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3/25/17 10:03 am Ryan Risher <rrisher2...> [JERSEYBI] White ibis (2) - Forsythe
3/25/17 8:41 am John J. Collins <jjcbird...> [JERSEYBI] FOY Osprey
3/24/17 4:52 pm vincent N <vfn7...> [JERSEYBI] Influx of Wigeon to Mercer County
3/24/17 12:01 pm Robert Melone <rjmelone...> [JERSEYBI] Sandy Hook - Osprey
3/24/17 10:34 am Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...> [JERSEYBI] Iceland Gull on the Mudflats today
3/24/17 10:03 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Homewoods and Home Town habitat patch birding, Camden County
3/24/17 7:43 am Meg Harmsen <000003d4354b962c-dmarc-request...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
3/24/17 6:58 am John J. Collins <jjcbird...> [JERSEYBI] FOY Chipping Sparrow
3/24/17 6:26 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] wondrous morning at Assunpink
3/24/17 3:04 am Vince Capp <00000326c7e06828-dmarc-request...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
3/23/17 9:05 pm <cwsg1...> <cwsg1...> [JERSEYBI] FOY NJ phoebe
3/23/17 7:48 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
3/23/17 6:35 pm Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
3/23/17 4:44 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] tundra swans - Mannington
3/23/17 4:36 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] snipe - Mannington marsh
3/23/17 4:01 pm David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...> [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
3/23/17 3:09 pm Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink today....
3/23/17 9:38 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
3/23/17 8:22 am judson hamlin <jhhamlin...> [JERSEYBI] Raven
3/23/17 6:41 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] month listers
3/23/17 6:13 am William Dix <WilliamDix...> [JERSEYBI] Northern Harrier with Full Crop
3/22/17 8:34 pm Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...> [JERSEYBI] Owl in the Box Update
3/22/17 2:41 pm vincent N <vfn7...> [JERSEYBI] Horned Grebe: Mercer Corp. Park, Robbinsville
3/22/17 10:34 am Susie R. <njt456...> [JERSEYBI] Scott's Mountain Spring Hawk Watch
3/22/17 10:21 am Louise Wilkens <boatnbirdr...> [JERSEYBI] Osprey at Duke Farms
3/22/17 8:00 am L Larson <llarson2...> [JERSEYBI] Chandler Robbins
3/21/17 6:11 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] On Gannets on the Cumberland bayshore
3/21/17 4:11 pm mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Meadowlands RTHA burned by ethane flares
3/21/17 1:36 pm Christopher Takacs <americanchris22...> [JERSEYBI] Meadowlands RTHA burned by methane flare
3/21/17 7:56 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Update on my feeble attempt to improve previously nesting E. Phoebe at Homewood's pond
3/21/17 7:03 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan & Teal
3/20/17 4:08 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] The dredge - gloucester
3/20/17 2:07 pm Jim Hayes <gargle57...> [JERSEYBI] Morgan Flats Today
3/20/17 11:58 am L Larson <llarson2...> [JERSEYBI] Environmental Film Festival in Princeton
3/19/17 5:37 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe
3/19/17 3:40 pm Diane C Louie <dclouie...> [JERSEYBI] Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16
3/19/17 3:08 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] iceland gull search - Burlington - no
3/19/17 11:13 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/19/17 11:01 am Connor, Jack <Jack.Connor...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/19/17 10:41 am Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...> [JERSEYBI] Indifferent Prey
3/18/17 9:39 pm ALAN MART <a.mart67...> [JERSEYBI] All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs
3/18/17 9:29 pm Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> [JERSEYBI] : Fox Sparrows in highland park
3/18/17 5:37 pm J Hummel <juanita.hummel...> [JERSEYBI] Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday!
3/18/17 2:36 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/18/17 11:39 am Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/18/17 10:24 am Jon Stippick <Jonstippick...> [JERSEYBI] Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS
3/18/17 4:54 am Michael Britt <sootyshear...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3/17/17 4:18 pm Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...> [JERSEYBI] Raptor Trust Post About Plight of Woodcocks
3/17/17 3:39 pm Susie R. <njt456...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Eastern Phoebe
3/17/17 3:19 pm Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/17/17 3:11 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Camden county notes
3/17/17 3:04 pm Winifred Hughes Spar <winifred.spar...> [JERSEYBI] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Princeton
3/17/17 2:44 pm Diane C Louie <dclouie...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/17/17 2:12 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/17/17 2:07 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
3/16/17 6:53 pm Cathy Blumig <wolgast...> [JERSEYBI] horned larks; rusty blackbird
3/16/17 6:52 pm Winifred Hughes Spar <winifred.spar...> [JERSEYBI] Rogers Refuge, Princeton
3/16/17 6:28 pm George Roussey <groussey...> [JERSEYBI] Woodcock - Fox Sparrow
3/16/17 12:56 pm John J. Collins <jjcbird...> [JERSEYBI] Eastern Phoebe
3/16/17 12:09 pm Joan Labun <joan2bird...> [JERSEYBI] FOY Killdeer Whiting
3/16/17 11:23 am Cathy Blumig <wolgast...> [JERSEYBI] woodcock and feeder predation
3/16/17 9:45 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink
3/16/17 9:11 am Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...> [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows, etc.
3/15/17 3:54 pm Steve Mattan <stevemattan...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
3/15/17 2:15 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
3/15/17 2:09 pm mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
3/15/17 1:07 pm Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...> [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows, etc.
3/15/17 11:50 am Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows (Video)
3/15/17 6:10 am Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax...> [JERSEYBI] Four Fox Sparrows this AM
3/14/17 7:42 pm Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrows
3/14/17 4:43 pm Richard Wolfert <rwolfert...> [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrows
3/14/17 1:44 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 1:32 pm Susie R. <njt456...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 11:28 am Joan Labun <joan2bird...> [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrow
3/14/17 11:12 am Michael Perlin <mlperlin...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 11:04 am Shayne <shayne.russell...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 10:24 am Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 10:24 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Accipiter ID Study
3/14/17 9:58 am Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 8:47 am John J. Collins <jjcbird...> [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
3/14/17 4:57 am Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...> [JERSEYBI] Harlequin, Purple Sandpiper, Long-tailed Footage from Barnegat Light
3/13/17 8:55 am Cindy Smith <scindy670...> [JERSEYBI] Canvasbacks. Forsythe
3/13/17 7:17 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter
3/13/17 6:43 am colleen snow <c.snow357...> [JERSEYBI] Sandhill Cranes. Yes!
3/12/17 1:49 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] snipe - Camden county
3/12/17 12:53 pm robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter and Skunk
3/12/17 9:56 am Beth Goldberg <goldbug310...> [JERSEYBI] Upcoming Bergen County Audubon Meeting
3/12/17 8:27 am Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours...> [JERSEYBI] Scoter names and others
3/12/17 4:10 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Article by Jim Wright
3/11/17 6:49 pm Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours...> [JERSEYBI] Razorbill and Snow Buntings
3/11/17 4:47 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] My own Scaup ID study
3/11/17 1:13 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Snipe - Mannington
3/10/17 6:01 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Update on my duck study post on March 4, 2017
3/10/17 8:27 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Great Swamp / Pleasant Plains Road on a snowy day
3/10/17 4:49 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter
3/10/17 3:20 am Dena Temple <denat01...> [JERSEYBI] MCAS Woodcock walk postponed
3/9/17 4:51 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck thoughts
3/9/17 12:13 pm Lillian Shupe <lrshupe...> [JERSEYBI] Walkill River NWR Sussex County
3/8/17 11:14 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [JERSEYBI] Common Raven
3/8/17 7:27 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck continues, Cape May County
3/8/17 6:41 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck thoughts
3/8/17 6:07 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Calling Trumpeter
3/7/17 6:35 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
3/7/17 5:12 pm Brian Kushner <bkushner2...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
3/7/17 4:54 pm August Mirabella <am4birds1...> [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
3/7/17 1:50 pm Eric Clark <000003c92bd7ee6e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Birding Cruise on the Delaware River with WCAS
3/7/17 11:06 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Trumpeter
3/7/17 9:16 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck, Cape May County
3/7/17 8:37 am Davis, Christina <Christina.Davis...> [JERSEYBI] Banded Piping Plovers
3/7/17 8:05 am Steve Smith <SSmith...> [JERSEYBI] Early Osprey
3/7/17 7:48 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Pacific Loon, Cape May County
3/6/17 2:26 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Tree Swallows - Birch Creek - Gloucester
3/5/17 3:57 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink - swans
3/5/17 7:04 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink swan negative
3/4/17 2:29 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] camden county big year run today
3/4/17 12:28 pm Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...> [JERSEYBI] Snow geese in Salem
3/4/17 11:33 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig Canvasback Study
3/4/17 7:52 am Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...> [JERSEYBI] Monmouth County Audubon Family Night March 8th
3/3/17 4:51 pm vincent N <vfn7...> [JERSEYBI] Probable Multiple Ross's Geese: Robbinsville
3/3/17 6:58 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan & Chukar
3/1/17 1:00 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Waterfowl notes - SW Jersey - slim pickings!
3/1/17 9:24 am David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] Pine Warbler at Jake's
3/1/17 9:11 am Richard Wolfert <rwolfert...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Get lost
3/1/17 8:12 am Susie R. <njt456...> Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
3/1/17 6:18 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Get lost
2/28/17 4:46 pm Jim Hayes <gargle57...> Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
2/28/17 2:47 pm J Hummel <juanita.hummel...> Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
2/28/17 2:02 pm David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
2/28/17 1:53 pm James O'Brien <jphillipobrien...> [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
2/28/17 11:47 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] White birds: Absent and Present; the birder's rant
2/28/17 11:18 am Jennifer W. Hanson <ammodramus88...> [JERSEYBI] Sad News: Arlene Oley
2/27/17 1:31 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] camden county big year - Canvasback
2/27/17 7:39 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] No Assunpink Swan
2/26/17 11:52 am vincent N <vfn7...> [JERSEYBI] Ross's Goose: East Windsor
2/26/17 9:01 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Camden County big year - progress
2/25/17 2:43 pm colleen snow <c.snow357...> [JERSEYBI] Bridgewater Eagles
2/24/17 11:49 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan update
2/24/17 11:01 am B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Killdeer Spruce Run
2/24/17 9:39 am Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> [JERSEYBI] Killdeer Spruce Run
2/24/17 6:59 am ltgangi <ltgangi...> [JERSEYBI] BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker
2/24/17 6:05 am Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Get out there today!
2/23/17 9:12 pm Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...> [JERSEYBI] Living Shoreline Project
2/23/17 8:13 pm colleen snow <c.snow357...> [JERSEYBI] Bald Eagles in Bridgewater
2/23/17 5:13 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow
2/23/17 1:34 pm Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...> [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds
2/23/17 7:32 am Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...> [JERSEYBI] Bluebirds
 
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Date: 3/25/17 10:03 am
From: Ryan Risher <rrisher2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White ibis (2) - Forsythe
Just to left of first observation tower at EBF refuge near snow geese. Two white ibis are feeding.

Ryan
Salem Co.

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Date: 3/25/17 8:41 am
From: John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY Osprey
I just saw my first OSPREY of the year at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, by the Raritan River at Robert St. Also saw Spring Beauties in bloom!

John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/24/17 4:52 pm
From: vincent N <vfn7...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Influx of Wigeon to Mercer County
There has been a significant increase in the number of Wigeon since the snow storm. Birders can look for these rather shy birds in shallow water where they are able to reach aquatic food. Alert eyes might espy an old-world relative of this species, the Eurasian Wigeon.


Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction


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Date: 3/24/17 12:01 pm
From: Robert Melone <rjmelone...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sandy Hook - Osprey
Yesterday, there were two Osprey in a chimney nest a few blocks in from the bay at Fort Hancock.

Rob Melone



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Date: 3/24/17 10:34 am
From: Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Iceland Gull on the Mudflats today
Finished my bird surveying on the Hackensack early, so I was able to join the NJAS group at Raritan Bay Park. Led by Scott Barnes, Pat Belardo, Dave Bernstein and Eric Gehring we headed down the beach to the mudflats. Lots of expected Brant and usual gulls. Fewer waterfowl in in the channel than I expected. There were a couple of nice raptors behind us over the South Amboy "heights" (including long looks at a high soaring Red-shouldered hawk), only three Bonaparte's gulls, and one very photogenic Iceland gull. Then playing hookie time was up and I had to leave the group and head for the office.

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Date: 3/24/17 10:03 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Homewoods and Home Town habitat patch birding, Camden County
Hello, Jbirders !!

Most interesting, is anyone following the Horned/Eared Grebe discussion on the ID Frontiers ? Just awesome. During this time of the year, I too chase grebes. Lakes Bay in Pleasantville is the best as I have seen up to 30 or more during a single visit. Check out what the experts are saying below.

http://birding.aba.org/maillist/IDF

Now the boring stuff, once in a while I force myself to bird at Homewoods and Home Town habitat patch. It keeps me grounded, that is all. This morning, the Bird-God cooperated. There must have been a Winslow fall out. As soon as Pil, Cory and I walked out to the powerline, the mowed area was semi-loaded with birds, most being robins and bluebirds. Then, I started to notice E. Phoebe and Pine Warbler. One scan I had 4 phoebes with more chip notes coming from the brush edge. Also, 3 or more Pine Warblers in one view as well.

Prior to that a pair of wood ducks we flushed in the homewoods ponds should have been the telltale sign that there could be new birds at the powerline but the dumb birder did not make the connection. Then, follow-up visit to the belly-up golf course and the Lowe’s grassland yield more 2 more Phoebes and 4 species of sparrows.

