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7/12/20 5:32 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Ruff at Brig, Atlantic County
7/12/20 2:39 pm Paula Levy <0000035691581c12-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder
7/12/20 9:26 am Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] Displaying Common Nighthawks
7/11/20 12:27 pm <ssmith010153...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
7/11/20 10:33 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
7/11/20 10:20 am Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman...> [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
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7/10/20 4:44 pm Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] after storm birding - Camden - quiet
7/10/20 3:50 pm Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] Terns for the better
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6/26/20 10:12 am Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Cerulean Warblers
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6/21/20 3:55 pm Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...> [JERSEYBI] Great Egret with red tail feathers
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6/18/20 12:43 pm Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] a camden Summer Tanager quest
6/18/20 10:27 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Negri-Nepote today
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6/15/20 4:44 pm Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Splitrock Resevoir area
6/15/20 12:55 pm Rollin Deas <Deas.rollin...> [JERSEYBI] Yellow-bellied sapsucker(s)
6/15/20 12:16 pm Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] NJ breeding birds
6/15/20 10:39 am Bill Boyle <njsawwhet...> [JERSEYBI] NJ's Next Nesting Species
6/15/20 8:25 am Tom Gillen <tjgillen...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Immature Bald Eagles
6/15/20 5:07 am dave magpiong <dave...> [JERSEYBI] Black Birders Week redux
6/15/20 2:04 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me
6/15/20 2:04 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me
6/14/20 6:03 pm Tom Johnson <tbj4...> [JERSEYBI] White Ibis nesting in Cape May County
6/14/20 1:54 pm Chemguy NJ <jpalumbo2014...> [JERSEYBI] Female dickcissel at Negri Nepote this morning.
6/14/20 10:57 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] NJ breeding birds working list
6/14/20 10:52 am Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Old Coal Trail for Warblers
6/14/20 7:25 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] Immature Bald Eagles
6/14/20 6:27 am <ssmith010153...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Birding in the south(ern USA?) - long post
6/14/20 4:35 am Don Freiday <peregrine43...> [JERSEYBI] NJ’s next nesting species
6/13/20 10:40 pm Andrew Block <000006a6ea4d1677-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Fw: Wallkill River NWR birds
6/13/20 12:55 pm WILLIAM SCHMITZ <wschmitz10...> [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
6/13/20 11:31 am WILLIAM SCHMITZ <wschmitz10...> Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
6/13/20 10:13 am Steve Mattan <stevemattan...> Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
6/13/20 9:57 am Mitch Erickson <mderickson209...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Corvid "trifecta"
6/13/20 9:06 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] Corvid "trifecta"
6/13/20 7:11 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Home yard-woods-powerline birding - Camden Co.
 
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Date: 7/13/20 9:54 am
From: John Canoles <000005cd98905ec4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder
I have been having catbirds, eastern bluebirds, Carolina wrens, tufted titmice and blue jays all on our suet.    We are using the hot pepper variety to fend off squirrels and raccoons!

John Canoles
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From: fivecube <0000131b43844d21-dmarc-request...>
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Sent: Mon, Jul 13, 2020 8:57 am
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder

I had this happen last week and was surprised as well. The robin landed on the suet feeder and began eating. Quite odd I thought since I have so many of them in the yard and never saw this behavior before either.

> On Jul 13, 2020, at 7:51 AM, Joseph Jr. <jsalmierijr...> wrote:
>
> Ah, I remember the shock I was in when I first saw this behavior a couple
> years ago. Eerily similar story. I was watching the birds at the feeders
> when a Robin strolled up and started hovering under the suet cage for brief
> moments. It continued this for several minutes and throughout the week. I'm
> not sure why it did tho. The suet was orange zest in flavor if my memory
> serves me.
>
> Joseph Salmieri Jr
> Camden County
>
>
>> On Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 5:39 PM Paula Levy <
>> <0000035691581c12-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>
>> I don’t think I’ve ever seen this behavior before: several times over the
>> past few days, I’ve seen a robin fly up to my suet feeder and either knock
>> a piece off or grab a beakful before returning to the ground.
>>
>> Paula Levy
>> Somerset
>> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 7/13/20 5:57 am
From: fivecube <0000131b43844d21-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder
I had this happen last week and was surprised as well. The robin landed on the suet feeder and began eating. Quite odd I thought since I have so many of them in the yard and never saw this behavior before either.

> On Jul 13, 2020, at 7:51 AM, Joseph Jr. <jsalmierijr...> wrote:
>
> Ah, I remember the shock I was in when I first saw this behavior a couple
> years ago. Eerily similar story. I was watching the birds at the feeders
> when a Robin strolled up and started hovering under the suet cage for brief
> moments. It continued this for several minutes and throughout the week. I'm
> not sure why it did tho. The suet was orange zest in flavor if my memory
> serves me.
>
> Joseph Salmieri Jr
> Camden County
>
>
>> On Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 5:39 PM Paula Levy <
>> <0000035691581c12-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>
>> I don’t think I’ve ever seen this behavior before: several times over the
>> past few days, I’ve seen a robin fly up to my suet feeder and either knock
>> a piece off or grab a beakful before returning to the ground.
>>
>> Paula Levy
>> Somerset
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>>
>> NJ Bird Records Committee: www.njbrc.com
>> List help: <jerseybi-request...>
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Date: 7/13/20 4:51 am
From: Joseph Jr. <jsalmierijr...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder
Ah, I remember the shock I was in when I first saw this behavior a couple
years ago. Eerily similar story. I was watching the birds at the feeders
when a Robin strolled up and started hovering under the suet cage for brief
moments. It continued this for several minutes and throughout the week. I'm
not sure why it did tho. The suet was orange zest in flavor if my memory
serves me.

Joseph Salmieri Jr
Camden County


On Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 5:39 PM Paula Levy <
<0000035691581c12-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I don’t think I’ve ever seen this behavior before: several times over the
> past few days, I’ve seen a robin fly up to my suet feeder and either knock
> a piece off or grab a beakful before returning to the ground.
>
> Paula Levy
> Somerset
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
> NJ Bird Records Committee: www.njbrc.com
> List help: <jerseybi-request...>
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Date: 7/12/20 5:32 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ruff at Brig, Atlantic County
The mistake I made when I first encountered this recently arrived Ruff at Brig was I tried to age and sex the bird during live-action view rather than take some photos to document the sighting. It flushed when I got out of the truck and no doc shots of the Ruff. Worst part was I could not age and sex the bird which is over my head to begin with.

Even today, it seems there is some questions and comments as to the age and sex of this Ruff.

I have included some photos from today on my Flicker in case others want to take the finish the job. First summer male ruff comment even came up based on my poor quality photo posted on my cell phone. Remember, I have a cheap point and shoot camera and often my photos looks like an oil paint on canvas on distant birds.

Ruff was refound today by Jason and Dee Dee (sp ?) at the dogleg, and I am so thankful for them for pointing it out to me. One thing for sure, there were at least five Stilt Sandpipers at the dogleg before they all flushed. There were three stilt sandpipers with yellowlegs in one group. And the Ruff itself was with another two stilt sandpipers and yellowlegs.

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

Yong Kong
WinDack, Camden County

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Date: 7/12/20 2:39 pm
From: Paula Levy <0000035691581c12-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Robin at Suet Feeder
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this behavior before: several times over the past few days, I’ve seen a robin fly up to my suet feeder and either knock a piece off or grab a beakful before returning to the ground.

Paula Levy
Somerset
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Date: 7/12/20 9:26 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Displaying Common Nighthawks
This post is in response to Sandra. I know of two sites here in town, where
the male Nighthawks roost offsite, meaning away from the breeding grounds.
Some of the male Nighthawks that breed on the waterfront to the east, roost
to the west in my neighborhood in London Plane Trees. Some of the males
that are paired up with females on the 600 acre industrisl site that I work
at, roost to the south in Staten Island, flying across the Kill Van Kull at
dusk to forage and to visit the nest site and display. Point being, male
Nighthawks "boom" throughout the nesting season. It serves multiple
purposes, not unlike a hooting owl. What it doesn't necessarily mean is
that the breeding cycle just started.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Date: 7/11/20 12:27 pm
From: <ssmith010153...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
I had a personal high count of 17 Least Terns at Forsythe today along with 7 Avocets.

Steve Smith
Mount Laurel

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN

Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across three Least Terns at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park. At least one continues today, Saturday the 11th. Folks are seeing it by the marina along Paxson Ave, the main road through the park. It frequents the larger orange buoys.

It’s worth walking to the west to check the west side of the lake, as well.

Chris Brown
Hamilton Twp., Mercer County


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Date: 7/11/20 10:33 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
Chris and all, is there a likely rooftop (flat, white gravel) nearby they might be nesting at or thinking about it ?
-Donald Peter Freiday,
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Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:19:28 PM
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN

Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across three Least Terns at Mercer Lake in
Mercer County Park. At least one continues today, Saturday the 11th. Folks
are seeing it by the marina along Paxson Ave, the main road through the
park. It frequents the larger orange buoys.

Its worth walking to the west to check the west side of the lake, as well.

Chris Brown
Hamilton Twp., Mercer County


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Date: 7/11/20 10:20 am
From: Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Continuing Mercer County LEAST TERN
Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across three Least Terns at Mercer Lake in
Mercer County Park. At least one continues today, Saturday the 11th. Folks
are seeing it by the marina along Paxson Ave, the main road through the
park. It frequents the larger orange buoys.

It’s worth walking to the west to check the west side of the lake, as well.

Chris Brown
Hamilton Twp., Mercer County


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Date: 7/11/20 5:49 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Shearwater in New York Bay
Only thing noteworthy I could pull out of the Upper NY Bay was a GREAT
SHEARWATER that was shearing low in the relatively calm conditions and at
other times sitting on the water. I found it around 0525 from the end of
the Ocean Terminal (5 sightings) and later from LSP (1 sighting).

It's just milling around and hopefully it will cross under the Verrazano
back into the ocean? Unfortunately, it is not a county bird since I had one
during Irene. Would be visible from The Battery and Brooklyn. It was
ranging up to Liberty Island at least.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Date: 7/10/20 4:44 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] after storm birding - Camden - quiet
I decided to head out this late afternoon - early evening. Nothing different
down at Newton Lake Park. I wasn't expecting much really from Fay. In my
corner of SW Jersey! What I was hoping for was say an Ibis in the county.
Flying around or put down somewhere. No such luck! But always fun getting
out!

Fay isnt too far along our coast yet. I just checked My Radar. Hmmmm....
maybe still opportunities for Sat?

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 7/10/20 3:50 pm
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Terns for the better
Hi all,

Forgive me the subject line pun- 7 tern species in a day is not a usual thing. Post-tropical storm Fay birding was fun at Norbury’s Landing. Since not everybody knows where Norbury’s Landing is: most GPS’s find it. It is on Delaware Bay about 10 miles north of Cape May Point, at the west end of Millman Avenue/Norbury’s Landing Road/ Bayshore Road (yeah , the road has three names...), directly south of Green Creek Marsh, north of Fishing Creek Marsh. To make things more confusing, the community is Del Haven, in Middle Township, but it has the same zip (08251) as Villas which is in Lower Township (Fishing Creek is the township boundary.) It’s a good spot for shorebirds and ducks/gannets in season, and for morning flight of songbirds in fall. There’s parking, a bulkhead, and a couple benches.

