to see nesting.

There is a hotspot at Carteret now. I merged my 2 other lists and used that for this trip. Birders with
sightings there please consider merging. There’s pins all over the map at the moment.

I had them at High and Irving. One block from Washington. Who knows where they will nest?? I so no
nests. And thanks to the Jersey birder who mentioned this High and Irving. I went there, scanned the trees.
Success!

Good birding all. Now I can get back to Camden!


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Date: 12/6/17 2:40 pm
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] CBC Sandy Hook (22 December 1917)
Sandy Hook, N. J., and Lower New York Bay. 22 Dec. (1917); 8.15 a.m. to 4.40 p.m. Mostly clear; ground bare; wind northwest, brisk; temp. 33f at noon. Ten miles by steamboat, 6 on foot. Observers together after 11 a.m. Holboell's [Red-necked] Grebe, 1; Black-backed Gull, 3 adults; Herring Gull, 1,000; Bonaparte's Gull, 1; Black Duck, 10; Goldeneye, 1; Old-squaw, 2; White-winged Scoter, 14; Downy Woodpecker, 1; Flicker, 8; American Crow, 50; Fish Crow, 75; Starling, 70; Meadowlark, 1; Snow Bunting, 3; Ipswich Sparrow, 5; Sharp-tailed Sparrow, 2 (one seen excellently, P. caudacutus—C. H. Rogers.); White-throated Sparrow, 9; Tree Sparrow, 10; Junco, 38; Song Sparrow, 5; Cardinal, 8; Cedar Waxwing, 3; Northern Shrike, 2; Myrtle Warbler, 35; Brown Thrasher, 1 (seen excellently—J. P. Y.); Carolina Wren, 2; Black-capped Chickadee, 2 (one sang); Hermit Thrush, 2; Robin, 100; Total, 30 species, about 1,465 individuals. John P. Young and Charles H. Rogers.


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Date: 12/6/17 6:53 am
From: Robert DeCandido PhD <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Pine Grosbeaks, American [Red] Crossbills and a Mockingbird (Historical]
Sussex County, N. J., Notes (1914)

We notice, in your introductory notes to the Christmas census, the statement that Pine Grosbeaks, Redpolls, and Crossbills have not come farther south than New England.

We sent no Christmas list, but it may interest you to know that a flock of twenty-five Pine Grosbeaks came to us on January 9. Only one male in full red coloring was among them. The others were females and young males. The flock visited our maple trees almost daily until about the middle of February, when the extreme cold and the big storms seemed to break up the flock into smaller groups. We saw them in various places throughout the town until March 20, when the last one disappeared.

A flock of about a dozen Redpolls fed on a row of tamarack trees in our driveway from February 22 till March 1. During a heavy snowstorm one venturesome fellow appeared at the window where some Chickadees were feeding.

On March 1, ten American Crossbills, came to a small spruce tree about twenty-five feet from our house, and industriously and systematically exhausted the seeds from a small crop of cones in the top of the tree. What we consider our most wonderful observation for the year was a Mockingbird which perched on a vine just beneath our window for some little time, giving us opportunity to make a positive identification. This was on December 14, 1913. On March 3, during the big storm, it appeared again, but we have not seen it since. We believe this is the first record of a Mockingbird for Sussex County, although the members of our nature-study club have kept an accurate list for a number of years. F. Blanche Hill, Andover, Sussex Co., N. J.
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A PINE GROSBEAK IN NEW JERSEY

On December 16 [1921], my Nature-teacher, Mrs. Gladys Gorden Fry, and I were walking about in a small evergreen thicket composed chiefly of red and white pines and a few hemlocks. Suddenly I saw a large bird, about the size of a Northern Shrike, and as a few of these birds had been seen lately in the neighborhood, I thought it quite probable that this was one. However, as we came around the trunk of a large tree, we saw the bird, which proved to be the Pine Grosbeak, quite plainly. He was sitting on the branch of the next tree, eating its cones and buds. We remained quite still, but in a few minutes it flew to a young cedar and from there to a bank covered with tangled honeysuckle vines.

We watched the bird for fifteen minutes at least and although its black beady eyes were fastened on us it was very tame. During the time we were watching it we were only about two yards from it, but we could not tell whether it was an immature male or a female.

The rest of the birds I saw that day were, Tree Sparrow, Junco, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Whitebreasted Nuthatch, Crow, Blue Jay, and Black-capped Chickadee.

Cynthia Dryden Kuser (age 11 years), Faircourt, Bernardsville, N. J.

[The Pine Grosbeak is a rare bird so far south as New Jersey and Cynthia is to be congratulated upon her discovery. Arther A. Allen]
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Date: 12/5/17 9:44 am
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owls Morristown and Denville [Dec. 1886]
WEATHER WISDOM [1886]. Morristown, N. J., Dec. 3. On Thanksgiving Day a very large white or "snow" owl was shot in the suburbs of this city. It was a female, 5ft. from tip to tip, and having but few spots on the snowy whiteness of its plumage. On the same day another was killed at Denville, six miles above here, apparently a male. In view of the mildness of the weather lately, their appearance so far south created much surprise among our local sportsmen and naturalists, and some of the wise fellows held it to presage the near and sudden approach of winter in all the name implies. They were right. Winter reached the latitude of Morristown on Dec. 3. F. B. D. B.


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Date: 12/4/17 12:12 pm
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbirds, Sandy Hook
Dear Jerseybirders,

My records from my teenage and young adult years are sketchy; no keeper of small notebooks was I. Too bad; I am impressed with the retained knowledge people who've been visiting a site for twenty years have in their heads and in those stacks of spiralbounds. So I cannot see from my records how many times I've encountered an Allen's Hummingbird. I know it hasn't been many; it may have been exactly once ever.

So David LaPuma's notes about the bird in Ocean County had me all excited all last week. "Dave from Ocean County" was kind enough to invite me to his house to sit, very quietly, with hopes of seeing the visitor. Sure enough, though I arrived just after 4 on Saturday when the light was already fading, the little visitor appeared within fifteen minutes and perched on the feeder for a full two or three minutes more, providing a chance for me to discover just how grainy a 12 megapixel picture is at that distance (see my Flickr page). But what a joy to observe this tiny thing, 2,200 miles from home but looking healthy and spunky, as any Selasphorous hummer ought to.

Not so lucky yesterday, when I sat for 90 minutes on the porch near the Black-chinned Hummingbird's ersatz feeding station. "Our girl," as the homeowners had endearingly come to call the 1,800 mile traveler (so much closer!), had apparently tanked up on the previous morning and vaulted off for climes unknown. I enjoyed a nice walk at Cape May Meadows as a consolation.

This morning found me at Sandy Hook, where I first spent a brisk of an hour scanning the ocean from Lot C for a Pacific Loon Jason D had found over the weekend (no dice). There were close-to-the-shore White-winged Scoter males and females though, and Surf Scoters looking spiffy with their white caps and brightly colored bills. I had one candidate which looked possible, but all the loons were diving so frequently that I only ever got one short view of this bird, and then could never re-find it in the rolling surf. I then walked the Fisherman's Trail and the Salt Pond area up north, looking for sparrows and listening for overhead migrants. Reminiscent of my "grumblings" earlier this year about the impossibility of discerning a Ross' Goose in a huge flock of Snow Geese (which turned out to be quite possible; even I was able to do it), I had been musing on the difficulty of discerning Pine Siskin calls from those of Goldfinches, until today, when the first zhreeeee was followed by a short chattering call sounding just like my Sibley app! Sure enough, I flushed two small, heavily striped, deeply forked-tailed finches with splashes of yellow, and I'd seen my FOY Pine Siskins. 40 species overall today (same as yesterday at the Meadows).

BTW, I met another photographer with another ginormous lens today, on the lookout for Snowy Owls. This person seemed far more respectful and described how far away she'd stayed from ones she'd photographed on Island Beach. I could not confirm or deny to her the presence of Snowy Owls on Sandy Hook, having read no reports, but it certainly seems that if they're on Island Beach SP, and in the dunes at Cape May, Sandy Hook ought to be harboring one or more as well.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer.




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Date: 12/3/17 3:26 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] parakeet
Well, its time for 300 for the state. I need to chase a bird that I know
will be there. I am sure something else will show up, but with the cbcs
and the holidays, I am running out of time. So, the Monk Parakeet
it will be!

Thoughts on one of the locations that I see in ebird for Nov and Dec.
this year? Thats what I plugged in.

Thanks in advance.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 12/3/17 3:09 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] camden birding
Well, I keep trying for Raven and Tundra Swan. I hit my Wharton bog. Nothing.
Other spots. Nothing.

A neat area is that Oak Pond field or whatever I named it - part of the Winslow WMA.
Loads of sparrows. Nothing new for me! I doomed to not have Vesper this year.
I did have a Phoebe. Not really late. Stuff seems to linger more and more over the years.

The track function with the phone was nice. I viewed it afterward! Eventually these
tracks will be in the report for people to see. And there’s always an option for no
track if you don’t want people to see exactly where you were.

Camera notes - The Nikon P900 is heavy. I am getting away from heavy. That seems like
a very nice camera for those who want something smaller than the big DSLR equipment.
I didn’t work with it too much at Best Buy as the weight was getting to me….
I also used a Canon DSLR - a smaller one. It was light, but that wasn’t the big zoom lens.
I also don’t want to change lens. I like going from a bird to a butterfly.
It’s between the Sony HX400 - the updated version of what I have and have loved! 50x.
Or the Canon Powershot SX60. 65X.

I am not convinced the extra 15X is that meaningful. The Sony has super lens with the Zeiss.
I was experimenting up at Best Buy. But I do need to head up again this week and experiment
more. Make sure I had all the settings down the same, etc. And then just compare pics.
People have gotten back to me that they love their Canons. So that helps!

ABA list notes. The new ABA chart of accepted species its up on their web site. Hawaii birds
are on it. I just checked my Hawaii birds against the list. I am good! Nothing to decide on!
I would download the excel chart and search for birds instead on just perusing the pdf
file. It’s long….. Dummy me doesn’t think of those things….. Thanks David!

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 12/2/17 8:21 pm
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Today's Brig trip (NJ Young Birders Club)
Jerseybirds,

Today's NJ Audubon Young Birders Club field trip to Forsythe NWR enjoyed great weather and 16 species of waterfowl, including a Ross's Goose gleaned from the Snow Goose flock by Linda Mack. Other birds of note included an immature Common Gallinule at the first pond on the left on the gull pond road, good studies of a female Northern Harrier in molt, calling Virginia Rail, a surprising number of Saltmarsh Sparrows, and an Ipswich Savannah Sparrow (no bands) that's been hanging around the rocks opposite the Turtle Cove tower. Thanks to associate naturalists Linda Mack, Carole Hughes, and Hank Burk for their leadership today.

The New Jersey Audubon's Young Birders Club is open to all youth ages 11-17 plus parents/guardians, no charge. Our next field trip is to Sandy Hook/north shore Sat Jan 6. Please contact me if you are interested.

Good birding,
Scott Barnes


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Date: 12/1/17 3:03 pm
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl jaunt
Dear Jerseybirders,

Yesterday, early early morning, I left north Jersey for the nearly-100 mile (!) drive to Island Beach State Park to search for at least one of the several Snowy Owls which have taken up residence there since just before T'giving. Arriving at 6:20, I watched a slow and beautiful sunrise as I made my way along Shore Road. I tried two different locations at first, and managed a view of a very far off SNOW. Then a park ranger directed me to a specific spot where he said I'd find one.

And he was right: there was a stunning beautiful owl sitting atop a dune only about 40 feet off a boardwalk leading to the beach. I stayed a good distance away from it, but a couple of photographers, one equipped with a ginormous lens capable, it would seem, of capturing the mites in a bird's feathers from 1,000 yards, just HAD to get closer. As I learned from another birder who observed the events, he kept getting closer and closer to the owl with his huge kit and, when it naturally flew, he gave chase. Three times.

It was disheartening. The owl itself was the most noble and graceful of creatures, even through the scope at 200-300 feet. I reported the photographer's behavior (and description) to a park ranger as I was leaving. I very much hope that the rangers continue to drive up and down the dunes and firmly eject anyone who is trying to get too close to these arctic visitors. Yes, they're alpha predators, but it's still not the same on a New Jersey beach as the "lemming smorgasbord" they probably had in their summer residence.

Well worth 200 miles of driving for such a perfect observation of one of nature's finest creations.

Good birding!

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Date: 12/1/17 7:44 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
A rookie move on my part- the CBC count period runs until the 5th of
January. In that case, the new count date is *Friday, January 5th 2018*.

I've had a lot of people offering their time for the count- I will be
sending out an email to those interested with details. If you'd like to
participate, please drop me an email and I'll get you added on the list. I
will be making a google spreadsheet of participants in each area.

David LaPuma has granted us use of the Goshen CRE center on Rt 47 N to hold
the CBC roundup afterwards. There will be pizza!

Good birding,

Sam

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> wrote:

> This season I will be restarting the Cape May County Belleplain CBC. Paul
> Kosten has coordinated the Belleplain CBC from 1988 - 2014, and has handed
> the reins off to me to continue the count into the foreseeable future.
>
> The count will be conducted on January 7th 2018, the first Sunday of the
> new year. Previous years have been done between the Cape May CBC and the
> Cumberland CBC, which just so happens to land very near to Christmas. I've
> decided to move the count outside of the holidays in hopes of getting more
> participation.
>
> Please see the attached map for the CBC circle and the various areas
> within:
>
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=165SfVAl7hiVv7rsf0Mtgr5Ro-
> wDmfIAp&usp=sharing
>
> I'm looking for new participants to this count which includes Jakes
> Landing, Stimpsons Island, Belleplain State Forest, in Cape May County and
> many bayshore beaches like Moores, Thompson, and East Point roads in
> Cumberland County. Please feel free to drop me an email if you would like
> to participate!
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sam
>
> --
> Sam Galick
> Cape May, NJ
> <sam.galick...>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgalick/
>



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Date: 11/29/17 7:15 pm
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Corn Crake Harassed on 11/8/17 Wednesday - Seeking Additional Information NY
Hello All,

We are seeking additional information from anyone who saw or heard about
unethical behavior (actually worse) on 11/8/17 Wednesday after 4:15 PM
on Ocean Parkway west bound, NY.  The relatively healthy bird was found
dead upon first light soon after.  Again even if you heard someone
talking about what they did in that time period it would help.

If someone could post this to the NY Bird list serve that would be
appreciated.

Please contact me off list.

thank you,

Fred Virrazzi
Secaucus, NJ





On 11/9/2017 7:51 AM, <Marshwren...> wrote:
> Sorry, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was chasing as no one posted the information here.
>
> The bird was found this morning.
>
> Edna Duffy
> Secaucus, NJ
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
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Date: 11/29/17 6:26 pm
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan
The Trumpeter was visible from main parking lot of Lake Assunpink this
morning.
Seems to be its preferred location
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 11/29/17 4:17 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tom's post on Maryland's Gray Kingbird comes to Cape May and access to former Perigrine tower dike at Brig
First of all, Thank you to Tom J. for his post.

Based on the Cape May's morning fall flight reports at the Dike, and a
Jbirder's writing abut the fall morning flight at Norburys Landing in Del
Heaven, and also certain migration research papers posted on NJDEP ENSP
website, I had always assumed most of the fall migrating passerines would
*get the hell out of cape island* ASAP once they found themselves at the
Point by hugging the Delaware Bay and head north.

Based on Tom's report, it appears that the Maryland's Gray Kingbird flew
over 19 miles over the open water of Delaware Bay and onto the Point. To me,
this finding is awesome in that I hope avian research scientists/birders do
not nail down the bird movement/migration to perfection yet, and those birds
we love so much will continue to make them guess.

On other note, while the subject of the missing Peregrine's hack tower at
Brig is a recent topic here, I do hope that Brig's wildlife biologists would
seriously consider the possibilities of re-opening the center cross-dike
where the Peregrine's hack tower used to be as they have done with the
removing the hack tower with careful consideration. Foot traffic only or
auto traffic included. Below comments are from Jbird's post and private
email I have received from a birder so far.

1. I would love it if they opened that road to the south bound traffic as
there is a huge un-birded area there. This would also save on substantial
gas use as we would not have to go all the way round.

2. I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very
welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when the
center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit
around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the
auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now
visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your
back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access
resume.

3. I remember being able to go out on this dike and as XXXXX said the
late afternoon sun made it AWESOME for shorebirds.


Yong Kong
Camden County


Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:54 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Maryland's Gray Kingbird comes to Cape May

Hi Jerseybirders,

Remarkably, the vagrant Gray Kingbird that Mike Lanzone found yesterday
morning (28 November) in Cape May Point is the same individual that spent
November 7-26 on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, about 66 miles
west of Cape May. The coincidence in timing and the match in age (hatching
year by the smoothly tapered, non-emarginated primaries) led to a
comparison of eBirded/ Macaulay Library photos of the two records. It turns
out that each one has the same tail feather broken off in exactly the same
way - clearly the same bird!

While we occasionally get the opportunity to visually track large, soaring
migrants like American White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, or rare raptors
(the famous Zone-tailed Hawk comes to mind) as they move across the region,
it's quite unusual to make connections like this with individual songbirds
without the assistance of banding/ tracking technology. It's still a small
world.

Good birding,
Tom Johnson
Cape May, New Jersey


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Date: 11/29/17 10:41 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 0 48 275
Northern Harrier 0 11 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 0 433 568
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 16 32
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 11 68

Total: 0 649 9195
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Other observers, visitors, entertainers, reprobates, and such: Patrick
Keelen, Scott Wood, Bradley Fine, Al Ambler, Denise Thomson, Susan Cooper,
Sara Hart, Rick Ford, Craig Stockert, Keb' 'Mo, Tom Campbell, Jingle &
Jangle, Frank Merentino, Dave Zawalich, Pat Jacques, Chris & Oliver Wood,
Mike & Nora & friend from Wildcat Ridge, Luke Danes. (any omissions,
errors, misspellings, etc is entirely NOT my fault)


Weather:
overcast w/ intermittent showers changing to rain, wind S 10-20 then
decreasing, temps in the 40s.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors? What raptors? Our tally was -0-...as in ZERO...for today's
count.

The lack of birds and crummy weather did not dampen our spirits on this
special day--we celebrated COONAPALOOZA XIII, our annual party on the
mountain where we raise our glasses to the hawks and hawk gods, offer a
sacrifice or two, and give tribute to everything that is great about
Raccoon Ridge. Weather be damned, we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.

Some will say "Coonapalooza the 13th" was ill-fated from the start with
rain falling for the very first time at a 'palooza...and then there were
also 'dark 'n stormy' issues, and of course who can forget the Great Pizza
Debacle of '17.

However, these setbacks were more than compensated for by a fine selection
of craft beverages, a stunningly beautiful (and I cannot emphasize enough
the words 'stunningly beautiful') junco that came to our seed (ah, the
light!)...AND...the distant and haunting call of a raven heard thru the fog
and rain...AND...DRUM ROLL PLEASE...Mr. Ambler's steaming hot, tasty, and
lusciously magnificent PULLED PORK!!! This pulled pork made such an
impression on us (and our palates) that it earns Bird of the Day honors.
We'll settle for nothing less, Al, for future Coonapaloozas!

