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8/20/18 3:44 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2018) 2 Raptors
8/20/18 3:04 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (19 Aug 2018) 15 Raptors
8/20/18 7:47 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] migration - camden county
8/20/18 3:27 am Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Whitesbog Water Levels
8/19/18 7:32 pm Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> [JERSEYBI] Whitesbog Water Levels
8/19/18 11:27 am L Larson <0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Aug 2018) 4 Raptors
8/18/18 5:13 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Aug 2018) 4 Raptors
8/18/18 12:54 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig refuge shorebirds, Atlantic County
8/18/18 7:47 am Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] Bayonne Cling Rail
8/17/18 2:49 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] taxonomy update
8/17/18 1:20 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] shorebirds in Cumberland
8/16/18 10:52 am F T Muscara <ctmuscara...> [JERSEYBI] Fwd: King Rail Bayonne Golf Club
8/15/18 2:52 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Coombs Sod - Salem
8/15/18 2:44 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] grasspiper birding - southwest Jersey - slow
8/14/18 6:08 pm Susie R. <njt456...> Re: [JERSEYBI] screech owl
8/14/18 5:56 pm <cwsg1...> <cwsg1...> [JERSEYBI] screech owl
8/14/18 4:27 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird update
8/14/18 4:19 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Johnson Sod Farm update, Salem Co.
8/14/18 7:04 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Reed sod farms update
8/13/18 1:51 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] migrants this morning - yes! but slow
8/12/18 6:49 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] radar tonight
8/12/18 4:09 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] local birding notes - slow
8/12/18 3:27 pm Christopher Takacs <americanchris22...> [JERSEYBI] Juvenile Herring Gulls
8/12/18 10:50 am Michael Britt <sootyshear...> [JERSEYBI] Juvenile Saltmarsh Sparrows
8/11/18 6:55 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird update
8/11/18 1:24 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig shorebirds, Atlantic County
8/10/18 1:07 pm Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Purple Martin
8/10/18 8:19 am Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> [JERSEYBI] Purple Martin
8/9/18 3:40 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] south jersey shorebird notes and a brown pelican in Bucks county, PA
8/9/18 6:16 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Herbert Rd Reed Sod Farms
8/8/18 3:57 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird app frequency symbols
8/7/18 3:17 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Stone Harbor Point - terns
8/7/18 9:40 am Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [JERSEYBI] Dale Rosselet VP Education New Jersey Audubon - BirdCallsRadio
8/6/18 2:12 pm Tom Johnson <tbj4...> [JERSEYBI] White-faced Storm-Petrels (3) - offshore New Jersey
8/6/18 1:13 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Cumberland shorebirding notes
8/6/18 5:48 am robert dodelson <rdodelson...> [JERSEYBI] Reed sod farms in and around Allentown
8/5/18 3:08 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] shorebirding Cumberland - thoughts and a White Ibis!
8/5/18 3:02 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] the taxonomy link
8/5/18 2:58 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] ebird and Mallard northern rare
8/4/18 6:38 pm Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Inland shorebirding in a time of floods
8/4/18 2:38 pm Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Inland shorebirding in a time of floods
8/4/18 9:09 am Paul Guris <paulagics.com...> [JERSEYBI] Aug 12-13 Cape May Pelagic Sailing But Still Needs Participants
8/3/18 11:32 am Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> [JERSEYBI] Brig refuge shorebirds and the mud situation
8/2/18 8:57 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] radar again
8/2/18 3:19 pm CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] The Daily Routine and the Chase (418)
8/1/18 7:09 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] radar tonight
7/31/18 9:49 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR: a bright, birdy morning
7/30/18 11:38 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe Yesterday
7/30/18 11:27 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] gloucester and camden shorebirding - zilch
7/26/18 11:46 am Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Camden county birding
7/25/18 2:43 pm Bradley <bhw357...> Re: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
7/25/18 12:54 pm CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> Re: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
7/25/18 9:53 am <osterhome...> <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> [JERSEYBI] Observed roseste spoonbill 1145 to 1215 today along west side of Liberty Loop trail. In company with a half dozen great egret.
7/25/18 5:44 am David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...> [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
7/24/18 4:29 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Rarity chasing
7/24/18 6:38 am Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134...> Re: [JERSEYBI] PROBABLE RED-NECKED STINT AT BRIG
7/24/18 5:58 am David Lapuma <david.lapuma...> [JERSEYBI] PROBABLE RED-NECKED STINT AT BRIG
7/23/18 3:23 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] storm rarity searching today
7/23/18 9:34 am Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> [JERSEYBI] Roseate spoonbill seen again in North Jersey at Wallkill - update 7/23/18
7/23/18 7:43 am CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> [JERSEYBI] LONG POST (827)--Dickcissel: No; Pacific Loon: Yes, "Peep, sp.": Yikes!
7/22/18 6:15 pm Fred Vir <avtrader...> [JERSEYBI] Blue Grosbeak- Secaucus, Hudson County
7/22/18 1:00 pm Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...> [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - high water levels
7/22/18 4:46 am Karenne Snow <njwren46...> Re: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County
 
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Date: 8/20/18 3:44 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2018) 2 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 1 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 8 8
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 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 0 0 0

Total: 2 21 21
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Brian Butler

Visitors:
NOBO- " No Chill" Best of luck the rest of the way

Hikers- 6


Weather:
Mostly cloudy all day.
Wind ESE 5-10mph
Temp- 70- 78 deg. F

Raptor Observations:
Close Imm Redtail - not counted
A few Bald Eagles floating around- not counted

BE- 10:22I

Bird of the Day- per Brian Butler
" A sassy Sharpie harassing 4 Ravens on its way down the ridge"

TV's

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow phase Timber Rattlesnake seen near lookout.

Ravens- 11
Monarch- 4

Many thanks to Brian B for his coverage on this slow day !
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Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)


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Date: 8/20/18 3:04 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (19 Aug 2018) 15 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 6 6
Bald Eagle 2 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 8 8 8
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 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 0 0 0

Total: 15 19 19
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Jack McCormack

Visitors:
SOBO: " Colorado"
Best of luck the rest of the way !
Hikers- 28


Weather:
Heavy cloud cover throughout the day
Temp 64-73 deg F
Wind- ENE 4-11mph with some higher gusts

Raptor Observations:
BE 11:10A, 3:30I
TV's and BV's
3 additional BE seen but not counted

Non-raptor Observations:
Bird(s) of the day easily goes to the 17 Ravens that I flushed as I came
thru the woods and up to the watch site ! At first 2 Ravens flushed from
the rock pile and than seconds later 15 more exploded into the air !! What
a sight !!

Many thanks to Jack M for covering me for the pm shift.. this is when the
bulk
of the birds for today's count passed the lookout

Hummingbird- 1
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Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)


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Date: 8/20/18 7:47 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] migration - camden county
The radar showed a fairly good movement last night. But with NE winds,
I wasn't going to head to Cumberland. I had a nice migrant flock at Hopkins
pond. Alas, a tree grinder was making noise! I moved on. Who knows
what I missed.... Blue winged was nice.

I might chase the Johnson sod Uppies this afternoon. But they move
around so much, its probably iffy.