Here’s what this afternoon yielded:

Norbury's Landing
Jul 10, 2020
1:45 PM
Stationary
240 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Tropical storm Fay. High tide was about 1:30 PM. When started wind was calm, presume the eye was overhead. Within two hours the wind was 30 to 40 mph out of the west, and the bay was ripped up. Skies were cloudy , a few spritzes of rain but no heavy downpours like there were this morning. By late afternoon you could see the backside of the storm to the southwest.
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2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
1 Clapper Rail
500 Laughing Gull
10 Herring Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull -- Unusual at this site probably one of the Cape May birds. Second summer plumage.
20 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Sooty Tern -- Rare tropical tern undoubtedly here because of tropical storm Fay. Came in from Bay flew due East. Biggish tern, dark above, light below except for dark flight feathers white patch on forehead white outer tail feathers broader wings and slower wingbeat than bridled.
6 Least Tern -- More than is typical for this site probably related to tropical storm Fay.
1 Caspian Tern -- Scarce at this site.
2 Roseate Tern -- Rare, very probably related to tropical storm Fay. Pink wash. Black bills. Very pale otherwise, long-tailed, “camera auto-winder” calls, followed waterline south.
6 Common Tern -- Not usual this far up the bay , probably related to tropical storm Fay.
1 Arctic Tern -- Rare, there have been a few around but probably related to tropical storm Fay. Medium sized tern, red bill, Very pale wing, light gray breast, with pencil line on trailing edge of primaries, call note like a LBDO., GIS short in front , long in back. Flew south down bay.
10 Forster's Tern
1 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Osprey
2 Bald Eagle
4 Fish Crow
4 Purple Martin
6 Barn Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
2 European Starling
1 Northern Mockingbird
6 House Sparrow
10 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Boat-tailed Grackle
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 27

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Date: 7/10/20 7:57 am
From: Laurie Larson <0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Storm surge
Sorry, sent the last one prematurely.

Cross posting from Capt Alex on the Jersey Shore Birding text group. Please check local weather advisories and do not venture out if conditions are dangerous. You may endanger others, such as first responders, as well as yourself.

“FYI for any trying to venture to a barrier island they are predicting a storm surge. Some S Jersey beach towns flooded during the last high tide and heavy rains are not draining. High tide AC around 11:30 n Barnegat Inlet 12:30. High tide in back about 2 hrs later. Also waves up to 8 feet will keep water pushing into bays. If n when a storm surge a occurs barriers islands where it takes place will likely get inundated with salt water. BTW this is first tropical storm to directly hit NJ since Sandy in 2012.”

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Date: 7/10/20 7:49 am
From: Laurie Larson <0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Storm surge
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Date: 7/10/20 7:27 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Storm
The storm is called "Tropical Storm Fay". And we are under a tropical storm
warning here in Middlesex County.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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> Hey all, there is an interesting storm coming up the coast. You can watch
> it on the national hurricane center website, and by the way if you look on
> the App Store for national hurricane center they have a great free app on
> hurricanes and tropical storms.
> —- Don Freiday,
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Date: 7/9/20 6:13 pm
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Storm
Hey all, there is an interesting storm coming up the coast. You can watch it on the national hurricane center website, and by the way if you look on the App Store for national hurricane center they have a great free app on hurricanes and tropical storms.
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Date: 7/8/20 7:24 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] More COVID News
Jerseybirders, the state is going to be requiring outdoor masks again
"where social distancing is not possible."  Also getting some reports of
various effects caused by temporary furloughs of state workers.  There
is a list of closures, primarily boat ramps and hunting ranges in
wildlife management areas, at https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm
However, it appears that some parking areas (perhaps related to the
preceding?), _and_ roads leading to these places are also closed.  [e.g.
the road to Lake Assunpink and Stone Tavern Lake at Assunpink WMA, with
the Radio Beacon Parking area remaining open].

Also, I think we can expect path mowing to disappear for the present.

Updates are welcome and requested.  Has anyone seen information about
the state parks and forests?

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Date: 7/5/20 3:31 pm
From: John Collins <jjcbirder...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine Falcon in Raritan Borough
I just saw an adult PEREGRINE FALCON fly over my house here in Raritan
Borough. I wonder where it came from? It headed off to the East.
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Date: 7/4/20 7:55 pm
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] 4th of July at Island Road
Spent this morning birding Island Road & vicinity, Whitehouse Station, Readington Twp., Hunterdon County.

4 Savannah sparrows and 3 (or possibly 4) Grasshopper sparrows singing actively and often visibly from fence posts or rsils

3 or 4 each of Bobolink and Meadowlark, which seem  more and more restricted to the back of the fields as the horse farm expands.

Also a half dozen Field sparrow and 2 Bluebirds.

Nearby Meadow Road had more Field sparrows, Cedar waxwing and Indigo bunting.

Good birding and Happy 4th-

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Date: 7/4/20 7:13 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] nighthawks - displaying - Sandy Causeway - Camden
Wow! I went out this evening to check on nighthawks. Just to see
if they were around. I wasn't expecting the display flight! It was fantastic!
One was in view almost the entire time. I enjoyed a great display, tried
some pics.... took a few recordings. Thats how good it was.

Sandy Causeway from the Chew Rd end. The nighthawks were displaying
in a couple open areas. A couple miles in on the road?

I wonder when the display flights end?

Had a Hermit Thrush near where I had singing before. They breed in the
pines.

I would have traded for a Summer Tanager though! Still summer less in Camden....

Sandy Causeway was driveable. Not as good as Inskip though. Be careful.

Good birding all.

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Date: 7/2/20 10:49 am
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Winslow - Camden - breeding birds
A lot still singing! And showing nicely. Wood Thrush, YB Cuckoos,
WB Nuthatches, Pewees, etc, etc. No Summer Tanager though.....
Big miss for Camden still! Inskip Rd. and side trails go through
various habitat here. And its a good road. No problem for regular cars.

Hit the Gloucester side of Winslow. Middle of the day. Summer Tanager!
1/2 mile from the Camden side..... I can't win!

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Date: 7/1/20 3:41 pm
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Tree swallow and bluebird interactions at Griggstown
Jerseybirder, I had an off-list response that tree swallows did indeed
retain their territoriality even after abandoning the nest box, and were
quite willing to dive at other birds coming near it.  Come to think of
it, I also watched goldfinches chasing a mockingbird off a nest box,
although the goldfinches certainly weren't using it.

Susan Treesh
Somerset

On 7/1/2020 1:53 PM, Susan Treesh wrote:
> Jerseybirders, I birded Griggstown Grasslands (now apparently renamed
> John Clyde Memorial Grasslands) for a couple of hours this morning.
> Griggstown has a number of bird boxes, and in one of the fields 3 tree
> swallows were still swirling around near one.  I thought  two adults
> and a juvenile, as I saw one bird getting fed on the wing. In my
> observation, tree swallows have always cleared out pretty fast from
> their birthplace boxes and home territories. I have a couple of boxes
> in the field behind my house, and when the last fledgling was out, the
> birds were gone within a day.
>
> So I thought these birds were probably on their way out of their home
> field.  The swallows were sometimes quite high, sometimes nearer the
> box, but I never saw them go in.  Enter a pair of bluebirds.  They
> flew over to the box, and the swallows began to dive at them, not
> constantly, but periodically.  The bluebirds ignored the swallows, and
> eventually the female entered and did not exit.  The male remained on
> the box except for some sallying for insects.  The swallows likewise
> remained, occasionally diving at the bluebird, until the time I left.
>
> Any ideas on what was going on?  It seems late for tree swallows to be
> nesting again, particularly since they have at least one surviving
> fledgling.  They didn't seem to have another chick still in the box,
> because they weren't frantic, and I never saw them go in or even land
> on it. But they were definitely hostile towards the bluebirds.  Just a
> lingering sense of ownership?
>
> Griggstown had plenty of other parents bringing food to chicks. It has
> a high number of red-winged blackbirds for an area with very little
> water, in my opinion.
>
> And blackberries!  Griggstown has more blackberries bushes than
> grasses.  Give the place another week to ten days, and go pick
> blackberries.  Way too many there for the birds to consume.
>
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Date: 7/1/20 10:53 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tree swallow and bluebird interactions at Griggstown
Jerseybirders, I birded Griggstown Grasslands (now apparently renamed
John Clyde Memorial Grasslands) for a couple of hours this morning. 
Griggstown has a number of bird boxes, and in one of the fields 3 tree
swallows were still swirling around near one.  I thought  two adults and
a juvenile, as I saw one bird getting fed on the wing.  In my
observation, tree swallows have always cleared out pretty fast from
their birthplace boxes and home territories. I have a couple of boxes in
the field behind my house, and when the last fledgling was out, the
birds were gone within a day.

So I thought these birds were probably on their way out of their home
field.  The swallows were sometimes quite high, sometimes nearer the
box, but I never saw them go in.  Enter a pair of bluebirds.  They flew
over to the box, and the swallows began to dive at them, not constantly,
but periodically.  The bluebirds ignored the swallows, and eventually
the female entered and did not exit.  The male remained on the box
except for some sallying for insects.  The swallows likewise remained,
occasionally diving at the bluebird, until the time I left.

Any ideas on what was going on?  It seems late for tree swallows to be
nesting again, particularly since they have at least one surviving
fledgling.  They didn't seem to have another chick still in the box,
because they weren't frantic, and I never saw them go in or even land on
it. But they were definitely hostile towards the bluebirds.  Just a
lingering sense of ownership?

Griggstown had plenty of other parents bringing food to chicks. It has a
high number of red-winged blackbirds for an area with very little water,
in my opinion.

And blackberries!  Griggstown has more blackberries bushes than
grasses.  Give the place another week to ten days, and go pick
blackberries.  Way too many there for the birds to consume.

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Date: 7/1/20 9:09 am
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] new my ebird page
Check it out! Explore! I just found out I can list my month birds for any month now!
I can even do it for any year...... this could get addictive.....

Life is good!

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Date: 6/30/20 3:40 pm
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Thank you ...
Thank you.


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On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 4:31 PM, Michael Stubblefield <stubblem...> wrote:

Having spent a few days in SE Arizona looking at Mexican Ducks (and hybrids with Mallard), I took to gleaning the internet for information to help.  You may find this useful - see page 14.

https://centralflyway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cf-waterfowl-id.pdf

The speculum seems very useful.

