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29 Jan My second decent photo of a White-throated Sparrow ["B.G. Sloan" ]
29 Jan A Nice Selection of Winter Birds [Dan Morley ]
28 Jan My first decent photo of a White-throated Sparrow! ["B.G. Sloan" ]
28 Jan Peregrine at Kings Shopping Center in Pluckemin? ["Susie R." ]
28 Jan Raritan River, Johnson Park [judson hamlin ]
28 Jan Re: Storm Birds [Mike Pasquarello ]
28 Jan Re: Missing one male cardinal ["Susie R." ]
28 Jan Pileated [Laura Berlik ]
28 Jan Missing one male cardinal ["Albert, Steven" ]
28 Jan Storm Birds [Wendy and Stuart Malmid ]
28 Jan Re: Own in the Box Update [Tom Bailey ]
27 Jan Storm Birds ["B.G. Sloan" ]
27 Jan storm birds at feeder [Theodore Chase ]
27 Jan Re: Storm Birds [Cathy Blumig ]
27 Jan Re: Storm Birds ["John J. Collins" ]
27 Jan Own in the Box Update [Lisa Potash ]
27 Jan Salem county jaunt - gulls and Mergs [Sandra Keller ]
27 Jan Storm Bird ["Susie R." ]
26 Jan Red-bellied Woodpecker: a bright spot on a snowy day (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
26 Jan Bats on the menu [Michael Britt ]
26 Jan Cardinals and Bluebirds in the Snow - Photos [Steve Byland ]
26 Jan Re: local birding - Greenwald Park - camden county [Kyle Chelius ]
26 Jan local birding - Greenwald Park - camden county [Sandra Keller ]
26 Jan Baltimore Oriole and Pine Warbler [Wendy and Stuart Malmid ]
26 Jan Horned Larks [Bob Dodelson ]
25 Jan Brigantine Southern Cove Godwits [Karmela ]
25 Jan Re: Sharpie food ["John J. Collins" ]
25 Jan Common Redpoll and Glaucous Gull at Barnegat [Bert Harris ]
26 Jan Re: Motts Creek Road Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk’s happy ending story so far [Linda Gangi ]
25 Jan Sharpie food [Sandra Keller ]
25 Jan Brigantine Sunday [Diane C Louie ]
25 Jan Salem county - big year notes [Sandra Keller ]
25 Jan Motts Creek Road Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk’s happy ending story so far [Yong Kong ]
25 Jan Brigantine Island: Northern Natural Area [Jon Stippick ]
24 Jan Cardinal singing in Raritan today ["John J. Collins" ]
24 Jan Re: Very-Very potential Avalon Black Brant [Jon Stippick ]
24 Jan Juncos and House sparrows [Harvey Tomlinson ]
24 Jan Very-Very potential Avalon Black Brant [Yong Kong ]
24 Jan Cape May Pelagic Rescheduled for Sat, Feb 7 [Paul Guris ]
23 Jan Clay-Colored and Vesper [ ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl [Steve Walker ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl [Cathy Blumig ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl ["Campanella, Connie" ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl [Eric Stiles ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl ["Susie R." ]
23 Jan Cape May and Jake's 1/17 [Alan Belford ]
23 Jan Snowy Owl [Wendy and Stuart Malmid ]
23 Jan Raven at Palmyra Cove , Burlington county [Walter Gura ]
23 Jan Photo Study of Harlequin Ducks At Barneget SP (Ocean County)NJ, 1/22/15 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
23 Jan Vesper Sparrow [Lisa Ryan ]
23 Jan Assunpink Swans [Bob Dodelson ]
22 Jan ebird notes [Sandra Keller ]
22 Jan Great Horned Owls -- can some still be juveniles at this time of year? [Fairfax Hutter ]
22 Jan Pine Siskins - Photo [Steve Byland ]
22 Jan "Simon's Luck" ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
21 Jan Eurasian Wigeon & Common Redpolls [Michael Britt ]
21 Jan Re: Sunday hunting [Fairfax Hutter ]
21 Jan Re: Sunday hunting [Kyle Chelius ]
21 Jan Re: Sunday hunting [Mary Lou Norman ]
21 Jan NJ Audubon All Things Bird-Union County Tour [David Bernstein ]
21 Jan Re: Sunday hunting [William Dix ]
20 Jan Neighborhood birding (photos) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Jan Lake Carasaljo Mystery ["James O'Brien" ]
20 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye, Delaware River [Samuel Galick ]
20 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye - Delaware River - Warren County [Tom Bailey ]
20 Jan Trumpeter Swans and other Mercer Co. notes [Chris Brown ]
20 Jan Somewhat Leucistic Towhee [Christopher Takacs ]
20 Jan chickadee story [Gerald Peterson ]
19 Jan Fwd: RARE BIRD: Possible Kelp Gull in Pittsburgh [L Larson ]
19 Jan Springfield, Rt. 206 Burlco ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
19 Jan Barnegat Light Redpoll ID conclusion [Yong Kong ]
19 Jan Wall Twp Pink-footed Goose [Christopher Magarelli ]
19 Jan Thick-billed Murre, Ocean County [Sam Galick ]
19 Jan Cape May notes, Jan. 19 AM – Alcids, Redpolls [Tom Reed ]
19 Jan Euarsian Green-winged / Common Teal @ Caven Point, Liberty State Park, Hudson County [Sam Stuart ]
19 Jan Meadowlands at sunrise ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]

Subject: My second decent photo of a White-throated Sparrow
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:24:47 -0500
As opposed to my earlier photo, this one actually shows the white throat.
:-)  Photo taken through my living room window!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15778233453/

No more White-throated Sparrow photos after this...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: A Nice Selection of Winter Birds
From: Dan Morley <morleydan AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:12:36 -0500
January 29, 2015

Ihad a nice morning of winter birding at South Amboy Raritan Bay 
Waterfront Park, where there were Gadwalls, Mallards, American Widgeons, 
Buffleheads, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebes, Horned Grebes, 
Brant, Canada Geese, Sanderlings, Dunlins, Double-crested Cormorants, 
Herring Gulls, Great Blacked-back Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, and a Belted 
Kingfisher.

On Major Drive at the Buchanan Park Boat Launch on the Raritan River in 
Sayreville, there were hundreds plus of Great Blacked-back Gulls, 
Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, a Pied-billed 
Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants, Canada Geese, Mallards, a pair of Bald 
Eagles perched on the Green River marker number 37, and a lone female 
Northern Harrier that was working the Phragmite on the opposite bank of 
the river. I scanned the Great Black-backed Gulls for a Lesser 
Black-backed Gull with no luck, and to be honest scanning hundreds plus 
birds looking a single bird causes my hair hurt! Not my favorite way to 
bird.


Dan
South Plainfield


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Subject: My first decent photo of a White-throated Sparrow!
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:24:13 -0500
I've been a birder for years and years, but only really got into
photography in the past five years. I've taken photos of lots of
interesting birds, but for some reason one of my photo-nemesis birds is
quite common: White-throated Sparrow. I managed to get a decent photo today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15768468884/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Peregrine at Kings Shopping Center in Pluckemin?
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:49:13 -0500
I was leaving the Hills/Kings Shopping Center today when I noticed a flock
of pigeons twisting this way and that in the air.  Saw a dark bird on the
perimeter of the flock and it looked a great deal like a falcon.

Has a Peregrine been spotted in this location?

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Raritan River, Johnson Park
From: judson hamlin <jhhamlin AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:24:43 -0500
In addition to the regulars, there are 4 Common Goldeneye just upstream from 
the Rte 18 bridge. 


Juds0n Ham1in

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: Storm Birds
From: Mike Pasquarello <mike.pasquarello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:35:48 -0500
I currently have a single Chipping Sparrow, which is a FOY for my yard,
regularly fighting off the House Sparrows for space at on my feeder. It's
been present since yesterday morning.

Mike
Cape May Point
 On Jan 27, 2015 11:35 PM, "B.G. Sloan"  wrote:

> I managed to have two new first-of-year species: Carolina Wren and
> White-throated Sparrow. Only one Carolina Wren, briefly. Maybe one dozen
> White-throated Sparrows. Also had as many as 60 Juncos at one point, making
> their little territorial twittering noises whenever they got too close
> together. Mix in a few doves, a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and
> maybe a dozen House Sparrows, and there was a lot of sparring going on in a
> relatively small space...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
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Subject: Re: Missing one male cardinal
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:10:36 -0500
Speaking of couples, do Flickers remain in pairs?  I saw a pair in my yard
last week (I don't normally see Flickers) and another person I know also
saw a pair.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon



On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM, Albert, Steven 
wrote:

> All of the couples but one seem to have made it through the two storms:
> Carolina wrens, Downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, WB nuthatches, House
> finch.  But while the female is still regular, I haven't seen the male
> cardinal for a few days.  The five voracious jays are still voracious.  The
> single creeper, hands down the most timid of the group, has gotten quite a
> bit more aggressive.  He/she is now approaching the suet even if other
> birds are also feeding.  And the titmice, chickadees and a whole lot more
> juncos and WT sparrows just go non-stop since the ground got covered on
> Saturday.
>
> Steven L. Albert, CPEA, QEP
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Subject: Pileated
From: Laura Berlik <Lberlik AT PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:14:58 -0500
It was great to see so many Carolina wrens show up at feeders during storm. But 
the big treat was today:a pleated woodpecker in parking lot at corner Mountain 
Rd and 206 in Princeton. 