Good birding all. Thursday is looking really good!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 8/20/18 3:27 am
From: Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Whitesbog Water Levels
Unfortunately, for birders, the 3 bogs that are usually drawn down are not this year, due to the breach this winter at the Upper Reservoir which did a lot of damage to the farmer's water control system. If you know some of the obscurer places in Whitesbog, you'll be shocked at how they've changed--Otter Pond, once a huge body of water is now a meadow.

However, the Upper Reservoir is only about 2/3 filled and has mud and sand flats. Yesterday there were a few Semi Plovers, Least Sandpipers, a Semi Sand, a Spotted and a Solitary Sandpiper. Big Tank gets some shorebirds occasionally and the bogs by the dogleg have had some shorebirds on them. Last week I had a Black Tern over Union Pond. I live fairly close to Whitesbog, so for me it's worth checking, but it is a far cry from the good old days.

Larry Zirlin
Whiting, NJ
http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/


> On August 19, 2018 at 10:32 PM Sandra Mc <jerseyb...> wrote:
>
>
> Hello JerseyBirders:
>
> Are the water levels down in the bogs at Whitesbog? I was there doing some botany about three weeks ago and the water levels were high. Would like to do some birding at that location next week if conditions are appropriate.
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Sandra McNicol
> Kingwood Township
>
>
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Date: 8/19/18 7:32 pm
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Whitesbog Water Levels
Hello JerseyBirders:

Are the water levels down in the bogs at Whitesbog? I was there doing some botany about three weeks ago and the water levels were high. Would like to do some birding at that location next week if conditions are appropriate.

Thanks for your help.

Sandra McNicol
Kingwood Township


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Date: 8/19/18 11:27 am
From: L Larson <0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Aug 2018) 4 Raptors
Hi Jim,
Welcome to your new role as Official Counter at Raccoon Ridge.
Congratulations to Brian Hardiman on his 17 years of hard work in that role, and best wishes to you in taking it on.
And thank you to both of you for sharing your count information with Jerseybirds.

The spirit of volunteerism is what keeps the birding community strong.

Laurie Larson
Co-listowner, Jerseybirds
Lumberton, NJ



> On Aug 18, 2018, at 8:12 PM, Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> wrote:
>
> Raccoon Ridge
> Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 18, 2018
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 2 2 2
> Bald Eagle 1 1 1
> 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 0 0 0
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> 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 0 0 0
>
> Total: 4 4 4
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:00:00
> Observation end time: 15:30:00
> Total observation time: 6.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Jim Thomson
>
> Observers: Brian Butler, Jack McCormack
>
> Visitors:
> Hikers- 15
> SOBO- Bloodhound
> Best of luck !!!
>
>
> Weather:
> Mostly cloudy in am. Wind WNW 1-6mph
> Turning partly sunny in pm. Wind W 3-9MPH
> Temp- 73-81 deg F.
> Thunderstorms in area throughout the afternoon.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> BE- 12:22A
> An additional 8 Bald Eagles seen but not counted.
> 1 Redtailed hawk - not counted
> 1 Coopers hawk- not counted
> TV's and BV'S
> Bird of the Day honors belong to the immature female
> Coopers Hawk that popped up on the reservoir side, turned
> and made a beeline to the owl decoy. It circled the decoy with talons
> exposed and than flew back to the north.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A tip of the Clipboard to lead Hawk Counter extraordinaire Brian Hardiman!
> Brian has been the lead counter on Coon for the past 17 seasons and there
> are none better ! Brian has decided to "pass the torch"on to me and I am
> honored.
> Brian's love of the ridge and the raptors was obvious to all who visited
> the site.
> Brian will still be joining us from time to time. As Brian has said and I
> quote..
> " that place is part of my DNA"
> Thank you Brian... for everything !!!!
> Hummingbirds- 2
> Monarch Butterflies- 7
> Ravens-3
> 5-lined skinks- 4 ( 2 ad, 2 juv)
> Tree Swallows,Barn Swallows, Chimney Swifts throughout the day
> Flocks of cedar waxwings
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)
>
>
> More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=339
>
>
>
>
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Date: 8/18/18 5:13 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Raccoon Ridge (18 Aug 2018) 4 Raptors
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 18, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 2 2
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
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 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
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 0 0 0

Total: 4 4 4
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Jim Thomson

Observers: Brian Butler, Jack McCormack

Visitors:
Hikers- 15
SOBO- Bloodhound
Best of luck !!!


Weather:
Mostly cloudy in am. Wind WNW 1-6mph
Turning partly sunny in pm. Wind W 3-9MPH
Temp- 73-81 deg F.
Thunderstorms in area throughout the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
BE- 12:22A
An additional 8 Bald Eagles seen but not counted.
1 Redtailed hawk - not counted
1 Coopers hawk- not counted
TV's and BV'S
Bird of the Day honors belong to the immature female
Coopers Hawk that popped up on the reservoir side, turned
and made a beeline to the owl decoy. It circled the decoy with talons
exposed and than flew back to the north.

Non-raptor Observations:
A tip of the Clipboard to lead Hawk Counter extraordinaire Brian Hardiman!
Brian has been the lead counter on Coon for the past 17 seasons and there
are none better ! Brian has decided to "pass the torch"on to me and I am
honored.
Brian's love of the ridge and the raptors was obvious to all who visited
the site.
Brian will still be joining us from time to time. As Brian has said and I
quote..
" that place is part of my DNA"
Thank you Brian... for everything !!!!
Hummingbirds- 2
Monarch Butterflies- 7
Ravens-3
5-lined skinks- 4 ( 2 ad, 2 juv)
Tree Swallows,Barn Swallows, Chimney Swifts throughout the day
Flocks of cedar waxwings
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Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)


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Date: 8/18/18 12:54 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig refuge shorebirds, Atlantic County
Once again, it appears that I did not receive the memo about the new set of shorebirds arriving at Brig with different dress code, or even increase in number of certain peep species.

On Friday, I had 3 or 4 white-rumped sandpipers in one view at Mile Marker 4. I did not believe my eyes or bird-brain and stopped looking for WRSP after that. Reason ? I must not know how to ID a white-rump, and no way there could be that many at one location.

Today was different story. Bright looking peeps and Dowitchers. I am guessing those bright peeps are nothing more than just Juv of common species. Nonetheless, tortured myself trying to take some photos of toes and webbed feet of those bright peeps.

Some photos of my day on Flickr below. It is not a click-bait as some are accusing. My intent is to share peep ID with those who are interested in shorebirds as much as I am.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 8/18/18 7:47 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bayonne Cling Rail
Frank,

King Rail paired with Clapper Rail in the Bayonne Golf Club marsh in 2014,
2015, & 2016. For the past two summers, a single hybrid offspring has
returned to the marsh but King Rail is no longer present.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Date: 8/17/18 2:49 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] taxonomy update
Is almost done. But the big news is the list of new species, lumps, families, is on the main web site.

https://ebird.org/home <https://ebird.org/home>

Happy reading! Gee, 2 new families. I probably have the one, but the other no way yet. This is a fun goal, my family
list, but I don’t think I will ever complete because they keep adding families! In lovely out of the way spots!