Best was as soon as I walked in the house before noon, a signing pine warbler in the back yard could be seen thru the kitchen window. Some photos on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County




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Date: 3/24/17 7:43 am
From: Meg Harmsen <000003d4354b962c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
Several years ago in DC, in front of the American Indian Museum, we witnessed a Red-tailed hawk bring a squirrel it had snagged and stash it in the crotch of a small tree. The tree was on the edge of a small pond in a human-made marshy area for the Museum along 3rd St. The hawk had a couple of bites before it took off, and we saw it return later for more. The stash was hidden well. You couldn't see it at all, and the vast majority of tourists going by were clueless about this terrible beauty of Nature-in-action happening right next to them.

Hawks are commonly seen on the roof of the National Botanic Garden and nearby Capitol grounds. We've witnessed Red-tailed and Cooper's hawks patrolling the skies and hunting in the park on the northern Senate side. But seeing that catch and cache of a squirrel was a first, and memorable, event for me.

Meg Harmsen
Hillsborough, NJ

> On Mar 23, 2017, at 7:01 PM, David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Yesterday, my parents witnessed a Cooper's Hawk capture a small bird at their feeder. The Hawk flew a short distance under a rhododendron and had dinner. My parents watched until their own dinner beckoned.
>
> Fast forward a full 24 hours later, my folks saw the same hawk fly in to the precise spot and resume eating what it apparently stashed yesterday.
>
> Has anyone witnessed raptors saving it for later? I would imagine it happens infrequently since later never comes, particularly when there are lots of hungry critters around who might want a snack.
>
> Good birding!
>
> David S. Bernstein
> Berkeley Heights, NJ
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
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Date: 3/24/17 6:58 am
From: John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY Chipping Sparrow
I just saw my first of the year CHIPPING SPARROW at my feeders here in Raritan Borough. Also, one of my two FOX SPARROWS was still visiting the feeders this morning.

John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/24/17 6:26 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] wondrous morning at Assunpink
This morning I started birding at the eastern end of Lake Assunpink. As I
walked slowly to the edge of the lake I saw a lone Green-winged Teal only a
few yards away. As I got a little closer I noted that the white stripe was
horizontal and not vertical like it should be. A few years ago Todd Frantz
had a Common Teal here at Assunpink and though he tried hard to get me on
the bird I couldn't see it. So today I made up for it. I then drove the
dirt road towards the main boat launch area. I stopped about midway and set
my scope up. An immature Bald Eagle dove and caught a fish and flew with it
in its talons to perch on a tree branch across the lake. As I watched
through my scope I heard a loud trumpeting call and I looked up to watch
the juvenile Trumpeter Swan alongside the adult Mute Swan fly from west to
east. I then looked on the lake a few yards in front of me and there was a
magnificent breeding plumage Common Loon! it doesn't get too much better
than this
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Date: 3/24/17 3:04 am
From: Vince Capp <00000326c7e06828-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
David-

Some years ago when I was living in Bound Brook, I witnessed an adult
Red-tailed Hawk take one of the (overly) numerous Squirrels from my back
yard. The bird then began its meal on the ground, but quickly moved it up
into the crotch of a Silver Maple directly outside of my kitchen window.
After a bit of a feed, the bird flew off and left the prized draped over the
nook in the tree. Apparently this bird was unaware of the fact that
Red-tails are not known to stash food- as it not only came back later in the
afternoon for another go at the carcass, but also repeated this behavior a
couple of weeks later using the same tree. The bird had also apparently
learned that it could raid one of the many local Squirrel nests by landing
on the nest ball and tearing at it with its talons, forcing the occupants to
flee. In the ensuing chaos it would then snatch one of the confused tree
rats as they tried to make their escape. I only saw the bird perform this
maneuver once with success, but I can't believe that behavior this
complicated is a one-off.

Smart old bird.

Vince capp
Bayonet Point, FL

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later

Hi,

Yesterday, my parents witnessed a Cooper's Hawk capture a small bird at
their feeder. The Hawk flew a short distance under a rhododendron and had
dinner. My parents watched until their own dinner beckoned.

Fast forward a full 24 hours later, my folks saw the same hawk fly in to the
precise spot and resume eating what it apparently stashed yesterday.

Has anyone witnessed raptors saving it for later? I would imagine it happens
infrequently since later never comes, particularly when there are lots of
hungry critters around who might want a snack.

Good birding!

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ

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Date: 3/23/17 9:05 pm
From: <cwsg1...> <cwsg1...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY NJ phoebe
had a phoebe for 2 weeks already in PA, but finally heard one today (3/23) in NJ
 
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Date: 3/23/17 7:48 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
They might well be the same Ravens I hear since I am just on the the other
side of the railroad tracks from your house...

Bernie Sloan

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM, Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> wrote:

> On Tuesday 2 ravens flew down cleveland ave (in hp) toward the river. Id'd
> them as one of the called while flying.
>
> karen swaine
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3...>
> Date: 3/23/17 12:38 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
>
> I see/hear Ravens a couple of times a week across the river in Highland
> Park/Piscataway...
>
> Bernie Sloan
>
> On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM, judson hamlin <jhhamlin...>
> wrote:
>
> > Interesting location -a Common Raven just flew down Bayard Street in
> > downtown New Brunswick and is now perched on top off the Verizon
> building.
> > Haven't seen one in town although they are usually not far away.
> >
> > Juds0nHam1in
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
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Date: 3/23/17 6:35 pm
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
On Tuesday 2 ravens flew down cleveland ave (in hp) toward the river. Id'd them as one of the called while flying.

karen swaine

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Date: 3/23/17 12:38 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven

I see/hear Ravens a couple of times a week across the river in Highland
Park/Piscataway...

Bernie Sloan

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM, judson hamlin <jhhamlin...>
wrote:

> Interesting location -a Common Raven just flew down Bayard Street in
> downtown New Brunswick and is now perched on top off the Verizon building.
> Haven't seen one in town although they are usually not far away.
>
> Juds0nHam1in
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 3/23/17 4:44 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] tundra swans - Mannington
Forgot to mention the 10 Tundras we had at the Rt. 540 causeway area. That’s pushing late.


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Date: 3/23/17 4:36 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] snipe - Mannington marsh
Marilyn and I hit the upper bayshore area. Only 1 Gannet off of Bayside and
that was in Cumberland waters!

No Pecs for us. We tried various spots. It was low tide at the Stow Neck Rd.
mud flat area. Alas - no shorebirds, just GW Teal feeding.

We picked up stuff. FOS Phoebe at Frog Rd. - Salem. For Marilyn. I have
been seeing at spots. A Laughing Gull would be nice!

58 Snipe at Sunset Rd. - Mannington Marsh. North side. Same area as before.
Sounds like about the same number also. I forget what I had a couple weeks ago.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/23/17 4:01 pm
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Save It For Later
Hi,

Yesterday, my parents witnessed a Cooper's Hawk capture a small bird at their feeder. The Hawk flew a short distance under a rhododendron and had dinner. My parents watched until their own dinner beckoned.

Fast forward a full 24 hours later, my folks saw the same hawk fly in to the precise spot and resume eating what it apparently stashed yesterday.

Has anyone witnessed raptors saving it for later? I would imagine it happens infrequently since later never comes, particularly when there are lots of hungry critters around who might want a snack.

Good birding!

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ

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Date: 3/23/17 3:09 pm
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink today....
There were 4, yes 4 Bald Eagles at Assunpink. Three were adults, white head and white tail. One was still in "brown phase".
There were 4 Blue Herons, standing almost side by side on west side of lake.
There was a Northern Harrier over the "burnt area" of Assunpink ,that to me, was sunning itself on mound by trees.
Many ducks, Ring-billed, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks.
Did not see Trumpeter Swan.
And saw no Osprey!



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Date: 3/23/17 9:38 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raven
I see/hear Ravens a couple of times a week across the river in Highland
Park/Piscataway...

Bernie Sloan

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM, judson hamlin <jhhamlin...>
wrote:

> Interesting location -a Common Raven just flew down Bayard Street in
> downtown New Brunswick and is now perched on top off the Verizon building.
> Haven't seen one in town although they are usually not far away.
>
> Juds0nHam1in
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 3/23/17 8:22 am
From: judson hamlin <jhhamlin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raven
Interesting location -a Common Raven just flew down Bayard Street in downtown New Brunswick and is now perched on top off the Verizon building. Haven't seen one in town although they are usually not far away.

Juds0nHam1in


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Date: 3/23/17 6:41 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] month listers
For those of you who keep month lists it may not be wishful thinking to add
Trumpeter Swan to your April list in 2017. The Assunpink juvenile was still
present this morning viewable from the main boat launch area of Lake
Assunpink. There were lots and lots of ducks on the lake with 11 species
including a drake Blue-winged Teal in the marsh just beyond the little
bridge (to the west) past the burnt house. One of the best areas for duck
variety is accessible from the road that goes past the large mulberry tree
(where the Evening Grosbeaks were in 2008). Park and walk across the field
towards the dam. Below the dam is a large pond and I had 7 duck species
there this morning.
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Date: 3/23/17 6:13 am
From: William Dix <WilliamDix...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Northern Harrier with Full Crop
On Tuesday evening, Joanne and I took a walk at Reed Bryan Farm (aka Mercer Meadows). We had good looks at the continuing Rough-legged Hawk, and a Kestrel, and at least four, probably five, Northern Harriers. (Alas no Grey Ghost.) As we stood on the viewing platform I spotted a dark lump hidden in the tall grass, which on inspection through the bins, turned out to be a Harrier eating what I assume was a field mouse. I trained the long lens on her and waited. And waited. And waited some more until finally after more than a half-hour she took off. Normally that is the moment that I choose to take my eye off the subject, but this time I grabbed a shot as she flew off. It wasn't until I got home that I realized how nicely the image illustrated the full-crop condition of this raptor having just devoured her dinner. If interested, click on this link; then left-click on the bird to see a larger version. https://billdix.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-RD2FRXh

[https://photos.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-RD2FRXh/1/XL/Northern-Harrier-with-full-crop-R3c2---Reed-Bryan-Farm_032117-mini1200-XL.jpg]<https://billdix.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-RD2FRXh>

Northern Harrier with full crop<https://billdix.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-RD2FRXh>
billdix.smugmug.com
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Date: 3/22/17 8:34 pm
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Owl in the Box Update
Hello Jersey Birders,

Today, I was 98% certain that Grey Screech owl had left the yard - after a string of days, weeks and months roosting here. I've learned that i can never underestimate the stealth characteristics of these little owls. Watching a series of "events" between the pair can happen quickly, and it makes you wonder what you really saw. If I didn't have the time stamped on my iPhone/scope pictures and video I would be lost! Movement in and out of the box, and movement into the front yard box can happen quickly. A word to describe them is stealth.

So, no sign of Grey today. I checked the boxes frequently, especially in the late afternoon when they often show. At 7:27 pm Red exited for the night. Sundown was officially at 7:11 pm and Last Light was officially at 7:38 pm. Grey didn't pop up after him at the entrance hole, nor did I expect her to - since the owls push and shove one another for "first one out." But, when I turned to look out of a front window, there was Grey in the front box! I was relieved. She was being very stealth today, not showing herself. I decided to watch Grey exit from an upstairs window so I could look down at the owl and hope to see the path it would take. After Grey's exit toward the back side yard, I moved downstairs to another window/vantage point. I was thrilled & lucky spot Grey perched on a horizontal (2"diameter) branch with the owl's backside to me. Right outside our bedroom window. A minute or so later, I witnessed an owl (can assume it was Red Jr) fly at Grey, flap, flap, flap on top!
of her, and briefly copulate. Wow. That was something. Red then flew about 6-10 feet away, where I didn't have a good view. Grey fluffed, stayed another minute or so, and then flew farther left, where I lost her at 7:40 pm.

General observations since my last post:
Both Grey and Red Jr. have been using the yard boxes daily since my last post in early Feb. I've had more occasions to see both owls outside the box/perched, and it's quite evident that Red is smaller than Grey. Red trills from the box, and I've yet to see Grey trill from the entry hole.
In February the owls roosted together 5 times in the backyard. Grey occupied the front box 22 times, and Red Jr. roosted in the backyard box 22 days.

March

Red Jr. has been trilling a few times before night time exits - 17th, 19th, 20th.
Red predominantly uses the backyard box at 12 times so far. Grey has used the frontyard box 12 times this month.
Thrilled to see Red roosted in the front box for the First Time on March 5th. That gave me hope the owls might consider using the yard to nest this season. Since then, Red Jr. has used the front box on 5 other days, and the two have roosted together 4 times.

One neat thing: the owls roosted together in the front yard during last week's blizzard. The wind direction was more favorable to the entrance hole, and I wonder if they instinctively knew this?

Another neat thing: On March 16th Red Jr. arrived (pre-dawn) at the backyard box. I kept my bins on the owl, but missed Red's exit and then suddenly Grey was there. But, I caught a bird (Red) flying along the perimeter of the tree line and there he was perched on the outside of the front yard box! This behavior reminded me of "saving a spot" for his mate. Grey arrived, and Red gave up the box. I've observed Grey get "shut out" and then end up in the front yard box, but this was the first time that the male owl deferred the box to his mate. Getting closer to egg laying time than not....

Looking at my notes from last March: the pair roosted together from the 6th-11th. Grey then disappeared, and Red continued until early May, most likely attending to his mate/raising young.

I'm encouraged that the pair might actually stay in the yard for breeding season. I know the second box in the yard has given the owls "options."

I've posted 3 new videos and 1 beautiful picture of Red using the front box on Flickr'
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/

good birding,
Lisa Potash
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Date: 3/22/17 2:41 pm
From: vincent N <vfn7...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Horned Grebe: Mercer Corp. Park, Robbinsville
Breeding plumage bird swimming in first pond at 5:40 pm.