Laura Berlik
Princeton

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Subject: Missing one male cardinal
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:08:41 +0000
All of the couples but one seem to have made it through the two storms: 
Carolina wrens, Downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, WB nuthatches, House finch. 
But while the female is still regular, I haven't seen the male cardinal for a 
few days. The five voracious jays are still voracious. The single creeper, 
hands down the most timid of the group, has gotten quite a bit more aggressive. 
He/she is now approaching the suet even if other birds are also feeding. And 
the titmice, chickadees and a whole lot more juncos and WT sparrows just go 
non-stop since the ground got covered on Saturday. 


Steven L. Albert, CPEA, QEP
Senior Program Manager
EHS Management Consulting
D 732.564.3601 M 732.832.6195
Internal: 100 3601
Steven.Albert AT aecom.com

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Subject: Storm Birds
From: Wendy and Stuart Malmid <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:43:55 -0500
Well they made it through the storm. Have seen Pine Warbler daily and saw the 
male Baltimore Oriole this morning. The Oriole did not make an appearance 
yesterday. Obviously our feeders are not the only game in town so they and our 
other regulars will be OK. we hope. 


Keep those posts coming Lisa about your Screech Owls.

good birding,

Wendy and Stuart Malmid
Monroe Twp. NJ

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Subject: Re: Own in the Box Update
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:40:42 +0000
Lisa,

I wanted to publicly thank you for the posts about the E. Sceeech-Owls in your 
yard. They are very 

interesting & informative. Please continue to keep us updated.

Perhaps the gray-morph bird was caught by a Cooper's Hawk. I often see them 
active very early in the 

morning just as it's starting to get light. 

thanks,

Tom

Tom Bailey
Tabernacle, NJ
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisa Potash" 
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:09:59 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Own in the Box Update

Jerseybirders,

My last update of screech owl box news was 4 weeks ago. At the time I was 
fairly certain the Gray morph Eastern Screech Owl fell victim to a predator 
when I came across (via hearing/seeing mobbing with bins/scope views) clumps of 
soft gray feathers strewn in a Hemlock tree. This owl hasn't been seen since 
then (Dec 1). 

Thankfully, I'm over my sadness, and chalk it up to the little slice of 
bird/animal kingdom I can observe in my backyard. 


So, what "got" this Screech Owl, and was it taken during the early morning 
hours (6:15 when my husband heard some type of distress call) or when I heard 
the initial mobbing at 9:30 a.m.? 


Another Screech Owl? Red Jr. hadn't been using the box at the time (Gray was 
using it excusively) and didn't return until almost 2 weeks after Gray Screech 
was gone. I kind of doubt that. 


GHO? We've heard one calling (low...Male) Dec 25 and Jan 26th. Have an 
occassional Cooper's visiting the yard/feeder area, and also a big Red-tailed 
hawk who will land in the big pines every so often. I also observed the 
Red-tailed with a dead crow in it's talons while being mobbed by other crows. 


Do hawks hunt this early in the morning? The hemlock tree didn't seem big 
enough to "hold" a GHO or Red-tailed H. in the general area of the feathers. I 
never saw a bird get flushed, but I may have missed seeing it. 


Discussion is welcomed.

Onto more positive news. Our red-phase screech owl (Red Jr.) has used the nest 
box EVERYDAY since my last update (27days). 


He/she must be doing ok to end up here each morning. I usually am able to watch 
Red Jr. either fly-in to the outside of the box, or "suddenly appear" as my 
eyes can't always adjust, or he's just too fast! One thing I can say is, the 
owl is close by (no more than 10-20 ft) waiting, roosting, before hitting the 
house for the day. 


Same thing when exiting....Red Jr. flies a short distance, and I have great 
difficulty trying to spot him once he leaves. Since we have snow on the ground, 
Red hasn't been flying down as low (ground) and has been exiting straight out 
from the box. 


Interesting to note: Red is once again visible during the morning/daytime 
hours. Is it because of the cold? Also, not getting spooked as easily by the 
dog on the line....just scrunches up and watches. 


Now I worry that things are going to get much tougher with the snow and severe 
cold. If this owl was born in April or May it's about 7 or 8 months old. I 
haven't heard any Screech Owl calls in a long time, but I wonder if this owl is 
going to become vocal as it continues to mature. Red Jr. seems to be doing 
well, and I can only hope he will prosper. 


If interested some new pictures and video:

Breathing rate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16196856038/
Enjoying winter warmth: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16197088670/
Reaching for the rays: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16198592197/
Beautiful coloring: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/15762062064/
A scope's view: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16240321871/

Good birding,
Lisa Potash
Oakland


 

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Subject: Storm Birds
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:35:27 -0500
I managed to have two new first-of-year species: Carolina Wren and
White-throated Sparrow. Only one Carolina Wren, briefly. Maybe one dozen
White-throated Sparrows. Also had as many as 60 Juncos at one point, making
their little territorial twittering noises whenever they got too close
together. Mix in a few doves, a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and
maybe a dozen House Sparrows, and there was a lot of sparring going on in a
relatively small space...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: storm birds at feeder
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:44:48 -0500
No unusual birds, but exceptional numbers of White-throated  
Sparrows.  I always get more just before dawn (just as it becomes  
possible to tell a White-throat from a Junco), 25-30, but today the  
numbers were greater than ever, and not just at dawn: over 50, I  
think over 60, but they are impossible to count, as they keep moving  
around.  They come for what is spilled from the hanging feeders, but  
when there is snow I just throw out seed on the snow.  Also at least  
6 Cardinals, 4-6 Juncos and my one faithful Song Sparrow; and  
Mourning Doves, but only 4, vs. as many as 16 earlier in the winter.
	Ted Chase
	Franklin Township

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Subject: Re: Storm Birds
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:08:47 -0500
There's been a growing flock of 20 Mallard Ducks (hens & drakes) hanging out
on our pond the last week or so, but mixed in among them today was a hybrid
Black Duck.  Nothing Earth-shattering, but not the usual suspects of late.

Good birding to all,
Cathy Blumig
Somerset, NJ 

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of John J.
Collins
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:45 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Storm Birds

The only out-of-the ordinary birds that showed up at my feeders were two
American Tree Sparrows.  (I've only seen this species 5 times in my yard in
the ten years I've lived here.)  I also had amazing numbers of Juncos (I
counted 24 at one time at one point during the storm - there could easily
have been 12 more lurking in the bushes as they are forever sparing with one
another and chasing each other away from the feeders).  

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen) "I will sing
to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps.
104:33)  

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie
R.
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:39 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Storm Bird

The only out-of-the-ordinary bird that showed up at my feeder was a
Starling.  At least I can add it to my 2015 yard list.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Re: Storm Birds
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:44:49 -0500
The only out-of-the ordinary birds that showed up at my feeders were two
American Tree Sparrows.  (I've only seen this species 5 times in my yard in
the ten years I've lived here.)  I also had amazing numbers of Juncos (I
counted 24 at one time at one point during the storm - there could easily
have been 12 more lurking in the bushes as they are forever sparing with one
another and chasing each other away from the feeders).  

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie
R.
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:39 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Storm Bird

The only out-of-the-ordinary bird that showed up at my feeder was a
Starling.  At least I can add it to my 2015 yard list.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Own in the Box Update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:09:59 -0500
Jerseybirders,

My last update of screech owl box news was 4 weeks ago. At the time I was 
fairly certain the Gray morph Eastern Screech Owl fell victim to a predator 
when I came across (via hearing/seeing mobbing with bins/scope views) clumps of 
soft gray feathers strewn in a Hemlock tree. This owl hasn't been seen since 
then (Dec 1). 

Thankfully, I'm over my sadness, and chalk it up to the little slice of 
bird/animal kingdom I can observe in my backyard. 


So, what "got" this Screech Owl, and was it taken during the early morning 
hours (6:15 when my husband heard some type of distress call) or when I heard 
the initial mobbing at 9:30 a.m.? 


Another Screech Owl? Red Jr. hadn't been using the box at the time (Gray was 
using it excusively) and didn't return until almost 2 weeks after Gray Screech 
was gone. I kind of doubt that. 


GHO? We've heard one calling (low...Male) Dec 25 and Jan 26th. Have an 
occassional Cooper's visiting the yard/feeder area, and also a big Red-tailed 
hawk who will land in the big pines every so often. I also observed the 
Red-tailed with a dead crow in it's talons while being mobbed by other crows. 


Do hawks hunt this early in the morning? The hemlock tree didn't seem big 
enough to "hold" a GHO or Red-tailed H. in the general area of the feathers. I 
never saw a bird get flushed, but I may have missed seeing it. 