Best,

Michael Stubblefield

On 6/30/20, 4:09 PM, "JerseyBirds on behalf of <marltonbirder...>" <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of <marltonbirder...> wrote:

    ... for all the replies to my query re: a possible Mottled Duck at Brig yesterday. It was particularly helpful in that I had never considered it could have be a Mallard in eclipse plumage. After all these years, there’s so much more to learn. One reason I love birding is it’s never boring.
    Turns out a deadline I thought was today is tomorrow. Now I just found out it’s postponed for 2 more weeks. So I took off for Brig again to look for that problematic duck. I think I saw it, close to where it was yesterday, and again with the American Avocets nearby. But this time I could tell right away it was a female mallard. It helped that there were several other females nearby as well as males in full breeding plumage. Plus a little group of ducklings paddling behind her in the water. I’m sure if I had opened the car window and called out to them they would’ve answered to the names  Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.
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Date: 6/30/20 2:19 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] nummy's island
I was after a June Marbled Godwit. Low tide did not help! No luck.
I found it interesting that Seaside Sparrows were vocal again.
The end of June - beginning of July can actually still be a good time
to see and hear birds. In fact, my bbs route I did the beginning of
July of late. It was cancelled this year alas.

I went inland for butterflies and dragonflies after the coast.
YB Cuckoos, Blue Grosbeaks, Prairie Warblers, etc. all singing.

I just listed my June state birds. Because I can't list in July.....
Hopefully ebird central rectifies that and one can list any months
birds in any month!

Five - Bonapartes Gull, Avocet, Monk, Common Loon - that seems not right.
I am sure I have for June already. Just not in ebird yet.... and Bufflehead.

Butterfly notes - am relearning skippers for the upcoming butterfly
counts. Have to do it every year! The relearning.

Good birding all.

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Date: 6/30/20 1:43 pm
From: Michael Stubblefield <stubblem...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Thank you ...
Having spent a few days in SE Arizona looking at Mexican Ducks (and hybrids with Mallard), I took to gleaning the internet for information to help. You may find this useful - see page 14.

https://centralflyway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cf-waterfowl-id.pdf

The speculum seems very useful.

Best,

Michael Stubblefield

On 6/30/20, 4:09 PM, "JerseyBirds on behalf of <marltonbirder...>" <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of <marltonbirder...> wrote:

... for all the replies to my query re: a possible Mottled Duck at Brig yesterday. It was particularly helpful in that I had never considered it could have be a Mallard in eclipse plumage. After all these years, there’s so much more to learn. One reason I love birding is it’s never boring.
Turns out a deadline I thought was today is tomorrow. Now I just found out it’s postponed for 2 more weeks. So I took off for Brig again to look for that problematic duck. I think I saw it, close to where it was yesterday, and again with the American Avocets nearby. But this time I could tell right away it was a female mallard. It helped that there were several other females nearby as well as males in full breeding plumage. Plus a little group of ducklings paddling behind her in the water. I’m sure if I had opened the car window and called out to them they would’ve answered to the names  Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.
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Date: 6/30/20 1:11 pm
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Thank you ...
... for all the replies to my query re: a possible Mottled Duck at Brig yesterday. It was particularly helpful in that I had never considered it could have be a Mallard in eclipse plumage. After all these years, there’s so much more to learn. One reason I love birding is it’s never boring. 
Turns out a deadline I thought was today is tomorrow. Now I just found out it’s postponed for 2 more weeks. So I took off for Brig again to look for that problematic duck. I think I saw it, close to where it was yesterday, and again with the American Avocets nearby. But this time I could tell right away it was a female mallard. It helped that there were several other females nearby as well as males in full breeding plumage. Plus a little group of ducklings paddling behind her in the water. I’m sure if I had opened the car window and called out to them they would’ve answered to the names  Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.
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Date: 6/29/20 7:35 pm
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Bird Watcher’s Digest-Jerry Liguori, Raptor Man, podcast Part 2
Listen to both parts. Well worth the time.

Grant Price

> On Jun 29, 2020, at 9:53 PM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:
>
> In case those who may be interested.
>
> Below link also should take you to part 1 as well.
>
> https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/podcast-episode/otwtb-episode-70-jerry-liguori-raptor-man-part-2/
>
> I still have fond memories of running into Jerry at the Brig refuge, many years ago. I do not remember all the details but we met again by chance. We birded a bit together and mostly brief conversation about his travels in search of raptors.
>
> He told me about his travel stories, living out of his car, couch surfing at friend’s homes. One conversation I do remember is about his first raptor field guide he was writing at the time.
>
> Few more years pass by, Bod D. and I happened to stop by the CMBO in Goshen, where I saw this book * Hawks From Every Angle”.
>
> Yong Kong
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Date: 6/29/20 6:53 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bird Watcher’s Digest-Jerry Liguori, Raptor Man, podcast Part 2
In case those who may be interested.

Below link also should take you to part 1 as well.

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/podcast-episode/otwtb-episode-70-jerry-liguori-raptor-man-part-2/

I still have fond memories of running into Jerry at the Brig refuge, many years ago. I do not remember all the details but we met again by chance. We birded a bit together and mostly brief conversation about his travels in search of raptors.

He told me about his travel stories, living out of his car, couch surfing at friend’s homes. One conversation I do remember is about his first raptor field guide he was writing at the time.

Few more years pass by, Bod D. and I happened to stop by the CMBO in Goshen, where I saw this book * Hawks From Every Angle”.

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Date: 6/29/20 5:16 pm
From: <marltonbirder...> <marltonbirder...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Mottled Ducks?
The 1/2 dozen or so American Avocets I spotted today at Brig were too distinctive looking for me to misidentify, but ... did I really see a couple of Mottled Ducks? Am I missing being able to visit my father in So. FL so much that I’m imagining I’ve been magically transported there? (Too far away for me to take decent photos of with my cell phone. And I wasn’t about to leave the car, or even lean out the window, or I would have been devoured by Greenheads.)

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Date: 6/29/20 5:02 pm
From: Andrew Block <000006a6ea4d1677-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink WMA birds
6/29/20 - Assunpink WMA, Upper Freehold Twp., Monmouth Co., NJ
Time:  9am to 11:45amObservers:  Me:-)
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo4 Chimney Swifts5 Turkey Vultures2 Bald Eagles (imm.)1 Red-tailed Hawk1 Belted Kingfisher1 Red-bellied Woodpecker2 Northern Flickers1 Eastern Wood-Pewee1 Eastern Phoebe1 Great Crested Flycatcher3 Eastern Kingbirds5 White-eyed Vireos1 Red-eyed Vireo4+ Tree Swallowsmany Barn Swallows2 Carolina Chickadees1 Carolina Wren3+ American Robins4 Gray Catbirds2 Brown Thrashers2 American Goldfinches1 Blue-winged Warblermany Common Yellowthroats2+ Yellow Warblers2 Prairie Warblers2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS (got great looks of one who came flying in right to where I was)5+ Field Sparrows (confirmed breeding, adult depositing fecal sacs)3+ Song Sparrows1 Swamp Sparrow3+ GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS1 Scarlet Tanager2 BLUE GROSBEAKSmany Indigo Buntingsmany Red-winged Blackbirdsseveral Common Grackles6+ Orchard Orioles (confirmed breeding, family) 
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Date: 6/28/20 4:06 pm
From: Thomas Smith <mrtpjsmith...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink oddity
I've been going to Assunpink for almost 40 years. There used to be
Grasshopper Sparrows nesting in the grassed waterway near the big dam, but
I haven't seen them for years. In all that time I've seen many Ospreys in
spring and fall but never in the summer. It seems like great habitat for
them. Maybe if a nesting platform were to be erected somewhere on the big
lake or that other impoundment to the south (it's pretty isolated) they
might be enticed to nest. Might be a good Scout project. "If you build it,
they will (might) come."

Tom Smith

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 6:09 PM Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> wrote:

> Bob and all, I had osprey repeatedly at Assunpink in April, but not
> since then. In fact, I was there today, and I and other birders had
> blue grosbeaks and y-b chats (at least two) in the radar field. The
> chats were calling repeatedly, but staying hidden in the treeline on the
> right side of the mowed path going up the field from the dog-training
> lot. The grosbeaks were making themselves fairly conspicuous at the
> tops of bushes in the field, but were somewhat submerged in a sea of
> singing indigo buntings that seemed to be everywhere.
>
> Susan Treesh
> Somerset
>
> On 6/27/2020 1:37 PM, robert dodelson wrote:
> > This is the first spring in which I have not seen an Osprey at the
> > Assunpink WMA. The only positive report I am aware of came from Tom Smith
> > several weeks ago.
> > Not to worry, however, about many of the other breeding regulars from
> > Indigo bunting, Eastern Kingbirds, both Orioles, the usual 3 Vireos,
> Common
> > Yellowthroats, Yellow warbler, Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Field and
> > Chipping Sparrows and many Gray Catbirds.
> > Other misses for me have been Blue Grosbeak and Chat ( though Louis
> > Bizzarro had a couple in the radar field about 1 week ago)
> > Stay safe one and all and wear a mask please
> > Bob Dodelson
> >
> >
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Date: 6/27/20 6:37 pm
From: Marylou Norman <marylounorman13...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink oddity
We kayak Assunpink regularly, all 3 lakes. Have not seen an osprey in months.

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> On Jun 27, 2020, at 6:09 PM, Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> wrote:
>
> Bob and all, I had osprey repeatedly at Assunpink in April, but not since then. In fact, I was there today, and I and other birders had blue grosbeaks and y-b chats (at least two) in the radar field. The chats were calling repeatedly, but staying hidden in the treeline on the right side of the mowed path going up the field from the dog-training lot. The grosbeaks were making themselves fairly conspicuous at the tops of bushes in the field, but were somewhat submerged in a sea of singing indigo buntings that seemed to be everywhere.
>
> Susan Treesh
> Somerset
>
>> On 6/27/2020 1:37 PM, robert dodelson wrote:
>> This is the first spring in which I have not seen an Osprey at the
>> Assunpink WMA. The only positive report I am aware of came from Tom Smith
>> several weeks ago.
>> Not to worry, however, about many of the other breeding regulars from
>> Indigo bunting, Eastern Kingbirds, both Orioles, the usual 3 Vireos, Common
>> Yellowthroats, Yellow warbler, Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Field and
>> Chipping Sparrows and many Gray Catbirds.
>> Other misses for me have been Blue Grosbeak and Chat ( though Louis
>> Bizzarro had a couple in the radar field about 1 week ago)
>> Stay safe one and all and wear a mask please
>> Bob Dodelson
>>
>>
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Date: 6/27/20 3:09 pm
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink oddity
Bob and all, I had osprey repeatedly at Assunpink in April, but not
since then.  In fact, I was there today, and I and other birders had
blue grosbeaks and y-b chats (at least two) in the radar field.  The
chats were calling repeatedly, but staying hidden in the treeline on the
right side of the mowed path going up the field from the dog-training
lot.  The grosbeaks were making themselves fairly conspicuous at the
tops of bushes in the field, but were somewhat submerged in a sea of
singing indigo buntings that seemed to be everywhere.