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Date: 3/22/17 10:34 am
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Scott's Mountain Spring Hawk Watch
On this cold, windy day with snow still on the ground up here in the north
country, here's a date for your Spring calendar:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 for the Scott's Mountain Annual Spring Hawk Watch
(Rain date April 9)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Inlet/Outlet Parking Lot at Merrill Creek Reservoir. The lot is
off of Fox Farm Road.

The northward-bound Broad-winged Hawks have never disappointed us nor have
the Bald Eagles.

Please come join us - we'd love to see you!

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Date: 3/22/17 10:21 am
From: Louise Wilkens <boatnbirdr...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Osprey at Duke Farms
An Osprey was seen this morning at Duke Farms, over Vista Lake. It battled
the strong winds for a while, then dove into the water and came up with a
fish in its talons.

It was the first Osprey of the year seen by this group of observers.

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Date: 3/22/17 8:00 am
From: L Larson <llarson2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Chandler Robbins
The legendary ornithologist Chandler Robbins passed away on March 20. I was looking for an article or obituary to post when Laura Erickson's note came through on Birdchat; it's well worth reading.

http://blog.lauraerickson.com/2017/03/chandler-robbins-19182017.html

Here are two other links. Ted's note and Laura's both feature photos of his legendary binoculars!

Ted Floyd's remembrance: http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/chandler-seymour-robbins-1918-2017.html

Details of his biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_Robbins

I hope any list members who knew Robbins will share their memories.


Laurie Larson, Princeton NJ


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Date: 3/21/17 6:11 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] On Gannets on the Cumberland bayshore
I don't know that much on why the numbers in March - it's very rare to see this
many. Has to do with migration, fish runs in the bay, tide, etc. Brian Johnson
has been telling me about it for years! I haven't managed to experience until
tonight - 1400 at least Gannets off of East Point. WOW! For those with a Jersey
DeLorme - map 66 grids L10 and M10. and they moved. N10 and N 11, etc.

I have not a clue whether they will be around Wed.

Good birding all.

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Date: 3/21/17 4:11 pm
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Meadowlands RTHA burned by ethane flares
Chris thanks for the post informing us about this injured Red-tailed Hawk.
It is important that those who can send a few dollars the Raptor Trust's
way do so.The $$ will aid in the 'long' rehab this injured bird will need.
Instead of Buteo I always preferred Beauteo.My check is written and will be
mailed tomorrow morning.

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Date: 3/21/17 1:36 pm
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Meadowlands RTHA burned by methane flare
Round 2! Here we go again folk. NJSEA's (New Jersey Sports and Expostion
Authority) neglect in addressing the methane flare in a timely manner has
injured another bird! I observed this one land in the fenced in area of the
methane flare, then hopped onto the fence and then Disposal Rd. I didn't
think it could be injured until I tried to photograph the bird and realized
more than 50% of its feathers had been singed or burned!

It's the beginning of Hawk migration, NJSEA probably has no clue of this.
Landfills are attractive for migrating raptors to hunt to find food so they
can replenish fat stores and continue to migrate north. We do know that
American Kestrels are being burned and killed by these methane flares all
across the country. We will be observant of all the raptors in the
Meadowlands and try to report as many injured birds as possible.

If there is any good news, an ex-employee of the NJMC and a current NJSEA
employee caught the injured bird and brought it to The Raptor Trust to
hopefully be rehabbed.

I understand that they are making steps towards solving the problem, but
everything that has occurred so far has been ignorant and not an
intelligent solution. Let them know it MUST be fixed ASAP

Update from Chris Soucy of The Raptor Trust:

RTHA is here and is...well...all burned up. Does not appear to be anything
but feather damage though, so it's possible he might molt all the damaged
feathers out. Not likely that will happen in just one annual molt so he
may have to be here for two years.

All tail feathers, primary and most secondary wing feathers are toast.

Please find it in your heart and wallets to help out the Raptor Trust care
for these birds. We have contacted NJSEA in hopes they will donate to them.

Thanks, Chris Takacs
Bergen County Audubon Society


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Date: 3/21/17 7:56 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Update on my feeble attempt to improve previously nesting E. Phoebe at Homewood's pond
Yesterday after work and during fading sunlight, said to myself that talk is cheap, and I must get to work to improved the previously nesting E. Phoebe’s habitat at my Homewood's pond. I knew my time was running out as I saw one at Brig on Sunday, and one could arrived at my Homewood's any day.

This morning, Cory, Pil and I are taking our usual morning walk out to the powerline, we were greeted by a fairly close E. Phoebe fly-catching in the open mowed habitat. This bird showed up less than 24 hours later my feeble attempt to improve previously nesting E. Phoebe at Homewood's pond the day before.

My bird-brain’s idea was simple. I just tried to duplicate what the Homewood's pond habitat was like when they last nested a few years back (no scientific baseline information, just by memory and common sense). So I just thinned out some canopy (also mother nature’s beetle killed pines) and cut down the old branches that were blocking the Phoebe’s flight path to the broken window of an old irrigation pump house.

In case some may think I am a bird but, when they did nested a few years ago, I would see the Phoebe flying in and out of the pump house to feed the chicks. However, I never did peak my head inside of the pump house to check out the chicks or even try to take photos, as I had no interest doing that.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/21/17 7:03 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan & Teal
I have been away for a few days but this morning I had 13 duck species on
Lake Assunpink including 2 drake Blue-winged Teals and several Northern
Pintails. These ducks were at the eastern end of the lake as was the
juvenile Trumpeter Swan keeping company with the adult Mute Swan.
Other duck species were Green-winged Teal, Common (lots) and Hooded
Mergansers, Ringed-neck and Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Scaup etc
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/20/17 4:08 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The dredge - gloucester
Marilyn, Bonnie, and I hit here this afternoon - scouting the place out.
Looks good! Roads have been mowed, east pool had some water, a new
dike crosses part way west to east, etc. We didn't have anything out of
the ordinary, but are looking forward to April here!

And if I didn't have Fox Sparrows at my house in that northeaster, I did
at least get here. And some were singing. Always nice to hear that song!

Tree Swallows around in good numbers - from Marilyn and Bonnie. They
survived the cold!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/20/17 2:07 pm
From: Jim Hayes <gargle57...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Morgan Flats Today
After a lackluster early morning at Sandy Hook, I stopped at South Amboy, where I found one Black-headed Gull with the dark hood starting to come in.


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Date: 3/20/17 11:58 am
From: L Larson <llarson2...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Environmental Film Festival in Princeton
Jersey birders may be interested in the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, March 27 – April 2, 2017. It is held at the Princeton Public Library on Wiggins and Witherspoon St downtown. Free admission, pay-for parking in the garage next door (parking in Princeton is difficult in general).

On Friday March 31, they will show "The Birds of May," a film about the Red Knot and its Delaware Bay migration; Larry Niles and David Wheeler will speak after the screening.

Lots more interesting films as well; please visit the web page for the whole list:

https://www.princetonlibrary.org/peff/schedule/


Enjoy,
Laurie Larson / Princeton


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Date: 3/19/17 5:37 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe
I am deeply touched so many expressed interested in that odd Duck at Port Republic. I have reached out to Dave B. in the past seeking his advise on picture taking questions. He was so helpful and I thank him so much. I do believe photos always do not tell the true story as to what the birder saw in live action.

Moving on now I have a question to JBird members. I have had nesting E. Phobe around the homewoods pond a few years ago. No more. They show up every spring and move on. Without scientific evidence, I blamed it on natural succession. So in the past two years, I have girdled a few pitch pines to create a more open habitat around the homewoods pond.

Within the next week or so, I am thinking about removing two of the old nest that are still inside of an old irrigation pump house. Hey, we clean out wrens and martin boxes, etc. So why not some house cleaning for E. Phobe's nesting site ?

I never thought I would go this extent to have some birds around homewoods and to provide aid to locally breeding birds. I was the one who once posted in JBirds that “ us birders one day may love our birds and trees to their death”, which resulted in one response from a NJ birder that I stop posting in JBirds.

My only interest in my experiment here is if my wacky homewoods wildlife habitat management experiment is working, that is all. Photos of E. Phobe’s old nest to be removed on my Flilckr.

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

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Camden County




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Date: 3/19/17 3:40 pm
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16
This post was deliberately delayed to spare the Woodcock further disturbance….

Only 3 of us joined Dave Hall for his morning NJAS/BCAS walk. The cold and the snow from Stella undoubtedly
had something to do with the sparse field trip turn-out. There were very few other visitors in the park.
Right away Chris T. spotted a Raven above the road leading from the community center parking lot. We scoped the pond
and sighted Wood Duck drakes, GB Herons, two Quebecois Canada Geese with red neck bands (white lettering: “X1A9” and “X8C7”),
and walking about the far bank, a couple of Woodcocks with a Wood Duck drake. The pond also contained RB and Herring Gulls, DC Cormorants, Ruddies, Common Mergs, and a few Hooded Mergs.
Later, an adult Bald Eagle spooked the gulls off the pond.

Dave drove us to the lot on the opposite side of the pond and we trekked along the snow-covered path along its perimeter. At first, we encountered a few fresh Woodcock tracks
but then we were astonished to see a superhighway of Woodcock tracks dotted with (presumably Woodcock) poo running by the bare base of a tree. (The Woodcock superhighway
reminded me of the trenches created by penguins during their single file commute from their nests to the pebbly beaches of the Southern Ocean.) Every few feet one of
us would sight another one or two Woodcock: a clump of mud at the base of a tree, a pile of leaves on the bank, or a couple of rocks in the snow would suddenly acquire big eyes and
morph into yet another Woodcock. Most of the Woodcocks we managed to identify despite their camouflage
remained absolutely still a couple of feet from us through the commotion of passerines flitting about in response to our pishing and waterfowl feeding. Those that were further away escaped — either us or
the RT Hawk — into the trees uphill. Altogether we counted about 15 live Woodcock plus 1 dead one which we studied in the hand and then returned to the snow.

Later, I understood from the recent JB'er and Raptor Trust posts as well as the NY Times article (link below) that I had been an eye witness to the Woodcock fall-out phenomenon due to Stella.
Not only was it my first visit to Weequahic, it was my first bird fall-out.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html <https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html>

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Date: 3/19/17 3:08 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] iceland gull search - Burlington - no
Hello,
Marilyn and I hit Amico Island to see if the Iceland was still there.
No. It wasn't a county bird, not even a state year bird, I wanted to see
if it would stick. Gulls don't seem to linger on the Jersey side of the
Delaware River like they do on the PA side. And sure enough, this one
didn't! I can't figure out why.......

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/19/17 11:13 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Gotta agree with Jack Connor's reply to Dave Blinder's post. Yong Kong's
photo doesn't appear to be a trick of lighting or over/under exposure...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Connor, Jack <Jack.Connor...>
wrote:

> Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port
> RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting. I first heard
> about this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the
> Nacote Creek spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier.
> I've looked several times for it since w/o luck.
>
> Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct.
> (I think we should use leucistic because some colors present.)
>
> Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg
> that appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the
> Stockton campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway).
>
> Jack Connor
> ________________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Dave
> Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
>
> Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
> one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
> by cloud cover.
>
> Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
> one is underexposed.
>
> I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
> perception.
>
> Dave Blinder
> Denville, NJ
> On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:
>
> For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
> a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
> I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
> species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Date: 3/19/17 11:01 am
From: Connor, Jack <Jack.Connor...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting. I first heard about this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the Nacote Creek spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier. I've looked several times for it since w/o luck.

Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct. (I think we should use leucistic because some colors present.)

Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg that appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the Stockton campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway).

Jack Connor
________________________________________
From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic

Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
by cloud cover.

Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
one is underexposed.

I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
perception.

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:

For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/19/17 10:41 am
From: Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Indifferent Prey
Jersey Birders -

I saw something that I thought was interesting on Friday. While counting birds for my survey up in Little Ferry on the Hackensack River, a Peregrine flew in and perched on the pilings where the Great Cormorants often sit. The sun had just risen and I watched the bird pick some breakfast residue from bloody talons. It didn't leave and I was able to watch it for about 20 minutes. But as time went on, I began to notice other birds. A gull perched on an adjacent piling. Ducks, gulls and a few Double-crested cormorants were sitting or swimming in the area, at least dozen birds within a radius of two or three wing flaps.

What gives? I knew it just ate, did they know? How? It wasn't until I downloaded some photos and with a little editing I was able to see what wasn't apparent in the early light - a really bulging crop.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447@N06/33114256440<https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447@N06/33114256440/in/dateposted-public/>

I guess this was a visual clue to the other birds (i.e. potential meals) that this bird wasn't a threat for a while. Even so, I think it's gutsy!

Forsythe was cloudy, cold and very windy early this morning. At dawn on the way in, an Osprey flying over the car. Then, huge numbers of Snow geese, 16 species of waterfowl overall, plus assorted gulls, a couple of harriers, male and female, and other regulars. I didn't get out of the car and check out the woods. No Tundra swans unfortunately.

Hope you all got to wait for the warm sunshine that showed up when I got home! Good birding!

SA

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Date: 3/18/17 9:39 pm
From: ALAN MART <a.mart67...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs
Despite reduced access within the parks due to this week's storm and the less than ideal weather today, the reservoirs still provided us with 59 species this morning. Highlights included: 17 waterfowl species, 5 gull species (including an Iceland and good numbers of Lesser black-backs), and a few Tree swallow which recently arrived (FOYs for me). Once again this confirms that there is no such thing as a bad day of birding. Special thanks to Hank Burk for his assistance and I hope to see you on my April 15, Hidden Waters of Hunterdon walk.