Discussion is welcomed.

Onto more positive news. Our red-phase screech owl (Red Jr.) has used the nest 
box EVERYDAY since my last update (27days). 


He/she must be doing ok to end up here each morning. I usually am able to watch 
Red Jr. either fly-in to the outside of the box, or "suddenly appear" as my 
eyes can't always adjust, or he's just too fast! One thing I can say is, the 
owl is close by (no more than 10-20 ft) waiting, roosting, before hitting the 
house for the day. 


Same thing when exiting....Red Jr. flies a short distance, and I have great 
difficulty trying to spot him once he leaves. Since we have snow on the ground, 
Red hasn't been flying down as low (ground) and has been exiting straight out 
from the box. 


Interesting to note: Red is once again visible during the morning/daytime 
hours. Is it because of the cold? Also, not getting spooked as easily by the 
dog on the line....just scrunches up and watches. 


Now I worry that things are going to get much tougher with the snow and severe 
cold. If this owl was born in April or May it's about 7 or 8 months old. I 
haven't heard any Screech Owl calls in a long time, but I wonder if this owl is 
going to become vocal as it continues to mature. Red Jr. seems to be doing 
well, and I can only hope he will prosper. 


If interested some new pictures and video:

Breathing rate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16196856038/
Enjoying winter warmth: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16197088670/
Reaching for the rays: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16198592197/
Beautiful coloring: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/15762062064/
A scope's view: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/16240321871/

Good birding,
Lisa Potash
Oakland


 

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Subject: Salem county jaunt - gulls and Mergs
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:49:38 -0500
Hello,
 After a walk at the dredge - nothing out of the ordinary - not enough snow 
probably! 

Erik, Marilyn, and I met Jeff in Salem County. Got Red-breasted Mergs at the 
Pedricktown Marsh - Beaver Creek area. This is Salem County on the south side 
and 

the close areas to the north are Salem. The border with Gloucester is on the 
north. 

I haven't birded here in awhile - I look forward to exploring here for 
shorebirds. Pedricktown 

Marsh is mostly Gloucester County, so need to find the spots for Salem. This 
area looks 

good! First bird called out by Erik was a Lesser Black-backed Gull! Nice! I 
never did track 

down a LBBG in Cumberland last year. I am assuming more in Salem as just more 
along the 

Delaware River. Florence was always my guaranteed spot.
Red Breasted Merg was new.

Good birding all. Basically no snow down in Salem to push birds to the field 
edges. 

Next storm! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Storm Bird
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:38:52 -0500
The only out-of-the-ordinary bird that showed up at my feeder was a
Starling.  At least I can add it to my 2015 yard list.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker: a bright spot on a snowy day (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:27:20 -0500
The snow had started picking up in advance of our forecasted "historic"
blizzard here in Jersey. Looked out the living room window and managed to
snap a photo of this Red-bellied Woodpecker brightening up an otherwise
very gray and snowy day...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16190174289/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Bats on the menu
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:27:24 -0500
One evening at Troy Meadows, my boys and I were doing a "duskwatch." A
Great Horned Owl flew in a perched on a snag. It suddenly took off and we
expecting it to go down into the marsh after something...instead...it
rolled on its back (Bald Eagle-style) and grabbed a bat in mid-air...rolled
right-side up...brought its feet up to its beak to deliver a bite...then
perched and consumed it.

These creatures really touch our lives, with unforgettable moments...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Cardinals and Bluebirds in the Snow - Photos
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:54:03 -0500
The snow may be nasty, but it makes for nice opportunities to take some photos 
of the backyard birds 


Cardinal:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/16189122889/

Bluebird:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/16366468535/

Steve Byland
sbbyland at aol.com
Warren Township - Somerset County

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Subject: Re: local birding - Greenwald Park - camden county
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:54:55 -0500
This morning, I had a red shouldered hawk on my property (in the woods south of 
Mullica Hill). Didn't have my binoculars with me but got a good look at it 
since it was only about 75 feet away. 

 
> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:27:10 -0500
> From: sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] local birding - Greenwald Park - camden county
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> If I had known nothing laying on the streets yet, I would have gone out this 
morning! 

> Theres 1/2 inch on the grasses. Roads and sidewalks are clear and ice free. 
That will 

> probably change tonight. Anyway, after a couple fruitless hours feeder 
watching, I decided 

> to bird locally. Nothing out of the ordinary at Greenwald Park, winter wren, 
creeper, 

> GH Owl....! Always something when I head out. The west side of the parking 
area was the best. 

> Although I didn't walk the east side. Getting cold in that wind.
> 
> Good birding all.
> 
> Sandra Keller
> 
> Sent from my iPad mini
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Subject: local birding - Greenwald Park - camden county
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:27:10 -0500
If I had known nothing laying on the streets yet, I would have gone out this 
morning! 

Theres 1/2 inch on the grasses. Roads and sidewalks are clear and ice free. 
That will 

probably change tonight. Anyway, after a couple fruitless hours feeder 
watching, I decided 

to bird locally. Nothing out of the ordinary at Greenwald Park, winter wren, 
creeper, 

GH Owl....! Always something when I head out. The west side of the parking area 
was the best. 

Although I didn't walk the east side. Getting cold in that wind.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole and Pine Warbler
From: Wendy and Stuart Malmid <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:50:44 -0500
After more than a weeks absence the BO returned this morning. Also the PW 
continues. Hope they come out on the other side of the blizzard. 


Good and Safe birding

Stuart & Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp

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Subject: Horned Larks
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:22:59 -0600
I had my first Horned Larks of the season (Including fall and winter 2014-2015) 
this Am by the trotting oval near 75 Imlaystown Rd. To access the site take 
CR539 south out of Hightstown and turn left onto Windsor Perrineville Rd (CR 
630). There is a light at this intersection and a church on the right side 
beyond the light.. Drive 0.6 miles and turn right onto Imlaystown Rd. Drive 0.3 
miles to #75 on the right (also a church). 

I saw the birds from the road (they flew quickly and I didn't have time to 
check for presence of Lapland Longspurs or Snow Bunting both of which have been 
present in previous years) 

The birds flew back toward the track.
Bob Dodelon
This area can be accessed from the other end by turning onto Nurko Rd off of Rt 
571 


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Subject: Brigantine Southern Cove Godwits
From: Karmela <kmoneta AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:31:24 -0500
John Stippick mentioned the activity at the Northern end of Brigantine, so I 
thought I'd provide highlights of the southern cove. This is the area best seen 
from under the bridge as you enter Brigantine. Unfortunately there's no place 
to pull over and park. A shame since this provides a good view of the beach and 
sandbars looking south. This afternoon there were between 20-30 each of Marbled 
Godwits, Oystercatchers and what I think might be Willets (Western?). If anyone 
has seen them can you confirm their identity? 

It was a beautiful day to be out, too bad it doesn't last. Stay safe over the 
next few days. 


https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0093009/photos/115977796 AT N07/16183026739/

Karmela Moneta
Clinton Township



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Subject: Re: Sharpie food
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:03:43 -0500
According to Arthur Cleveland Bent, Sharpies are known to eat bats, among an
astounding array of other food.  I quote as follows from Bent's Life
History: "The bill of fare of this hawk also includes a few mice, young
rabbits, shrews, bats, frogs, lizards, locusts, grasshoppers, crickets,
caterpillars, large moths, butterflies, and beetles."  

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  

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Keller
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:53 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sharpie food

As in a bat. Marilyn and I witnessed a Sharpie pluck a bat out of mid air
and fly off with it. Wow! We were watching the bat, then all of a sudden....
I checked BNA - bats not specifically listed under food. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Common Redpoll and Glaucous Gull at Barnegat
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:58:24 -0500
Hi all,

In addition to seeing the usual (great) birds at Barnegat this afternoon,
we lucked into a Common Redpoll near the entrance gate (see here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21541026). I wonder if this is
a remnant bird from the flocks seen on Jan 17th. We also saw the previously
reported Glaucous Gull on the rock pile to the right of the main jetty (at
the end of the jetty).

Good birding,
Bert Harris, Princeton

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Subject: Re: Motts Creek Road Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk’s happy ending story so far
From: Linda Gangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:39:08 +0000
We were at Motts Creek today and saw a dark phase Roughie with a large chuck of 
wing missing.  It has to be the same bird and it was flying just fine.  We 
were in fact amazed that it could stay up with all those feather missing.  It 
hovered just fine! 

  
  
  
From: "Yong Kong"  
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:29:27 PM 
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Motts Creek Road Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk’s happy 
ending story so far 


Back in 12-20-2014, Jim Austin-Cole and I observed an adult male dark phase 
Roughie at Motts Creek Road (fantastic view !!). Then on 1-11-2015, two PA 
birders and I saw an adult dark phase Roughie, this time viewed from the deck 
of the Bar (another fantastic view). But this time around, I was shock to see 
this Roughie missing big-chunk of primaries and secondaries !! Soon later, we 
saw another light phase Roughie getting into some heavy air-encounter-combat 
with an immature golden eagle, and all three of us came up with a conclusion as 
to the “missing flight feathers” on the dark phase Roughie. 


