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8/17/17 1:05 pm Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Banded Semipalmated Sandpiper question
8/17/17 9:47 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (13 Aug 2017) 21 Raptors
8/16/17 5:35 pm Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...> [JERSEYBI] Lesson learned: garage window spider webs and Hummer
8/16/17 4:56 pm K Cahill <krc22226...> [JERSEYBI] Very active Coopers
8/16/17 4:30 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] more on the ebird taxonomy update
8/16/17 12:54 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] new birds in ebird
8/15/17 4:37 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Correction on dates - NJ Audubon Archives
8/15/17 4:03 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] NJ Audubon Archives
8/15/17 1:12 pm Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] Bayonne Golf Club "Cling Rail"
8/15/17 11:01 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Brigantine
8/14/17 1:03 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cape May County
8/14/17 12:06 pm Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] Wood Stork, Cape May County
8/13/17 1:48 pm Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> Re: [JERSEYBI] thoughts on orange peep at Forsythe
8/13/17 11:29 am Billy Weber <robot.stories...> [JERSEYBI] thoughts on orange peep at Forsythe
8/13/17 10:46 am Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Spruce Run 8/13/17
8/13/17 10:08 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] YK Odd Calidris
8/13/17 3:37 am Fred Vir <avtrader...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Rufus/reddish head peep at Brig
8/12/17 8:33 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Rufus/reddish head peep at Brig
8/12/17 2:54 pm vincent N <vfn7...> [JERSEYBI] Little Stint: Brigantine
8/12/17 1:30 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] camden big year update
8/12/17 10:32 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Little Stint at Brigantine
8/11/17 2:38 pm Walter Gura <waltg19149...> [JERSEYBI] Wilson's Phalarope at Forsythe (Brig)
8/11/17 1:04 pm <Marshwren...> <marshwren...> [JERSEYBI] OT- White-winged tern - Wellsboro, PA
8/11/17 10:33 am Edna Duffy <marshwren...> [JERSEYBI] OT: White-winged Tern - Wellsboro, PA continues
8/10/17 6:35 pm Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...> [JERSEYBI] Young Eastern Screech Owl (Photo)
8/10/17 4:49 pm Jim Hayes <gargle57...> [JERSEYBI] Eastern Screech-Owls
8/10/17 4:04 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Wilson's Phalarope- Brigantine
8/10/17 12:43 pm <Marshwren...> <marshwren...> [JERSEYBI] OT - White-winged term
8/10/17 11:05 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Wilson's Phalarope- Brigantine
8/8/17 5:13 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] CM Point - tern show
8/8/17 11:37 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig shorebirds
8/7/17 7:37 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Cape May / Forsythe Weekend: guiding a new birder yielded wonderful finds
8/6/17 12:11 pm Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Sandy Hook
8/5/17 7:29 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Juv shorebirds have arrived at Brig !!
8/5/17 1:36 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Sod birding - slow....
8/4/17 1:00 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] More on Shorebirds
8/4/17 11:41 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - bigger birds
8/3/17 5:42 pm Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [JERSEYBI] Visiting in a couple of days; confused about Holgate--can someone clarify?
8/3/17 2:32 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] new ebird function for android
8/2/17 4:19 am Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...> [JERSEYBI] ID question
8/2/17 4:02 am Walter Gura <waltg19149...> [JERSEYBI] Laughing Gull -Night Moves
8/1/17 8:36 am L Larson <llarson2...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine, Fine Hall tower, Princeton Campus
8/1/17 4:41 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Night Moves
7/30/17 5:39 pm Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...> [JERSEYBI] Peregrine, Fine Hall tower, Princeton Campus
7/30/17 4:00 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Two White-faced Ibis at Brig
7/29/17 6:11 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - friday - Black Tern, LB Dows
7/28/17 2:24 pm CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Black-necked Stilt: Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (!!)
7/28/17 5:26 am Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...> [JERSEYBI] NJA Forsythe NWR trip cancelled
7/27/17 7:24 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] White-winged Dove, Cape May County
7/26/17 8:34 pm Donald E DesJardins <ddjjdj...> [JERSEYBI] American White Pelican.
7/26/17 4:32 pm Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] Upland Sandpiper fall migration through NJ
7/25/17 7:24 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Hopeless in search of shorebirds at Johnson Farm and Elmer vicinity in Salem County
7/25/17 3:35 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Hummer Help Article
7/25/17 3:32 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Hummer Help
7/24/17 11:03 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] The dredge - Gloucester - no shorebirds anymore!
7/24/17 7:32 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] spoonbill update - no
7/24/17 6:18 am Diane C Louie <dclouie...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Help
7/24/17 5:54 am Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Help
7/23/17 7:37 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Spoonbill - more details
7/23/17 6:03 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Spoonbill - yes!
7/23/17 5:56 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - no Spoonbill, but loaded with shorebirds
7/23/17 5:09 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Roseate Spoonbill, Island Beach SP
7/23/17 8:41 am Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] American White Pelican eBird checklist Confirmed?
7/22/17 3:46 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] more on the Spoonbill
7/22/17 2:46 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Roseate Spoonbill - Island Beach
7/21/17 2:13 pm Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [JERSEYBI] specific piping plover question
7/20/17 9:46 am Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed
7/20/17 9:23 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed
7/20/17 7:26 am Samuel Galick <sam.galick...> [JERSEYBI] White Ibis (2), Atlantic County
7/18/17 1:57 pm Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...> Re: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, cape may
7/18/17 1:55 pm Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...> [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, cape may
7/18/17 11:31 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Farnham Park - Camden - Shorebirds
 
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Date: 8/17/17 1:05 pm
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Banded Semipalmated Sandpiper question
Hi Jersey Birders,
I spent the morning photographing birds at Stone Harbor Point.
If a Common Ringed Plover is ever going to be found the Point might be the
place. Well over 500 Semipalmated Plovers there this morning.
My question though is two-fold.
I photographed what is probably a very old SemiSand as it has only 1 band
and it's engraved metal.
No flags or any other colored bands. The band was put on upside down and
has numbers and letters
First question is can anyone decipher the letters?
Second question is what is the silver looking post that appears to be
piercing thru the birds leg?
I have a hard time looking at the pic.
It's the first one in the series
Further in are some pics of Plovers doing battle.
And a Western sandpiper well into molt but still showing the chevrons.
Thanks for any help on the banded SESA
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Date: 8/17/17 9:47 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (13 Aug 2017) 21 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 13, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 3 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 13 13 13
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 3 3

Total: 21 21 21
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Jack McCormack, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Additional observers: Stephen Bagen and Maura Griffin.

Raccoon Ridge welcomed back Jack McCormack today! Jack was the RR counter
in the 1990s and he's back in NJ and will be joining us on top.
Outstanding! Just like old times, Jack...

Hikers - 26.
A.T. SOBO - Tinker Bell.


George the new A.T. Ridge Runner stopped by...welcome to the ridge!


Weather:
partly to mostly sunny, wind NNW 5-11, temp 68-80 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:14A, 11:00I, 3:45A.
RS - an adult between 1:00-2:00, moving straight down the ridge...very
early.
RT - multiple sightings up and down ridge, across ridge, above ridge. Any
counted? Are you kidding?

The new season's first Bird of the Day was today's first bird of the
day--an adult Bald Eagle that passed on a straight line just off the ridge
at eye level...a classic Coon look. And so it begins...

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 2.
TVs and BVs.
Raven - 1-2 thru day.
Barn and Tree Swallows.
Cedar Waxwings.
Chimney Swifts.

Monarchs - 10 (compare this number to last year's August total of 7
monarchs recorded on 4 count days).
5-lined Skinks - 2 juveniles.
Bear - one seen by SW on his hike down the mountain at end of day.

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





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Date: 8/16/17 5:35 pm
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Lesson learned: garage window spider webs and Hummer
This afternoon I had all the garage doors wide open for awhile, and when as I was heading into the house for a pair of binoculars (2 ravens in a kettle with TV's) i noticed something "buzzing" at one of the windows. Went closer and saw that a Hummingbird was at the closed window, trying to escape. I went to get a step ladder so I could open the window up, and then noticed that this little hummer was caught up in spider/cob webs. Its "feet" and bill were entangled.

Oh gosh - what to do?! I wish I had the Hummer expert Harvey T. to talk me through.

I felt I needed to intervene, since it was clearly struggling, and I didn't think the little bird could extract itself from its predicament.

Do I put on gloves, or not? Decided no. The bird had fallen down off the window sill and onto the extension ladder that hangs parallel with the garage wall.

I gently scooped it up and cupped it in my hands. Then I quickly realized I couldn't do anything without my reading glasses! Went inside (with bird in hand, keeping it against my chest, and also got a pair of tweezers and a paper towel.