Non-raptor Observations:
Bear - one seen by Tommy C. and gang on their hike out at the end of the
day (no, really, they did see one).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (<hardimanbrian...>)


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Date: 11/29/17 3:54 am
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Maryland's Gray Kingbird comes to Cape May
Hi Jerseybirders,

Remarkably, the vagrant Gray Kingbird that Mike Lanzone found yesterday
morning (28 November) in Cape May Point is the same individual that spent
November 7-26 on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, about 66 miles
west of Cape May. The coincidence in timing and the match in age (hatching
year by the smoothly tapered, non-emarginated primaries) led to a
comparison of eBirded/ Macaulay Library photos of the two records. It turns
out that each one has the same tail feather broken off in exactly the same
way - clearly the same bird!

While we occasionally get the opportunity to visually track large, soaring
migrants like American White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, or rare raptors
(the famous Zone-tailed Hawk comes to mind) as they move across the region,
it's quite unusual to make connections like this with individual songbirds
without the assistance of banding/ tracking technology. It's still a small
world.

Good birding,
Tom Johnson
Cape May, New Jersey


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Date: 11/28/17 4:48 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - ] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
Hello Sam,

I like those words you described.

*I'm looking for new participants*

How about make this CBC count be done by NJ's young birders it that is
possible ? You would be a
great leader of this count.

If parents can't drive our next generation of birders, I am willing to
volunteer. I can fit up to 3 young birders in my truck and follow you, Sam.


Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Galick
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:13 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan.
7th 2018

This season I will be restarting the Cape May County Belleplain CBC. Paul
Kosten has coordinated the Belleplain CBC from 1988 - 2014, and has handed
the reins off to me to continue the count into the foreseeable future.

The count will be conducted on January 7th 2018, the first Sunday of the
new year. Previous years have been done between the Cape May CBC and the
Cumberland CBC, which just so happens to land very near to Christmas. I've
decided to move the count outside of the holidays in hopes of getting more
participation.

Please see the attached map for the CBC circle and the various areas within:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=165SfVAl7hiVv7rsf0Mtgr5Ro-wDmfIAp&usp=sharing

I'm looking for new participants to this count which includes Jakes
Landing, Stimpsons Island, Belleplain State Forest, in Cape May County and
many bayshore beaches like Moores, Thompson, and East Point roads in
Cumberland County. Please feel free to drop me an email if you would like
to participate!

Good birding,

Sam

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Cape May, NJ
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Date: 11/28/17 4:44 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] YK response, Thank you Don F. - Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
Thank you Don F. for shedding some light on as to what those Brig's wildlife
biologists are discussing during their staff meetings. Star Buck's or Wa Wa
or office brewed coffee served during the meeting ?

Now I will share what was going on in my tiny bird brain when I first
discovered the missing hack tower on 11-23-2017. I turned my truck engine
off by the entrance to the cross dike to ponder, so I could think about the
potential reason, and positive and negative impact on birds, raptor perching
habitat improvement by leaving those four utility poles that made up the
hack tower, but why they took those down as well ? , etc.

Well, Don answered most of my questions. Then, another Jersey birder who
wrote to me even peeked my bird brain even more.

As result of this Jbirder's comment. I decided to look deeper on my own. The
research article link below was very interesting to me. Perhaps, it may be
just as interesting to other Jbirders as well. To be crystal clear, I am
not implying the article below was the reason for the removal of the Brig's
hack tower. Just copy and paste the title of the report below on Google
Search and that should get you to the PDF of the paper.

Perching preference of raptors in three urban southern California salt
marshes
Bosler, Adrienne J.. California State University, Long Beach, ProQuest
Dissertations Publishing, 2011.

Yong Kong
Camden County




-----Original Message-----
From: Don Freiday
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 12:15 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?

Hi all,


Thoughts on Forsythe's Peregrines:


If someone tries to pin me down to my favorite bird, the answer is Peregrine
Falcon, so please know I am not disrespecting this species. The staff of NJ
ENSP and other organizations that have helped bring nesting Peregrines back
to NJ deserve our respect and appreciation.


However, years ago I participated in a meeting about wildlife management at
Forsythe NWR, and argued that if the objective for the impoundments in
Galloway was habitat for migrating shorebirds, and migrating and wintering
waterfowl, it made no sense to host nesting and resident Peregrines,
especially because Peregrines historically would have been present at the
refuge only during migration, and not in summer (=shorebird migration) or
winter (= waterfowl migration and wintering). Later, I spent five years
(2011-2016) working at the refuge, and participated in the development of
the refuge habitat management plan, and again argued that to be consistent
with goals for the impoundments, hosting nesting and resident Peregrine
Falcons did not make sense. I no longer work at the refuge and in no way
speak for the USFWS, but I commend the decision to remove the peregrine
tower. I think refuge manager Virginia Rettig's Facebook post, referenced
earlier here, clearly expressed the reasoning behind the move.


It is safe to say that the Peregrines nesting at Forsythe did not kill
enough birds to have any genetic effect on any species. What they did do was
haze the birds using that valuable habitat, play with them if you will,
forcing the shorebirds and ducks to fly, sit, fly, use valuable energy, and
sometimes leave the impoundments entirely. If thousands of public dollars
are being spent to create, maintain and manage those impoundments for
shorebirds and waterfowl, why create artificial habitat for a species which
interferes with those goals? Even if it was awesome to watch the spectacle
of hunting Peregrines the year round.


Even with the tower, Peregrines have never been common at the refuge -
regular, yes, but not common. My personal high count for Peregrine Falcon at
the impoundments is 11, and that was on an early October northeaster, the
peak of PEFA fall migration. We can certainly expect to see Peregrines using
the refuge impoundments during spring and fall migration in the future,
though they may no longer be a "lock" at any time of year.


Again, I no longer work or speak for the USFWS, but commend the staff of
Forsythe for doing a great job and making difficult but wise decisions.


Don


---------------------------------------------------------------
Don Freiday,
Cape May, NJ
The Freiday Bird Blog: http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/

________________________________
From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of llarson
<llarson2...>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:28:10 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?

Hi,

In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial on
the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasnt
native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense against
such a predator. Peregrines didnt evolve living in marshes; they lived in
rocky cliffs. As far Im aware, the descendants of hacked birds have nested
on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted as if the USFW
scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at a nearby
building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the Brigantine
delicatessen conveniently.

Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by Peregrines
have made a very big difference one way or the other to the waterfowl or
shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the Peregrine
population back up. If Im wrong I hope someone will share the data here.

I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very
welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when the
center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit
around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the
auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now
visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your
back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access
resume.

best,
Laurie Larson - Princeton


-----Original Message-----

Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and
slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or
killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who
remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope population
on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no four-legged
alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in NJ.

I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking tower
at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful Dunlin or
Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry, they'll find
Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge management would
knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the refuge's ecosystem
from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW offer for its
request?

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly



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Date: 11/28/17 4:39 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Downy Woodpecker Excavating Roosting Hole (Video)
I took some video of a male Downy Woodpecker excavating a roosting hole in an apple tree in my yard. I liked the way he pecked at the inside of the hole, then turned around and tossed out the debris.

Video at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/38655692396/

Steve Byland
Warren Township
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Date: 11/28/17 1:14 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Restarting the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count - Jan. 7th 2018
This season I will be restarting the Cape May County Belleplain CBC. Paul
Kosten has coordinated the Belleplain CBC from 1988 - 2014, and has handed
the reins off to me to continue the count into the foreseeable future.

The count will be conducted on January 7th 2018, the first Sunday of the
new year. Previous years have been done between the Cape May CBC and the
Cumberland CBC, which just so happens to land very near to Christmas. I've
decided to move the count outside of the holidays in hopes of getting more
participation.

Please see the attached map for the CBC circle and the various areas within:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=165SfVAl7hiVv7rsf0Mtgr5Ro-wDmfIAp&usp=sharing

I'm looking for new participants to this count which includes Jakes
Landing, Stimpsons Island, Belleplain State Forest, in Cape May County and
many bayshore beaches like Moores, Thompson, and East Point roads in
Cumberland County. Please feel free to drop me an email if you would like
to participate!

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 11/28/17 7:31 am
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County observer revision
And the GRAY KINGBIRD continues to put on a show in the vicinity of Pearl, Stites and Crystal on Cape May Pt.

Good Birding!

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County observer revision

Apologies, it was Mike Lanzone that found the Gray Kingbird. They are both
great guys! The kingbird was last seen flying west from Pearl & Stites Ave
in Cape May Point.

Two of the Sandhill Cranes were just seen from North Cape May heading
towards Higbee Beach WMA.

Thanks,

Sam

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Date: 11/28/17 6:55 am
From: Brian Kushner <bkushner2...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
>> The nest was moved to the seaview hotel area down the street. The falcons will still be hunting Forsythe.

Brian Kushner
Audubon NJ

> On Nov 27, 2017, at 3:39 PM, Bill Elrick <belrick...> wrote:
>
> I agree it is time we stopped being over protective of the peregrines and
> thought that myself this spring as we drove round Brig. I would love it if
> they opened that road to the south bound traffic as there is a huge
> un-birded area there.
> This would also save on substantial gas use as we would not have to go all
> the way round.
> I also think you may be missing the point as the Peregrines may have the
> last say and just take over an Osprey nest site and stay anyway. If they do
> would they be allowed to nest or would we then have to evict them, I hope
> not.
>
> Bill Elrick
> Wyckoff.
>> On 27 Nov 2017 2:56 pm, "Lester Block" <lesterblock311...> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks for your insight Don....much appreciated. I would like to add that
>> Peregrine Falcons have successfully nest on the ACH (formerly the Hilton)
>> Casino in Atlantic City. Not very far from the refuge at all. They have
>> been nesting there for a number of years.
>> Lester Block
>> Galloway Township, NJ
>>
>>> On November 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>>
>>> Thoughts on Forsythe's Peregrines:
>>>
>>>
>>> If someone tries to pin me down to my favorite bird, the answer is
>> Peregrine Falcon, so please know I am not disrespecting this species. The
>> staff of NJ ENSP and other organizations that have helped bring nesting
>> Peregrines back to NJ deserve our respect and appreciation.
>>>
>>>
>>> However, years ago I participated in a meeting about wildlife management
>> at Forsythe NWR, and argued that if the objective for the impoundments in
>> Galloway was habitat for migrating shorebirds, and migrating and wintering
>> waterfowl, it made no sense to host nesting and resident Peregrines,
>> especially because Peregrines historically would have been present at the
>> refuge only during migration, and not in summer (=shorebird migration) or
>> winter (= waterfowl migration and wintering). Later, I spent five years
>> (2011-2016) working at the refuge, and participated in the development of
>> the refuge habitat management plan, and again argued that to be consistent
>> with goals for the impoundments, hosting nesting and resident Peregrine
>> Falcons did not make sense. I no longer work at the refuge and in no way
>> speak for the USFWS, but I commend the decision to remove the peregrine
>> tower. I think refuge manager Virginia Rettig's Facebook post, referenced
>> earlier here, clearly expressed the reasoning behind the move.
>>>
>>>
>>> It is safe to say that the Peregrines nesting at Forsythe did not kill
>> enough birds to have any genetic effect on any species. What they did do
>> was haze the birds using that valuable habitat, play with them if you will,
>> forcing the shorebirds and ducks to fly, sit, fly, use valuable energy, and
>> sometimes leave the impoundments entirely. If thousands of public dollars
>> are being spent to create, maintain and manage those impoundments for
>> shorebirds and waterfowl, why create artificial habitat for a species which
>> interferes with those goals? Even if it was awesome to watch the spectacle
>> of hunting Peregrines the year round.
>>>
>>>
>>> Even with the tower, Peregrines have never been common at the refuge -
>> regular, yes, but not common. My personal high count for Peregrine Falcon
>> at the impoundments is 11, and that was on an early October northeaster,
>> the peak of PEFA fall migration. We can certainly expect to see Peregrines
>> using the refuge impoundments during spring and fall migration in the
>> future, though they may no longer be a "lock" at any time of year.
>>>
>>>
>>> Again, I no longer work or speak for the USFWS, but commend the staff of
>> Forsythe for doing a great job and making difficult but wise decisions.
>>>
>>>
>>> Don
>>>
>>>
>>> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Don Freiday,
>>> Cape May, NJ
>>> The Freiday Bird Blog: http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/
>>>
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of llarson <
>> <llarson2...>
>>> Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:28:10 AM
>>> To: <JERSEYBI...>
>>> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good
>> thing?
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial
>> on the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasn’t
>> native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense
>> against such a predator. Peregrines didn’t evolve living in marshes; they
>> lived in rocky cliffs. As far I’m aware, the descendants of hacked birds
>> have nested on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted
>> as if the USFW scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at
>> a nearby building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the
>> Brigantine ‘delicatessen’ conveniently.
>>>
>>> Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by
>> Peregrines have made a very big difference one way or the other to the
>> waterfowl or shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the
>> Peregrine population back up. If I’m wrong I hope someone will share the
>> data here.
>>>
>>> I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very
>> welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when
>> the center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit
>> around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the
>> auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now
>> visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your
>> back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access
>> resume.
>>>
>>> best,
>>> Laurie Larson - Princeton
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>
>>> Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and
>> slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or
>> killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who
>> remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope
>> population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no
>> four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in
>> NJ.
>>>
>>> I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking
>> tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful
>> Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry,
>> they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge
>> management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the
>> refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW
>> offer for its request?
>>>
>>> Marc Chelemer
>>> Tenafly
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 11/28/17 6:37 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County observer revision
Apologies, it was Mike Lanzone that found the Gray Kingbird. They are both
great guys! The kingbird was last seen flying west from Pearl & Stites Ave
in Cape May Point.

Two of the Sandhill Cranes were just seen from North Cape May heading
towards Higbee Beach WMA.

Thanks,

Sam

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Date: 11/28/17 6:10 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gray Kingbird, Cape May County
Tom Johnson just found a Gray Kingbird in Cape May Point. It’s flying from Coral Ave. & Howard to Whilden Ave and Lincoln.

The Northern Shrike was seen again yesterday at the Beanery and six Sandhill Cranes we’re flying around the point late yesterday afternoon.

Good birding,

Sam


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Date: 11/28/17 5:17 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (26 Nov 2017) 65 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 19 82 309
Northern Harrier 1 14 74
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 51 1154
Cooper's Hawk 2 36 212
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 42 69
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 32 481 616
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 24 40
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 1 5 110
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 67
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 14 71

Total: 65 757 9303
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Al Ambler, Brian Butler, Jack McCormack, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Additional observers: Brian Hardiman, Sara Hart, Phil Rodriguez.

Hikers - 4.


Weather:
mostly cloudy in a.m. to mostly sunny in p.m., wind NW 5-15 w/ gusts to 24,
temp 36-39 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 8:43A, 8:52A, 9:35I, 9:52A, 9:53I, 9:54A, 9:55A, 10:11A, 10:48A,
11:14A, 11:27A, 1:13A, 1:44I, 2;03I, 2:13A, 2:14A, 2:44I, 3:04A, 3:11I.

GE - 8:41A, 3:27I.

Great late season day which featured tremendous eagle action all day long
as well as great diversity! We counted 19 Bald Eagles as migrants, but
easily saw over 30 with birds chasing, sparring, and vocalizing.

Bird of the Day goes to the beautifully marked immature Bald Eagle that
came in low on the reservoir side and passed us. It then decided to come
back, cross over the ridge-top in front of us to the river side, gain
altitude, and then head south. A wonderful study of this bird!

Great effort by all today and very much appreciated!!!

(Thank you to JT for conducting the count today and writing this report! It
was a fine, fine late November day...BH)

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon - 3.
DC Cormorant - 1.
Raven - 4.
BV - 1.
TV - 1.
Robins.
Bluebirds.
Juncos.

Coyotes - heard near dark at end of day.
========================================================================
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Date: 11/28/17 5:17 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (24 Nov 2017) Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 0 59 286
Northern Harrier 0 12 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 0 34 210
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 0 449 584
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 22 38
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 66
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 13 70

Total: 0 687 9233
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Tom Bailey

Observers:

Visitors:
Hikers - 9.

Many, many thanks to you, Tom, for your stalwart efforts today...you
deserved better! BH


Weather:
0% cloud cover, wind NW 2-5 w/ gusts to 13 early changing to S 1-2 by noon,
temp 31-44 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
-0- (zero) raptors seen, migrants or locals!

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven - 1.
Amer. Crow - 1.
Robins & Juncos - a few.
Cedar Waxwings - 8.
========================================================================
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Date: 11/28/17 5:17 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (25 Nov 2017) 5 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 4 63 290
Northern Harrier 1 13 73
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 0 34 210
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 0 449 584
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 22 38
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 66
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 13 70

Total: 5 692 9238
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 14:15:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers:

Visitors:
Hikers - 22.


A big THANK YOU to JT for his solo effort today! BH


Weather:
partly cloudy and hazy, wind S/SW 3-10+ dropping off in p.m., temp 42-50
deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:24I, 12:12I, 12:15I, 1:03A.

Bird of the Day - the female Harrier that came in on the reservoir side and
drifted lazily over the ridge top and continued south on the river side
offering nice views.

Non-raptor Observations:
Bluebirds.
Juncos.
Robins.
Pileated Woodpecker - fly by.
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Date: 11/27/17 6:38 pm
From: L Larson <llarson2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] List of NJ Christmas bird counts
I’ve posted a corrected version of the NJ Christmas Count list at

http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson2/misc/cbc2017.html

Thanks to all who contributed data and corrections, and to Mike Anderson for compiling the list again this year.
If you have additional changes or updates please send them to me or Mike.

The National Audubon web page with all CBC circles mapped is found at:
https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd



Happy counting,
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Date: 11/27/17 1:31 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Mizpah Christmas Bird Count - Saturday, Dec. 30
The ninth Mizpah Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December
30. This relatively new circle includes much of inland Atlantic County,
from Mays Landing north and west to the edge of Vineland. This is not a
high-diversity circle but it does include some interesting, historic, and
scenic areas, and provides a little data from an area of the state rarely
covered by most birders.

We welcome birders of any skill level to join-- please send me an email
off-list if you'd like to participate. Thanks and good luck to everyone
participating in CBCs this year.


best
tr


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Date: 11/27/17 12:40 pm
From: Bill Elrick <belrick...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
I agree it is time we stopped being over protective of the peregrines and
thought that myself this spring as we drove round Brig. I would love it if
they opened that road to the south bound traffic as there is a huge
un-birded area there.
This would also save on substantial gas use as we would not have to go all
the way round.
I also think you may be missing the point as the Peregrines may have the
last say and just take over an Osprey nest site and stay anyway. If they do
would they be allowed to nest or would we then have to evict them, I hope
not.