Ever since that last sighting, I was wondering how long this Roughie  could 
survive in his wintering ground, worse yet, if he will make home to north. I 
have made several attempts to re-find the bird, but no luck. I like to think it 
is the same bird. 


Tonight, a Jersey birder e-mailed to let me know she saw the Roughie, and said, 
“It was hunting and seemed to be able to fly” 


What a fantastic news to hear !! 

I can send photos of the Roughie w/ missing flight feathers  to those who are 
interested. 


Yong Kong 
Camden County, NJ 
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Subject: Sharpie food
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:52:58 -0500
As in a bat. Marilyn and I witnessed a Sharpie pluck a bat out of mid air and 
fly off 

with it. Wow! We were watching the bat, then all of a sudden....
I checked BNA - bats not specifically listed under food. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Brigantine Sunday
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:45:38 -0500
Sue and I met up in the parking lot outside of Bloomingdales in the Short Hills 
Mall. 

I had to wave off the security guard who was wondering why 2 ladies decked out 
in birding gear were 

so anxious to shop that we arrived 2 hours before the Mall opened.  

By the time we arrived at the wildlife refuge just before noon, the skies had 
cleared and 

the temperature had risen to the high 40s.  Except for the Snow Geese, the
number of birds we saw were rather modest. We did see a goodly collection of 
raptors, including both perched and flying 

Bald Eagles (with Sue pointing out a sub-adult); Northern Harriers (females and 
grey ghost); Golden Eagle in the far 

distance (at the limit of conjecture per Pete Dunne); a Rough-legged Hawk 
perched in the exact tree Karen 

said it would be; a sleepy Snowy Owl female alone on an island posing for the 
paparazzi; and a pair of Peregrine Falcons perched 

next to their home on the tower. In terms of waterfowl, not a lot of diversity, 
but we did see Buffleheads, Northern Pintails, all 3 Mergansers, 

Black Ducks, Gadwalls, and of course Mallards. We had nice close views of 
Tundra Swans with a couple of Mutes. 

However, the refuge seemed to be largely a Teal -, Ruddy - , Ring-neck - , 
Loon, Grebe, and Brant - free zone. Nevertheless, 

Sue and I agreed that we had a great winter Sunday outside at the beautiful 
refuge in the pleasant company of our CMBO 

leaders, NJAS birders and the birds.

Diane Louie
Madison

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Subject: Salem county - big year notes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:30:36 -0500
Tree Sparrows at Supawna Meadows. The main grassland trail. That was a needed
species that both Jeff K. and I knew had to be gotten by the end of Jan! They 
are much 

more difficult down here after January. Same holds true for Cumberland County. 
Why 

Supawna Meadows is one of our best spots in the county for them I can't figure 
out. 


Marilyn H. and I started at Money Island Rd. Nothing out of the ordinary - 
Rough-legged 

is still needed. That's a great marsh area - with more cattails than I recall 
from years past. 

I thought the area was brackish even, but maybe not! King Rail would be 
nice.... 


Not many flocks around. That's funky. We did have thousands of Snow Geese in 
flight, 

but only a few thousand on the ground. County Home Rd. as we were driving 
north. 

Not enough light then to scan well. I will keep in mind for future visits and 
Ross's Goose. 


My next visit down I will concentrate on field edges. All this snow we getting 
will work for 

pushing stuff to edges. I hope! Unless too much snow! 

Kept our ears open for Redpolls. No luck! I have no locations like Moore's 
Beach in 

Cumberland here in Salem. The closest maybe being the beach at Elsinboro Point 
or 

whatever the name is. That will be my first time exploring there when I finally 
walk it. 


Good birding all! Happy feeder watching for a couple days!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Motts Creek Road Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk’s happy ending story so far
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:29:27 -0500
Back in 12-20-2014, Jim Austin-Cole and I observed an adult male dark phase 
Roughie at Motts Creek Road (fantastic view !!). Then on 1-11-2015, two PA 
birders and I saw an adult dark phase Roughie, this time viewed from the deck 
of the Bar (another fantastic view). But this time around, I was shock to see 
this Roughie missing big-chunk of primaries and secondaries !! Soon later, we 
saw another light phase Roughie getting into some heavy air-encounter-combat 
with an immature golden eagle, and all three of us came up with a conclusion as 
to the “missing flight feathers” on the dark phase Roughie. 


Ever since that last sighting, I was wondering how long this Roughie could 
survive in his wintering ground, worse yet, if he will make home to north. I 
have made several attempts to re-find the bird, but no luck. I like to think it 
is the same bird. 


Tonight, a Jersey birder e-mailed to let me know she saw the Roughie, and said, 
“It was hunting and seemed to be able to fly” 


What a fantastic news to hear !! 

I can send photos of the Roughie w/ missing flight feathers to those who are 
interested. 


Yong Kong
Camden County, NJ
.

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Subject: Brigantine Island: Northern Natural Area
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:23:55 -0500
I had the opportunity to explore my favorite coastal habitat today. My targets 
were Alcids and Redpolls. Neither showed. I knew the chances of Alcids close to 
shore was slim considering the moderate overnight winds from the West. There 
was a fair amount of activity offshore but most birds were too distant to 
identify. About 15 minutes into my seawatch I observed a possible Black-legged 
Kittiwake, this is what I reported to Ebird for that individual: 

 gull/tern sp. -An individual observed could have been Black-legged Kittiwake. 
Harsh morning lighting prevented any plumage details from being noted. Seen 
through scope arcing over ocean several hundred yards offshore. Flight was 
incredibly fast and agile. Notably slender, angular wings held rigid. Other 
than size and angled wings this birds flight resembled shearwater to a degree. 
This bird was never in the same frame as another bird so accurate size 
comparison was not possible but impression was small like Ring-billed Gull. 
West winds for 12 hours proceeding this sighting make BLKI less likely. 

 I had a group of about a dozen Goldfinches and I thought for sure I'd be able 
to pick out a Redpoll but no luck. The northern tip provided good looks at the 
continuing Snow Bunting flock. I also scoped a raptor over the Little Beach 
island I first mis-identified as Golden Eagle. Dark above and white prominent 
tail stripe always makes me think Golden Eagle but when I saw it hover hunting 
I knew it was a Rough-legged Hawk. 

 Other than that it was just the usual Loons, Scoters, Gulls and a handful of 
Horned Grebes. Plus heaps of Long-tailed Ducks that make me think "Alcid!" 
every time at first glance in flight. 

  A beautiful day for a 8 mile hike. Let's hope for 3 feet of snow:)

-Jon Stippick
 Newfield, NJ
jonstippick at gmail dot com

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Subject: Cardinal singing in Raritan today
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:00:54 -0500
This morning, after I finished plowing the snow off my walks and driveway, I
heard a Northern Cardinal singing!  Such a cheerful thing to hear in the
mid-winter season!

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
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Subject: Re: Very-Very potential Avalon Black Brant
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:27:30 -0500
I'd call that a Black Brant for sure. The head is distorted in the photo but 
the breast is perfect for Black Brant. Ofcourse I'm no expert but I'll 
congratulate you anyway, nice find Yong! 

- Jon Stippick
 Newfield, NJ
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Subject: Juncos and House sparrows
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:29:39 -0500
Hi Jersey Birders,
Ever since Rob and Lisa discovered an Eurasian Tree Sparrow among the House
Sparrows in Cape May last year I haven't been able to gloss over House
Sparrow flocks like I used to.
And ever since Jon and Susie enjoyed an "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco in their
yard this year I spend a few extra moments on the Junco flocks.
The other day in the Del Haven yard I found this interesting female type
Junco which I believe is of the Oregon flavor.
I had to shoot it thru a window so the 2 shots are somewhat blurry, but
what ever it is it is ODD.
Comments as always appreciated.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
Good birding
Harvey Tomlinson

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Subject: Very-Very potential Avalon Black Brant
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:50:00 -0500
Yesterday around 3PM, I took a photo a Black Brant from the base of the 
“closed” bridge, neat the Sea Watch in Avalon. Copy and paste the Google 
Earth coordinates 39 07 02.48 N 74 43 02.24 W. 


I can send the photo upon request. 

One birder I contacted will be forwarding the photo to the NJ Records 
Committee. However, more documentation will/may be be needed for confirmation. 


It appeared they were making landing to feed and roost for the night during my 
visit. With the recent weather pattern, this Brant may stick around for others 
to find and document. Scope and “long-reach” camera will most likely be 
required. 


Yong Kong
Camden County, NJ

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Subject: Cape May Pelagic Rescheduled for Sat, Feb 7
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:13:09 -0500
The 12 hour trip out of Cape May that was weathered out today has been
rescheduled for Saturday, February 7.