I thought I'd heard if you put a bird/Hummer on it's back it would just lie there and not struggle- so I did. The Hummer didn't move. Upon looking closely at the feet I really was unsure how to pull away the spider web/cobweb that seemed to be pretty tightly wound around both feet - but one more so than the other. For some reason (here I may have made a mistake) I thought if i could "wet" those feet, it could help separate the webbing from the tiny talons. I carefully turned the hose onto a trickle and gently wet the feet as best i could. (again, this might have been a mistake). I ended up getting the bird's body wet too. I knew that wasn't so great.

Luckily, I was able to see the black little feet vs the balled up webbing, and gently pulled. I was so worried about damaging the bird. I was very gentle. Got most of the web off. Also gently pulled the web from around the bill. The little tongue zipped out once or twice. Good-it's alive, because this little one was not moving, eyes closed.

I didn't want to press my luck with trying to get every last piece of webbing off, and risk injuring it. I brought the Hummer to the top corner of my driveway, grabbed the hummer feeder off it's chain, and put the bird onto the paper towel (on the grass) with the feeder right at its bill. I sat next to it and watched. This little (somewhat drenched) hummer started to revive itself. Tongue darted out. I helped it get closer to the feeder. Hummer took 2 or 3 sips from the feeder. I was worried it needed energy from this ordeal. Again, it probably wasn't necessary, but it made me feel better.

After about 10 mins, the Hummer perked up some more, it's breathing evened. Slowly (the slowest I've seen a hummer fly) it flew up and away. Up to a bare nub of a branch. I was praying the bird wouldn't drop out of the sky.

Watched/video with the scope. Smart bird - in the sunshine, drying off its feathers, and with time, "trying out its wings." It worked the remaining bits of webbing off itself - through preening. Flew off t the left - slowly.

Within a half hour or so I watched it buzzing around the feeder - competing with the second yard Hummer that's been here throughout the season.

Of course I've never held a Hummingbird before, but this little gal seemed so very small. It (along with the second) have white tail feathers, no ruby throat. Size is difficult to tell since my feeder doesn't have perches, but one bird seems a little larger than the other.

Constructive criticism is welcomed. I'm relieved the little one is alive and flying. I have removed all spider/cobwebs out of the windows and corners of the garage!

Lisa Potash
Oakland


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Date: 8/16/17 4:56 pm
From: K Cahill <krc22226...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Very active Coopers
We have a family of 4 in neighborhood. 2 actively hunting now. Diving into
overgrown hedges down the street to try to get a House Sparrow to flush.
Then swooping around hedge. One sparrow did flush and got a good lead, dove
into a different hedge with Cooper diving in as well.

Amother Cooper (missing a tail feather) was chasing a frantic crow. They
both landed in a tree, staring each other down.

Kevin Cahill
Roxbury

On Aug 16, 2017 3:53 PM, "Sandra Keller" <sandrakeller...> wrote:

I gained 3. I presume from my foreign trips. I can’t wait for the update
link to see what was split!
Give it a couple more days for ebird central to post something.

Camden notes - Screech Owl last night on my power walk. Newton Lake Park.
August is a good time to
hear them.

Today - there was a migration on the radar. Gnatcatchers, Black and white
warblers, Redstart.
The Kingbirds must have all left for Cape May!

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 8/16/17 4:30 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] more on the ebird taxonomy update
It’s still going on. DON’T do anything with species on your lists yet. It will all be resolved in a couple days!



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Date: 8/16/17 12:54 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] new birds in ebird
I gained 3. I presume from my foreign trips. I can’t wait for the update link to see what was split!
Give it a couple more days for ebird central to post something.

Camden notes - Screech Owl last night on my power walk. Newton Lake Park. August is a good time to
hear them.

Today - there was a migration on the radar. Gnatcatchers, Black and white warblers, Redstart.
The Kingbirds must have all left for Cape May!

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Date: 8/15/17 4:37 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Correction on dates - NJ Audubon Archives
I am sorry for getting the dates wrong on the historic data on Stilt Sandpipers at Brig. After getting from work, I was in a such a rush to grab an IPA and take Cory and Pile for a walk. The correct dates are;

8-19-2010

8-15-2013

Yong Kong
Camden County

From: Yong Kong
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:03 PM
To: bird listserve
Subject: NJ Audubon Archives

I am fully aware many birders think ebird is the best thing that happened to their hobby, since their own discovery of a slice of bread that has three scoops of peanut butter on it

But for me, I still log onto the NJ Audubon Archives. Lately, it has been the historic numbers and arrival of shorebirds at Brig. Some impressed numbers of Stilt Sandpipers at Brig, in historic perspective during the month of August.

100 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-19-2017

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/19/2010&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

42 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-21-2014

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/21/2014&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

61 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-15-2017

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/15/2013&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

However, the best of the best in exchange of birding information still may be the actual communication between birder to birder (including private e-mail exchange). I know I am having a lot of fun and learning a lot behind the keyboard.

To wrap up this post, am I the only birder that is confused on the ID of all Stilt Sandpipers at Brig ?

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 8/15/17 4:03 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJ Audubon Archives
I am fully aware many birders think ebird is the best thing that happened to their hobby, since their own discovery of a slice of bread that has three scoops of peanut butter on it

But for me, I still log onto the NJ Audubon Archives. Lately, it has been the historic numbers and arrival of shorebirds at Brig. Some impressed numbers of Stilt Sandpipers at Brig, in historic perspective during the month of August.

100 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-19-2017

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/19/2010&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

42 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-21-2014

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/21/2014&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

61 Stilt Sandpipers reported at Brig on 8-15-2017

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/Sightings.aspx?rt=VoiceOf&rd=8/15/2013&tl=&tk=&ss=#t

However, the best of the best in exchange of birding information still may be the actual communication between birder to birder (including private e-mail exchange). I know I am having a lot of fun and learning a lot behind the keyboard.

To wrap up this post, am I the only birder that is confused on the ID of all Stilt Sandpipers at Brig ?

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 8/15/17 1:12 pm
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bayonne Golf Club "Cling Rail"
See eBird checklist for notes:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38514051

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ


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Date: 8/15/17 11:01 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brigantine
Hi Jersey Birders,
A bit tardy reporting but I spent most of the day yesterday doing a double
around the wildlife drive.
Although I did not find the Orange Peep (sounds like an marsh mellow Easter
treat) it was still a fun day.
1 of the 3 Wilson's Phalaropes continues near Goose Marker 4. It was mostly
feeding by itself.
There were also 5 Long-billed Dowitchers. 3 of which were juvies.
Short-billed dowitchers were represented by mostly young birds and
beautiful birds they are..
12 Stilt sandpipers at Goose 5 varied from mostly breeding plumage to 2
birds already in basic plumage.
Interesting to see.
White-rumped Sandpipers are back after a short hiatus, and 2 Marbled
Godwits were in the NE corner of the East pool.
The continuing Hooded merganser was resting with a flock of LAGU's.
I photographed a SemiSand that has primaries that go on forever.
Talk about an attenuated bird.
It is nothing like any guide will show and had me wondering if it wasn't a
runt White-rumped sandpiper.
It wasn't. I saw it fly...but wow. It's up on Flickr
Yet, The most interesting and probably "rarest" birds I saw were an adult
and Immature Eastern Willet.
Think about it. Maybe 3 weeks ago they were everywhere and now NADA.
I checked eBird and there are 12 sightings of Willet from Island Beach to
Cape May this August.
And when last did you see a Juvie Willet?
They seem to be as rare as hen's teeth. Even during breeding season.
Water levels at Brig are a bit frustrating
And the new Airboat the Staff is buzzing around in makes a ton of noise.
But Brig is Brig and you never know what you may find.
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Date: 8/14/17 1:03 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cape May County
Doug Gochfeld reported on Sunday, 8/13/17:

Pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks on Shunpike Pond. They stayed into
the late afternoon. No reports of them this morning.

38.949562, -74.935370

Good birding,

Sam

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Cape May, NJ
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Date: 8/14/17 12:06 pm
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Wood Stork, Cape May County
Trish Miller reports:

Wood Stork flying west over Garden State Parkway, exit 11.