Bill Elrick
Wyckoff.
On 27 Nov 2017 2:56 pm, "Lester Block" <lesterblock311...> wrote:

> Thanks for your insight Don....much appreciated. I would like to add that
> Peregrine Falcons have successfully nest on the ACH (formerly the Hilton)
> Casino in Atlantic City. Not very far from the refuge at all. They have
> been nesting there for a number of years.
> Lester Block
> Galloway Township, NJ
>
> > On November 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> >
> > Thoughts on Forsythe's Peregrines:
> >
> >
> > If someone tries to pin me down to my favorite bird, the answer is
> Peregrine Falcon, so please know I am not disrespecting this species. The
> staff of NJ ENSP and other organizations that have helped bring nesting
> Peregrines back to NJ deserve our respect and appreciation.
> >
> >
> > However, years ago I participated in a meeting about wildlife management
> at Forsythe NWR, and argued that if the objective for the impoundments in
> Galloway was habitat for migrating shorebirds, and migrating and wintering
> waterfowl, it made no sense to host nesting and resident Peregrines,
> especially because Peregrines historically would have been present at the
> refuge only during migration, and not in summer (=shorebird migration) or
> winter (= waterfowl migration and wintering). Later, I spent five years
> (2011-2016) working at the refuge, and participated in the development of
> the refuge habitat management plan, and again argued that to be consistent
> with goals for the impoundments, hosting nesting and resident Peregrine
> Falcons did not make sense. I no longer work at the refuge and in no way
> speak for the USFWS, but I commend the decision to remove the peregrine
> tower. I think refuge manager Virginia Rettig's Facebook post, referenced
> earlier here, clearly expressed the reasoning behind the move.
> >
> >
> > It is safe to say that the Peregrines nesting at Forsythe did not kill
> enough birds to have any genetic effect on any species. What they did do
> was haze the birds using that valuable habitat, play with them if you will,
> forcing the shorebirds and ducks to fly, sit, fly, use valuable energy, and
> sometimes leave the impoundments entirely. If thousands of public dollars
> are being spent to create, maintain and manage those impoundments for
> shorebirds and waterfowl, why create artificial habitat for a species which
> interferes with those goals? Even if it was awesome to watch the spectacle
> of hunting Peregrines the year round.
> >
> >
> > Even with the tower, Peregrines have never been common at the refuge -
> regular, yes, but not common. My personal high count for Peregrine Falcon
> at the impoundments is 11, and that was on an early October northeaster,
> the peak of PEFA fall migration. We can certainly expect to see Peregrines
> using the refuge impoundments during spring and fall migration in the
> future, though they may no longer be a "lock" at any time of year.
> >
> >
> > Again, I no longer work or speak for the USFWS, but commend the staff of
> Forsythe for doing a great job and making difficult but wise decisions.
> >
> >
> > Don
> >
> >
> > ---------------------------------------------------------------
> > Don Freiday,
> > Cape May, NJ
> > The Freiday Bird Blog: http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of llarson <
> <llarson2...>
> > Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:28:10 AM
> > To: <JERSEYBI...>
> > Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good
> thing?
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial
> on the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasn’t
> native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense
> against such a predator. Peregrines didn’t evolve living in marshes; they
> lived in rocky cliffs. As far I’m aware, the descendants of hacked birds
> have nested on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted
> as if the USFW scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at
> a nearby building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the
> Brigantine ‘delicatessen’ conveniently.
> >
> > Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by
> Peregrines have made a very big difference one way or the other to the
> waterfowl or shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the
> Peregrine population back up. If I’m wrong I hope someone will share the
> data here.
> >
> > I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very
> welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when
> the center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit
> around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the
> auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now
> visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your
> back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access
> resume.
> >
> > best,
> > Laurie Larson - Princeton
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >
> > Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and
> slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or
> killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who
> remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope
> population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no
> four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in
> NJ.
> >
> > I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking
> tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful
> Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry,
> they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge
> management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the
> refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW
> offer for its request?
> >
> > Marc Chelemer
> > Tenafly
> >
> >
> >
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Date: 11/27/17 12:20 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (19 Nov 2017) 38 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 11 59 286
Northern Harrier 1 12 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 1 34 210
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 16 449 584
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 6 22 38
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 66
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 13 70

Total: 38 687 9233
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Brian Butler, Brian Hardiman, Jack McCormack, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Craig Stockert, Phil Rodriguez, Sara Hart, John Workman.

A big WELCOME BACK to John Workman who made it up to the ridge for the
first time this season and was rewarded with some nice raptor action.
Great to see you again John!


Weather:
mostly cloudy all day with some breaks of sunshine in the p.m., wind WNW
15-25 w/ gusts to 36, temp 41 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 9:25A, 9:28A, 9:35I, 9:37I, 11:34I, 12:50I, 1:26I, 1:48A, 2:04(2A),
2:06I.

GE - 9:34I, 10:38A, 11:08A, 1:52A, 2:12I, 2:27A.

PG - 2:14A.

And additional 6-8 Bald Eagles were seen but not counted including nice
looks at 4 Balds that came in together as one group but then drifted back
north.

Also one Golden Eagle that approached the watch site but turned back north
and was not counted.

Bird of the Day: honors go to the immature Golden Eagle that was spotted
low in the river valley well below us, hugging the mountainside. The bird
eventually turned to the west and flew right out over the river in
beautiful light offering sweet looks!! An easy pick for Bird of the Day!!


Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 4.
Cedar Waxwings.
American Robins.
Grackles - large flocks.
Herring & Ring-billed Gulls.
========================================================================
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Date: 11/27/17 12:03 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 0 48 275
Northern Harrier 0 11 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 0 433 568
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 16 32
American Kestrel 0 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 11 68

Total: 0 649 9195
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Other observers, visitors, entertainers, reprobates, and such: Scott Wood,
Bradley Fine, Al Ambler, Denise Thomson, Susan Cooper, Sara Hart, Rick
Ford, Craig Stockert, Keb' 'Mo, Tom Campbell, Jingle & Jangle, Frank
Merentino, Dave Zawalich, Pat Jacques, Chris & Oliver Wood, Mike & Nora &
friend from Wildcat Ridge, Luke Danes. (any omissions, errors,
misspellings, etc is entirely NOT my fault)


Weather:
overcast w/ intermittent showers changing to rain, wind S 10-20 then
decreasing, temps in the 40s.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors? What raptors? Our tally was -0-...as in ZERO...for today's
count.

The lack of birds and crummy weather did not dampen our spirits on this
special day--we celebrated COONAPALOOZA XIII, our annual party on the
mountain where we raise our glasses to the hawks and hawk gods, offer a
sacrifice or two, and give tribute to everything that is great about
Raccoon Ridge. Weather be damned, we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.

Some will say "Coonapalooza the 13th" was ill-fated from the start with
rain falling for the very first time at a 'palooza...and then there were
also 'dark 'n stormy' issues, and of course who can forget the Great Pizza
Debacle of '17.

However, these setbacks were more than compensated for by a fine selection
of craft beverages, a stunningly beautiful (and I cannot emphasize enough
the words 'stunningly beautiful') junco that came to our seed (ah, the
light!)...AND...the distant and haunting call of a raven heard thru the fog
and rain...AND...DRUM ROLL PLEASE...Mr. Ambler's steaming hot, tasty, and
lusciously magnificent PULLED PORK!!! This pulled pork made such an
impression on us (and our palates) that it earns Bird of the Day honors.
We'll settle for nothing less, Al, for future Coonapaloozas!

Non-raptor Observations:
Bear - one seen by Tommy C. and gang on their hike out at the end of the
day (no, really, they did see one).
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Date: 11/27/17 11:56 am
From: Lester Block <lesterblock311...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
Thanks for your insight Don....much appreciated. I would like to add that Peregrine Falcons have successfully nest on the ACH (formerly the Hilton) Casino in Atlantic City. Not very far from the refuge at all. They have been nesting there for a number of years.
Lester Block
Galloway Township, NJ

> On November 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM Don Freiday <peregrine43...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
>
>
> Thoughts on Forsythe's Peregrines:
>
>
> If someone tries to pin me down to my favorite bird, the answer is Peregrine Falcon, so please know I am not disrespecting this species. The staff of NJ ENSP and other organizations that have helped bring nesting Peregrines back to NJ deserve our respect and appreciation.
>
>
> However, years ago I participated in a meeting about wildlife management at Forsythe NWR, and argued that if the objective for the impoundments in Galloway was habitat for migrating shorebirds, and migrating and wintering waterfowl, it made no sense to host nesting and resident Peregrines, especially because Peregrines historically would have been present at the refuge only during migration, and not in summer (=shorebird migration) or winter (= waterfowl migration and wintering). Later, I spent five years (2011-2016) working at the refuge, and participated in the development of the refuge habitat management plan, and again argued that to be consistent with goals for the impoundments, hosting nesting and resident Peregrine Falcons did not make sense. I no longer work at the refuge and in no way speak for the USFWS, but I commend the decision to remove the peregrine tower. I think refuge manager Virginia Rettig's Facebook post, referenced earlier here, clearly expressed the reasoning behind the move.
>
>
> It is safe to say that the Peregrines nesting at Forsythe did not kill enough birds to have any genetic effect on any species. What they did do was haze the birds using that valuable habitat, play with them if you will, forcing the shorebirds and ducks to fly, sit, fly, use valuable energy, and sometimes leave the impoundments entirely. If thousands of public dollars are being spent to create, maintain and manage those impoundments for shorebirds and waterfowl, why create artificial habitat for a species which interferes with those goals? Even if it was awesome to watch the spectacle of hunting Peregrines the year round.
>
>
> Even with the tower, Peregrines have never been common at the refuge - regular, yes, but not common. My personal high count for Peregrine Falcon at the impoundments is 11, and that was on an early October northeaster, the peak of PEFA fall migration. We can certainly expect to see Peregrines using the refuge impoundments during spring and fall migration in the future, though they may no longer be a "lock" at any time of year.
>
>
> Again, I no longer work or speak for the USFWS, but commend the staff of Forsythe for doing a great job and making difficult but wise decisions.
>
>
> Don
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> Don Freiday,
> Cape May, NJ
> The Freiday Bird Blog: http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/
>
> ________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of llarson <llarson2...>
> Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:28:10 AM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
>
> Hi,
>
> In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial on the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasn’t native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense against such a predator. Peregrines didn’t evolve living in marshes; they lived in rocky cliffs. As far I’m aware, the descendants of hacked birds have nested on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted as if the USFW scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at a nearby building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the Brigantine ‘delicatessen’ conveniently.
>
> Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by Peregrines have made a very big difference one way or the other to the waterfowl or shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the Peregrine population back up. If I’m wrong I hope someone will share the data here.
>
> I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when the center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access resume.
>
> best,
> Laurie Larson - Princeton
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
>
> Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in NJ.
>
> I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry, they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW offer for its request?
>
> Marc Chelemer
> Tenafly
>
>
>
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Date: 11/27/17 10:28 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrines at Brig, etc.
Interesting conversation about the removal of the hack tower at Forsythe/Brig.

We birders of a certain age will remember when peregrines were being re-introduced into the eastern United States and hack towers constructed such as the one at Brig. Some may be surprised to know that this initiative did not meet with universal acceptance among birders and ornithological pros. To many of us there was a certain "artificiality" about the whole thing given that re-introduced birds were not the "pure" eastern sub-species and, as one commenter noted, hack towers were being placed in non-traditional locations such as the middle of Brig.

That being said, I too have enjoyed seeing the peregrines at Brig, and do not believe their presence has had
any statistical effect on health or viability of prey species. (Although they often cause a heck of a commotion among those other birds just trying to feed, rest, or mind their own business)! I think the rationale for removing the tower is sound, and am sure that peregrines will continue to frequent Brig, just as they do the other parts of New Jersey's rich coastal zone.


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Date: 11/27/17 10:16 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (17 Nov 2017) 99 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 130
Bald Eagle 8 48 275
Northern Harrier 2 11 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 48 1151
Cooper's Hawk 5 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 39 66
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6294
Red-tailed Hawk 75 433 568
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 16 32
American Kestrel 1 1 152
Merlin 0 4 109
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 11 68

Total: 99 649 9195
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Al Ambler, Jim Thomson

Visitors:
Mike Stutz - thanks for visiting (after making the long drive from south
Jersey).
Hikers - 9.


Thank you, Al and Jim, for your spotting and company today!


Weather:
100% cloud cover very early then mostly to partly sunny rest of day, wind
NW 5-22+, temp 32-38 deg F.


Raptor Observations:
BE - 6:57I, 7:05A, 7:23A, 7:43A, 8:03A, 10:48A, 12:41A, 3:28I.
(three immature BE moving to the NE and not counted)

GE - 8:25I, 3:12A.


A solid Bird of the Day contender was the morning immature Golden Eagle
that passed low on the river side giving tasty looks. Also, the late male
Kestrel showed its colors in dramatic afternoon sunlight and gave me pause
for BOTD, but the hands-down winner is the 7:23 adult Bald Eagle that put
our season count for this species at a record-breaking 270.



Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 3.
TV - 2.
Loon - 1.
American Crows - 3 flocks of 100+ each.
Robins - flocks of 15 & 30.
Canada Geese - flock of 10.
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Date: 11/27/17 10:08 am
From: James O'Brien <jphillipobrien...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Brig Peregrine
Theres a nest box just across the way in AC so its not like they will no longer be around.

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As I said in my original response, ENSP staff removed the box at the request of the USFWS. Any other questions regarding the removal should be directed to Forsythe refuge staff.
Thanks.
Mike BisignanoENSP
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Date: 11/27/17 10:04 am
From: Mike Bisignano <000004afb414b6e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig Peregrine
As I said in my original response, ENSP staff removed the box at the request of the USFWS.  Any other questions regarding the removal should be directed to Forsythe refuge staff. 
Thanks.
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Date: 11/27/17 9:15 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
Hi all,


Thoughts on Forsythe's Peregrines:


If someone tries to pin me down to my favorite bird, the answer is Peregrine Falcon, so please know I am not disrespecting this species. The staff of NJ ENSP and other organizations that have helped bring nesting Peregrines back to NJ deserve our respect and appreciation.


However, years ago I participated in a meeting about wildlife management at Forsythe NWR, and argued that if the objective for the impoundments in Galloway was habitat for migrating shorebirds, and migrating and wintering waterfowl, it made no sense to host nesting and resident Peregrines, especially because Peregrines historically would have been present at the refuge only during migration, and not in summer (=shorebird migration) or winter (= waterfowl migration and wintering). Later, I spent five years (2011-2016) working at the refuge, and participated in the development of the refuge habitat management plan, and again argued that to be consistent with goals for the impoundments, hosting nesting and resident Peregrine Falcons did not make sense. I no longer work at the refuge and in no way speak for the USFWS, but I commend the decision to remove the peregrine tower. I think refuge manager Virginia Rettig's Facebook post, referenced earlier here, clearly expressed the reasoning behind the move.


It is safe to say that the Peregrines nesting at Forsythe did not kill enough birds to have any genetic effect on any species. What they did do was haze the birds using that valuable habitat, play with them if you will, forcing the shorebirds and ducks to fly, sit, fly, use valuable energy, and sometimes leave the impoundments entirely. If thousands of public dollars are being spent to create, maintain and manage those impoundments for shorebirds and waterfowl, why create artificial habitat for a species which interferes with those goals? Even if it was awesome to watch the spectacle of hunting Peregrines the year round.


Even with the tower, Peregrines have never been common at the refuge - regular, yes, but not common. My personal high count for Peregrine Falcon at the impoundments is 11, and that was on an early October northeaster, the peak of PEFA fall migration. We can certainly expect to see Peregrines using the refuge impoundments during spring and fall migration in the future, though they may no longer be a "lock" at any time of year.


Again, I no longer work or speak for the USFWS, but commend the staff of Forsythe for doing a great job and making difficult but wise decisions.


Don


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Cape May, NJ
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From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of llarson <llarson2...>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:28:10 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?

Hi,

In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial on the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasnt native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense against such a predator. Peregrines didnt evolve living in marshes; they lived in rocky cliffs. As far Im aware, the descendants of hacked birds have nested on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted as if the USFW scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at a nearby building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the Brigantine delicatessen conveniently.

Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by Peregrines have made a very big difference one way or the other to the waterfowl or shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the Peregrine population back up. If Im wrong I hope someone will share the data here.

I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when the center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access resume.

best,
Laurie Larson - Princeton


-----Original Message-----

Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in NJ.

I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry, they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW offer for its request?

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly



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Date: 11/27/17 8:28 am
From: llarson <llarson2...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
Hi,

In the 1970s-80s, when the Peregrine tower was new, it was controversial on the opposite grounds -- that it introduced a predator where it wasn+IBk-t native, and where the prey species were not adapted with any defense against such a predator. Peregrines didn+IBk-t evolve living in marshes; they lived in rocky cliffs. As far I+IBk-m aware, the descendants of hacked birds have nested on bridges or skyscrapers. It does sound from what was posted as if the USFW scientists are trying to encourage the Peregrines to nest at a nearby building, perhaps in AC, from which they can still shop at the Brigantine +IBg-delicatessen+IBk conveniently.

Overall, given the numbers involved I doubt that the predation by Peregrines have made a very big difference one way or the other to the waterfowl or shorebirds at Brig, while the towers did help to get the Peregrine population back up. If I+IBk-m wrong I hope someone will share the data here.

I find the possibility of re-opening the center cross-dike to be very welcome. Some birders remember a time before the Peregrine project, when the center dike was open to auto traffic. You could make a complete circuit around the East Pool without returning all the way to the beginning of the auto route, and you could search areas of the impoundments that are not now visible. Another advantage was viewing the East Pool with the light at your back in the afternoon. It would be nice to have foot and/or vehicle access resume.

best,
Laurie Larson - Princeton


-----Original Message-----

Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in NJ.

I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry, they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW offer for its request?

Marc Chelemer
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Date: 11/27/17 6:32 am
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Round Valley Swimming Area, Hunterdon
Hello JerseyBirders:

For those who would like to see some ducks but can't make the trip to Brig, we had some nice birds at the RV swimming area yesterday afternoon. Not great numbers but a nice variety. Buffleheads, Scaup, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Coot, and a Horned Grebe with nice rufous color on the neck.

We also stopped at Demott Pond where we saw one lone male Hooded Merg and a number of Gadwall with their subtle colors showing nicely in the late afternoon light.

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Date: 11/27/17 4:01 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Removal of an alpha predator: this is a good thing?
Mike:

Isn't removing the one unique predator which removes the weak, sick, and slow from the bird population on the refuge the equivalent of removing (or killing off, in the case of most human intervention) wolves and coyotes who remove the weak, slow, and sick ungulates from a deer or antelope population on the ground? We have observed what happens when there are no four-legged alpha predators: just think about the overpopulation of deer in NJ.

I'm not saying with any certainty that the lack of a Peregrine hacking tower at Forsythe will somehow allow an explosion of fat and slothful Dunlin or Green-winged Teal--if Peregrines are living nearby and hungry, they'll find Forsythe just fine--but it seems strange to me that refuge management would knowingly remove one of the balancing elements of the refuge's ecosystem from within that ecosystem. What rationale did the USFW offer for its request?