Alan Mart (High Bridge)


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Date: 3/18/17 9:29 pm
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] : Fox Sparrows in highland park
We had 2 fox sparrows today. tossed seed on the ground, it worked.. you could really tell them apart from the song and numerous white throated sparrows that were a out there. Lots of birds today, inc. grackles and one lonely robin.



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro...>
Date: 3/18/17 2:39 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough

Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 3/18/17 5:37 pm
From: J Hummel <juanita.hummel...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday!
Rick Wright will present *Sparrow Tales: Discovering Brown *on Mon. March
20, at 8:00 pm. Location is Stainton Hall at The Pennington School,
Pennington, NJ. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments and socializing before
the program. There is no charge for this program, and all are welcome.


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Date: 3/18/17 2:36 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
After getting my bird brain a full tank of about 200 or more Scaups (mostly observed from back bays of Barnegat Light and heading south towards Brig), I stopped by Port Republic again to look for that odd duck. It was no where to be found.

The day this duck was found and photoed, I had my chance to reposition my truck away from the sun I could cop better photos. But I refused. Reason ?

In my case who have no clue how to spell camera lens, exposure, or SLR, most often I just click away on the birds and hope for the best that some of my photos would be adequate enough for ID purpose, that is all.

Most of the scaups were at great distance but that kind of view is sometimes what I preferred in terms of ID study.

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/18/17 11:39 am
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
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Date: 3/18/17 10:24 am
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS
The Franklin Township Environmental Commission hosted a cleanup today (Saturday). I kept my binoculars with me and managed to see a few birds along the way. The first was a Woodcock that flushed and only flew about 25 feet away and I finally got an extended view, I've been trying for years! I had my first Pine Warbler of the year, a brilliant male. 8 Tree Swallows were swooping over the middle pond. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling from the woods but never seen. I also counted 21 Rusty Blackbirds on the north side of the 1st dike. That's the highest number I've ever had for them. My favorite part of the morning was hearing, for the first time ever, a Winter Wren singing his little heart out. This individual has wintered here, I have observed it about 5 times since December. Although I have never heard a Winter Wren sing, I knew right away what it was. I confirmed it with Audubon app. A Phoebe was observed on the way back to the car.
I look forward to more reports of spring migrants in the coming weeks.

- Jon Stippick
Franklin Township, Gloucester County
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Date: 3/18/17 4:54 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Winifred,

Good morning. Are there any pics available to rule out Black-headed
Grosbeak?

See: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-headed_Grosbeak/id

Thanks,
Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Date: 3/17/17 4:18 pm
From: Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raptor Trust Post About Plight of Woodcocks
Jerseybirders

An FYI from The Raptor Trust

Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp,NJ


> Raptor Trust post on Facebook:
>
> "Winter Storm Stella - Tough on Birds.
>
> With the unusually warm weather in February and early March, many
migratory birds returned to our area early. Then Stella arrived.
>
> Particularly hard hit has been the American Woodcock. This Nerf football
of a bird eats a diet almost entirely made up of earthworms.
>
> With this hard snow cover, Woodcocks are starving, failing and in
distress in huge numbers. In the last 48 hours we admitted more
Woodcocks at The Raptor Trust than in the entire 2016 calendar year.
>
> If you find one of these rotund worm-eaters, please do everything you can
to get it into a box quickly, keep it warm, and get it to a licensed
wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.
>
> Having just returned from their wintering grounds in the Southern United
States, the Woodcocks arrive in our area thin, stressed and very hungry
after hundreds of miles of in-flight migration. That they have arrived
to find no food has compounded the problem for them.
>
> Again, if you find a struggling Woodcock, please do what you can to get
it to a wildlife rehab facility.
>
> We appreciate your help!"
>
>
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Date: 3/17/17 3:39 pm
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Eastern Phoebe
I, too, had a FOY Eastern Phoebe today. It landed on a shrub in front of
me as I was walking the dog today; it had not been singing before I saw it.

Susie Richart
Tewksbury/Califon

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
wrote:

> Just had my FOTY EASTERN PHOEBE at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater. By the
> river at Robert St.
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/17/17 3:19 pm
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
by cloud cover.

Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
one is underexposed.

I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
perception.

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:

For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/17/17 3:11 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Camden county notes
Been slow here. And I faded checking the Delaware River in those days
with strong nw winds! March is an iffy month. What to do? Marilyn and I
did well finding a huge Horned Lark flock along Ehrke Rd. That whole
ares is good. But nothing different in with the larks. This was Wed.
A week or so ago, I had Shovelers at Farnham Park in Camden. Thats
proving to be a good area! I am hoping some shorebird variety at low
and medium tide. I have a couple other areas in mind for shorebirds also.
The tuckahoe turf farm being one.

I was hoping for a Purple Finch during this last storm! I was intently
watching my feeders! No luck.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/17/17 3:04 pm
From: Winifred Hughes Spar <winifred.spar...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Princeton
This afternoon at our feeder in Princeton we had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We get them occasionally later in the spring, but never before in March.
Winnie Spar
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Date: 3/17/17 2:44 pm
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Agree female Hoodie…doesn’t the residual pigment in the crest rule out albino (can’t see the determine the eye color well on my monitor, but it seems more pigmented than red)
and its uniform color support female rather than male Hoodie?

Diane Louie, Madison


> On Mar 17, 2017, at 5:11 PM, B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:
>
> Leucistic Hooded Merganser??
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:
>
>> For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
>> a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
>> I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
>> species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>>
>> Yong Kong
>> Camden County
>>
>>
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Date: 3/17/17 2:12 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Leucistic Hooded Merganser??

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM, Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
> a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
> I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
> species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Date: 3/17/17 2:07 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/16/17 6:53 pm
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] horned larks; rusty blackbird
There was a flock of about 30 horned larks foraging in the fields on either
side of the driveway at Dogwood Farms in Hillsborough (406 New Centre Rd.).
Then back at our farm, just before it got dark, I saw what appeared to be a
Rusty Blackbird near the feeders. Will keep an eye out for it tomorrow.



Good birding to all,

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Somerset



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Date: 3/16/17 6:52 pm
From: Winifred Hughes Spar <winifred.spar...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Rogers Refuge, Princeton
Yesterday evening between 5:00 and 6:00, we walked along the plowed service roads from the platform to the water company area and the lower marsh. There were at least five fox sparrows, three woodcocks, and—most surprising—a meadowlark. This morning around 8:30, there were still a few fox sparrows and two woodcocks hunkered down along the roadside.
Winnie and Fred Spar
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Date: 3/16/17 6:28 pm
From: George Roussey <groussey...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Woodcock - Fox Sparrow
I saw the posts about woodcock that have been reported. Last night at dusk
I saw a stocky bird flying over Lincoln Blvd in Middlesex that was flying
like a woodcock but I figured how could that be. My friend in Piscataway
called me today saying she had two short legged birds with long beaks
walking around her driveway and road. She got very close to them (within 10
feet) so when I told her to look up a Woodcock on the internet she
confirmed. Thius it seems the storm dumped them at very odd locations. I
also had my first ever Fox Sparrow in my yard in Piscataway yesterday
feeding on my seed in keeping with everyone elses reports of them. During
the storm I had 25 goldfinch fighting over 14 feeded spots and about 60
Juncos.

George Roussey
Piscataway


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Date: 3/16/17 12:56 pm
From: John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Eastern Phoebe
Just had my FOTY EASTERN PHOEBE at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater. By the river at Robert St.

John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/16/17 12:09 pm
From: Joan Labun <joan2bird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY Killdeer Whiting
Correct. I don't get out that much. To see three Killdeer on a patch of grass near Wendy's in Whiting was a good thing
Good birding. Joan Labun, Whiting

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Date: 3/16/17 11:23 am
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] woodcock and feeder predation
During the squall that hit Somerset yesterday afternoon I saw an American
Woodcock walking down our long driveway and eventually hop off a bridge that
passes over a small stream. I was in my truck so when I got to the bridge I
stopped and looked down and saw the woodcock walking along and stop to drink
from the brook. That's the first time I've ever seen a woodcock drink. Or
maybe it was trying eat. I'm not sure. I also saw red-winged blackbirds
pick out acorns from the water and then hammer them like a woodpecker (sort
of). Another first.



And finally another first: most all of us have probably seen a sharpie pick
off a passerine or two from our feeders, but yesterday was the first time I
saw a red fox kill a bird at the feeders: a male cardinal. The fox, which I
think was a male, was having a tough time negotiating the feathers but
eventually got the head and body down. After he left I walked out to
inspect the remaining feathers and blood in the snow. Quite a color
contrast.



Good birding to all,

Cathy Blumig

Somerset, NJ



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Date: 3/16/17 9:45 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink
For those who might be thinking of coming to Assunpink this weekend in
search of the Trumpeter Swan. I want to post that I have been there the
past 2 mornings and that the bird was not visible from the main boat launch
area. There were about 100 Common Mergansers, some Ruddy and Ring-necked
Ducks and a handful of a couple of other common species. The "road" I
generally drive to the eastern end of the lake I deemed to be impassable in
my vehicle so the bird could still be around.
Best of luck for those who try
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/16/17 9:11 am
From: Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows, etc.
Hard to know whether these are migrant Fox Sparrows caught by the snow storm or winterers driven to feeders. The two I had yesterday are back, along with the first Tree Sparrow of the winter and up to 70 White-throats (as best I could count).

Ted Chase

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Date: 3/15/17 3:54 pm
From: Steve Mattan <stevemattan...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
Right now we have 10 fox sparrows and one tree sparrow and no other birds at our feeders. (Where did they all go?)

Yesterday we had 12 foxies.

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Southampton, NJ
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> On Mar 15, 2017, at 5:15 PM, B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:
>
> Interestingly, Boyle's "Birds of New Jersey" (2011) labels the Fox Sparrow
> as an "uncommon spring migrant"...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
>
>> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM, mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> wrote:
>>
>> In the excellent atlas and reference, "Birds of New Jersey" (Walsh,Kane ,
>> Elia,& Halliwell)1999 the Spring entry for Fox Sparrow implies mid to late
>> March is when the heaviest northern movement of this species begins.It goes
>> further to suggest most are long gone by Aprilish.
>>
>> A few years back under these same conditions(snow mid March) I counted 31
>> individuals along Whitebridge and Pleasent Plns. Rd. in the GSNWR after the
>> plows had come through. The conditions may contribute to the gang of
>> sightings. Nice ofcourse...
>>
>> Mike Hiotis
>> Martinsville NJ
>>
>>
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Date: 3/15/17 2:15 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
Interestingly, Boyle's "Birds of New Jersey" (2011) labels the Fox Sparrow
as an "uncommon spring migrant"...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM, mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> wrote:

> In the excellent atlas and reference, "Birds of New Jersey" (Walsh,Kane ,
> Elia,& Halliwell)1999 the Spring entry for Fox Sparrow implies mid to late
> March is when the heaviest northern movement of this species begins.It goes
> further to suggest most are long gone by Aprilish.
>
> A few years back under these same conditions(snow mid March) I counted 31
> individuals along Whitebridge and Pleasent Plns. Rd. in the GSNWR after the
> plows had come through. The conditions may contribute to the gang of
> sightings. Nice ofcourse...
>
> Mike Hiotis
> Martinsville NJ
>
>
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Date: 3/15/17 2:09 pm
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows , etc.
In the excellent atlas and reference, "Birds of New Jersey" (Walsh,Kane ,
Elia,& Halliwell)1999 the Spring entry for Fox Sparrow implies mid to late
March is when the heaviest northern movement of this species begins.It goes
further to suggest most are long gone by Aprilish.

A few years back under these same conditions(snow mid March) I counted 31
individuals along Whitebridge and Pleasent Plns. Rd. in the GSNWR after the
plows had come through. The conditions may contribute to the gang of
sightings. Nice ofcourse...

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ


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Date: 3/15/17 1:07 pm
From: Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows, etc.
A couple of Fox Sparrows showed up at my feeder today; they haven't been there all winter. Snow brings a lot out. Also seen: a Killdeer on Church St. in Kingston! Looking for something that wasn't snow-covered.

Ted Chase

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Date: 3/15/17 11:50 am
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrows (Video)
Fox Sparrows showed up in decent numbers at my feeders today. If you are interested, they seem to prefer white millet to most of the other offerings. Also had a Sub-adult Bald Eagle heading north over the house. Video of the Sparrows at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/33304172342/

Steve Byland
Warren Township
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Date: 3/15/17 6:10 am
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Four Fox Sparrows this AM
Four Fox Sparrows this AM in Lawrenceville. Two yesterday. And they're singing!

Fairfax Hutter

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Date: 3/14/17 7:42 pm
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrows
We had 2 sparrows that were quite a bit larger than the white throated sparrows and juncos also... but I couldn't get a good enough look to id them... bet that they were fox sparrows.
we had 6 goldfinches, the most we've ever had at one time.

Karen, highland park

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From: Richard Wolfert <rwolfert...>
Date: 3/14/17 7:44 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrows

With this storm, I was hoping for several new yard species for the year. What we had in our yard were THREE Fox sparrowsat the same time. Never had more than one at a time here before.
First time for this species in the yard in more than a year. No other new species. The slight color variations were interesting. One definitely quite rusty, another more chocolate, and the 3rd somewhere in between. They looked out of place next to the noticeably smaller Juncos (60) and the Song Sparrows.

Rich Wolfert
East Brunswick, NJ


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Date: 3/14/17 4:43 pm
From: Richard Wolfert <rwolfert...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrows
With this storm, I was hoping for several new yard species for the year. What we had in our yard were THREE Fox sparrows…at the same time. Never had more than one at a time here before.
First time for this species in the yard in more than a year. No other new species. The slight color variations were interesting. One definitely quite rusty, another more chocolate, and the 3rd somewhere in between. They looked out of place next to the noticeably smaller Juncos (60±) and the Song Sparrows.