The trip is aboard the 100'  American Star.  We will head 50 or so miles
offshore to reach the appropriate water conditions where we often find
Dovekies in good numbers.  Other target birds include Fulmar, Atlantic
Puffin, Common and Thick-billed Murre, Razorbill, Kittiwake, Iceland,
Glaucous, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Red Phalarope.  We chum to
keep the gull and gannet flock behind the boat, so be sure to bring your
camera.

The details of the trip are:

Leave:  6:00 AM
Return:  approximately 6:00 PM
Cost:  $180
Dock:  6200 Park Blvd, Wildwood, NJ


To make a reservation or for more information, contact us by phone at
215-234-6805 or e-mail us at info AT paulagics.com.


Hope to see you aboard.


-PAG

-- 







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Subject: Clay-Colored and Vesper
From: William Whitehead <000000ad0895233e-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:02:00 -0500
Friends,

Vesper Sparrow was seen at Sandy Hook Lot B this morning.

Clay-colored Sparrows were still at the North Pond this morning.

Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128791531 AT N03/

Happy Hunting, Bill

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Steve Walker <sjawalker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:32:49 -0500
Not all states are as kind to birds as NJ.  My cousin shot over 10 Snowy
Owls at an airport in Michigan during last winters invasion.  This was
after one Snowy Owl flew into the engine of an arriving aircraft.

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Cathy Blumig 
wrote:

> It is my understanding that NJDFW has always issued the permits for live
> capture of snowy owls at NJ airports.  That has apparently not always been
> the case with NYDEC, though the PA has made the request to be granted those
> permits.
>
> Please remember that the PA needs to follow regulations outlined by
> various government agencies and those vary from state to state (and of
> course there's the federal regulations as well....)
>
> Cathy Blumig
> Somerset, NJ
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Eric
> Stiles
> Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:43 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl
>
> Port Authority is working with our good friends at Raptor Trust to handle
> matters related to Snowy Owls at Newark Airport.  Port Authority responded
> quickly to the conservation community last winter about adopting non-lethal
> intervention practices at all of the airports to address issues related to
> these stunning birds.
>
> Sincerely,
> Eric Stiles
> President & CEO
> New Jersey Audubon Society
> __________________
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>
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> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of
> Susie R.
> Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:19 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl
>
> Hopefully, the airport operator, PANYNJ, won't have it shot.
>
> Susie R.
> Tewksbury/Califon
>
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Wendy and Stuart Malmid <
> weluvowls AT comcast.net> wrote:
>
> > Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike
> > about 3PM I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty
> > Airport. It had its back to the turnpike but the shape and the color
> > were unmistakeable
> >
> > Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We
> > have not seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female
> > Red-Winged Blackbird that also is a regular visitor.
> >
> > good birding,
> >
> > Stuart Malmid
> > Monroe Twp, NJ
> >
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:49:59 -0500
It is my understanding that NJDFW has always issued the permits for live 
capture of snowy owls at NJ airports. That has apparently not always been the 
case with NYDEC, though the PA has made the request to be granted those 
permits. 


Please remember that the PA needs to follow regulations outlined by various 
government agencies and those vary from state to state (and of course there's 
the federal regulations as well....) 


Cathy Blumig
Somerset, NJ

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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Eric 
Stiles 

Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:43 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl

Port Authority is working with our good friends at Raptor Trust to handle 
matters related to Snowy Owls at Newark Airport. Port Authority responded 
quickly to the conservation community last winter about adopting non-lethal 
intervention practices at all of the airports to address issues related to 
these stunning birds. 


Sincerely,
Eric Stiles
President & CEO
New Jersey Audubon Society
__________________
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
Phone: 908.766.5104 ext 13  Fax: 908.766.7775
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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie R.
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:19 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl

Hopefully, the airport operator, PANYNJ, won't have it shot.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Wendy and Stuart Malmid < 
weluvowls AT comcast.net> wrote: 


> Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike 
> about 3PM I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty 
> Airport. It had its back to the turnpike but the shape and the color 
> were unmistakeable
>
> Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We 
> have not seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female 
> Red-Winged Blackbird that also is a regular visitor.
>
> good birding,
>
> Stuart Malmid
> Monroe Twp, NJ
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: "Campanella, Connie" <cc AT STATESIDE.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:47:07 +0000
Well done NJA!   

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2015, at 12:45 PM, "Eric Stiles"  
wrote: 

> 
> Port Authority is working with our good friends at Raptor Trust to handle
> matters related to Snowy Owls at Newark Airport.  Port Authority responded
> quickly to the conservation community last winter about adopting non-lethal
> intervention practices at all of the airports to address issues related to
> these stunning birds.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Eric Stiles
> President & CEO
> New Jersey Audubon Society
> __________________
> 11 Hardscrabble Road
> Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
> Phone: 908.766.5104 ext 13  Fax: 908.766.7775
> Website: www.njaudubon.org
> 
> Connect with us:
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> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie
> R.
> Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:19 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl
> 
> Hopefully, the airport operator, PANYNJ, won't have it shot.
> 
> Susie R.
> Tewksbury/Califon
> 
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Wendy and Stuart Malmid <
> weluvowls AT comcast.net> wrote:
> 
>> Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike
>> about 3PM I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty
>> Airport. It had its back to the turnpike but the shape and the color
>> were unmistakeable
>> 
>> Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We
>> have not seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female
>> Red-Winged Blackbird that also is a regular visitor.
>> 
>> good birding,
>> 
>> Stuart Malmid
>> Monroe Twp, NJ
>> 
>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Eric Stiles <eric.stiles AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:43:11 -0500
Port Authority is working with our good friends at Raptor Trust to handle
matters related to Snowy Owls at Newark Airport.  Port Authority responded
quickly to the conservation community last winter about adopting non-lethal
intervention practices at all of the airports to address issues related to
these stunning birds.

Sincerely,
Eric Stiles
President & CEO
New Jersey Audubon Society
__________________
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
Phone: 908.766.5104 ext 13  Fax: 908.766.7775
Website: www.njaudubon.org

Connect with us:

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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie
R.
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:19 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy Owl

Hopefully, the airport operator, PANYNJ, won't have it shot.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Wendy and Stuart Malmid <
weluvowls AT comcast.net> wrote:

> Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike
> about 3PM I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty
> Airport. It had its back to the turnpike but the shape and the color
> were unmistakeable
>
> Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We
> have not seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female
> Red-Winged Blackbird that also is a regular visitor.
>
> good birding,
>
> Stuart Malmid
> Monroe Twp, NJ
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:18:32 -0500
Hopefully, the airport operator, PANYNJ, won't have it shot.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Wendy and Stuart Malmid <
weluvowls AT comcast.net> wrote:

> Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike about
> 3PM I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty Airport. It
> had its back to the turnpike but the shape and the color were unmistakeable
>
> Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We have
> not seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female
> Red-Winged Blackbird that also is a regular visitor.
>
> good birding,
>
> Stuart Malmid
> Monroe Twp, NJ
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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Subject: Cape May and Jake's 1/17
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:12:08 -0500
Sorry for the late post as I've been traveling. 
My brother and I had a great day down Cape May last Saturday with the usual 
good birds (better than 80 species on the day) around the point. Highlights 
included a Barred Owl at the State Park and Purple Sandpipers at St. Mary's and 
at Avalon. 

Other highlights were at Jake's Landing at the end of the day:3 Short-eared 
Owls2 Great-horned Owls hunting from the snags along the marsh1 E. Screech Owl 
calling along the road as we left 

Good Birding!
Alan BelfordSaranac Lake, NY 		 	   		  
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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Wendy and Stuart Malmid <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:47:06 -0500
Yesterday Thursday January 22 while driving north on the NJ Turnpike about 3PM 
I observed a Snowy Owl sitting on a fence at Newark Liberty Airport. It had its 
back to the turnpike but the shape and the color were unmistakeable 


Our lone Pine Warbler continues to visit our suet feeders daily. We have not 
seen the Baltimore Oriole in many days. We have a lone female Red-Winged 
Blackbird that also is a regular visitor. 


good birding,

Stuart Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ

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Subject: Raven at Palmyra Cove , Burlington county
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:40:34 -0500
  A Raven 'cronked' its way south over Palmyra Cove this morning about
9:45.  I finally saw it heading south towards the Cove. Much larger than a
crow with rounded tail and a big bill built for creating chaos.
     Fox Sparrows and Towhees were still along the path before the Hot
Corner at the southwest corner of the Big Pit. I also found 4 Winter Wrens
which may be a personal high count.  At least 10 Carolina Wrens were heard
which lets me know that they are tolerating this January cold better than I
am and much better than either of us did last year.

Good birding to all,
    Walt Gura
      waltg19149 AT gmail.com
        Phila.,Pa.