Sandra Keller
<sandrakeller...>

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Date: 8/17/18 1:20 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] shorebirds in Cumberland
I hit the tides perfect! Low at Moores Beach and the Heislerville Cove.
Nothing out of the ordinary. But nice looks at species. Royal Terns
were roosting on Moores beach in big numbers. I have a shot comparing
Royal with Caspian. Not sure how to enter that into ebird....

White rumped Sandpipers back. I couldn't spot a LB Dow. It is early
yet in cumberland for LB. Western numbers increasing, etc.

I hit Bivalve main st. perfect. I thought maybe too late as I got detoured
with something. But it was perfect, the mud at the boardwalk was exposed.
That was the last area to get covered as the tide came in. Everything was
concentrated here. Then flew off. I loved it!

No migrants around cumberland. Passerine wise. Of course, they go through
quick in August. And I didn't feel like hitting my migrant spots inland in this
heat and humidity!

Butterfly notes - slow.... I heard a Brazilian Skipper in Cape May. I should
have chased immediately! Ran out of energy after hitting my shorebird spots.

Good birding all. Maybe by Monday a change in weather????

Sandra Keller

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Date: 8/16/18 10:52 am
From: F T Muscara <ctmuscara...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: King Rail Bayonne Golf Club
Today, I was at the Bayonne Golf Club at low tide. On the right hand
side of the footbridge is a pool. On the edge was a king rail. It was
preening itself. It is very rufous, more so than a clapper rail. I was
watching it for a half hour. There were also oyster catchers on the mud
pulling oysters out of their shells and eating them. Low tide is the best,
Good Luck, Frank Muscara.


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Date: 8/15/18 2:52 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Coombs Sod - Salem
I forgot to mention this place. This had a flock also. On a wet plowed area.
This is north of Johnson. The whole area can be good!

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Date: 8/15/18 2:44 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] grasspiper birding - southwest Jersey - slow
Hello,
Marilyn and I explored Johnson Sod in Cumberland. We had species on
a recently plowed area along Hannahs Olivet. Nothing out of the ordinary.
No Uppies..... No Pecs either. Yong had some last week. Birds move.
I went on to Salem County spots. Featherbed Lane, East Coast Sod, etc.
Nothing! I had more at East Coast Sod last weekend in the rain. I am
probably going to hit the Cumberland bayshore Friday morning. The tide is
low then. I might..... hit Johnson again on the way home. Might......

Good birding all.

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Date: 8/14/18 6:08 pm
From: Susie R. <njt456...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] screech owl
I had one calling about a week ago. So nice to hear them.

Susie Richart

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> calling tonight (Mercer Co)
>
> C. Wyluda
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Date: 8/14/18 5:56 pm
From: <cwsg1...> <cwsg1...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] screech owl
calling tonight (Mercer Co)
 
C. Wyluda


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Date: 8/14/18 4:27 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird update
Is still going on. It takes awhile because of all the data! Which is good!
Numbers and species will be in flux for a few more days yet.

I know I picked up the Mexican Duck! Wonder if I lost anything with
lumps......

ebird central will put out a synopsis on the splits and lumps when this
is done.

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Date: 8/14/18 4:19 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Johnson Sod Farm update, Salem Co.
I have begun my fast-n-furious lunch time shorebird search at Johnson Sod
Farm. That means I do not stop unless I spot birds on the ground via naked
eye. Otherwise keep driving while chewing on a slice of pizza and return to
work with pizza stain on my shirt and pants. As of yesterday, Semis have
arrived. Others have been Pecs and Least (bright ones as well).

These shorebirds have been observed in an area where the sod are being
scraped off for pick-up. If there are birders who take pictures for later
study and have a fetish for peep's webbed toes this place may be it for now,

Melissa Roach, Andrew Dreelin and Tom Johnson and I saw 18 A. Golden-Plovers
on 2017-08-31. So they are on their way. Not bragging, mostly due to luck, I
saw over 100 A. Golden-Plovers last year during their peak migration period
(most likely they are duplicate numbers), and the year prior as well. So
please visit if you can.

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Reed sod farms update

I was lucky enough to be on Paul Guris pelagic the past couple of days.
Paul and his expert leaders as well as the helpful mates with their
chumming did a great job getting all the participants on some truly
marvelous birds. The weather was acomodating and it was the best summer
trip I have ever been on. For those of us who haven't ventured offshore in
NJ I would recommend saving up for future trips.
Getting back to earth I surveyed the sod farms in and around Allentown this
morning If your cup of tea are twittering swallows (Barn) and European
Starlings then you'll have a grand time. If you are like most of us you'll
have to wait awhile for the goodies to show up. There were quite a few
Killdeer and 1 or 2 Semi Plovers but that was it. All of the action remains
on the Herbert Road farms as the ones along rt 526 are curiously empty.
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Date: 8/14/18 7:04 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Reed sod farms update
I was lucky enough to be on Paul Guris pelagic the past couple of days.
Paul and his expert leaders as well as the helpful mates with their
chumming did a great job getting all the participants on some truly
marvelous birds. The weather was acomodating and it was the best summer
trip I have ever been on. For those of us who haven't ventured offshore in
NJ I would recommend saving up for future trips.
Getting back to earth I surveyed the sod farms in and around Allentown this
morning If your cup of tea are twittering swallows (Barn) and European
Starlings then you'll have a grand time. If you are like most of us you'll
have to wait awhile for the goodies to show up. There were quite a few
Killdeer and 1 or 2 Semi Plovers but that was it. All of the action remains
on the Herbert Road farms as the ones along rt 526 are curiously empty.
Bob Dodelson


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Date: 8/13/18 1:51 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] migrants this morning - yes! but slow
I am sure more migrants around, but with the storms, I waited for a clear
30 minutes. And still got rained on.....

Chestnut- sided, Willow Fly at Hopkins pond - Haddonfield. Camden county.
If I could have birded earlier and longer, I am sure more around.....

I'll be out locally Tues. before work. Again, in between storms.....

So how was the pelagic??

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Date: 8/12/18 6:49 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] radar tonight
Its looking very interesting! But clouds and NE winds do not make
for a good morning flight. I will stay local. Greenwald Park, Palmyra....
It might depend on the weather in the morning.

Good birding all! And good luck on the pelagic! I wish you a Red billed
Tropicbird and a White faced Storm petrel!

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Date: 8/12/18 4:09 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] local birding notes - slow
Some highlights - East Coast Sod Sat. had Yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper.
This was yesterday. this is Salem county.

And Slims Ranch in Camden County keeps impressing me every time I hit it.
I would like to try that on a good migration morning. Great habitat. And Pileated
Woodpecker - and someday I will get for Camden! Not today.

Good birding all.


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Date: 8/12/18 3:27 pm
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juvenile Herring Gulls
Was wondering if there is any population of t of Gulls breeding in the
vicinity of NJ Meadowlands? I'm watch juvenile birds being fed by adults un
the mudflats at DeKorte. Lots of begging going on too. It's a behavior I
haven't seen here
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Date: 8/12/18 10:50 am
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Juvenile Saltmarsh Sparrows
I was somewhat surprised to find 3 juvenile SALTMARSH SPARROWS, at the
Ocean Terminal this morning. They were seen from the seawall just before
the stop sign, actively feeding and chasing each other around. There is a
very limited, narrow band of high marsh here. It's more likely that the
species bred on the Bayonne Golf Club side of the cove. An adult was
observed on the Bayonne Golf side in early August 2014. The species is not
very vocal (compared to Seaside) and has a strange, low song, so it could
be easily overlooked. While not exactly nearby, the species has bred in
Riverbend Marsh, Secaucus for decades. Not to mention other locales within
the Hackensack Meadowlands.