Rich Wolfert
East Brunswick, NJ


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Date: 3/14/17 1:44 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
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> I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> Borough!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/14/17 1:32 pm
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
I have one in Califon also.

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
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> I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> Borough!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
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>
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Date: 3/14/17 11:28 am
From: Joan Labun <joan2bird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox sparrow
Just added Fox sparrow to my yard list today at 2:15 and FOY Towhee in my yard in Whiting
Joan Labun
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Date: 3/14/17 11:12 am
From: Michael Perlin <mlperlin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
After having had R-W Bbirds just once this year (3 of them, abt a month
ago), we have about a dozen now at the feeders and on the ground...

Michael
|Trenton

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Shayne <shayne.russell...> wrote:

> I just counted 5 fox sparrows under my feeders in Medford. Most I've had
> at one time!
>
> Shayne Russell
> Medford, NJ
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Mar 14, 2017, at 11:47 AM, "John J. Collins" <jjcbird...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
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Date: 3/14/17 11:04 am
From: Shayne <shayne.russell...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
I just counted 5 fox sparrows under my feeders in Medford. Most I've had at one time!

Shayne Russell
Medford, NJ

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> On Mar 14, 2017, at 11:47 AM, "John J. Collins" <jjcbird...> wrote:
>
> I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan Borough!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
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>
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Date: 3/14/17 10:24 am
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
Yes we got one at feeders in Lawrence on Saturday and Sunday and back today.

Fairfax Hutter

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> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:58 PM, Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> wrote:
>
> The snow brought out one for me also, my FOY.
>
> Grackles clearing me out otherwise.
>
> Susan Treesh
>
> Somerset
>
>
>> On 3/14/2017 11:47 AM, John J. Collins wrote:
>> I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan Borough!
>>
>> John J. Collins
>> Raritan NJ
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>
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Date: 3/14/17 10:24 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Accipiter ID Study
Morning of blizzard Nor’Easter that never materialized, dumb birder that I am, rather than watching the backyard feeder, my head was so deep into internet in search of scientific publications on Kirkland’s Warbler, specially seeking out research papers on the documented “migratory stopover habitat” and no so much on their breeding habitat on “young jack pine habitat”.

Atlantic coastal areas as migratory stopover habitat, and the documented recapture of a juvenile during fall migration in dense hawthorn and crabapple thickets was most interesting to me. What was more interesting to me is still no documented record of one in NJ ?

Then, Mary yelled out “hawk by the feeder”. It was an accipiter. Cool thing was this adult was swinging and tilting and fanning its tail trying to stay upright against the wind. I am fully aware most (if not all) of the contributors in JBirds are experts in ID’ing an accipiter, but I put up some photos on my Flickr for those who are still trying to nail down the accipiter ID.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 3/14/17 9:58 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
The snow brought out one for me also, my FOY.

Grackles clearing me out otherwise.

Susan Treesh

Somerset


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> I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan Borough!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
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>
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Date: 3/14/17 8:47 am
From: John J. Collins <jjcbird...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan Borough!

John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Date: 3/14/17 4:57 am
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Harlequin, Purple Sandpiper, Long-tailed Footage from Barnegat Light
I had to photograph real estate yesterday on LBI which was a pretty good
excuse to hit Barnegat Lighthouse State Park afterwards. Nice viewing and
surprisingly mild weather yesterday at BL.

https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/videos/773773256128825/

or

https://youtu.be/h2_krM7Z8R4


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Date: 3/13/17 8:55 am
From: Cindy Smith <scindy670...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Canvasbacks. Forsythe
Hi All
Took a late afternoon run through Forsythe yesterday around 4 pm.
Hundreds of Snow Geese. Two Bald eagles. Many common mergansers.
Highlight of the day was a group of about 25 male and female canvasbacks
right before the Periguine Tower.
Stay safe everyone!
Cindy Smith
Absecon,NJ


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Date: 3/13/17 7:17 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter
The bird was sleeping this morning in the middle of Lake Assunpink
alongside a Mute Swan (eastern end of lake is frozen). A new arrival for me
was a Pied-billed Grebe but the sought after Blue-winged Teal and Eurasian
Wigeon have yet to put in an appearance
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Date: 3/13/17 6:43 am
From: colleen snow <c.snow357...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sandhill Cranes. Yes!
Hi all

9:40 am.

11 cranes in the field along the water company driveway off Randolph.

Good birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex NJ

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Date: 3/12/17 1:49 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] snipe - Camden county
Marilyn called and said Snipe along the Big Timber Creek! I raced over! I think this
is only my second time there. The first chasing Jim's Pintails. Vegetated flats even
at high tide. I still need Shoveler for the county! I'll be hitting there. Loons too.
Maybe this storm will have stuff moving. Although Tues. will be inside watching
feeders. All I want is a Purple Finch! I am not greedy.......

Good storm birding all!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/12/17 12:53 pm
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter and Skunk
The juvenile Trumpeter Swan was seen from the main parking lot of Lake
Assunpink this afternoon with a Mute Swan. A friend of mine said he had an
Osprey there yesterday morning.
Alongside the road I saw my first ever skunk (non human) at Assunpink
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Date: 3/12/17 9:56 am
From: Beth Goldberg <goldbug310...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Upcoming Bergen County Audubon Meeting
Join us on Weds, March 15 as we learn about Wetland Restoration, Creation
and Enhancement in the Meadowlands, presented by Gabrielle Bennett-Meany,
NJSEA (New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority- formerly New Jersey
Meadowlands Commission) Gabrielle Bennett-Meany is a Senior Natural
Resource Program Specialist at the NJSEA. The New Jersey Meadowlands is a
unique urban ecosystem. Wetlands provide habitats and breeding grounds for
many species of animals and vegetation, filter pollutants and
temporarily hold rainwater and runoff, which reduce flooding and soil
erosion. Early settlers and 19th century residents sought to fill in the
swamps and dike the creeks to make the land suitable for their purposes. A
goal of NJSEA is to preserve or enhance the drained wetlands. The·intent of
wetlands enhancement involves improving the site’s ecological value. Come
join us to learn from Gaby how this is being accomplished. Chapter
business meeting begins at 7:30 PM with program at 8:00. Meetings are free
and open to the public and are held at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin
Way, Teaneck.

--
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Date: 3/12/17 8:27 am
From: Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Scoter names and others
In my post yesterday (3-12-17), one of the several birds seen from the Manasquan jetty was reported as the Common Scoter when it should have been Black Scoter -- now a continental split. (And I have seen them in the Netherlands). It's sometimes difficult to re-learn new names for birds one has seen over the years like Common Snipe into Wilson's Snipe, another continental split. And like the Europeans, I still split the two teals, Green-winged Teal and the Eurasian Teal although the A.O.U. does not. I also remember it was not too long ago there was a temporary split of the Herring Gull with the Europeans keeping the scientific name of "Larus argentatus" and ours, I believe, was "L. smithsoniensis".

Finally, I know many NJ birders share my complaint as to why in the world can't the common name of the Black-bellied Plover be changed to the Gray Plovers as do the Europeans? After all, they and the other three (golden plovers) that constitute the genus "Pluvialis" are black bellied in the alternate plumage.

Tom Southerland
West Windsor


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Date: 3/12/17 4:10 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Article by Jim Wright
Hi Jersey Birders,
Jim Wright has honored my Hummingbird, PipSqueak, and myself with an
article he wrote for his bi-monthly article The Bird Watcher.
It appears on NorthJersey.com which is powered by the Record and part of
the USA Today Family.
Jim's last article was about the Gyrfalcon that was visiting N Jersey
earlier this winter. A really good read !
His first article for March, When a wild bird becomes a friend, features
PipSqueak.
I am flattered beyond words and can't thank Jim enough.
I know I will be following The Bird Watcher from here on in.
The link below will take you to his article.
http://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/2017/03/06/bird-watcher-when-wild-bird-becomes-friend/98537430/
Thanks Jim and
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Date: 3/11/17 6:49 pm
From: Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Razorbill and Snow Buntings
Today (3-11-17) I began my first spring Princeton Adult School birding field trip. The field have been ongoing, spring and fall, since the fall of 1978.

Close off the Point Pleasant side of the Manasquan jetty in the early morning was a Razorbill plus two Purple Sandpipers erect on the jetty, only one N. Gannet (off-shore cold wind), at least six Long-tails, three Common Scoters, several C. Loons and a Red-throated Loon. Adjacent to the Belmar Fishing Club and the Shark River jetty, we had on the ground up to 12 feeding Snow Buntings, some only several feet away.

Finally, the hundreds of Snow Geese were still at New Sharon sod farms very early in the morning and again at 3:30 pm when we returned. They were in two groups and too far away to try and pull out a Ross's.

Tom Southerland
West Windsor, NJ


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Date: 3/11/17 4:47 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] My own Scaup ID study
I really enjoyed reading Sandra K’s post on 3-9-2017 about her experience with the Davis Pond Tufted Duck ID, especially when she said “Basically, it's a greater scaup look only with a dark back”

I so wanted to visit Davis Pond today but I got side-tracked again and ended up in downtown Atlantic City in search of Scaup. Found plenty along the way and even more in the tidal channels downtown Atlantic City neighborhood. Some very close view.

I posted some photos of Scaup in case those who may want to study the head of this species as that was my interest for taking the detour to Atlantic City. Poor and distant photos because that is how most of us see these ducks in live action.

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

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Camden County


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Date: 3/11/17 1:13 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Snipe - Mannington
Hello,
Chris Herz and I led the AWS - RNC trip today. Brutal weather! Thanks to all
who came out! It was bird outside the car for 15 minutes, then get back in and
warm up! Crazy.
53 Snipe at Sunset Rd. Mannington, Salem County. Peak counts should be
late March to early April, so this bodes well for more later. It's the north side of
the causeway. And the flats need to be exposed somewhat.
I did a quick check of ebird - doesn't take long! And my high count is 128
on 4/3/2007 assuming I remembered that date correctly. And thats only half
my data into ebird. I am getting there........ This is another reason to add your
data - it's easily accessible for you.

FOS - Phoebe - Marshalltown Rd. Salem. Thats early for me! But a lot depends
on where I bird in March also.

Chris was noticing tiny spiders on a field where the Phoebe was, so hopefully
it will survive this brutal cold.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/10/17 6:01 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Update on my duck study post on March 4, 2017
I headed out his morning with every intent of heading towards Cape May proper to check out that male Tufted Duck, but instead I quickly found myself at Makepeace Lake WMA, in Atlantic County in search Mrs. Tufted Duck that may have gotten separated from the Cape May TUDU somewhere during their travel. Sadly, I arrived in the middle of snow blizzard per south jersey standards and the viewing condition was non-existent.

Very disappointed about the snow and headed over to Brig in search of sparrows and grassland birds that could be more exposed along the freshly mowed grass area of the dike drive. This time I was hoping for a light snow cover on the ground. Bird-god must have planted a snow bird for me as I found one.

High light of the day was receiving an email from David Sibley about my odd duck that I took photos on March 4, 2017. Two local expert birders and I have been exchanging e-mails as to the ID of this hybrid duck. Canvasback heritage was nailed down, but redhead, scaup and ring-necked were discussed and we all had our opinion. I can not say thank you enough to these two Cape May based expert birders for their input. Below is David S’s response.

My best guess would be a female Canvasback X Redhead hybrid. This is a fairly frequent combination as hybrids go, but (for obvious reasons) females are rarely identified. The head pattern and head shape of your bird look a lot like Redhead to me, and also the plain gray tertials.

This hybrid may have been at Brig today as well but the viewing condition due to snow and my desire to study sparrows, I did not sort through the Canvasback flock today. On the way home from the back bays of Atlantic City, I stopped by the Makepeace Lake again, and saw about 100 ring-necked ducks.

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

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Date: 3/10/17 8:27 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Swamp / Pleasant Plains Road on a snowy day
Jerseybirders,

Having once plonked my car right into a ditch along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp during a snowstorm (to give a wide berth to a photographer taking a picture of a Barred Owl...long story, great ending), I remembered how beautiful and surprisingly birdy the road can be when it's cold and snowing. So, on my way to work today, I stopped to visit.

The gate at the north end was locked so I walked in. Good fortune. At the first "ditch" once across the bridge, a surprisingly unconcerned Wilson's Snipe foraged in the puddles, and provided the chance to observe for as long as I wanted. Those back stripes are really something! In the woods beyond the Overlook, my quiet "spishing" brought out what seemed to be the entire population of winter passerines: At least a dozen titmice, half a dozen chickadees, a couple of Brown Creepers, a few White-breasted Nuthatches, and some Golden-crowned Kinglets materialized out of the snowy trees to chip, tweet, sing, and buzz at this dark-olivey human standing, white capped, in the middle of the road.

Further down, right at the corner, a pretty twittering sound made me carefully scan the nearby treeline. Eventually, I managed a look at a one of the small birds: lots of streaks and a bright white eyestripe on a peaked head: Purple Finch! A flock of at least fifty birds was moving back and forth amongst a few flowering trees, gobbling up whatever was edible. Nearby, a small pond held five Wood Ducks, including three bright and gaudy males.

By the time I got back to the car, the gate had been opened and I drove along PP Road towards the south. Dozens of juncos and sparrows leaped off the roadside, while a lone and grumpy-looking Merlin perched atop its favorite dead tree to the east of the road a bit of a ways south of the Bluebird lot.