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 8/13/17 1:48 pm
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] thoughts on orange peep at Forsythe
Hi Jersey Birders,
Billy Weber has posted his professional notes on a bird he viewed for over
20 mins.
This is the trait of a very good Birder!
Billy notes on his "Live View" of Yong's bird trumps my thoughts based on 2
pics from a distance.
He has details I could only wish I saw.
I bow in Respect to his observations and opinions on a very interesting
bird.
It sounds like staining is now becoming an issue we all need to think about
when ID-ing a bird.
I am heading to Brig tomorrow in hopes of seeing this bird and making some
detailed notes about my observations.
Using a cell phone to dictate notes about an observation is just as good as
written notes, added to some pics, an ID may be be possible.
We are no closer to the identity of this Odd Calidris, but Billy's opinion
it is not a Stint is good enough for me.
Now finding the true ID is driving me nuts.
Billy, Nice job buddy!
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven

On Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
wrote:

> As I've indicated on two text alerts, I studied the bird in Yong's
> photographs for about twenty minutes around midday yesterday, at marker #4.
> I initially thought I had found a worn adult Red-necked Stint. Closer
> inspection revealed too many "off" points and I ultimately let the bird go
> as a discolored Semipalmated, a position I tentatively maintain.
>
> Points against either stint:
> - orange wash concentrated on throat/malar and front half of supercilium,
> areas that should be white on an adult stint, from what I understand
> - no orange or rufous edgings on any back or wing feathers
> - some faint orange smudging on belly and/or flanks, supporting
> discoloration
> - suggestion of orange or buff on the face of an adjacent Semipalmated as
> well, again supporting discoloration
>
> Points against Little Stint:
> - no orange on auriculars or nape, only on neck/throat/eyebrow
> - bill seemed too heavy to me, although as Harvey points out, this may be
> variable
> - significant amount of black spotting on side of neck OUTSIDE orange wash
> (bordering its bottom edge), suggestive of Red-necked
>
> Additional point against Red-necked Stint:
> - black spotting/streaking on neck continuing through orange area, which
> should be unpatterned on Red-necked
>
> All that said, there was one feature of the bird in question that was not
> consistent with Semi and didn't seem to be present on any of the other
> adult Semis: white back braces.
>
> Assuming every description has been of the same bird, it's certainly
> interesting (and gave me a slight coronary when I first saw it), but I
> don't think it's a stint. Kudos to Yong and Harvey for at least attempting
> to document and publicize it, which I did not. I'm certainly open to
> correction...will take my life stint any way I can!
>
> Billy Weber
> Nazareth, PA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 8/13/17 11:29 am
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] thoughts on orange peep at Forsythe
As I've indicated on two text alerts, I studied the bird in Yong's photographs for about twenty minutes around midday yesterday, at marker #4. I initially thought I had found a worn adult Red-necked Stint. Closer inspection revealed too many "off" points and I ultimately let the bird go as a discolored Semipalmated, a position I tentatively maintain.

Points against either stint:
- orange wash concentrated on throat/malar and front half of supercilium, areas that should be white on an adult stint, from what I understand
- no orange or rufous edgings on any back or wing feathers
- some faint orange smudging on belly and/or flanks, supporting discoloration
- suggestion of orange or buff on the face of an adjacent Semipalmated as well, again supporting discoloration

Points against Little Stint:
- no orange on auriculars or nape, only on neck/throat/eyebrow
- bill seemed too heavy to me, although as Harvey points out, this may be variable
- significant amount of black spotting on side of neck OUTSIDE orange wash (bordering its bottom edge), suggestive of Red-necked

Additional point against Red-necked Stint:
- black spotting/streaking on neck continuing through orange area, which should be unpatterned on Red-necked

All that said, there was one feature of the bird in question that was not consistent with Semi and didn't seem to be present on any of the other adult Semis: white back braces.

Assuming every description has been of the same bird, it's certainly interesting (and gave me a slight coronary when I first saw it), but I don't think it's a stint. Kudos to Yong and Harvey for at least attempting to document and publicize it, which I did not. I'm certainly open to correction...will take my life stint any way I can!

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Date: 8/13/17 10:46 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Spruce Run 8/13/17
Jerseybirders, as you might guess, Spruce Run is nearly full from our
rainy summer. I stopped by today just to check, and there are no
mudflats to speak of, so shorebirding will be very diminished. Still,
it's great to see the reservoir full after some scarily low levels these
past few years.

There is a newly refreshed sign for a bird blind on the road near the
parking area for the boat launch. There's even a pulloff there. So I
decided to take a chance even though I have always heard this blind
referred to as "abandoned." The sign even specified helpfully that it
was a quarter mile in. So I followed the faint track, soon reduced to
more or less bushwhacking, until I actually caught a glimpse of a
structure, with a seemingly intact roof. I walked on - and ran into a
final wall of some kind of marsh grass impenetrable without a machete.
Had to turn around, but left me wondering about the sign - it had
clearly been pasted over a removed sign.

I also spent a half hour at nearby Voorhees State park, my first time
there, and had a shady walk along the "solar system trail" leading to
the observatory, where I encountered a hooded warbler foraging along the
trail.

What a beautiful day! Would love to read some more reports.

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Date: 8/13/17 10:08 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] YK Odd Calidris
Hi Jersey Birders,
First my apologies for not posting links to Yong's photos. I was not only
in a hurry yesterday but the new AOL GOLD, which I refer to as Fool's Gold,
will not capture links to Flickr as seen below
I also know posting Little Stint is a bold header to use for a post but I
knew no one would go rushing out the door before seeing the pics.
Yet, it was too interesting of a bird to not throw out there just in case
there were some folks left at Brig who might be able to get Eyes On.

I have only seen the pics and focused on the two pics below.
The orange wash around the head of the bird grabs your attention
immediately.
I next wanted to age the bird which was very easy looking at the feather
groups on it's back.
A worn adult beginning to molt.
That pretty much took a juvie Least Sandpiper out of the picture.
Western has been mentioned but the breast and flanks are absolutely devoid
of any chevrons or other markings one should see this time of year even if
Western is in a molt.
It's still early...chevrons, at least a few, should be visible. It's nape
is also going to be white-ish and streaked
I threw Semipalmated out for the same reason. They normally have very
"messy" breast and flank markings, and the orange wash is very un-Semi like.

Could it be a stain?
If it is the head must have been underwater to the shoulders and the breast
and belly should be as heavily stained. A small peep would have a hard time
keeping the lower half of it's body out of the water while it's entire head
was plunged under.
Right?

The only other place to look was at the Stints.
The Shorebird Guide shows a LIST photographed here in NJ (pg 286 bottom of
the page)
It shows an orange wash all over the head and the comments are: " worn
birds have pale heads and look brightest on the nape; *this bird is a
particularly large, and heavy- billed individual"*
Variation. It's why shorebirds can be so very hard.
Look at this pic on my Flickr. Does it really fit anything?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/

If you haven't seen Yong's pics they are linked below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/36355941492/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/36355924422/in/photostream/

Hopefully others will relocate this bird and more photos made available.

Good Shorebirding Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Date: 8/13/17 3:37 am
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Rufus/reddish head peep at Brig
Hello Shorebirders:

I see the 2 YK pics which are distant (are there more?). I see the Mass
bird (seems like a stint to me) and a few ~ August Little Stints
pictures from various sources.

I assume you are aging the NJ bird as an adult. The NJ bird has quite
an advanced molt from what is typical for Little Stint in August and is
advanced compared to the Mass bird.

Semis do not molt much by August unlike this NJ bird. However Westerns
do start molting while still in the Arctic. The NJ bird also has a long
bill similar to what I would expect for Western but seems too short for
the Little Stint. Westerns are also more attenuated than Semis. Also
other things seem wrong for an August Little Stint. But hoping to see
more details.

tks Fred Virrazzi
NJ

On 8/12/2017 11:33 PM, Yong Kong wrote:
> Thank you so much to Harvey for getting the word out on the interesting peep that Keith Phillips and I saw briefly at Brig this morning, just pass the Goose Marker 4. I was in no position to get the word out in a timely manner. Reason ?
>
> Even before the dike drive ended, I was already in the mode to visit my mom and that’s where all my focus was for the day. Also, my bird brain was devoid of any wacky sense of bird humor, so why bother to write a report ? If it was not for Harvey, I would be reporting that peep as I am writing now. What good is that ? The summery of my live action view is simple.
>
> As soon as we spotted the peep via bins, it did reminded me of that Mass Little Stint so I clicked away a few photos with the intent of getting out of the truck for a better view via a scope. But the peep flushed and we simply moved on, and I never got the second chance. I hope this answers Dave L’s question.
>
> Regardless of the true ID of this peep, it was Harvey who got me all peeked on shorebirds and also correspondence here in JBirds. So my hope is through the collective efforts via Jersey birding community, more birds will be found and share.
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
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Date: 8/12/17 8:33 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Rufus/reddish head peep at Brig
Thank you so much to Harvey for getting the word out on the interesting peep that Keith Phillips and I saw briefly at Brig this morning, just pass the Goose Marker 4. I was in no position to get the word out in a timely manner. Reason ?