Susan Treesh
Somerset

On 6/27/2020 1:37 PM, robert dodelson wrote:
> This is the first spring in which I have not seen an Osprey at the
> Assunpink WMA. The only positive report I am aware of came from Tom Smith
> several weeks ago.
> Not to worry, however, about many of the other breeding regulars from
> Indigo bunting, Eastern Kingbirds, both Orioles, the usual 3 Vireos, Common
> Yellowthroats, Yellow warbler, Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Field and
> Chipping Sparrows and many Gray Catbirds.
> Other misses for me have been Blue Grosbeak and Chat ( though Louis
> Bizzarro had a couple in the radar field about 1 week ago)
> Stay safe one and all and wear a mask please
> Bob Dodelson
>
>
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Date: 6/27/20 1:02 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fantasy birding-No luck, Atlantic County
This no-so-smart birder has been looking for common gallinule, dickcissel and bobolink somewhere between my homewoods and Brig Refuge. Now that is some crazy fantasy birding with little or no hope for success.

Of course I struck out on all three species. The best part of it all is my fantasy birding took me to some places I have not visited in several years. I went back to the old cranberry bog at the Makepeace WMA in search of common gallinule this morning. To be clear, none has been reported there recently, reason I kept going back for more punishment.

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/wmamaps/makepeace_lake.pdf

I kept scanning the the bog multiple times hoping one of those wood ducks, black ducks or even the great blue heron hidden in the emergent vegetation would eventually turn into a common gallinule. Then one white bird the size of a dove then two more dropped from the sky and skimming over the shallow water for insects. Gull-billed Tern.

Obligatory stop at Brig was uneventful since I did not run into birders who could point me to locations where notable birds were.

Highlight of the day was searching for the appropriate habitat for dickcissel and bobolink within the outskirts of Hammonton vicinity. Found a few grassland-shrub type of habitats but the small size of those fields just did not motivated me enough to park the truck and walk the edges of the fields from the road.

Yong Kong
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Date: 6/27/20 10:47 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink oddity
This is the first spring in which I have not seen an Osprey at the
Assunpink WMA. The only positive report I am aware of came from Tom Smith
several weeks ago.
Not to worry, however, about many of the other breeding regulars from
Indigo bunting, Eastern Kingbirds, both Orioles, the usual 3 Vireos, Common
Yellowthroats, Yellow warbler, Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Field and
Chipping Sparrows and many Gray Catbirds.
Other misses for me have been Blue Grosbeak and Chat ( though Louis
Bizzarro had a couple in the radar field about 1 week ago)
Stay safe one and all and wear a mask please
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Date: 6/26/20 6:02 pm
From: Andrew Block <000006a6ea4d1677-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fw: Wallkill River NWR birds incl. cranes
6/26/20 - Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR, Pine Island/Vernon Twp., NY/NJ

many Wood Ducks (of all ages)several Mallards6 Canada Geese1 Pied-billed Grebe1 Yellow-bellied Cuckoo1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird1 Virginia Rail8+ Common Gallinules4 SANDHILL CRANES (including 2 little cranelings:-), they succeeded!!!! Yeah!)10+ Killdeer5+ Least Bitterns3 Great Blue Herons2 Green Herons1 Turkey Vulture1 Red-tailed Hawk2 Downy Woodpeckers3 Northern Flickers1 Willow Flycatcher4 Eastern Kingbirds2 Warbling Vireos2 Red-eyed Vireos1 Blue Jay2 N. Rough-winged Swallowsseveral Tree Swallowsseveral Barn Swallows1 White-breasted Nuthatch1 Carolina Wren5+ Marsh Wrens2 Veerys1 Wood Thrushseveral American Robinsseveral Gray Catbirdsseveral European Starlings1 Cedar Waxwingseveral American Goldfinches1 Ovenbird2 Common Yellowthroats2 Yellow Warblers3+ Song Sparrowsmany Swamp Sparrows1 Scarlet Tanager1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak3 Indigo Buntings3+ Bobolinksmany Red-winged Blackbirdsseveral Common Grackles1 Brown-headed Cowbird2 Orchard Orioles
Andrew
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Date: 6/26/20 10:12 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cerulean Warblers
Walked Mossman's Brook Trail south of Bearfort Waters (Clinton Road, West Milford) yesterday morning.

Found Blackburnian warbler again in the Hemlocks near Project Use.  Then about a half mile in, I heard a cerulean singing in the tall maple/hickory trees atop the ridge west of Mossman's.  A bit distant but distinct, when not drowned out by multiple chipping chipmunks.

On the return, in the same area,  I had a cerulean singing closer to the trail, and another (same?) bird more distant up the ridge.

Birds were in the same general area where I had found them a couple weeks back.

Dave Oster
Verona

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Date: 6/26/20 6:41 am
From: jim wright <wrightjamesb...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ School of Conservation and Covid-19 impact on environmental education...
A big thank you to Linda Mack for posting about the NJ School of
Conservation in peril and to Chris Daly for posting about what we can do.

A friend passed along this link to a report on the economic effects of
COVID-19 on the environmental education field and what is at stake:

https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/sites/default/files/EE_A_Field_at_Risk_Policy_Brief.pdf


Jim W

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 4:05 PM Christopher Daly <cdaly...> wrote:

> Friends of NJ SOC has a good page on what you can do to help save the
> school:
>
> https://friendsofnjsoc.org/help-save-the-school-of-conservation/
>
> Chris Daly
> Piscataway
>
> ________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Linda Mack <
> <lj.mack...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:29 PM
> To: <JERSEYBI...> <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ School of Conservation
>
>
>
>
>
> JerseyBirders:
>
> Please submit your comments to save the NJ School of Conservation.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Linda Mack
>
> Monmouth Beach, NJ
>
> ***************************************************************
>
> The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is the nation's oldest and
> largest environmental education center. It's educated more than 400,000
> children over the past 71 years and is a remarkable resource for the Garden
> State. Unfortunately, like so many businesses and organizations in our
> state, it's facing closure due to economic hardships caused by the
> coronavirus pandemic.
>
> A local non-profit is stepping up to temporarily manage the school, which
> is
> owned by the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and managed by
> Montclair State University, until a permanent solution can be found.
> However, the Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation still hasn't
> received an answer - and we know how these things works. Once an
> institution
> like this closes, there's a good chance it may never re-open.
>
> We're joining with local allies to appeal to NJDEP to take action before
> the
> school is set to close its doors on July 1.
>
> We have good reason to think that with enough public pressure, the NJDEP
> can
> be persuaded to change course. Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy
> Murphy recently announced that New Jersey will be the first state in the
> nation to incorporate climate change education across the K-12 curriculum.
> This promise could remain unfulfilled by the closure of this fixture in
> environmental education unless we take action now.
>
> NJSOC was the first school of its kind to allow kids to get a hands-on
> education on forests and conservation, and it's of the best places to study
> pollution, our changing climate, and conservation in the middle of a major
> wildlife area.
>
> Educational value aside, closing the school - which is situated on a
> 240-acre site in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County -could be a disaster
> for our clean water and environment. There's currently a wastewater
> treatment plant on site, but without management, it could pollute a nearby
> stream.
>
> The School of Conservation belongs to ALL New Jersey residents and provides
> a powerful learning experience offered nowhere else in our state. As July 1
> approaches, there's an exciting opportunity to relaunch NJSOC and leverage
> its expertise as a leader in environmental education to become the keystone
> of New Jersey's fight against the climate crisis. If we speak up now, we
> can
> get the widespread support necessary to make that opportunity a reality.
>
> Join us in urging NJDEP to keep the New Jersey School of Conservation open
> until a more permanent financial plan can be established.
>
>
>
>
>
> NJ Bird Records Committee:
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Date: 6/25/20 1:05 pm
From: Christopher Daly <cdaly...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] NJ School of Conservation
Friends of NJ SOC has a good page on what you can do to help save the school:

https://friendsofnjsoc.org/help-save-the-school-of-conservation/

Chris Daly
Piscataway

________________________________
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To: <JERSEYBI...> <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ School of Conservation





JerseyBirders:

Please submit your comments to save the NJ School of Conservation.



Thanks,

Linda Mack

Monmouth Beach, NJ

***************************************************************

The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is the nation's oldest and
largest environmental education center. It's educated more than 400,000
children over the past 71 years and is a remarkable resource for the Garden
State. Unfortunately, like so many businesses and organizations in our
state, it's facing closure due to economic hardships caused by the
coronavirus pandemic.

A local non-profit is stepping up to temporarily manage the school, which is
owned by the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and managed by
Montclair State University, until a permanent solution can be found.
However, the Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation still hasn't
received an answer - and we know how these things works. Once an institution
like this closes, there's a good chance it may never re-open.

We're joining with local allies to appeal to NJDEP to take action before the
school is set to close its doors on July 1.

We have good reason to think that with enough public pressure, the NJDEP can
be persuaded to change course. Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy
Murphy recently announced that New Jersey will be the first state in the
nation to incorporate climate change education across the K-12 curriculum.
This promise could remain unfulfilled by the closure of this fixture in
environmental education unless we take action now.

NJSOC was the first school of its kind to allow kids to get a hands-on
education on forests and conservation, and it's of the best places to study
pollution, our changing climate, and conservation in the middle of a major
wildlife area.

Educational value aside, closing the school - which is situated on a
240-acre site in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County -could be a disaster
for our clean water and environment. There's currently a wastewater
treatment plant on site, but without management, it could pollute a nearby
stream.

The School of Conservation belongs to ALL New Jersey residents and provides
a powerful learning experience offered nowhere else in our state. As July 1
approaches, there's an exciting opportunity to relaunch NJSOC and leverage
its expertise as a leader in environmental education to become the keystone
of New Jersey's fight against the climate crisis. If we speak up now, we can
get the widespread support necessary to make that opportunity a reality.

Join us in urging NJDEP to keep the New Jersey School of Conservation open
until a more permanent financial plan can be established.





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Date: 6/25/20 10:29 am
From: Linda Mack <lj.mack...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ School of Conservation




JerseyBirders:

Please submit your comments to save the NJ School of Conservation.



Thanks,

Linda Mack

Monmouth Beach, NJ

***************************************************************

The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is the nation's oldest and
largest environmental education center. It's educated more than 400,000
children over the past 71 years and is a remarkable resource for the Garden
State. Unfortunately, like so many businesses and organizations in our
state, it's facing closure due to economic hardships caused by the
coronavirus pandemic.

A local non-profit is stepping up to temporarily manage the school, which is
owned by the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and managed by
Montclair State University, until a permanent solution can be found.
However, the Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation still hasn't
received an answer - and we know how these things works. Once an institution
like this closes, there's a good chance it may never re-open.

We're joining with local allies to appeal to NJDEP to take action before the
school is set to close its doors on July 1.

We have good reason to think that with enough public pressure, the NJDEP can
be persuaded to change course. Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy
Murphy recently announced that New Jersey will be the first state in the
nation to incorporate climate change education across the K-12 curriculum.
This promise could remain unfulfilled by the closure of this fixture in
environmental education unless we take action now.