I always thought that Saltmarsh was the harder breeder to get but now I
know of a handful or so spots that have Saltmarsh but no Seaside...

Michael Britt
Bayonne


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Date: 8/11/18 6:55 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird update
Will happen soon.


https://ebird.org/news/2018-ebird-taxonomy-update-coming-14-august <https://ebird.org/news/2018-ebird-taxonomy-update-coming-14-august>


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Date: 8/11/18 1:24 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig shorebirds, Atlantic County
As usual I was very confused about the peep ID today at Brig. Especially when I did not received the memo that newly arriving peeps would have a different dress code. What ?

When I spotted this particular peep my bird brain went nuts. But due to the cloudy and overcast weather, I was able to see the color of its legs rather quickly. Perhaps, I am the last NJ birder to see a newly arriving Juv Least Sandpipers at Brig this summer.

Also, another peep at Marker 4 peeked my bird-brain to the max. I believe orange *algae bloom* we are seeing at Marker 4 may be contributing factor to photo lie on the true ID of a one particular peep.

Some photos on Flickr below.

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

Yong Kong
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Date: 8/10/18 1:07 pm
From: Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Purple Martin
When I was at Brig 2 weeks ago, there tons (that's an exact count ) of them
at the Martin houses. Yesterday, there were none.

Ilene

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> Are the Purple Martins staging near Mauricetown or did I miss it for this
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Date: 8/10/18 8:19 am
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Purple Martin
Hello Jersey Birders:

Are the Purple Martins staging near Mauricetown or did I miss it for this year?

Thanks

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Date: 8/9/18 3:40 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] south jersey shorebird notes and a brown pelican in Bucks county, PA
Hello,
Well, I was at the toll bridge at Nummys at 6:10am. It probably
left at 6:00...... That Pacific Loon and me just can't seem to agree on
a time to be at the same location.... Except for the gnats, I did have a great
time there with stuff moving around at dawn. The wetlands institute
had a nice assortment of shorebirds feeding very close by the parking
area. Bivalve main st. at medium tide was super. Nothing rare, but
numbers and close. That new boardwalk is a great place to scan from.

Well, decided to chase the Brown Pelican in Bucks county, pa.
Super long drive, but success! I wonder where this bird came from and
when?

Good birding all.

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Date: 8/9/18 6:16 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Herbert Rd Reed Sod Farms
There were quite a few Killdeer this morning which was a welcome sight
after yesterdays rains. But the highlight was a lone Buff-breasted
Sandpiper (my earliest ever). Across from 59 Herbert Road there is a gravel
road overgrown with grass that leads back to the tree line with sod on
either side. I parked near Herbert Rd and walked about 100 yards. The bird
was with a few starlings. I watched it for about 10 minutes before it flew
back towards the woods.
None of the other farms had any birds (Gordon Rd and along route 526)
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Date: 8/8/18 3:57 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird app frequency symbols
I was asked about them. They are new.

Here is what I found in the help files.

"For any 20x20 grid cell on the planet, the eBird app figures out first what 20x20 grid cell you are in. Once it knows that, it checks to see that there are at least 25 complete checklists for that grid cell for the current 3-week period (i.e., this week, the week before, and the week after, as in eBird bar charts <http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010553-understanding-the-ebird-bar-charts>). If there are fewer than 25 checklists in that spatio-temporal window, then it zooms out to a 60x60 km grid and tries again. If it still has too few checklists, it goes to 100x100km. If that fails, then it falls back to the regional data entry checklist. This allows it to be flexible and give finer scale information in areas with dense eBird data and still give spatially relevant results even when the data are sparse.

Once it knows what grid cells to use, it calculates the eBird frequency (again see more on the eBird bar charts <http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010553-understanding-the-ebird-bar-charts> page) and gives the average for all species for that day. Those results are then binned into three groups: frequent (6-100% frequency), infrequent (6%> and >0% frequency; orange half-circle) and unrecorded (0%; red circle). Since eBird data entry checklists are regional, but bird occurrence may follow strong patterns even within a region (e.g., coastal species only on coast and mountain species only at higher elevations) this new functionality can quickly push those species to the bottom of the list if they don't occur where you go birding. This should make it easier to quickly work through a short list of likely species!

A few caveats are worth understanding:

1) Subspecies are not reported uniformly, so data summaries are at the species level and subspecies simply follow the parent species. Frequency data are not stored for subspecies, so you may see a very rare subspecies showing up next to the common one (e.g., Myrtle and Audubon's showing together under Yellow-rumped Warbler, even if one is very uncommon and the other common).

2) Since other taxa (slashes, spuhs, hybrids) are reported only by some users, those are grouped with the unrecorded taxa at the bottom, Remember to search for these if you saw hybrids or distant scoters you could not identify (e.g., scoter sp.)

3) Sometimes a rarity that shows up and is seen by many in an area will cause it to appear as more frequent than expected because of the large number of observations. This is expected and will change over time as more data on common species are collected."




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Date: 8/7/18 3:17 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Stone Harbor Point - terns
Marilyn and I braved the heat to make the walk down. The Piping Plovers
are wandering around. We had three.

The Tern show was my highlight though. Royal, Caspian, Forsters, Common,
Least, and one Gull- billed. Except for the Least Terns, nothing much
was on the sand, the terns were flying back and forth from the ocean to that
Channel area. Thats inaccessible to most people. Heck of a walk around!
Theres still nesting birds, so please be careful when there. But the tern study
cant be beat! I was hoping for a Sandwich with a couple Cape May reports.
No!

Other highlights - LBBG's, Skimmers with young, a lone Red Knot, etc.

It was medium tide coming in when we were there.

Good birding all.

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Date: 8/7/18 9:40 am
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Dale Rosselet VP Education New Jersey Audubon - BirdCallsRadio
Birders et al,

I thought many of your would be interested in my conversation with guest Dale Rosselet, Vice President of Education with New Jersey Audubon https://bit.ly/2akUsxp <https://bit.ly/2akUsxp>

Happy birding!

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Date: 8/6/18 2:12 pm
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] White-faced Storm-Petrels (3) - offshore New Jersey
Jerseybirders,
Doug Gochfeld and I saw 3 White-faced Storm-Petrels in the vicinity of
Tom's Canyon along the edge of the continental shelf off New Jersey this
afternoon, over 80 nautical miles ESE of Long Beach Island. The birds were
in an area that also hosted 8+ Audubon's Shearwaters in 765 meters of water
with a surface temperature of 26.5°C. These birds were seen on seabird
survey on NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow on a transit from Florida/ Bahamas to
Rhode Island.