Even before the dike drive ended, I was already in the mode to visit my mom and that’s where all my focus was for the day. Also, my bird brain was devoid of any wacky sense of bird humor, so why bother to write a report ? If it was not for Harvey, I would be reporting that peep as I am writing now. What good is that ? The summery of my live action view is simple.

As soon as we spotted the peep via bins, it did reminded me of that Mass Little Stint so I clicked away a few photos with the intent of getting out of the truck for a better view via a scope. But the peep flushed and we simply moved on, and I never got the second chance. I hope this answers Dave L’s question.

Regardless of the true ID of this peep, it was Harvey who got me all peeked on shorebirds and also correspondence here in JBirds. So my hope is through the collective efforts via Jersey birding community, more birds will be found and share.

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Date: 8/12/17 2:54 pm
From: vincent N <vfn7...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Little Stint: Brigantine
Just located near blue goose 3 sign. Very reddish bird with black legs and straight black bill. Seemed more elongated than nearby SESA White throat. Orange breast with fine dark marks. 5:56pm.
Vincent Nichnadowicz : Princeton Junction

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Date: 8/12/17 1:30 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] camden big year update
Slow...... I went chasing that BC Night heron at Harleigh this afternoon. No success!
I even tried a road behind the pond edge. To see if roosting in a tree. Nope.
I am impressed with Harleigh and the view from the hill.

Cooper river park was nice. But nothing new.....

I am missing a lot of passerines, so when migration picks up, hopefully I will be getting
stuff.

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Date: 8/12/17 10:32 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Little Stint at Brigantine
Hi Jersey Birders,
Yong called me about a peep he found today at Brig. Goose marker #4. I just
looked at his pics and It's my humble opinion he found and photographed
Little Stint
On a cloudy rainy day the colors jump out at you and the birds seems to
meet all the requirements. Attenuated look. Orange tones all over the head
and neck. Very clean breast and sides except for a few spots. Small
straight bill. Wide eyeline with a split. Look at the bird being seen in
Mass. It's a dead ringer
His photos are up on Flickr. It's under WinDak Birder 2
Harvey Tomlinson
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Date: 8/11/17 2:38 pm
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Wilson's Phalarope at Forsythe (Brig)
The Wilson's Phalarope continued Friday, Aug.11 by Goose marker #4.
(Thanks Harvey and everyone else). I include a link for my eBird report
from the area around Marker 4. It was a good area today. Along with the
Phalarope were Stilt, Pectoral and a Marbled Godwit which left the area
before I did. I did find two more Godwits along the eastern edge of the
east impoundment.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38592286

Water levels were very high. I was there two hours before high tide
until three hours after and the channels were always flooded with no
sandpipers along the south side and only a few along the north side. The
impoundment water levels are still high. I use this site for tides when I
go to Forsythe: http://www.tides.net/newjersey/321/

Good birding to all,
Walt Gura
Philadelphia, Pa.
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Date: 8/11/17 1:04 pm
From: <Marshwren...> <marshwren...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] OT- White-winged tern - Wellsboro, PA
For anyone thinking of chasing. I am posting here as no one is updating the PA list.

We spent over two hours observing the tern from less than 25 feet way. We left at 3:45 after the thunder brought light rain, which is now heavy.

There was concern expressed by many of the birders present that the bird is not well. It sat on the piling and did not fly around the pond. People who had been there from 7:30 until our arrival at 1:15 only saw a short repositioning flight to another piling. We saw it fly 20 ft tduring our visit. It did take a drink. No one I spoke with had seen it feed today. Otherwise, it appeared alert and uninjured. Its wings did not droop.

Again, sorry to be inundating this list but I believe many people are hoping for updates and might chase the bird this weekend.

Edna Duffy
Secaucus, NJ

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Date: 8/11/17 10:33 am
From: Edna Duffy <marshwren...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] OT: White-winged Tern - Wellsboro, PA continues
For anyone interested, that white-winged tern in Wellsboro, PA is still being reported today. I went yesterday afternoon, my mom just got there at 1:30pm and it's still present. It's a small lake and the bird seems to be co-operative.


For anyone who's taking a shot at this, I raced daylight yesterday, there is a bunch of 1 lane construction on I-80 west bound, so you may want to factor that in if you're going later today.


check list attacked with my bad light pics from yesterday, but has the hotspot link for Nessmuk Lake.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38583982


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Date: 8/10/17 6:35 pm
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Young Eastern Screech Owl (Photo)
A juvie Eastern Screech Owl has been in the trees in my front yard for the last few weeks, calling off and on every night. Photo at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/36472722575/

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Date: 8/10/17 4:49 pm
From: Jim Hayes <gargle57...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Eastern Screech-Owls
Greetings! I haven’t been out birding much lately but last night, I was awaken by a dueting pair of Eastern Screech-Owls at 1:30 AM. One was whinnying and one was giving the tremolo call.
Jim Hayes, Wanaque, NJ

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Date: 8/10/17 4:04 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Wilson's Phalarope- Brigantine
Thank you Harvey for including me in your fantastic find and your day at
Brig.

I will provide some non-sense birding info from my homewoods this morning.
This morning at the homewoods and the powerline is what I would considered a
first major morning flight (in terms of Camden County fall out standards) of
this early fall in my neck of the woods. Sadly, they were work-day-morning
birds so I had little or no chance to enjoy. As soon as Cory and Pil took a
poop, I was out of there and headed to work.

At work, I was so optimistic today would be a good birding day based on my
observation this morning. Then, the CMBO test alert from Harvey. Then later,
text alert from Dan about the Uppies at Featherbed lane. Everything was all
consistent to this arm-chair-beginner-dumb birder that the new birds have
arrived into our area.

I do not wish to steel thunder away from Harvey and others who had the
opportunity to enjoy that Juv WHIP at Brig. It is a new bird !! All I can
say is JBirds at its best in terms of getting the word out.

To those who may have an opinion that the powerline (and the schedule
mowing by the powerline company) is the worst enemy to birds, it is not that
easy of an opinion. You have to live and breath in it 7 days a week, then,
one can see how productive powerline habitat can be to birds and
butterflies. So this issue is a complicated one, at least in my opinion.
Please do not hate me for this comment.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:04 PM
To: <JERSEYBI...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Wilson's Phalarope- Brigantine

Hi Jersey Birders,
On Tuesday 7-8-17 Yong Kong reported a possible Wilson's Phalarope.
I commented on his pics that I thought it was a Stilt Sandpiper now I'm
not so sure.
Today I found a Juvenile Wilson's Phalarope at Brig near the now infamous
Blue Goose Marker #4
The front profile of both birds (Stilt Sandpiper and Juvie Wilson's) is
very similar, yet Yong's bird seems to have some spotting/streaks on the
breast where as the bird I photographed is a clean white. No marks at all.
This young Wilson's is a beautiful bird. It is just going into a basic
plumage molt and is in a plumage most of us have probably never seen. I
know I haven't.
I have pics up on Flickr.
( https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/ )
Compare to Yongs
( https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/35613354024/in/photostream/ )
Share your thoughts
We'd love to know!
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
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Date: 8/10/17 12:43 pm
From: <Marshwren...> <marshwren...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] OT - White-winged term
Check out PA list. White-wing tern seen today in Wellsboro, Tioga County. Not much detail yet.

Hope it sticks around.

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Secaucus

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Date: 8/10/17 11:05 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Wilson's Phalarope- Brigantine
Hi Jersey Birders,
On Tuesday 7-8-17 Yong Kong reported a possible Wilson's Phalarope.
I commented on his pics that I thought it was a Stilt Sandpiper now I'm
not so sure.
Today I found a Juvenile Wilson's Phalarope at Brig near the now infamous
Blue Goose Marker #4
The front profile of both birds (Stilt Sandpiper and Juvie Wilson's) is
very similar, yet Yong's bird seems to have some spotting/streaks on the
breast where as the bird I photographed is a clean white. No marks at all.
This young Wilson's is a beautiful bird. It is just going into a basic
plumage molt and is in a plumage most of us have probably never seen. I
know I haven't.
I have pics up on Flickr.
( https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/ )
Compare to Yongs
( https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/35613354024/in/photostream/ )
Share your thoughts
We'd love to know!
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Date: 8/8/17 5:13 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] CM Point - tern show
I wasn’t down for passerines. Some migrants around the state park. I spent most of my time with the terns.
And looking up hoping for a White Ibis! I got all excited when I saw one coming from the Meadows. It took
awhile to get close. It was a Glossy…..Of course….. One was reported this morning. They are still around!
Common Terns are taking over the beach at the State Park. I am told that’s normal in the summer. I get down
there so infrequently anymore, it was new and novel to me! Adults, young, first-summer birds. A nice study
for those interested. I took some pics to try and study molt and aging them.