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Subject: Photo Study of Harlequin Ducks At Barneget SP (Ocean County)NJ, 1/22/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:37:09 -0600
Briton Parker and I went to E.B. Forsythe (Brig) yesterday morning. The
weatherman lied again and it was overcast, dark and dismal. While we saw
lots of birds it was almost impossible to get a decent photograph.  We
decided to head to the Barnegat Jetty a little after noon. Barnegat
likewise was overcast but there were plenty of birds. And, fortunately, I
was able to get some decent photographs of the Harlequin Ducks. To see the
Photo Study and a list of species seen at both Barnegat and Brig, please
click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BarnegatBrigJan22_15/BarnegatBrigJan22_15.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA

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Subject: Vesper Sparrow
From: Lisa Ryan <fleabit AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:35:09 -0500
Vesper Sparrow currently at Sandy Hook right by B lot. Now in sand next to road 
seen from across the street. Found by Dave Larson. 


Lisa Ryan
Mays Landing

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Subject: Assunpink Swans
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:27:20 -0600
The 3 Trumpeter Swans have returned after a short holiday. At the bridge by the 
old adm. bldg. there was a lone male Rusty Blackbird atop a close tree and at 
the east end of the lake a Hermit Thrush. 

Alongside the swans there was a lone Snow Goose (I tried hard but 
unsuccessfully to turn it into a Ross Goose) 

Bob Dodelson

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Subject: ebird notes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:12:08 -0500
Hello,
 I had wanted to mention that the offline checklists i did while in Panama 
worked 

super! Took a couple days to get everything up to par, but have got it down 
now. Will 

probably even use that system here in Jersey even though I have cellular here.
Worked great. Had the local checklist. Guide pointed out a new bird, in it 
went. 

Much easier than the old notebook system. Wi Fi was pretty poor down there so
lists only went in every few days. I will be double checking everything as I 
enter day 

lists into Birdbase - yes, I still use it! Will be transferring all that stuff 
into Bird brain 

shortly. The imac birding database. Anyway, thanks for all the advice re using 
off line! 

it's a learning curve. I feel like an expert now! One of the locations I 
entered turned 

out to be under my local spot - the gps was so accurate! The guide said it was 
a hotspot. So 

I kept zooming that map in.....

Will pick up entering Jerseybirds into ebird when done with Panama. 

Good birding all. Barring bad weather will be down in Salem County Monday
working on my big year. Redpoll would be nice. Hearing lots of reports!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Great Horned Owls -- can some still be juveniles at this time of year?
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:50:50 -0500
Hello JB'ers,

Heard a series of spaced bizarre nasal loud squawks at 5:30 PM last night that 
were unfamiliar. Though pretty dark, I could see a big bird from same direction 
swoop down from perch in tall hedgerow tree into field and naturally thought 
owl. Had only been hearing Great Horned Owls (GHOW) hooting regularly on my way 
over there, but they never sounded like that. 


Familiar with juvenile GHOW since had one squawking like some Jurassic 
Pterodactyl all summer into fall, but this call was different. Less harsh and 
blood-curdling. Not a fox either. 


Scanned owl sounds on my iPhone and thought Long-eared Owl (LEOW) "harsh hoots 
(female)_NY" closest match at the time. Seemed unlikely that LEOW would dive 
from such a high perch in bare tree with so many GHOWs around? 


Seemed a bit too nasal and forceful for a Short-eared's bark. 

Now I think it best matches the single (not a hoot) squawk of an immature GHOW 
as in "immature calls_AR" but mine was more nasal. 


I thought that last winter's juveniles would be sounding like adults by now? 
Any thoughts? Have searched online and don't find much info about when they 
mature. 


Have poor iPhone recording that Id need to edit to trim file size.

Thanks,

Fairfax Hutter
Lawrenceville, NJ


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Subject: Pine Siskins - Photo
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:11:18 -0500
I have a few Pine Siskins at my feeders today - mostly eating Black Oil 
Sunflower seeds, but also hitting the hulled sunflower seeds and the thistle 
sock. Photo at: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/16156322359

I have had a huge flock of Eastern Bluebirds (as many as 20 at a time) 
regularly eating (very expensive) dried meal worms. A special feeder I have for 
them keeps the Starlings out with a hole too small for them to enter the 
feeder. Bluebird houses left up give the Bluebirds roosting boxes on cold 
nights. They also visit the holly bushes regularly. 


Steve Byland
Warren Township
Somerset County
sbbyland at aol.com

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Subject: "Simon's Luck"
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:55:15 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Readers of e-Bird reports (Rare Bird Alert, Needs Alert) are familiar with 
Simon Lane's comments on his numerous, often remarkable sightings. One day 
recently, for example, he reported a Short-eared Owl which flew right over him 
on its way from its Bayonne Golf Club hunting grounds to its roost on the Ocean 
Terminal. "Simon's Luck," one might call it. 


Today, that luck happened to me. Thanks to Simon, Ed Borowik, Mike Britt and 
others, all of whom reported Redpolls at Liberty State Park yesterday from 
early morning 'til late afternoon (and trying to make up for my 0 for 9 record 
in the Fall and Winter of 2014 trying to see them), I dashed off from work on 
an early "lunch" to see if the Redpolls had returned to the birch grove. At 
first pass, the answer appeared to be No, but then as I returned along the 
trail, I heard the characteristic "jit-jit" calls and saw a flock of small 
birds land in the grove. Redpolls they were! Nineteen of them! I approached 
within fairly close range to have a nice look, and the birds accommodated. But, 
I had not brought my camera, so I headed back to the car to get it, and decided 
to approach the birds from a different angle. 


As I walked along that other trail, Ron Fields and Roger Johnson were coming 
the opposite direction, heading to get THEIR camera and 'scope. Roger mentioned 
that there was a perched hawk which he thought might be a Red-shouldered. But 
we both had a longer look at the raptor, literally in the SAME TREE as the 
Redpolls, and it turned out to be the resident wintering Northern Goshawk!! 


What were the chances...two great species, in one tree, just when Roger and I 
were standing there! Sometimes, our collective passion is truly thrilling, and 
today was such a day. 


A fine lunch hour indeed.

Good birding!

Marc J. Chelemer

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon & Common Redpolls
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:17:49 -0500
This afternoon, I picked up Eurasian Wigeon and Common Redpoll, for my
Hudson County Big Year.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/hudson-county-big-year-12115-redpolls-eurasian-wigeon/ 


Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Re: Sunday hunting
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:19:35 -0500
Track the PA proposed closures here on PA Birds. Heated discussion.

http://birding.aba.org/maillist/PA01

Fairfax Hutter
Lawrenceville, NJ

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> On Jan 21, 2015, at 4:03 PM, Kyle Chelius  wrote:
> 
> Has anyone been following what's going on over in PA with the State Game 
Lands? They are supposedly toying with the idea of closing down the SGLs in the 
fall and spring to all users except hunters which effectively eliminates 
birding at peak migration times. 

> 
>> Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:24:25 -0500
>> From: williamdix AT MSN.COM
>> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
>> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>> 
>> Last week I wrote to my NJ State Assemblyman to express my views on Senate 
Bill S699, which would permit hunting on public lands seven days a week. Today 
I received a message back from his office that included the following 
information: 

>> "Bill S699, which would allow hunting on any day of the week during hunting 
season, did not pass the full Senate yet. On January 13, it only passed the 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee, but it is not clear when and if this 
bill will be voted on by the full Senate." 

>> So if anyone should care to contact their State Senator to express their 
views, it is apparently not too late. 

>> Bill Dix   
>> Princeton
>> http://billdix.smugmug.com
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:17:43 -0500
>>> From: savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET
>>> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
>>> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>>> 
>>> I believe this has yet to be passed by the NJ State Assembly so they're the 
ones to call if concerned. 

>>> 
>>> I saw this coming, but assumed an alert to the forum was inappropriate? 
Never quite 100% sure vis-a-vis legislative matters. 

>>> 
>>> Fairfax
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Jan 16, 2015, at 1:13 PM, L Larson  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Jerseybirders,
>>>> 
>>>> As an information point, birders may want to know that the New Jersey 
Senate has passed a bill to permit hunting on all days of the week. Under 
present law hunting is banned on Sundays on public lands (there are exceptions 
for some private lands). This bill, SB699, would change that. 

>>>> 
>>>> I do not want to encourage discussion of hunting, which is always a 
problematic topic on the list; I just want to make people aware of this because 
it may affect birding activities. If you have an opinion either way, this is a 
good time to express it to your representatives in Trenton. The NY-NJ Trails 
Conference has a web page with full information about the bill, how it affects 
outdoors-people, and how to contact your legislators. 

>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> http://nynjtc.org/issue/sunday-hunting-new-jersey
>>>> 
>>>> Laurie Larson
>>>> Princeton
>>>> 
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Subject: Re: Sunday hunting
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:03:38 -0500
Has anyone been following what's going on over in PA with the State Game Lands? 
They are supposedly toying with the idea of closing down the SGLs in the fall 
and spring to all users except hunters which effectively eliminates birding at 
peak migration times. 

 
> Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:24:25 -0500
> From: williamdix AT MSN.COM
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> Last week I wrote to my NJ State Assemblyman to express my views on Senate 
Bill S699, which would permit hunting on public lands seven days a week. Today 
I received a message back from his office that included the following 
information: 

> "Bill S699, which would allow hunting on any day of the week during hunting 
season, did not pass the full Senate yet. On January 13, it only passed the 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee, but it is not clear when and if this 
bill will be voted on by the full Senate." 