Thirty species during the snowy hour and fifteen minutes. As always, "the Swamp" revealed its bird life slowly and languorously, but the walk, wet hair, and cold hands were a small price to pay for the nice views in the wintery solitude.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Date: 3/10/17 4:49 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Trumpeter
THE Swan was at the eastern end of Lake Assunpink this morning. Other birds
of note seen this morning were 2 adult Bald Eagles (nothing like the 15
plus we saw yesterday AM at Jakes Landing) and 4 to 5 Wild Turkeys. I have
seen Turkeys here virtually every day for the past couple of weeks. My
birding was cut short by the rain/snow
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/10/17 3:20 am
From: Dena Temple <denat01...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] MCAS Woodcock walk postponed
JerseyBirders:

The Monmouth County Audubon Society woodcock walk scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at Big Brook Park has been postponed due to expected freezing temperatures, which would keep the woodcock from displaying.

The new date and time for this field trip will be next Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 pm.

If you haven't experienced this, the woodcock courtship flight is definitely a birders' "bucket list" item!

On the subject of woodcocks, I got to experience it myself last night along Browns Dock Road, next to the S.P.U.R. fields near Navesink River Road in Middletown (Huber Woods area), where there were at least three American Woodcock peenting and flying around. Ah, spring.

Good birding,
Dena Temple
MCAS
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Date: 3/9/17 4:51 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck thoughts
Hello,
The third time was the charm for me! I would say late afternoon a good time -
except that I was there late afternoon on Tues. - and nothing. Keep trying
when you can if still need to see! And it was the head that I finally keyed in on.
Basically, it's a greater scaup look only with a dark back. I keep going back
and forth on whether I missed it earlier in the day. But other birders there also
and nothing. So presumably not there, but I will never know!

Butterfly notes - Cabbage White, Holly Azure, Orange Sulphur.

Good chasing all!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/9/17 12:13 pm
From: Lillian Shupe <lrshupe...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Walkill River NWR Sussex County
Took advantage of yesterday's warmth



At the Liberty Marsh pintails were the dominant bird (even more than Canada
goose)

Green winged teal

Am. wigeon

Am. black duck

mallard

coot

northern harrier

bald eagle

red-tailed hawk

turkey vulture

ring-necked duck

song sparrow

cardinal

red-bellied wood pecker

red-winged blackbirds

mourning dove



At Owen's station

Mute Swan

Ring necked duck

common merg



Lillian Shupe, Lower Mt. Bethel, Pa.



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Date: 3/8/17 11:14 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Common Raven
I heard/saw a Common Raven flying by the Rutgers Ecological Preserve today.
Kinda flying from Piscataway (Johnson Park) over a corner of Highland Park
and into Edison (towards the motor vehicle inspection station on Kilmer
Road). They usually seem to be flying this route.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Date: 3/8/17 7:27 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck continues, Cape May County
David LaPuma reports the following:

Tufted Duck just flew in and is on pond. Viewable from railroad tracks and
power line cut. Accessed from Davies Sports complex as previously reported.

I've created a map for people unfamiliar with the property here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tkfizGhHcnlZiG1C-p7zy5b7FtU&usp=sharing

You can enter Davies Sports Complex here:

626 Goshen Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Again as a word of caution:

Please stay behind or along the railroad tracks and do not go further past
them. It's been touch and go with property owners there. Going further will
not only risk our access to this bird but they are very flighty when it
comes to people.

NJ Rarities Map:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HgJgS27XPktsEpv98HSXRazoEfs&usp=sharing

Good birding,

Sam

--
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Date: 3/8/17 6:41 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck thoughts
It’s still around. I missed yesterday afternoon. It moves between ponds - only one of which is public.
I might try again Thursday afternoon. The parking lot is the overlook lot. Enter the Sports complex
by the main entrance - I presume only one entrance. Take the road to the right and head all the way
around til the road ends in that overflow lot - you will see the utility pole line. Walk that trail north
toward the pond. And that’s the only pond that is visible. Please stay behind the RR tracks. Or on
the tracks.

The bird is skittish. It’s moving around a lot. Which makes it more difficult. It came back again to
that one viewable pond. But left again….. Give yourself lots of time.




Sandra Keller
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Date: 3/8/17 6:07 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Calling Trumpeter
At 8:10AM today I approached the east end of Lake Assunpink. Shortly
afterwards the juvenile Trumpeter Swan took flight towards the western end
of lake calling all the while!
I had 10 duck species this morning but nothing new
Bob
Dodelson


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Date: 3/7/17 6:35 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
Grown man do shed tear.

It was only a nights few ago when I took out my home-made bird ID binder
that had Howard's two photos of a "confirmed" Longbilled Dowitcher that he
found at Brig on 7-22-2014. If I recall, most were leaning towards
shortbilled Dow based on the sighting date, but Howard went against the
grain and confirmed the ID by reaching out to many sources to back-up his
find.

Some time after Mary and I bought our tiny wooded lot in 2008, I told Howard
that the first coolest bird I found on my new home site was a Blue-headed
Vireo, and told him I wished I had a photo of that Vireo so I could frame
it. I do not recall where I told him of this story. A few days later, Howard
sent me a photo of his own Blue-headed Vireo. Of course it was an awesome
photo. I was so deeply touched. Because of how Howard reached out to me,
Blue-headed Vireo became one of my favorite bird.

One time at Brig, I asked him what was his trick finding good birds at Brig.
He simply said, two loops are required. First loop, somewhat faster pace to
find out where the birds are. Then, on the second loop, concentrate in areas
where the birds were seen during the first loop.

I saw him again a few months later at the Brig visitor parking lot as he was
getting ready for his second loop. I usually try to stay in the shadow when
I am out birding. But with Howard, it is different. As I walked up to his
SUV to say hello, I noticed a box of Dunkin Donut "open" on top of dashboard
and several were missing. I immediately told Howard that he was so busted,
and I now know how and where he was getting all his energy and motivation to
go birding

I will miss seeing his license plate along the dike drive at Brig, so much.

Yong Kong
Camden County





-----Original Message-----
From: August Mirabella
Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 7:43 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life
Scheduled

All,
I wrote the following for our local BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group but wanted
to share with the NJ listserv as well.

First, I have provided links to Howard's obituary, which is well worth
reading if you want to know more about Howard. There are two links to see
the whole obituary. It includes the following info: A Celebration of Life
is scheduled on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Bowman's Hill Wildflower
Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope PA, with a reception immediately
following.

You can see the obituary online at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328123

continued at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328077&fhid=13035

You can find pictures and comments on Facebook by searching for Howard B.
Eskin.
https://www.facebook.com/howard.eskin.5

Here is a link to his photos if you want to revisit some of his work last
year. I would like to provide links to his earlier best photos but can't
find a link:
http://www.howardsview.com/%21BirdWebpageIndex/BirdWebpageIndex.html

As you all know, Howard was a ubiquitous contributor to this group and the
tri-state birding Listservs. In early 2005, Howard reported a Sandhill
Crane in Harleysville, PA, and he was referred to me. We spoke on the
phone, and we hit it off immediately. I checked out the bird, which turned
out to be a Great Blue Heron. I invited him to the bird walk at Peace
Valley Nature Center. As he often said, his first appearance there was an
auspicious day. It was the day that Jessica Huff and I found the Redwing.
Unfortunately, he had left when we found it, but he became a regular on the
walks. He allowed me to include his photos in my weekly posts, which
started as a regular e-mail to fellow birders to support the Peace Valley
Nature Center as a birding hotspot. As it grew, he helped me choose a
better forum that became the BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group of now over 450
members, and he has been my backup for managing the group. His example led
to others sharing their incredible bird photography with the group.

Judy and I introduced him to many birding hotspots on many an outing
locally and throughout the tri-state area. He was a dynamo intellectually
and physically. Gradually we couldn't keep up! He learned bird
identification at incredible speed and studied them in all respects. He
presented programs of his photos, and donated them to many nature
organizations, usually wihout any compensation. His photos were sometimes
used for fund raisers.This was all when he was already in his 70s. His
obituary lists some of his other interests and hobbies before bird
photography that were equally examples of his expertise in all he did.

Howard became a close friend and confidant to me, and as many posted to his
online memorial page and Facebook, was always available to advise, help,
and contribute when needed. This advice covered everything when life's
bumps along the road appeared. Although, I tried to do the same for him, I
was no match for his limitless knowledge and wisdom.

I will remember not only his friendship, his intellect, his energy, his bad
jokes, but also his extreme generosity, and caring nature. He was a man
that was devoted to his family, cared about his employees when the current
corporate culture did otherwise, and was a mentor to many. One standout in
my memory was a time we were down in Cape May taking a walk at Higbee Beach
Hidden Valley area. Grown conjoined brothers were walking with a caretaker
or family member. We exchanged greetings and moved on, and Howard became
emotional with tears in his eyes over the plight of these two young men. He
cared.

When his fate was inevitable over the last year, he faced it bravely. He
knew he had a very rewarding life, lasted far beyond his genetic heritage
would have dictated thanks to modern medical advances, and only wished he
could live longer to care for his wife and family. He joked that a bright
spot would be not having to endure longer the current political climate of
the US.

That was Howard and the above just scratches the surface of who he was and
the good things I will remember.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA


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Date: 3/7/17 5:12 pm
From: Brian Kushner <bkushner2...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
Oh no we lost Howard? Wonderful man.

> On Mar 7, 2017, at 7:43 PM, August Mirabella <am4birds1...> wrote:
>
> All,
> I wrote the following for our local BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group but wanted
> to share with the NJ listserv as well.
>
> First, I have provided links to Howard's obituary, which is well worth
> reading if you want to know more about Howard. There are two links to see
> the whole obituary. It includes the following info: A Celebration of Life
> is scheduled on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Bowman's Hill Wildflower
> Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope PA, with a reception immediately
> following.
>
> You can see the obituary online at
> http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328123
>
> continued at
> http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328077&fhid=13035
>
> You can find pictures and comments on Facebook by searching for Howard B.
> Eskin.
> https://www.facebook.com/howard.eskin.5
>
> Here is a link to his photos if you want to revisit some of his work last
> year. I would like to provide links to his earlier best photos but can't
> find a link:
> http://www.howardsview.com/%21BirdWebpageIndex/BirdWebpageIndex.html
>
> As you all know, Howard was a ubiquitous contributor to this group and the
> tri-state birding Listservs. In early 2005, Howard reported a Sandhill
> Crane in Harleysville, PA, and he was referred to me. We spoke on the
> phone, and we hit it off immediately. I checked out the bird, which turned
> out to be a Great Blue Heron. I invited him to the bird walk at Peace
> Valley Nature Center. As he often said, his first appearance there was an
> auspicious day. It was the day that Jessica Huff and I found the Redwing.
> Unfortunately, he had left when we found it, but he became a regular on the
> walks. He allowed me to include his photos in my weekly posts, which
> started as a regular e-mail to fellow birders to support the Peace Valley
> Nature Center as a birding hotspot. As it grew, he helped me choose a
> better forum that became the BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group of now over 450
> members, and he has been my backup for managing the group. His example led
> to others sharing their incredible bird photography with the group.
>
> Judy and I introduced him to many birding hotspots on many an outing
> locally and throughout the tri-state area. He was a dynamo intellectually
> and physically. Gradually we couldn't keep up! He learned bird
> identification at incredible speed and studied them in all respects. He
> presented programs of his photos, and donated them to many nature
> organizations, usually wihout any compensation. His photos were sometimes
> used for fund raisers.This was all when he was already in his 70s. His
> obituary lists some of his other interests and hobbies before bird
> photography that were equally examples of his expertise in all he did.
>
> Howard became a close friend and confidant to me, and as many posted to his
> online memorial page and Facebook, was always available to advise, help,
> and contribute when needed. This advice covered everything when life's
> bumps along the road appeared. Although, I tried to do the same for him, I
> was no match for his limitless knowledge and wisdom.
>
> I will remember not only his friendship, his intellect, his energy, his bad
> jokes, but also his extreme generosity, and caring nature. He was a man
> that was devoted to his family, cared about his employees when the current
> corporate culture did otherwise, and was a mentor to many. One standout in
> my memory was a time we were down in Cape May taking a walk at Higbee Beach
> Hidden Valley area. Grown conjoined brothers were walking with a caretaker
> or family member. We exchanged greetings and moved on, and Howard became
> emotional with tears in his eyes over the plight of these two young men. He
> cared.
>
> When his fate was inevitable over the last year, he faced it bravely. He
> knew he had a very rewarding life, lasted far beyond his genetic heritage
> would have dictated thanks to modern medical advances, and only wished he
> could live longer to care for his wife and family. He joked that a bright
> spot would be not having to endure longer the current political climate of
> the US.
>
> That was Howard and the above just scratches the surface of who he was and
> the good things I will remember.
>
> August Mirabella
> North Wales, PA
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to <njbrcreport...>
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Date: 3/7/17 4:54 pm
From: August Mirabella <am4birds1...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
All,
I wrote the following for our local BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group but wanted
to share with the NJ listserv as well.

First, I have provided links to Howard's obituary, which is well worth
reading if you want to know more about Howard. There are two links to see
the whole obituary. It includes the following info: A Celebration of Life
is scheduled on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Bowman's Hill Wildflower
Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope PA, with a reception immediately
following.

You can see the obituary online at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328123

continued at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=howard-b-eskin&pid=184328077&fhid=13035

You can find pictures and comments on Facebook by searching for Howard B.
Eskin.
https://www.facebook.com/howard.eskin.5

Here is a link to his photos if you want to revisit some of his work last
year. I would like to provide links to his earlier best photos but can't
find a link:
http://www.howardsview.com/%21BirdWebpageIndex/BirdWebpageIndex.html

As you all know, Howard was a ubiquitous contributor to this group and the
tri-state birding Listservs. In early 2005, Howard reported a Sandhill
Crane in Harleysville, PA, and he was referred to me. We spoke on the
phone, and we hit it off immediately. I checked out the bird, which turned
out to be a Great Blue Heron. I invited him to the bird walk at Peace
Valley Nature Center. As he often said, his first appearance there was an
auspicious day. It was the day that Jessica Huff and I found the Redwing.
Unfortunately, he had left when we found it, but he became a regular on the
walks. He allowed me to include his photos in my weekly posts, which
started as a regular e-mail to fellow birders to support the Peace Valley
Nature Center as a birding hotspot. As it grew, he helped me choose a
better forum that became the BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group of now over 450
members, and he has been my backup for managing the group. His example led
to others sharing their incredible bird photography with the group.