I was scanning for Brown Pelican also. No.

Least, some Forster’s, and a few Royals around also.

Good birding all.


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Date: 8/8/17 11:37 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig shorebirds
This beginner-dumb-birder took another precious vacation day to look for shorebirds at Brig, especially bright plumage peep. Unlike other days I was not too optimistic due to the heavy rain the day before, meaning the impoundment could be flooded out.

At the Goose Marker 4 saw a distant bird, viewed with very dirty bin lens. As my bird brain yelled out, Wilson, and I jumped out of the truck to set up the scope. Sadly I could not relocate the bird and I wanted to move on. So just aimed the lens at the general location and fired off several shots for later view at home, just in case. To be crystal clear, do not call me a Stringer as my live view of the bird only lasted a second or two.

Also, a very bright peep was observed from the tower. I recall the last time I tried to ID a similar peep, only cool thing happened was my inbox was full with very colorful comments.

Some photos from my day on Flickr below.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 8/7/17 7:37 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May / Forsythe Weekend: guiding a new birder yielded wonderful finds
Jerseybirders,

I had the rare opportunity to spend the entire weekend birding, and agreed to take a newly "fledged" birder on my adventure. Mia proved to be remarkably patient, despite having injured an eye last week which hampered her vision and required sunglasses all the time. An amateur mycologist and botanist, Mia taught me a lot about mushrooms and plants in exchange.

We visited numerous places on the Cape in the mornings, and spent the afternoons at Forsythe. Saturday night we listened at Jakes Landing and Stipsons Island Roads for rails (none) and owls (heard a pair of Great Horned). Some highlights:

n Several Yellow-billed Cuckoos flying across the Garden State Parkway on Friday. How often does one see them swooping across such a wide-open space?

n Hundreds (a thousand?) of Royal Terns at Stone Harbor Point on Friday night. No luck finding a Sandwich in the poor light.

n An incredible number of gulls and terns in the Rips at sunrise on Saturday from Coral Avenue.

n Four Brown Pelicans flying in off the bay in their majestic and regal flight pattern from the Meadows' dune crossing.

n The ridiculously sociable Bobwhite at Cape May Point State Park, sitting on the railing (!) of the Hawkwatch platform serenading onlookers.

n The stunning Dowitchers at Forsythe. Some of the rufous birds had the "hump" and the look of a middle linebacker, but I couldn't ID a Long-billed for sure.

n Ray Duffy alerting us to the White Ibis duo roosting in a tree near Gull Pond Tower (we'd missed them earlier in the high grass near the Avocet).

n The flight of Yellow Warblers and Redstarts at Higbees yesterday, plus more Yellow-billed Cuckoos as well. Gorgeous and numerous dragonflies. It makes me appreciate ode fans' excitement.

n The Marbled Godwit and the White-faced Ibis at Forsythe yesterday, both thanks to Larry Scacchetti. Larry picked out the gleaming red eye and the more yellowish-green back of the juvie White-faced as it sat motionless among its Glossy kin; I would most likely have missed it. We'd spent almost 90 minutes there on Saturday at that same spot, without success. Larry gave up a lot of ankle to the greenheads to confirm the ID; thanks, bud, for the pound of flesh.

n A cooperative Saltmarsh Sparrow at the end of Great Bay Boulevard late yesterday, and a dozen pelicans roosting as well. Nice ending.

n Numerous, always-hot Wawa coffees, Shortie whole-wheat grinders, and twisted "everything" pretzel braids.

Not quite 100 species, and a wonderful experience. Can't wait for the start of the passerine migration and dawn at Higbee Dike in a few weeks...

Good birding,

Marc J. Chelemer
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Date: 8/6/17 12:11 pm
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sandy Hook
Jerseybirders, the passage of that strong cold front made me take a
chance on an early visit to Sandy Hook. However, not much migration in
evidence there, but I did see 4 hummingbirds, migrating I think, in
different parts of the area, and the usual impressive gathering of
swallows - all of them heading north this morning! Yellow warblers -
breeders at the Hook - were very active. The tern flock was
diminishing, as only a few juveniles were still being fed. But there
was an immense flock of greater-black backed gulls at the north end - I
estimated 170.

Heading out, around 11, almost every parking lot was full, and the
Garden State Parkway was crawling southbound. Yikes!

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Somerset



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Date: 8/5/17 7:29 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juv shorebirds have arrived at Brig !!
Perhaps I am bit behind this birding game on Ebird or JBirds as usual.

I first noticed it yesterday at Maple Avenue salt march that juv shorebirds have arrived in our area.

Today at Brig situation appears to be the same. Not sure if I should be stoked or not. Reason ?

I am not sure from now on if I am able to find that peep with all those bright juv peeps arriving in coming weeks. Perhaps, I should quit now. I have no clue why I am in search of a peep that I have only seen with tons of dots on it. Meaning, computer screen photos.

To be crystal clear I have no intention of pushing my poor quality photos here. But just in case some may express interest. I have yet to see a bird in live action that resemble photos from Net Geo Mag. So why should I be all wow-wow about those Net Geo photos ? I enjoy bird photos taken from fellow birders so much more.

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

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Date: 8/5/17 1:36 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sod birding - slow....
I hit many sod areas and other off the beaten path weedy areas after a butterfly trip this morning.
Slow. Lots of habitat, few species…. Semipalmated Plover being numerous.

Coombs Sod was the birdiest. Johnson Sod the least.

Butterfly notes - Hayhurst Scallopwing! I haven’t had one of them in a long while!

Hit Sunset Rd. at Mannington Marsh Salem County before the trip. And still no White Ibis, they prefer
Forsythe!

Good birding all.


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Date: 8/4/17 1:00 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] More on Shorebirds
Another precious day burned in the name of shorebirds. Today was bit more dramatic due to heat wave. This beginner-dumb birder only took in 16 oz. bottle water.

Once getting back to the truck, felt like I had survived a heat stroke. Two mile hike around trip to the exposed mud which included pushing through the wall of hightide bush. About 3 hours after the reported high tide, shorebirds started to arrive.

No clue on the total number. Four thousand ? May be six thousand. Mostly Semi and Dow. Who knows and I was not counting. All my energy went into looking at peeps, and getting back to my truck.

Survived the day with a peep name, Fred. A very cool western sandpiper. Photo of Fred in my Flickr.

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Camden County


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Date: 8/4/17 11:41 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - bigger birds
As in I had 2 1/2 hours for the place. Gee, someday I will have a full day to spend
there! I spent most of my time between goose marker 4 and the crossdike. Ebird
report tonight. The Avocet was in its spot outside the dike at marker 5. no white ibis
though! Best shore birding was the cove, then the east dike from the osprey
nest to the north dike. I didn"t do much scanning after that as had to go. But those
areas looked like the best for shorebirds. The east pool has plenty of exposed edges.

butterfly notes - lots of Monarchs!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 8/3/17 5:42 pm
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Visiting in a couple of days; confused about Holgate--can someone clarify?
Hello, all.

I have read the Holgate chapter in my (old) book *A Guide to Birdfinding in
New Jersey, *and it talks about part of it being public, and part being
private. Can someone give me current access info, logistics type info, and
tell me what birds would be there currently or next week, since there are
not a ton of checklists on eBird?

Thanks for your help.

Great birding,

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Date: 8/3/17 2:32 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] new ebird function for android
Well android users get to check it out first! Update your app if you haven’t already.
There’s a new GPS track function. Looks really good! GPS is not cellular - so no extra
data used. I can’t say anything for the battery though….. Go ahead and experiment!
I like this new feature. Can’t wait for the apple version.


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Date: 8/2/17 4:19 am
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ID question
Could I send pic of bird on the Brielle Golf Course to someone's email address
for I.d.?
Know it is a hawk, know it's common, thought it was Coppers than Harrier but I
just don't know??? And pic is not that great. Thanks.


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Date: 8/2/17 4:02 am
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Laughing Gull -Night Moves
Greetings fellow birders,
I always thought of this as the 'Desperate Time' for Laughing Gulls.
They have several almost fully grown young to feed and caution must be
thrown to the wind. I always thought roadkill gulls seemed to peak at at
the end of July.
They seem to settle for more dangerous venues also; replacing easy and
safe pickings at the trash dumps along the Delaware River with stealing
from humans. Notice the dip in numbers from Mercer County courtesy of
eBird:


http://ebird.org/ebird/barchart?r=US-NJ-021&bmo=1&emo=12&byr=1900&eyr=2017&spp=laugul

It seems some would rather travel 60 miles or so than risk robbing from
dangerous creatures (i.e., us) but they do what they must.
I hope Harvey is right and these gulls do survive for I cannot help
thinking that they are among the most beautiful and elegant of birds (when
they're not swarming and squawking over a beach neighbor's corndog.)