NJSOC was the first school of its kind to allow kids to get a hands-on
education on forests and conservation, and it's of the best places to study
pollution, our changing climate, and conservation in the middle of a major
wildlife area.

Educational value aside, closing the school - which is situated on a
240-acre site in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County -could be a disaster
for our clean water and environment. There's currently a wastewater
treatment plant on site, but without management, it could pollute a nearby
stream.

The School of Conservation belongs to ALL New Jersey residents and provides
a powerful learning experience offered nowhere else in our state. As July 1
approaches, there's an exciting opportunity to relaunch NJSOC and leverage
its expertise as a leader in environmental education to become the keystone
of New Jersey's fight against the climate crisis. If we speak up now, we can
get the widespread support necessary to make that opportunity a reality.

Join us in urging NJDEP to keep the New Jersey School of Conservation open
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Date: 6/24/20 4:26 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Exploring in June - Cumberland and Salem - Royal tern
Salem County bird! Although I am on 2006 getting stuff into ebird.
This can be my first! That didn't even occur to me until I was well away
from Bayside..... that it was a Salem county bird.

I don't think that rare for this location of Cumberland and Salem.
I'll have to check the DE ebird map. Theres just no coverage along
this part of Cumberland and Salem in the summer! I love to explore!

I was after a Cumberland Pileated at a couple spots. No success.....
Ranks up there with my trying for a Camden Summer Tanager! I am on
strike 10. A lot of birds calling and visible. And dawn wasn't happening!

Lots of good dragonflies around. Including a perched Carolina Saddlebags!
I can't wait to see my pics.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 6/23/20 5:21 am
From: Catherine Busch <busch.cm...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Northern Parula in Winslow Township, Camden County
Thanks for that informative post. I'd noticed both the warblers and the
leaf disfiguration on my hackberry, but had never looked up what was
causing it or why they are so attracted to the tree in the fall.

Catherine Busch
Cape May Point

On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 10:48 PM Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> I will stick my neck out to state that *if there is one warbler’s
> song-call that most of us birders are familiar with is none other than the
> Northern Parula.
>
> For some odd-crazy reason, the most hot spot for migrating warblers around
> my yard is on my street lined with tall mature trees like black walnut,
> sweetgum and eastern red cedar. Also, I usually keep my eyes on an American
> Hackberry in my front yard for the development of *hackberry nipple gall*
> during the fall migration season, especially northern parulas that move
> thru my homewoods seems to be attracted by those gall balls under the
> leaves.
>
> For those reasons, I was certain it was the song-calls of Northern Parula
> this morning at the end of my driveway. I usually avoid birding at the end
> of my driveway and along the street in front of my house. Reason ? My
> homewoods is not Cape May or Sandy Hook. A privileged Asian birder with
> Swaro bins and a camera on his neck looking for birds standing in the
> middle of the street does not jive with the neighborhood norm.
>
> Id of the Parula and birding by ear was 100% correct. The bird was
> gleaning leaves and branch tips of Black Walnut. The question is where did
> this Northern Parula come from in June. It is one of the most common
> warblers encountered around my yard during the peak of migration.
>
> Photo documentation for bragging rights was simply impossible due to the
> bird moving about within the dense compound leaves of the black walnut.
>
> BTW, it is not all that jolly living out in the sticks surrounded by
> birds. Reason ? Ticks and chiggers to the point I have to wear rain boots
> most of the spring to last fall.
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
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Date: 6/23/20 5:04 am
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Owl in the Box Update
Jerseybirders,

A quick update on the screech owl family. Three owlets fledged by May 26th, and 3 weeks have now passed. A couple of nights ago I was out watering flowers and thought I heard some begging calls - not too close by.

Last night I made a point of getting outside at sundown to try and hear/see any activity. I heard begging calls (raspy, could be mistaken for a sound a squirrel makes) that I thought came from 2 different places just into the trees. I could tell (the foliage is dense so tough to see) they moved, and I followed around to the front of the house. Heard more calls, but didn't see owls yet - until they moved again and flew across the driveway. These were 2 youngsters. Waited some more, and heard more begging, and was able to spot one owlet perched up in a large dead tree off the driveway. It was one of the red morph owlets, and was swiveling its head looking at something.

It's good to have some confirmation that 2 of the 3 fledglings are surviving so far.


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Date: 6/22/20 7:49 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Northern Parula in Winslow Township, Camden County
I will stick my neck out to state that *if there is one warbler’s song-call that most of us birders are familiar with is none other than the Northern Parula.

For some odd-crazy reason, the most hot spot for migrating warblers around my yard is on my street lined with tall mature trees like black walnut, sweetgum and eastern red cedar. Also, I usually keep my eyes on an American Hackberry in my front yard for the development of *hackberry nipple gall* during the fall migration season, especially northern parulas that move thru my homewoods seems to be attracted by those gall balls under the leaves.

For those reasons, I was certain it was the song-calls of Northern Parula this morning at the end of my driveway. I usually avoid birding at the end of my driveway and along the street in front of my house. Reason ? My homewoods is not Cape May or Sandy Hook. A privileged Asian birder with Swaro bins and a camera on his neck looking for birds standing in the middle of the street does not jive with the neighborhood norm.

Id of the Parula and birding by ear was 100% correct. The bird was gleaning leaves and branch tips of Black Walnut. The question is where did this Northern Parula come from in June. It is one of the most common warblers encountered around my yard during the peak of migration.

Photo documentation for bragging rights was simply impossible due to the bird moving about within the dense compound leaves of the black walnut.

BTW, it is not all that jolly living out in the sticks surrounded by birds. Reason ? Ticks and chiggers to the point I have to wear rain boots most of the spring to last fall.

Yong Kong
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Date: 6/21/20 3:55 pm
From: Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Egret with red tail feathers
Today at Brig I came across a Great Egret with red tail feathers. I presume this is dye marking the bird for some sort of study.I couldn't see any bands, the legs were half submerged. Anybody have any idea what kind of study this would be and/or if the bird should be reported?
Pictures of the egret are on my eBird list: https://ebird.org/nj/checklist/S70677031
Or did this bird back up into a can of paint?

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Whiting, NJ
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Date: 6/21/20 9:51 am
From: Stuart <weluvowls...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbirds Navigate an Ultraviolet World We Never See - The New York Times
Jerseybirders


below is a link to an article of interest.

Good Birding,

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Date: 6/20/20 4:58 pm
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Avocets
Hi all, was thinking: it would be worth noting whether the avocets hanging in thru June are in high breeding plumage and what sex(es) are involved, the latter can be tricky, its about bill shape. Things are so crazy these days, why not a crazy good thing?
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Date: 6/20/20 3:44 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] avocets - june bird!
Life is good! Monthly birds are hard to come by anymore.
The 8! were together on the grass looking left right after
the first curve at the dogleg - Forsythe. WSW you are looking.
They seem to like that spot. good roosting area.

But what on earth are 8 avocets here now for?

they are way lost. did they decide no breeding this year?

Why not continue on?

Although I just looked at the birds of the world account. June is
late, but they can still be migrating then. Although that could be
more for the southeastern US, not NJ.

Thanks to Yong and Peter this afternoon. It was a group effort!

It was the Willet and Marsh Wren show.

I could use a June Sandwich Tern next.

Good birding all.

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Date: 6/20/20 3:30 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] YK style of Juneteenth celebration by freedom birding-Atlantic County
As part of my Juneteenth celebration day-weekend, my birding desire for the day was be free and just go birding. Just-wing-it, I said to myself. That means just for one day I wanted to be totally free from ebird and those text alerts.

Left the house around 8:15 AM which means I should have arrived at Brig Refuge by 9 AM or so. Instead I ended up at Lakepeace WMA in Atlantic County. Spent most of my time in search of Common Gallinule at the former cranberry bogs and along the edge of the reservoir at various vantage locations and pull-off areas. Of course I struck out. Several redstarts and black and white warblers along the dirt road on the north side of the bogs.

https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/wmamaps/makepeace_lake.pdf

The condition of the dirt road along the Southside of the Lakepeace WMA reservoir was fantastic and it eventually took me to the Strawberry Fields Airport which is now public land with model airplane flying field and even a portable toilet. Strawberry Fields Airport can also be accessed from Tamminen Rd on Black Horse Pike.

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1485644

Here, I tried for my luck at the Fork-tailed Flycatcher where one showed up at Brig Refuge exactly one year ago. Of course no luck. But grasshopper sparrow show was nice !

To those who may not be familiar with the Lakepeace WMA from Elwood Road to the Strawberry Fields Airport route, go for it. Many locally breeding birds calling along the dirt road on both side of the bogs and the reservoir.

Oh, did I say I eventually made it to the Brig Refuge about 6 hours later than my anticipated arrival time of about 9AM ? Now that is what I call *freedom* birding. Just go with the flow. Ignore the ebird and the text alerts that always make me feel like a C-plus birder at best.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Date: 6/18/20 5:21 pm
From: Eric Stiles <eric.stiles...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Birding Piece on Good Morning America
Dave,

Thanks for sharing. We need to support and amplify these voices and leaders within birding and conservation.

Best,
Eric Stiles, President & CEO
New Jersey Audubon Society

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This is Must See Bird TV!

Well-known Central Park birder Christian Cooper shares his love of birds while discussing his Memorial Day incident. He expounds on the race in American, birding, and their intersection. There has been some talk of these issues for years but perhaps serious efforts can be made toward a realizing a more inviting, welcoming, and inclusive birding community. https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/racist-park-encounter-chris-cooper-takes-us-birding-71290194


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Date: 6/18/20 12:43 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] a camden Summer Tanager quest
I need for the county. plus great dragonflies in the pines. No success
with a Summer! Marilyn even helped at Sandy causeway. thank you
friend! I tried Wharton and Winslow.

Had some breeding activity. Wood Thrush and Pine Warblers were active.
A Raven flew over Winslow! I want one over my house now.....

YT Warbler was at Sandy Causeway. Not an easy Camden bird. I am thinking
post breeding dispersal. Its getting late for them. They nest early.

Etc. I love June! Birds are either quiet or very active!

Good birding all.

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Date: 6/18/20 10:27 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Negri-Nepote today
Jerseybirders,

I visited Negri-Nepote Grasslands Preserve in Franklin Township (Somerset County) today. Arriving just before sunrise around 5:15, I birded for a couple of hours, staying mostly on the "left" (south) side of the reserve all the way to the copse at the far corner. All the usual species were present and singing under the cloud cover and with the fresh breeze. It was a nice color palette: red Cardinals and Red-winged Blackbird shoulders, yellow Goldfinches, Orchard Oriole, and Yellow Warbler, blue Tree Swallows, Indigo Buntings, and Blue Grosbeaks, rust Brown Thrashers, black-and-white Kingbirds, greenish Willow Flycatchers and Yellowthroats, the orange of male Barn Swallows, and the muted complex browns and tans of Song, Field, Chipping, and Grasshopper Sparrows. What I like most about grassland birding is that, with a bit of patience (especially in looking for Grasshopper Sparrows, who are stupendous ventriloquists), a birder can SEE every species on her or his checklist. No high-in-the-trees Red-eyed Vireos, totally invisible amidst the thick leaves, when you're out in a field!