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly

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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of Mike Bisignano
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:52 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info

The Forsythe NWR (Brig) Peregrine Falcon nest box was removed by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species staff (ENSP) approximately three weeks ago. Tower decommission was requested by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Brig tower was one of the original NJ Peregrine hack sites erected in the late 1970s. ENSP staff has installed a new Peregrine box on a local hotel not far from the refuge. Our hope is that the Brig pair will find this new nest site attractive, take up residence and produce healthy broods in the future.
ENSP staff has no knowledge regarding any potential opening of the cross dike to foot traffic. Any questions concerning this issue should be directed to the USFWS staff at the refuge.
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Date: 11/26/17 7:55 pm
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Painted Bunting; upcoming NJ Young Birders Club trip
Jerseybirds,

I found a "green-type" Painted Bunting at Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan this afternoon. Bird was at the western end of the park in a big patch of bayberry and goldenrod. This park has some good habitat of thickets, fields, & small stands of red cedar, sassafrass, & other native trees. Combined with its position along the coast, this MCPS Conservation Area is worth checking for migrants/vagrants in fall and early winter.

On another note, the next NJ Audubon Young Birders Club field trip is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec 2nd at Forsythe NWR (Brigantine). Great time of year to see large numbers & variety of waterfowl, eagles, harriers, other raptors, & maybe a surprise or two. Trip is free and open to young birders ages 11-17 plus parents/guardian. We just ask that you let us know you plan to attend.

The trip details are posted on the club website: http://njyoungbirders.weebly.com

Good birding,
Scott Barnes


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Date: 11/26/17 5:41 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Correction on my prior comment - Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info
To all,

I can barely recall what I wrote the other day. Reason ? it was very early
in the morning, and I was in a ultra rush to get out of the house to find
birds

What I meant to write was:

So I am *NOT*hell bent on wishing for access to the cross dike.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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From: Mike Bisignano
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:52 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info

The Forsythe NWR (Brig) Peregrine Falcon nest box was removed by NJ Division
of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species staff (ENSP)
approximately three weeks ago. Tower decommission was requested by the US
Fish and Wildlife Service. The Brig tower was one of the original NJ
Peregrine hack sites erected in the late 1970s. ENSP staff has installed a
new Peregrine box on a local hotel not far from the refuge. Our hope is that
the Brig pair will find this new nest site attractive, take up residence and
produce healthy broods in the future.
ENSP staff has no knowledge regarding any potential opening of the cross
dike to foot traffic.
Any questions concerning this issue should be directed to the USFWS staff at
the refuge.
Mike BisignanoNJ Division of Fish and WildlifeEndangered and Nongame Species
Program
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Date: 11/26/17 5:21 pm
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Banders
In response to my post last evening, I have heard from Bob Yunick, a well known bander from upstate New York. He has asked that I advise that he is available to band hummingbirds in New Jersey. Here is his contact info,

Bob Yunick
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518-377-0146

And for those interested, an article detailing his experience in the field.

https://yourniskayuna.com/blog/2015/08/28/niskayuna-hummingbird-expert/

Good birding.

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ


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Date: 11/26/17 3:31 pm
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Holgate (LBI) CBC - Birders needed! 12/31/2017
Hello fellow birders. Our CBC team that covers Holgate, needs help. Holgate is a unit of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge located on the southern tip of Long Beach Island. It's a thin strip of land about 3 miles long with beach on the east side, marsh on the west side and dunes w/ vegetation in the middle.
I'm going to be honest, it's a grueling trek to cover the whole place. We cover about 7-8 miles round trip- hiking through sand, slogging through marsh, climbing over dunes and forcing our way through Bayberry thickets. If that sounds like your kind of fun, join us!
The first couple of hours we seawatch. You don't need to be an expert seawatcher to participate. We usually have 1 person count only Gannets, another person count only Red-throated Loons...every set of eyes is helpful. We need a person to be the recorder to keep the tally too.
So far there are only 3 of us. We've done it before with 3 but ideally we will have 6. Covering the peninsula as two teams of 3 gets a much more accurate count. Keeping eyes on the bay, the ocean and the dunes is too much for 1 team. We usually spread out in a line on the return journey to ensure complete coverage.
It takes about 5 hours to cover the peninsula. It's not an easy walk but everyone who does this count loves it. It's a really fun day, one of my favorite days of the year. The biggest incentive of the effort is that we have a federal permit to go into the dunes and explore the protected marsh areas that are always off limits. It's looking like a good year for Snowies. We had them every year but 1. The last irruption year we tallied 7! There's always interesting birds to find. Snow Buntings and Horned Larks every year, Glaucous Gull has been recorded a few times, a Lark Sparrow one year, Short-eared Owl and Bittern one year and a naked eye view of a Dovekie once also!
The physical demands of this count need to be considered before volunteering but we could really use some help. The count is on Saturday, December 31st.
If you have any questions, please ask (off list). I will provide my phone number through private email if requested.

Thanks,

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Date: 11/26/17 2:15 pm
From: Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sunday at Brig
I would never question the word of House Stark, nor doubt the evidence of
falling temperatures and the annual seasonal return of Dark-eyed Juncos to
my back yard 2 days ago, but a trip to Forsyth NWR (aka Brig) today
confirmed that winter is indeed coming.


In chronological order, here are the birds I observed today at Brig that
I've seen only in winter or during migration. (Following were seen en route
to Gull Pond, less than a mile from the main entrance, before I even got
onto Wildlife Drive):

Ring-necked Duck

Pie-billed Grebe

Blue-winged Teal

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Coot

Tundra Swan


Other winter visitors/migrants along the 8-mile long Wildlife Drive loop:

Ring-billed Gull

Northern Pintail

Eurasian Wigeon (was pointed out to me - birders are very friendly and
helpful)

Snow Goose

Brant

Northern Shoveler



And the usual cast of characters I've seen at Brig in various seasons:

Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Mallard

Canada Goose

Northern Harrier

Mute Swan

Herring Gull

American Black Duck

Double-crested Cormorant

Snowy Egret (must have missed its flight south with the rest of the gang)

Great Black-backed Gull

Dunlin (I think) and other Sandpiper species (I gave up on IDs a while ago)

Hooded Merganser

Peregrine Falcon

Great Egret (should team up with Snowy Egret to head south!)

Ruddy Duck

Dark-eyed Junco


And no, autocorrect, a Harrier is not a Harriet; nor is a Dunlin the same
as Dublin.


Ilene Schneider
Marlton



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Date: 11/26/17 10:19 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tundra swans and ducks
Jerseybirders, I was at Brig yesterday.  Tundra swans were abundant, and
I observed behavior I had never noticed before:  most of the tundra
swans had attendant ducks (and coots) dabbling around them at close
quarters.  In fact, the behavior reminded me of cattle egrets.  Along
with the coots, the attendant ducks included ring-necked and
green-winged teal.  I assume that the swans' foraging was stirring up
goodies in the water, but I've simply never noticed this behavior
before.  Is this a well-known phenomenon?

I note that the same behavior was emphatically NOT taking place around
mute swans - they've got no friends in the pool!

Susan Treesh
Somerset



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Date: 11/26/17 7:39 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] 1+2
This morning there were 3 Trumpeter Swans visible at Assunpink WMA. The
first was viewed from the main boat launch area of Lake Assunpink with 4
nearby Mute Swans.
The other 2 were seen from the parking area of Stone Tavern Lake keeping
company with 2 Mute Swans.
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Date: 11/26/17 6:06 am
From: ernest hahn <ernestphahn...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
The following is from the Refuge’s Facebook page
Message from Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig:

If you’ve been out on the refuge Wildlife Drive in Galloway Township recently, you may have noticed that the peregrine falcon tower on Cross Dike was removed. In the 1930’s and 40’s the eastern peregrine falcon population was at 350 breeding pairs; however, with the negative impacts of the pesticide DDT, the population plummeted to zero pairs in 1964. As a result, State and Federal organizations began to monitor the population and conducted work to improve nesting success. In fact, after DDT was banned, the first wild nesting peregrine falcon pair was on Forsythe Refuge! Aiding peregrines by building hacking towers and artificial nest structures allowed the population in New Jersey to stabilize and we now have about 25 active pairs of birds in the State. Over the last few years, we have been reviewing our refuge management objectives. The Wildlife Drive impoundments are primarily managed to provide resting and foraging habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl, all of which!
are food for peregrines. Therefore, in cooperation with the State, the peregrine falcon nest structure was moved off-refuge. You may notice that the tower near Jen’s Trail was also removed as it is not being used any longer. It was originally installed for the peregrine hacking project. For more information on peregrine falcons in New Jersey, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/dsr/trends/pdfs/peregrine.pdf.

Photo by John Orlich

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> On Nov 26, 2017, at 7:46 AM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:
>
> Jus to follow up on HT's post, I was also curious regarding his comments and questions, especially about the possibilities of allowing foot traffic along the peregrine cross dike in near future.
>
> Before I go any further my bird looker hobby resume may be in order, I rarely chase birds, do not keep a list and not a bird picture taking freak at all cost. Also, when ever a large group of birders are looking at a rare bird from the dike drive. most often, I just keep going hoping I would see that same bird some where else soon. So I am hell bent on wishing for access to the cross dike.
>
> With that said what if those in charge of Brig is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement, and are seeking public comment regarding allowing foot traffic along the cross dike where the Peregrine hack tower used to be, what would be the result of public comment ?
>
> My guess is only a fraction of birders/picture takers would actually make the effort to walk across or even get out to the middle of the cross dike. Less than a fraction during the fly season ? Allowing foot traffic will cause irreversible negative impact on the birds in the impoundment ? Cause traffic hazard in terms of parked cars ?
>
> Can I assume runners/bikers will more likely flush birds into the air more more easily than a single birder or a small group of birders walking slowly along the cross dike ?
>
> Allowing foot traffic will result in a more positive experience to all visitors ?
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Harvey Tomlinson
> Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:08 AM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
>
> Hi Jersey Birders,
> It was very unnerving Not to see the iconic Peregrine Hack Tower at
> Brigantine yesterday.
> Anyone know why it's not there, or maybe where it went?
> Without it the Peregrines will no longer be breeding at Brig...after how
> many years?
> Does this mean the dike will be open to walk?
> It was also interesting to note that the grasses along the dikes were
> mowed. Last I heard there was going to be a 3 year rotation of mowing
> leaving at least 2/3 of the grasses standing each year.
> I guess the only thing that endures is change.......
> Good Birding,
> Harvey Tomlinson
> Del Haven NJ
>
>
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Date: 11/26/17 6:02 am
From: Mike Bisignano <000004afb414b6e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsyth (Brig) Peregrine Tower Info
The Forsythe NWR (Brig) Peregrine Falcon nest box was removed by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species staff (ENSP) approximately three weeks ago. Tower decommission was requested by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Brig tower was one of the original NJ Peregrine hack sites erected in the late 1970s. ENSP staff has installed a new Peregrine box on a local hotel not far from the refuge. Our hope is that the Brig pair will find this new nest site attractive, take up residence and produce healthy broods in the future.
ENSP staff has no knowledge regarding any potential opening of the cross dike to foot traffic. 
Any questions concerning this issue should be directed to the USFWS staff at the refuge.
Mike BisignanoNJ Division of Fish and WildlifeEndangered and Nongame Species Program
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Date: 11/26/17 4:46 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
Jus to follow up on HT's post, I was also curious regarding his comments and
questions, especially about the possibilities of allowing foot traffic along
the peregrine cross dike in near future.

Before I go any further my bird looker hobby resume may be in order, I
rarely chase birds, do not keep a list and not a bird picture taking freak
at all cost. Also, when ever a large group of birders are looking at a rare
bird from the dike drive. most often, I just keep going hoping I would see
that same bird some where else soon. So I am hell bent on wishing for access
to the cross dike.

With that said what if those in charge of Brig is preparing an Environmental
Impact Statement, and are seeking public comment regarding allowing foot
traffic along the cross dike where the Peregrine hack tower used to be, what
would be the result of public comment ?

My guess is only a fraction of birders/picture takers would actually make
the effort to walk across or even get out to the middle of the cross dike.
Less than a fraction during the fly season ? Allowing foot traffic will
cause irreversible negative impact on the birds in the impoundment ? Cause
traffic hazard in terms of parked cars ?

Can I assume runners/bikers will more likely flush birds into the air more
more easily than a single birder or a small group of birders walking slowly
along the cross dike ?

Allowing foot traffic will result in a more positive experience to all
visitors ?

Yong Kong
Camden County


-----Original Message-----
From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:08 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower

Hi Jersey Birders,
It was very unnerving Not to see the iconic Peregrine Hack Tower at
Brigantine yesterday.
Anyone know why it's not there, or maybe where it went?
Without it the Peregrines will no longer be breeding at Brig...after how
many years?
Does this mean the dike will be open to walk?
It was also interesting to note that the grasses along the dikes were
mowed. Last I heard there was going to be a 3 year rotation of mowing
leaving at least 2/3 of the grasses standing each year.
I guess the only thing that endures is change.......
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven NJ


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Date: 11/26/17 3:09 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Hack Tower
Hi Jersey Birders,
It was very unnerving Not to see the iconic Peregrine Hack Tower at
Brigantine yesterday.
Anyone know why it's not there, or maybe where it went?
Without it the Peregrines will no longer be breeding at Brig...after how
many years?
Does this mean the dike will be open to walk?
It was also interesting to note that the grasses along the dikes were
mowed. Last I heard there was going to be a 3 year rotation of mowing
leaving at least 2/3 of the grasses standing each year.
I guess the only thing that endures is change.......
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven NJ


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Date: 11/25/17 4:05 pm
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Of Western Stray Hummingbirds-No Sighting
Evening folks,
Four years ago, I expressed my frustration over New Jersey's lack of a hummingbird bander. That post may be found here:

https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1311&L=JerseyBi&P=R6041&1=JerseyBi&9=A&J=on&d=No+Match%3BMatch%3BMatches&z=4

At that time, a check of the Pa listserve would reveal frequent stories of western strays and the efforts made to identify, band and recover information from those winter wanderers. I could not understand why New Jersey, a state that was and continues to be at the forefront of all things bird, so to speak, had no bander.

Fast forward four years. Western strays in New Jersey are encountering the gentle touch of David LaPuma and a souvenir, a band that might pay informational dividends in the years/seasons to come. I, for one, am very grateful for David's dedication, efforts, and time.

Good holiday birding.

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ


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Date: 11/25/17 4:03 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] cape may - so.many.birds
Have I mentioned I love Cape May? I couldn't refind the Vesper Sparrow.
And no Golden Eagle or Cave Swallow, but a Northern Shrike was nice!
Note to self - the walk from the beanery main parking area to Stevens St.
is long..... drive next time.....

Well, I think I actually managed some pics of the Eurasian pair at the
lighthouse pond east. I think. I bumped the iso way up on my broken Sony.
I would love to see the bill and the gape area, but that one female was
definitely a warmer brown head. It should be the Eurasian hen.

Butterfly notes - monarchs, Painted Ladies, still around.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 11/25/17 10:24 am
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NORTHERN SHRIKE, Cape May - Beanery / Rea farm
There is currently a Northern Shrike at the Rea Farm/Beanery, Cape May, NJ. Visible from Stevens St. Looking North from weather station/ Rea family mailbox.

God Birding!

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Date: 11/25/17 10:02 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bird seed doves don't like?
Can anyone recommend bird seed that Mourning Doves won't eat? The only
requirement is that it can't leave any litter behind on the ground
(e.g., hulls). Right now I'm feeding a "no mess" mix that is probably
85-90% sunflower seed chips. Used to last several hours after I put it
out. Recently a good-sized flock of doves discovered the spot and the
feed is literally gone in 15 minutes. :-(

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Highland Park


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Date: 11/25/17 8:06 am
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] My day trip to Forsythe and Barnegat
Hello, all.

I hope everyone's had a good Thanksgiving. I had a successful birding day
trip to NJ yesterday. A good number of birds that I don't get near my home
in Virginia. Many helpful birders at Gull Pond showed me a number of great
species--my lifer Am. bittern among them. A Barnegat visit in the first
part of the afternoon had a few shorebirds, a couple Bonaparte's, 60
flyover brant, and two scoters, but no other good birds near the end of the
jetty. Last year when I was there I found eiders, harlequins, oldsquaw, two
scoter species, and red-throated loons, but many fewer boats. I wonder if
the higher number of boats scared the birds off. Any thoughts are
appreciated.

Great birding,

Shea


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Date: 11/24/17 8:34 pm
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] and a Rufous makes four
This morning I had the privilege of banding a Rufous Hummingbird at a private residence in Hunterdon County. The bird has been coming to a feeder since the morning of 11/21. So that makes THREE species of western hummers currently in the state! Based on plumage and measurements the bird in Hunterdon Co. is an adult female. I’ve posted photos in the Hummingbird Banding Flickr collection here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodcreeper/collections/72157690816680496/

When looking at the photos, note that R2 is a key feature for quickly separating Rufous from Allen’s, and in multiple shots you can see that R2 is indented on both sides, giving the feather a “nipple” appearance. This is not a feature found on Allen’s. Also, the wing chord was 44.71mm, which is outside of the range of Allen’s, and outside the range for male Rufous. Tail length was 28mm, also outside the range of Allen’s and a hatch-year male Rufous (this can’t be an after-hatch-year male since it doesn’t have a full gorget). A bill length (exposed culmen) of 18.26mm also puts it outside of male Rufous, and while well-within the range for female Rufous, it would be at the extreme end for female Allen’s.

As for visiting the hummer, public access is currently being considered and any updates, if granted, will be immediately posted to the list.

Good Birding,

David
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Date: 11/24/17 6:03 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cape May County
The following message is from Kathy & Roger Horn who are hosting a banded hatch-year female Black-chinned Hummingbird that has been present for a couple weeks now:

A Black-chinned Hummingbird has been coming to a private residence in Villas, NJ. Birders are welcome if they text Roger (267-688-4662) or Kathy Horn (908-295-5916) prior to coming, both to affirm that the bird is still present and to get directions on best viewing. Also, they should observe the common courtesy of eBirding it in Villas, instead of at the residence address.

It’s goes without saying (but I’m saying it), please respect homeowner’s wishes when it comes to visiting their property. It keeps all parties involved happy!

Good birding,

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Date: 11/24/17 5:16 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
Thats the key, most of us know the distances. For our regular surveys.
I have a newer phone with obviously a newer battery. It was fine on my
recent trip. The battery. And the tracking. I did get a spare charger. And
that worked great the couple times I used it. It will charge my phone to a
full charge in 2 hours i think it was. This wasnt completely drained though.
My phone.

The tracking isnt mandatory. If anyone feels it isnt accurate or is using
the battery too much, turn the tracking off.

And theres many birders who dont use the app. They enter data when they
return home. Ebird has many ways to get your data!

A big thing is, a lot of ebirders dont realize that a path walked out and back -
the distance counted should be only half. So ebird central wanted to
clarify that. Etc.