Walt Gura
Philadelphia
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Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:41:31 -0400
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: Night Moves

Hi Jersey Birders,
Had the pleasure of seeing Shawn Colvin perform at the Ocean City Music
Pier last night.
It was a great show!
I haven't been on Ocean City's Boardwalk at night in years so imagine my
surprise to find a horde of Laughing Gulls still working the crowds.(10 PM)
Any respectable Gull should be out in the marsh sleeping and yet there they
were. Lots and Lots of them.
It was a buffet for them with gangs hanging at Kohr's for Ice Cream and
others zipping low past Mack and Manco's Pizza hoping for a slice with
pepperoni.
If you looked up, way up, you could see a multitude of LAGU illuminated by
the boardwalk lights.
They looked like twirling snowflakes. I imagine they were hunting bugs but
who knows.
This bird's adaptation to humans is uncanny and some are fearless.
I watched one sitting right next to a little kid on a bench with a corn dog.
It was hoping for a hand out but it finally lost it's patience and just
snatched it away.
I'm sure all these late night snacks aren't good for the Gulls so they will
probably pay a price...
Heartburn at the very least, but you have to admire the nighttime strategy.
I've often heard if Mother Earth has a catastrophic event only the insects
will survive.
Bull!
Laughing Gulls will be right there with them.
Cackling away.
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Date: 8/1/17 8:36 am
From: L Larson <llarson2...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine, Fine Hall tower, Princeton Campus
There's an annual report on Peregrine nesting in NJ; last year's report is at

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/pefa16_report.pdf

Nearest pairs to Princeton would be on the Delaware River, either at Trenton or
Scudders falls.

Laurie


> On Jul 30, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...> wrote:
>
> Local interest, mainly.
>
> I work across the road and dropping by the lab at dusk a Peregrine overflew
> me (chased by a lot of local Chimney Swifts) and landed on Fine Hall
> tower. Local birders know that 1 or 2 Peregrines are sighted during late
> fall to early spring pretty much every year and on a couple of occasions
> actually seem to be doing some courtship activities but they don't breed
> there. Nor do they breed anywhere near here AFAIK. Bad light and mediocre
> optics notwithstanding the bird appeared to be an adult.
>
> eBird reports don't show anything recent closer than Cranbury (one
> incidental sighting) and I infer that the nearest actual pairs are at least
> 20 miles away.
>
>
> Phil Jeffrey
> Princeton/Ewing
>
>
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Date: 8/1/17 4:41 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Night Moves
Hi Jersey Birders,
Had the pleasure of seeing Shawn Colvin perform at the Ocean City Music
Pier last night.
It was a great show!
I haven't been on Ocean City's Boardwalk at night in years so imagine my
surprise to find a horde of Laughing Gulls still working the crowds.(10 PM)
Any respectable Gull should be out in the marsh sleeping and yet there they
were. Lots and Lots of them.
It was a buffet for them with gangs hanging at Kohr's for Ice Cream and
others zipping low past Mack and Manco's Pizza hoping for a slice with
pepperoni.
If you looked up, way up, you could see a multitude of LAGU illuminated by
the boardwalk lights.
They looked like twirling snowflakes. I imagine they were hunting bugs but
who knows.
This bird's adaptation to humans is uncanny and some are fearless.
I watched one sitting right next to a little kid on a bench with a corn dog.
It was hoping for a hand out but it finally lost it's patience and just
snatched it away.
I'm sure all these late night snacks aren't good for the Gulls so they will
probably pay a price...
Heartburn at the very least, but you have to admire the nighttime strategy.
I've often heard if Mother Earth has a catastrophic event only the insects
will survive.
Bull!
Laughing Gulls will be right there with them.
Cackling away.
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Date: 7/30/17 5:39 pm
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peregrine, Fine Hall tower, Princeton Campus
Local interest, mainly.

I work across the road and dropping by the lab at dusk a Peregrine overflew
me (chased by a lot of local Chimney Swifts) and landed on Fine Hall
tower. Local birders know that 1 or 2 Peregrines are sighted during late
fall to early spring pretty much every year and on a couple of occasions
actually seem to be doing some courtship activities but they don't breed
there. Nor do they breed anywhere near here AFAIK. Bad light and mediocre
optics notwithstanding the bird appeared to be an adult.

eBird reports don't show anything recent closer than Cranbury (one
incidental sighting) and I infer that the nearest actual pairs are at least
20 miles away.


Phil Jeffrey
Princeton/Ewing


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Date: 7/30/17 4:00 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Two White-faced Ibis at Brig
Fellow Jersey birder suggested that I post about two White-faced Ibis at Brig. First one found was on Friday just pass the dog-leg. I was with three Glossy. I was unsure of the age during live action. The second one was found yesterday at the same location. I believe they are different individual.

Last two days my focus had been peeps and snow egret. On Friday, what it appeared to be the entire flock of local rooting of egrets were in the impoundment, just before the dog-leg and before the dike dive to the Peregrine tower. Shifting thru snowy was the high light of the day.

One odd thing happened yesterday was looking at a photo of a peep at home. All photos shows black or dark legs. However, one photo clearly shows yellowish leg. I have no clue, Photo Lie ? Actually, photos of this bird was the main reason why I did not post about the Ibis, in case there may be someone accusing me of playing Stringer like bird games.


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Date: 7/29/17 6:11 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - friday - Black Tern, LB Dows
The water levels in the impoundments are high. And will be higher after
todays rain unfortunately. Although not raining here in Barrington. I only
had my usual limited time.... I was looking for bigger species, like a White
Ibis. All these in the state, and I still haven't seen one this year! Joy.

With the water levels that high at Forsythe - the lower the tide level the better
as the flats outside the pools will have birds.

Black Tern and LB Dow were back. August is a good time frame for those two
species. I am studying LB Dow plumage progression. With pics if I can get.
Thats iffy with me!

ebird notes - the recent checklists for doing an off line list has not been working
correctly for me. Yes, I notified ebird central. I am sure thats not high
priority now with the taxonomy update going on. So, I will be trying the full
list. Should be fine. I think. The list is triple checked when I get home on wi fi and
enter. For example, I was at Farnham Park the last time. I had an old Farnham Park
list from the previous week. In the app. And nothing appeared for which checklist
to choose. Not good! I am trying to limit my cellular usage. And plan for foreign
travel. So I have been using the off line checklist option. And theres always paper
and pencil!

Nature notes - A few Monarchs were flying at Forsythe yesterday. I am always
surprised to see butterflies in the cloudy cool weather.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 7/28/17 2:24 pm
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Black-necked Stilt: Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (!!)
Jerseybirders,

I've always been envious of birders in southern New Jersey, who have the opportunity to dash off to Mannington Marsh, Forsythe Refuge, or Cape May Meadows whenever a loner or pair of Black-necked Stilts overshoot Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware, cross the bay, and come to rest in our state. They usually only seem to stay around a day or maybe two, then head back across the bay to where they evidently feel more at home. In my years of birding in NJ, I've never been fortunate enough to have the time to search for these "short term" wonders.

Therefore, when Roger Johnson posted late this morning that he'd observed a Black-necked Stilt at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits near Wayne, I was practically out the door from my office before the "ding" on the phone had died away. Roger's directions led me on a fast-paced, many-twists-and-turns walk through excellent birding habitat. A little bit of bushwhacking at the end through a field of rudbekia brought me to a viewing point of one of the lakes in the "Pits". Drenched in sweat and muddy, I was nevertheless fortunate to be able to find the bird. I waited long enough to help guide a couple of other intrepid birders to the location and got them onto it as well, then had to leave. Still others were heading to the spot (and there are sightings being posted even as I write this late on Friday afternoon).

Thanks to Roger for his birding perseverance at having trekked to this out-of-the-way vantage point to look for shorebirds, for his patience to wait to see what presented itself, and for his directions to get me to where I could chalk up a "Stater" on this beautiful summer day.

Good birding.

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Tenafly



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Date: 7/28/17 5:26 am
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] NJA Forsythe NWR trip cancelled
Tomorrow's field trip to Forsythe (Brigantine) has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. We'll be back next week.