If you want to get offshore to look for White-faced Storm-Petrels and other
pelagic seabirds soon, See Life Paulagics is running an offshore trip on
August 12-13 from Wildwood Crest, Cape May County. It's always an exciting
time of year to visit the continental shelf edge. Details online here:
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Date: 8/6/18 1:13 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cumberland shorebirding notes
I had hit the send button accidentally yesterday before i even started
writing! I have done worse.....

A couple Jerseybirders asked me about it. You only get 3 posts a day!

Notes on tides and locations. I'll post again when I get down there again.

The White Ibis might have never landed anywhere. Just a soaring flyby.
It didnt seem that high though!

County bird for me!

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Date: 8/6/18 5:48 am
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Reed sod farms in and around Allentown
I have been checking the numerous sod farms around Allentown off and on for
the past couple of weeks and sadly there are no shorebirds to report. Not
even a Killdeer. The only birds of note are a handful of Horned Larks in
the main farm in Allentown itself.
I was envious of all the good birds Lisa Wolf found recently at the Liberty
farms and hope that before long we will have our share of goodies as well
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Date: 8/5/18 3:08 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] shorebirding Cumberland - thoughts and a White Ibis!
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Date: 8/5/18 3:02 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] the taxonomy link
https://ebird.org/news/annual-ebird-taxonomy-update-coming

Lots of info on the home page. I access that first when at my computer.
I always go over my lists every night. Thats not happening on the tiny
phone!

Sandra Keller

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Date: 8/5/18 2:58 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] ebird and Mallard northern rare
I received an email asking why Mallard northern is showing up as rare on
some alerts. Ebird central is in the process of its taxonomy update. Mallard
will be split and we will pick up Mexican Duck! If proper use of subspecies
has been followed for lrgv Texas lists at least. Not sure where else this occurs.
I have read papers on Mexican Mallard actually being much closer to Black
Ducks. not mallards. Anyway for counties where mallard northern was not
available as an option, it will come up as rare. ebird central has changed all
Mallard sightings to that. PLEASE do nothing! Everything will be back to normal
in a couple weeks.

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Date: 8/4/18 6:38 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Inland shorebirding in a time of floods
Hello Susan,

I recommend looking bit deeper into the Google Earth. On Google Earth
aerial, wet farm fields that typically collect rain water or cause ponding
due to depression, etc will show dark to dark gray coloration.

For example, copy and paste the coordinates below onto Google Earth, which
should take you to an ag field on Davis Station Road, near Sharon Station
Road. Then try the Street View tool and you will see a small ponding area
within the ag field.

40 08 55.60 N 74 31 42.82 W

Most often, these wet fields have crops on them or shorebirds are not
visible from the road even if they are there. But it is fun and my kind of
shorebird search.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Inland shorebirding in a time of floods

Jerseybirders, how do you strategize shorebirding inland when there's
been so much rain? The usual places are flooding. Presumably our
sodden state should offer even more opportunities for mud, but how do
you find them? I think of that pond where the whistling ducks were
found, which has probably expanded to half the field now!

Do you just drive around looking, do you check for expanded areas of
previously known spots - places like Sharon Station Road, or are there
ephemeral places good to check in Augusts like this? Or do you just
give up and stick to tidal areas at the Shore? I know the Raritan is
nearly flooding, and the usual sand bars are not there. Hannah Pond at
Negri is completely full, both water, and grasses growing in water. No mud.

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Date: 8/4/18 2:38 pm
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Inland shorebirding in a time of floods
Jerseybirders, how do you strategize shorebirding inland when there's
been so much rain?  The usual places are flooding.  Presumably our
sodden state should offer even more opportunities for mud, but how do
you find them?   I think of that pond where the whistling ducks were
found, which has probably expanded to half the field now!

Do you just drive around looking, do you check for expanded areas of
previously known spots - places like Sharon Station Road, or are there
ephemeral places good to check in Augusts like this?  Or do you just
give up and stick to tidal areas at the Shore?  I know the Raritan is
nearly flooding, and the usual sand bars are not there.  Hannah Pond at
Negri is completely full, both water, and grasses growing in water. No mud.

Susan Treesh
Somerset



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Date: 8/4/18 9:09 am
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Aug 12-13 Cape May Pelagic Sailing But Still Needs Participants
We are running a trip out of Cape May, NJ to the deep (over 6,000') waters
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. The trip will leave at 10:30 PM
and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day. The cost is $215 per
person.

Recent reports from research vessels in the Mid-Atlantic have included
RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, multiple SOUTH POLAR SKUAS, and multiple WHITE-FACED
STORM-PETRELS. We see BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS on most summer
trips, have had BLACK-CAPPED PETREL multiple times, and have even found
FEA'S and TRINDADE (HERALD) PETREL as well as MASKED BOOBY. Who knows what
we'll find next?

We're still several short of the number we need but we've decided to sail.
Hopefully we can get a few more folks to join us. If you're interested you
can sign up online. If you have any questions contact us by phone or email
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Date: 8/3/18 11:32 am
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig refuge shorebirds and the mud situation
Purpose of this report is to provide Brig shorebirds and the mud situation for those who may be interesting visiting this weekend. I say go-for-it.

Based on my birding today, it appears that the water level in the impoundment have been lowered (?) or is being drained (?). This all could be a fake news but there were plenty of shorebirds (mostly Dowitchers and Peeps) and plenty of exposed mud during my hours of driving the dike (morning to noon or so),

For those keep wanting to play the same bird theory, a pair of Avocet observed at Marker 8 may be the same couple from the Spruce Run Reservoir--boat launch yesterday (?).

Also, if someone is hell-bent on looking at each and every peep with bins and scope you should find both western and white-rumped sandpipers in the peep-mix. About 10 to 15 Stilt sandpipers as well mostly along the Marker 4 to the tower.

As a primer some shorebird photos of Brig on Flickr below.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Date: 8/2/18 8:57 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] radar again
This is the time to study it. And notice why we aren't getting anything much
migration wise.

https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php

This should be checked each night. Very interesting!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 8/2/18 3:19 pm
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The Daily Routine and the Chase (418)
Jerseybirders,

The Daily Routine: Despite the incredibly muggy air and already-high temperatures by 6:00 AM when I left my house, I was determined to enjoy a walk in the woods before work. I chose to visit Glenhurst Meadows, as I haven't been there in quite a while. I even decided to eschew DEET, and just keep my sleeves rolled down, my collar turned up, and a hat on my head. That meant the mosquitos got a bit of blood from the back of my neck once and my hands several times (they don't need much time...just holding your binoculars up to watch a bird for about 15 seconds gives them the window they need), but I didn't walk into the office scented like a refinery!

The birds were initially quiet, but eventually they began to show. I came upon two small mixed feeding flocks over the nearly two hours of my round-trip walk...all orangey/yellow, gray, and green birds: Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Gnatcatcher, young Baltimore Oriole, GC Flycatcher, a pair of dazzling Blue-winged Warblers, titmice, a Warbling Vireo. Best bird of the day was a lone Red-headed Woodpecker which I first spotted by the white patch on its wings, and which allowed a long study as it was in no hurry to move from its high-visibility perch. 39 species for the morning.