Sandra Keller

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> On Nov 24, 2017, at 7:43 PM, Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...> wrote:
>
> I was really excited when the tracking appeared on my phone--very nerdy-birdy. I soon realized that for walking a loop (say around Manasquan Reservoir) it's fine, but for walking a path back and forth you have to halve the distance. (I make enough lists without doubling them for a walk on a trail.) But the real problem, I found, is that it is a battery sucker...a day down in Cape May this weekend, tracking my walking around the state park and other sites, drained the battery so fast I had to stop using the tracking. Until they fix that, I will be very sparing with the function--I know the distance of most of the places I bird anyway.
>
> Larry
> http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/
>> On November 24, 2017 at 7:10 PM Sandra Keller wrote:
>>
>>
>> I agree, thats why they suggest a list for outbound. And then another for
>> the walk back. I admit I dont do that. Too much trouble.
>>
>> Its their algorithms for determining frequency of sighting, something
>> to do with time and distance. And numbers reported, etc.
>>
>> I actually believe this new tracking will help improve mileage data.
>> Its better than the estimating a lot of birders were using. So far,
>> I have found the distances to be very accurate. That might depend
>> on the gps chip in an individual phone. If you find your mileage
>> estimates are more accurate than the track, I would discard the track.
>>
>> Sandra Keller
>>
>> Sent from my iPad mini
>>>
>>> On Nov 24, 2017, at 6:44 PM, Susan Treesh wrote:
>>>
>>> Sandra and all, I hope that ebird's request for more specificity will not lead them to believe they are actually getting better quality data. I find the tracking wildly off, usually overestimating distances by around a third. Is that because of meandering? And how often do we bird just as rigorously on the return trip as on the outward trip? I usually end up sauntering along on the way out, look at the clock, realize how much time has passed, and make the return trip at high speed, stopping much less often.
>>>
>>> They know what they want, but I just hope they aren't deceiving themselves that their data is improving because of software adjustments.
>>>
>>> Susan Treesh
>>> Somerset
>>>>
>>>> On 11/24/2017 6:24 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
>>>> Here is a link to what ebird central has written. It’s a compilation of what is already in the help files
>>>> and how to handle the new tracking feature. Which I did wrong a few times. I stopped when we turned
>>>> around and walked back to the van.
>>>>
>>>> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Sandra Keller
>>>> <sandrakeller...>
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my Imac
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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>>
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Date: 11/24/17 4:45 pm
From: Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
I was really excited when the tracking appeared on my phone--very nerdy-birdy. I soon realized that for walking a loop (say around Manasquan Reservoir) it's fine, but for walking a path back and forth you have to halve the distance. (I make enough lists without doubling them for a walk on a trail.) But the real problem, I found, is that it is a battery sucker...a day down in Cape May this weekend, tracking my walking around the state park and other sites, drained the battery so fast I had to stop using the tracking. Until they fix that, I will be very sparing with the function--I know the distance of most of the places I bird anyway.

Larry
http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/

> On November 24, 2017 at 7:10 PM Sandra Keller wrote:
>
>
> I agree, thats why they suggest a list for outbound. And then another for
> the walk back. I admit I dont do that. Too much trouble.
>
> Its their algorithms for determining frequency of sighting, something
> to do with time and distance. And numbers reported, etc.
>
> I actually believe this new tracking will help improve mileage data.
> Its better than the estimating a lot of birders were using. So far,
> I have found the distances to be very accurate. That might depend
> on the gps chip in an individual phone. If you find your mileage
> estimates are more accurate than the track, I would discard the track.
>
> Sandra Keller
>
> Sent from my iPad mini
>
> > > On Nov 24, 2017, at 6:44 PM, Susan Treesh wrote:
> >
> > Sandra and all, I hope that ebird's request for more specificity will not lead them to believe they are actually getting better quality data. I find the tracking wildly off, usually overestimating distances by around a third. Is that because of meandering? And how often do we bird just as rigorously on the return trip as on the outward trip? I usually end up sauntering along on the way out, look at the clock, realize how much time has passed, and make the return trip at high speed, stopping much less often.
> >
> > They know what they want, but I just hope they aren't deceiving themselves that their data is improving because of software adjustments.
> >
> > Susan Treesh
> > Somerset
> >
> > > > > On 11/24/2017 6:24 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
> > > Here is a link to what ebird central has written. It’s a compilation of what is already in the help files
> > > and how to handle the new tracking feature. Which I did wrong a few times. I stopped when we turned
> > > around and walked back to the van.
> > >
> > > http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Sandra Keller
> > > <sandrakeller...> mailto:<sandrakeller...>
> > >
> > > Sent from my Imac
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see
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> > >
> > > > >
> > >
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Date: 11/24/17 4:10 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
I agree, thats why they suggest a list for outbound. And then another for
the walk back. I admit I dont do that. Too much trouble.

Its their algorithms for determining frequency of sighting, something
to do with time and distance. And numbers reported, etc.

I actually believe this new tracking will help improve mileage data.
Its better than the estimating a lot of birders were using. So far,
I have found the distances to be very accurate. That might depend
on the gps chip in an individual phone. If you find your mileage
estimates are more accurate than the track, I would discard the track.

Sandra Keller

Sent from my iPad mini

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 6:44 PM, Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> wrote:
>
> Sandra and all, I hope that ebird's request for more specificity will not lead them to believe they are actually getting better quality data. I find the tracking wildly off, usually overestimating distances by around a third. Is that because of meandering? And how often do we bird just as rigorously on the return trip as on the outward trip? I usually end up sauntering along on the way out, look at the clock, realize how much time has passed, and make the return trip at high speed, stopping much less often.
>
> They know what they want, but I just hope they aren't deceiving themselves that their data is improving because of software adjustments.
>
> Susan Treesh
> Somerset
>
>> On 11/24/2017 6:24 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
>> Here is a link to what ebird central has written. It’s a compilation of what is already in the help files
>> and how to handle the new tracking feature. Which I did wrong a few times. I stopped when we turned
>> around and walked back to the van.
>>
>> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/ <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/>
>>
>>
>>
>> Sandra Keller
>> <sandrakeller...>
>>
>> Sent from my Imac
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 11/24/17 3:44 pm
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
Sandra and all, I hope that ebird's request for more specificity will
not lead them to believe they are actually getting better quality data. 
I find the tracking wildly off, usually overestimating distances by
around a third. Is that because of meandering?  And how often do we bird
just as rigorously on the return trip as on the outward trip?  I usually
end up sauntering along on the way out, look at the clock, realize how
much time has passed, and make the return trip at high speed, stopping
much less often.

They know what they want, but I just hope they aren't deceiving
themselves that their data is improving because of software adjustments.

Susan Treesh
Somerset


On 11/24/2017 6:24 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
> Here is a link to what ebird central has written. It’s a compilation of what is already in the help files
> and how to handle the new tracking feature. Which I did wrong a few times. I stopped when we turned
> around and walked back to the van.
>
> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/ <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/>
>
>
>
> Sandra Keller
> <sandrakeller...>
>
> Sent from my Imac
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/24/17 3:24 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird and keeping distances
Here is a link to what ebird central has written. It’s a compilation of what is already in the help files
and how to handle the new tracking feature. Which I did wrong a few times. I stopped when we turned
around and walked back to the van.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/ <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/>



Sandra Keller
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Sent from my Imac





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Date: 11/24/17 9:06 am
From: Ryan Risher <rrisher2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Greater white-fronted geese
Afternoon all.

Was out running around this morning, ended up observing 15 GWFG on Palatine Lake in Salem County. They're all associating as 1 group within a bunch of Canadas.

Good birding,

Ryan
Salem Co

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Date: 11/24/17 8:53 am
From: Jonathan Klizas <jcklizas...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk on Old Dover Rd., Parsippany (Morris County)
People,

A leucistic, actually entirely white, Red-tailed Hawk has occupied the area
of Old Dover Road and Koch Road, Parsippany, literally at the base of
Watnong Mountain, for at least 4-5 years if not longer. It is a minor local
celebrity, seen by many people over the years.

Yes, it will cause you to do a double-take while you are driving 35 miles
per hour as it did to me when I first saw it years ago. Yes, it is a
stunning bird, especially the pure white against the grays and browns of
November. But it is not, I repeat NOT a Snowy Owl as reported on eBird the
past two days.

I drove past the site this morning and, sure enough, there was the white
Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree at a wood's edge next to a small field
along Old Dover Rd. near Greystone Psychiatric Hospital. This is the same
general location this white Red-tailed Hawk is seen every year.

So, please, enjoy the raptor for what it is, a white Red-tailed Hawk. Look
at it carefully and realize it has a classic Buteo structure, not
Bubo, albeit like it's been dunked in bleach.

Good birding.
Jonathan Klizas
Morris Township, NJ


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Date: 11/24/17 6:44 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] some nice Assunpink birds today
A brisk, sunlit beautiful morning. A late Osprey with fish in talons flying
over Lake Assunpink. The Trumpeter Swan still present. Several Pied-billed
grebes.A very vocal Belted Kingfisher.
A beautiful Yellow-bellied Sapsucker to complement several Flickers and
Red-bellies. Four Wild Turkeys and an unexpected 7 Killdeer on the horse
farm at the end of Herbert Road.
And there was one bird near the burnt house that didn't quite fit. It was
streaked but not in the way of the usual female house finch. The face
pattern wasn't typical either. The bill was finch like but not overly large
and it was singing.
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 11/23/17 7:19 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 23 Nov - Red Crossbill, Eur. Wigeon, Cave Swallow
Some brief notes from Cape May today--


RED CROSSBILL: 1 flew over the hawkwatch at 9:30am (second of the season
here).

EURASIAN WIGEON: a male was at Lighthouse Pond (Cape May Pt State Park)
this morning, also briefly seen in flight from the hawkwatch.

CAVE SWALLOW: at least 1 spent some time flying about the ponds at Cape May
Pt State Park during the mid-AM.

Unseasonal songbirds: Yellow-breasted Chat at the Rea Farm, Northern Parula
at the hawkwatch, White-eyed Vireo at Cape May Pt State Park and Erma.

Other reports of interest: continuing Marbled Godwits and Black Skimmers at
Hereford Inlet, Snow Bunting and Tundra Swan at the South Cape May Meadows,
flyover Dickcissel and Barn Swallow at Cape May Pt.


happy thanksgiving,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
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Date: 11/23/17 3:32 pm
From: ALAN MART <a.mart67...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NW Hunterdon CBC, Sunday 17-Dec
If you're interested in participating in the NW Hunterdon CBC, I'd welcome hearing from you. We've got a few parks and surrounding areas that could use some coverage, as well as some section leads that would welcome added eyes and ears. Please contact me off line. Good Birding!

Alan Mart (High Bridge)


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Date: 11/23/17 3:08 pm
From: Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] My favorite Thanksgiving Day Photo
Here's a series from Thanksgiving day 2010, taken from the car window in stopped traffic on Route 523 on the way to dinner with the inlaws:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/2055924928

(Domestic turkey mass escape, no casualties...)

Regards,

Jim Gilbert
Bernardsville

-----Original Message-----
>From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
>Sent: Nov 23, 2017 5:16 PM
>To: <JERSEYBI...>
>Subject: [JERSEYBI] My favorite Thanksgiving Day Photo
>
>Since it's Thanksgiving I thought I'd post my favorite turkey photo.
>Thanksgiving Day, 2014. Most turkeys I've had in one photo! Taken through
>my living room window:
>
>https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/37718632415/
>
>Bernie Sloan
>Highland Park
>
>
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Date: 11/23/17 2:17 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] My favorite Thanksgiving Day Photo
Since it's Thanksgiving I thought I'd post my favorite turkey photo.
Thanksgiving Day, 2014. Most turkeys I've had in one photo! Taken through
my living room window:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/37718632415/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Date: 11/23/17 12:07 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cumberland - sea breeze rd. impoundments
Well, I have meant to check this out a lot more than I have this year!
Maybe next year. Vesper would have been nice. Swallows flying around
to check for Cave. No Swallows..... Cape May has them all! Sparrows
everywhere. Mainly Song, Swamp, and Savannah for me. Good tide for
shorebirds - nothing out of the ordinary. Dunlin mainly.

I did pick up Pheasant and Ross's Goose - the latter a flyover that is
probably in Salem county now.

Happy Pumpkin Pie day everyone! And good birding!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 11/23/17 12:03 pm
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] 6 Cackling Geese at Mercer Corporate Park (nr Allentown)
In the north-west quadrant at the water line at 2:30pm, associating with
each other. Four had the classical small size, square head, stubby bill
and two others had more rounded heads but judging from the way they were
hanging out with each other (and my own experience with Cackling Goose
variation) I believe them all to be Cackling. I was lazy and didn't check
the rest of the flock.

1 Trumpeter Swan at Assunpink WMA, far side of lake, viewable from boat
launch. I notice that 3 were reported at noon but the other swans it was
associating with were all Mutes when I saw it.

Phil Jeffrey
Ewing NJ


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Date: 11/23/17 5:34 am
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The Mockingbird
Happy Thanksgiving

I present to you "The Mockingbird".

A short cinematic piece in the vein of traditional avian film noir. Filmed
at Troy Meadows in New Jersey

https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/videos/913783378794478/

https://youtu.be/kRAad0mviA4



Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
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Date: 11/22/17 8:01 pm
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Northern Shrike at the Great Swamp NWR Overlook
When I got to the Overlook lot at about 3pm the group of birders who were there described how it sat in the snags right next to the lot, alas, just before I got there - ugh. As I stood there I hoped it would appear any minute. Minutes turned to an hour and a half as I stood talking with eventual fellow holdout, Bruce Christensen.

As it began to get dark I was beginning to make plans in my head for a Thanksgiving day run. Then, at 4:45pm, I noticed a distant bird that landed in one of the bare trees over the marsh looking SW! The distant bird spun around and to my pleasant surprise I suddenly realized it was the shrike.

The bird quickly took off flying an aggressive pattern directly towards us at first and as it closed in it swerved south diving into the bushes just south of the overlook lot. I watched it sit and spin for a few seconds slightly obsured in the bush before it dove deeper, presumably to roast for the night.

This could be where the bird has been roosting these past few weeks given how it appeared to have landed in the scrub many times before.

Good birding,
Ken Walsh
Bala Cynwyd, PA


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Date: 11/22/17 1:50 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
Just to follow up with Shea and Marc's correspondence, below link may be of
interest to some bird-looker like myself who is just as interested in
looking at bird habitat and thinking how our landscape may be modified or
altered to benefit certain groups of birds. The paper below also mentions
tide cycle, shorebirds and Brig Refuge. If the link does not work, just copy
and paste also should work. I am certain many JBirders remember prescribed
burning that was taking place at Brig. My guess is the mowing along the
dike has replaced the prescribed burning practice.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264839928_ECOLOGICAL_VALUE_AND_BIRD_USE_OF_MANAGED_IMPOUNDMENTS_AND_TIDAL_MARSHES_OF_COASTAL_SOUTH_CAROLINA

On other note, I did my fast-n-furious lunch time birding at a humongous
residential construction site. So far about 60 to 100 acres of farm field
that was abandoned a few years ago is still waiting for the construction to
begin. Also the area is adjacent to extensive ag habitat as well. I so
wanted to document Shrike at this disturbed and active home construction
site. Reason ? Simple, disturbed grassland habitat as result and as a
curious bird looker.

No dice on the Shrike again. But instead found 4 raptor species actively
hunting during the mid-day, Juve Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Hawk,
and Kestrel, which were all documented thru my very lame picture taking
skills.

Yong Kong
Camden County






-----Original Message-----
From: Shea Tiller
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:59 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide
question?

Thanks folks for your input on the tide--I will take this in to
consideration for my visit.

Happy Thanksgiving and great birding,

Shea



On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 9:52 AM, CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> wrote:

> Shea,
>
> The tide always matters at Forsythe, in my opinion, though as the birds
> have shifted from shorebirds to ducks/geese, the effect is lessened.
> Nevertheless, if you are going to see a Hudsonian Godwit, it would likely
> be at high tide where the birds would have been driven out of the tall
> grasses or the marshes and into the impoundments.
>
> I don't know the North Brig natural area.
>
> I don't think the tide matters at Barnegat Jetty at all.
>
> Marc Chelemer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of Shea
> Tiller
> Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:26 PM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide
> question?
>
> Hello, all.
>
> I am doing a day of birding in NJ the day after thanksgiving, and I am
> wondering if tide matters for a successful visit this time of year to
> Forsythe, North Brig Natural Area, or the Barnegat Jetty.
>
> I am also considering possibly going to Reeds beach, considering the
> positive report that just came in.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Great birding
>
> Shea
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <https://urldefense.
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Date: 11/22/17 10:26 am
From: bmknj16 . <bmknj17...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Brant in Millstone River, Somerset Co.
Re: no turtles, I had a brown earth snake at Sandy Hook yesterday. Amazing
that it survived Sandy since I've been told that the entire peninsula was
under water. I assume hibernation mode helped.

To keep the post birdy, I counted more than 70 swan and I'm guessing close
to 200 coot at Lake of the Lilies then as well.

Takanassee still quiet, only saw one very friendly pied-billed grebe and a
few female red-breasted merg. Silver Lake had a group of hoodies as I
noted last time, and Lake Como lots of ruddies, though I didn't see the
blue morph snow goose that's been there the last few years.

Today I called Barnegat to ask about the harley and long-tailed situation,
but the rep couldn't give me any info. Does anyone know?

Thanks.
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Date: 11/22/17 10:26 am
From: L Larson <llarson2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] First draft of New Jersey Christmas Bird Count list
Mike Anderson has compiled the following list of NJ Christmas Counts for 2017.
If you have additions or corrections, please email them to both Mike and myself (or post them on this list).
(<Mike.anderson...>)
I will make a web page next week as usual.

If you want to participate in a bird count, please email or call the person listed here.
Some will also accept contacts through the National Audubon web site.

Happy counting!
Laurie Larson, Princeton

========================================

2017-18 CBC LIST

Saturday 16th Dec

Great Swamp and Watchung Ridges CBC
Simon Lane: greatswampCBC at gmail dot com

Hackensack/Ridgewood CBC
Dave Hall: david dot hall at einstein dot yu dot edu 973-226-7825

Lakehurst CBC
Alex Tongas: Yellowcrwn at comcast dot net

Northwestern Gloucester County CBC
Ron Kegel: ronaldk52 at comcast dot net Home 856-881-9262 Cell 609-617-0635

Oceanville (AKA Brigantine) CBC
Brian Moscatello: B dot Moscatello at Comcast dot net 201-655-9009
Becky Hedden: atlanticaudubonsociey at gmail dot com 609-384-4599

Ramsey CBC
Rob and Lisa Ann Fanning: bobolink0210 at yahoo dot com

Staten Island CBC
Cliff Hagen: chagen72 at gmail dot com 718-313-8591

Tuckerton CBC
Linda Gangi: ltgangi at Comcast dot net

Walnut Valley CBC
Dennis Briede: denbriede at yahoo dot com Home 908-362-8167 Cell 201-675-4665

Sunday 17th Dec

Assunpink CBC
Dan Brill: dbrill at ecolsciences dot com

Cape May CBC
Tom Johnson (compiler): jaegermaster at gmail dot com
Louise Zemaitis (co-compiler) swallowtailstudio at comcast dot net

Lakehurst CBC
Alex Tongas: Yellowcrwn at comcast dot net

New Jersey Lower Hudson (NJLH) CBC
Shayna Marchese: Shayna dot marchese at gmail dot com

Northwest Hunterdon CBC
Alan Mart: a dot mart67 at Comcast dot net

Princeton CBC
Brad Merritt: balmerritt at aol.com

Salem CBC
Jerry Haag: jerryhaag44 at gmail dot com


Saturday, December 23 2017

Boonton CBC
Jonathan Klizas: boontoncbc at gmail dot com 201-602- 9842

Raritan Estuary CBC
Tom Ostrand: tostrand at gmail dot com 732-549-8118


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Moorestown CBC
Sandra Keller: sandrakeller at Verizon dot net

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Elmer CBC
jerryhaag44 at gmail dot com

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Warren County/Northampton County (Merrill Creek)CBC
Jane Bullis: jbullis at merrillcreek dot com 908-454-3339

Trenton Marsh CBC
Brad Merritt: balmerritt at aol dot com

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Cumberland County CBC
Michael Fritz: king-fisher at Comcast dot net 609-703-4726

Information not available:

Island Beach
Vincent nichnadowicz

Long Branch
Tom Brown: tshrike19 at gmail dot com

Marmora
Becky Hedden: atlanticaudubonsociey at gmail dot com 609-384-4599

Mizpah
Tom Reed: coturnicops at gmail dot com

Somerset County
John Kee: jjkee at optimum dot net 908-393-6053

Sussex
Alan Boyd
Alnboyd at yahoo dot com

Belleplain

Sandy Hook





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Date: 11/22/17 10:13 am
From: jimmy lee <leewah...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brant in Millstone River, Somerset Co.
Hi JBers,

Yesterday Nov 21 about 2pm I took a walk along the D & R Canal between Blackwells Mills Rd and Suydam Rd . Among a dozen or so Canada Geese was a single Brant. I seldom see Brant away from the coast or in freshwater.