Thanks,
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Date: 7/27/17 7:24 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White-winged Dove, Cape May County
Michael O'Brien reports at 9:02AM:
"White-winged Dove west down Meadows dunes"

Later, Dustin Welch reported at 9:11AM:
"White-winged Dove on wires at S. Lake Ave and Lincoln Ave, Cape May Point"

38.934286, -74.965783

Good birding,

Sam

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Date: 7/26/17 8:34 pm
From: Donald E DesJardins <ddjjdj...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] American White Pelican.
The American White Pelican continues at Dekorte Park in the Meadowlands.Bird was observed at 7:00pm from the Transco Trail roosting on the Saw Mill Creek Flats.

Donald DesJardins
Woodland Park N.J

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Date: 7/26/17 4:32 pm
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Upland Sandpiper fall migration through NJ
Since Yong "The White House Leaker" Kong mentioned my July 4th UPLAND
SANDPIPER in Bayonne, here is the eBird checklist with some notes and pics.

I always thought that fall migrants arrived in late July, peaked in
mid-August, and trickled on into early September. Turns out they can arrive
as early as late June/early July and the peak is late July through
mid-August. See my notes for a bit more info.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37973831

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Date: 7/25/17 7:24 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hopeless in search of shorebirds at Johnson Farm and Elmer vicinity in Salem County
While back, soon after reading about Mike B.’s find on the Uppie at the Ocean Terminal in Bayonne (July 4, 2017), this dumb birder has been on a pointless fast-n-furious lunch time shorebird search at Johnson Farm and Elmer vicinity. Today, I was super stoked knowing there would be flooded farm fields.

Driving back to work totally demoralized I eventually lucked out on a small group of shorebirds on Pinyard Road in Elmer, just pas the post office. About 10 to 12 Lesser Yellowlegs and about 8 or so peeps, mixed in with Killdeer.

No scope and the birds were at some distance to the point bins were almost useless on the study of those peeps. However, through the camera lens one particular peep was somewhat interesting as it appeared to have rufus tertial, short bill and dark legs. Most likely semi. But smiled all the way back to the office thinking how I suck on the ID of shorebirds.

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Date: 7/25/17 3:35 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummer Help Article
I forgot to send out the link to the article just in case you want to read
it.
Fascinating!!!
Harvey
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/hummingbird-secrets-speed-worlds-smallest-bird/


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Date: 7/25/17 3:32 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummer Help
Hi Jersey Birders,
Thanks so much for all the response's. One of the BIG take away's from all
the response's is that unless your doing research or rehab Do Not add
protein to a hummers sugar water.
That said, a late Dec hummer may be in need of it just as a captive or
rehab bird does.
I am going to do a deep dive into this subject and I'll get back to you
all. Right now the bug population is booming so there's plenty of time.
Just drive Brig's Wildlife Drive!
Good Birding,
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Date: 7/24/17 11:03 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The dredge - Gloucester - no shorebirds anymore!
For local birders - the east pool looks really bad. Covered in tall vegetation.
It won't come back. I don't believe. I will check again over the winter.
And no Ibis peeking their heads out of the grass.....

I have no clue what they are doing their. 3 dump trucks and a bull dozer there
moving dirt. Maybe someday another area that will turn into a pond....

Good birding all.

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Date: 7/24/17 7:32 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] spoonbill update - no
People are looking. I was reading in BNA though that birds can move
up to 15 miles was it from roosting to breeding areas. Although that was
an adult during breeding season. This species will feed at night also.

For those out and about, keep checking!

My apologies for not responding to those later emails. I was in bed. Sleep
is important!

Skinners Marina is along a road off of GB Blvd. Although the bird is not there
at present.

I wonder if it is moving around feeding? Or whether it is moving around slowly
south as it slowly makes its way back to wherever? And this bird could be from
the tropics, not Florida as I thought originally. I thought post breeding dispersal,
but I don't believe the Florida birds move that much. So perhaps a bird from the
tropics moving further, getting caught up in a storm. We will never know.

Good chasing all. I am local for a few hours.

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Date: 7/24/17 6:18 am
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Help
July 2017 issue, can see the online version here:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/hummingbird-secrets-speed-worlds-smallest-bird/ <http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/hummingbird-secrets-speed-worlds-smallest-bird/>

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Hi Jersey Birders,
I am in need of some helping locating a Hummingbird article a friend told
me about.
It's in a current issue of National Geographic magazine but he can't
remember which one. Nor can he find his copy.
I got very little information other than it was about some type of
Hummingbird research.
What piques my interest is he mentioned the researchers were keeping the
hummers indoors and to provide them with enough protein it was being added
to their nectar water.
Hummingbirds are Carnivores. Insects are their main food item, with nectar
providing them with enough energy to hunt. I think I saw that insects are
70%+ of their main food source.
Every year us Hummingbirds fanatics plant, and hang numerous feeders in
hopes of having a Western Stray join us in the Fall.
Then long around January a lot of them "disappear".
Travelling South this late in the game doesn't seem like an option and they
are probably dying.
Bugs become scarce in January and I'm wondering if the lack of protein
isn't the real cause of death and not the cold.
With proper protein levels could they survive a Jersey winter
So my question is: Does anyone know what issue the Hummer article was in,
or better know what the protein additive is and how to use it?
I have been blessed with a Rufous, 3 Selasphorus, a Black-chinned, and last
fall a Western Hybrid.
She didn't make it and if I get lucky again I want to be ready with a
sugar/protein solution.
It may not solve the problem but it's a strategy that's definitely better
than just crossing my fingers and hoping.
Thanks for any information you can offer
BTW...Hummer Hullabaloo has begun in my yard. There are multiple adults and
juvies that spend the day pinching and biting, chattering like fools!
It's my favorite time in the gardens
Good Birding and Thanks,
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Date: 7/24/17 5:54 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hummingbird Help
Hi Jersey Birders,
I am in need of some helping locating a Hummingbird article a friend told
me about.
It's in a current issue of National Geographic magazine but he can't
remember which one. Nor can he find his copy.
I got very little information other than it was about some type of
Hummingbird research.
What piques my interest is he mentioned the researchers were keeping the
hummers indoors and to provide them with enough protein it was being added
to their nectar water.
Hummingbirds are Carnivores. Insects are their main food item, with nectar
providing them with enough energy to hunt. I think I saw that insects are
70%+ of their main food source.
Every year us Hummingbirds fanatics plant, and hang numerous feeders in
hopes of having a Western Stray join us in the Fall.
Then long around January a lot of them "disappear".
Travelling South this late in the game doesn't seem like an option and they
are probably dying.
Bugs become scarce in January and I'm wondering if the lack of protein
isn't the real cause of death and not the cold.
With proper protein levels could they survive a Jersey winter
So my question is: Does anyone know what issue the Hummer article was in,
or better know what the protein additive is and how to use it?
I have been blessed with a Rufous, 3 Selasphorus, a Black-chinned, and last
fall a Western Hybrid.
She didn't make it and if I get lucky again I want to be ready with a
sugar/protein solution.
It may not solve the problem but it's a strategy that's definitely better
than just crossing my fingers and hoping.
Thanks for any information you can offer
BTW...Hummer Hullabaloo has begun in my yard. There are multiple adults and
juvies that spend the day pinching and biting, chattering like fools!
It's my favorite time in the gardens
Good Birding and Thanks,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Date: 7/23/17 7:37 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Spoonbill - more details
Sorry if already posted.

8:00PM at Skinner’s Marina. That’s Great Bay Blvd?
Found tonight by Faye Thompson Kessner.

Good searching tomorrow all! It might be worthwhile getting there really early if it is roosting.

Thanks to Tom! That was a good read on that sign!

This is on the New Jersey Facebook page.


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Date: 7/23/17 6:03 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Spoonbill - yes!
It's still around! Tuckerton Creek. Wherever that is. Good luck all chasing Monday!
Also possible is two birds around. How far is Tuckerton Creek from the sedge
islands? Thanks Alyssa! Thanks Lauren!

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Date: 7/23/17 5:56 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - no Spoonbill, but loaded with shorebirds
Hello,
I had the afternoon free and was thinking here. Its shorebird time! Of course
I searched for the Spoonbill. No such luck! Dead low tide when I arrived. Not the
best for here, but at least loads of shorebirds spread out all over. This is one spot
where high tide going out is probably best as the birds will be concentrated in the
impoundments at high tide. Birds were everywhere. The NW pool was a problem
with the high grass along the dike and also it had started raining steadily by then.
I checked every Glossy Ibis well for White-faced. Nope. But not too many
Ibis around - they were all out feeding in the grassy creeks.
Western Sand back. No LB for me today. I'll be back next week! Had some nice
looks at hendersoni. Someday I will manage a pic. Most dows were along the east
dike in the east pool.
The tern show was great. I even had a Common! That's unusual there, but the east
winds are the best for me at least seeing them there. Loads of Forsters, GB Tern,
the Leasts were all over that east dike, etc. No Black Tern though.