> So if anyone should care to contact their State Senator to express their 
views, it is apparently not too late. 

> Bill Dix   
> Princeton
> http://billdix.smugmug.com
> 
> 
> 
> > Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:17:43 -0500
> > From: savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET
> > Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
> > To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> > 
> > I believe this has yet to be passed by the NJ State Assembly so they're the 
ones to call if concerned. 

> > 
> > I saw this coming, but assumed an alert to the forum was inappropriate? 
Never quite 100% sure vis-a-vis legislative matters. 

> > 
> > Fairfax
> > 
> > Sent from my iPhone
> > 
> > > On Jan 16, 2015, at 1:13 PM, L Larson  wrote:
> > > 
> > > Jerseybirders,
> > > 
> > > As an information point, birders may want to know that the New Jersey 
Senate has passed a bill to permit hunting on all days of the week. Under 
present law hunting is banned on Sundays on public lands (there are exceptions 
for some private lands). This bill, SB699, would change that. 

> > > 
> > > I do not want to encourage discussion of hunting, which is always a 
problematic topic on the list; I just want to make people aware of this because 
it may affect birding activities. If you have an opinion either way, this is a 
good time to express it to your representatives in Trenton. The NY-NJ Trails 
Conference has a web page with full information about the bill, how it affects 
outdoors-people, and how to contact your legislators. 

> > > 
> > > 
> > > http://nynjtc.org/issue/sunday-hunting-new-jersey
> > > 
> > > Laurie Larson
> > > Princeton
> > > 
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Subject: Re: Sunday hunting
From: Mary Lou Norman <mln13 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:02:08 -0500
My Senator is the sponsor of the bill, he introduced it last year also. I am 
keeping watch over the movement, via email updates. 


Marylou Norman
Freehold,NJ

> On Jan 21, 2015, at 3:24 PM, William Dix  wrote:
> 
> Last week I wrote to my NJ State Assemblyman to express my views on Senate 
Bill S699, which would permit hunting on public lands seven days a week. Today 
I received a message back from his office that included the following 
information: 

> "Bill S699, which would allow hunting on any day of the week during hunting 
season, did not pass the full Senate yet. On January 13, it only passed the 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee, but it is not clear when and if this 
bill will be voted on by the full Senate." 

> So if anyone should care to contact their State Senator to express their 
views, it is apparently not too late. 

> Bill Dix   
> Princeton
> http://billdix.smugmug.com
> 
> 
> 
>> Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:17:43 -0500
>> From: savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET
>> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
>> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>> 
>> I believe this has yet to be passed by the NJ State Assembly so they're the 
ones to call if concerned. 

>> 
>> I saw this coming, but assumed an alert to the forum was inappropriate? 
Never quite 100% sure vis-a-vis legislative matters. 

>> 
>> Fairfax
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Jan 16, 2015, at 1:13 PM, L Larson  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Jerseybirders,
>>> 
>>> As an information point, birders may want to know that the New Jersey 
Senate has passed a bill to permit hunting on all days of the week. Under 
present law hunting is banned on Sundays on public lands (there are exceptions 
for some private lands). This bill, SB699, would change that. 

>>> 
>>> I do not want to encourage discussion of hunting, which is always a 
problematic topic on the list; I just want to make people aware of this because 
it may affect birding activities. If you have an opinion either way, this is a 
good time to express it to your representatives in Trenton. The NY-NJ Trails 
Conference has a web page with full information about the bill, how it affects 
outdoors-people, and how to contact your legislators. 

>>> 
>>> 
>>> http://nynjtc.org/issue/sunday-hunting-new-jersey
>>> 
>>> Laurie Larson
>>> Princeton
>>> 
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Subject: NJ Audubon All Things Bird-Union County Tour
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:46:52 -0500
Afternoon folks,

I led my first solo All Things Bird trip for NJ Audubon today. A nice group of 
people joined me for stops at Lenape Park, Rahway River Park, a brief Essex 
County detour to Weequahic Park and the Elizabeth Waterfront south from the 
Jersey Gardens Mall to Arthur Kill Park. 


Highlights included Eurasian Wigeon, American Pipit, Canvasbacks, Great 
Cormorant, Greater Scaup and Horned Grebe in Elizabeth. A nice variety of 
waterfowl at Weequahic- Shoveler, Ruddy, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck. 
And some nice winter birds at Lenape(Winter Wren) and Rahway River Park(Brown 
Creeper). 


The recent severely cold weather gave me some problems icing up my favorite 
areas. However, I think we did quite well under the circumstances. 


NJ Audubon's All Things Bird has some terrific up coming field trips scheduled. 
Please consult the Audubon calendar for details. Hope to see you out there and 
good birding! 


David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Re: Sunday hunting
From: William Dix <williamdix AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:24:25 -0500
Last week I wrote to my NJ State Assemblyman to express my views on Senate Bill 
S699, which would permit hunting on public lands seven days a week. Today I 
received a message back from his office that included the following 
information: 

"Bill S699, which would allow hunting on any day of the week during hunting 
season, did not pass the full Senate yet. On January 13, it only passed the 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee, but it is not clear when and if this 
bill will be voted on by the full Senate." 

So if anyone should care to contact their State Senator to express their views, 
it is apparently not too late. 

Bill Dix   
Princeton
http://billdix.smugmug.com



> Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:17:43 -0500
> From: savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Sunday hunting
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> I believe this has yet to be passed by the NJ State Assembly so they're the 
ones to call if concerned. 

> 
> I saw this coming, but assumed an alert to the forum was inappropriate? Never 
quite 100% sure vis-a-vis legislative matters. 

> 
> Fairfax
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Jan 16, 2015, at 1:13 PM, L Larson  wrote:
> > 
> > Jerseybirders,
> > 
> > As an information point, birders may want to know that the New Jersey 
Senate has passed a bill to permit hunting on all days of the week. Under 
present law hunting is banned on Sundays on public lands (there are exceptions 
for some private lands). This bill, SB699, would change that. 

> > 
> > I do not want to encourage discussion of hunting, which is always a 
problematic topic on the list; I just want to make people aware of this because 
it may affect birding activities. If you have an opinion either way, this is a 
good time to express it to your representatives in Trenton. The NY-NJ Trails 
Conference has a web page with full information about the bill, how it affects 
outdoors-people, and how to contact your legislators. 

> > 
> > 
> > http://nynjtc.org/issue/sunday-hunting-new-jersey
> > 
> > Laurie Larson
> > Princeton
> > 
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Subject: Neighborhood birding (photos)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:16:58 -0500
The weather was pretty decent today, so I decided to take a stroll through
the neighborhood. A few highlights:

* There were at least 50 of my favorite ducks on the Raritan River.
Buffleheads are very striking birds. They are also very skittish in my
neighborhood. I was pleased to be able to get a relatively close photo of
about a dozen of them:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16328288825/

* I saw one very chilly looking Great Blue Heron standing on one leg with
its feathers puffed up:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16328288645/

* Observed what looked to be a Downy Woodpecker winter roost hole in a dead
snag. Based on my past experiences observing Downy Woodpeckers in winter
roost holes I'm thinking this is one:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16328404062/

* And finally...not a birding photo, but a sign that spring migration might
not be too far off. A dandelion blooming on a chilly winter morning (today):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16328288835/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Lake Carasaljo Mystery
From: "James O'Brien" <jphillipobrien AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:07:51 -0500
Amongst a group of canada geese appear to be one white-fronted x snow hybrid 
and one snow x canada hybrid. Opinions welcome: 

https://flic.kr/p/qSQDBY
https://flic.kr/p/qSKXPt

Also had a peregrine falcon atop the Barnegat water tower:
https://flic.kr/p/qzLb9D
and some very cooperative Harlequins at the end of the jetty:
https://flic.kr/p/qS91Th
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Delaware River
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:23:25 -0500
A female Barrow's Goldeneye was photographed on the PA side of the river
this morning by Matt Sabatine, just north of Phillipsburg in Warren County.
There's a good chance that the bird could end up on the NJ side of the
river. It was photographed across from Marble Hill Natural Area along River
Road.

Matt's eBird checklist with photos and GPS location are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21433447

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
sam.galick AT gmail.com
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye - Delaware River - Warren County
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:20:54 +0000
Just reported on the Pennsylvania Listserve a female Barrow's Goldeneye has 
been found in the Delaware River. 

Visit the PA list for more info - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/PA01

Tom

Tom Bailey
Tabernacle, NJ
ammodramus AT comcast.net

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans and other Mercer Co. notes
From: Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:30:50 -0500
Jerseybirds,

With the apparent freeze out at Lake Assunpink it seems the three
Trumpeter Swans which had been there have relocated to the Hamilton/Trenton
Marsh at the end of Sewell Ave. in Hamilton Township, Mercer county. The
three birds were first seen there yesterday and we're still present in the
back of the park, past the bridge along the yellow trail in the large open
marshy area. They have been quite close.