Judy and I introduced him to many birding hotspots on many an outing
locally and throughout the tri-state area. He was a dynamo intellectually
and physically. Gradually we couldn't keep up! He learned bird
identification at incredible speed and studied them in all respects. He
presented programs of his photos, and donated them to many nature
organizations, usually wihout any compensation. His photos were sometimes
used for fund raisers.This was all when he was already in his 70s. His
obituary lists some of his other interests and hobbies before bird
photography that were equally examples of his expertise in all he did.

Howard became a close friend and confidant to me, and as many posted to his
online memorial page and Facebook, was always available to advise, help,
and contribute when needed. This advice covered everything when life's
bumps along the road appeared. Although, I tried to do the same for him, I
was no match for his limitless knowledge and wisdom.

I will remember not only his friendship, his intellect, his energy, his bad
jokes, but also his extreme generosity, and caring nature. He was a man
that was devoted to his family, cared about his employees when the current
corporate culture did otherwise, and was a mentor to many. One standout in
my memory was a time we were down in Cape May taking a walk at Higbee Beach
Hidden Valley area. Grown conjoined brothers were walking with a caretaker
or family member. We exchanged greetings and moved on, and Howard became
emotional with tears in his eyes over the plight of these two young men. He
cared.

When his fate was inevitable over the last year, he faced it bravely. He
knew he had a very rewarding life, lasted far beyond his genetic heritage
would have dictated thanks to modern medical advances, and only wished he
could live longer to care for his wife and family. He joked that a bright
spot would be not having to endure longer the current political climate of
the US.

That was Howard and the above just scratches the surface of who he was and
the good things I will remember.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA


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Date: 3/7/17 1:50 pm
From: Eric Clark <000003c92bd7ee6e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birding Cruise on the Delaware River with WCAS
Birding Cruise on the Delaware SPLASH Steamboat    with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Saturday April 22, 8am-10amRaindate: Sunday April 23 8am-10amLocation: Lambertville, NJ Directions to Steamboat dock: www.steamboatclassroom.org/contactTickets: www.steamboatclassroom.org/events For more info: <info...> 


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Date: 3/7/17 11:06 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Trumpeter
The Trumpeter Swan was at the east end of Lake Assunpink this morning. Had
my first Fox Sparrow at Assunpink this year
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/7/17 9:16 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tufted Duck, Cape May County
Cameron Cox is on a roll today! Cameron reports:

Adult male Tufted Duck at the pond directly north of the Davies Sports
Complex back parking lot. Walk directly up the dirt track north to the pond.

You can safely view the bird here behind the railroad tracks:

39.110631, -74.825094

Please do not go beyond the tracks. In the past homeowners & the business
there have not taken kindly to birders looking at the ducks in the pond
there.

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 3/7/17 8:37 am
From: Davis, Christina <Christina.Davis...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Banded Piping Plovers
Along with the influx of Piping Plovers (PIPL) comes my yearly request for reports of banded individuals :) We encourage you to take an extra close look at any plovers you observe as PIPLs banded along the Atlantic Coast have bands only on the upper legs and these can be overlooked.


You can always send your band reports to me or you can follow the chart on the FWS website to determine where to report the combo:

https://www.fws.gov/northeast/pipingplover/report_bands.html

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First, thank you for taking the time to observe and record the band code from a piping plover. Data from reports of banded piping plovers contribute to the scientific ...



Happy plovering!


Kashi Davis

Cape May Point, NJ


Christina Davis
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Date: 3/7/17 8:05 am
From: Steve Smith <SSmith...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early Osprey
I had an early Osprey flying up river on the Delaware as I was crossing the Burlington-Bristol Bridge during my morning commute about 9am this morning.


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Date: 3/7/17 7:48 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Pacific Loon, Cape May County
Cameron Cox reports:

Adult basic Pacific Loon flying south from Stone Harbor Point.

In other news, multiple reports of arriving Piping Plovers this morning,
Stone Harbor Point, Cape May, and Cape May Point.

Happy Spring!

Sam

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Date: 3/6/17 2:26 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Tree Swallows - Birch Creek - Gloucester
Marilyn and I had some still there today! I am hoping all survived the big
cold snap we had! Maybe some moved on. Maybe some headed back south.
Anyway, this was the only spot with Tree Swallows this afternoon. I keep wondering
if insects at the water treatment facility back there.

We had both Kinglets at most spots we hit - that was nice. Nothing new back
for us though. No Phoebe for example.

Question - does strong NW winds mean waves off the jetty at Barnegat? Or no?
I have tried for that King Eider twice now in southerly winds - been some
waves off the jetty - which makes it a tad harder to track down! I am thinking
Thursday - my only full day free from work.

Butterfly notes - I think an Orange Sulphur, but it looked different!

Thanks and good birding.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/5/17 3:57 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink - swans
And FOS Wood Duck. One of my latest FOS for that. Strange.

Anyway, I decided to count that swan as a Trumpeter based on overall body size. I saw the bill to say dark. That’s about it.
The swans were all the way against the other shore. Scanning from the main parking area. A bit far for a detailed bill study.
I had hoped for a good study. One of the Mute Swans was constantly near the Trumpeter. I never realized how big Trumpeter was
before this. Judging size on a lone bird would be beyond me.

I am open to discussion though.

Good birding all.


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Date: 3/5/17 7:04 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink swan negative
I did not see the Trumpeter this morning. Eastern end of Lake Assunpink
mostly frozen
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/4/17 2:29 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] camden county big year run today
Marilyn and I braved this winter blast and headed out! She ended up with some
new county birds. Year and life. I didn't! Goal was waterfowl and tree sparrow.
Neither of which is around where we were! Newton Lake Park, Cooper
River Park. All quiet. As we were searching an area in Pennsauken on the river
for Tree Sparrow, we flushed a Woodcock. Always a treat!

Tree Sparrow will have to wait til next Nov. alas.

If this blasted wind dies down tomorrow night, I will head out for some Camden
night birding.

Farnham Park mud flat area was super today. I finally hit on low tide. That's going
to be a great spot. I hope! Scan from Kaign Ave. Thanks Barb!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/4/17 12:28 pm
From: Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Snow geese in Salem
2000-3000 snow geese were up just now, today at 3:26 as seen from the
intersection of Avis Mill rd and route 40 just north of 581.
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Date: 3/4/17 11:33 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig Canvasback Study
Brig Canvasback Study

I was late getting to Brig this morning cuz I was so caught up looking at Harvey T’s Dowitcher photos (ID’ed as Longbilled) on his Flickr. Embarrassing to admit, but as an armchair-internet birder that I am, I also spent several hours last night comparing his photos to SurfBirds.com articles on Dowitcher ID. I have no clue how the experts came to the longbilled conclusion.

I was also so intrigued by the reported hybrid Canvasback X Redhead on 2-26. I had another shot at finding that hybrid today, however, I could not convince myself that found it. Ebird report did not mentioned the sex of the hybrid. Regardless, for that reason, I felt like I was just taking up space at the Brig Dike Drive, when the place may be reserved for better birders than I.

Although many reports of Canvasback have been reported recently, there is no record of Redhead mixed in with Canvasback this year. For reasons mentioned here, I posted a few photos of an interesting duck (to me that is) on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
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Date: 3/4/17 7:52 am
From: Stuart and Wendy Malmid <weluvowls...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monmouth County Audubon Family Night March 8th
Jerseybirders

Come join "The Lizard Guys" at Monmouth County Audubon Society's Annual Family Night meeting on Wednesday
March 8th..
Since this program is specifically geared for children, the program will start at 7PM, an hour earlier than usual.

Meetings take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 200 Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Since 1995 The Lizard Guys have been a New Jersey based "kid-friendly educational and entertainment troupe that provides live animal presentations with lizards, snakes, turtles,frogs and various bugs. . The audience will be introduced to each animal. generally one at a time . The presenter "Silly Billy" will explain where the animal comes from, its normal diet, its life expectancy, a day-in-the-life of each animal, their normal habitat needs and answer any and all questions from the audience.

The Lizard Guys have performed over 10,000 presentations for children and adults of all ages at birthday parties, day cares, camps, scouts and special occasions over the last 22 years.

For directions to the meeting place or more information about Monmouth County Audubon Society go to;
monmouthaudubon.org or like us at facebook.com/MonmouthAudubon


Wendy Malmid
MCAS
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Date: 3/3/17 4:51 pm
From: vincent N <vfn7...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Probable Multiple Ross's Geese: Robbinsville
For the last few weeks, scanning the enormous Snow Goose flocks in the vicinity of Old York Road, Herbert Road and Sharon Crossing Road has been an obsession for me. My first Ross's Goose was seen on 26 February on Old York and this evening (5:22) I had very close looks at another Ross's Goose on Gordon Road.

The two birds were different. The first bird was pure white with pink legs (adult) while today's bird was white with ale gray areas on the back and grayish legs (white juvenile). My experience with these geese in mixed flocks is that they often are on the perimeter of the mass of birds. Good luck to anyone who sees multiple birds at one time.


My next stop was the Mercer Corporate Park (also in Robbinsville) where the temperature suddenly dropped four degrees and my vehicle was in a white out of snow for about a quarter of an hour. When the sky cleared just before dusk I was amazed at the number of birds coming into the second pond to roost. Dusk can truely be a great, if limited, time to bird


Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction


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Date: 3/3/17 6:58 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan & Chukar
This AM at the eastern end of Lake Assunpink the Trumpeter Swan was present
all by itself. As I was driving along Imlaystown Rd. I spotted a hunkered
down Chukar alongside the road (it was cold)
The large Snow Goose flock has split in 2. One group was on Old York Road
and the other on Gordon Road.
If you will permit me to express an opinion on ebird I would like to
recommend that (if technologically feasible) they should enter each states
list into their system and if someone reports a bird that is not on the
state list (e.g. Chukar in New Jersey) it wont show up on that individuals
state list. My understanding of the way it is now if I reported Chukar to
ebird today they would add it to my NJ state list. If I was with another
birder and he or she didn't report it but did see it his or her states list
would be one less than mine. There is no way to accurately compare lists on
ebay now with your fellow birders because you don't know the composition of
the other birders list.
My proposal would alleviate this problem.
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 3/1/17 1:00 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Waterfowl notes - SW Jersey - slim pickings!
Hello,
Marilyn and I had a few hours before the rains hit. The wind was bad,
but at least warm!
Waterfowl numbers and species are down. Period. This funky winter.
Hardly any Pintail in numbers. March should be peak staging month!
Etc.

Many more Tree Swallows at Birch Creek. I even had one at Big Timber Creek
Camden.

Snipe at Birch Creek - so they are starting to move north.

Good birding all. Cold again this weekend!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 3/1/17 9:24 am
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Pine Warbler at Jake's
I stopped by Jakes Landing on the way into work this morning and had a single Pine Warbler singing in the pine woods just before leaving the woods and entering the marsh. Talking to a co-worker yesterday this same bird may have also been singing there yesterday...not sure of any earlier reports from Jakes this spring.

Good Birding

David

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Date: 3/1/17 9:11 am
From: Richard Wolfert <rwolfert...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Get lost
I had a nice long talk with one of the farmers there several days ago. He apologized but said that the geese prefer the sod over the winter wheat, and that they make holes in the sod and deposit weed seeds. That’s the rationale for dispersing the Snow Geese.

For those interested, one place that they went to was a small double pond area with a very large field at 125 Sharon Station Road. That’s where several found the Ross’s Goose.

Rich Wolfert
East Brunswick, NJ
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> On Mar 1, 2017, at 9:18 AM, robert dodelson <rdodelson...> wrote:
>
> The authorities have placed about 100 Snow Goose decoys on the sod near
> the intersection of Old York Road (rote 539) and Herbert Road.
> Accordingly the large flock has moved a couple of miles down the road
> towards Assunpink (by 43 Herbert Road)
> Bob Dodelson
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Date: 3/1/17 8:12 am
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
I had one last week in Randolph.

Susie Richart
Te​wksbury/Califon

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 4:53 PM, James O'Brien <jphillipobrien...>
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> Not sure if anyone else had one today, but foy Eastern Phoebe was at
> Manasquan Res. today. Checking my records of past 20 years, the earliest
> ive ever seen one was 3/7, so beat it by a week.
>
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Date: 3/1/17 6:18 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Get lost
The authorities have placed about 100 Snow Goose decoys on the sod near
the intersection of Old York Road (rote 539) and Herbert Road.
Accordingly the large flock has moved a couple of miles down the road
towards Assunpink (by 43 Herbert Road)
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Date: 2/28/17 4:46 pm
From: Jim Hayes <gargle57...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
I had my first E. Phoebe back on January 23 at Liberty Marsh in Sussex county. Sorry for not reporting it then. This evening I heard only 1 Woodcock peenting at Halifax Road in Mahwah.



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Not sure if anyone else had one today, but foy Eastern Phoebe was at Manasquan Res. today. Checking my records of past 20 years, the earliest ive ever seen one was 3/7, so beat it by a week.

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Date: 2/28/17 2:47 pm
From: J Hummel <juanita.hummel...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
We had a phoebe at a farm in Hopewell Twp last month. That one may have
overwintered, though.