Nature notes - Had a few Monarchs even when it started raining.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 7/23/17 5:09 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Roseate Spoonbill, Island Beach SP
Thank you to Alyssa, Bill Scullion and Sandra for their team-effort for shout-out such that all of us to got to enjoy the news of the Roseate Spoonbill, Island Beach SP. And of course ebird photos !! For me, it was Mike B. who gave me the heads up via personal text.

Dang Harvey !!! Let me explain. Harvey T. wrote to me more than a month ago (if not two month or more) that we in NJ may be experiencing Florida waders. Back then my only guess for his prediction was based on his communication with his FL friend and his personal visit to Florida birding locations during his spring vacation.

Now for my Brig report for the day. I made a point that I would look at every peep at Brig with bins (actually make the effort to shift thru them via a scope) until my bird brain would explode. And it did explode.

Most of my peep birding was from the top my truck bed so I could see those hidden peeps in distance. Pass the dog-leg I had enough but decide to give a one more try. Got out of the truck and set the scope up and ended up finding a very Bright-n-Rufus Least Sandpiper. I ended up giving this peep a nick name of Pumpkin for the color of his/her plumage.

Bit embarrassing to admit but I went towards Sharp-tailed or Long-toed. No dice and not even close. Thank you to Harvey for making me thinking outside of the box and for all his shorebird ID tips. I am shaking like a leaf for pushing my Flickr that contains most of the worst quality bird photos. To my defense most often I much rather see bird photos taken by fellow birders rather then those Net Geo quality that are for sale.

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

Yong Kong
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Date: 7/23/17 8:41 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] American White Pelican eBird checklist Confirmed?
Good day. I'm not sure who reviewed and approved the checklist linked below
but DeKorte is not in Hudson County, it's in Bergen County. Not to mention,
there is an existing hotspot for DeKorte, no need for a personal location.
The observer put a random marker in the middle of Kearny, *Hudson*. The
checklist should be invalidated and the location changed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38249827

Thanks,
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Date: 7/22/17 3:46 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] more on the Spoonbill
From Al -

"Hi Sandra. Myself and Alyssa are leaving the park right now but it is still closed. The bird is still here. Just to give you a heads up it was initially found by Bill Scullion. There are birders outside the gate waiting for it to reopen but Parks police are not saying when that will be. Myself, Alyssa, Bill, and Chris Sayers were the only birders in the park before they closed it due to weather."

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Date: 7/22/17 2:46 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Roseate Spoonbill - Island Beach
Excuse if this has already been posted here. There’s a Roseate Spponbill at the Island Beach State Park Winter Kayak
anchorage. Now. From Alyssa Della Fave - she found and photographed. Or at least from an hour ago.

I will post more if if I see anything more on the New Jersey Birds Facebook page.


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Date: 7/21/17 2:13 pm
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] specific piping plover question
Greetings,

First of all, I'd like to say thank you to everyone on here who replied to
my last RFI. It has helped my planning process a lot!

I now have a specific question about piping plovers. I checked eBird, and
there are three places listed within reasonable distance of where I'm
staying where the plovers were reported at someone's last visit: *Barnegat
Lighthouse SP*, *Island Beach SP--South Beach to Inlet*, and *Avalon Dunes*.
Could someone say which of these is most reliable, give me specific
directions to where to go there, and about how far I would have to walk?

Thanks,

Great birding,

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Date: 7/20/17 9:46 am
From: Albert, Steven <Steven.Albert...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed
Jersey Birders,

To further amplify Marc's comments, I've been on the opposite shore in Carlstadt and Little Ferry all week on my bird survey. Lots of peeps further upriver at the Kane Tract, near the water treatment plant and along the river bank up near Rt. 46. Unlike Marc's distant viewing, when I'd turn my back on the river, they'd land virtually at my feet! There are some semipalmated's in the flocks. Tough to note live with the sun in my face, but black legs and different bill shape showed up in my photos. One of the local ravens kept us company on the marsh side of Commerce Blvd. this morning. I've seen it here previously and as a pair inside the Utility Authority a few weeks ago.

The pace is picking up! Good birding.

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed

Jerseybirders,

Back from an overseas trip, I managed to get out for some local birding this morning at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. I had to climb over the locked gate (even though it was long after sunrise...what's up with that?). It was a beautiful morning to be out walking. The mallow flowers are bright pink and red. Wild day lilies were brilliantly orange, and everything was deeply green green green. Having recently been in the arid countries of Israel and Jordan, it was wonderful to be among so much living flora.

I write only to amplify earlier posts from Harvey Tomlinson and others that the southbound shorebird migration has begun. In the first pond, every stump and snag above water, plus one marshy edge which had a thick mat of reeds, was covered with "peep." They were wing by bill (instead of cheek by jowl) on any above-water location...extremely densely packed. I counted 57 birds on just two stumps, which leads me to extrapolate that the total in the pond was >400. I had not carried my 'scope in (because of having to climb the fence), so was not able to get a really close look, but binocular scans showed the bright yellow legs of Least Sandpipers.

No other birds of note, although a Willow Flycatcher was still singing and the Marsh Wrens were noisy and very active.

Well worth a return visit if the gate is open, and certainly it's time to watch mudflats everywhere.

Good birding.

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Date: 7/20/17 9:23 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed
Jerseybirders,

Back from an overseas trip, I managed to get out for some local birding this morning at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. I had to climb over the locked gate (even though it was long after sunrise...what's up with that?). It was a beautiful morning to be out walking. The mallow flowers are bright pink and red. Wild day lilies were brilliantly orange, and everything was deeply green green green. Having recently been in the arid countries of Israel and Jordan, it was wonderful to be among so much living flora.

I write only to amplify earlier posts from Harvey Tomlinson and others that the southbound shorebird migration has begun. In the first pond, every stump and snag above water, plus one marshy edge which had a thick mat of reeds, was covered with "peep." They were wing by bill (instead of cheek by jowl) on any above-water location...extremely densely packed. I counted 57 birds on just two stumps, which leads me to extrapolate that the total in the pond was >400. I had not carried my 'scope in (because of having to climb the fence), so was not able to get a really close look, but binocular scans showed the bright yellow legs of Least Sandpipers.

No other birds of note, although a Willow Flycatcher was still singing and the Marsh Wrens were noisy and very active.

Well worth a return visit if the gate is open, and certainly it's time to watch mudflats everywhere.

Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
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Date: 7/20/17 7:26 am
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis (2), Atlantic County
Milton Collins reports:

"Two White Ibis at Forsythe NWR just before wildlife tower on the drive."

39.458301, -74.433299

Good birding,

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Date: 7/18/17 1:57 pm
From: Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, cape may
Ps very unfortunate to say there are no photos of this bird from this trip.
I didn't have my camera and there's no turning around once we were
underway. It was not seen on the way in but it's exact location was
directly across from the marina at 1212 Wilson drive next to the large
osprey nest.

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:55 PM Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...> wrote:

> Today on the 1:30 trip aboard The Osprey, we were lucky to see a white
> ibis. Interestingly this bird matched Sibley's description of a "young
> juvenile". It had an all dark bill and neck with white restricted to the
> underside and a little along the flanks. I have never seen one that looks
> like this and it makes me wonder where it came from. Have any of the other
> Cape May White ibis resembled this description? Pretty intrigued to hear
> responses. I don't really know what its most likely origin is, but it
> forces me to think of some pretty wild possibilities.
> --
> Tom Baxter
>
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Date: 7/18/17 1:55 pm
From: Tom Baxter <bomtaxter...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White Ibis, cape may
Today on the 1:30 trip aboard The Osprey, we were lucky to see a white
ibis. Interestingly this bird matched Sibley's description of a "young
juvenile". It had an all dark bill and neck with white restricted to the
underside and a little along the flanks. I have never seen one that looks
like this and it makes me wonder where it came from. Have any of the other
Cape May White ibis resembled this description? Pretty intrigued to hear
responses. I don't really know what its most likely origin is, but it
forces me to think of some pretty wild possibilities.
--
Tom Baxter


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Date: 7/18/17 11:31 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Farnham Park - Camden - Shorebirds
Picked up Semipalmated Sandpiper - higher water levels worked for them. If interested in the area, please check
the latest visits under Camden County on ebird. I have plenty of notes about tide and where to bird there.

I lasted an hour. Alas, 90 degrees and no shade where I was scanning from.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
<sandrakeller...>

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