Other birds seen were Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, chickadee species (appeared to be Carolina), Downy Woodpecker, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

No turtles visible but not unexpected given the cool temperature.

Good birding.

Jimmy



Jimmy Lee

South Brunswick, NJ




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Date: 11/22/17 6:59 am
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
Thanks folks for your input on the tide--I will take this in to
consideration for my visit.

Happy Thanksgiving and great birding,

Shea



On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 9:52 AM, CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> wrote:

> Shea,
>
> The tide always matters at Forsythe, in my opinion, though as the birds
> have shifted from shorebirds to ducks/geese, the effect is lessened.
> Nevertheless, if you are going to see a Hudsonian Godwit, it would likely
> be at high tide where the birds would have been driven out of the tall
> grasses or the marshes and into the impoundments.
>
> I don't know the North Brig natural area.
>
> I don't think the tide matters at Barnegat Jetty at all.
>
> Marc Chelemer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of Shea
> Tiller
> Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:26 PM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide
> question?
>
> Hello, all.
>
> I am doing a day of birding in NJ the day after thanksgiving, and I am
> wondering if tide matters for a successful visit this time of year to
> Forsythe, North Brig Natural Area, or the Barnegat Jetty.
>
> I am also considering possibly going to Reeds beach, considering the
> positive report that just came in.
>
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Date: 11/21/17 6:12 pm
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Two Allen's Hummingbirds since September - Cape May and Ocean Counties
Jerseybirders:

Two Allen’s Hummingbirds have been identified in NJ since September, the first in Cape May Co. back on September 3rd (a one-day wonder), and the second arriving in Ocean Co. mid October and continuing through today. I had the privilege of banding the bird in Ocean Co. today and photos of both birds confirm two different hatch-year males.

For those wondering, the Ocean Co. bird is also on private property and the owners have requested privacy over the holiday weekend. If the bird sticks to the following weekend, they will entertain the possibility of having birders over to see it. The owner’s name is Dave and his email is <rothwood...><mailto:<rothwood...>. Feel free to email him directly after the weekend if you want to visit.

This is also a reminder to keep an eye on your hummingbird feeders! I’m sure there are more Selasphorus somewhere in NJ!!!

Good Birding and Happy Thanksgiving,

David

Ps. Thanks to Tom Reed for keeping the NJ birding community up to date with all things birds in Cape May – he has been doing a fantastic job! If you haven’t gotten your Peregrine Observer, join CMBO today and get in right away. The 2016 Birding Year (compiled and edited by Tom Reed) is a fantastic resource for status and distribution of birds in Cape May County.

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Date: 11/21/17 5:26 pm
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Visiting from VA for a day over Thxgiving--tide question?
Hello, all.

I am doing a day of birding in NJ the day after thanksgiving, and I am
wondering if tide matters for a successful visit this time of year to
Forsythe, North Brig Natural Area, or the Barnegat Jetty.

I am also considering possibly going to Reeds beach, considering the
positive report that just came in.

Thanks,

Great birding

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Date: 11/21/17 4:44 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 21 Nov - Ross's Goose, White-rumped Sandpiper, Fox Sparrow arrival
A few notes from a mild Tuesday around Cape May--


ROSS'S GOOSE: 2 flew south past the Avalon Seawatch w/ a Snow Goose around
12:20pm. No additional sightings. Given today's strong sw. winds, they
could have put down somewhere. Otherwise another quiet day overall on the
waterbird front.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER: a lingering individual, feeding with Dunlin at the
base of the Reed's Beach jetty this evening. A rather late date locally,
though quite a few were present at this location during late-Oct/early-Nov.
Also at Reed's Beach were 2 Purple Sandpipers on the jetty (always notable
along the bayshore) and ca. 70 Ruddy Ducks on Delaware Bay.

FOX SPARROW: apparent general arrival, with at least 7 individuals noted
across 4 sites (just 2 total reports all season before today).

Other odds & ends included Baltimore Orioles at Hidden Valley and Cape May
Pt, several Orange-crowned Warblers and Eastern Phoebes at Cape Island, N.
Rough-winged Swallow at Hidden Valley, 9 Marbled Godwits and 21 Black
Skimmers at Hereford Inlet (viewed from Stone Harbor Pt), and single Osprey
at Cape May Pt and near Tuckahoe. Thanks to all who shared reports through
the day.


best,
tr


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Date: 11/20/17 6:31 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Monmouth County
Tom Boyle found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Sandy Hook this morning,
11/20/17.

His eBird report can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/nj/view/checklist/S40627011

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 11/20/17 6:28 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ocean County
An Ash-throated Flycatcher was found by Scott Barnes on Saturday, 11/18/17
at Island Beach State Park by the nature center.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40574226

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Date: 11/20/17 6:11 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, Atlantic County
Photos were just submitted to the New Jersey Birders Facebook group of an
immature White Ibis from Forsythe NWR. It was photographed in the pond next
to Jen's Trail today, 11/20/17. You can access Jen's trail as your exiting
the Wildlife Drive.

Here's a map of the trail:

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/North_Zone/Edwin_B_Forsythe/ForsytheTrailMap.pdf

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 11/20/17 5:33 pm
From: Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike
All,

The Shrike spent the day near the Bluebird lot on Pleasant Plains Rd. today rather than in the usual Overlook lot area. Reasonable views were had in mid afternoon in the patch of saplings behind the latrine - the same used by Kestrels from time to time.

A perched shot here with two flight shots in comments:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/38493658986

Regards,

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Date: 11/20/17 4:26 pm
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May, NJ (Private Property)
Jerseybirders:

Keep your eyes open for western hummers! I had the privilege of banding two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in the last week, both of which are in southern Cape May County. One, a Hatch-year Female, was first detected on 11/8. The other, a Hatch-year Male, was discovered on 11/5 only a few miles away from the first. These birds are on private property. I’ve posted photos of both birds on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodcreeper/collections/72157690816680496/


Good Birding,

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Date: 11/20/17 4:01 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 20 Nov - Cackling Goose, Cave Swallow, Golden Eagle
It was a cool, breezy, sunny Monday around Cape May. Winds gradually
diminished and slid from NW to W as the day progressed, allowing for a
little extra warmth during the midday hours.

The early-AM brought a steady parade of songbirds and gulls past Cape May
Pt, with easily 1000+ Ring-billed Gulls departing west through the morning
plus the first obvious push of Herring Gulls (many of these first-winter
individuals). Thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins
streamed over/through the dunes at the Point, along with 300+ American
Pipits, 200+ Eastern Bluebirds, small numbers of Rusty Blackbirds, and 6+
Purple Finches. At least 3 Cave Swallows were seen at Cape Island this
morning, and a Cackling Goose was reported from the South Cape May Meadows.

The hawk flight was fair for the date, headlined by 2 Golden Eagles and 29
Northern Harriers. The hawkwatch also tallied 19 southbound Tundra Swans,
yet the waterfowl/loon/gannet movement was again unremarkable aside from
the swans and a few flocks of geese. A couple of southbound Horned Grebes
were counted at Avalon, along with ca. 1200 Red-throated Loons.

Other odds & ends included an Am. Tree Sparrow at Reed's Beach (scarce
locally), 2 Orange-crowned Warblers in the third field at Hidden Valley,
Blue-winged Teal at the South Cape May Meadows, and at least one Osprey
still present at Cape May Pt. Thanks to all who shared reports through the
day.


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tr


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Date: 11/20/17 2:05 pm
From: jim wright <wrightjamesb...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Backyard
That's excellent. You should try a Birdy 30 sometime -- how many bird
species you can see from one spot (usually indoors in winter) in 30
minutes...

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:

> Really good day for backyard. 10 mins stationary...15 species and about
> 40 - 50 birds. Highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
>
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Date: 11/20/17 12:43 pm
From: G Schuck <gschuckle5...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Backyard
Really good day for backyard. 10 mins stationary...15 species and about
40 - 50 birds. Highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


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Date: 11/20/17 10:52 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Camden county waterfowl search - nothing different
Hello,
Spent the morning hoping for something. Scoters, RN Grebe.... nope!
I was in Gloucester also. The Ruddys are staging there. I couldnt find
any Canvasback. They will return soon. Loads of gulls around. Nothing
different for my big year. Lake George was good. But again, nothing different.
I tried Pilling Lake. Put the car windows down and listened. No Raven.....
That is a big miss for the big year. They breed in the county!
Farnham Park was good. But nothing different. I sense a trend.

Tues. morning might see me at Forsythe if the Snowy is still there. There
may be hope yet for 300 in the state this year. Still Cave Swallows in
Cape May. Golden Eagle. Eurasian Wigeon.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 11/20/17 7:13 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Troy Meadows
Dear Jerseybirders,

I visited Troy Meadows before work this morning to see what might be residing in the wavy grasses and low shrubs along the Patriot's Path. Most noteworthy for me was the arrival of many American Tree Sparrows; I was puzzled at first by their twinkly chatter; it's been more than a year since I've heard that pretty sound and I couldn't figure out what winter finch I might be missing overhead. It turned out to be a busy little flock of about ten birds, moving quickly through the reeds and checking out my spishing noises.

There was another flock of White-throated and Field Sparrows near the green-fenced gas pipeline station, traversing the tree line with a quick pop-up to look at the "spisher" and then a dash to catch up with companions. Among the sparrows was a scolding and late-lingering House Wren..

I had 27 species over the hour I strolled in the warming morning sun. A nice way to start the day.

Good birding!

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Date: 11/19/17 4:46 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May notes, 18-19 Nov
It was a rather windy weekend locally, both before and after the passage of
a strong cold front. Top gusts this morning were in the 45mph range, as
appeared to be the case through many areas of the state. Not a ton of
birding news to share, but here's a few items that might be of interest to
folks contemplating a day trip tomorrow--

CAVE SWALLOW -- sightings on both days, seen with Tree Swallow flocks at
the Rea Farm (Sat) and Magnesite Plant (Sun). Given the sustained
westerlies in this week's forecast, I would expect at least some to be
around during the next few days.

GOLDEN EAGLE -- at least 1 seen Sat. morning between Green Creek and Jake's
Landing + another seen today over the South Cape May Meadows. As with Cave
Swallow, tomorrow will be a good day to potentially see one (or two). No
additional sightings of the Swainson's Hawk since Wednesday AM.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR -- 1 continued at Stone Harbor Pt as of yesterday AM,
along with 6 Snow Buntings.

Waterbird flights have been fairly light; a couple tardy Black Skimmers
were seen at Avalon today, along with 1-2 Parasitic Jaegers and 1800
Red-throated Loons. Saturday morning featured another fair songbird
movement at Cape May Pt (several thousand robins, 600 waxwings, 115 Rusty
Blackbirds). Purple Finch and Pine Siskin continue to be noted at Cape
Island in 1s and 2s daily. Orange-crowned Warblers can still be found at
typical late-fall sites (Cape May Pt State Park, Rea Farm) and 2 Tundra
Swans remained on the Meadows plover pond.


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Date: 11/18/17 4:49 am
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Update on home yard Blue Junco
I thought Yong's original Junco photo appeared naturally blue, not sure on
the new ones now.

To take a photograph with colors that mimic human vision, it is important
to set the White Balance feature properly on your digital camera. Daylight
usually works well when objects are in direct sun, Cloudy gets it done on
overcast days, and Shade should take care of some bluish casts. The Auto
White Balance feature on DSLRs improves every year wherein the camera will
try to adapt for the different colors of light within your frame. When
shooting in RAW image format you can easily correct the White Balance in
"the digital darkroom" by neutralizing the scene from a pure gray object.

A film camera would typically need a colorize glass filter to account for
the changing color temperature of natural light.

In any case here is a few seconds of Field Sparrow footage from Troy
Meadows NJ for any seeking morning bird inspiration -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M39AW71I80


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On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 7:36 AM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> Thanks to Pictaker 64 who commented on the Blue Junco, I decided to give
> one more effort in trying to duplicate the blue tone on the standard male
> slate-colored juncos.
>
> Even better this time, I believe I relocated the blue junco first observed
> on 11-12. He even perched around the some location where it was originally
> observed.
>
> Today’s Photos on my Flickr have not been processed on purpose. I had a
> standard male slate-colored junco and the blue junco in one view via naked
> eye. This blue junco had more darker head which I was not able to document
> on 11-12.
>
> Below link is from pictaker 64
>
> https://bigbaldbanding.org/2012/07/31/amazing-junco-recap/
>
> My updated “unprocessed” test photos are on my flick.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Thank you to the keen-eye NJ birder who got me dig in deeper.
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
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Date: 11/18/17 4:36 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Update on home yard Blue Junco
Thanks to Pictaker 64 who commented on the Blue Junco, I decided to give one more effort in trying to duplicate the blue tone on the standard male slate-colored juncos.

Even better this time, I believe I relocated the blue junco first observed on 11-12. He even perched around the some location where it was originally observed.

Today’s Photos on my Flickr have not been processed on purpose. I had a standard male slate-colored junco and the blue junco in one view via naked eye. This blue junco had more darker head which I was not able to document on 11-12.

Below link is from pictaker 64

https://bigbaldbanding.org/2012/07/31/amazing-junco-recap/

My updated “unprocessed” test photos are on my flick.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/

Thank you to the keen-eye NJ birder who got me dig in deeper.

Yong Kong
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Date: 11/17/17 7:44 pm
From: Rollin Deas <Deas.rollin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brigantine Island, November 17
I birded Brigantine Island today (the beach from the parking area at 14th Street North to the inlet). Nothing out of season, but there were about 40 red knots present, dozens of northern gannets and several common loons near shore along with probably at least 100 red-throated loons a half mile or so offshore. Many more common shorebirds are also present.


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Date: 11/17/17 7:43 pm
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blue Junco From Home
If you see Yong's test picture of the Northern Cardinal near the white
flowers the bird is very bleached out but he didn't say it appeared
aberrant. Cardinals are not that light; the picture is over exposed and
white bleed from the flowers occurred.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/24616352658/in/dateposted/

If you see his pictures of his Robins they have a suggestions of blue
even without any white flowers.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/26712458929/in/photostream/

I am leaning  towards his settings must have a high ISO, there is
whitebleed from the white flowers in many of these pictures and the
winter sun at 330 was fairly direct on the sides of the birds.....and
Yong just likes blue.

Also note that on the junco's back the gray feathers are very "bleached"
out.

Fred Vir.
Secaucus






out eis white out from the white  thOn 11/17/2017 9:48 PM, Steve Byland
wrote:
> I experimented with a few photos I have of Juncos and couldn't recreate any sort of camera error that came even close to making a Junco look that Blue without messing up the entire photo. I'd say that it's pretty darned close to that color rather than any sort of camera mishap.
>
> Steve Byland
>
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Date: 11/17/17 6:48 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blue Junco From Home
I experimented with a few photos I have of Juncos and couldn't recreate any sort of camera error that came even close to making a Junco look that Blue without messing up the entire photo. I'd say that it's pretty darned close to that color rather than any sort of camera mishap.

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Date: 11/17/17 6:26 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cooper's Hawk at the Feeders (Photo)
I was in the photo blind in my yard today hoping that something interesting might pay a visit to my bird feeders. Good fortune brought an adult Cooper's Hawk to a perch just 20 feet from me where it sat for about 30 seconds while I took some photos. I was wondering why there were no birds at the feeders . . .

Photo at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/24619884108/

Steve Byland
Somerset County
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Date: 11/17/17 6:20 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] In search of Shrike and failed but juv golden at Whitesbog
To me, below link is (may be) a documentation confirmation that this is prime time in NJ for Shrike. Ever since the Northern Shrike was reported at the Great Swamp, I have been looking for one in Atlantic and Gloucester County and I no dice.

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=11/13/2014&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=11/21/2014&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

Extensive acreage/habitat types I visited in these two counties comprise of mix of forest edges, shrubs and grasslands but all were lacking wetland component to my liking.

So today, I visited Whitesbog and Parker Reserve. No luck there. Without personally observing the vegetative communities at the Great Swamp location, I am guessing Whitesbog and Parker Reserve may have bit too much of shallow open water habitat ratio versus drier habitat that is appropriate for stop-over or wintering habitat for Northern Shrike , although it has been reported at both locations in the past.

Today’s consolation prize was a juvenile golden eagle at Whitesbog. It was a very distant bird in flight going northeast with slight dihedral when soaring. Because of fantastic light condition I was able to see the white patch under the wings, and the white rump bordered with black terminal band.

To this wacky birder, I was so-not satisfied to ID this golden at distance. Reason ? I so want to Id a golden in flight solely based on structure and flight pattern at great distance, that is head and tail size compare to the body and its flight motion versus bald eagle. I saw a golden at Parker Reserve about this time of the year in the past. My ID back then was the same as today, strictly based on plumage. Not the way I want to ID a raptor.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Date: 11/17/17 5:31 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 17 Nov - Cave Swallows, Golden Eagle, Common Gallinule
It was a cool and blustery day at Cape May, a bit more November-like in the
wake of the latest cold front. Strong NW winds ruled the day but diminished
this evening (just about calm now at ~8:30pm).

There was a steady early-AM movement of landbirds past Cape May Pt that
included ca. 5500 Red-winged Blackbirds, 3000 American Robins, 2000+ Cedar
Waxwings, 150 House Finches, 100+ Rusty Blackbirds, 50 American Pipits, and
a Purple Finch. We also saw 3 Cave Swallows and a Barn Swallow moving west
during the early-AM, while a Lapland Longspur flew past the hawkwatch.

The winds were perhaps too strong for much of a hawk flight, though a
Golden Eagle was briefly seen near the Rea Farm during the early-PM.
Waterbird movement was also fairly limited today, with notables including a
small push of Red-throated Loons past Cape May Pt during the early-AM and a
late Common Tern at Avalon.