I spent a bit of extra time both at the beginning and end of my walk in the first 100 yards or so of the trail, spishing and looking for the female Dickcissel which was seen on Sunday. She was not visible today, if she was present at all. Still, it was a wonderful way to spend the first couple of hours of the day.

Good birding,

Marc J. Chelemer
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Date: 6/18/20 10:13 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Mossmans Brook, Clinton Road
Walked the Mossman's Brook Trail On Tuesday morning south from Bearfort Waters to Clinton Road, then back up Clinton to the parking area.
Glad to see a vocal red-shouldered hawk shoot through and over the trees at the south end of Bearfort, then a blackburnian warbler in the hemlocks by the Project Use buildings.
Entering the woods things seemed quieter than in recent days, perhaps a function of the cool and breezy weather.  I decided to get my "best count" of the big 3 nesting species in the area--red-eyed vireo, ovenbird and redstart.  Ovenbird came in first with 24 birds between the trail and Clinton Road.  RE vireo and redstart tied at 18 each, although the actual redstart number was undoubtedly higher--I did not count all the bits of song and notes that were likely additional redstarts.
Otherwise along Mossmans Trail, all the usual flycatchers, thrushes, vireos and warblers were only noted in "one's and two's".  Interestingly, I had 2 hooded warbler along the length of Mossmans Brook, then 6 along Clinton Road on the way back (I was thinking, why even get out of the car)?
Added 2 least flycatcher on Clinton (a rare "miss" that day on Mossmans), plus 2 pine warbler.  Another happy day in June!



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Date: 6/17/20 10:00 pm
From: dave magpiong <dave...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birding Piece on Good Morning America
This is Must See Bird TV!

Well-known Central Park birder Christian Cooper shares his love of birds while discussing his Memorial Day incident. He expounds on the race in American, birding, and their intersection. There has been some talk of these issues for years but perhaps serious efforts can be made toward a realizing a more inviting, welcoming, and inclusive birding community. https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/racist-park-encounter-chris-cooper-takes-us-birding-71290194


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Date: 6/17/20 3:48 pm
From: Timmy Vogel <tvogel2017...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Newark Watershed - Bearfort Fire tower , Passaic County
Birdied the Stephens Road, Bearfort Fire Tower and Cedar Pond area of the Newark Watershed in West Milford this morning 7a-Noon,
Woods were quiet early and didn’t become vocal until after 9:30.
Highlights:
Bunker Hill Lake/Stephens Road
DC Cormorant
BW Hawk
Hooded Merganser (3-1 female/2 juveniles)
Wood Duck
YB Cuckoo
Unmarked trail to Cedar Pond from Stephens Road @ fire tower gate
Unfortunately beavers have made the trip to cedar pond a bigger challenge than I was prepared for but the habitat is great
BH Vireo
Least Flycatcher
Bearfort Fire Tower Woods Road
Hermit Thrush - 3 singing
YB Cuckoo
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Prairie Warbler @ fire tower clearing
Clinton Road @ P4
Hiked into Cedar Pond west side
Pine, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, B&W
Total - 9 warblers, 4 flycatchers, 3 vireos
Regards
Tim Vogel
Denville

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Date: 6/16/20 3:39 pm
From: Timmy Vogel <tvogel2017...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Anhinga
All
Around 1:50 pm today, in a parking lot in Denville along the Rockaway River I observed a large dark bird soaring that presented an interesting profile, long neck and wedge shaped tail. Fortunately I had my binoculars in the car. I was able to watch for about a minute and half and as the bird turned I noted white streaking|spotting on the wings and back. Sky was clear with minimal cloud cover. Bird continued soaring, never flapping and drifted west out of sight. I have considerable experience with Anhinga in Florida.
Of interest to me is that 2 hours later in the same lot along the Rockaway River, I had an Osprey hunting which is an unusual bird this time of the year in this part of Morris County
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Date: 6/16/20 2:39 pm
From: Rose M Joy <0000049fa5a9715e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Immature Bald Eagles
The nest upstream produced two eaglets. We learned yesterday, 6/15 that one of our eaglets has fledged. One remains on the nest. We have not been able to spot the fledgling as of yet. It is such a critical time for them.

Rose Joy
Somerset

> On Jun 14, 2020, at 10:24 AM, B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:
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> Over the past couple of days I've twice seen two immature Bald Eagles
> flying over the Raritan River in Middlesex County's Johnson Park. Just
> wondering if anyone knows if the nest just upstream produced any new
> eagles, or if they are from somewhere else?
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
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Date: 6/16/20 9:34 am
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird downtime
Wed. between 3:30 and 8AM. Maintenance.

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Date: 6/16/20 3:23 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] white ibis - oc
I also took a trip to the Ocean City Welcome Center heronry yesterday,
and I'd really like to encourage Jerseybirders to make that trip right
now, in mid-June.  The numbers are larger than the last time I was
there, several years ago, and the variety of species and nests are
really impressive - and the young are in every stage, from jade-green
eggs of yellow-crowned night herons to striped and fully fledged young.
I watched a young ycnh being fed directly in front of a little blue on a
nest. Fuzzy white chicks, brown chicks, and the two white ibises playing
around with sticks (young birds?).  It's a fun trip right now!

Susan Treesh
Somerset

On 6/15/2020 8:21 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
> Marilyn and I hit the Ocean City welcome center this afternoon.
> The usual excellent show! Except for the wind.... Hard scanning in
> that wind..... Anyway, the White Ibis were still there - manipulating
> sticks! Seems late though. They need to get cracking here. if not
> this year then next with the White ibis range expansion.
>
> Theres already fledged Glossy Ibis around. Cute!
>
> Good birding all.
>
> Sandra Keller
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Date: 6/15/20 5:38 pm
From: Rollin <deas.rollin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Yellow-bellied sapsucker(s)
Thanks for the additional sightings and especially for the detailed status of this bird as a New Jersey breeder, Louis!

I didn’t realize that it has expanded so much as a nesting bird here. When I first heard one calling today I thought I was mistaken...

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> Hey all,
>
> To add to Rollin’s sapsucker report, I had two drumming birds yesterday at Wawayanda State Park. One along the gas pipeline while heading straight south from the parking area at Cherry Ridge Road (Passaic side), and another from the road itself.
>
> This is a bird that was confirmed nesting in a single block during the last NJ breeding bird atlas (back in the 90’s). It now breeds from High Point down to Warren County in the Kittatinny Mountains, and in the Highlands from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Morris north to Wawayanda. A bird was even photographed last August as far east as the Ramapos in Bergen.
>
> In a time where many species are declining, it’s good to see something expanding for a change.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Louis Bizzarro
> Monroe Township
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>> On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 3:55 PM Rollin Deas <Deas.rollin...> wrote:
>> There is (are) currently at least one active yellow-bellied sapsucker(s) on Schoolhouse Cove Road
>> by Clinton Reservoir in Passaic County. The bird(s) are fairly easy to locate by their frequent mewing
>> calls and appear to be carrying food across the road...
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Date: 6/15/20 5:24 pm
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Yellow-bellied sapsucker(s)
Hey all,

To add to Rollin’s sapsucker report, I had two drumming birds yesterday at
Wawayanda State Park. One along the gas pipeline while heading straight
south from the parking area at Cherry Ridge Road (Passaic side), and
another from the road itself.

This is a bird that was confirmed nesting in a single block during the last
NJ breeding bird atlas (back in the 90’s). It now breeds from High Point
down to Warren County in the Kittatinny Mountains, and in the Highlands
from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Morris north to Wawayanda. A bird was
even photographed last August as far east as the Ramapos in Bergen.

In a time where many species are declining, it’s good to see something
expanding for a change.

Good birding,

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

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> There is (are) currently at least one active yellow-bellied sapsucker(s)
> on Schoolhouse Cove Road
> by Clinton Reservoir in Passaic County. The bird(s) are fairly easy to
> locate by their frequent mewing
> calls and appear to be carrying food across the road...
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Date: 6/15/20 5:21 pm
From: Sandra Keller <000006b65d80f212-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] white ibis - oc
Marilyn and I hit the Ocean City welcome center this afternoon.
The usual excellent show! Except for the wind.... Hard scanning in
that wind..... Anyway, the White Ibis were still there - manipulating
sticks! Seems late though. They need to get cracking here. if not
this year then next with the White ibis range expansion.

Theres already fledged Glossy Ibis around. Cute!

Good birding all.

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Date: 6/15/20 5:17 pm
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Splitrock Resevoir area
Birded the length of Splitrock Road and Splitrock Resevoir today (Boonton Twp/Rockaway Twp, Morris).

50 species total including most of the typical woodland breeders.  Most of the action was at the power line cuts where I tallied 7 Prairie Warbler, 6 Indigo bunting, 2 Blue-winged warbler and a Chestnut-sided.

Other highlights included 5 Ravens soaring together overhead, 6 Double-crested cormorant on rocks at the resevoir, and Yellow-billed cuckoo.

Also a hooded warbler at the southern end of Splitrock Road  where it first turns to dirt, and 2 Worm-eating warbler near the northern end in slope habitat.

June is great!

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Date: 6/15/20 4:44 pm
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Splitrock Resevoir area
Birdied the length of Splitrock Road as well as the Resevoir today (BoontonTownship/Rockaway Twp, Morris).






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Date: 6/15/20 12:55 pm
From: Rollin Deas <Deas.rollin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yellow-bellied sapsucker(s)
There is (are) currently at least one active yellow-bellied sapsucker(s) on Schoolhouse Cove Road
by Clinton Reservoir in Passaic County. The bird(s) are fairly easy to locate by their frequent mewing
calls and appear to be carrying food across the road...


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Date: 6/15/20 12:16 pm
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ breeding birds
Hey all, so, right, since my last post I have learned that Merlin has indeed bred in New Jersey ( south of I95 and north of the CM canal). And Swainsons warbler is currently on the job here too in at least two locations. And Bachmans Sparrow is a maybe but likely candidate, two years ago I encountered one that stuck the entire season but I dont think he found a mate.
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Date: 6/15/20 10:39 am
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ's Next Nesting Species
In response to Don Freiday's suggestion of Merlin as the state's next new
nesting species, I can add this. Following a possible, but unconfirmed,
nesting by a pair of Merlin in Double Trouble State Park in 2018, this year
there is a confirmed pair nesting on private property in suburban Morris
County. Their nest actually preceded yesterday's addition of White Ibis to
the list of NJ's breeding birds.



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Date: 6/15/20 8:25 am
From: Tom Gillen <tjgillen...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Immature Bald Eagles
The immature Bald Eagles in Johnson Park could possibly have come from the nest down the river in front of Kin-Buc landfill in Edison.
That nest, seen from Buchanan Park in Sayreville, produced 3 young. They were still hanging around the nest as of last week.