The Chase: Mike Hiotis found two American Avocets at Spruce Run Reservoir around 1:50 PM. A fairly mad dash from Bedminster to Spruce Run and there they were: serene and confiding, standing on the shore of the temporarily-closed-to-people bathing beach (thank goodness for that!). Many birders were there, and many more arrived as the birds remained for hours. The conversation included a discussion that the Avocets must have encountered one of the many ferocious storm squalls of the day and came down to escape the winds and driving rain. To me, the biggest question is what was their flight path that had them anywhere near Spruce Run. Were these birds flying "south" from the Dakotas by going east first? Or were they birds from the south already (Delaware) who got picked up by the storm and carried the 150 miles to Spruce Run? The engimatic flight path, to me, is what made their appearance today so special.

Thus, I experienced both ends of the birding spectrum today: the slow (and muddy) walk to enjoy breeding residents and the mad dash to try to observe unexpected visitors. Both wonderful in their own way.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
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Date: 8/1/18 7:09 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] radar tonight
This is an example of a storm front and the birds getting up and moving behind it.

https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php

Not quite what I want, but some birds are moving. Maybe by next week some NW
winds again.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 7/31/18 9:49 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR: a bright, birdy morning
Jerseybirders,

I made the one-way trip along Pleasant Plains Road this morning, north to south, from 7:08 to 9:08. The best birds were seen at the north end right at the start: 6 Bobolink on one side of the road, 2 on the other. But the entire road-including the Fenske Visitor's Center, the Overlook, and the Bluebird Lot, plus short stops in between--was alive with birdsong and activity. The temperature was perfect--64 degrees, with bright sun and low humidity--and the air was filled with small insects while the fruiting trees have berries galore, so birds were hungry and active in the cool morning.

I heard two separate cuckoos, calling at two different locations. I assume they were both Yellow-billeds, but I need to listen to more than just Sibley-App recordings to be sure. I could not get anywhere near where their vocalizations were coming from to try to observe them.

At one point, I watched a lone Double-crested Cormorant flying east to west. I observed it following a high and solitary flight path until it passed out of sight, having crossed the entire sky from treeline to treeline. It made me wonder what is going through a bird's mind as it flies at that great height, traversing the landscape at what to us would be astounding speed. What motivates such a long flight? Is it heading for a food source? Is it flying back to a mate somewhere far away? And, once on that path and having set a destination, does a bird's mind "wander" the way a human's does when we're between Exit 6 and Exit 5 on the Turnpike, or do birds not have the kind of cortical functions that we do? Does it relish the sense of freedom and exhilaration that we ascribe to them, being landbound as we are? Watching that one individual flying determinedly made me appreciate what remarkable creatures birds are, and likely how little we truly can feel what it's like to be one.

45 species in two perfect hours.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly




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Date: 7/30/18 11:38 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe Yesterday
Jerseybirders,

I visited Forsythe yesterday from about 5:45 AM until 10:15. That was time enough to stroll around the visitor's center during the dawn chorus, and then to do one loop of the Wildlife Drive. I made the mistake of spending way too long on the South Dike as, surprisingly to me, the Danzenbaker Pool water level was very low and the most birds were concentrated on mudflats closer to the east and north (before the dogleg) dikes. I had only a short time to scan all those hundreds and hundreds of peep, and so am sure I missed a White-rumped or two. I found a couple of Western Sandpipers and a couple of Long-billed Dowitchers (standing next to Short-billed and looking like Offensive Guards compared to the Wide Receiver shape of the Short-billed). I eventually tallied 14 species of shorebirds, though the Avocets and Wilson's Phalarope found by Milton Collins on Thursday afternoon were nowhere to be seen.

It was a glorious day at "the Brig:" sunny, not too hot, with a breeze keeping the greenheads away, and lots and LOTS of birds to look at. Shorebird migration is clearly well underway. Each visitor can, like me, experience the thrill of so many birds and the frustration that there's never enough time to check all of them. We can now each hope that our visit will be on the day that the next "really great bird" is discovered and that one of us will be the finder.

79 species for the morning

Good (shore)birding!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
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Date: 7/30/18 11:27 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] gloucester and camden shorebirding - zilch
Low tide at Big Timber and Floodgates - so hit a few spots before a botany quest for Indian Pipe - struck out on that too!
This is going to be difficult for shorebirds in the two counties. I didn’t have much of a chance to scan Floodgates. But nothing
caught my eye. Maybe when birds are moving again……

Good birding all.


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Date: 7/26/18 11:46 am
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Camden county birding
Yes, I still bird the county! Today Marilyn and I enjoyed some
Delaware River areas. Brooklawn Park being the best with
Little Blue Heron - county bird! They have been around
the Gloucester Side, but fly over the Camden side when the
tide comes in. I did want my first county record to actually
be in the county! This is a good area for Camden listers.
See ebird for more details.

Fish House Cove was OK. And then not much at Hareigh Cemetary
or Farnham Park. Its still July.

Good birding all

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Date: 7/25/18 2:43 pm
From: Bradley <bhw357...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
I read on ebird yesterday that a spoonbill was also reported on June 15th at the Hackettstown Fish Hatchey. I never noticed it pop up on any of the alerts or heard any buzz about it in the birding community. Checklist indicates that is was found by a non-birder wildlife enthusiast on staff at the hatchery.

This would further support the one bird theory. I agree there are plenty of unbirded and underbirded (especially in summer) habitats between hackettstown and walkill refuge where the spoonbill could have been spending the last few weeks.

Bradley White

Dingmans Ferry, PA


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> On Jul 25, 2018, at 3:54 PM, CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> wrote:
>
> Jerseybirders,
>
>
>
> Adding to David’s excellent recommendation:
>
>
>
> The “Same Bird Theory” could be applied to the Warren County Roseate Spoonbill of late May, which appeared fairly washed out and lacking strong pink coloration. It might have lingered in the area and eventually moved to Walkill. At least one photo I've seen suggests the Walkill bird to also be fairly pale in color. I think it would fit most of the blogger’s points: unlikely to be that many other Spoonbills in northern NJ, timing OK between sightings, number of birders in that region relatively low (and many small lakes and ponds available for the bird to “hide” until it got to Walkill).
>
>
>
> The blog post makes a great point about just how much geography is NOT covered by birders, despite the increase in the number of birders, the number of alerts, etc. I am thinking about the Zone-tailed Hawk of a few years ago. When it left its summer haunts in 2014, Cape May hawkwatchers were fortunate that the bird chose to migrate south along the coast, rather than along the Appalachian ridges (e.g., Hawk Mountain, Waggoner's Gap, etc.). Yet, despite the bird having to soar high in the air and therefore be easily visible to any birder who looked up from Cape May likely all the way to Arizona, not one additional report of the bird exists after it passed over Cape Henlopen in Delaware. Amazing that a large bird could soar 1,800 miles and never be seen (or never be recognized for what it was). Part of the wonder of our avocation, that the sighting of a rarity is often a matter of such extraordinary chance.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
>
> Marc Chelemer
>
> Tenafly
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> On Behalf Of David Bernstein
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:44 AM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
>
>
>
> Hi folks,
>
>
>
> The recent postings of Stints and the oft cited “one bird theory” brought me back to a favorite blog entry by a wonderful guy and outstanding writer on the left coast. The article is especially timely given the claim on the NY listserve that the Spoonbills in the Wallkill and Brig were most likely the same bird. Three seconds eBird research would reveal they are not.
>
>
>
> Give the blog entry a read. Good stuff.
>
>
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__seagullsteve.blogspot.com_2016_05_the-2Done-2Dbird-2Dtheory.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=LFYZ-o9_HUMeMTSQicvjIg&r=XK0TxX-1-qWd0UgPPp2AOg&m=8P3BvRg_Gpt4YBy_5AfYzd7Dang4Xi2sbbVAcnbNYwc&s=oNOB2adftGTXFglvvMloUlgfVXdj3Y6jiHbmNbbwk0I&e=
>
>
>
>
>
> David S. Bernstein
>
> Berkeley Heights, NJ
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
>
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Date: 7/25/18 12:54 pm
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
Jerseybirders,