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:02 PM, David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
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> Pete Dunne had one at his local park in Mauricetown this morning as well.
> Record early for him too.
>
> ____________________________________
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> Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
>
> Not sure if anyone else had one today, but foy Eastern Phoebe was at
> Manasquan Res. today. Checking my records of past 20 years, the earliest
> ive ever seen one was 3/7, so beat it by a week.
>
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Date: 2/28/17 2:02 pm
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
Pete Dunne had one at his local park in Mauricetown this morning as well. Record early for him too.

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Not sure if anyone else had one today, but foy Eastern Phoebe was at Manasquan Res. today. Checking my records of past 20 years, the earliest ive ever seen one was 3/7, so beat it by a week.

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Date: 2/28/17 1:53 pm
From: James O'Brien <jphillipobrien...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] FOY eastern phoebe
Not sure if anyone else had one today, but foy Eastern Phoebe was at Manasquan Res. today. Checking my records of past 20 years, the earliest ive ever seen one was 3/7, so beat it by a week.

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Date: 2/28/17 11:47 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White birds: Absent and Present; the birder's rant
Jerseybirders,

I took the opportunity today to make the drive to the Assunpink WMA "region" to search for "designer" waterfowl. First stop was the lake at Assunpink, which, like yesterday, contained no large white swans of any species...Mute or Trumpeter. That's two days in a row with no swans; I wonder if they have moved to more permanent 'summering' bodies of water with the warm weather. Otherwise, there were a few duck species and many sparrows in the fields on the south side of the lake.

Then, a drive along all of the farm roads in the area. A few flocks of Canada Geese (scanned carefully for the Greater White-fronted seen yesterday...not today). But where were the Snow Geese? It turns out that they were at the Reed Sod Farm at Herbert and Old York, the spot where Golden-Plovers forage in the fall.

As I pulled up on Old York, got out my 'scope ,and started scanning the one acre flock of Snow Geese, I went through the internal monologue I frequently mutter when looking at a giant flock of one kind of bird (gulls, geese), when I know (or hope) that there's ONE individual of a different species within it: "How am I going to find a Ross' Goose in this giant flock? Every bird is moving, most have their heads down, it's absolutely ridiculous to think that a Ross' Goose will be at this edge of this giant group of birds. I'll have to look at goose bills for an hour, and I've only got thirty minutes to scan, what, 5,000 birds. And how am I really going to be able to see the difference in bill size, or discern the overall different GISS? This is a totally impossible task and it's a complete waste of...wait a minute. Oh. There it is!" And sure enough, there it was, at my edge of the flock! And, yes, one COULD see the small bill with the purplish base and the thick neck and the small head. I couldn't get a photo despite numerous tries. Darn.

On the way into AT&T's offices in Piscataway, I was driving along Route 18 through the Rutgers campus when I spied a large all-white bird taking wing from the right side of the road. It was the local leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, rising from prey. What a simply gorgeous creature...all white with just a hint of rufous on the tail feathers and a beady and alert dark eye. Lacking any camouflage or the ability to even remotely disguise itself while hunting, yet having survived this long, it must be a wily bird indeed.

So...no white swan, but a small white goose and a big white hawk. A good two hours before work!

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Date: 2/28/17 11:18 am
From: Jennifer W. Hanson <ammodramus88...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sad News: Arlene Oley
Hi Jersey birders,

It is with heavy heart that I post this. Arlene Oley, friend to many
and an occasional contributor to this list, passed away last Saturday.
Here is an obituary:

http://mjmurphyfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1032/Arlene-Oley/obituary.html#tribute-start

Arlene was a lifelong resident of the central NJ area, originally
hailing from the Norseville neighborhood of Griggstown and more
recently living in Kingston. She traveled widely on birding trips, to
the point that my friends and I jokingly referred to one birder we
kept running into as "the guy Arlene doesn't know" (because she seemed
to know everyone else). She volunteered for NJ Audubon and the D&R
Canal State Park, and always loved to share her knowledge of and love
for nature with others. It wasn't just birds, either; she enjoyed all
kinds of critters and plants (including lichen).

Arlene was part of my circle of birding friends. I saw her most
regularly for the Princeton and Somerset CBCs, when we were usually on
the same team (especially in recent years). Sometimes, if
circumstances and other commitments aligned, a bunch of us would chase
a bird together. Those were always great times. Arlene was just plain
fun to hang out with, as many people other than me can attest. Her
birding world was an important part of her life, but only a part of
it.

I am very, very grateful to have known Arlene. She never let life's
setbacks ruin her enjoyment of life's good things.

Best regards and good birding,

Jennifer W. Hanson
Plainsboro, New Jersey USA
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Date: 2/27/17 1:31 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] camden county big year - Canvasback
Yea! I went chasing this morning after Annie's report from yesterday.
I was at Pyne Point basically the same time frame - which is always a good
idea! That spot was loaded with waterfowl this morning.

So a late start for a Crossbill hunt.... I hit a couple areas in Burlington county
and Sandy Causeway Rd. in Wharton in Camden County. Nice road!
Gets me into Wharton! But no Crossbills for me anywhere today.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 2/27/17 7:39 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] No Assunpink Swan
I did not see the Trumpeter Swan today (or yesterday). Unlike the past 5 to
7 years duck numbers and varieties are decreasing rather than increasing as
they have in past years usually peaking in mid March. I saw no Common
Mergansers today and only 6 duck species (none new for the year). I didn't
even see the long staying female Canvasback found by Scott Barnes on 1/15
As partial compensation there were many most welcome robins on the grassy
fields throughout the WMA
BTW this is fox hunting season and you may see people on horseback dressed
to the nines in their British hunting outfits with many hunting dogs at
their side
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 2/26/17 11:52 am
From: vincent N <vfn7...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ross's Goose: East Windsor
A large flock of about 3,000 Snow Geese contained a Ross's Goose. Look for a bird about 2/3rd size with a very stubby beak, triangular in shape. The flock was feeding on the SE corner of Herbert Road and Old Trenton Road very close to Old Trenton Road with periodic forays west at 12:05pm. Best parking is the gravel lot of the Tree Nursery on the west side of Old York Road. Birds spook easily.

Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction


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Date: 2/26/17 9:01 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Camden County big year - progress
I went chasing the Common Loon reported on Newton Lake Park - Camden this late morning. Scanned from my car.
it’s cold out there again! Anyway, no success with that - it moved already - I’ll get another - but an adult Snow Goose
feeding with Canada Geese on the grass there Nice! I didn’t have Snow Geese yet for the county big year. Always
something around!

I just went through my excel chart. I actually think I am doing OK. I have some misses, but winter isn’t over yet.
And I do have Redhead, WW Scoter, LT Duck, Iceland Gull, LBBG, etc! We will see. I want to get to that Tuckahoe Turf
some dusk time frame. Scan for Shorties. And I still need to keep an eye on the river and Lake George.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 2/25/17 2:43 pm
From: colleen snow <c.snow357...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bridgewater Eagles
Hi all

Got in a quick walk on the towpath ahead of the weather. Saw both parents
today. One was on a snag in clear view and the other on the nest.
Couldn't see much of the one on the nest today. Wonder if it might be the
male.

Had 4 very excited people waving me to hurry up with my scope because they
could see the eagle on the snag. Made them very happy to see the bird
through the scope.

There were also several pairs of Common Mergansers on the river, Canada
Geese and a quick look at a Kingfisher before it decided to fly from view.

Good Birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


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Date: 2/24/17 11:49 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Assunpink Swan update
For those of you thinking about coming for the Trumpeter Swan this weekend
the past 2 days it has been a "drive up bird" visible from the main parking
area of Lake Assunpink (no need to go to the east end of the lake) keeping
company with 2 Mute Swans.
After you have had your fill of Swan gazing you can try for the rare geese
on Herbert Road (if the warm weather hasn't dispersed them) The best spot
on Thursday was at the junction with Sharon Station Road. Park in the Union
Transportation Trail lot and scan the thousands of Snow Geese for a Ross
(if you have the patience) and the hundred or so Canada Gese for 1 or 2
Barnacle and 1 Greater White-fronted.
Good luck to all who try
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 2/24/17 11:01 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Killdeer Spruce Run
I was out for a couple of hours today and heard several Killdeer pass by
overhead heading north, taking advantage of the southerly breezes and clear
weather...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> wrote:

> Hi JBirders:
>
> A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township
> for Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also
> provided my first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact.
>
> Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but
> no "peent" as yet.
>
> Sandy McNicol
> Kingwood Township
>
>
>
>
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Date: 2/24/17 9:39 am
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Killdeer Spruce Run
Hi JBirders:

A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township for Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also provided my first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact.

Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but no "peent" as yet.

Sandy McNicol
Kingwood Township




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Date: 2/24/17 6:59 am
From: ltgangi <ltgangi...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker
Pete Bacinski presents Birding
in the Last Half Century;

A
Reflection

There
have been tremendous changes in our state over the past 50 years, especially in
our environment and natural habitats. Some have been positive; such as, the
population increases of ospreys, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Others not
so much: loss of wetlands, forests, over development in the Garden State.  Come out to the Southern Ocean Birding Group meeting
on March 2nd to hear Pete Bacinski's presentation on this subject.

 

The meeting of
the Southern Ocean Birding Group, is
scheduled for March 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton
Seaport, Rt. 9, Tuckerton, NJ.  The
public is welcome; meetings are free with no reservations required and light
refreshments will be available.  For
further information, please contact Sue Puder at 609-698-2106 or send an email
to <soceanbirds...>
I hope you will join us.


Linda Gangi, Manahawkin NJ


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Date: 2/24/17 6:05 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Get out there today!
Beckoning and welcoming weather out there today in JerseyBirds
territory. I hope everyone who can gets out there for at least some
period of time today - and reports back! Way, way up there, beyond
naked eyesight, skeins of Canada geese are flying north. Flocks of
blackbirds here and there. Bluebirds singing. Savannah sparrows in
quantity.

I wonder what else will turn up today?

Susan Treesh

Somerset



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Date: 2/23/17 9:12 pm
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Living Shoreline Project
Jerseybirders,

Slightly off-topic, but this interesting project by the NJDEP restoring "living shorelines" may be of interest to birders. They're looking for folks to take/submit photos of the various sites that they are working on. I know that the Wreck Pond and Brigantine (the late fall/early winter shorebird spot), are sites that that birders visit, and some of the other spots are probably on local birders' radar.

Details can be found here:

http://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=049f4937cbdd437bb496a7aea94acd35&folderid=f4686d3c9a7048efb7a1dd8d877eb3f6

Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assitant Director, Eco-Travel
New Jersey Audubon
Tel. 609-400-3859
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Date: 2/23/17 8:13 pm
From: colleen snow <c.snow357...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bald Eagles in Bridgewater
Hi all

Had a few minutes to go look for the Sandhill Cranes this afternoon.
Didn't have any luck with them but I did notice it seems like the
Bridgewater Bald Eagles are on the nest. Does anyone know when they began
laying eggs?

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


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Date: 2/23/17 5:13 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow
Hello,
The Clay-Colored was feeding on the west side of the nature trail - the other side of that creek. In with the Juncos. I was looking on that
side as a fellow birder had it there a week ago. February bird! Plus a year bird! That area seems like it should get stuff come spring and fall
migration also. I will keep in mind and hit while hitting the Dix WMA area. This bird is continuing at least from Jan. 1 when Michael O’Brien
found it on the Cumberland CBC. And that’s the first I heard of that super spot!
Gee, I can’t wait to see my pics…. not. Marilyn is away. My picture taker…..
Waterfowl numbers seemed way down - until I hit the Maple Ave. Causeway in Dividing Creek. Wow! I just shattered my records for
some waterfowl numbers. Just enough exposed mud with the tide coming in. I didn’t get over to Heislerville, but for those on the west side
of the Maurice River, Maple Ave. was the spot.
Only three Long-tailed Ducks at the Clam Plant along the Maurice River in Bivalve. Gee - only. That’s the norm most years! I hope
the massive LT Duck invasion isn’t over!

Nature notes - Bats - I assume Brown - they were big - along Rt. 555 as I drove north in the late afternoon.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 2/23/17 1:34 pm
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds
In the fog this morning a male Eurasian Wigeon was with a small American
Wigeon flock and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was with other gulls at
the eastern end of Sylvan Lake (Bradley Beach-ish). A male Redhead was on
Silver Lake/Ferrugiaro Park in nearby Belmar. The Redhead had been
reported recently on eBird.

I heard a vocal Oystercatcher northbound in the fog past the Shark River
inlet - and this appears to be one of the earlier sightings this year in
this part of NJ. Killdeer were seen in various locations.

Other coastal notables: the expected multi-thousand Surf and Black Scoter
flock off lots A through C at Sandy Hook - the north end being too foggy to
scope much off. Compact flocks of several hundred Greater Scaup, quite a
few Long-tailed Duck and a handful of White-winged Scoter amongst them.
Everything else very much in the minority.

Many hundreds - bordering one thousand - of Northern Gannets seen in
Raritan Bay off Laurence Harbor, a few more Greater Scaup and the usual bay
suspects. The gull flock at South Amboy Waterfront Park was small at 1pm
and lacked any exotic gulls. Atypical of my experience of the Raritan Bay
shore was a flock of 8 American Tree Sparrows at the sea wall at Laurence
Harbor - given the mild winter the sparrows might already be northbound.
But the dearth of Bonaparte's Gulls continues.

Phil Jeffrey
Princeton


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Date: 2/23/17 7:32 am
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bluebirds
There were 4 Eastern Bluebirds at Thompson Park in Lincroft yesterday.
They were in various shades of "blue" and checking out the nesting boxes throughout
the Park.

Karen
Ocean

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