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Date: 6/15/20 5:07 am
From: dave magpiong <dave...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Black Birders Week redux
Following Christian Cooper's viral incident in Central Park on Memorial Day, birders from around the country quickly organized Black Birders Week to highlight how birding can be such a different experience for people AND ways to make birding more inviting, welcoming, and inclusive.

This National Audubon article explains the general idea: ‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors
There were many great resources and perspectives shared across all social media platforms, including these two live conversations:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=599256750697358 - Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation, Session 1 featuring Jeffrey Ward, Christian Cooper, Corina Newsome, Tykee James, Kassandra Ford, and Alex Troutman.
https://www.facebook.com/NationalAudubonSociety/videos/250698879684486/ - Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation, session 2 featuring Sheridan Alford, Brianna Amingwa, Danielle Belleny, Deja Perkins, Jason Ward, and Dr. J. Drew Lanham. Moderated by Tykee James and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman.

I hope you find these resources as valuable as thousands of others have, including me  =)
Dave Magpi0ngBellmawr, NJ



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Date: 6/15/20 2:04 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me
Hey all, sorry if you see this message twice, AT&T is apparently updating their towers to 5G and at this point I am thinking about switching service to somebody else, its so ironic that I can get better service in Point Barrow AK than I can have in Cape May. (Recommendations by private message are surely welcome). Anyhow, Peggys message below speaks for itself and thank you Peggy for that. I think it would be great if we could get all of us on the same page with respect to the group me/WhatsApp thingamadoodles by this falls migration, one more time that New Jersey shows the rest of the country how you get environmental protection and communication right. Nobody died and left me in charge ,!but what I think is we need one state wide GroupMe and then probably a few subsets that somehow automatically crossed post to the state wide version so that the psychos like me who want to know about every bird everywhere get to hear about it.
-Don Freiday, Cape May (Del Haven), NJ
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Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 12:03 AM
To: Don Freiday
Subject: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me

Hi Don,

Im replying to your request on my GroupMe site.

Please feel free to post on your blog and on the JerseyBirds listserv that all are welcome to join Jersey Shore Birders. Owners are Peggy Cadigan and Karmela Moneta. Please text Peggy Cadigan to join: 732-614-5044.

Thanks!
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Date: 6/15/20 2:04 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me
The following just speaks for its-self, thanks Peggy! And IMHO we all ought to get talking about how to do these GroupMes/ WhatsApps/ listserves. It would be a fine accomplishment for us if we worked it out that we could all be are on the same page by this falls migration. No one died and made me in charge, but I think what we need is a single state wide GroupMe and then probably some other more local ones but the local ones should automatically cross post to the state wide one for those psychos like me who want to know about every bird everywhere , even if I cant go to see it.
-Don Freiday, Cape May (Del Haven), NJ
http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/?m=1

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Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 12:03 AM
To: Don Freiday
Subject: Jersey Shore Birders Group Me

Hi Don,

Im replying to your request on my GroupMe site.

Please feel free to post on your blog and on the JerseyBirds listserv that all are welcome to join Jersey Shore Birders. Owners are Peggy Cadigan and Karmela Moneta. Please text Peggy Cadigan to join: 732-614-5044.

Thanks!
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Date: 6/14/20 6:03 pm
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis nesting in Cape May County
Jerseybirders,
As has been eagerly anticipated with the major increase in White Ibis in
the state in recent years, a pair of White Ibis is now attempting to nest
at the Ocean City Welcome Center in Cape May Co. This morning, two adult
birds copulated and added sticks to a platform nest in a rather obvious
spot within the colony - visible from the elevated Welcome Center parking
lot.

More information, including a video on eBird:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S70414526

This spring, the site has also hosted a nesting Glossy x White-faced Ibis
hybrid (paired with a Glossy Ibis) and a nesting White-faced Ibis (a single
bird with an unknown mate - building/ attending an out-of-sight nest). With
all this ibis action at an easily viewable site, it's interesting to ponder
what's going on in the many difficult-to-access wading bird colonies in the
region!

If you go to the Ocean City Welcome Center to check out the White Ibis and
other goodies, please use eBird to document additional breeding
observations - thanks in advance. Also, if you find yourself on the shorter
end of the height spectrum, it might be helpful to bring a stepstool or a
bucket to aid in seeing over the guard rail.

Good birding,
Tom Johnson
Cape May, NJ


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Date: 6/14/20 1:54 pm
From: Chemguy NJ <jpalumbo2014...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Female dickcissel at Negri Nepote this morning.
Liz Bender and I observed a female dickcissel this morning approx 75
yards from the parking lot on the trail to the pond. She was on the right
of the trail in the thick, tall grass about 15-2O feet from us. Phishing
and squeaking will bring her up but only intermittently. Joe Palumbo/Liz
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Date: 6/14/20 10:57 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ breeding birds working list
Hey all, Following is an off the top of my head list of New Jerseys breeding birds of the last century, I built it in ebird but I hid it from output for now. Ive already gotten some feedback from my previous post, welcome more and eventually Ill flesh this thing out, apparently somebody is bored being in lockdown When its done I will park it on my blog and also welcome NJBRC to add it to their wonderful archives. Getting this right is important because it gives us a roadmap for what we want our states avifauna to look like in the future.
-Don Freiday,
Cape May,NJ

New Jersey, New Jersey, US
Jun 1, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Protocol: Historical
Checklist Comments: Working list of New Jersey breeding bird species.
218 species (+10 other taxa)

Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Gadwall 1
Northern Shoveler x Gadwall (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
American Wigeon 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Mallard 1
American Black Duck 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Northern Bobwhite 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
White-winged Dove 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Common Nighthawk 1
Chuck-will's-widow 1
Eastern Whip-poor-will 1
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
King Rail 1
Clapper Rail 1
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 1
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 1
Yellow Rail 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Black Rail 1
Sandhill Crane 1
Common Crane 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Sandhill x Common Crane (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Black-necked Stilt 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
American Avocet 1
American Oystercatcher 1
Wilson's Plover 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Piping Plover 1
Killdeer 1
Upland Sandpiper 1
American Woodcock 1
Wilson's Snipe 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Willet 1
Laughing Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Least Tern 1
Gull-billed Tern 1
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 1
Royal Tern 1
Sandwich Tern 1
Black Skimmer 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Brown Pelican 1
American Bittern 1
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 1
Green Heron 1
White Ibis 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Glossy Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Mississippi Kite 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Northern Goshawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Barn Owl 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Long-eared Owl 1
Short-eared Owl 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1 Second hand report of breeding.
Peregrine Falcon 1
Monk Parakeet 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1 Extirpated?
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Carolina x Black-capped Chickadee (hybrid) 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Horned Lark 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 1
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Barn Swallow (American) 1
Cliff Swallow 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 1
Sedge Wren 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 1
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
House Sparrow 1
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 1
Red Crossbill 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Flight years.
White-winged Crossbill 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Flight years.
Pine Siskin 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Flight years.
American Goldfinch 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco x White-throated Sparrow (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Appalachian ridgetops.
Vesper Sparrow 1
Seaside Sparrow 1
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Bobolink 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Boat-tailed Grackle 1
Ovenbird 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Brewster's Warbler (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Lawrence's Warbler (hybrid) 1 Exceedingly rare breeder.
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Swainson's Warbler 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Locations should be kept confidential to keep people from taping them.
Nashville Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Exceedingly rare breeder. Highlands.
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Painted Bunting 1 Apparently bred ocean county, no proof at hand.
Dickcissel 1

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Date: 6/14/20 10:52 am
From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Old Coal Trail for Warblers
Returned to Bearfort Waters yesterday to walk the Old Coal Trail.  Three hours out and back.  Focus:  warblers.  I was not disappointed.
At the south end of the lake there were the usual yellow warblers and yellowthroats.  Before entering the woods I was diverted by a blue-headed vireo singing exuberantly from a patch of mixed hemlock and deciduous trees.  At the Project Use buildings I heard my first worm-eating warbler of the day.  Recorded 2 more on the walk and probably missed others due to the level of bird song (and chipmunks chipping).Lots of slope habitat in the area.
As I turned right onto Old Coal from the Mossman's Brook Trail, I immediately heard a cerulean warbler high in the canopy.  Then began to hear the virtual non-stop chorus of ovenbird and redstart that would persist throughout the walk.  Truly impressive numbers.  Upon encountering the first mountain laurel (which is in glorious bloom) the first hooded warbler sang.  I recorded a conservative total of 9 hoodeds on the outbound walk, but the actual number was surely higher.  Find mountain laurel and you'll find hooded warbler on Old Coal Trail.
On gaining elevation the mountain laurel gets taller.  When it was over my head (and I'm 6'2") I'd arrived in THE place, one of my favorite birding spots anywhere--my "go to" location for nesting black-throated blue warbler.  I was shortly rewarded with the first black-throated blue of the day.  It sang loudly from the laurel thickets and then popped obligingly onto a bare branch,  where it continued to sing.  Heard at least 2 more black-throated blues during my time in this area.  Its also excellent hooded warbler territory.
Black and white warbler also sang frequently, and I figured at least 6 individuals for the walk.  On a non-warbler note, veery numbers also increased with elevation, and their ethereal song truly filled the woods at times.
As I began the walk back, I was awarded a "prize"--a Canada warbler singing its sputtering song from a small group of hemlocks.  I couldn't ask for more.  Finished the walk with my redstart and ovenbird companions sounding from both sides of the trail.
For me, there's nothing better than being in the Jersey Highlands in June.
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Date: 6/14/20 7:25 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Immature Bald Eagles
Over the past couple of days I've twice seen two immature Bald Eagles
flying over the Raritan River in Middlesex County's Johnson Park. Just
wondering if anyone knows if the nest just upstream produced any new
eagles, or if they are from somewhere else?

Bernie Sloan
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Date: 6/14/20 6:27 am
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Birding in the south(ern USA?) - long post
I took Marc's advice and timed a trip to the Ocean City Welcome Center
rookery on Friday the 12th to be there at dawn to catch the show, and what a
show it is. It is hard to believe that so many birds can roost/nest in that
small patch of trees - I counted 243 Glossy Ibis taking off from this plot
for the marshes between 5:00 and 6:15, along with 3 White Ibis. It was well
worth setting my alarm clock for 3:15 to be there at 5:00.

A follow-up trip to Brig produced 3 Avocets and a Least Bittern but no BN
Stilts. I saw exactly zero other shore birds other than Willets, but
happily found a variety of ducks lingering including 2 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers,
3 GW Teal, and 2 BW Teal. Ended the morning trip with 83 species.

Steve Smith
Mount Laurel

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birding in the south(ern USA?) - long post

Jerseybirders,

Yesterday, I made a swing through the southern part of the state and, at
times, felt like I was looking for birds one might see or hear in the
southern part of the country instead. Evidence from Saturday: Nine White
Ibis had been seen at the Ocean City Welcome Center ("OCWC"). A
Swallow-tailed Kite had been seen and photographed in Cape May on Saturday.
A Wood Stork apparently had flown over a backyard in Howell. And there were
seven (!) American Avocets and three (!) long-staying Black-necked Stilts at
Forsythe Refuge.