Adding to David’s excellent recommendation:



The “Same Bird Theory” could be applied to the Warren County Roseate Spoonbill of late May, which appeared fairly washed out and lacking strong pink coloration. It might have lingered in the area and eventually moved to Walkill. At least one photo I've seen suggests the Walkill bird to also be fairly pale in color. I think it would fit most of the blogger’s points: unlikely to be that many other Spoonbills in northern NJ, timing OK between sightings, number of birders in that region relatively low (and many small lakes and ponds available for the bird to “hide” until it got to Walkill).



The blog post makes a great point about just how much geography is NOT covered by birders, despite the increase in the number of birders, the number of alerts, etc. I am thinking about the Zone-tailed Hawk of a few years ago. When it left its summer haunts in 2014, Cape May hawkwatchers were fortunate that the bird chose to migrate south along the coast, rather than along the Appalachian ridges (e.g., Hawk Mountain, Waggoner's Gap, etc.). Yet, despite the bird having to soar high in the air and therefore be easily visible to any birder who looked up from Cape May likely all the way to Arizona, not one additional report of the bird exists after it passed over Cape Henlopen in Delaware. Amazing that a large bird could soar 1,800 miles and never be seen (or never be recognized for what it was). Part of the wonder of our avocation, that the sighting of a rarity is often a matter of such extraordinary chance.



Good birding,



Marc Chelemer

Tenafly



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Subject: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory



Hi folks,



The recent postings of Stints and the oft cited “one bird theory” brought me back to a favorite blog entry by a wonderful guy and outstanding writer on the left coast. The article is especially timely given the claim on the NY listserve that the Spoonbills in the Wallkill and Brig were most likely the same bird. Three seconds eBird research would reveal they are not.



Give the blog entry a read. Good stuff.



https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__seagullsteve.blogspot.com_2016_05_the-2Done-2Dbird-2Dtheory.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=LFYZ-o9_HUMeMTSQicvjIg&r=XK0TxX-1-qWd0UgPPp2AOg&m=8P3BvRg_Gpt4YBy_5AfYzd7Dang4Xi2sbbVAcnbNYwc&s=oNOB2adftGTXFglvvMloUlgfVXdj3Y6jiHbmNbbwk0I&e=





David S. Bernstein

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Date: 7/25/18 9:53 am
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Observed roseste spoonbill 1145 to 1215 today along west side of Liberty Loop trail. In company with a half dozen great egret.
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Date: 7/25/18 5:44 am
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] The One Bird Theory
Hi folks,

The recent postings of Stints and the oft cited “one bird theory” brought me back to a favorite blog entry by a wonderful guy and outstanding writer on the left coast. The article is especially timely given the claim on the NY listserve that the Spoonbills in the Wallkill and Brig were most likely the same bird. Three seconds eBird research would reveal they are not.

Give the blog entry a read. Good stuff.

http://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-one-bird-theory.html


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Date: 7/24/18 4:29 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Rarity chasing
Well, a botany day turned into half birding, half botany. I wasn't going to pass
up Forsythe - but, no, the Stint has not been refound as i write. But keep
checking all! I scanned every peep I saw for bright rufous. nope. It's
somewhere. Close. The Great Shearwater was nice - except I just learned it
is sick. Sad. I presume something happened in the storm.

Chased the Pacific Loon next. No. And I could have easily missed scanning
from Nummys. I only had my 30x scope eyepiece with me. Although not sure
60x in that humidity and heat shimmer would have worked!

The botany was great!

Butterfly notes - had one Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. That's a rare butterfly
this year for some reason.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Date: 7/24/18 6:38 am
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] PROBABLE RED-NECKED STINT AT BRIG
Probably the same bird Marc Chelemer found the night before at the Meadows
down in Cape May. What are the odds that he had a candidate for a RNST and
then the next morning, 40 miles north, one was found. With the storms the
past few days and all the odd birds that have been in the area lately I’d
think it to be pretty damn good. Congrats to both Marc and Jesse.

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Montvale, NJ

On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 8:58 AM David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
wrote:

> Jesse Amesbury posted the following on the Cape May Bird Alert, at 7:43am,
> along with a photo that looks very good for Red-necked Stint:
>
> “Probable Red-necked Stint in East Pool at Forsythe about 30 min ago. Was
> roosting with SESA about 100 feet before blue goose #9. Flock took off and
> I haven’t refound.”
>
>
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Date: 7/24/18 5:58 am
From: David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] PROBABLE RED-NECKED STINT AT BRIG
Jesse Amesbury posted the following on the Cape May Bird Alert, at 7:43am, along with a photo that looks very good for Red-necked Stint:

Probable Red-necked Stint in East Pool at Forsythe about 30 min ago. Was roosting with SESA about 100 feet before blue goose #9. Flock took off and I havent refound.



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Date: 7/23/18 3:23 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] storm rarity searching today
Hello,
I went searching for storm rarities today. Hit the Delaware River in Gloucester and then some Salem inland spots.
Nothing. I was probably too late…… Oh well, next storm. No Booby for me in Gloucester or Salem.
East Coast Sod looks good for grass pipers when they start arriving. I did some searching for Uppie - weedy fields,
edges, nothing. August is coming.
Floodgates was good in Gloucester. Medium to low tide is best. And a scope to scan the rock wall jetty area.
Caspian Terns are starting to stage there.

Butterfly and dragonfly notes - yes! It was a good afternoon. Nothing out of the ordinary, but was practicing some shots.
I was practicing some birds in flight shots also. I need a lot of work!

Good birding all.


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Date: 7/23/18 9:34 am
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Roseate spoonbill seen again in North Jersey at Wallkill - update 7/23/18
Update July 23, 2018 - ROSEATE SPOONBILL reported again today from
approximately the same location.

***

[July 22, 2018]A ROSEATE SPOONBILL is being reported again from Sussex
County, this time at Wallkill NWR's Liberty Loop, the western side of
the loop, currently about halfway along, as per reports from ebird and
from the North NJ text alert.  The bird IS inside NJ at this time, but
remember that the northern edge of the refuge is in NY State.