Other odds & ends included the continuing Nashville Warbler at the
hawkwatch, Common Gallinule and Virginia Rail at Bunker Pond (Cape May Pt
State Park), Blackpoll Warbler and Baltimore Oriole at Cape May Pt, and a
Short-eared Owl at Jake's Landing this evening. Thanks to the observers who
shared reports through the day.


best,
tr


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Date: 11/17/17 4:15 pm
From: Jeff <purplesandpiper...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] CBC Salem co.
Anyone interested there is one open area for Salem CBC. December 17th I believe
On east side of Rte 45 just north of salem.

Jeff kiger
Pennsville ni


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Date: 11/17/17 2:39 pm
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
Well, that certainly looks like a blue junco! If not a camera artifact,
could its feathers be bluish as a result of something it eats? One more
thing to look up, huh?

Karenne
Medford

On Nov 17, 2017 4:53 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home. During live action
> view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib,
> view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.
>
> Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting.
> Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer
> tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was
> confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.
>
> Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos
> (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had
> been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and today’s photos are from
> around 3:30 PM
>
> Today’s photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco
> from 11-12.
>
> Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for
> all of us.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38369793546/in/
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/37656744624/in/
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38340366852/in/
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
>
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Date: 11/17/17 2:38 pm
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
Very cool bird Yong. Thanks as always for sharing your observations and photos.

Cheers from NY,

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ɽSteady as the mountain
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> (\__/)
> (= '.'=)
> (") _ (")
> Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device!

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> On Nov 17, 2017, at 4:53 PM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:
>
> I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home. During live action view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib, view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.
>
> Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting. Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.
>
> Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and todays photos are from around 3:30 PM
>
> Todays photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco from 11-12.
>
> Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for all of us.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38369793546/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/37656744624/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38340366852/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
>
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Date: 11/17/17 1:54 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] blue junco from home
I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home. During live action view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib, view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.

Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting. Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.

Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and today’s photos are from around 3:30 PM

Today’s photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco from 11-12.

Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for all of us.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38369793546/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/37656744624/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/38340366852/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Date: 11/17/17 9:07 am
From: bmknj16 . <bmknj17...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes (but really about me...) and Silver Lake water level question
Since I've received a stream of private (and generous) responses to my
thrush ID post and my oft-mentioned not a birder status, I decided to paste
one of my responses (this one to Marc), in part to note the facts about me
therein, but also to indicate in general (certainly not to anyone who wrote
who again, were all very kind), that sometimes there's a reason for things
that seam a bit unreasonable...


Hey Marc.

I appreciate the info. Maybe it will help if I get to the park today.

I asked a birder friend for a field mark and he mentioned red on the tail
and nothing more (though likely due to distraction and not lack of
knowledge). From memory, the thrushes there are smaller than robins (though
quite round). Will report later but I think by now it's all but foregone
that they are in fact hermits.

As for my not being a birder, I have big focus (See my not thinking to
verify the ID to start...) and retention deficits as a result of chronic
fatigue syndrome (and perhaps chronic Lyme if it exists) so everything I
know about birds is from photography--not books nor studying in the field
independent of shooting. Plus, seeing a great bird in the field is almost
the opposite of fun without my camera which, though I don't consider myself
a birder, makes me a pretty obsessive (or fanatic, to borrow your word)
wildlife photographer...

Thanks again.
Brett


And as long as I'm still here, I failed to mention that the water level at
Silver Lake was prohibitively high for shooting the way I'd like, in that
the mud bank on which I'd prefer to lie flat is under water.

Does anyone know if the level there is regulated, as, though I've always
started shooting ducks after Christmas, the mud banks have always been
exposed when I've done so.

Thanks.
Brett


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Date: 11/17/17 8:45 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes
Brett--

It seems like your thrush photos were taken recently? If so, the likely candidate is hermit thrush.

Putting aside color, wood thrush has large bold black spots on the breast (they really "jump" out) and would be quite unusual in NJ in mid-November. Hermit thrush has spots but not as bold as woodie and some have a "blurred" look. Hermit thrush is a later migrant and some will winter in our state. Hermit also has a habit of raising and lowering its tail, which is diagnostic.

Sometimes bird ID can be more about location, time of year, morphology and behavior than color alone. And no need to apologize about not being a birder--I think you qualify as one!

Dave Oster
Verona


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From: bmknj16 . <bmknj17...>
To: JERSEYBI <JERSEYBI...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 10:36 am
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes

After two private responses to my junco post asking for clarification re:
hermit v wood thrush...

With apologies, and not being a birder (which I think I'm going to add to
my signature here from now forward (and maybe put on a t-shirt...)), I took
the ID through a third party who'd been told by a pair of photographers who
had been shooting the birds earlier in the day. Not having a lot of
experience with either species, I never thought to question it.

If I go today I can send a link to any photo I might get, but--also being
colorblind--I don't see myself being any help with the ID. Looking back at
my Flickr shots, though, I have a number of thrushes from the location, all
IDed as hermits, though again, with the colorblind, I'm sure I had those
IDed for me.

Sidenote: As I'm starting to scout for duck photography, there were
about 15-20 hoodies on Silver Lake Wednesday. Didn't have time to check
Lake Como or Lake of the Lilies but hope to do so soon. Takanassee was,
about a week and a half ago, virtually duck free.

Brett Klaproth
not a birder...


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Date: 11/17/17 7:36 am
From: bmknj16 . <bmknj17...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes
After two private responses to my junco post asking for clarification re:
hermit v wood thrush...

With apologies, and not being a birder (which I think I'm going to add to
my signature here from now forward (and maybe put on a t-shirt...)), I took
the ID through a third party who'd been told by a pair of photographers who
had been shooting the birds earlier in the day. Not having a lot of
experience with either species, I never thought to question it.

If I go today I can send a link to any photo I might get, but--also being
colorblind--I don't see myself being any help with the ID. Looking back at
my Flickr shots, though, I have a number of thrushes from the location, all
IDed as hermits, though again, with the colorblind, I'm sure I had those
IDed for me.

Sidenote: As I'm starting to scout for duck photography, there were
about 15-20 hoodies on Silver Lake Wednesday. Didn't have time to check
Lake Como or Lake of the Lilies but hope to do so soon. Takanassee was,
about a week and a half ago, virtually duck free.

Brett Klaproth
not a birder...


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Date: 11/17/17 6:32 am
From: shayna marchese <shayna.marchese...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Lower Hudson CBC 12/17/17 - Birders needed!
Hello Jersey birders,

I'm taking on compiling duties for the NJ portion of the Lower Hudson
Christmas Bird Count this year, to be held on December 17. The count circle
is in Hudson and Bergen Counties from the Hudson River into the Hackensack
Meadowlands. We're down a few participants from last year, so if you're
interested in joining us, please email me.

Areas I'm looking for birders to cover include Mill Creek Point, Mill Creek
Marsh, and Laurel Hill Park (all in Secaucus), North Hudson Park (North
Bergen), and Hudson River waterfront areas.

Some tallies from previous years can be seen on the NYC Audubon site (the
NJ portion is combined in one column in the PDFs):
http://www.nycaudubon.org/christmas-bird-count

Thanks!

Shayna Marchese
Jersey City


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Date: 11/17/17 6:29 am
From: Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Manky Mallards
The lake (actually a largish - 1/2 mile circumference - detention pond)
behind our house is home to a lot of mallards, including "escapees,"
usually white or black. They breed with the wild mallards and the resulting
hybridized offspring are an interesting melange of markings. I usually
refer to them as "mutants." Now I have a new title for them. Interestingly,
I've noted after a few generations, the offspring revert to the original
mallard markings. Almost no farms left in the area means no new ferals.
It's been years since I've seen any of "my mutants."

Ilene Schneider
Marlton

--

Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Ed.D.

CHANUKAH GUILT
UNLEAVENED DEAD
YOM KILLER
TALK DIRTY YIDDISH
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Date: 11/17/17 5:46 am
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
Just when I think there's not much more to know about Mallards - Buff,
Manky Mallards, and intersex birds!

Thanks for the pics, Bernie.

Karenne
Medford

On Nov 16, 2017 2:17 PM, "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...> wrote:

> Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
> of years ago.
>
> Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/10463968736/
>
> Also found this photo from two years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/24634256704/
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
> wrote:
>
> > There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> > Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
> >
> > Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
> >
> > Karen, highland park
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
> >
> >
> > -------- Original message --------
> > From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
> > Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> > To: <JERSEYBI...>
> > Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
> >
> > Andrew someone sent me this
> > http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
> > possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> > and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> > are right on .
> >
> > My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> > Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> > Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> > possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> > frequency in wild Mallards.
> >
> > Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
> >
> > Fred Virr azzi
> > secaucus
> >
> >
> > On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > > Hello jersey birders,
> > >
> > > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally
> saw a
> > > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > > duck-hunting forums.
> > >
> > > Thanks and Good birding,
> > >
> > > Andrew Boucher
> > >
> > >
> > > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
> > >
> > >
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> >
> >
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Date: 11/16/17 10:00 pm
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
Thank you, bernie, for sharing this terrific piece.

Katen



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-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
Date: 11/16/17 3:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey

From a few years ago:

http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/the-return-of-the-raven/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Date: 11/16/17 7:39 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 16 Nov - Razorbill, Lapland Longspur
It was a fairly quiet day locally, as the cold front did not clear the
coast until mid-afternoon. Temps just about reached 60ºF during the midday
hours, with a steady breeze from the west before the front eventually
delivered gusty NW winds this evening.

An early-AM session at Cape May Pt produced the first Razorbill of the
season, flying by itself and exiting Delaware Bay (not a total shock given
overnight easterlies, some rain, and an incoming tide before dawn). A few
minutes later we watched what might have been the season's final Brown
Pelican heading sw. toward Delaware. There was also a steady westbound
movement of Red-throated Loons past the Point (600+ during the time we
watched this AM) and a few hundred Northern Gannets. A light but steady
morning flight included singles of Pine Siskin and Purple Finch (the
season's first Red Crossbill was detected yesterday), plus a few Rusty
Blackbirds, American Pipits, and Horned Larks.

Observers at Stone Harbor Pt found 7 Snow Buntings this morning, along with
a Lapland Longspur this afternoon. Additional odds & ends included a
continuing Nashville Warbler at the hawkwatch, 1-2 Barn Swallows and a
Blackpoll Warbler at Cape May Pt, Common Eider at Avalon, and 2 Saltmarsh
Sparrows at Jake's Landing during the AM high tide.


best,
tr


--
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Reed's Beach NJ
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Date: 11/16/17 4:16 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] cave swallow chase - no
Well, I thought NW winds would have them back at Cape May Point. No.
At least for the morning when I was there. Joy. It wasn't a bad morning for
me, just disappointing no Cave Swallow.....

The State Park was loaded with ducks.

I went home via Cumberland spots. No Raven, no BH Gull, no Vesper
Sparrow..... just one of those days! I don't think I stand a chance of
hitting 300 for the state this year with missing Vesper and Cave.
Oh well. I dont chase much!

For those birding Cumberland, BH Gull was seen at Maple Ave. Thats
tide dependent though. And 2 Ravens were seen over Mauricetown - I
believe both of these sightings were yesterday. Ravens have to be getting
ready to nest in the county! What a success story with Ravens and them
expanding their range to south Jersey! The BH Gulls could be with RB
Gulls at Maple Ave. Happy searching!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 11/16/17 3:45 pm
From: Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
We've observed the Chimney Rock Ravens flying over with possible fast food items including what appeared to a hamburger roll and what may be a piece of hot dog photographed here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/10061385523

I once watched one of the heavy equipment operators in the quarry tossing bits of bagel (?) to a hungry Raven perched on the ground nearby.

Another quarry in the area supports resident Ravens, one of a pair caching bits of meat as seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/16218272258

Deer carcass or dumpster dive source is unknown, but they have successfully nested there:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jggilbert/33793692783

Regards,

Jim Gilbert
Bernardsville


-----Original Message-----
>From: Dave Oster

>Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
>
>Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey. I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.
>
>They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).
>
>I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.
>
>Dave Oster
>Verona
>


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Date: 11/16/17 1:50 pm
From: Katharine Birkett <kbirkett...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
Sorry I did not know of this list in years past. About five years ago a
beautiful melanistic mallard in Garfield for some days. I don't know if
that's rare enough to be of interest to experts but as a novice, it took me
a while to even discover the word "melanistic" so as to be sure what we had
seen. It was clearly a mallard as just barely it was possible to see the
purple wing patches.

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> wrote:

> Hey Bernie, yep, there she is. 😎
>
> - Karen
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
> Date: 11/16/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
> Cc: "<JERSEYBI...>" <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
> of years ago.
>
> Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/10463968736/
>
> Also found this photo from two years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/24634256704/
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
> <mailto:<kmswaine...>> wrote:
> There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
>
> Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
>
> Karen, highland park
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Vir <avtrader...><mailto:<avtrader...>>
> Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: <JERSEYBI...><mailto:<JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Andrew someone sent me this
> http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
> possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> are right on .
>
> My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> frequency in wild Mallards.
>
> Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
>
> Fred Virr azzi
> secaucus
>
>
> On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > Hello jersey birders,
> >
> > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > duck-hunting forums.
> >
> > Thanks and Good birding,
> >
> > Andrew Boucher
> >
> >
> > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
> >
> >
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Date: 11/16/17 1:21 pm
From: bmknj16 . <bmknj17...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
A good number at the feeders at Cheesequake last week. Under them really...

While on the subject, since I mentioned photographing birds there here
recently, all 8 of the species I'd expect to see there if there were 8
species there were there... Yes, that's exactly how I meant that sentence
to go...

Also, wood thrushes feeding in the winter berry immediately adjacent to the
deck make for good photo ops as well. Will likely try for them again myself
tomorrow.

Brett Klaproth


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Date: 11/16/17 1:12 pm
From: Alice Leurck <alice.leurck...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
Just happened to see one today in the bushes at a friend's home in Mahwah.
Alice Leurck

On 11/16/2017 3:45 PM, Katharine Birkett wrote:
> At my friend's home in Dover, yesterday. She has a feeder though.
>
> On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:
>
>> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
>> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>>
>>
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Date: 11/16/17 12:56 pm
From: Katharine Birkett <kbirkett...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
At my friend's home in Dover, yesterday. She has a feeder though.

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:

> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 12:41 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
From a few years ago:

http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/the-return-of-the-raven/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Date: 11/16/17 12:17 pm
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
Hey Bernie, yep, there she is. 😎

- Karen


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
Date: 11/16/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Cc: "<JERSEYBI...>" <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple of years ago.

Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/10463968736/

Also found this photo from two years ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/24634256704/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...><mailto:<kmswaine...>> wrote:
There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/ Piscataway - iirc it was last year.

Bernie? Do you recall.... ?

Karen, highland park



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-------- Original message --------
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...><mailto:<avtrader...>>
Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...><mailto:<JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Andrew someone sent me this
http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
are right on .

My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
frequency in wild Mallards.

Send me some pics off list if you see it again.

Fred Virr azzi
secaucus


On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> Hello jersey birders,
>
> My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> duck-hunting forums.
>
> Thanks and Good birding,
>
> Andrew Boucher
>
>
> Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/<http://www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/><http://www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>>
> or e-mail to <njbrcreport...><mailto:<njbrcreport...>
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Date: 11/16/17 12:15 pm
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
I had a raven flyover yesterday on I-295 near the Hamilton exit. Love
seeing those up close in NJ

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:08 PM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
wrote:

> In fact, I just saw a COMMON RAVEN at 11:45 AM this morning perched in a
> tree in front of the Princeton University Chapel. It was calling loudly
> which is what drew my attention to it.
>
> 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)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of
> Theodore Chase
> Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:45 AM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
>
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one
> (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two
> crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did
> not
> include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it
> would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New
> Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 12:07 pm
From: John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
In fact, I just saw a COMMON RAVEN at 11:45 AM this morning perched in a
tree in front of the Princeton University Chapel. It was calling loudly
which is what drew my attention to it.

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)

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of
Theodore Chase
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:45 AM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens

I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one
(south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two
crows harassing a raven!

I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not
include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it
would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New
Jersey.

Ted Chase

Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.




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Date: 11/16/17 11:18 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
of years ago.

Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/10463968736/

Also found this photo from two years ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/24634256704/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> wrote:

> There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
>
> Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
>
> Karen, highland park
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
> Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Andrew someone sent me this
> http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
> possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> are right on .
>
> My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> frequency in wild Mallards.
>
> Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
>
> Fred Virr azzi
> secaucus
>
>
> On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > Hello jersey birders,
> >
> > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > duck-hunting forums.
> >
> > Thanks and Good birding,
> >
> > Andrew Boucher
> >
> >
> > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
> >
> >
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Date: 11/16/17 10:19 am
From: Mike Anderson <Mike.anderson...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
Ravens are almost daily here at the sanctuary in Bernardsville. Tow are circling as I type..
Best to all,
Mike

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Subject: Ravens

Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey. I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.

They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).

I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.

Dave Oster
Verona


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Date: 11/16/17 10:17 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey. I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.

They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).

I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.

Dave Oster
Verona


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Date: 11/16/17 9:54 am
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
I see and/or hear a raven every week here in highland park, about 1000 feet from RR tracks.
There were 2 several yrs ago, on the large property across the street from our house -- they spent quite a bit of time there, together.

Karen



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From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
Date: 11/16/17 12:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens

While not exactly common, they are not usual where I live. I live in
Highland Park, but on the other side of the Amtrak tracks from
Highland Park proper, so it's more like Piscataway (which is maybe a
hundred yards from where I live). My deck is about 20 feet away from
the Rutgers Preserve. I hear ravens maybe once a week. One day this
October one was croaking all day. I have seen a pair a number of times
flying parallel to the Amtrak tracks near the Edison Kilmer Road post
office. Almost exactly two years ago I had my local high count of 4
ravens. Viewed them from my deck, being mobbed by a flock of crows and
jays.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park but almost in Piscataway

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Theodore Chase
<theodore.chase...> wrote:
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 9:17 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
While not exactly common, they are not usual where I live. I live in
Highland Park, but on the other side of the Amtrak tracks from
Highland Park proper, so it's more like Piscataway (which is maybe a
hundred yards from where I live). My deck is about 20 feet away from
the Rutgers Preserve. I hear ravens maybe once a week. One day this
October one was croaking all day. I have seen a pair a number of times
flying parallel to the Amtrak tracks near the Edison Kilmer Road post
office. Almost exactly two years ago I had my local high count of 4
ravens. Viewed them from my deck, being mobbed by a flock of crows and
jays.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park but almost in Piscataway

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Theodore Chase
<theodore.chase...> wrote:
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 8:58 am
From: Josh Emm <apistopanchax...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Corncrake - history/records in North/South America
Hey all,
Robert, thanks for sharing this wonderful accumulation of Corn Crake records! For anyone interested, Maryland has a single record from 11/28/1900 of a specimen collected near Stockton, MD. Another record to add to that wonderful database!
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1020

Josh Emm
Havre de Grace, MD

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> On Nov 15, 2017, at 7:12 PM, Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> wrote:
>
> If anyone is interested in a history of the Corncrake (Crex crex) in northeastern North America (+ South Am.), Deborah Allen and I have published as complete a compendium of info as available to us. It is not 100% complete (we don't include info on the NJ and Rhode Island specimens), but do include lots of anecdotal info starting with an 1833 bird in Massachusetts, and lots of birder info from 2002 (Newfoundland) - and continuing through 2014 or so. If you have additional records we are not aware of, please let us know because we are writing an article on the subject.
>
> We have been publishing a weekly Newsletter on the birds of Central Park and the surrounding area since 2002...you can subscribe/read for free. Here is a link to the issue with Corncrake history, photos and more:
>
> https://www.birdingbob.com/single-post/2017/11/15/Owls-Bluebirds-Pipits-and-more---the-migrants-of-November
>
> Deborah Allen and Robert DeCandido PhD
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 8:45 am
From: Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!