My day started at the OCWC at 4:50 AM. If you've never experienced the
"morning return" to the rookery, it's well worth arising in darkness and
being there at first light. Great Egrets were dazzling with their mating
feathers all on display. The night-herons swoop in like airplanes at
Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, arriving in pairs or threes from all
directions. The barking noises they make upon alighting are really
something! And the Glossy Ibis do just the opposite: like the "fighters"
in Battlestar Galactica, they blast out of the rookery in 5s and 10s, drop
to the deck, and vigorously fly off towards some pre-understood destination.
At 5:25 AM yesterday, five White Ibis followed that pattern, but only went
as far as the near marsh, where they provided long and satisfying looks.

On to Coral Avenue at the tip of Cape May, where I hoped to find Brown
Pelicans coming across the bay. Sure enough, after about 10 minutes, five
of them did, followed a bit later by 2 more, and then 2 more again. An
optimistic Field Sparrow sang continuously for two hours, hoping for a
female to check out his sandy territory. A bright Prairie Warbler flitted
among the vegatation, too, providing a flash of unexpected color. A Great
Crested Flycatcher swooped in from out of the sky as well. Waxwings hissed
overhead in small groups.

At the Stevens Street Hawkwatching Site, I was please to find Harvey
Tomlinson getting out of his van, and the two of us watched the vulture
kettles for something interesting. Blue Grosbeaks serenaded from at least
two locations, and another Great Crested made a long traverse. Is that this
species' behavior when there are no dense woods: making long sallies across
wide open spaces? Harvey and I picked out a Broad-winged Hawk in one kettle
(later in the day four more joined up), and I spotted a very bedraggled
looking Red-shouldered on its own. At one point, a non-raptor blasted by
low over the trees in the distance, and my heartbeat raced higher. It
looked unusual to me: longish neck, longish tail, very direct flight
pattern. I immediately thought: Anhinga!!, but we "decided" it was just a
fast-flying Glossy Ibis. It dropped down near Beach Plum Farm and was not
seen again.

Eventually, I made my way to Forsythe, where Dianna Leiter had been on an
Avocet and a Stilt. When I reached her, neither was visible, but we did
espy a "Stater" for her: a Least Bittern. By moving east along the dike
road, LOTS of active Avocets (my favorite shorebird) and two Stilts became
visible. Dianna and I remained on the birds for over an hour, showing them
to any passersby (and there were a lot of them) who inquired, "What're you
seeing?" The looks on a casual birder's face when they get to see an Avocet
through a 40x 'scope on a bright day make any frustration one might feel
about our hobby (e.g., making X tries for a species and getting skunked
every time) disappear. "Oh my God," was the most frequent outburst, "How
incredibly beautiful! I never would have known!" Music to one's ears.

Then came the big surprise: an Anhinga had been seen rising and soaring
over West Cape May... Had what Harvey and I saw whipping over the treeline
and dropping into Pond Creek Marsh been that very same bird? The time was
right, the place was right, and the "GISS" of the bird was right to me.
It's not on my checklist, but it felt like the non-listed Goshawk Andres
Choussy and I are sure we saw chicaning through the woods at Kuser Bog last
year: a bird whose identity we instinctively "knew," but didn't get quite
the good-enough look to write down on a list. All birders have those
experiences; it's what keeps us coming out again the next time.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
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Date: 6/14/20 4:35 am
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ’s next nesting species
Hey all,
This being June , breeding bird month, I got to thinking that since our only state breeding bird atlas in the 1990s, weve notched several new breeders: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swainsons Warbler (undisclosed location), Mississippi Kite, and most recently White Ibis. I am probably forgetting some, but heres something to think about: who is next? My vote on that one is Merlin. They are in PA and NY (found a nest one time in the Adirondacks).

And on the flipside: which is the next breeding species we are going to lose? Northern Harrier, Black Rail, and Piping Plover are among the candidates to be lost, I think of all with a great deal of displeasure.

-Don Freiday,
Cape May, NJ
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Date: 6/13/20 10:40 pm
From: Andrew Block <000006a6ea4d1677-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fw: Wallkill River NWR birds
6/13/20 - Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR, NY/NJ

1 Sandhill Crane (male was in same place as last time and eventually walked over to where the female is on her nest)2 Least Bitterns100+ Wood Ducks (of all different ages all in southern most impoundment)1 Brown Thrasher3 Bobolinks4 Marsh Wrens1 Orchard Oriole1 Green Heron4 Great Blue Herons
Andrew
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Date: 6/13/20 12:55 pm
From: WILLIAM SCHMITZ <wschmitz10...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
Eric,
That's still Augie's operation and his birds down there. I just continue his work for him now that he's left us. I'm going to request permission from the NJ Natural Lands Trust to place a sign down the main trail where the smaller trail branches off to the left. I'd like to call that "The Augie Sexhauer Memorial Warbler Trail". Maybe one day they can designate the whole area down by the wooden bridge "The August Sexhauer Prothonotory Warbler Preserve". That would be nice.

Also thanks to everyone who replied to my request for information. it appears some showed up but not in the usual numbers. Lets hope its a seasonal fluctuation. I will let the people at the NJ-DEP know some were seen.

Thanks to all who replied. I thank you and I know Augie does too.

Bill



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Date: 6/13/20 11:31 am
From: WILLIAM SCHMITZ <wschmitz10...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
Bob,
I know exactly where that area is. That's the Bear River that cuts across there. I have put some boxes down that way in the past with poor results. The PROWs are very particular about where they nest. What looks like good PROW nesting habitat to us humans means nothing to the PROWs. After several years of observing them I have kind of figured out what they like, and its usually the most overgrown, thorn filled, and heaviest tick populated areas of the swamp. Really deep into the heart of the swamp. These birds were originally named "Golden Swamp Warblers".

They like to nest in areas where the runs and creeks are almost covered over with vegetation forming something like tunnels. I have watched them fly through those tunnels virtually inches above the water like highways through the swamp. Running water seems to be one of their requirements. Augie Sexhauer knew that as each one of his boxes were placed in the middle of running water. Next year I hope to have new boxes in all of Augie's old locations. Augie used wooden slant faced boxes but the elements have destroyed them all. Today we use PVC and galvanized steel. I use a design that was developed by the West Virginia Game and Fish Department specifically for this species.

Bear Swamp is approximately 800 acres I believe, but I would have to estimate that only about 10-15 percent of that is acceptable to them for nesting. A lot of the good nesting habitat is on private property, especially south of Hawkin Road, but I am strictly forbidden by the NJNLT from placing boxes on private property.

Bill


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Date: 6/13/20 10:13 am
From: Steve Mattan <stevemattan...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] PROWs at Hawkin Road/Red Lion/Bear Swamp in Tabernacle NJ
We had one on April 25th at Little Creek.

Full ebird list:

Bear Swamp IBA--Little Creek , Burlington, New Jersey, US
Apr 25, 2020 7:18 AM - 8:19 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.95 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Walking a couple trails and some of the road. Sunny, 45 degrees, 2 mph NNE winds. With Steve and Patty at times - we practiced proper social distancing.
23 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) 1 Heading northerly.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 4
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Both singing and seen.
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 7
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 15 The Ovenbird is at around 10 seconds in. And at the end.
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 13
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

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We also hear (and sometimes see) Prothonotary warbler in our yard daily. We moved here in summer 2014 and have had them every year since.

Steve Mattan
Southampton, NJ

> On Jun 12, 2020, at 6:39 PM, WILLIAM SCHMITZ <wschmitz10...> wrote:
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> I'm the person who builds, installs, and maintains the Prothonotary Warber boxes in the Bear Swamp for the NJ Natural Lands Trust. Carrying on the late Augie Sexhauer's work.
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> We seem to have an issue this year with the PROWs. Not one of the boxes show any nesting activity at all. This is very unusual as I have had good success down there the last several years with the PROWs using the boxes. This is the first time I have ever seen this happen.
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> Last Sunday I was down in the swamp for several hours trying to locate them, but with no luck. Usually by this time their first clutch is ready to fledge and some stay on to raise a second clutch. I was also down there the first week in May and saw or heard nothing then too. This area is a major breeding ground for this bird, and if none have been spotted this year we have a problem.
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> So my question is, has anyone seen or heard a Prothonotary Warbler in the Bear Swamp/Hawkin Road area this year? I'm hoping its just me and I've missed them for some reason. The empty nest boxes is very disturbing though. No signs of any dummy nests by the males in them either, nor any sign of fresh sphagnum moss within the boxes which they use as a foundation to build the nest upon.
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> Any information would be greatly appreciated. . . .Thank You.
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> Bill Schmitz
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Date: 6/13/20 9:57 am
From: Mitch Erickson <mderickson209...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Corvid "trifecta"
Corvids in COVID!

On Sat, Jun 13, 2020 at 12:06 PM B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:

> I think this might be a personal first. I have days sometimes where I
> see/hear American Crows, Fish Crows, and Common Ravens as yard birds. But
> this may be the first time I got the "trifecta" before I got out of bed.
> :-) First I heard an American Crow in the distance. Then the local nesting
> Fish Crows. Then a Raven "croaking" as it made its way through the
> neighborhood. Cool...
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> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
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Date: 6/13/20 9:06 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Corvid "trifecta"
I think this might be a personal first. I have days sometimes where I
see/hear American Crows, Fish Crows, and Common Ravens as yard birds. But
this may be the first time I got the "trifecta" before I got out of bed.
:-) First I heard an American Crow in the distance. Then the local nesting
Fish Crows. Then a Raven "croaking" as it made its way through the
neighborhood. Cool...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Date: 6/13/20 7:11 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Home yard-woods-powerline birding - Camden Co.
Thanks to all NJ birders that report their sightings and comments thru various social media including on Flicker.

My Saturday birding plan ended with the same old routine that happens frequently. Jump out of the bed and make coffee with every intent of heading over to Brig. Check the tide and say to myself *who cares I am heading down anyway*. Then hear the robins, cardinals and the cedar waxwings around the yard. Game over and I begin my walk towards the powerline behind the house.

About 15 species of birds that anyone would typically find around their own home patch with similar habitat. First time watching a great crested flycatcher carrying nesting material.

Second is finding a young box turtle about 3.5 inches long. I used to do my own mark-and-recapture experiment with box turtles around homewoods. Kind of fun seeing the same turtles I marked the following years. I stop doing it. Now it is more fun to find box turtles that are not marked, especially young turtles. My way of keeping tabs on the local population. It is always super cool when I find young turtles, which means homewoods box turtles are producing young and population is stable even with the every 2-year cycle where mortality happens in the name of powerline maintenance-mowing.

Here is the embarrassing confession. A Cape May County based birder recently reminded me of the link below that have over 24K members and I rarely visit.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/

Yong Kong
Camden County

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