Susan Treesh
Somerset




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Date: 7/23/18 7:43 am
From: CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] LONG POST (827)--Dickcissel: No; Pacific Loon: Yes, "Peep, sp.": Yikes!
Jerseybirders,

Yesterday I had an entire day for birding so I decided on a "southern NJ day," given that I had no deadline for return. I started on Tindall Island Road in Greenwich, where Jim Austin-Cole had found a family group of Dickcissels last Sunday, and where others had observed the birds as recently as Thursday morning. Regrettably, they were not visible yesterday over a long "stakeout" lasting from 6:45 until about 9:15. The field was abuzz with many other birds; it was not a dull morning, even in the misting rain.

Heading for Cape May, I did a "World Series of Birding" kind of swoop to Jakes Landing Road and the CMBO Goshen, the former to see or hear what might be there, the latter to get a hummingbird fix (fully satisfied). I then headed for Nummy Island. Tom Johnson had helpfully provided a spot on Ocean Drive from which to scope for the continuing Pacific Loon, and I was able to see a dark lump far far off from the vantage point he'd provided. The "lump" moved into the water and assumed a loon shape when a beachcomber walked close to it. Nice! Meanwhile, right in front of me, a stunning Tri-colored Heron flew by...no problem with that ID! I'd also seen an immaculate adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron from the jughandle entrance to Nummy; two gorgeous waders just a few moments apart.

I decided to walk out to Stone Harbor Point. Yong Kong's 100+ Red Knots which he reported on to this listserv may have moved just a bit south; there were exactly 106 Knots roaming the beach, some still in their beautiful breeding plumage. I met a naturalist who was doing her daily count of Oystercatcher chicks; she said the Knots had not been present on Saturday or any day beforehand. Walking on, I espied three Brown Pelicans gracefully cruising over the ocean; I think there is nothing more inspiring than to watch pelicans in flight. Despite their enormous bulk, they move in perfect unison with each other, unhurried in their wing flaps (when you have a wing surface the size of a basketball court, there's no need to flap fast!); they rose and turned with just a minor twist of aileron-like primaries. And they fly inches above the water's surface but are so in tuned with their own surroundings that they never touch the surface. Reaching the end of the point, I found a few Royal Terns hunting over the bay, and the loon again was visible, this time in good light where its smooth, nearly-iridescent silvery-gray head was visible a long way off. It is an ungainly creature on land, that's for sure; it flopped up on the shore while I observed it, where it remained until I lost the view. I hope it is able to heal whatever injury it has suffered.

After visiting several other birding spots, I decided to end the day at the Meadows. Around 7 PM, I was scanning the small islets in the "east pond" with the sun at my back at a perfect angle-the birds were lit up just right--when-OMG-I observed what looked for all the world like a Red-necked Stint (!): a bright cinnamon-red-faced and -throated peep with a faint eye line, a light breast, dark legs, and a heavily patterned back that was mostly gray/black/white with bright orange chevrons on the scapulars and coverts. A Killdeer alarm note caused it and every one of the other 100+ peep nearby to take flight just as I was about to digiscope a photo. Darn it!! Regrettably, though I spent the next 90 minutes looking, I could not re-find it, and the fading light didn't help. A couple of other birders had joined the search; they also came up empty-lensed.

In the field, I looked at my Sibley app for similar species-- juvenile Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper maybe, even breeding plumage Sanderling--and could find good reasons why it wasn't any of those. When I got home, despite it being 11:45, I consulted the Karlsson/O'Brien/Crossley Shorebird Guide and, after looking at the dozens of photos, a RNST seemed the best fit for what I'd seen. The major reason why it wouldn't be a RNST was the shape: if a RNST is supposed to be White-rumped-like--attenuated, with wings that extend beyond the body--then my ID is questionable. My bird did not seem particularly long and thin.

After consulting with the Cape May e-Bird reviewer, I've noted the bird on my list only as "peep, sp." I know others are scanning peep flocks at the Meadows even as I type this; I hope that the bird is re-found and, even if it's not a RNST, the finder and any photographs taken can help me recognize why I erred.

84 species for the day, besides this mystery shorebird; even though I missed the Dickcissels, it was a wonderful day.

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
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Date: 7/22/18 6:15 pm
From: Fred Vir <avtrader...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Blue Grosbeak- Secaucus, Hudson County
There is a male Blue Grosbeak 500 feet S of Laurel Hill Park acting
territorial with a likely female in the area.

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Date: 7/22/18 1:00 pm
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Forsythe - high water levels
But shorebirds are around! It was low tide range, so a lot out on the mud.
I prefer impoundments! But the exposed mud was productive. The usual -
Stilt Sandpiper is nice. Western still in some breeding plumage. Etc. Nothing
unusual.

With the forecast of some rain this whole week, the impoundments might stay
high. Keep in mind!

Good birding all.

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Date: 7/22/18 4:46 am
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County
Yong,

Please don't stop posting to JerseyBirds!

I took a friend to Brig yesterday afternoon for shorebirds, telling her
that my friend Yong had a good close sighting of the Western sandpipers and
I was hoping for the same. I've had unsatisfying views so far this summer.

Well, of course we're there in a great wind and rain event so it was
difficult to make out anything at a distance.

But Brig never disappoints. We had the place practically to ourselves - the
"marsh mallows" were in bloom with one perfect picture of a Snowy Egret in
front of pink blooms (only in my head since I have no camera) - and there
were some fantastic birds.

More than 40 Whimbrels came flying in from the flooded marsh, overhead, to
land with a crowd of Willets in the west impoundment. What a beautiful
sight; I've never seen more than 6 of them at one time.

And the sparrows acted like I've not seen in a long time! They were almost
all landing on the road, like the Red-wings were, so they could be
identified. (I've not mastered identification of sparrows on the wing.)
Song, Seaside, and 2 gorgeous Nelson's like I've not seen for years.

So, no Westerns for us yesterday, and no Little Egret - I make myself
cross-eyed looking at all the Snowys all the time - but a really good day.

Thanks for your post enticing me out,
Karenne



On Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 5:06 PM Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> wrote:

> Last night, after reading the weather/wind/rain forecast for today, my
> birding game for today was in motion before I hit the pillow. That is hit
> the north end of Brig Island. Reason?
>
> My hope was that birds moving about in the open water would be pushed
> towards the shore. That did not happened. Highlight was encountering about
> 100-strong red knot flock feeding at along the tide. I just don’t know if
> this migrating red knot flock made the touch-down and if their presence at
> the north end of Brigantine Island was influenced by the impending rain
> storm and the easterly wind.
>
> During the live-action view, I found one knot with a Geolocator. I did
> not have a scope so I could not read the green tag. I took as many photos I
> could and moved on.
>
> After the down-load of the photos at home, it turned out the flock
> contained five red knots with ID tags. During the live action view, what I
> noticed was how skinny some knots looked. Actually, one of low energy knot
> looked so small-n-skinny, I thought it could be a curlew sandpiper when the
> the view of this bird was mostly hidden, and all I could see was its back
> feathers and the blocked view of its structure including its bill.
>
> It turned out the flock had five knots with ID tags.
>
> The downer of the day was stopping by Brig on the way home, hoping to see
> those western sandpipers at close view once again. No dice. That makes me a
> liar birder after my post yesterday ? I did see several westerns but
> there were distant view. If my sightings can not be repeated by other
> fellow birders, I am about to stop posting in JBirds.
>
> Some photos of the red knots on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564@N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
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