I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.

Ted Chase

Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.




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Date: 11/16/17 7:54 am
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/ Piscataway - iirc it was last year.

Bernie? Do you recall.... ?

Karen, highland park



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From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Andrew someone sent me this
http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
are right on .

My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
frequency in wild Mallards.

Send me some pics off list if you see it again.

Fred Virr azzi
secaucus


On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> Hello jersey birders,
>
> My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> duck-hunting forums.
>
> Thanks and Good birding,
>
> Andrew Boucher
>
>
> Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
>
>
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Date: 11/16/17 7:26 am
From: G Schuck <gschuckle5...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Atco
Just a quick report for anyone interested. Did a forest edge walk.
Waxwings and YR Warblers were in abundance.


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Date: 11/16/17 5:53 am
From: Dom <dom...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Corn Crake population increase
Thanks Fred - some interesting thoughts. I had no idea about the Brazilian
record.
Cheers
Dom

On Mon, 13 Nov 2017 at 17:26, Fred Vir <avtrader...> wrote:

> Got you Dom. I am with you on continuing global issues for birds. We were
> just talking about different aspects of the crake event.
>
> I usually sound more like you with a more long term, carrying capacity
> centric and ecological examination of the birding event but many
> listers/birders were arriving or en route via planes, cars etc. The bird
> dying several hours before some of us even got on the plane or in the car
> that day certainly cost us all including the "community" in different ways.
>
> My thread focus was more on the increasing chances of future Nearctic
> vagrancy; whether many of the western parts of Europe are a population sink
> is a different issue or thread. On that its similar to NJ's Grasshopper
> Sp. in many ways.............declining numbers for decades, grassland
> species, with multiple broods, high reproductive capacity, some core
> stable areas, heterogenous remaining breeding habitat, surrounding
> carrying capacity dropping, etc. In some years our Lakehurst surveys
> would have two hundred total birds by August while in other years we would
> have several hundred. NJ, outside of a few areas (Sussex, Salem, maybe
> Hunterdon counties) is a sink for Lakehurst birds. Successful
> conservation efforts, or fledgling rate in one area only results in
> dispersing birds leaving Lakehurst to die and likewise in Europe for
> crakes.
>
> I never had any doubt that the very large and increasing numbers of crakes
> collectively in Eastern Europe, parts of Scandinavia and select parts of W
> Europe would result in a typical sink-source dynamics in many parts of
> Europe and the proposed NW Europe source area for vagrant Corn Crakes to
> the Nearctic.
>
> Regardless vagrancy is only a derivative of breeding success PLUS
> immigration; vagrancy rates are often (but not always, see assortive
> vagrancy below) just a function of sheer, post breeding population numbers
> rather than how N was reached.
>
> With an increase in absolute numbers in the proposed NW Europe source area
> of :
>
> Total was 6,125 in ~ 1993 and circa 2010 surveys had 18,680 ( I
> added France to numbers)
>
> This is a 305% increase in the source area I propose and a substantial
> absolute number increase of 12,555 birds (delta N +12,555!) in NW Europe. I
> will check the survey papers for flaws with time.
>
> And who is to say that the contemporary drops and erratic population
> survey numbers from year to year now in W Eu aren't the result of a modern
> and real increase in purposeful vagrant dispersal by some number of birds?
> These birds do not return to the exact summer spot in W Eu since they
> became vagrants with some dying or dispersed to a potential better Eu area
> and remained uncounted in the millions of acres.
>
> Presumably sexual dimorphic behavior, with females exhibiting natality and
> males exhibiting promiscuous outbreeding behavior that causes them to move
> up to 1,500 kilometers in a summer will result in a male skewed sex ratio
> in some areas. The NY bird was a male. These excess males may be the
> source of what we are seeing in the New World. By the way in 2012 there was
> the first ever Corn Crake recorded in Brazil. This makes 3 New World
> records in about 5 years. Assortive phenotypical migratory behavior may be
> caused by males not being reproductively successful in areas with limited
> habitat, carrying capacity and/or females. Hence innate vagrancy can
> happen.
>
> I tend to lean towards some unknown frequency of genetically based
> vagrancy which can be expressed phenotypically when certain ecological
> factors exist.
>
> tks Fred Virrazzi
> Secaucus
>
>
>
>
> On 11/12/2017 6:52 AM, Dom wrote:
>
> Hi Fred,
> I wasn’t suggesting the LI bird isn’t a natural vagrant. It almost
> certainly is.
>
> And it's true, Corncrakes have registered increases in around 15 of the
> last 20 years. But these are increases from a very low base and there has
> been little commensurate range expansion. (and by expansion I mean
> repopulating areas where it has been extirpated rather than isolated
> dispersal. Despite its migratory lifestyle it's a species with high natal
> site fidelity).
>
> I can't speak much to the Eastern population, but I know from friends
> involved in the Scottish census that it’s a hard bird to survey and the
> numbers represent natural breeding volatility more than sustained
> improvement or immigration from the east. The 2007 peak is a while ago. For
> the last 3 years in the U.K we have seen consecutive declines and we are
> back down to 866 calling males this year. I think there were a lot of
> questions asked about the 2016 paper that put out the +10,000 birds number.
> And of course the IUCN listing is heavily swayed by the Russian population.
>
> Anyway. Let’s hope you’re right that we are witnessing fast adaptation to
> changing farming methods! It's an interesting idea and there is some
> evidence of this working with Black-tailed Godwit.
>
> Maybe it will with Corncrake too.
>
> Fingers crossed
> Dom
>
>
> On Sat, 11 Nov 2017 at 22:56, Fred Vir <avtrader...> wrote:
>
>> Hello All:
>>
>> "Corncrakes are suffering huge declines in most of western EU"
>>
>> Perhaps more than a verb tense issue (are declining vs. were declining)
>> it would be pertinent if we actually disagree on absolute population
>> numbers and trends after looking at the data. Related we should agree to
>> the actual pertinent area of Europe to nearctic vagrancy of the Corn Crake.
>>
>> The declines were suffered in almost all European pops many decades ago
>> up until the 1990s and data shows the drops are now negligible in many
>> areas with some remaining populations seeing strong increases. There has
>> been a collapse of collective farming methods in E. Europe; pop increases
>> of hundreds of thousands of birds there has caused dispersal of birds to
>> some parts of W and NW Europe but not all. Recent telemetry shows males
>> dispersing for second brood attempts up to an amazing 1,500 Km in one
>> season. The pop trend is up nicely in the last 25 years especially if we
>> ditch the Western Europe moniker and more accurately agree that the Iberian
>> Peninsula is less important a potential nearctic vagrant source than
>> Scandinavia.
>>
>> The source area would then be UK, Ireland, France, Norway, Sweden and
>> Finland = "NW Europe".
>>
>> The pop in the UK recently increased from 480 calling males in 1993 to
>> 1,245 in 2007. In Ireland there have been double digit percent increases
>> recently. Their numbers increased from 100 birds to 230 in a few years.
>> Norway 1995 ~ 65 birds to 160 in 2007. In Sweden 1993 1,000 birds to est
>> average of 600 birds in 2009. In Finland the increase was 500% from
>> 1990 to 2008. There could now be over 14,000 birds there up from ~2,800 25
>> years ago. In 1998 in France, on IBAs only, there were 1200 males in 1998
>> with the population seeming about the same now.
>>
>> year ~ 1993 or later ~ 2010
>>
>> UK 960 2490
>> Irel 100 230
>> Nor 65 160
>> Swe 1000 600
>> Finl 2800 14000
>>
>>
>> total 4925 17480 350% increase in the
>> source area I propose
>>
>> Two recent Mid-Atlantic US records in the last ~ 22 months (NY, PA) after
>> basically a gap of several decades gives some hope and a possible corollary
>> to increasing NW Europe pops. Yes its a small data set but still perhaps
>> statistically significant. And if two birds were found there were likely
>> more in the last 24 months in the USA.
>>
>> Admittedly changing/stronger weather patterns can be causal and/or
>> additive.
>>
>> Conservationists have advised European farmers of optimal "crake
>> friendly cutting dates" and have had some success in getting farmers to cut
>> from the middle of a field out, killing less birds. The crake can have up
>> to three clutches and has tremendous breeding capacity with a little help.
>> That help arrived several years ago with the results translating to 12,500
>> more birds in NW Europe now than ~ 25 years ago. This is a 350% population
>> increase.
>>
>> Deforestation in Africa is said to favor wintering crakes so the opinion
>> is there are negligible wintering ground issues.
>>
>> Globally the species has also been found to be more numerous than thought
>> or increasing in parts of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and W
>> China. The species has recently changed from Near Threatened to Least
>> Concern status (IUCN).
>>
>> tks
>> Fred Virrazzi
>> Sec NJ
>>
>>
>> On 11/11/2017 7:52 AM, Dom
>>
>> Corncrakes are suffering huge declines in most of western EU. I have yet
>> to find one in my home country despite them breeding here.
>> I also suspect as afro-palearctic migrants they would probably exhibit
>> higher nearctic vagrancy if the population was stable. Historic US records
>> suggest this too.
>>
>>
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Date: 11/16/17 2:46 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird - pics - up and running
Hello,
ebird is back to normal. Things happen - it’s a computer. Everyone’s data is safe.

I entered some pics for my trip. It’s working fine. If you notice any problems, please email
Cornell.

Looks like the rain has passed. I am hitting Cape May for a Cave Swallow. And whatever else.
Maybe that Eider that put down at Jake’s hit Cumberland. And stuck.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 11/16/17 2:25 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] eBird
Hi Jersey Birders,
It was interesting to read about eBird having some servers problems. Not
the problem part but where folks went to ask what was going
on.....JerseyBirds.
When you need to know where can you go
I rest my case
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven NJ


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Date: 11/15/17 4:12 pm
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Corncrake - history/records in North/South America
If anyone is interested in a history of the Corncrake (Crex crex) in northeastern North America (+ South Am.), Deborah Allen and I have published as complete a compendium of info as available to us. It is not 100% complete (we don't include info on the NJ and Rhode Island specimens), but do include lots of anecdotal info starting with an 1833 bird in Massachusetts, and lots of birder info from 2002 (Newfoundland) - and continuing through 2014 or so. If you have additional records we are not aware of, please let us know because we are writing an article on the subject.

We have been publishing a weekly Newsletter on the birds of Central Park and the surrounding area since 2002...you can subscribe/read for free. Here is a link to the issue with Corncrake history, photos and more:

https://www.birdingbob.com/single-post/2017/11/15/Owls-Bluebirds-Pipits-and-more---the-migrants-of-November

Deborah Allen and Robert DeCandido PhD


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Date: 11/15/17 2:06 pm
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Banding winter hummingbirds in NJ
Hello Jersey Birders:

If you are hosting a vagrant or unknown hummingbird this fall/winter/spring, and are willing to have someone come and band it, please email or call me directly. Banding data can tell us a lot about vagrant movements, can help us understand whether the birds we are seeing in subsequent years are actually ones from previous years, and can provide insight into parentage (in the case of hybrids, or suspected hybrids). My information is below. Thanks in advance.

David



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Date: 11/15/17 1:25 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juncos (with photo)
Here in Somerset county, I have had huge numbers of Juncos and White-throated Sparrows since October. There has been lots of natural food, so they haven't been hitting the feeders much. However, if you want to attract them to your feeders, remember that they are basically ground feeders. Start by placing an open platform feeder on the ground (I have to pick mine up at night, or the deer just empty it), then gradually move it higher if you want as more birds use it. Simply tossing seed on the ground (especially in the grass) seems to be their preferred method if you just want to bring them to the area of your feeders. Photo of a Junco on one of my platform feeders from this afternoon.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/38443507941/

Keep in mind that they like cover, so putting a few branches on the ground near the feeders helps (nothing so thick that a cat could use it as cover)

Steve Byland
Somerset County
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Date: 11/15/17 11:46 am
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
They’ve been noticeable at my feeder in the last few days along with plenty of singing WTs.

Diane Louie, Madison





On Nov 15, 2017, at 2:05 PM, JOHN BRODERICK <edbroderick...> wrote:

There are more than I've ever seen here. At least 50 yesterday am traveling with white throated sparrows and possibly some kinglets. Live just north of the Cape May canal in Cold Spring.

> On November 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM G Schuck wrote:
>
>
> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 11:31 am
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
Cool! I heard saw/heard a raven fly out from the Bickford Theater (Morristown) parking garage early
afternoon on Monday.

Diane Louie, Madison





On Nov 14, 2017, at 3:26 PM, Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro...> wrote:

Hey everyone,

Two years ago in early December I posted on the listserv about seeing
ravens from my yard for the first time ever. Well, the next year they were
detected once again during late fall. And now, I just had a whopping
THIRTEEN ravens soaring high over my house heading south.

Unprecedented.


Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township


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Date: 11/15/17 11:15 am
From: JOHN BRODERICK <edbroderick...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
There are more than I've ever seen here. At least 50 yesterday am traveling with white throated sparrows and possibly some kinglets. Live just north of the Cape May canal in Cold Spring.

> On November 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM G Schuck wrote:
>
>
> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see
> or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> mailto:<njbrcreport...>
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Date: 11/15/17 11:08 am
From: celticcail <0000025ed36331da-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos


There was a huge movement of them into my area (Northern New Jersey) last Tuesday overnight. 
Cailin O'Connor Pompton Lakes 


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Date: 11/15/17 12:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juncos

Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
any juncos yet. South Jersey


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Date: 11/15/17 10:31 am
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
I've only had 2 in Haddonfield so far. But lots of white-throats already.
And I THOUGHT I might have heard a red-breasted nuthatch but never saw it.

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...>
wrote:

> Well, we're in Phila., but I had my first junco back on 10/6, then another
> on 10/9. I guess these were early outliers this season, though, as there
> was a hiatus of about 2 weeks before we started seeing the numbers we'd
> expect (and, that would be about when we'd expect them) in our yard.
>
> Anne Bekker
>
> On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Susie R. <njt456...> wrote:
>
> > I have them but they arrived about 10 days late.
> >
> > Susie R.
> >
> > On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:
> >
> > > Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> > > any juncos yet. South Jersey
> > >
> > >
> > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
> > > reporting-rare-birds/>
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> > >
> >
> >
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>
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Date: 11/15/17 10:12 am
From: Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
Well, we're in Phila., but I had my first junco back on 10/6, then another
on 10/9. I guess these were early outliers this season, though, as there
was a hiatus of about 2 weeks before we started seeing the numbers we'd
expect (and, that would be about when we'd expect them) in our yard.

Anne Bekker

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Susie R. <njt456...> wrote:

> I have them but they arrived about 10 days late.
>
> Susie R.
>
> On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:
>
> > Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> > any juncos yet. South Jersey
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
> > reporting-rare-birds/>
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>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 10:02 am
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
I have them but they arrived about 10 days late.

Susie R.

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:

> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
> reporting-rare-birds/>
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Date: 11/15/17 9:59 am
From: Mike Anderson <Mike.anderson...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
Lots of Juncos, and Bluebirds, a couple Hermit thrush and 1 Fox Sparrow here at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville.

-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Juncos

Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen any juncos yet. South Jersey


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Date: 11/15/17 9:48 am
From: Steve Mattan <stevemattan...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
We’ve had them for a couple weeks here in Southampton.

SteveM
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> On Nov 15, 2017, at 12:42 PM, G Schuck <gschuckle5...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 9:42 am
From: G Schuck <gschuckle5...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juncos
Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
any juncos yet. South Jersey


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Date: 11/15/17 8:11 am
From: Donna Schulman <queensgirl30...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird question
I found the following work-around in the Facebook eBird Discussion
group: Change
language and it should download the taxonomy fresh. Then change back so the
names make sense to you

I did this and it works, but I've still lost recent past checklists and
personal locations. Another question to pose to the FB group.


*---------------------------------------*




*Donna L. SchulmanForest Hills, NY + North Brunswick,
<NJqueensgirl30...> <queensgirl30...>*


* <http://www.flickr.com/photos/queensgirl>*

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 10:51 AM, John Collins <jjcbird...> wrote:

> Is anyone else having a problem with the latest update to the eBird app?
> My personal locations have disappeared and I can’t download a new checklist
> - the bird list comes up blank!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 7:52 am
From: John Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] eBird question
Is anyone else having a problem with the latest update to the eBird app? My personal locations have disappeared and I can’t download a new checklist - the bird list comes up blank!

John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
Sent from my iPhone


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Date: 11/15/17 6:22 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Lake Etra Cackling Goose
This morning there was a Cackling Goose in with hundreds of Canadas on lake
Etra (route 571 a couple of miles south of Hightstown)

Bob Dodelson


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Date: 11/15/17 6:19 am
From: Linda Mack <lj.mack...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cornell eBird
JerseyBirders:



Thanks to Patrick Belardo for the following message:



Yes, eBird is currently experiencing some server issues. Multimedia is down
for eBird and Birds of NA.

There's an announcement on the home page: <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/



Linda Mack

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Date: 11/15/17 6:11 am
From: Patrick Belardo <pbelardo...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird photos
Yes, eBird is currently experiencing some server issues. Multimedia is down
for eBird and Birds of NA.

There's an announcement on the home page: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/


On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:08 AM, Linda Mack <lj.mack...> wrote:

> JerseyBirders:
>
>
>
> I cannot access any embedded photos in the eBird-alert lists. They do not
> appear within the individual checklists that display Media. Is anyone else
> having the same problem?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Linda Mack
>
> Monmouth Beach, NJ
>
>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 6:09 am
From: Linda Mack <lj.mack...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] eBird photos
JerseyBirders:



I cannot access any embedded photos in the eBird-alert lists. They do not
appear within the individual checklists that display Media. Is anyone else
having the same problem?



Thanks,

Linda Mack

Monmouth Beach, NJ



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Date: 11/15/17 2:00 am
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
Andrew someone sent me this
http://www.holderreadfarm.com/farm%20news/GCfemale.JPG saying its a
possible  Golden Cascade or a Buff.   But you saw it while in the field
and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
are right on .

My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
Robin.  Its definitely not a good anomaly to
possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
frequency in wild Mallards.

Send me some pics off list if you see it again.

Fred Virr  azzi
secaucus


On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> Hello jersey birders,
>
> My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> duck-hunting forums.
>
> Thanks and Good birding,
>
> Andrew Boucher
>
>
> Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/138259936@N02/?
>
>
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