Also of note in the county is the female Long-failed Duck found
yesterday by Steve Walker at the Scenic Overlook on I295 south between
Trenton and Bordentown. The bird was present this morning at 11.30, flying
north before landing some way upriver. Also at the overlook was a first
winter Iceland Gull.

At least four warbler species are present at the Trenton Sewage Utility
on Duck Island including Pine, Palm and Orange-crowned.

Not bad.

Chris Brown
Hamilton Twp. Mercer Co.

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Subject: Somewhat Leucistic Towhee
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:25:33 -0500
In Losen Slote Creek Park, Little Ferry I spotted an odd bird yesterday as
I was leaving. I searched this morning and found it to be a leucistic
Eastern Towhee I believe. The bird popped up when I did my best Towhee
whistle. It was in the field just beyond the woods. Boots are needed on any
trails as much is under water and icy. Also a Common Redpoll was seen
feeding in the birches on the wood's edge as well as in the field. Photos
of both can be seen here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96567639 AT N00/16325907421/in/photostream/

Good Birding
Chris Takacs
Lyndhurst

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Subject: chickadee story
From: Gerald Peterson <ghpeterson AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:48:51 -0500
A chickadee story:


This morning about 20 minutes ago I go to our East side of house deck and when 
I open the storm door I sadly see a Chickadee upside down, his little feet 
sticking up in the air. I assumed, and still do, that he collided with the 
glass storm door. Next, I reach down and pick him up by one foot, and go to the 
edge of the deck to drop the body about 4' to an area between the deck and 
bushes. He fell no more than a couple of feet when his wings come out, it 
breaks the fall and lands on the edge of the deck below the railing. I assume 
the fall triggered the flight reflex and "woke"it up. It was surely unconscious 
when I discovered it and picked it up. 


I can't check again at the moment but when I looked out about 5 minutes after 
the even I saw it still upright sitting on the deck, under the railing/fence. 


I consciously used the gender neutral "it" not "him" as I don't have the 
expertise to tell the sex for Chickadees. 


Jerry
Clinton Township

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Subject: Fwd: RARE BIRD: Possible Kelp Gull in Pittsburgh
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:32:54 -0500
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Guris 
> Subject: [DVOC] RARE BIRD: Possible Kelp Gull in Pittsburgh
> Date: January 19, 2015 8:21:40 PM EST
> To: Post DVOC-Mail 
> 
> A bird being reported as a possible Kelp Gull was seen and photographed in 
the Pittsburgh area. 

> 
> For current information, check the PA list server:
> http://birding.aba.org/maillist/PA01
> 
> Here's a Facebook link to information including links to photos:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/827227680671210/
> 
> 
> -PAG
> 
> -- 
> Paul A. Guris
> See Life Paulagics
> PO Box 161
> Green Lane, PA  18054
> 215-234-6805
> www.paulagics.com
> paulagics.com AT gmail.com
> info AT paulagics.com 


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Subject: Springfield, Rt. 206 Burlco
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:33:33 -0500
just happened to be driving on Rt 206 around 4 pm and saw an immature bald

eagle, a kestrel and a  n. harrier hunting in a field along the road
 C. Wyluda
Pennington
 

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Subject: Barnegat Light Redpoll ID conclusion
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:27:09 -0500
Since I started this thread I feel responsible I write this conclusion and put 
an end to it. 


I sent more photos to those who responded. Some responded w/ their comment on 
the ID of the redpoll in question. 


The redpoll in question was the one w/o any streaking. ? I took many photos. 
Two photos that had redpoll in question were “not so great photo” for ID 
purpose but that is all I had. I saw the bird in question thru bins, scope and 
thru my cheap camera lens. It did not have any streaking as compared to several 
(if not many) common redpolls I did see and especially once I reviewed the 
photos. It did not look “frosted all over including its back for the most 
part” 


One birder commented that I should listed it as redpoll sp. I do not list or 
count birds so. But it is a very cool (if not very frosty) recommendation. 


One birder sent me links below, which I looked at very briefly before my 
original posting. Good info no doubt. 


 http://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/common-redpoll-and-hoary-redpoll/


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2008/01/a-character-index-for-redpoll-identification/ 


My next question is which JBirder will find the Hoary this winter in NJ ? I 
have my fingers crossed that the lucky birder who finds a Hoary this winter 
would be a birder not listed in top 100 in NJ eBird. 


Yong Kong
Camden County, NJ



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Subject: Wall Twp Pink-footed Goose
From: Christopher Magarelli <christopher.magarelli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:06:26 -0500
At about 1:00 this afternoon Leif Austad, Jennifer Hanson, and I located
the Wall Township Pink-footed Goose along Bailey's Corner Road where the
bike path crosses half a mile south of the Intermediate School/Municipal
Complex.  It was with a large flock of Canada Geese at the back of the corn
stubble field west of the paved bike path.  Conveniently, there is a signed
parking lot at this spot.

Later on, toward dusk, we also had a single drake Eurasian Wigeon and drake
Redhead at Marconi Road.

 - Chris Magarelli
   Kingston

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Subject: Thick-billed Murre, Ocean County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:13:01 -0500
From Alex Tongas via Scott Barnes:

Hi Scott, I had a molting Thick-billed Murre roughly 100 yards off Jenkinsons 
in Point Pleasant Beach around 0900 today 1/19/15 . The bird was doing a steady 
paddle traveling south and could be refound several times. 


Good birding,

Sam

--
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Cape May notes, Jan. 19 AM – Alcids, Redpolls
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:22:19 -0500
Hi all –


I spent a good chunk of the morning at Two Mile Beach (unit of Cape May NWR
at the south end of Wildwood Crest) and the adjacent Cold Spring Inlet.

A few highlights included:

A light but steady southbound movement of Razorbills through about 9:00am,
plus a few birds on the water or generally milling about offshore. A
Dovekie also flew past during the first hour of daylight. For those who may
want to search for alcids-- at this site or at Avalon-- tomorrow morning's
forecast of light winds/calm seas should make for good viewing conditions.

2 Harlequin Ducks-- an uncommon bird around Cape May, but Cold Spring Inlet
tends to be the best place to find them.

4+ Common Redpolls-- a group of 3 flushed from the top side of the beach,
and I heard at least one other flying over that went unseen. Additional
flocks were reported from the Cape May City and Cape May Point dunes this
morning, and one was again at the CMBO Northwood feeders at Cape May Pt.

1-2 Black-legged Kittiwakes-- adult(s) feeding well offshore, occasionally
in the company of Bonaparte's Gulls.

82 Red Knots-- a nice total for mid-January; there's been a decent number
on the beaches between Stone Harbor and Wildwood Crest this winter.



good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
coturnicops at gmail dot com

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Subject: Euarsian Green-winged / Common Teal @ Caven Point, Liberty State Park, Hudson County
From: Sam Stuart <surfbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:51:51 -0500
All,

This morning there was nice male Green-winged Teal that appeared to be of
the Eurasian subspecies.  It had no white spur on the side of the breast.
There were 10 other Green-winged Teals here along with several other
species of Duck and Geese.  They were foraging in the inlet between Caven
Point and the Golf Course.  I'll post pix on my Flickr Site
 in a few, once I've processed
them.

​Thanks
- Sam
​ Stuart
Jersey City, NJ​

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Subject: Meadowlands at sunrise
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:56:30 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I visited the Meadowlands at sunrise this morning for a quick 'scope of the 
landfill (no Rough-leggeds and already too late for Short-eared or Barn Owls), 
the bodies of water...frozen at the west end, open nearer the Turnpike...and 
the ballfields on Valleybrook to look for the wintering Meadowlarks. The local 
Red-tailed Hawks must have been taking lessons from the Rough-leggeds, though, 
because they have become expert at hover-hunting, hanging motionless in the 
morning breeze like children's kites, intently watching the grasses below for 
prey. 


There was an adult Bald Eagle on the ice, devouring a kill, and hundreds of 
ducks, including my first-of-year Pintails and Common Mergs (I haven't been out 
much since the first of the year!). The Canvasback raft seems bigger than ever, 
although I had my best view of them from the breakdown lane of the Turnpike 
after I'd left the Meadowlands and was heading south to work! There might've 
been a few scaup in the open water as well, but I was short on time. 


On the ballfields, I failed to find the Meadowlarks, despite walking a big loop 
on the back field and making an X pattern on the baseball fields themselves, 
but consolation came in the form of a small group of Savannah Sparrows, a 
Kestrel, and three Snipe, one of which just walked along right in front of me 
no more than twenty feet away, deciding for a good length of time whether I was 
friend or foe, before deciding the latter and vaulting into the air. What 
beauty it showed in the morning sunlight...the prominent stripes on its back, 
the long bill, the camouflaged feathering. Meadowlarks next time; the Snipe was 
the bird of the morning today. 


Good birding,

Marc
Marc J. Chelemer

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